Did you know that tourism could be a source of women empowerment? That’s the essence of Girls Trip Tour, an initiative launched by Eyitemi Popo, a young Nigerian based in Toronto, Canada.
The idea is to bring together women from all over the continent but also from all over the world, and together, to visit an African country and meet local actors of the country’s development.
The first Girl’s Trip Tour will take participants on an unforgettable adventure through Ghana, Eyitemi explained.
“While in Ghana, we will be exploring the country from a female prospective and that means connecting with home-grown influencers to see the city through their eyes.
We will be supporting local business women, while we’re shopping, dining out and making sure that we go to women-owned businesses,” she said.
“We’ll also be mentoring about 20 girls from the Soronko Academy which is West Africa’s first coding and human-centered design school so I think that the mentoring aspect is really what makes the Travel experience unique and that will be able to impact the community that is going to be welcoming us,” Eyitemi added.
One of Eyitemi’s main goals is to contribute to the emergence of the next generation of women leaders on the African Continent. Her motivation came from a conversation with Regina Honu, founder of the Soronko Academy.
“A lot of the parents particularly mothers were discouraging the girls from studying Computer Science because they didn’t understand what coding was and how it would add value to their children’s lives. They felt like their daughters would be unmarriable.