Firms Collaborate to Drive Gender Parity, Inclusiveness


Emma Okonji

Appzone Group, a sub-Saharan Africa FinTech Software company has partnered Leading Ladies Africa, a women’s empowerment non-profit organisation, whose goal is to ensue gender equality, parity and inclusion for African women.

As part of its efforts to amplify the group’s internal diversity and Inclusion drive, Appzone will collaborate with the women-focused non-profit on its Leadership By Design Summit — an initiative that seeks to provide a means of addressing and proffering solutions to the most urgent and pressing challenges women face in the fields of Business (Enterprise), Workplace (Career), and Leadership (Politics and Advocacy). The event will hold March 27 at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel, Oniru, Lagos.

Speaking on the partnership, Group Chief Marketing Officer Appzone, Efosa Aiyevbomwan said: “As a Pan-African brand with a global outlook, we are excited to partner Leading Ladies Africa because we understand the importance of cultivating a workforce and society that is truly diverse and inclusive, fostering a continued sense of equity and belonging for women and other minority groups.”

Speaking further, he said: “We are a forward-thinking company that remains committed to ensuring that we have increased female representation across various levels in our organization, as seen by our recent announcement of Omonuwa Olulano as Group Chief Human Resources Officer. We’ll also continue to keep a keen eye out and explore other impactful ways to expand our internal D&I initiatives.”

Founder, Leading Ladies Africa, Francesca Uriri, said: “We are thrilled to have Appzone partner with us on this initiative. The Leadership By Design Summit is an event that seeks to strengthen the business case for diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion, specifically with regards to African women, and also chart a sustainable blueprint that encourages and supports the participation, growth and sustenance of women in the major sectors across the ecosystem. We are extremely grateful and glad that Appzone is partnering with us to bring that vision to light.”

Appzone Group is Africa’s FinTech Software Engineering firm which builds home-grown technology for the continent’s banking and payments industry/sector. The group comprises subsidiaries with diverse product offerings that work together to serve as the backbone for digital financial services Africa.