Mrs. Fola-Ambrose Medebem, Director of Communication, Lafarge Africa PLC recently held the first edition of Women Inspiring Impact Network (WIIN) as part of efforts to inspire female undergraduates to be the best in their various fields.
According to THISDAY News, Medebem’s aim is to use WIIN to mentor female undergraduates to greatness.
At the event which was held in Lagos, Medebem shared her story and the essence of charting a successful career path to further inspire the students.
She also told THISDAY that the essence of the mentorship program is for the female students to be more self-aware about themselves and getting them to understand that their success lies in their hands.
“Part of what WIIN stands for is to inspire the best in them, they need to be more conscious about themselves and be passionate, so it is by inspiring the best in them and enabling them to speak up a lot more by encouraging, motivating and getting them to understand that to be a success or not is in their hands,” she stated.
“After sharing my story and career with them and the obstacles they may come across, they asked me a number of questions and it was very insightful. It is not just about what you say, but about what you see and what I can see is that they were inspired, motivated and some of them are already asking that I should come and speak at their school’s program, some are already speaking up and demanding. I am already seeing instant impact,” she added.
On view that women should be confined to the background in the society, the director had this to say, “at the end of the day, you either see obstacles or you don’t, if you chose not to see obstacles, then you should be doing what you feel you should do. Nothing has meaning to you until give it meaning. For me, we are giving the female students a voice to speak up. As far as I am concerned, I would do what I feel is right, it is about them trusting their instincts, going with their guts and just being confident.”
I am Olamide George Nneka, a graduate of Mass Communication from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. Reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org