United Bank of Africa is being criticized on social media after it revealed panelists for the African day conversations
The theme of the conversation titled “Growth, Jobs and Sustainable Developments Amidst A Global Pandemic” started today May 25th, 2020.
The panel session is be led by Group Chairman, Tony O. Elumelu alongside H.E President Macky Sall of Senegal; H.E President George Weah of Liberia; Senator Chris Coons, US Senator and Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah, President, Africa Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank); Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); and Amir Ben Yahmed, President, Africa CEO Forum.
As seen from the poster above there are only male panelist and not one woman listed as a panelist.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world where there are more women who become entrepreneurs than men. Despite this, women-owned small businesses find it much tougher to secure financing and investment than their male counterparts.
“All we see are seven men on the flyer. I believe there are amazing women too who can add their voice to this conversation.
Women also make up a great part of the population you are seeking to develop. Their voice is needed for this Africa’s future” one of the comments on the Facebook post by UBA Group read.
How UBA group thought it right to have such a conversation without having any woman as the panelist is quite disappointing.
And if we are to bring things home, the CEO Tony Elumelu has five daughters.