Facebook’s Policy Programmes Head in Africa, Sherry Dzinoreva, says the company will intensify its female entrepreneurship training in 10 universities in Nigeria in 2019.
Speaking during the ”SheMeansBusiness” dinner in Lagos, Dzinoreva said that Facebook was collaborating with ”She Leads Africa” to boost female entrepreneurship training in Nigeria. She said that training would be boosted through its ”SheMeansBusiness” programme that was launched in Nigeria in 2018.
According to her, the company trained over 4,000 female entrepreneurs in the country in 2018, through the SheMeansBusiness programme.
“We are going to continue to train thousands of women as well this year. Not very different from what we did last year, the only difference this year is that we are going into university as well.So we are going to be crossing 10 different universities across the country, as well as continuing to train female entrepreneurs.”
“The ideas of the programme is for women to come together to learn how to use digital platforms to grow their businesses, but in doing so, we also have a number of other types of engagements.”
“And as they do this, there are opportunities to network and learn how to actually grow their businesses.”
“This year, we are bringing financial literacy into the programme as well. it is opportunity to empower and support female business owners and aspiring female business owners,” she said.
Dzinoreva said that there was no specific criteria to engage on the programme, but just the entrepreneurial spirit of women who were either aspiring or existing entrepreneurs.
She said that Facebook felt that there was definitely a need to do something a bit different for the women.
“There is something about creating spaces for women because we know that when women are doing well, their communities are doing well.”
“When women are doing well; their families are doing well, businesses, industries are doing well and ultimately, the economy is driving as well.
“So we wanted to create a programme that was exclusively for women who were either one of you or are women who are thinking about opening a business and just need a little bit of inspiration,” Dzinoreva said.