Written by Karine Laudort
Women’s Night in Togo (West Africa) is an example of women’s success stories and highlights the beauty and power when women unite in honour of a great cause. Organised by the AEA Foundation, the 4th edition of the Woman Night Charity Gala included a night of fine dining, fashion, speeches and awards as well as performances from a wide range of Pan-African artists which included the highly acclaimed Ghanaian Afropop & RnB songstress, MzVee.
The gala had a range of high personalities and notable names including Marie-Joe Trénou (President of the AEA Foundation), Dr Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde MFR (Multi Award-Winning Nigerian actress), Aïda Yombo (Miss Togo 2019), Angela Aquereburu (Award-Winning TV Director, Script writer and Producer) and many more.
Hosted one day after International Women’s Day, on Saturday 7th March 2020, at the sumptuous Presidential 5 star ‘Hotel 2 Fevrier’, in Lomé, by the Foundation ‘Agir Ensemble pour l’Afrique’ (AEA), the annual event aimed to celebrate women and in particular women’s entrepreneurship, the education of young girls, maternal and child health and access to drinking water.
The AEA Foundation was created based on the desire to promote women, to contribute to the improvement of their living conditions and to the defence of their rights.Their long-term goal is to bring sustainable solutions and experiment new ways of providing support and assistance to the most vulnerable people. The Foundation is at the forefront of the fight against social inequalities and the protection of the most deprived.
Voted Time100 Most Influential in the world, the guest of honour this year was the amazing Nigerian Actress, Singer, Philanthropist and former Model, Dr Omotola Jalade Ekeinde. After receiving numerous high-profile awards, launching a music career, and amassing a large fan base (which include 4.7 million followers on Instagram & 3.7 million on Facebook), she has revered the Screen Nation Award for ‘Best Actress’ as Africa’s biggest star. On the night, she was not only recognised for her incomparable career accomplishments but was also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts. Her activism and philanthropy continue with Save The Children UK, Enough is Enough, and Amnesty International; working for causes like the Maternal Mortality struggle in Sierra-Leone and the Own Up, Pay Up and Clean Up campaign for Niger Delta. She has been UN ambassador for the WFP (World Food Programme) since 2005.
Ms. Kolani Yentchar (Minister of Social Action, Women’s Promotion and Illiteracy Elimination) who was also in attendance, called for more involvement of Togolese women in politics for their active participation in local elections.
“We intend to raise a lot of female candidates in these elections, to increase the rate of representation of women in decision-making bodies in our country. This message we will carry everywhere this year, so that the challenge of parity, gradually be raised in our country. We have led an arduous campaign in this direction for the legislative elections and we are proud to have, today, a woman at the perch of the National Assembly “
The beauty of this gala is that it uplifts and empowers the Togolese women to dream bigger. The night is a celebration of women, talent, resilience and excellence.