Sherry Dzinoreva, Facebook’s Policy Programmes Head in Africa at the ”SheMeansBusiness” dinner in Lagos revealed the social media firm will intensify its female entrepreneurship training in 10 universities in Nigeria in 2019.
According to Dzinoreva said that Facebook continued collaborating with ”She Leads Africa” to intensify female entrepreneurship training in Nigeria.
she stated that the company has trained over 4,000 female entrepreneurs in the country in 2018, through the SheMeansBusiness programme.
”We are going to continue to train thousands of women as well this year. Not very different from what we did last year, the only difference this year is that we are going into university as well.
”So we are going to be crossing 10 different universities across the country, as well as continuing to train female entrepreneurs.
”The ideas of the programme is for women to come together to learn how to use digital platforms to grow their businesses, but in doing so, we also have a number of other types of engagements.
”And as they do this, there are opportunities to network and learn how to actually grow their businesses.
”This year, we are bringing financial literacy into the programme as well. it is opportunity to empower and support female business owners and aspiring female business owners,” she said.
She added that there were no specific criteria to engage in the programme, but just the entrepreneurial spirit of women who were either aspiring or existing entrepreneurs.
speaking on the social media giant intentions, she said Facebook felt that there was definitely a need to do something a bit different for the women.
”There is something about creating spaces for women because we know that when women are doing well, their communities are doing well.
”When women are doing well; their families are doing well, businesses, industries are doing well and ultimately, the economy is driving as well.
”So we wanted to create a programme that was exclusively for women who were either one of you or are women who are thinking about opening a business and just need a little bit of inspiration,” Dzinoreva said.
However, the Director, Public Policy Africa at Facebook, Ebele Okobi, on her part advised women to charge of their destinies as it would have an effect on the growth of the country.
She said Facebook in a way of giving back to the society is interested in creating platforms for women growth through the use of their products such as Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp – to create economic independence.
Also, Co-Founder, She Leads Africa, Afua Osei, said that this was the company’s third year of working with Facebook on a programme to teach, train and support women entrepreneurs.
”And last year, we had the opportunity to work on a programme that was just focused on women, understanding the unique challenges, as well as opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
”We changed more than 4,000 women all across Nigeria. So we are so excited that our training continued to have a serious impact on helping women all across Nigeria.
”This year we are going to drive around in Nigeria, and we are going to get 10 universities all across the country.
”We know that young people are entrepreneurial, they are excited, but they don’t really have that much money. So we are going to teach them how to start getting into businesses with a little cash,
”We are going to bring the training and the expertise to them so that they can have that experience on their campuses,” Osei said.