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Exploring opportunities for young women in the construction sector with Doris M. Okechukwu, Esq

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another edition of the Ugwumba Leadership Show, where we feature global leaders from various industries to speak on important social and economic development issues.

This week, our guest is Doris Okechukwu Mbadiwe, the Deputy Managing Director of Inter-Bau Construction Ltd, an award-winning indigenous construction company, which has been in existence in Nigeria for almost four decades.

Doris Okechukwu, Esq is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Inter-Bau Foundation, a non-profit organization established to train and equip women and youths with practical construction skills such as carpentry, painting, plumbing, etc while bridging the gender gap in the construction sector in Nigeria. Through the foundation, she has positively impacted the lives of over 1000 young women in the construction industry.

She is a tradeswomen activist who believes that women should be well represented in all stages of infrastructure delivery, since women are the main users of infrastructure as well as makeup 50% of the total population of Nigeria.

She is the Construction Sector Lead (Nigeria & West Africa) for Women in Infrastructure Community Africa (WICA). WICA is a professional women advocacy and capacity building platform for sustainable infrastructure in Africa.

Previously, our guest, Doris had worked at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Lagos; Ajumogobia & Okeke Law Firm; and Orchard Real Estate Ltd where she gained valuable knowledge and work experiences over the years.

She holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom and a Master of Laws Degree (Law & Development), University of London (UCL) as well as an Honorary Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and Psychology from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Doris is a distinguished member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); Chartered Institute of Project Managers of Nigeria (CIPMN); Amnesty International; United Nations Women, Nigeria (Private sector Group).

With her over 15 years in the construction industry and as an advocate of gender equality in the industry, we have invited Doris to share with Nigerians what her organization is doing to support young women who are ready to join the construction industry.

Therefore, to listen to this important conversation on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 by 12 noon WAT, please, subscribe to our YouTube channel at or like our page at


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