Jane Egerton-Idehen launches ‘Be Fearless’ Campaign to Support the Nigerian Woman
Focused on promoting gender equality, increasing female representation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers and providing support and direction for professional women, Jane Egerton-Idehen, a Tech Executive, Author, and Speaker has launched ‘Be Fearless’ Campaign a national campaign focused on highlighting the hurdles that prevent women from fulfilling their potential and providing a guide to younger women on the complexities of navigating career and life opportunities in their fields.
Jane Egerton-Idehen decried the gender gap that still undermines the economic security of most Nigerian women by limiting their ability to work and pursue a career and urged for gender equality focused on enabling higher growth, productivity and economic stability, not only for women but their families and ultimately the country. She stressed that Nigerian women still have just three-fourths of the legal rights and opportunities of men and called for activities that empower Nigerian women, especially in technology.
Speaking ahead of the online release of a new book that espouses campaign theme, “Be Fearless: Give yourself permission to be You”, Egerton-Idehen who is the Country Manager Nigeria/Regional Sales Manager, West Africa for Avanti Communications and founder, Women and Career organization, a Nigerian advocacy and support group for professional women, emphasized the under-representation of women in corporate Nigeria and challenges young women to pursue their dreams. “There is a significant gender imbalance in corporate Nigeria, especially in the technology industry where the ratio of women to men is as high as 1:5. We must now deliberately work towards a more balanced sector where everyone is enabled.
The theme of International Women’s Day Each for Equal reminds us that there is still more to be done towards improving gender equality and fostering a healthier, wealthier and more harmonious world. We hope to encourage more young girls and stimulate gender-equality discussions, via this campaign, my new book, endowments to girls and the experiences of many African women who are contributing to this campaign,” she said.
Egerton-Idehen also encourages the lovers of women; parents, siblings and husbands and colleagues to empathize and help them achieve their potential at home and in the workplace.
The campaign features a book tour to about 20 tertiary institutions in Nigeria, book reading sessions at leading book stores, scholarships to female students in STEM courses and a formal launch of her new book. The campaign is also expected to encourage leading entrepreneurs and businesswomen in Nigeria to share their experiences building successful careers, challenges they encountered and learnings they hope to pass on to a younger generation of African women.
“Be Fearless: Give yourself permission to be You” chronicles the author’s remarkable experiences challenging gender roles and stereotypes, via her rise from the slums of Ajegunle in Lagos, Nigeria, to brokering million-dollar deals for global telecoms giants. Written with the young woman who dreams of being more in mind, Egerton-Idehen opens up about her less-privileged background, education, career journey, marriage and motherhood stories, exploring the cultural expectations, biases, and impossibilities that turn dreams of career success into wishful thinking and demystifies them. The book is available online from March 17th, 2020 on Amazon
Jane’s extraordinary story, spanning a different world and changing times, reveals what the tenacity, persistence, and courage of a strong-willed young girl can achieve when there is a promise of survival. Her profoundly-moving, searingly-honest account of childhood in one of Nigeria’s biggest slums, educational pursuits, relationships with men and rise to becoming one of Nigeria’s leading women in technology brings a heartfelt message of hope to African women that they too can break the glass ceiling.
“Be Fearless: Give yourself permission to be You” has already received glowing endorsements from many female corporate leaders. Joyce M. Roche, Author of The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success and Board Member, Macy’s Inc., Tupperware Corporation says “Jane’s book is a must-read for professional women or for those aspiring to have a fulfilling career. Her essays are authentic and deal with real-world personal and professional issues many women face and provide solutions to or ways of thinking about those challenges. This book is also a must-read for company leaders to gain insight into the way the culture within their institutions may be preventing them from benefiting from the full talents of the women within their organizations. Finally, it is a must-read for partners of professional women and can open their eyes to whether they are enabling or stiffing the aspirations of those they love.”
West Africa’s cyber revolutionary and founder, MainOne, Funke Opeke comments “Jane has written a very compelling book that addresses many facets of building a successful career as a woman. The insights provided will be useful to women aspiring to move up the career ladder.”
“Jane’s book is a must-own and a must-read for every woman, whether in the public or private sector. She has shown that with determination and hard work, destinies can change. Thanks, Jane, for speaking to all of us!” says Ambassador Folake Marcus – Bello, former Nigerian Ambassador to Malawi and Zambia and CEO/Principal Partner Folake Bello & co “The Godmother”
Aliza Knox, Head of Cloudflare, Asia, and Pacific region says “Jane is an inspiring friend and impressive business leader, whose stories and tips will motivate anyone who reads her book.”
