Are you in the habit of rushing to work and equally rushing home because there is so much to do both at home and at work? Ever went to bed tired ignoring so many things in the bedroom and kitchen needing your attention, only to be interrupted a few hours later by the sound from your alarm clock? Do you always leave the house with more chores needing your attention that you carry part of your makeup/shoes and scarves to the office to dress appropriately later? Do you sometimes wish you could be in two or three places all at once? Are you a mother that works? Because if you are, then you'll appreciate and understand why there is a need to talk about how hard each day is for this superwoman called the "working mom".
Working Moms Nigeria is an endeavors to help women strike a healthy balance between earning a living and maintaining a good home.

Dedicated to all the women who are juggling work and family. You too can be a part of this mind boggling experience by joining millions of ‘superheroes out there in sharing in their trails and travails. Welcome!!!

11 April 2014


 The IREDE Foundation is a not for profit organization focused on learning a hand of Love, Joy and Hope to children living with limb loss whether congenital or acquired by encouraging and enabling them to live a self supportive lives and to help affected families to rise to the challenge of limb loss knowing there are no limits to their potentials.
It was founded in 2012 by Crystal Chigbu, a mother of 4 year old IREDE Beulah Chigbu who was born with a missing tibia and patella in her right leg. Crystal and husband, Zubby were told that the only option for Beulah for a functionally mobile life was amputation and prosthesis. It took over 2 years for Crystal and Zubby just to accept the reality to have the surgery and give Beulah prosthesis.
The IREDE Foundation is Crystal’s opportunity to share her hope, and faith with all caregivers, families and kids with limb loss.
The IREDE foundation has three processes:
Educate: We are focused on educating care-givers and the society on congenital and acquired limb loss; and how to relate and care for children with this kind of loss. This will be delivered via seminars/trainings, the use of mass media, social media etc.
Encourage: We understand the challenges these children and their families face daily; and desire to be there for them when they need encouragement and support. Thus via the establishment of Support Groups, we will build a support system they can count on always
Empower: We are focused on empowering the African child living with limb loss to live his or her life to the fullest; having equal access to life’s opportunities like every other African child via mentoring/ coaching sessions and the provision of prosthetic limbs to indigent children between the ages of 1-18 years.
The OUT ON A LIMB awareness walk schedule to hold on Saturday the 12th of April 2014, is part of our yearly educate programme aimed at bringing the attention of society to the challenges faced by children living with limb loss and the need to appropriately care for them.

 Read more about what inspired this here

09 April 2014


Still o the International Month for women. Nigerian women have from celebrities to students, market women, corporate giants and clergy women from different denominations all gathered last week for the National Women’s Prayer Summit with theme "The Supplication" hosted by Jumoke Adenowo and Awesome Treasures Foundation to pray against violence in Nigeria.

According to Award winning photographer TY Bello who took these photos said “We were going to be praying against violence in Nigeria. I was itching to pray with everything but something kept pressing to bring my camera so I just followed the nudge. The room was filled with women as diverse as we come, from known celebrities like Funke Akindele and Stella Damasus to students, market women, corporate giants and clergy women from different denominations.
What set this prayer meeting apart was this, before the prayers were made, a woman would mount the podium and narrate her PERSONAL story in the violence. A woman from Jos for instance, came up and graphically narrated how her community was burnt down with pregnant women and children slaughtered in the process. As she spoke, what started as one woman wailing uncontrollably in the back became a wave that spread across the room and Everyone (including Funke Akindele, Ufuoma Ejenobor, Tara Durotoye, Nike Adeyemi, Mary Alibaba among others) began to cry and pour their hearts to God for the blood that was being shed across our nation.

There really wasn’t a place to hide our emotions this wasn’t the news or a blog post. This was OUR sister.., standing before you in flesh and blood .. Uttering truth we had mastered the art of turning a blind eye to. There were no blind eyes in the room. There wasn’t one dry eye either. Reality came and stared us right in the face.”


 Source: Fabmimiblog

07 April 2014


Six women have emerged winners of the Vlisco Women’s Month Award this year from West and Central Africa. Winners were announced from each of the six participating countries at the recently held Award event themed, Dare to Dream. The Nominees went through a screening process and were elected by public vote. These women blaze the trail in media, development and health sectors, breaking the bounds of stereotypes and becoming inspirations for younger women. There are a total of six votes, with one vote per country: Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The award is part of the lineup of activities for the celebration of the International Women’s Day organized by Vlisco Limited, to honour the outstanding achievements of West and Central African women by identifying and rewarding those who inspire others to realize their dreams during the month of March.

