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The Female Arm of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria


IFEnt has its Headquarters in Nigeria. It has management headed by a President. Members on the board are: Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Secretary, elected chairpersons, secretaries and publicity secretaries of State Branches. The board is answerable to the board of trustees appointed by the Founder.

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Oyedunni Sola Arulogun Ph.D, FRSPH, MIUSSP, MIUHPE, FCEnt,FIFEnt

Oyedunni Sola Arulogun is a committed Professor of Health Promotion and Education with over 15 years of experience at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria the leading Nigerian academic institution teaching students from various social and cultural backgrounds. She holds an adjunct lectureship position at the University of Ibadan Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She possesses excellent administrative, verbal communication and written skills along with constructive and effective teaching methods that promote a stimulating learning environment. She is able to work in a managerial role or as part of team and having the proven ability to successfully work to tight schedules and deadlines. Professor Arulogun is the current Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Ibadan. The highly articulate and cerebral President/Chairperson of Council of International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship is an internationally-acclaimed healthcare and women entrepreneur. She is also Fellow and Council Member of : Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship (ICEnt); The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN); African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBEnt) and Academy of Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (ATIMEnt)

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A well-versed, resourceful and cerebral entrepreneurship educator. An internationally-acclaimed Doctor of Financial Management and expert in Entrepreneurial Finance, Investment Analysis, Enterprise Risk Management and Financial analysis. A born teacher, educational administrator and manager of great repute. Maryam Abdu is currently, the Chairman of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). Kaduna Chapter, and under her able leadership Kaduna Chapter won the ‘2015 Best Branch’ Award of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). A trailblazer in Africa’s Female Entrepreneurship, Maryam Abdu is a Senior Lecturer at Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, and the Coordinator, Kaduna State Consultancy Services Unit of Management of Kaduna State University. Her research interests lies in Financial Management, Entrepreneurial Accounting and Finance, Female Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management among others. Maryam Abdu has many journal publications both at home and abroad and presented papers at Conferences both at home and abroad. A professional par excellence, Maryam is a Fellow and advisory board member, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship; Fellow of : the Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN), African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBEnt),Academy of Business and Retail Management; Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered);Institute of Corporate Administration; Member, The Academy of Management Nigeria and Member, International Research and Development Institute among others.

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Dorcas O. Oluwade, M.Phil (Ent.), Ph.D (Ent.), FCEnt, FCSBE,FCGEP

Prof. Dorcas Omanyo Igonoh-Oluwade is an individual with great passion for entrepreneurship with a deep interest centred on social entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurship and MSME develoment. A rare-breed and brainy academic entrepreneur, edupreneur, entrepreneurship mentor, trainer of trainers and consultant of great repute and holder of triple master’s degree. (including M.Phil. in Entrepreneurship) and double Ph.D. (including Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship Management). With outstanding expertise in entrepreneurship, innovation management, MSME management, women entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial leadership, her research orientation is multidisciplinary with focus on entrepreneurship and innovation management, job creation and poverty eradication, and MSME development.

Prof Oluwade is the Nigerian First Female Professor of Entrepreneurship Management and Immediate Past Vice Chancellor, Salem University, Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria. She is a great speaker and motivator. She trains, nurtures and mentors students to be self- reliant and renowned entrepreneurs. She is also a profound writer who has written and edited different books and publications. She has extensive Experience in Educational Administration and Academic Leadership, research and curriculum development. She is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Fellow of International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship, Fellow of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Fellow of The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is an Associate Editor - African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Business Studies Small Business Management (AJENTS).

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Elizabeth Oluwalana,

Prof. Oluwalana Elizabeth Olufunmilayo Ayokunnmi (Nee Sorinmade) is a Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management (AE&FM), Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Ogun State, Nigeria. She was the Pioneer Deputy Director of Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS) in FUNAAB. Also, a former Programme Leader, Gender Issues and Youths Development (GIYD) Programme in the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), FUNAAB. Furthermore, she served in the University Community with many commendations letters from different serving Vice- Chancellors to the glory of Almighty God.

