Marks Women’s Day in style
By Vicky Bricks
Still in the spirit of the recently commemorated International Women’s Day, the writer and activist, Ambassador Unyime-Ivy King has unveiled her new pet project, the Save Our Women and Girls Foundation.
The foundation was unveiled on Friday March 10, 2017 at the OakWood Park Hotels in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria.
Described as a not-for-profit organization whose main focus is creating social developmental awareness on issues concerning women and girls that cuts across Nigeria and beyond, the foundation was incorporated in 2016.
At the event which was themed ‘I am the change,’ the promoters lauded the rise in the level of awareness to take concrete action to help in supporting the forging of gender parity in Nigeria and beyond.
Unyime-Ivy is an eminent ambassador of peace whose goal is to express her humanitarian passion for the girl child and women who are in vulnerable situations. She is a wife, mother, writer and events facilitator whose desire is to see the rebirth of strong moral/godly values in the family even as she is a positive agent of change in the society.
A graduate of English from the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, she also holds additional certifications in media enterprises, advanced writing and reporting skills from the Pan-Atlantic University’s School of Media and Communication, as well as Screen Writing from the Royal Arts Academy, Lagos.
Author of the novel ,’Burning hurt,’ she received the BEST Couple Achievers Award in May 2015, a family award presented to her during the United Nations International Day of Families celebration in Asaba, Delta state where she had been invited as a speaker/special guest of honour. The Life Changers Foundation UK, also gave her the Life Changers Award, for her online advocacy campaigns while the Gong Africa News Magazine, (Nigeria) and Maracas International News Magazine (Ghana), in collaboration with the Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Africa Genius Award Centre/Foundation , Ghana, awarded her the Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Meritorious Award for leadership.
Unyime-Ivy who is happily married to Ubong King is mother of four children. She has recently delved into the field of publishing and communications by incorporating HTT Communications. She is also the Executive Director, Communications at Protection Plus Services Ltd, an international security services company
In a chat with The Difference at the event, Unyime-Ivy remarked on the importance of the SOW&G Foundation:
“We are the change because the change starts from us, and i believe that a new breed of women is rising. The theme for this programme, ‘ I am the change,’ for example, signifies a whole lot of things and one ot these is that where ever you find yourself, you should be the change. We are bold for change. Though we have just started but our intention is to take the organisation all across the world; reaching out to women and girls in hidden places all around the world. I believe if it has to happen it must start from you, it must start from me”.
On the question of specific challenges faced by female entrepreneurship in Africa today, she said the simple way to address it is that we should just learn to create news ideas.
” I’ve never given myself an excuse to go the other way. When I see that an option has failed, I would try and create another because there’s something always out there that you can do. Women should dare to take a bold step for change”.
Other speakers at the event included Mrs. Funmi Ajila Ladipo, CEO Regalia House of Fashion; Mrs Betty Abah, a journalist, author and women and children’s rights activist; Mrs. Mercy Ezenwa, a serial entrepreneur; Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist; Omasan Buwa, a TV presenter, OAP and socio-political analyst and Mrs. Adanze Oshomonika, a public health consultant.
Ambassador Unyime-Ivy King