CODE RED: When Women Entrepreneurs Gather for Advocacy


The ‘Whitespace’ on Raymond Njoku, Ikoyi is such a small venue. Yet it attracts important events in Lagos! How it manages that should make a good investigation for business-minded folks.

For instance, it hosted the oversubscribed “CODE RED: African Women in Media and Tech” on Wednesday, February 19th – made possible by Girl Hub Nigeria in partnership with Tech Cabal. Code Red seeks to raise awareness and support for efforts at empowering the Arewa Girl – a reference to the northern Nigerian young girl.

Did you know that 1 in 20 northern girls die in childbirth? They are girls; not women that are pulled out of school and married off at between 12 and 14 years of age. (Get more information at

CODE RED, an invite-only event for African women in media and tech (and those who love them); also invited the AWP Network. It was a gathering of trailblazers in media and tech for the purpose of galvanising an ecosystem that is both women and girl-friendly.

Those at the event are TV/Radio producers searching for positive girls’ story; techpreneurs in need of good PR advice; blog editors seeking new contributors; and digital media mavens. Whereas the audience was naturally dominated by women; few men who support girls and women in media and technology were also on ground.

Bankole Olwafemi, Spectra and Seyi Taylor

In the crowded room at the event included Blossom NnodimDupe MacaulayEmilia Blessing TobiRuth OlurounbiIzegbuaToyin ArowoloSubomi Plumptre, and Babs Okubote among others.

It was a great occasion to connect with African Women in media and tech. People also had the opportunity of connecting with the folks behind the girl effect in Nigeria, the work connecting and convening leaders for girls in Northern Nigeria, and the event partners, Tech Cabal, a web blog at the forefront of the narrative about technology in Nigeria.

The main reason for the event, according to the organisers, is because “African women’s voices are still under- and misrepresented.

“FACT: According to a global report on the status of women in the media, 83% of all news subjects in the world (including Nigeria) were male, while less than 17% were female,” a statement reads.

There was much to eat and drink at the event, which also had heavy networking sessions. Every participant was required to get to know 10 new acquaintances. A pledge was extracted from everyone to be advocates of greater equality and emancipation for the disadvantaged ‘Arewa girl.’

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