Prior to Prof. Mrs. E.O.A. Oluwalana's joining the services of FUNAAB in 2001, she was the District Manager (South West of Nigeria) of the first Indigenous Bank in Nigeria, the National Bank of Nigeria Limited. She worked and served in the Bank in different capacities for about twenty (20) years with promotions and commendations to the glory of the Almighty God. Amen. She is an experienced Entrepreneur, Life- Coach, Inventor, Educator, and Motivational Speaker at Seminars, Conferences and on the Televisions and Radio Stations at the Local, National and International levels (United Kingdom and United States of America) She had co-published several books and e-books on Herbal Therapy-based books. She is also a Co-founder of 'Honey Medica' Group along with her husband, Prof. Sam Oluwalana. They both have an NGO and a registered Enterprise namely RohiCare Capacity Development Foundation and HerbalDev Enterprise.

To date, she had published over fifty ,,(50) Journal Articles in foreign and local Journals and Referred Conference Proceedings, three (3) Patents namely UNAAB Twins Beehivee (UTB), Sheabutter Balm and Herbal Soap (Honey-based). She had supervised over hundred (100) undergraduate students and about forty (40) Postgraduate students and she is still counting. In addition, she had exhibited her inventions, the Value-added modern equipment, the value-added herbal/natural cosmetics, herbs and Spices at different programmes at local, national and international levels with multiple awards received by the University and the Couple. Prof. Elizabeth Oluwalana was part of Nigeria delegates at Nigeria@50 Exhibitions in the United Kingdom in 2010. Some of the herbal products exhibited were Value-Added Pure honey, ginger, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, chilly pepper, Abere Powder, Marugbo Powder and Natural/Herbal-based Cosmetics such as Sheabutter/Coconut oil- based Body cream, Baby cream, Balm, Herbal Hair-Care Herbal Soap (Honey-based).

She had organised different programmes, Seminars and Conferences for the teenagers, women/men and the youths in Nigeria and abroad (United Kingdom and United States of America) Prof. Elizabeth Oluwalana lectures and supervises students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the Department of AE&FM, FUNAAB. She also mobilizes and trains Entrepreneurship Skills and Healthy living lifestyle to FUNAAB Students, Farm Families, Women Processors and their Male counterparts in the Southwest of Nigeria in the FUNAAB Mandate Area through GIYD Programme in AMREC. She was a Facilitator and Coordinator of FADAMA ll Project for Farm Families in FUNAAB neighɓoring Villages which aimed at reducing their poverty level and improving their livelihood.

Prof. Elizabeth Oluwalana is a Fellow of many Professional Bodies namely, Charter Institute of Administration(CIA) Institute of Agribusiness Management of Nigeria (IAMN), Institute of Management Consultants (IMC/ CMC), and Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship (ICEnt), International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (IFEnt),She is an Honorary Senior Member of Charated Institute of Bankers (CIBN) and Professional Member of Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM). Prof. Elizabeth was named by her father after Queen Elizabeth II when he was an Ambassador in England in 1955. She is married to Prof. Samuel Oluwalana of the Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, FUNAAB, who is also an International Director of the Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship international (FGBMFI). They are blessed with Godly Children and Grandchildren.

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Makepeace Deorji, M.Ed, LL.B,MCEnt, FIFEnt

Makepeace Deorji is a renowned poet and creative writer with over two decades of writing experience. She is endowed with outstanding writing skills and exceptional ability to deliver high-quality content that both entertain and engage readers. She is an articulate, qualified personnel who is able to plan, monitor and implement activities assigned to her accordingly; one who effectively communicates with students from diverse backgrounds and varying degrees of ability. A committed and dedicated professional with a proven ability to teach, motivate and direct students to maximum performance by encouraging a positive and energetic environment; an effective personnel who is able to execute to the best of her ability any task, assignment meted to her. Fully conversant with the English National Curriculum across the junior secondary and senior secondary with experience of exploiting technology in the classroom to make the most of learning experiences; an efficient staff with the ability to handle computer and technical related issues within the organization. One who can ensure visibility of any initiative committed to her trust.

Makepeace has an eye for details; she is an excellent communicator, tactful and articulate mediator, with excellent problem solving skills and organizational skills She has good track record and several commendations in the areas of technical tasks, effective communication, programme planning, implementation and monitoring, examination conduction, lesson planning, grammar instruction, diction, IT skills, team work, working with children and adolescents and creative writing Makepeace Deorji is a well versed author entrepreneur, creative entrepreneur and media entrepreneur. She is a member of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship (ICEnt) and Fellow/Council Member of International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (IFEnt).

