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.
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
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
SO AT THIS CONFERENCE, WE WILL
TO STEP UP MEANS
1) Break down barriers limiting our
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
4) Mentor more Women, open more doors
as we are doing today by going
5) Embrace Emotional Intelligence,
sensitivity to others and thereby
inculcating a decent strong value
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.
• 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
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
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
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
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
However, ARISE STEPPED UP AND
STEPPED IN. We built a hospital in
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
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
4) LEARN SKILLS TO EXCEL
5) DEFINE YOUR GOALS
6) CONTINUALLY AND CONSCIOUSLY
DEMONSTRATE CHARACTER AND
7) MAXIMISE YOUR POTENTIAL BY
TREATING TIME PRECIOUSLY LIKE
8) STAY POSITIVE
9) LEARN TO NETWORK, DIVERSIFY,
CREATE WEALTH, BUILD HUMAN
11)PLAY FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND
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
STEP UP SPEAKS TO SELF-
ACTUALIZATION, to our innate ability
to perform in alignment to our highest
Don’t ever let the memories of your
past limit the potential of your
Therefore we need to STEP UP OUR
ADVOCACY AND RAISE OUR VOICES IN
UNISON. TO BRING TO LIGHT THE
many areas that need urgent
Our collective voice can make a world of
difference in our nations and to our
Secondly, we need stronger partnership
and alliances between women,
Government, Private Organisations and
men to tackle issues threatening our
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
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,
Pooling of resources by Government,
private sector bodies like Arise will bring
about sure and sustainable development
THE TIME TO STEP UP OUR GAME IS
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