NBC Celebrates International Women’s Day


International Women’s Day (IWD) 2024 carries a powerful message with its theme, “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress.” This call to action resonates globally, emphasizing the pivotal role women play in advancing societal progress. Within this theme, the spirit of INSPIRING INCLUSION takes center stage, urging societies and institutions to invest in the diverse talents of women.

At the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), this commitment to inclusion shines, with approximately 70% of directors being women, and the prestigious title of Secretary to the Commission held by the second woman, Mrs. Francisca Aiyetan, since its inception. The first being Ms Alheri Saidu.

The theme “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress” serves as a reminder that empowering women is not just a moral imperative but a strategic move that accelerates societal advancement. The NBC’s notable statistic of 70% women directors exemplifies a commitment to breaking gender barriers in leadership, creating an inclusive environment where women’s unique perspectives contribute to organizational success.

Mrs. Francisca Aiyetan’s appointment as Secretary to the Commission further underscores the dedication to recognizing and promoting women in key leadership positions. Her role as the second woman to hold this prestigious title signifies a departure from historical norms and emphasizes the importance of providing equal opportunities for women to contribute at the highest levels within institutions.

Beyond the NBC, the impact of prominent Nigerian figures like Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Oby Ezekwesili, and Dora Akunyili cannot be understated. These trailblazing women have played pivotal roles in advancing gender diversity, women’s empowerment, and overall societal development in Nigeria. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala’s leadership in international organizations, Oby Ezekwesili’s advocacy for transparency and good governance, and Dora Akunyili’s impactful contributions to public health and information are testament to the transformative power of women’s involvement in various spheres.

As we celebrate the 2024 International Women’s Day, it is crucial to recognize the intersectionality of women’s contributions to society. By investing in women and providing platforms for their voices to be heard, we not only accelerate progress but also create a more equitable and inclusive world. The combined efforts of institutions like the National Broadcasting Commission and the influential contributions of women like Mrs. Francisca Aiyetan, Secretary to the Commission, Mrs Gloria Makinde, Director, Broadcast Monitoring, Mrs Stella Erhunmwunsee, Director, Broadcast Policy & Research, Mrs Susan Obi, Director, Public Affairs, Mrs Cecilia Mamman, Ag. Director, Human Resource & Administration, Engr Ruth Caleb Ag. Director, Engineering, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Oby Ezekwesili, and Dora Akunyili (of beloved memory) collectively propel Nigeria towards a future where women’s potential is fully realized, and societal progress is truly inclusive.