WIMBIZ 2023: NBC Awards N3m To Women Entrepreneurs
The Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Ltd. has awarded the sum of N3m to two participants at the just concluded annual conference of the Women in Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ) for their outstanding performance the Impact Investment Award. The 2023 WIMBIZ Conference took place last week at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Impact Award saw Aladesuyi Ademidesola the CEO of Bloom honoured with N 1m, while Dr Eziafiakaku Nwokolo CEO of Shades of Life Care Ltd, was given N2m.
Speaking on the reason behind the award, Ifoema Okoye, Corporate Affairs and Community Partnerships Manager, East and Central at Nigerian Bottling Company said it was part of the company’s unwavering commitment to empowering women, through programmes that enable them thrive and contribute meaningfully to economic development.
In her words, “ At NBC, we are passionate about sustainability and empowering women. We recognize the immense potential that women have, not only as contributors to the workforce but as catalysts for societal progress and economic growth”.
Okoye stated that by equipping them with the right tools, opportunities, and support, the company was collectively fostering innovation and transforming communities for the better.
She further stated that, “this Impact Investment grant gives us another opportunity to demonstrate that commitment and empower two women. Within our entire value chain, a remarkable 70 per cent of our workforce comprises women with our leadership team being 40 per cent female. Our dedication to empowering women and youth goes beyond corporate responsibility; it is an integral component of our vision to catalyse positive change in Nigeria.”
Nwokolo, one of the recipients, expressed her gratitude for the cash grant from NBC. She described the funding as a game changer for her foundation. She stated that the development would greatly enhance her ability to create opportunities for other young women, foster innovation, and contribute to the overall economic development of the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NBC has consistently taken the lead in implementing transformative initiatives that enhance the lives of women and youths in the country, empowering them to make substantial contributions to their families and communities.