Accenture has urged Nigerian female entrepreneurs have to always look beyond ideas they can achieve and challenge themselves with the seemingly unachievable business ideas.
The advice was given by the Managing Director of Accenture Nigeria, Juliet Anammah; key note speaker at a 2-day business fair organized by WEConnect International Nigeria, and tagged 1st WEConnect International Exhibition and Matchmaker in Nigeria, WIEM, at the Ruby Gardens, Lekki, in Lagos.
Anammah, who co-chaired the event, stressed that it is only by thinking outside the box and aiming for the seemingly impossibilities, and interfacing with other great ideas that they can expand their business coast, adding that innovations usually happen at intercessions.
WEConnect International Nigeria, an affiliate of Washington D.C based global Non-governmental Organization, WEConnect International, currently has a network base of about 695 Nigerian women entrepreneurs.
According to its Executive Director in Nigeria, Comfort Avunze Sakoma, the organization was specifically established to cater for registered female business owners, to offer them various assistances such as capacity building support, networking opportunities and opportunities for members to connect with and learn from other certified companies on key success factors and strategies.
She also stated that the NGO is as well, among other things, concerned with identifying, educating, registering and certifying businesses that are owned by women, with a view to helping them to become credible and globally acceptable.
Co-chaired by three major corporations such as Accenture, ExxonMobil, Ernst and Young and EY, the event also attracted the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of WEConnect International, Elizabeth Vazquez, who flew in from Washington D.C to address participants. Also in attendance were several female business owners and other guests from across several states including Lagos, Abuja, Borno and Bauchi States also among others.
In her speech, Vazquez extolled the doggedness of Nigerian female business owners, describing their level of entrepreneurialism as very high in spite of the fact that they usually operated under very difficult circumstances.
“The Nigerian women entrepreneurs have passion, they have innovation and they know naturally how to connect with people in their communities and I urged them to always think much bigger and seek potentials for their products and services outside of Nigeria through the assistance of WEConnect International Nigeria,” she said.
The 2-day event featured various sessions such as business fair, workshops, lunch and networking, matchmaker sessions as well as awards among others.

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