Also part of the line-up of this year’s Women’s Month Campaign, is the Vlisco Fashion Fund, which encourages aspiring fashion designers in West and Central Africa to pitch their business plans explaining their fashion dreams to a Vlisco Jury for a chance to win $2,500 funding and fashion training at the Netherlands. For this category, 3 aspiring designers from this participating received their award funds at the Women’s Month awards. Nollywood Actress Stephanie Okereke-Linus is the Vlisco Women’s Month Ambassador.

Working Moms Africa partnered with Vlisco in this regard and has brought you a report on those women who inspire you to follow your dream. Read on:

Adesuwa Onyenokwe    -   Nigeria

 Adesuwa is the Publisher of TW magazine, a communications expert who is passionate about women doing their utmost to uplift society. She has a BA in Dramatic Arts and an MA in Language Arts, and was previously a Nigerian Television Authority broadcaster. 
She was nominated for being an outstanding publisher whose achievements and successes are the results of her had work and determination and for her outstanding roles and performances in media.
Her dream for women is to see all women attain their utmost by leveraging on all the inspiring stories of achievers in different fields.

Aimée Abra Tenu   - Togo

Aimee is the youngest of the winners. Born 3 December 1985 and based in Kpalimé,  Director of the Sainte Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus (STEJ Togo) NGO; promoter of Zam-Ké, ViViFruits and Kari-Kari products. Aimée Abra Tenu has, for the past 13 years, dedicated herself to providing access to education and clean drinking water, and to promoting women’s autonomy. She has launched ‘Zam-Ké’ – ‘Use me again’ – in Mina, for the recycling of plastic waste.       
Nominated for : Being a young, very dynamic woman and opinion former who carries out socially-based business activities. Aimée is beginning to be known on an international level. 
Her dream for women: "I hope that we’ll escape from this minority category in which we have to defend ourselves every day, because in my country, for example, women have always been the most combative.
Adonis Koffi - RCI
Born 9 June 1966, Andonis is a Professor of paediatrics based Abidjan II Plateaux.  She has been involved in the battle against renal failure in children for seven years and has created the first specialised unit in the French-speaking sub-Saharan Africans. Combative and generous, she dreams of a world in which children are free of this illness.
Nominated for being a great lady who deserves support in order to help the children who embody future generations. She is very sociable and has an open mind and team spirit.
Her dream for women: A world in which a bit more time is given to women to have their say in the management of political matters, to achieve a little more peace in the world.
Monique Kotchofa Faihun - Benin
Born 4 May 1961, Monique is a Bailiff lives in Cotonou, a combative woman with strong human relationship skills. She has a strong will, loves work that is well-done and has dedicated herself to noble causes. Her dream is for women all over the world to succeed in fully achieving their dreams.
Nominated for: Her career path. It is not always easy for a woman to climb the career ladder in the very macho world of the justice system.  
Her dream for women: For all women in the world to become aware of their real potential and to assert themselves as leaders in economic, social and political life. Her dream is for women everywhere in the world not 
Eugenia Mawuena Adjoa Tachie-Menson- GHANA

Born 5 February 1973.Eugenia is Social Entrepreneur. based in Accra, Ghana with a love for children and education. Her charity, the Young Educators Foundation, runs educational programmes for children including the Scripps Spelling Bee which Eugenia brought to Ghana.
Nominated for Her love for children and her commitment to improving the education of Ghanaian children.
Her dream for women is That the world will acknowledge and accept the role of women as nurturers of generations, including as world leaders, and will therefore accept that women must be empowered (educationally) in order for a society to be considered as successful.
Patience Barandenge - DRC
Born 24 August 1979, Patience is the National officer for the market of women entrepreneurs who lives in Ngaliema. She owes her success to her rich and varied personal career path. Her dream is that every young girl should have the right to be an independent entrepreneur. She perfectly combines the life of a single mother with her passion in running a group of women entrepreneurs.
Nominated for: Being a determined and combative woman, whose career proves that it is possible to move from one sector to another. Nothing in life happens by chance. Young and committed, she is a huge help to a great many women who, without even appearing to do so, make a major contribution to our country’s economy.
Her dream for women: Independent entrepreneurship for all young girls! Any young woman who leaves university and wants to set up her own company must be able to do so, whatever activity is involved. 
Congratulations to our leading women!!!


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