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TOP THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MODE 9
Babatunde Olusegun Adewale is a popular Nigerian rapper and lyricist who goes by the stage name, Mode 9. The rapper has been in the industry for a very long time and is one of the leading rappers in Nigerian music history. He has recorded several albums and also had mixtapes released to his name. He is also a multi-award winning rapper, having a record of most wins at the Headies Awards. He owned the “Lyricist of the Year” award category for a long time and no one has been able to dominate as much as he did in recent times. Join me as I take you through his early life and childhood, music career, personal life and some of his songs.
MODE 9’S EARLY LIFE AND CHILDHOOD
The rapper was born on the 14th of June 1975 in London, United Kingdom to Nigerian parents who hailed from Osun State. He is the third children of his parents. His secondary school education was at Agboju Seconday School and then he proceeded to Federal Polytechnic, Bida in Niger State where he bagged a degree in Building Technology. His music influences were Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.
MODE 9’S MUSIC CAREER
Mode 9 started music as far back as the early 2000s. He released his debut project in 2004 for “Malcolm IX”. The album enjoyed a fair amount of success and it helped gained the rapper popularity in the industry. He was known for his incredible rap style and fast became one of the lead rappers in the industry. He released another album two years later in 2006 for “Pentium IX”. At the time, he was already recognised as a good lyricist and rapper and he was already bagging awards for it.
Mode 9 didn’t stop at that, he released several other albums. He has recorded eight studio albums and five mixtapes to his name. He has also released five featured albums with the most recent recorded with Black Intelligence for “Hence4th” in 2018. His most recent album was in 2019 for “Monument”. The rapper, at a time, stopped releasing his albums in Nigeria because he felt Nigerians gave up on him.
His awards list is quite the collection. He has won 9 Headies Awards to his name and bagged the Lyricist Award of the Year seven times in a row, which still stands as a Headies record. He also has won a number of Channel O Awards for music videos.
MODE 9’S PERSONAL LIFE
Mode 9 loves to keep information about his personal life private. There is no known information about if the veteran rapper is in any relationship.
MODE 9’S SONGS
Some of his songs include;
- Where Una Dey
- Nigerian Girls
- Elbow Room
- Kaiser Flow
- 419 State of Mind
- It’s a Goal
- 360 Poetry
- Super Human
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Modupe Oreoluwa Oyeyemi Ola is a Nigerian singer, rapper and songwriter who goes by the stage name “Mo Cheddah”. She always loved music as a child and even started singing from a young age. Her big break came with the release of her song titled “The Finest” featuring Sauce Kid and Tito. Following the release of the track, Mo Cheddah went on to drop even more songs and then her debut album. “Komaroll”, “If You want me” and “Destinambari” featuring Phyno are three of her other big songs in her career. Join me as I take you through her early life and childhood, music career, personal life and some of her songs.
MO CHEDDAH’S EARLY LIFE AND CHILDHOOD
The talented singer was born on the 26th of October 1990 in Lagos though she hails from Osun State, Nigeria. She was the fourth of five children. She had her early education in Lagos with her primary school education at University of Lagos Staff school and her secondary school education at Our Lady of Apostles school in Yaba, Lagos. After that, she proceeded to the University of Lagos to pursue a degree in Creative Arts.
MO CHEDDAH’S MUSIC CAREER
Mo Cheddah’s music career started from when she was 12. She got signed to a record label named Knighthouse Entertainment when she was 13. At the time she was still in school and she expected to be a child star. She used to spend time in studios during her holidays. She released her first song when she was 17 and from there she became popular. The first single was titled “Las Birdie”. She went on to record the song with Sauce Kid and Tito titled “The Finest”. The song was a hit upon release and helped her gain even more popularity. The song ultimately launched her music career.
Following up the previous successes of her singles, she dropped another hit titled “If You Want Me”. The song also enjoyed a period of success and got her the award for Best New Artist at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) in 2010. The video for the song also got Best Female Video at the Channel O Music Video Awards. Her debut album dropped in 2010 for “Franchise Celebrity”. She left her record label, Knighthouse Entertainment, after a while and went on to start her own which she called it “Cheddah Music”.
Mo Cheddah took a break from music when she was 21 because she wanted to enjoy a normal life. She came back after a couple of years.
MO CHEDDAH’S PERSONAL LIFE
She is married to longtime boyfriend, Bukunyi Olateru Olagbeji. Asides music, she is a fashion designer. She also runs a blog.
MO CHEDDAH’S SONGS
Some of her songs include;
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- Tori Oloun
- Coming for You ft May D
- Destinambari ft Phyno
- See Me
- No be Money
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