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The Emergence

Lagos, Nigeria

November 2nd, 2019.

Venue: The Konerstone Center, 9 Gabaro Close, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Time: 8am – 5pm

Free Registration

London, UK

November 16th, 2019

Venue: The Hilton London Metropole, 225 Edgware road, Paddington London, W2 1JU, UK. Time: 8am – 5pm


Washington DC, US

November 21st – 24th, 2019

Venue: BWI Airport Marriott
1743 W Nursery road
Linthicum Heights
MD 21090



The Emergence

The Emergence

There is something very special about you dear woman. God has created a path for you with your name clearly written on it and on this path, your true self is revealed. The Vision for the 1st Global Emergence Conference is aptly themed, ‘The Emergence’ because we believe every woman has a God-given mandate to thrive no matter the circumstance. To achieve this level of success, the conference aims to create and strengthen networks, engage in powerful conversations, hone leadership techniques, pray and recalibrate- all for your success.

At The Emergence Conference, you will be equipped with life strategies that will leave you inspired, transformed and in a state of constant growth, development and spiritual nourishment through the word of God.

Transformation begins with you! It’s time to be all God wants you to be. It’s time to EMERGE!

The Emergence Sessions

Women are naturally relationship-oriented, and in this session, we will explore how she can maintain wholeness in her spirit, soul and body while effectively nurturing her relationships. Women (single, married, engaged, divorced, parenting, etc.) will gain insight on how to be effective in each season of their lives, go after their dreams despite life’s difficulties, and fulfil their assignment while maximizing their relationships. We will deep dive on key topics that include making right decisions, understanding timing and life's preparation process, dealing with negative emotions and people, creating boundaries, and developing new skills to manage success and notoriety.

Show me the money! This session will focus on the key tools and strategies required for wealth creation and growth, leveraging on different investment channels to create a successful financial portfolio; these will include, but not limited to, maximizing income from career and business, savings, stocks and bonds, trusts and endowment funds, real estate, ideas and patents, etc. Women will be empowered to become financially savvy and independent as they develop a plan to support their vision and dreams, while building the core skills needed to recognize, leverage, and maximize financial opportunities around them.

Have you identified your core passion? Do you have a clear sense of your purpose? Do you feel you are on the right path? In this engaging and practical session, participants will create a catalogue of their skills, gifts, and abilities, assess their personal and professional aspirations and create a roadmap on how to deploy their vision, while taking advantage of the opportunities that exist in every stage of life. Are you afraid of taking risks? Learn how to boldly and confidently step into new things from nothing and the discipline to be accountable to self and others in order to achieve one’s dreams.

Do you think media is biased, expensive, difficult to penetrate, or saturated? This session will explore how women can engage and utilize different forms of media to promote their vision and message to different audiences; learn how to use old media (radio, television, print) and new media (online channels, social media platforms, blogs) to promote your voice and message or change negative narratives and stereotypes.

Everyone can make a difference! Our communities are in dire need of solutions to address the challenges, pain and hopelessness many tackle daily. Participants in this session will hear real stories of real people who have risen to take up challenges and make a difference. Using an assessment tool, participants will assess and identify the issues that are important to them, learn how to find and engage with the audience they have been called to, design sustainable solutions to remediate social issues in the community, develop strategic alliances, use social media to grow advocacy efforts, and obtain resources required to deliver the solutions.

  • Attending the Emergence conference will inspire, engage and rejuvenate your life. When ladies come together and share life’s issues, stories and testimonies, solutions emerge that transform the lives of those around.
  • Attendees will leave this conference with a deeper understanding of how to grow and become the women they were destined to be. There will be:
    • Networking: Engage and share experiences with other women
    • Inspiration: Hear inspiring stories directly from today’s leading female trailblazers.
    • Empowerment: Get all of the content and tools you need to confidently advance to new levels
  • Breakout sessions will tackle specific issues faced by the modern woman. The question and answer session will be engaging and provide attendees with cutting-edge information to ensure each woman emerges empowered and more confident to take on  rounded.
  • The EPR Conference will prepare you for a new season and New Year. You’ll leave the event energized and armed with the latest best practices, leadership strategies and skill-based tools from experts.