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Mirela Clementina Panait, PhD, FCEnt,FIFEM, FCGEP

Mirela Panait is an Associate Professor at Department of Cybernetics, Economic Informatics, Finance and Accounting, Petroleum-Gas,Faculty of Economic Sciences, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, Romania. Her work experience derives from and includes: teaching courses and seminaries; research activities; reviewer for several international scientific journals and conferences. She published books and over 100 scientific papers in the field of interest: foreign investment, capital market, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.

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Dr Siham El-Kafafi is the founder of Arrows Research Consultancy Limited. She is an entrepreneur, educator and businesswoman who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students and clients. She started her company in June 2014 with the aim of sharing her mentoring, training and coaching experience through tailored programs serving her clients and their needs.

Siham El-Kafafi has a wide industry and consultancy experience in the medical, manufacturing and service industry besides being an academic for the past 21 years. Her teaching experience plays a leadership role in the creation of high quality student experience in a wide range of business courses. Siham is running her own business Arrows Research Consultancy Limited, providing consultancy work for both corporate organisations and educational institutions since June 2014. Siham holds a PhD from The University of Waikato, New Zealand, a Masters in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education from Auckland University of Technology, a Masters of Public Administration from the American University in Cairo and Bachelors of Art in English Literature with Honors from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. Siham has over 100 publications in journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings besides being on the editorial boards for various national and international journals, on board of examiners and award committees. . She is the co-editor of the “Handbook of Research on Indigenous Knowledge and Bi-Culturalism in Global Context, published by IGI Global Publishers in early 2019. Siham is a highly effective communicator, experienced in educational and research mentoring and coaching, knowledgeable in her field, passionate about people development and their lifelong learning experience. She has efficiency and accuracy in meeting deadlines and requirements with knowledge of quality assurance requirements. She translates theory into practical solutions that can result in a significant impact on growth. Siham does research in: - Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Organisational Culture - Leadership and its impact on organizational behavior, sustainability and success - Service quality in various contexts and industries - Corporate social responsibility and business ethics - Adult education pedagogy - Educational Leadership - Educational Assessment and Adult Education. An example of Siham's Conference presentations entitled: 'Applying gamification in an educational website: an open innovation case can be viewed on:' She is a Fellow/ Council Member, Academy of Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (ATIME); African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBE), International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (IIFEM) and The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN).

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Maria Palazzo, PhD, AFHEA, FHEA, MSc (Honor), MA, BA (Honor), FCEnt, FIFEM, FCGEP, FTIME

Maria Palazzo is a research fellow at the Department of Political and Communication Studies, University of Salerno (Italy) and a member of the ‘Sustainability Communication Centre’ (SCC) ( She is also an academic tutor and a lecturer at the Universitas Mercatorum (Rome, Italy). She was a former Lecturer at University of Bedfordshire, School of Business (London, Luton, UK), a Visiting Scholar at the University of Granada (Granada, Spain), and a Visiting Lecturer at the Universidad del Norte, Escuela de Negocios (Barranquilla, Colombia). Her articles have been published in The TQM Journal, Qualitative Market Research: an International Journal, Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing, Journal of Brand Management and in other academic outlets

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Dr. (Mrs.) Gift Juliet Eke is a Senior Lecturer and HOD in the Department of Office and Information Management, Faculty of Management Sciences, Niger Delta University (NDU), Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State. She holds a PhD in Business Management (EBSU); MSc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management (Uni-Port); MBA in Management (RSUST now RSU); PGD in Educational Management (RSUST now RSU); and B.Sc in Secretarial Administration (RSUST now RSU). She is a researcher and administrator. She has published both individually and jointly over 38 articles in local and international journals. Dr. (Mrs.) Gift Juliet Eke is a member of several associations which include: Senior Member, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria (ICENT); Fellow, International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (IFEnt), Member, The Academy of Management Nigeria (TAMN); Member, Nigerian Institute of Management Chartered (NIM) and Member, Association of Business Educators of Nigeria (ABEN).

