• It's About the African Woman

    All AWLO projects and activities are focused around the areas that will improve the status of women in the continent

  • African Women in Leadership Conference

    The highlight of the organisations activities is the annual African Women in Leadership Conference where the solidarity and cohesion of the membership will be enhanced, actions implemented during the year discussed and shared and goals and objectives for the coming year articulated.

    The last edition (2012) was held in Banjul, Gambia in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and in collaboration with the Government of Gambia.

  • Objectives

    The AWLO seeks to advance the status of women in leadership in the African continent by creating an empowering platform and harnessing the synergies of alliance.

  • Membership

    The African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) is a non-profit organisation with a membership that is open to all women leaders across Africa.

  • Vision

    AWLO envisions a continent in which women take their rightful place as home and nation builders with equal opportunities and equal access in all areas of existence.

  • Be Empowered!

    The AWLO powers projects across Africa, with the aim of empowering women with what they need to succeed in business and politics.


Mr.Elisha Attai Elisha Attai is a media, communications and public relations practitioner. A strong advocate for the development and advancement of the African woman, he is the Chief Executive Officer of the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO), the initiator and organiser of the African Women in Leadership Conference (AWLC).

Elisha holds degrees in Music Technology and Accountancy with several years experience in music management, brand and business development and consultancy.

He is the Managing Director/CEO of Studio 115 Integrated Services, a communication services, media and brand development consultancy and the organising company for the annual West African Women in Leadership Conference since 2009. Elisha’s proven track record in transforming brands for success has contributed to the growth and relevance of the Women Conference over the last five years. He is a Samsung International media Ambassador.

Elisha is also the Content Producer for Africa Magic (MNET) with the popular CLICK AFRICA on Chanel 154, the most watched channel on the DSTV network and is constantly involved in repositioning the brand and enriching its content.

An indigene of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, he is passionate about the development and advancement of his State and thus contributes his quota by applying his vast knowledge and experience in promoting the positive image of his State at home and abroad.

Elisha has a strong Christian ethic and immerses himself with many faith based activities of his church and its ministry. He is also involved with several charitable organisations and is an active supporter and friend of LittleBigSouls, a charity for the care of premature babies born in Africa. He has professional associations with a number of organisations such as the Nigeria British Chamber of Commerce, the Performing Musician Association of Nigeria (PMAN) and the South African Association of Culture and Tourism.

He is a recipient of numerous awards within and outside the Continent.

An ardent sports fan, he loves football. Elisha lives in Lagos with his beautiful wife Eno and four lovely children.

Dr Aida Opoku-Mensah Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dr Aida Opoku-Mensah is Director of the ICT, Science and Technology Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). For the past 25 years, Dr Opoku-Mensah has worked on cultural, environmental, ICT, Science and Technology, as well as media/communication policies in the context of socio-economic development for Africa.

Previously she worked for the Panos Institute based in London as director for Southern African Programmes, and subsequently relocated to Lusaka, Zambia, where she established the Panos' Southern Africa regional office and served as its first director. Dr Opoku-Mensah also worked with the New York-based Ford Foundation’s West Africa office in Lagos, Nigeria. Prior to this she lectured at London’s City University on communication policy and for many years covered African political, economic and social issues reporting for the BBC African Service as well as Radio Nederlands International – the Dutch World Service.

She has written extensively on communications and ICTs for development issues in Africa. As Director of ICT, Science and Technology Division she is currently spearheading the work of ECA in the area of the Knowledge Economy in Africa. She sits on the Editorial Board of the Feminist Media Studies Journal as well as the Geospatial World Editorial Advisory Board 2011-13 and is a member of the University Advisory Council of the Accra-based African Institute of Technology (AIT), and serves on the board of Panos London.

She has a BA in Linguistics from the University of Ghana, MA (Communication Policy Studies) from London's City University, her PhD from the University of Leeds, UK.

Edith Uyovbukerhi Edith Uyovbukerhi is Executive Director of the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO).

She is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and holds an MBA in Finance from Stirling University in Scotland and a Bachelors degree from Brighton University, Brighton UK.

Edith has had wide experience spanning 20 years in accounting, finance and business management, strategic planning, project management and business systems implementation. She has had an impressive career working with Pricewaterhouse as a senior consultant involved in major international projects in Africa and holding key headship roles in high profile blue chip companies in the United Kingdom like, Cadbury Schweppes, Nestle Purina plc and Diageo plc. She took an international assignment in 2007 to a Diageo plc subsidiary in Ghana, Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited where as Head of Business Performance and Strategy was key to the company’s record breaking financial performance for 2008/2009.

She is currently the CEO of Sun Ridge Company Limited, manufacturers of a leading bottled water brand in Ghana. Edith is involved in other projects and is a non-executive finance director and on the Board of NN24, a groundbreaking recently launched 24 hour news station in Nigeria.

Edith is a strong believer that the African woman is uniquely placed by way of heritage to be a formidable force for advancement and achievement globally and brings that into her involvement with the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO). She is an advocate for mentoring of young women as a means of ensuring a stronger next generation of women of colour.

Edith’s royal lineage, Christian upbringing and strong family have inculcated in her a sense of giving back to humanity and of responsibility for those less fortunate. She is involved in a number of community and charitable projects at local and international level. She is an executive member of Friends of Africa and the Caribbean (FACE) in the UK, a charity for research and support for sickle cell anaemia, a board and committee member of Better Life Foundation, a charity for children with cancer in Ghana.

She is the Co-Founder of LittleBigSouls, a not-for-profit –organization incorporated in the UK, and in Africa, committed to advocating on the serious issue of prematurity and the reduction of the terrible rates of death and disability for pre-term babies, particularly in Africa.

She is married with three children, and lives in Ghana and the UK.


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