Soroptimist International a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls has taken its notch further as it elected a new president of the Ikoyi Club of Soroptimist International, Chief Mrs Helen Majemite. In demonstration of her passion for the girl child, when Soroptimist international, Ikoyi, led by the president donated palliative to the Massey Children Hospital, Lagos last month. According to Chief Mrs Helen Majemite, ‘ this is just a demonstration of our love and in accordance with the vision of Soroptimist international.
By Oscar Onojighofia
Indeed, for an international body whose vision is for women and girls to achieve their individual and collective potentials, realize aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities globally, the election of Chief Mrs Majemite will give fillip to the vision of the founders.
Majemite explained that for several years, it has been her desire to work with international bodies that serve humanities and that she joined Soroptimist International because of its mission which is for Soroptimists to transform the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities. Besides, she noted that Soroptimist International has its principles, which include advancement of the status of women, high ethical standard, human rights for all, equality, development and peace as well as the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace. This she says endeared the international body to her years back.
Indeed, Soroptimst International, a women’s voluntary service organisation working to enrich the lives of women and the girl child enjoys consultative status with the United Nations.
When asked what her plans were for the girl child, Majemite noted that the body under her tenure would work with partner organizations to alleviate the lives of girls through education, empowerment and provision of an enabling environment to those Soroptimist International is able to locate beginning from Ikoyi and all the Lagos suburbs.
While receiving the palliatives, the Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Bimbola Mabugonje expressed her gratitude to Mrs Helen Majemite, the President and other members of the Ikoyi Club for their kindheartedness
Helen Majemite, the newly elected president is a multi-faceted woman, philanthropist and entepreneur. A graduate from the University of Benin, Majemite cuts her teeth in the corporate world at the Nigerian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce. She is also an alumnus of the Fate Foundation and of the China Europe International Business School(CEIBS) where she obtained her Executive Education certificate. Majemite has groomed her facilities management company, Oeetrot Concept as one of the key players in the industry through its affiliation with networks like the Institute of the Workplace and Facilities Management.
She is also the Chief Operation Officer of Ceeri Foods, an agro and allied services company which has been able to nurture a household brand in the family snack sector. Ceeri snacks are endorsed as “Women Owned” an initiative of WEConnect International to promote businesses run by women all over the world.
Majemite, the new president of Ikoyi Club of Soroptimist International, is a Cherie Blair mentor and a mentor of the Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), she is passionate about the emotional, physical, spiritual and financial health of girls and women. She is also Head of Mentoring and Capacity Building of the Commonwealth Business Women Network Nigeria before her recent election as President of the Ikoyi Club of Soroptimist International, she is the immediate past Secretary of WISTA Nigeria.
No doubt Majemite leadership qualities and values that are worthy of emulation are now brought to bear.