Conference Speakers

Adenyke Israel-Bolarinwa is the Executive Director of Esther’s Preparation Room (EPR), a global prayer and professional networking platform for women to identify, develop and maximize their skills, gifts and talents while creating and deploying innovative and sustainable solutions to solve the social issues and challenges impacting their communities. EPR is a subsidiary of Building Right Relationships Inc., a personal and corporate relationship development organization that runs training workshops and conferences to empower and mentor youth, single and married individuals and women.

Adenyke is passionate about relationships and together with her team, they design and develop innovative programs for building successful relationships and strategic tools for creating a strong network. Some of the pertinent lifestyle topics delivered during the workshops include “My Life Roadmap” a personal and career development program, “PICK-A-Mate” a practical program on spouse selection and “R.I.R.E” a risk management strategy for dealing with life challenges. As part of her training programs, Adenyke has also authored an accompaniment book used in her training programs titled the “The 10 Commandments of Relationships”. Her speaking and training schedule have s taken her across several cities in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States and Nigeria.

Adenyke also consults with organizations in the UK’s financial services industry in the field of data privacy and programme management and she’s a part of several professional, business and social women’s networks

Adenyke is married to her teenage sweetheart Oluwasewun and together they have three delightful daughters.

Ajibike Lawson is a counsellor and minister at Kornerstone Counselling Centre with a prophetic calling. She is also director of operations in a niche IT firm prior to which she practiced as an associate solicitor both in Nigeria and England.

Her deep passion for the liberation of women birthed The Vintage Woman- a bishopric of Kornerstone for women; where hundreds of women gather every week to pray online and bi-annually gather to thresh at the popular Tarry Meetings. The move of the prophetic facilitates and fosters a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit at these meetings.

Expressing an exemplary Christian mind-set and enjoying a vibrant relationship with God together with tremendous results and testimonies following is priority for Ajibike; and this has driven her over two decade’s combined experience in leading and working with several church departments and specialty groups at home and abroad.

Latte Tychus-Lawson and Ajibike are happily married.

Aramide Abe is an award-winning entrepreneur and the Executive Director of Naija Startups an entrepreneurship hub and support organisation of 70,000+ member startups in Africa. Under her leadership, Naija Startups has collaborated with tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft to deliver digital marketing training to millions of African entrepreneurs.

Aramide has an MBA from the prestigious INSEAD and from the Kellogg School of Management with a focus on marketing and strategy. She also has an Upper Second Class degree in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham.

During the course of her 15 -year professional career, she has worked in technology consulting in the United Kingdom as well as marketing and strategy in Africa – three functional areas she is passionate about.

She was named one of the top 100 most inspiring women in Nigeria by Leading Ladies Africa; and won the 2019 Wonder Woman Award in the Women In Technology category by ‘Investing In Women UK.’ She is an ambassador of the Cherie Blair mentorship programme and is also a mentor with Google LaunchPad Africa and Microsoft Africa where she has directly mentored hundreds of young entrepreneurs.

Aramide is passionate about women empowerment and digital skills for youth and entrepreneurs. She was invited to the EU Parliament in Brussels in November 2018 where she advocated for digital training programs for youth in Africa during the Global Diaspora Week.

She has lived and worked in Africa, Singapore, the USA and Europe and is bilingual as an English and French Speaker.

In her last role, at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, Aramide led the strategy implementation for the bank across its 36 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, leading a team of over 50 employees to execute the roll-out. As a result, she has formed uniquely strong partnerships across the African continent.

Pastor Bolarinwa Akinlabi is a Co-Lead Pastor at The Elevation Church with interest in mentorship, child development and women leadership and development.

She has a first degree in Economics from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, an MBA from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a PG Dip in Business Strategy from Oxford University, UK. She has more than 10 years experience in Treasury and Financial Management.

