African Changemaker

Irene Ochem

Irene is a Nigerian entrepreneur and passionate advocate for women’s economic empowerment in Africa.

The AWIEF aims to foster women’s economic inclusion in Africa to drive employment and economic growth. Before founding AWIEF in 2014, she worked in various leadership positions in the private sector.

Through AWIEF, Irene has actively promoted women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship in Africa. The organization also provides training, mentorship, and other resources to help women entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Irene has received several awards and recognition for her work in promoting women’s entrepreneurship.


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