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Princess Fifi Ejindu alongside Cherie Blair Speaks at Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation’s Girl Child Initiative

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Princess Fifi Ejindu Alongside Cherie Blair Speaks at Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation’s Girl Child Initiative Launch in London

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The second International Day of the Girl Child, Friday 11 October 2013, saw the launch of the Girl Child Initiative by the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation where Nigerian architect, businesswoman and the founder of African Arts and Fashion Initiative, Princess Fifi Ejindu was a keynote speaker alongside British barrister and wife of the former British prime minister, Cherie Blair, CBE, QC.

 

The working lunch themed ‘Engaging the Private Sector in Supporting the Girl Child Education in Africa’ and sponsored by White & Case LLP took place at Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.

 

The event saw Princess Fifi Ejindu and Cherie Blair, CBE, QC speak in front of a select group of guests including leading female CEOs/MDs of top private sector firms such as Standard Chartered Bank, Merrill Lynch Bank of America, IBM, White & Case and CDC and representatives from Non-Governmental Organisations and institutions such as FORWARD, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, AFRUCA, Plan International, The Tutudesk UK and the Commonwealth Secretariat, among others, who joined efforts in a bid

to make a meaningful and sustainable change towards the advancement and development of the girl child in Africa.

 

“The time has come for us to empower to girl child in order to secure the future of the African woman and women worldwide. The only way to predict the future is to create it so what we do now and today will decide what holds for women tomorrow,” said Princess Ejindu.

“All over the world, the girl child in most societies, from the day she is born, suffers from gender discrimination, especially in Africa,” drawing attention to some hard-hitting statistics, highlighting the need to liberate the girl child, “from poverty, from illiteracy and from subordination.”

 

Princess Ejindu also discussed the work of her recently launched African Arts and Fashion Initiative which aims to promote African talent worldwide and sensitise, mobilise and most importantly, empower talented young people in Africa. She also highlighted the work of the Hope Centres as part of the work of AAFI which will serve as skills acquisition centres, especially for the girl child to acquire key skills in order to compete in the vast market place that our world has become.

The event also provided the guests to discuss challenges and barriers to girl child education and development in Africa and to brainstorm innovative strategies in which to engage the private sector mobilized to support the Initiative’s programmes in target countries such as Nigeria, Sudan, Liberia and Tanzania through collaborative and holistic engagement with the private and public sector

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