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Mo Abudu challenges gender stereotypes
Yesterday was Day 2 of the Ake Festival event and in the midst of the series of amazing activities featured at the literary enclave, there was a panel session that received a little more excitement than usual.
The panel session in question dealt with Corporate Africa’ and featured media mogul, Mo Abudu alongside Northern entrepreneur Amal Hassan, facilitated by the convener of the Ake Festival, Lola Shoneyin.
The session addressed the stereotypes given to successful female entrepreneurs and how to rise above it, the struggle of being female in a male-dominated industry and many other pertinent concerns in today’s skewed business landscape.
Mo Abudu explained that her predisposition to employing more women than men was not only to give women more representation but was due to a track record she had noticed overtime; women were more committed at their jobs than men.
Amal Hassan alluded to the same thing, saying that a series of qualities she insists on before employing anyone always brought in more women than men.
When asked for their most degrading moments in navigating this landscape, Amal remembered a time when she showed up for a meeting for ‘bosses’ and was summarily approached by someone who whispered, “this seat is for your boss” at which she instantly replied, “I am the boss.”
Mo Abudu on the other hand, went for the naysayers, especially the ones who were somehow convinced that she must have exchanged sexual favours for her ‘unexplained’ advancement. Her advise was to ignore them, saying those who could muster up such accusations were most likely not building anything for themselves and didn’t believe it was possible without playing dirty.
“If you think that I am sleeping around to get this far ahead, then I must be very good at it,” she joked.
The session ended with the trio dishing out general advice to young men and developing it into an acronym for them to remember; HIR.
LABAF2019 – FILM SCREENING @Kongi’s Harvest
Not one but three films will be screened at this year’s Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF2019). DANCING MASK (54mins), a documentary film about the history and activities of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), is one of them. It tells the story of how the association was founded in 1981 by the late novelist Professor Chinua Achebe with support from Wole Soyinka and other first generation of Nigerian writers. In this documentary, director Tee Jay Dan interviews both old and young writers including first generation writers like Mabel Segun and Professor Kole Omotoso. The film highlights the significance of ANA and the association’s contribution to the development of literature and democracy in Nigeria.
(Produced by iREP International Documentary Film Forum)
Date: Sunday, Nov 10, 2019
Time: 11 am
Venue: Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery, Freedom Park, Lagos