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Day 1 Schedule

8:00am – 9:00am: Registration by Consultant/NILDS Secretariat

9:00am – 9:10am: Introduction of Special Guests by Compére

9:10am – 9:20am: National Anthem by ICT Team

Welcome Remarks

Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman, DG NILDS

Goodwill messages

Mrs. Toyin Ojora Saraki, Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA)

The Minister, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development

H.E. Mohammed Umar Bago, Executive Governor of Niger State

Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila CFR, Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria

Special Remarks

09:55 – 10:05am: Her Excellency. Dist. Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, CON, First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Keynote Address

10:05 – 10:30am: Her Excellency, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, Co-funder, African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), and Former First Lady of Ekiti State.

Remarks and Official Opening

10:30 – 10:35am: Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, PhD. Speaker, House of Representatives, National Assembly

10:35 – 10:40pm: Dist. Sen. Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON. President of the Nigerian Senate


PHOTO SESSION: 10:40 - 10:45am



CHAIRPERSON: Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman, DG NILDS


11:30 – 11:50am: Hon. Agnes Kirabo, Member of Uganda parliament

11:50 – 12:10pm: Hon. Mbalu Jessica Nduku Kiko, Member of Kenya Parliament

12:10 – 12:30pm: Hon. Nonhlahla Ndaba, Member of South Africa Parliament




  • Prof. Euginia George-Genyi: Director, center for gender studies, Benue state university Makurdi

  • Prof. Shola Omotola: Lecturer, University of Ilorin

  • Beatrice Eyong: Country Representative, United Nations Women (UN Women)

  • Sen. Biodun Christine Olujimi: Former Lawmaker, Nigerian Senate

  • Ms. Ibijoke Faborode: Founder/CEO, ElectHER

  • Dr. Love Odion Idahosa: Teaching Fellow, Dept. of Economics, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

  • Dr. Ibrahim Wada, OON: Founder and Vice Chairman, NISA-Garki Medical Group

  • Hon. Wakil Mohammed: Former Lawmaker, Federal House of Representatives

  • Mr. Jake Ekpelle: CEO Albino Foundation

  • Ekaete Umoh: Country Director, CBM Global Disability Inclusion

AGENDA SETTING: 1:30 - 1:35pm


Historical, conceptual and theoretical context

CHAIR: Prof. Attahiru Jega


Sunday Moses Adebayo Aloko (The historiography of women participation in Nigerian politics: prospects and challenges) 
DISCUSSANT: Sakah Saidu Mahmud

Adesote Samson Adesola (Historicizing women’s representation in democratic governance in Nigeria’s fourth republic, 1999 – 2023) 
DISCUSSANT: Idrees Mahmud Gana

Ihuoma, Chinonso (Patriarchy, human rights and development in Eastern Nigeria)
DISCUSSANT:Nkiruka Cynthia Uzodi 

Dr. Bethel Uzoma Ihugba (Language and Women Representation in Governance: An Examination of Nigerian Gender Policy Documents and Laws)
DISCUSSANT: Isiaq Abdullateef Ishowo

Women and the political party system in Nigeria I

CHAIR: Sen. Ireti Heebah Kingibe


Sule Babayo (Political party financing as the bane of women’s political participation in Nigeria: Evidence from the 2023 General Elections)
DISCUSSANT: Hon. Azeezat Yishawu)

Olamide T. Ojogbede (Intra-party democracy and women political participation in Ekiti State, Nigeria)
DISCUSSANT: Mary Oluwagbemisola Adetula

Nanven Haruna Mamdam (Women and political party systems in Nigeria)

Women, Elections, and the Electoral Process in Nigeria I

CHAIR: Prof. Moses T. Aluaigba


Peter Memga Kertyo (Who are the architects of women electoral quagmire? Interrogating women representation and participation in Nigeria’s electoral processes from 1999 – 2023)
DISCUSSANT: Salau, Jamiu Adewale

Muhammad Auwal Sulaiman (Examining the experiences of women candidates and voters in Nigeria’s electoral process: Challenges, opportunities, and implications for gender equity and democratic governance)
DISCUSSANT: Iyanuoluwa Adetayo Aluko

Rauf Tunde Sakariyau (Gender mainstreaming and Nigeria’s women partisanship in 2023 General Elections: Exploring beyond rhetoric)
DISCUSSANT:Adeyinka W. Olarinmoye


Poverty, Women's Economic Empowerment, and the SDGs

CHAIR: Mrs. Maryam Uwais


Isa Olawale Solahudeen (Cash Waqf as a viable source of financing women healthcare services in Ilorin-West, Kwara State Nigeria: Imperative legal reforms for realizing SDG-1 (No Poverty)
DISCUSSANT: Afeaye A. Igbafe

Anozie, O. (Livelihood assets and strategies among rural women in Ovia South West Local Government Area, Edo State, Nigeria: Implication for economic empowerment)
DISCUSSANT: Jendele Hungbo

Iyabo Olanrele (Gendered household energy transition in Nigeria)
DISCUSSANT:Aondover Eric Msughter

Gender Norms and Socio-Cultural Practices in Nigeria

CHAIR: Hon. Adewunmi Onanuga


Professor Lateef F. Oladimeji (A discourse on gender norms and socio- cultural practices in Nigeria)
DISCUSSANT: Nkiruka Cynthia Uzodi

Isa Olawale Solahudeen (Cash Waqf as a viable source of financing women healthcare services in Ilorin-West, Kwara State Nigeria: Imperative legal reforms for realizing SDG-1 (No PovertyPaul-Sewa Thovoethin (Between legal provisions and socio-cultural practices: An interrogation of Northern women’s representation in governance)
DISCUSSANT: Patience Mamie Kolade

Barakat Adebisi Raji (Gender norms and socio-cultural practices in Nigeria)
DISCUSSANT: Ajibola Adigun

Dr. Azizat Omotoyosi Amoloye-Adebayo (Islamic law and women’s political representation in Nigeria: A critical exposition)
DISCUSSANT: Ehimwenma Sheena Omoregie

Constitution, Citizenship, and Women's Rights in Nigeria

CHAIR: Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola


Prof. Abiodun Amuda-Kannike, SAN (Constitution, citizenship and women’s rights in Nigeria)
DISCUSSANT: Osinachi N. Onu

Muhammad Auwal Sulaiman Diana Mary T. Nsan (The place of legal/policy framework in facilitating affirmative action for women in partisan
DISCUSSANT: John S. Olanrewaju

Neville Onebamhoi Obakhedo (Constitution, citizenship and women’s rights in Nigeria: Assessing the gender challenge of democratic representation)
DISCUSSANT: Saheed Olanrewaju Issa