At Olam, a leading player in the Nigerian agricultural value chain we are very much interested in celebrating our women and empowering them, which is why for us every International women’s day is an opportunity for us to proudly raise the female flag higher.
This year’s (2020) International women’s day celebrated held on the 8th of March themed EACH FOR EQUAL; we decided to go all out to support and celebrate our female employees as well as female students of the Lagos State Progressive Junior Secondary School, Surulere, Lagos State.
Mr. Anurag Shukla, Managing Director, Crown Flour Mills Ltd., a subsidiary of Olam, described our female employees of the company as a very important part of the workforce whose contributions have been monumental to us. The company, whose products include ‘Supreme Lite Flour’, prides it’s on been an equal opportunities employer and Mr. Anurag Shukla expressed his excitement that a lot of women occupy senior leadership positions in the company. He further pledged that the organization would continue to promote gender equality, adding that Olam would continue to make the environment more conducive for female employees.
Addressing the students of the Lagos State Progressive Junior Secondary School, Surulere, Mrs. Bola Adeniji, Category Head, Marketing, Crown Flour Mill Ltd, said that women are now emerging as leaders in various spheres of life, adding that traditional barriers for girls are being challenged and girls are now gaining access to greater opportunities.
Also speaking at the event, Mrs. Juliet Keshinro, a Girls Coach and educator took the audience through the journey of advocacy for equality of girls. Inspiring the girls to believe that they can ascend to whatever heights they desire to attain; she reiterated the need for them to have a resolve to overcome all limitations and challenges in their way.
Mrs. Keshinro further motivated the girls to stay focused in school, keep their head high and dream on.
The female students were later taught on how to make different pastries with one of the flour brands of Crown Flour Mill- Supreme Lite which has a less oil absorbing property and also gives more yield when used to make pastries like Puff Puff, Chin Chin, Dough nut etc.
The students and the staff were all treated with lots of goodies and souvenirs to mark the day.