Outstanding Timipre Wolo Bags HNWOTY Woman of the Year 2017 Award

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Adedayo Adejobi

Instituted as a driving force in the realm of award ceremonies made for women, by women, Timpre Wolo, a young outstanding Lawyer and energy entrepreneur came out tops at the maiden edition of the Her Network Woman of the Year (HNWOTY) Awards, which took place in Lagos last Sunday.

Timipre Wolo is the CEO of TFN Energy Limited and Founder of the Centre for Gender Equality, Education and Empowerment (CGEEE), an NGO which she set up in response to the high level of illiteracy and poverty amongst women and girls in rural areas across Africa.

Timipre began her career in private legal practice, whilst also running the Greener Nigeria Initiative, an NGO focused on the environment, which she co-founded. In 2010, she joined the Legal Department of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Nigeria’s foremost government agency responsible for capacity development in the oil and gas industry and was subsequently appointed Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary. In September 2011, she was assigned the responsibility of leading the team tasked with fostering closer collaborations between the PTDF and relevant stakeholders in the industry such as IOCs, NOCs, the academia, the National Assembly and oil-producing communities. Thus, becoming the youngest person to ever serve in the PTDF Management.

Timipre also championed the first ever Helicopter Pilot Training Programme for the petroleum industry in Nigeria with the training of indigenous youths as internationally certified commercial helicopter pilots. Following the successful completion of their training, she played a key role in facilitating PTDF pioneer job-creation partnership with the private sector, culminating in employment of 15 of the young budding pilots into positions hitherto held by expatriates.

Wolo, who represented Nigeria at the United Nations Youth Assembly in 2005, 2006 and 2008 respectively, has a passion for educating young girls. She dedicates time to supporting and mentoring young women and girls, through the CGEEE and ONE HOUR WITH THE KING, a non-denominational Christian Fellowship she founded in 2013. She enjoys traveling and working with vulnerable children in orphanages and refugee camps and believes that education is a vital tool for sustainable development and that with quality education; anything is achievable irrespective of your status at birth.