Calabar, March 8th 2016

Afterschool Centre for Career Development (formerly known as the Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project) joined over 7000 women globally in 87 countries to mark the Global Mentoring Walk which was held in Calabar,Cross River State on Saturday, March 5th 2016.

As the flag bearer for the Walk in Calabar, The Afterschool Centre for Career Development organised series of weeklong activities comprising a Mentoring Brunch for Mentors and Mentes, the Mentoring Walk as well as a Mentoring Dinner & Impact Awards which hosted and celebrated the Mentors and Mentees from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 batches.

The Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk provided an environment for aspiring women professionals to gain the support and guidance that they need to fulfill their goals, as mentoring is proven to be one of the most important steps to establishing a successful career. It is a particularly effective support system to help overcome the obstacles to career growth that women commonly face in corporate and professional environments, such as experiencing the “glass ceiling” effect and more limited networking options. Equipped with the advice and support of a mentor, female professionals are better able to navigate the professional challenges they face.

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The Mentoring walk in Calabar featured prominent Women leaders such as the Dr. Mrs. Betta Edu, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Cross River State on Primary Health, Ms Leaticia Adewole, Calabar Carnival Queen 2015,Mrs Asandia Hogan, Fashion Label Owner, Mrs. Ema Pius, Programmes Assistant, UNFPA, Mrs. Theresa Okpa, Executive Director, Mediatrix Foundation, Mrs Ada Inyang, Deputy Director, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Calabar.

Speaking on  the essence of the Mentoring Walk, the Founder/ Faculty Lead, Afterschool Centre for Career Development, Esther Eshiet highlighted that the benefits of  Mentoring in the lives of young women to include knowledge, experiences and access to networks. She urged mentees to make good use of the opportunity they have with their mentors for the next three months”

Following the walk was a Mentoring Dinner and Impact Awards where Mentors and Mentees were celebrated. Winning the 2014 Mentor of the Year was Mrs. Maria Ojugbo while Mrs. Mfreke Usen won the best Mentor of the year 2015. The Walk was delivered in partnership with Dansa, Ekondo Microfinance Bank, Rod & Staff, Beautiful Places Concept, Bella Naija, CBN South South Enterprise Development Centre and Mimi’s Catering Services.

Some of the Mentors and Mentees share their perspective about the walk:

 I am very passionate about young girls and I am willing to mentor them to help them achieve their full potentials – Mrs. Ann Mesembe , Mentor

 I have never had a mentor before, neither have I have someone to look up to besides my parents, this is my primary reason for applying for the Mentoring programme.-  Mary Ekeng, Mentee

 I hope to become better in my career, personal life and business before the end of the Mentoring programme – Arit Ukpong , Mentee

The mentees are the prime reason for organizing this programme; it is up to you to drive your mentoring relationships – Mrs. Maria Ojugbo, Mentor

 My reason of signing up for the mentoring Programme for the third time since this walk came to Calabar is to ensure that I give young people a good sense of direction in life- Mrs. Joan Antia, Mentor

 I am very excited about the Mentoring walk and the Mentoring programme; I have never had a mentor that in my life that I can interact with, I only read their books and see them on the screen – Odo Effiong, Mentee

 As a Human Resource professional, Mentoring is what I preach in my profession and especially for young people and young women coming into the workplace; I am hopeful the Mentees will make the most of this opportunity – Mrs. Nellie Ikpi


For Partnerships and inquiries, Please contact our Programmes and Partnerships Officer, Bassey Abang via or call 07038478577,081870508000.

Vital Voices Global Partnership 

Vital Voices Global Partnership invests in women leaders who improve the world. Founded by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and guided by the belief that women are essential to progress in their communities, we partner with leaders from more than 140 countries who advance economic opportunity, increase political and public leadership, and end violence against women. Our programs in strategic planning, business, advocacy and communications build critical skills needed for creating transformational change at scale. Through our global platform, women leaders expand their connections and visibility, accelerating shared progress for all. Visit to learn more.


About Afterschool Centre for Career Development:

Afterschool Centre for Career Development (formerly known as Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project) is a non-governmental, capacity development organization committed to inspiring, investing and engaging young people as well as facilitating growth opportunities for young persons in transitional stages of their lives. We ignite young people to set career goals and walk them through the achievement of such goals enabling them transit seamlessly from school to work.

At Afterschool Centre for Career Development we employ various strategic interventions to counsel, train and provide growth opportunities for young people to prepare for the world of work through a peer mentoring model. Our programmes and projects include a Pathfinder programme for Adolescents, A Pre-Tertiary Training Programme for Post-Secondary school graduates, Workplace Training for Undergraduates as well as career advancement trainings for young professionals.

Beyond providing direct services Afterschool Centre for Career Development provides a springboard for Stakeholder collaboration and thought leadership on issues regarding holistic education including career counseling, employment and youth transitions programming. Some initiatives under our thought leadership portfolio include; The Career Counsellors Coalition and the School to Work Transitions in Africa Initiative.

Interested in our work? Please contact our Partnerships and Programmes Officer, Bassey Abang on +2348187508000,+2348185035437 or email and  I


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