Nigeria: George Bush to Host African First Ladies Summit


Former U.S President George W. Bush, and his wife, Laura, are to host an African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from July 2 to July 3.

A statement issued by the U.S Consulate-General in Lagos, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, said the summit would focus on expected roles of the “first ladies” in the empowerment of African women.

The theme of the summit is “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa”.

“Investing in women results in better outcome for entire families, communities and nations.

“The summit will highlight first ladies as advocates for women’s economic empowerment, health and education.

” It will bring together African first ladies, government officials, academics and private organisations, to discuss best practices of empowering women in their communities,” it said.

The statement added that prioritising women’s economic, health and educational empowerment was imperative to national development.

It said Mr and Mrs Bush would give keynote addresses, which would expose African first ladies to their expected roles in women empowerment. (NAN)

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Kemi Wale-Olaitan

Kemi is a retired broadcaster from the service of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria; while in service, she had her interest in women issues and had interviews with several notable women in the course of her duty as a producer in the service of the Federal government. Her interest in broadcasting was informed by her creative writing prowess; she has been very active in creative writing since her undergraduate days, and she has written a few fictional works in form of short stories and novel. Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies of Short stories. Kemi was also very active in the establishment of the Women Writers Association of Nigeria (WRITA) and she served on its first Executive Council.

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