Pastor Bolarinwa Akinlabi is the convener of Made for More Conference, an annual women’s gathering that seeks to help women attain all of their potentials - equipping them with biblical truths and promoting women led businesses. She is also the Managing Editor of Enthusia Publishing Company.

She is married to Pastor Godman Akinlabi and together they have two beautiful daughters.

Crystal Renaud Day, MAPC is a pastoral counselor, certified coach, author, and speaker with over a decade of experience. She holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling: Life Coaching from Liberty University and eight certifications in counseling and coaching specialties from the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Crystal owns and operates Living on Purpose Coaching & Pastoral Counseling and is the founding director of Dirty Girls Ministries, a non-profit organization helping women overcome porn and sexual addiction. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, ABC News, CNN, Christianity Today, The 700 Club, Outreach Magazine, and more. Her books include Dirty Girls Come Clean, 90 Days to Wholeness, and Dating Done Right (coming December 2019).

Crystal resides in the Kansas City area with her husband Tim.

Dr. Jessica Okanlawon is a passionate scholar-practitioner in the field of psychology, counseling, and education. She has reached great strides in her professional and academic life through hard work, perseverance, and her genuine passion for others.

Dr. Jessica Okanlawon is the Founder of Xela Care, which started in 2014. In the professional setting, she serves as a Psychologist, Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, Educator and a Certified Specialist for Autism Spectrum Disorder, while working for the United States Government and now serving private clients Lagos, Nigeria. In addition to assisting those with special needs, she also provides executive coaching, consulting, clinical counseling and therapy services to a wide range of clients.


Her love and passion for education, counseling, and psychology derive from her personal experience raising her brother, Alexander, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder twenty-eight years ago. “The diagnosis was a part of my life from early on and I remember vividly at age 8 being so intrigued why my brother looked so normal but could not speak. The curiosity in me sparked our lasting bond, the benchmark for my career and my passion for assisting others to achieve their greatest potential.”

April Laugh is a published author, fitness coach, online health coach and certified nutritionist. She designs fitness programs and nutrition courses which focus on the development of healthy habits for life, supported by a fierce community of women.

She’s committed to helping people lose weight and live healthy lives through her online channel @fitmrsfats where she has 121,000 active followers. She has helped thousands of people from over 25 countries on the #LifestyleChangeWithApril program to improve their health, get fit and make a permanent lifestyle change.

She has a B.A in English and an MSc in HR and a passion for creating content online that helps people on their wellness journeys. When April is not creating new healthy smoothie recipes or consulting with her clients, April is visiting new places with her husband and two children or reading a new book.

You can read more about her find her on all social media channels: @fitmrsfats

Motunrayo Ade-Famoti is the CEO of Moneystewards, an Investment firm with locations in Lagos, Atlanta, Houston, Kenya and London. As CEO, she leads a team of wealth management executives with expertise in diverse foreign Investment portfolios. Moneystewards, a leading investment firm, has a portfolio of several multi-million dollar real estate projects in USA, UK and Nigeria.

She has vast financial services experience and trades on various exchanges with particular preference for European and North American Markets. She trades on paper assets such as Equities, Options, Mutual Funds, Bonds, Exchange Traded Funds, Commodities and Forex. Prior to Moneystewards, Motunrayo headed the largest private trust business in Nigeria, at a leading bank.

Motunrayo is passionate about business, and the advancement of women in business and transformation. She is a regular speaker at a number of business and investment events. In recognition of the importance of empowering young women, she also mentors a lot of young female professionals.

Motunrayo has travelled and worked extensively around the globe, with over 18 years experience in Law, Investments and Real Estate. She holds a law degree from University of Sheffield, UK. Legal Practice from Inns of Court School of Law, London and a Masters in International Law from City University, London. She is a Solicitor and Commissioner for Oath of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, and became one of the youngest attorney in New York at 21 years old. Her hobbies include swimming and running. She is married to Ade Famoti and blessed with kids.