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Basirat Raimi, M.Ed, MNIM, AMIMC, MCGEP, MCEnt, FIFEM

Mrs Raimi Basirat Olaide is the CEO Plastic Entrepreneurship Ventures Ltd. Previously, she was a Senior Assistant Registrar/ School Officer in the School Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. As a seasoned Human Resources Officer in Government establishment, her outstanding contributions included: Pension Affairs Officer, Secretary ICT Policy Committee, Secretary Beautification and Environmental committee, Secretary YabaTech News publication committee, Secretary Network Implementation and Monitoring Committee, Secretary School Examination Misconduct Committee (SEMIC), Secretary School Board Committee,

Academically, she holds Masters in Educational Administration and planning from National Open University of Nigeria, Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from University of Lagos Nigeria, and Bsc in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile ife, Nigeria. Professionally, she holds membership of the following professional bodies: Full Member of the Global Academy for Entrepreneurship and Innovation ( GAEIN), Fellow, African Association of Entrepreneurs, Associate Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), Associate member Institute of Management Consultant.

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Shakirat Ojutalayo, M.Sc., SMCEnt, FIFEM,STIME

Ojutalayo, Shakirat Titilayo is a Ph.D student at the Department of Business and Entrepreneurship, Kwara State University, Malete, Kwara State, obtained her masters degree in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship Option) from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-iwoye, Ogun State. She is currently a Lecturer teaching Entrepreneurship in the General Studies Department of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology (FCAH&PT), Ibadan, Oyo State, with a teaching experience spanning over ten years. Prior to joining FCAH&PT, she had worked as a Part-time lecturer at The Polytechnic, Ibadan (Satellite Campus) from where she had her prior experience in the art of lecturing.

She has attended Conferences and has publications in both National and International Journal to her credit and her research interests include: Entrepreneurship vis-à-vis Creativity and Innovation, Technology/Digital Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship. She is a Senior Member of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria (ICENT) and International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (IFEnt).

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Dr. Stella Ake DBA, FCEnt,FIFEnt, FCSBE

Dr. Stella Nkem Ake is an educator, mentor and a facilitator. Her lecturing expertise spans from International Human Resource Management (IHRM), Entrepreneurship, Organisational Behaviour (OB), Leadership and Motivation. He is a passionate advocate of applied learning, cultural diversity, and employee performance. She holds a DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) in International Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from Paris School of Business (PSB), France, MBA (Master of Business Administration) in International Human Resource Management from Coventry University London Campus (CULC), United Kingdom. Associate fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), United Kingdom (in progress), Affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), United Kingdom, a member of the British Academy of Management (BAM), a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship (ICEnt), a Fellow of International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (IFEnt) and Fellow of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBEnt). Presently, she is a Guest Lecturer/Facilitator in Entrepreneurship, and Small Business Management, for Executive MBA, MBA, and DBA students at the University of Port Harcourt Business School, Rivers State.

Presently, she is a Guest Lecturer/Facilitator in Entrepreneurship, and Small Business Management, for Executive MBA, MBA, and DBA students at the University of Port Harcourt Business School (UPBS) Rivers State. As a lecturer at UPBS, she created module outline for DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) candidates, designed for experienced practitioners such as: senior industry managers, consultants and entrepreneurs who intend to further their practical abilities. Focusing on providing the learners with practical and innovative business management knowledge, which can be applied to any workplace. Also, as a facilitator, she recently presented a paper in a Workshop organised by the University of Port Harcourt Business School on: “Change Management and Survival Organisations in Nigeria.” Under the Theme: Nigerian Ailing Economy, Strategies for Survival. She consults for small businesses and organisations by providing professional advice such as: identifying problems, marketing strategies, customer service, and human resource management. Helping clients and their organisations to improve performance and efficiency, overcoming challenges while increasing revenue. She thrives on supporting students and organisations to work through conflicts to find their unique strengths and to have a positive impact within a highly complex uncertain and ambiguous world.

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Uzoamaka Glory Yahaya, MNIM, FCEnt, FIFEM

Uzoamaka Gloria Yahaya was born on the 16th of December, 1968. She is a holder of the West African School Certificate, Higher National Diploma (HND) in Statistics, Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Management, Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Education and Advanced certificate in Computing and Information Technology. Her working career spans a period of over two decades (21 years), covering different spheres of disciplines and specifically in Training, Learning and Development. Mrs.Yahaya, a Deputy Director (DD) of Training; is currently the Areaa Manager, Industrial Training Fund, Enugu Area Office.

