Empowerment: Foundation makes case for older women

Founder, Mother of Models, organizers of 40&Fabulous TV reality show, Nnenna Abani has said older women who could still learn a trade, go back to school or start a business.

Abani noted this during the grand finale of the TV reality show when one of the contestant, Jane Watson emerged winner of the maiden edition of the television reality show, 40&Fabulous with N10million and a car.

Omotomilola Makanjuola came second while Princess Okaine took the third position.

According to her, outside Nigeria, women who are over 70 years were still doing business or starting new trade but in Nigeria, when a woman is over 40 they feel their life is over.

According to her, the reality show is aimed at helping the multi-tasking women chose their right career among all her crafts and to create a platform to help depressed women who are 40 years or above.

Abani said that the 10 contestants received training in the areas of photography, tips in managing money and entrepreneurship during the 60 days the programme streamed on GOTV, Startimes, Channels, Wazobia TV, Wap TV amongst other stations.

On his part,the Executive Producer of 40&Fabulous, Kennedy Ajah some of the women were almost giving up on life but the programme has given them hope and a new life via empowerment through entrepreneurship

Also, the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe represented by the Director of Performing Arts of the Council, Mr Sam Agbe said one of his cardinal working principles was to empower women and youths to become self-reliant.

He said “this is critical in helping them engage in meaningful ventures, contribute their quota to the socioeconomic development of the country and stay away from social vices.”

The winner, Watson, who couldn’t hold her excitement described the show as interesting despite the overbearing western influence that pervaded Nigerian cultural values.

Watson also urged other women to see the need to participate in such programmes that promote entrepreneurship, cultural heritage and decency.

She said the emphasis of the show is that women who older women can still learn a trade, go back to school or start a business.

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