Omotola Thomas, a self-proclaimed “reckless optimist”, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2016, at 35. Although born and raised in Nigeria, she has also lived in America, South Africa, and most recently, England, where she currently resides with her husband and two children. While in America, she obtained both her bachelor’s degree (in Systems Engineering) and her master’s degree (in Project Management) from the George Washington University.

She is the founder of ParkinStand® - a blog established to inspire people to engage in empowering physical and mental activities. She believes strongly in the power of a positive mindset and promotes that message through ParkinStand®. A passionate Parkinson’s activist, she volunteers extensively for Parkinson’s charities and related causes.

The following are highlights of her recent (last 12 months) activities:

  • Participated in policy roundtable discussions at the EU Parliament in Brussels with MEPs on behalf of those diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD). October 2018.
  • Guest speaker at Eisai, a pharmaceutical company, to educate and enlighten its UK staff - clinicians, researchers, and scientists - on the difficulties of living with Parkinson’s. November 2018.
  • Co-launched a global awareness campaign - United for Parkinson’s - aimed at correcting common misconceptions about Parkinson’s, and connecting those affected by it. December 2018.
  • Co-organized “Parkinson’s Eve”- a Parkinson’s conference for women with PD (a first of its kind in the UK). The conference took place in April 2019.
  • Two-time speaker at the 5th World Parkinson’s Congress in Kyoto, Japan. June 2019.
  • Secured funding for the purchase of Sinemet for over 100 Nigerian Parkinson’s patients. September 2019.

She is currently working on creating a centralized hub for information pertaining to “Parkinson’s disease in Africa”, and is co-organizing “Parkinson’s Vision 2020” - an upcoming (April 2020) Young-onset PD conference in Leicester, UK.

She enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, watching gameshows, yoga, and running.

Dr. Shola Ezeokoli is the vibrant and innovative CEO and founder of Balance With Dr. Shola LLC.She is a certified professional life coach, corporate and conference speaker, #1 Amazon Best-selling Author, and triple licensed internal medicine physician.

She started her career as a medical doctor, but her passion for helping people go to the next level of their lives led her into public speaking, writing, and professional coaching.

She helps busy professionals live burnout and stress free lives by teaching them to create lives of balance and total life harmony. As a professional life coach, she offer workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching geared towards achieving your personal growth through living a life of balance and total harmony.

She works with organizations to improve staff members health, engagement, and productivity through a focus on personal health, life balance, confidence, and personal power. She does this through lunch and learns, seminars, and workshops.

She has been featured on Fox 32 news, half post, WVON radio, I heart radio, and She has also been a guest on Outcome Health TV, an educational health TV network which airs in all 50 states of the US including University of Chicago, Kaiser Permanente, and Stanford University.

British born of Nigerian and Guyanese descent, she is married with two children and lives in Chicago, Illinois. When she is not working, she can be found writing, traveling, reading, dancing, or watching cartoons.  

Titilola is an entrepreneur and investor with extensive experience in banking, business development and real estate mortgage financing. Her vision is to help shape the future and the world at large by pouring into the next generation and developing leaders. Titilola’s desire is to see the church investing in social issues that brings healing to the community and she leads this effort by supporting several Christian based projects. She is passionate for God and people, especially women.

She runs successful businesses in real estate, retail, and the service industry. She is married Lekan and they are blessed with thee sons.

Tobi Olujinmi, the founder of the W TALK Network, qualified as a New York Attorney in 2012. Leaving full-time law, after having her first Child, in 2016, she launched the W TALK Network. W TALK is award-winning platform using entertainment and community to build Faith. Coined as sitting at the intersection of GOD TV and MTV, the media tech-startup which launched the W TALK App in December 2018, is growing at a rapid rate and has been set to be the go-to app for the modern woman interested in the Christian Faith for everyday life.

Tobi is a well sought after itinerant minister who uses stories to share the Gospel. A board member for Christians in Media, Tobi is a powerful communicator and preacher of the Word of God.

Nursery interior designer Toks Aruoture is an internationally acclaimed creator of nursery spaces. The founder of The Baby Cot Shop, she is a leading authority on luxury interiors crafted for babies and children. Her inspirational work has been featured in the pages of major British and international publications, including Vogue and Hello! magazines.

