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Inspirational Woman Awards and Networking event (March 23)

 The nominations for the inspirational woman awards is now closed. To attend the Inspirational Woman Awards and Networking event with special guests Mavis Amankwah, Siobhan Benita, Anne Wafula Strike and Abbiih Oloyede this Saturday, purchase your ticket from as little as £10 now by clicking on this link: Discounted ticket sale ends 10pm this Friday, March 22. Tickets at the door are considerably higher.

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To celebrate the launch of International Women’s Month, Women Mentoring Women is hosting an event to celebrate extraordinary women who despite personal setbacks and challenges  have turned their ‘limes’ to smiles, are living their dream and achieved what others thought impossible.


You’ll get to hear and meet some amazing women including OH TV presenter and pastor Abbiih Oloyede, PR guru Mavis Amankwah, former Mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita and Paralympic athlete Anne Wafula Strike.

This event is for women who want to: 

* start their own business or currently run one,

* are interested in moving up the career ladder,

* need advice and support in achieving their goals or

* desire to be inspired by the stories of successful women or inspire others

* enjoy an inspiring awards ceremony.

Meet the Speakers

Mavis Amankwah is an award-winning entrepreneur, specialising in marketing, PR, diversity communications and business sustainability. She started her business Rich Visions from scratch. Her company is one of the leading communications agencies worth millions. Rich Visions has created campaigns for over 50 commercial and corporate organisations including Comic Relief, ASDA, HSBC, HMRC and the Metropolitan Police. As a motivational speaker she has shared platforms at various conferences and seminars with high profile dignitaries and celebrities such as Diane Abbott MP, Apprentice winner Tim Campbell, Reggae Reggae sauce business entrepreneur Levi Roots and CEO of the MOBO Awards Kanya King. She has also been a keynote speaker at the prestigious Business 2012 event, alongside Stedman Graham (Oprah’s partner) Lord Alan Sugar and Sir Richard Branson. Always keen to share her knowledge and experience, Mavis debuted as an author in September 2011 with her book “44 Ways to Grow Your Business or Brand: a step-by-step guide to increase profits”. The self-help business book is an indispensable guide for businesses, sole traders, social enterprises and charities. Having been featured in over 120 press titles from the Guardian to PR Week, this serial business woman has recently been named one of ‘the most influential people in PR,’ for the fifth consecutive year by PR Week’s Powerbook (2009-2013). Mavis is a full member of the Chartered Institute of PR (CIPR); she has won six business and community awards. For an opportunity to win Mavis’ book, register for the event.

Inspirational Talk: The business in me
Why she chose to go into business, how she continuously identifies gaps in the market and fills it, tips for building a successful business and surviving in the recession, how women can identify the business (es) they are suited for, how to expand an existing business, what women can do when they feel like giving up in business.

Siobhan Benita was a senior civil servant until she resigned in January 2012 to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She secured around 250,000 votes which was a remarkable achievement for a previously unknown independent with no party machine. Siobhan devoted a lot of her time in the Civil Service to improving gender equality and in 2010 she founded Tabelle, a network for women working in and with the public sector. Since the election, Siobhan continues to work with many organisations across London. She provides political commentary on the radio and in the printed media and regularly speaks on the need for more women in UK public life. She is also involved with several projects aimed at improving the way parliament works and, in particular, increasing youth engagement with politics. Siobhan was born in Wimbledon, now lives in New Malden and is married with two daughters.

Inspirational Talk: Stepping out of my comfort zone
How she rose to the top of her career in the civil service, why she decided to leave, was it the right choice, what made her decision easy and/ or difficult, tips for women who are thinking of stepping out.

