IGD Fellow Talks Africa, Women and Ebola on New Day Northwest
The Initiative for Global Development (IGD) announced Monday it has named Nigerian businesswoman Adeshola Komolafe an African Emerging Leader Fellow.
Komolafe is Founder and Nigerian Country Director of Save our Future, an organization that works to empower youth by providing resources and programming aimed at cultivating global leadership. In addition to her work with Save our Future, Komolafe also serves as CEO of Media Insight, an integrated marketing and communications firm in Nigeria.
During her trip to Seattle this week, Komolafe appeared on New Day Northwest to discuss the role and status of women in Africa. Check out the interview below:
As CEO of Media Insight, Komolafe has worked on a wide variety of campaigns including the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy effort, encouraging the government to prioritize facilitating the return of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by radical group Boko Haram. “Nigeria is still very patriarchal and women are discriminated against,” Komolafe said at an IGD event Monday. The Fellow recognizes, however, that her position at the head of a media business provides her with a direct and wide-reaching voice to advocate for change in her community. “Nigeria is getting better,” she said. “We know we are a success story.”
The Jennifer Potter Emerging Leaders Fellowship is awarded annually to one promising, young, African business leader who demonstrates a commitment to lifting lives through business growth and investment. The Fellowship was established in 2013 in recognition of IGD’s former President and CEO, commemorating her commitment to expanding economic opportunity.