Toks has a passion for helping people unearth their natural gifts and abilities, she does so by telling stories from the lessons that life teaches her. She has a passion for imparting knowledge to young teens to set them on the right path for self and career development and she speaks in schools mentoring young people. Toks is a prolific writer who has written for various magazines and blogs, she writes her own blog at

She is married to her best friend and they are blessed with four sons.

Tolu Odukoya-Ijogun is a pastor, wife, mother, worship leader, a recording artiste and a marketing professional.

She is the founder of Real Talk Women also known as Digital revival, an online platform of thousands of women who pray online weekly and see the manifestation of God's power.

Her spirit-filled teachings and commitment to the gospel of Christ has earned her a large following that spreads beyond the shores of Nigeria. Renowned for writing songs and messages that are unpretentious and rooted in her genuine relationship with Jesus Christ and Love for the Holy Spirit, Pastor Tolu loves to see children of God take their place as Sons and daughters of God in their homes, neighbourhood, workplace, businesses, Churches and Community.

Her dream is to see Christ fully formed in the lives of men and women, set them on fire for Jesus Christ and in turn, win even more souls for the Kingdom. 

Toun Okewale Sonaiya is the CEO and co-founder of Women Radio 91.7 FM - Nigeria's only Radio for women & their families and Africa's only commercial radio station for women. Women Radio 91.7 is a tool for Women development raising a cadre of informed women and girls irrespective of their economic status to be better positioned at making empowering decisions individually and collectively.

One of the success stories of Women Radio under Toun's leadership comes from "TheWomenAgenda" – a programme aimed at mainstreaming women and girls as drivers of the anti-corruption and accountability campaign in Nigeria. This intervention has student and women led #genderandaccountability clubs that lead campaigns at local levels to ensure allocated resources are effectively utilized. This initiative is currently active in Lagos and Ogun state with plans to expand nationwide.

Okewale Sonaiya, the communicator holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an active media career spanning over 30 years. She is Media Communications Strategist for Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Nigeria and Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA). Toun is a hands-on broadcaster with extensive knowledge and expertise in Media, Communications, Production, Programmes, Marketing, Sales and Management. She was the first African female voice of BBC's "One for all" educational campaign in Africa, the first voice on Ogun Radio FM and the first African female presenter and producer at Choice 107.1 FM (now Capital Extra, London, UK). She has interviewed personalities including the late Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa, Cameroonian Manu Dibango, Malian Oumou Sangare, Professor Remi Sonaiya, Nigeria's only female presidential candidate in the 2015 and Internationally acclaimed Feminist, Erelu Bisi Fayemi amongst others. She moderates and comperes conferences and seminars on the national and International sphere.

A United Nations advocate, Toun is passionately involved in the development and advancement of the female gender. Her unwavering commitment in support of women issues is further evidenced by her work with ex-female offenders, female prisoners, trafficked women, victims of domestic violence, widows and other vulnerable females in Nigeria and UK. Her avidity further inspired "EquipHer" - a skills acquisition and free startup initiative for Women and Girls in contribution to the UN's number 1 SDG goal of eradicating poverty by 2030.

She lends her voice to the cause of women in leadership and governance through Voice Of Women Conference (VOW), a yearly gathering of 500+ women and girls. Okewale Sonaiya is a board member, director and trustee of several organisations including Centre for Women's Health and Information, Transformative Leadership and Sustainable Initiative, MAAMI (an NGO empowering disadvantaged Women & Girls), Ives Medicare, member Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission's (NERC) Review Code Panel and founding member of Nigerian Women in Diaspora Leadership Forum, UK.

‘Yemi currently serves as the Executive Director of Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE), a non-partisan network of individuals and organizations committed to building a culture of good governance & public accountability in Nigeria through active citizenship. She is also the Secretary to EiE’s Board.

