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Full Speech of Convener, Arise Women Dr Siju Iluyomade At 15th Arise Women Conference 

Siju Iluyomade

It is with exceeding great joy that I welcome you to Arise Women’s Conference 2023 which marks 15 this year.

Today, we are privileged and honoured to see that ARISE is GLOBAL in every ramification; from the ARISE WALK FOR LIFE, GOLF, FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT. PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE DELIVERY, EDUCATION ETC.

 

Women around the world are making their voices heard, breaking barriers and occupying more leadership positions. There is an urgent call to action.

Today, I welcome my ARISE SISTERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD -SWEDEN, ITALY, NORTH AMERICA, Dubai, GHANA, ZAMBIA, INDIA, FINLAND, U.K., too many to mention.

The theme this year is STEP UP it is a RALLYING CRY – A CALL TO

EXCELLENCE, AN ANTHEM OF EMPOWERMENT AND ACTION.

Permit me to start with two quotes: FORTUNE BEFRIENDS THE BOLD Emily Dickinson

SUCCESS IS SURVIVAL Leonard Cohen

Today, women face the choice of either to succumb to the stereotypical mold they have been placed in or to challenge it.

 

 

STEP UP IS A CALL TO CHALLENGE IT. STEP UP SPEAKS TO SELF ACTUALIZATION STEP UP SPEAKS TO HARNESSING YOUR ECONOMIC; MENTAL, PHYSICAL, EDUCATIONAL, STRENGTH.

We need to break free from the mold. I choose to challenge it. At this conference, we want to infuse ourselves with.

RESILIENCE

COURAGE

STRENGTH

PERSISTENCE

TENACITY

POWER

DETERMINATION

 

To effect the necessary change to believe in our infinite potential to succeed. Joshua 1:9 KJV – The Lord said: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest”.

We need to be positive, to aim higher than we currently are doing. It is not only about being better than your contemporaries or predecessors, it is TO BE BETTER THAN YOURSELF As long as you have breath, you have infinite potential. Deuteronomy 1:8

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KJV: “Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them”.

 

You are born to win but to be a winner, you must plan to win and expect to win.

It is time to unlock our capabilities.

THE WORLD OVER, INCLUDING

AFRICA, WOMEN ARE THE GREATEST

UNTAPPED POWER.

SO AT THIS CONFERENCE, WE WILL

STEP UP

TO STEP UP MEANS

1) Break down barriers limiting our

progress

2) Challenge stereotypes, foster an

environment of equal opportunity

based on merit.

3) Empower more Women and others so

we can create a lasting legacy and

sustainability.

4) Mentor more Women, open more doors

as we are doing today by going

completely global.

5) Embrace Emotional Intelligence,

sensitivity to others and thereby

inculcating a decent strong value

system.

6) Embrace Innovation, Technology

Artificial Intelligence the sciences,

computer technology robotics. All these

are needed in today’s world.

The World Economic Forum’s future on

jobs report 2023 lists certain skills as tops

in demand by 2027.

 

Analytical thinking

• Creative thinking

• Artificial intelligence

• Big Data

While six in ten workers will require

training before 2027, only half of those

workers are seen to have access to

adequate training opportunities,

according to the report.

The implication is that half of today’s

workforce may not have the skills they

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require to thrive in the very near future.

WE MUST STEP UP

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

1) WHAT AM I CAPABLE OF DOING? DO I

HAVE THE MENTAL CAPABILITY,

FORTITUDE, WILLPOWER AND

COURAGE.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 KJV “For I know the

thoughts that I think toward you, saith

the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not

of evil, to give you an expected end”.

2) WILL I BE DISILLUSIONED BY

ADVERSITY OR CAN I WEATHER ANY

STORM OR ADVERSITY.

STORMS HIT YOUR

WEAKNESS BUT INVARIABLY IT

ALSO UNLOCKS YOUR TRUE

STRENGTH

You must never give up.

 

Dear Sister, you cannot change

the directions of the wind but you

can adjust your sail to always

reach your destination.

 

ARISE STEPS UP ALL THE TIME

WE ARE DOERS NOT

COMPLAINANTS.

According to the National Primary

Healthcare Development Agency

(NPHCDA) up to six out of ten

Nigerians lack access to quality

primary Health care services.

Lack of access to Healthcare is the

leading cause of maternal death in

Africa. Nigeria is home to 20% of all

maternal deaths according to Global

citizen.

However, ARISE STEPPED UP AND

STEPPED IN. We built a hospital in

Dafara.

We have taken delivery of many

babies and we are happy to say no

 

maternal death and no infant death.

We provide good ante-natal and

postpartum care.

ARISE KEEPS STEPPING UP. Providing

infrastructure to curb infrastructural

deficits especially water by putting

boreholes in many rural communities.

We can all do same and more.

3) MAJOR ON YOUR STRENGTH TELL

YOURSELF – I WILL MAJOR DAILY ON

MY STRENGTH

4) LEARN SKILLS TO EXCEL

5) DEFINE YOUR GOALS

6) CONTINUALLY AND CONSCIOUSLY

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DEMONSTRATE CHARACTER AND

LEADERSHIP

 

7) MAXIMISE YOUR POTENTIAL BY

TREATING TIME PRECIOUSLY LIKE

GOLD.

8) STAY POSITIVE

9) LEARN TO NETWORK, DIVERSIFY,

CREATE WEALTH, BUILD HUMAN

CAPITAL

10)SET MILESTONES

11)PLAY FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND

LONGEVITY

12)BE SUPER CONFIDENT, DON’T GET

TRAPPED IN FAILURE

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU

LEMONS, MAKE LEMONADE

13)LEARN TO CELEBRATE YOURSELF,

YOUR SUCCESSES. CELEBRATE

ALWAYS.

STEP UP SPEAKS TO SELF-

ACTUALIZATION, to our innate ability

to perform in alignment to our highest

self.

Don’t ever let the memories of your

past limit the potential of your

future.

Therefore we need to STEP UP OUR

ADVOCACY AND RAISE OUR VOICES IN

UNISON. TO BRING TO LIGHT THE

many areas that need urgent

interventions.

Our collective voice can make a world of

difference in our nations and to our

succeeding generation.

 

Secondly, we need stronger partnership

and alliances between women,

Government, Private Organisations and

men to tackle issues threatening our

existence.

With partnership we STEP UP and we

can achieve bigger interventions or

projects. The problems we face as a

Nation is MEGA. WE NEED TO STEP UP

TOGETHER.

Thirdly, arise invites you to pool

together investments. we need big

tickets investment in our nation.

Investment will go a long way in

Education, Healthcare delivery,

infrastructure.

Pooling of resources by Government,

private sector bodies like Arise will bring

 

about sure and sustainable development

in Nigeria.

THE TIME TO STEP UP OUR GAME IS

NOW.

LET THE CONVERSATION and the

strengthening of partnerships begin.

COLLECTIVELY LET’S STEP UP.

THERE ARE NO LIMITS

THERE IS ONLY ONE YOU

YOU ARE SUPER

STEP UP NOW

 

 

SIJU ILUYOMADE

2023

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