Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Cheki Nigeria successfully Organizes the event “ EVERY WOMAN ANY CAR” for Nigerian Women


The much anticipated event by Cheki Nigeria tagged “Every Woman Any Car” and themed “WOMEN WITH DRIVE”has finally come and gone and Motoring Nigeria was present to cover every moment of it. The event which was held on Friday 24th of June 2016 at the Lagoon Front Marquee, at a brightly decorated and well illuminated hall on the Island had more than three hundred (300) women in attendance of which most where seated before 10 a.m.

The Event kicked off at exactly 11 a.m. prompt with an opening speech by the Manager of Mrs. Tomi Hodonu in which she told seated guests that the programme came as result of Cheki’s drive to empower women to take a stand in the car industry, she stated that, “OUT OF OVER 4000 DEALERS WE HAVE ON CHEKI.COM.NG JUST FOUR (4) ARE WOMEN, which prompted us to push for an event to empower the women folk”. Every woman should be allowed to drive and not just drive a particular car allocated to them but any car they so please. Also she further explained, they should be able to have the passion and drive to do anything they so please without the hindrance or opposition attached, thus the name EVERY WOMAN, ANY CAR: WOMEN WITH DRIVE.

The first facilitator Mrs. Osayi Alile spoke on the topic “Creating a worthwhile drive”. She explained the need for every woman to learn how to drive even if she’s yet to own a vehicle, as emergencies may arise with no readily available help.  She also commented on the very minimal rate of female folks who are UBER drivers which truly is alarming and needs to be changed, stressing the fact that women need to define who they are and not allow society or their environment to define them.

Mrs Ngozi Adebiyi another facilitator told participants after a little exercise in which they were allowed to picture themselves with whoever inspires them in a changing world and a few participants shared their experiences teaching us that women need to be ready to enact a change in the world.

There was a live performance by MTN Project Fame season 7 Finalist Daniella who did a cover to Adele’s Hello and an original track by her.

There was also a raffle draw conducted by one of the speakers, The CEO of The Etiquette Avenue, with the winners being sent to AA Rescue for driving lessons weresponsored by Honeywell Oil and Gas Nigeria. The winners include, Miss Temitope Oluwajimi, Miss Odili Joyce and Onyinye Chukwu.

There was a break-out session where the women were allowed to go round to visit each of the partners’ stands to learn what they had to offer and surely were not disappointed as some of the partners had very juicy offers such as car loans, financing, driving lessons, car insurance, free rides, purchase of cars, home kits just to mention a few. The major sponsors and partners include UBA, VFD Microfinance Bank, TOTAL Nigeria, MTN Business, Honeywell Oil and Gas, AA Rescue, and OIAS Insurance. The Cheki sales team were also present on hand to help participants purchase vehicles from a wide variety of choices.

This was followed by a brief recess for light refreshments after which representatives from some of the sponsors came to give few talks and business advice needed.

There was also a “catch the bouquet” for single ladies by the event hall management, in which the winner  was given a 35% discount on the hall for her wedding reception use and every other single who came out were given a 25% discount.

In a brief interview with some of the partners, Miss Yetunde Adegoke from TOTAL Nigeria told us that she believe that women need to learn how to drive as their spouses or drivers will not be available all the time especially in the times of urgent need. She further stated that TOTAL was committed to making this a reality with their variety of products available to aid the female folk drive with products such as the car kit, e-cards for fueling and other services.

Also in a similar view, Miss Damilola Teidi from a car pooling service in Nigeria believed that every woman deserved a safe, comfortable ride to and from their destinations and they were there to provide it.

In our final brief Interview, Miss Emmanuella Anadobi from AA Rescue also told Motoring Nigeria crew that it is a must for ladies to learn how to drive, she admitted that though there were challenges to driving in Nigeria it is a necessity. We further engaged her in a slight discussion in which she revealed that she believes women were more careful drivers than men due to the fact that one accident could scar a woman psychologically and she might not recover from it. Another male participant at the event begged to differ claiming women were more aggressive drivers than men.



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