Canon, WISCAR unveil programme to empower women

Organisers of workshops on mentorship opportunities and networking events, tailored to promote the growth and advancement of women
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By Rukayat Moisemhe

Canon Central and North Africa, a global leader in imaging and print solutions, has announced the Women Who Empower 2024 programme in Nigeria in collaboration with Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR).

Mr Somesh Adukia, Managing Director, Canon Central and North Africa, on Wednesday in Lagos, via a statement, said the initiative aimed to uplift and support women in the imaging and print industries.

This, he said, would be achieved through workshops, mentorship opportunities, and networking events, tailored to promote the growth and advancement of women in these fields.

Adukia said in line with the 2024 International Women’s Day inspire inclusion theme, the initiative would empower women by providing a platform to showcase their work, enabling access to necessary tools, and helping them excel through investment and training programmes.

“We are thrilled to partner with WISCAR in Nigeria to unlock the potential of women in the imaging and printing industries in Africa.

“This collaboration exemplifies Canon’s unwavering commitment to leveraging our resources for the greater good.

“Skills development and empowerment of women are not just beneficial but critical for the advancement of our society and economy and by joining forces, we can create meaningful opportunities for women to thrive professionally, contribute to gender equality, and drive economic growth,” he said.

Mrs Amina Oyagbola, Founder, WISCAR. said the collaboration underscored their commitment to providing women with the resources and opportunities needed to succeed in their professional endeavours.

Oyagbola said together both organisations would pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable society in Nigeria.

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“The programme will commence on 23rd May 2024 with a series of workshops which includes three modules: printing, photography, and content creation.

“Each module has four sessions, two theory and two practicals, allowing participants to select one or more areas of interest.
“These classes include technical instruction, foundational theory, and a month of supervised Canon equipment practice in the chosen field,” she said.

She added that Canon Ambassador Daniel Ehimen, who is a renowned Nigerian cinematographer, would provide the content creation course which would offer participants essential skills in videography.

This course, she said, would cover videography principles, camera mastery, storytelling, and practical application with feedback.

“The photography course led by Emmanuel Oyeleke, a renowned Nigerian lifestyle photographer and Canon Ambassador, will focus on the fundamentals of photography, with an emphasis on storytelling.

“Through numerous sessions and practical exercises, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of photography basics and hone their skills behind the lens.

“The printing workshop, also led by Oyeleke, will offer a comprehensive understanding of printing solutions for photography portfolios and photo studio setups.

“Canon will provide all resources, comprising imaging and printing equipment and upon completion of the workshops, participants will receive certificates and valuable feedback from the trainers,” she said. (NAN)(

Edited by Vivian Ihechu

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