EiE has led various advocacy campaigns including its flagship #RSVP: Register |Select |Vote |Protect Campaign promoting voter education and participation. It is also involved in the #OpenNASS campaign calling for accountability and transparency in the National Assembly. EiE continues to be actively involved in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign calling for the government to find and rescue the Chibok & Dapchi girls, and by extension protect Nigerian citizens and account for those missing and displaced. To mark its 5th anniversary in 2015, it started the ‘Office of the Citizen’ Campaign, which is focused on teaching citizens their rights & responsibilities as they occupy the highest office in the land.

‘Yemi cares deeply about educating and empowering Nigerians to know their rights and responsibilities as she believes that until we consistently hold our elected officials accountable, Nigeria will continue to be underdeveloped and unjust.

She volunteers for Kaleyewa House, an NGO founded by her late mother focused on the elderly. She’s also on the boards of Make it Happen Productions and the After School Career Development Centre, Calabar. In 2018, she was named as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), endorsed by the United Nations in the Humanitarian & Religious category.

‘Yemi has a 20-year diverse career spanning the public and private sectors in the US and Nigeria. She has a first degree in Mathematics & Economics from the University of Virginia; an MSc in Development Studies from The London School of Economics (LSE) and an MBA from Oxford University’s Said Business School.


London, UK

The Emergence


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The Hilton London Metropole, London, UK


Washington DC, US

The Emergence


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BWI Airport Marriott, Washington DC, US

Regular Admission

$100November 21-24, 2019

  • 1 admission ticket to “The Threshing Floor Worship Experience”
  • 1 admission ticket to all plenary and breakout sessions on Day 2
  • Lunch on Day 2
  • Welcome gift and conference materials

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US Conference Schedule

DAY 1: Thursday November 21
7:00 PM Check in/Registration
8:00PM – 10:30PM Threshing Floor Worship Experience
DAY 2: November 22 (Friday)
10:00am – 2:00pm Special Ministration Session with Nike Famgbebe
7:00pm – 11:00pm KIB Charity Ball and SHeroes Award Night
DAY 3: Saturday November 23
9.00am – 10.30am Plenary Session 1: The Whole Woman & Her Relationships
10:45am – 12:15pm AM Breakout Sessions
Your Voice: Changing the Media Narrative
Footprints - Making An Impact Through Advocacy
Unleash - Releasing Your Inner Gifts
12.15pm – 1.15pm Lunch and Networking
1.30pm – 3.00pm Plenary Session 2: Sassy Girl’s Guide to Wealth Creation
3.15pm – 4.45pm PM Breakout Sessions
Your Voice: Changing the Media Narrative
Footprints - Making An Impact Through Advocacy
Unleash - Releasing Your Inner Gifts
DAY 4: Sunday November 24
10:00am – 2:00pm Empowerment Service

The Emergence


Esther’s Preparation Room (EPR) is a global prayer and professional networking platform created to repair, renew, revive and restore the modern woman who seeks to find purpose, relevance and self actualization in an environment that fosters wholeness and meaningful relationships.

EPR began in January 2013 and has evolved over the years to become a platform for intercessory prayer for nations, governments, communities and the church, as well as a professional platform where women from different walks of life and backgrounds can maximize and deploy their skills, knowledge, gifts and talents to impact their communities. The organization’s focus is four-fold: We Pray, We Lead, We Network, We Mentor. Our brand is one of a market place incubator where Kingdom-minded female leaders are empowered to rise to the top of their profession and become role models for the next generation.

EPR is a subsidiary of Building Right Relationships Inc., a personal and corporate relationship development organization that provides training, seminars, workshops and consulting services to clientele that ranges from individuals and executives to private groups, corporate teams and non-profit organizations.

Towards the end of each year, we convene for a weekend conference in Washington, DC, designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to take time out of their daily routines to recalibrate, reset and refocus while their spirit, soul and body receive a fresh word and impartation from the Lord in a warm and relaxed environment.

This is our 7th year and we are launching our global conference, THE EMERGENCE, which will hold in the cities of Lagos, London, and the Washington DC metropolitan area.