About Us

The Association of Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWBN) is a coalition of 70 women business associations, set up in the year 2013 with the common goal of encouraging and improving sustainable entrepreneurial development among women through research, advocacy and policy reform initiatives. In a country where women were still actively side-lined, this coalition was birthed solely to improve the economic status of women which would ultimately improve their families and the country’s economy consequently. ANWBN has to its advantage numerical strength and geographical spread, as it has over 4 million members with branches across all states and 774 local government areas in Nigeria. This affords her the opportunity of proper coverage of all nooks and crannies of the nation. The member organizations are equally diversely endowed in terms of their abilities according to their various missions.

ANWBN Executive Officials


ANWBN is a Coalition of originally 18 Pioneer Primary Organizations, established in February 2013 under the auspices of the Centre For International Private Enterprise (CIPE). In July 2019, following the ANWBN Membership Sensitization Initiative, supported by CIPE, 28 new Women Business Organizations registered to become bonafide members. Presently the total membership is 52 organizations with a common goal of encouraging and improving sustainable entrepreneurial development among Nigerian Women through research, advocacy and policy reform initiatives.

ANWBN History

Our Vision

A vibrant and premier coalition of professional and business women membership organizations in Nigeria, dedicated to promoting policy reforms that ensure sustainable economic development.

Our Mission

To improve the capacity of members and encourage sustainable entrepreneurship development among women through advocacy in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

Notable Achievements

ANWBN has in its capacity, and with the support of CIPE carried out numerous capacity building projects in line with its mission:

  1. Training seminars
  2. Access to credit report
  3. Women National Business Agenda
  4. Unifying women
  5. Advocacy


ANWBN is poised to accomplish its mission through credible representation of the views of its members to the three tiers of government in Nigeria and other stakeholders through advocacy and engagement in programs that convey this message, for example, TV interviews.

The coalition is dedicated to the economic and socio-political development of Nigeria by equipping women to contribute positively to the society. ANWBN is also open to the idea of the intake of more members, admitting women-owned corporations and corporate members to its fold.

Social Objective

ANWBN exists to enhance the economic status of women so as to ensure peaceful co-habitation, credible job creation and adequate infrastructural provision across the nation. Some of its other objectives are:

  1. Enhance democracy and good governance amongst its 70 member organizations.
  2. Strengthen the capacity of the individual membership to achieve entrepreneurship development.
  3. Be the driving force and provide solutions for women business development in Nigeria.
  4. Develop business and economic policy documents for submissions to, and discussions with, government agencies of Nigeria.
  5. Be a unifying voice to advocate effectively for professional and business women.
  6. Foster partnerships and alliances with business associations and the Nigerian government in relevant economic and socio-political matters.

Women National Business Agenda

Grey Areas

ANWBN is a not-for-profit coalition that relies on partnerships, donations and sponsorships. This puts the organization at great risk without partners as inadequate funds and means of securing more funds to run its projects still remain huge threats and impediments to its growth. This is constantly addressed by leveraging on the relationships that have been created over the years to make things happen and also ensuring there is proper ideation and planning before venturing into a project.

There is also the need to continuously drive the message of unity and removal of bickering amongst members who come from different parts of the country with diverse experiences. This is usually addressed with proper and routine education of all members.


Over 100 women-led business associations in Nigeria, enhancing their Visibility and opportunities for growth, Promoting Trade and Investments.