Anne Wafula Strike provides a personal example of courage, commitment and determination that challenges misconceptions about disability. Athlete, author, and sporting ambassador, Anne inspires achievement and excellence across a broad range of life situations through motivational talks and appearances that encourage others to overcome difficulties and maximise potential. Born in Mihu, Kenya, to Nekesa Ruth and Athumani Wafula in 1969, Anne was a fit and healthy child before polio struck when she was two years old. She was given the middle name of Olympia at birth, a title of prophetic significance for the future and prescient of hurdles she would face in forthcoming years. After completing A-levels and graduating from Moi University with a Bachelor of Education degree, Anne taught at Machakos Technical College in 1998, before meeting the man she would marry – which lead her to Britain, motherhood, and wheelchair racing. 2004 marked the beginning of an Olympic career when Anne became the first wheelchair racer from East Africa to compete at the Paralympics in Athens. Following an application for British citizenship in 2006, Anne joined Team GB and in 2007 was officially recognised by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception for her work as a disabled athlete and for involvement in charity work for people with disabilities. One lucky woman would take home Anne’s book ‘In my dreams, I dance’ (a powerful autobiographical account of adversity, endurance, and accomplishment).

Inspirational Talk: There’s no stopping me
Her story, the obstacles she faced/ how she dealt with them, tips on dealing with adversity and maintaining a positive attitude no matter the challenges faced.

Pastor Abbiih Oloyede is a prolific speaker, with a unique anointing of connecting with women and encouraging them to reach full potential in their calling and purpose. She has a passion to see the local church transform lives and communities. She pastor’s City Chapel a Multi Cultural Church in East London, alongside her husband Dr Jonathan, Convener Global Day of Prayer London. Abbiih also works cross culturally with Tearfund, ran a bed linen business and was a regular presenter on Revelation TV’s “She Matters”. Presently she hosts Womenz World on OHTV. Jonathan and Abbiih have a vision for wholesome families and are blessed with two gorgeous children.

Inspirational Talk: Building positive relationships
How to build positive relationships both inside and outside your home, communication tips, let’s talk forgiveness, seeing it from the other person’s perspective, knowing when to walk away, loving you.

The debut Poetry book: Through These Eyes

Through These Eyes is a collection of fifty two poems with a message to live more, laugh more and love more.

Meet the Artists

Ruth Smith is a recent psychology graduate and an instrumental teacher. Ruth has been interested in music all her life, starting with learning the recorder at 3 years old, and continuing to learn other instruments. The saxophone is the last instrument Ruth learnt to play, but it has become the most in demand instrument, therefore becoming her main instrument. It was people such as Sarah Agdomar, Benji Andoh and Dan Korasah that helped her in her very early stages of playing the saxophone, and gave her the platform that opened doors. Ruth is a co-founder of Gospel seekers band, and has collaborated with many other artists both within and outside the UK.

Saxophone Performance: Lean on me


Mbali Madi draws her inspiration and encouragement from her relationships and support network which has influenced her creative and song writing. She became increasingly open to the idea of working towards a music/creative career after attending a residential music camp in 2007. She found her passion and vision in singing and song writing. Mbali is also a part of the Premier Gospel Choir and the author of ‘Through These Eyes’ launched this Saturday at the Inspirational woman awards and networking event.

Poetry Performance: To an Inspiration


Maleesha Tabansi’s interest in the performing arts started from an early age and she trained with Bubbles and Secondwave Youth Theatre Groups. Maleesha has been performing in front of large audiences for many years and has toured a production of Rent at Lambeth schools. She appeared in the choruses of Handel’s Messiah and has had leading roles in various productions which have included the Nurse in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette, Sir Toby  in Twelfth Night at the Birdwell Theatre and Rose in  August Wilson Fences. Maleesha will be performing as Francine/Lena in the Olivier Award Winning Clybourne Park next month at the Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre. Maleesha currently trains with Anna Scher and Graham Fletcher Cook. She plays brass instruments including the Euphonium and Baritone horn and also enjoys reading and writing poetry.

Stage Performance: Ain’t I a woman!


Elodie Unia has been singing and writing songs since her childhood. She has always been very creative and involved in various choirs. She was a member of a female hip hop and RnB band at the age of 18 in France. She is also a member of the Premier Gospel Choir and has worked with various producers. Elodie is currently working on new material and her CDs are currently available in the Caribbean Islands and in France.  

Song Performance: The Climb


The event will be held on Saturday, March 23 at Sarah Bonnell School, Deanery Road, Stratford E15 4LP from 9am – 1pm.

Contact Women Mentoring Women at

  • To exhibit your products and services on the 23rd
  • To sponsor an award
  • For any queries


For the opportunity to inspire and be inspired, it is the last chance to purchase your ticket. Click on link below to purchase your ticket: 



2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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