Dr Siju Iluyomade, Prof. Funlayo Olapade, Others Speak At ‘WiLS 2019’




Lagos State First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and her counterparts from Ogun State, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, Edo State, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki and the Wife of the Speaker of House Representative ,Mrs. Salamu Gbajabiamila as well as Rear Admiral Itunu Hotonu (rtd)  were all in attendance at this year’s ‘The Handmaidens Women in Leadership Forum’ at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. 


The Chief Convener of’ WiLS’, Dr. (Mrs.) Siju Iluyomade, founding partner in the law firm Iluyomade & Co., who brought the initiative to life from her mission of empowering women to fulfill their destinies in Christ, with a vision to enlighten and empower women positively so as to impact the society showed how best to empower women at the event.

This year’s edition with the theme, “Leading Women- Building Legacies”, had Dr. Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, a Hematology Oncologist and Director of the University of Chicago Hospital's Cancer Risk Clinic, as the keynote speaker alongside other distinguished panelists and speakers.



With a vision to build a network for women to leverage on and grooming up-and-coming ladies, the conference holds yearly and has never lacked for a massive audience. Comprising a wide range of personalities from media to top bank executives, over 4,000 people were in attendance at this year’s event.


Dr. Iluyomade in her speech, urged women to maximize their talent, strengths and skills to do what matters now as time waits for no one. She also said legacies are built when we monitor our impact on others.

She said; “Poor health is one of the obstacles standing against a woman’s career, particularly the ravaging disease called cancer. Taking care of our health enables us maximize our full potential in all we take on.”

She was thankful that an initiative that birthed several years ago is still standing to see its 21st edition this year.  

With focus on building lasting legacies, over 10 presentations were delivered by the accomplished panelists - Bolanle Austen Peters, Founder- Terra Kulture; TY Bello, accomplished photographer; Kofo Akinkugbe, founder and CEO- SecureID; Prof. Sade Ogunsola, Deputy Vice Chancellor- UNILAG; Prof. Enase Okonedo, Dean- Lagos Business School; Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Editor-in-Chief - Today’s Woman, Funke Bucknor-Obruthe- Founder and CEO- Zapphaire Events; Achenyo Idachaba-Obaro, Award winning Entrepreneur and Cecilia Akintomide- Independent Non-Executive Director at First Bank.

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