African luxury retailer ALÁRA launched the CLAN ‘SHE: The Power Woman’ Collection at its flagship store on Sunday, 31st March 2019. The event which was attended by a diverse mix of top female executives as well as the next generation, influencers, and the fashion set, started off with a panel discussion on “Power in the Diversity of Women” and ended in a shopping party sponsored by Veuve Clicquot and canapés from Nok.
Retail manager, Oroma Itegboje welcomed the guests and mentioned that ALARA was particularly inspired by the collection and its celebration of the strength of women. Teni Sagoe, one of the 3 founders of CLAN spoke about the collection and it’s symbolism to the strength and tenacity of women.
The panel discussion which was an intimate and honest conversation moderated by Reni Folawiyo, CEO and Founder of ALARA, was the cherry on the cake and an inspiring end to women’s month.
In her opening address, she encouraged the audience and panelists to think about power past the traditional forms in the boardroom and as a title (and less about women as the underdogs in the power equation) but more as a special strength that can be harnessed through self-mastery.
Real power is about being in a position to impact positively, highlight the importance of life and humanity, to emerge with an ethos of authenticity, a consciousness and a connection to our human essence. At the root of this, all is self-esteem, self-value, self-expression, the power to be different, to be able to have the strength to nurture your own instincts and establish who you are and what mark you want to make in the world. In your journey to power, you can choose to do something that goes against the norm and excel at it. To have the mindset to be the maverick and to WIN.
Guests at the event included Nana Otedola, Tola Adegbite, Michelle Okocha, Deola Sagoe, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Funke Bucknor, Ojy Okpe, Emalohi Iruobe, Motunrayo Agusto, Salewa Osakwe, Morinsola Hassan-Odukale, and many others.
The “Maverick Power Women” were specifically picked by Reni Folawiyo to share their personal stories and experiences on going beyond their careers, overcoming fear, breaking crippling traditions, discovering themselves and finding power as women. Panelists were Adesua Dozie – General Counsel, GE Africa, Hauwa Ojeifo, Founder of She Writes Woman and Mental Health activist, Tokini Peterside, Founder and Director, Art X Lagos, and Tosin Durotoye, Founder and Principal Consultant, The Red Kite group and Bloom Africa. The panel was then questioned by the audience and then warmly thanked with special gifts from Guerlain Paris as guests went on to shop the collection.
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