The Executive of Women In Maritime Africa(WIMA) Nigeria chapter, penultimate week paid a condolence visit to the Chairman of Sifax Group, Dr.Taiwo Afolabi who is bereaved over the death of his twin brother, Mr. Kehinde Afolabi.
Kehinde whose untimely death came at time he was needed most by his brother and the immediate family, has been roundly described as a gentleman with love for humanity.
In a condolence message signed by the President of WIMA Nigeria, Mrs. Rollens Macfoy, after the visit, the association stated, “We
grieve with you at this hurtful time but only ask that the good Lord grant you and your entire family the fortitude to bear this great loss. May God grant his soul eternal rest”.
Women in Maritime Africa (WIMAFRICA) is a registered non-governmental organization with a chapter in Nigeria (WIMA-NIGERIA) and in other 29 African countries. WIMA-NIGERIA is therefore an association of Female Maritime Professionals cutting across the entire Maritime industry.
The formation of WIMAFRICA, the continental chapter was triggered at the inaugural Maritime Indaba (Conference) in, Johannesburg, South Africa, on 25/10/2013, by Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, then the Chairperson of African Union Commission (AUC). Subsequently, a declaration was sealed on March 27, 2015 at Luanda Declaration ‘On the Adoption of a Common Platform of Action for All African Women in Maritime. It was adopted at the 1st Continental Conference of All African Women in Maritime (WIMAFRICA in 2015).
WIMAFRICA therefore went into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Union, on common issues relating to the Blue Economy of Africa and the empowerment of women in the Maritime Industry in Africa. We therefore pride ourselves the baby of the African Union.
WIMAFRICA has since become a gender advocacy voice campaigning for the right of placement & promotion for women as well abolishment of female discrimination in professionalism. Our association also promotes cooperation collaboration between national, and international Organizations within the maritime sector, to advance African women in the maritime industry, while maintaining mainstream participation of African women in all aspects of the Blue Economy, like, Policy advocacy, General Maritime awareness and human capacity building and entrepreneur development.
Their aim is to achieve professional independence and employment for women in all facets of the maritime sector in Nigeria and Africa at large.
They serve as ‘A Voice for Gender Empowerment in the Maritime sector, while supporting the advancement of women in Industry.
Presently, the association has signed memorandum of understanding with some international organizations. They include:World Ocean Council;African Union;African Blue economy forum;African Administrators in Maritime Agencies (AAMA);Africa ship Owners association;African women leader’s network; Economic, Social & Cultural Council (ECOSOCC).