She is a Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship (FICE), Member, Nigerian Institute for Training and Development(NITAD), Member of Corporate Administration Institute(MCAI),Member of Institute of Management (MNIM) and a Training/Research Consultant to an array of Institutions of Higher learning in Nigeria and Overseas. Uzoamaka Yahaya has attended various management and professional courses both within and outside the country and has also bagged many awards of professional excellence from different Agencies, bodies and organizations. A devout Christian, Mrs. Yahaya is a Trainer per excellence, self-motivated, reliable, responsible and a hard-working individual who adheres to strict deadlines. Mrs. Yahaya prefers to maintain a low profile despite all feats attained in Learning and Development. Happily married and blessed with gifted children.

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Syeda Anila Talib, FIFEnt, FCGEP

Anila Talib is the first young writer from 61 countries. She won the Special Peace Award and raised the name of the country with pride. She set a world record by writing ninety poems on Asma Al-Hasani and keeping in view the meanings of each name of Allah and putting the Name in the International Book of Achievements. She has received top awards from many countries including the USA, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Morocco, Italy, Indonesia and Nigeria for her outstanding performance in a 15-second video contest on the subject of peace. Anila Talib, who was awarded the Merit Award and the title of Princess by the Indonesian royal family, is the first young Pakistani to receive this honor. At the age of seventeen, Anila Talib created a project called Light for All, on which she was praised by the Princess of Africa. Under her patronage, she appointed a director of the Pakistani chapter, under which Anila does social work and takes steps to train young girls.

Anila Talib Foundation was Created by Anila Talib, under which more than 500 girls have so far received free education in the Holy Quran. She has done various free courses to become skilled. Plans to adorn a thousand orphans and plant a thousand trees, as well as to keep a grain of water for a thousand birds. Anila Talib wants to create a center for free quality education for 4.2 million orphans of Pakistan as well. Sira-ul-Nabi Kids Sessions have been organized by her foundation under the auspices of which children from backward areas are introduced to various aspects of Sira-ul-Nabi (PBUH). So far this sacred work has been done in eight backward areas. Anila Talib is the first Pakistani to receive an award as prestigious as the Philippines International Women’s Pride 2022. She is also the recipient of the Famous GAEIN Gold Award of Excellence in Islamic Authorpreneurship from the Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN). Anila Talib’s plans are to send a message of peace to people all over the world, regardless of race and wants to polish people’s hidden talents. She has done so much for the women of rural areas. As far as today, hundreds of rural women have been offered various free skills courses.

Syeda Anila Talib is a Honourary Fellow and Council Member of International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (Female in Innovation and Entrepreneurship –FINE (IFEnt) and Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. (GAEIN).

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Goodness Nnadi, PGDM, SMCEnt, FIFEnt, FCGEP

She is a motivated and adaptable Executive Assistant and Administrative Manager with excellent organizational abilities and a solid understanding of corporate policies and procedures. A highly confidential individual with strong interpersonal and communication skills and a broad understanding of strategic planning. A Corporate Entrepreneur of international repute, Goodness Ifeoma Nnadi is a Senior Member of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship (ICEnt); a Fellow and Council Member of International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (Female in Innovation and Entrepreneurship –FINE (IFEnt) and Fellow and Council Member, the Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. (GAEIN). She is flexible, self-reliant, physically strong and blessed with rare organizational, leadership and communication skills.

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Dr. Hafsah Olatunji is a cerebral Doctor of Economics. A well versed academic entrepreneur of great repute, Hafsah is an entrepreneurship mentor, consultant, master trainer of trainers and Senior Lecturer/ Director. Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Development, Sokoto State University, Sokoto, Nigeria. A thorough-bred edupreneur, she holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Economics. With outstanding expertise in academic entrepreneurship and women entrepreneurship, her research orientation is multidisciplinary with focus on entrepreneurial economics, entrepreneurial finance, female entrepreneurship, youth entrepreneurship and empowerment, job creation and poverty eradication. She is a Member, Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN); Member, Association of Entrepreneurship Scholars ; Member, Nigerian Economic Society; Member, National Institute of Chartered Economists (NICE) and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria as well as Associate Editor - African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS). She is an internationally-acclaimed women entrepreneur and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (IFEnt).

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