The African Woman Event hosted by Startup Grind Port Harcourt held on the 21st of April 2018 at Nostalgea Cuisine & Bakery in Port Harcourt.
There were so many positives from the event which was hosted in honour of women entrepreneurs in Port Harcourt. Surprisingly, we also had participation from outside Port Harcourt, amazing stuff! It was a time of in depth learning, real life experiences, inspiration and fun.
So many high points from the event, it’s difficult to highlight a few.
The Saturday morning was so bright with the sun rising early and illuminating the city for the beautiful event. The location of the venue was almost perfect, carved out of the hustle and bustle of Port Harcourt city, yet very easily accessible. The atmosphere was lit up already as guests trickled into the cosy ambience of the training room at Nostalgea Cuisine. Attendees quickly connected with each other and were sharing deep insights, ideas and contacts… blending unconsciously with the Startup Grind ideology as the Chapter Director, Nnamdi would later point out.
After the opening prayers, Nnamdi welcomed everyone and took a moment to give a brief introduction of Startup Grind as a global community and the reason for the special event themed - The business, challenges, potentials and victory strategies of the African Woman.
Straight into the business of the day, Nnamdi took out time to share his knowledge in business through a session on “Business Modelling”. Responses from the audience were used to explain the Business model as a small scalable prototype of the operational structure of a business. He stated that, one major factor towards the sustainability of any business is its business model and the ability of an entrepreneur to develop a solid business model at an early stage will make such business survive through uncertainties in the market. In his words, “You must build a sustainable organization to help solve real-world problems and provide value to constituents (customers) over time”. He used case studies of several known businesses to explain the different components of the business model canvas (BMC).
It was then time to engage the guest speaker/chief host, Mrs. Ajoke Enebeli, the CEO of Nostalgea cuisine whose profile is loaded with accolades from her various involvements in education, charity, business and religion.
Ajoke Hephzi-bah Enebeli MSM is a graduate of Adult and Community Development from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, with Post Graduate certificates in Strategic Management and Social Entrepreneurship. She is also a graduate from the University of Ibadan, with a National Certificate of Education (NCE), trained teacher in English and French language.Read More
Ajoke Hephzi-bah Enebeli MSM is a graduate of Adult and Community Development from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, with Post Graduate certificates in Strategic Management and Social Entrepreneurship. She is also a graduate from the University of Ibadan, (Rivers State, campus college of Education) with a National Certificate of Education (NCE), trained teacher in English and French language.
She is a member of the Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria, ISMN.
Ajoke Enebeli is one of the winners of the world Bank scholarship for women (Womenx) run by the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan African University Lagos, Nigeria, where she graduated with a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management .
She has attended many Workshops and seminars in the US, South Africa, Ghana and within Nigeria with certifications.
In a career that span 15 years, she served in the Federal Civil Service, voluntarily retired in 2016 to fully focus her energy on turning her passion for hospitality and food into a now successful brand; NOSTALGEA CUSINE AND BAKERY.
As a mentor to women, youths and teenagers, she is passionate about human capacity development, pioneering and administering several Empowerment Initiatives.
She is presently the Rivers State Chapter Coordinator for an international women organization, African Women in Leadership Organization (AWLO) with an international award as best Coordinator West Africa 2016.
President, Confident Women Association Port Harcourt (a charity support group in Port Harcourt catering for single rejected mothers and their children helping them boost their confidence ) she is also President/Founder, Succour and Care Foundation, a non-profit organization that gives succour and relief to indigent women and children , looking out for straying young boys in the society .
She is also the President/Founder, Sophia and Grace Women Ministries, a prayer support intercessory group. Member of Engenni Women Consultative Forum, her maternal women's forum involved in cultural reawakening.
She is a Director on the Board of IDEASCORP LTD (owners of WashXpress Drycleaners, St Alexis Travel and Tours, as well as Nostalgea Cuisine and Bakery), Member of the NECA's Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW).
Her passion to support and work with seasoned Entrepreneurs has endeared to the Entrepreneurs platform Initiative (EPI) where she is presently the Rivers State chapter Coordinator.
She is married to Alex Ndudi Enebeli, and they are blessed with two amazing children and uncountable godsons and daughters. She loves children, teenagers and young adults with a passion. As a practicing Christian, she serves together with her part-time clergy husband at the Crystal Vine Community, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.
She loves listening to gospel music, Jazz, Orchestra/Instrumentals, a secular old school music lover, a writer/lover of poetry, counselling brings out the best in her, She loves to dance and travel a lot.