WINBAFRICA Plans Big for 10th Anniversary

February 22, 2024
WINBAFRICA schools debate

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

All is now set for the 10th anniversary of WINBAFRICA themed Bridging the Gap: Celebrating a Decade of Nation-building.

The organisation is gathering stakeholders together on Monday, February 26, 2024, for the event at the Alliance Francaise in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The group was formed in 2014 and has since then promoted girl-child education and empowered women and young girls in critical thinking and leadership skills in secondary schools across Africa.

As part of activities lined up for this year’s celebration, WINBAFRICA organised an annual school debate competition and scholarship programme for 20 young girls across the continent.

The final of the debate is between Steady Steps School, Lekki, and Bomak International Schools Surulere, Lagos, who have emerged at the final stage of the competition.

Both schools will be competing for the WINBAFRICA Young Nation Builders’ Trophy (WYNBT) in the debate.

“The school debate competition will provide a platform for girls to showcase their talents and engage in meaningful discussions on important social and economic issues facing them and the continent,” the president of WINBAFRICA, Ms Bukola Bello-Jaiyesimi, said.

She also said, “Through initiatives like the scholarship program, WINBAFRICA is paving the way for a brighter future for girls and empowering them to reach their full potential.

“WINBAFRICA’s 10th anniversary is a testament to the organization’s dedication and commitment to promoting education and empowering women and girls in Africa.”

Ms Bello-Jaiyesimi described this year’s programme as a “significant step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society, where girls have the opportunity to thrive and succeed, paving the way for a brighter future for girls and empowering them to reach their full potential.”

“As we celebrate WINBAFRICA’s achievements over the past decade, let us continue to support and champion the rights of girls to education and empowerment. Together, we can build a brighter future for all,” she averred.

The group, since its inception, has carried out different projects and interventions like the Education First Series, Project Sapphire, Orphanage Challenge, Project Back–to–School, WINBAFRICA Monthly Round Table, WINBAFRICA Food Bank, and the Production of a Monthly Newsletter.

WINBAFRICA is present in Ghana, Gambia, South Africa, and Ethiopia. It has been at the forefront of championing the rights of girls to education and providing them with the necessary tools and resources to succeed.

Modupe Gbadeyanka

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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