Empowering Women through Fashion: Sunlight partners with Lagos Fashion Week 2019.

Being a brand today must be more than just what one sells. In a world where hunger, poverty and socio-political problems still exist, a brand becomes a voice that stands for something. A brand that has not only revolutionized the detergent industry but also, made the cause of women empowerment their priority.

Sunlight is one of Nigeria’s foremost brands of laundry detergent. It was launched globally in the 1800s, becoming the world’s first packaged laundry soap.  Since its inception and the formal launch of Sunlight in Nigeria in 2009, its purpose has been to make life easier for people, with a focus on women. The story has not changed even now as Sunlight acts as a bridge between women and their opportunities, to empower and encourage women to be the best they can be at every stage of their life. The brand has initiatives which focus on empowering women; Sunlight is a leading brand in the Unilever Shakti program, which provides products for women in rural areas to sell in their communities as small scale traders. Shakti is now in 12 states and has reached over 3000 women.

A beneficiary of the Unilever Shakti program and her Unilever Merchandise.

Sunlight has also set up Sunlight Water Centers around Nigeria, where women entrepreneurs run a for-profit centre to provide clean water to their communities and run their small business alongside. This gives them the needed boost to improve their livelihoods and those of their communities by extension.

One of the Sunlight Water Centers

For the first time, Sunlight is stepping into the Nigerian Fashion Industry as another platform for women empowerment. In collaboration with Style House Files – a fashion business development agency that primarily focuses on the advancement of the Nigerian and African fashion industry – and Lagos Fashion Week, through the Fashion Focus Fund, this year, Sunlight is empowering women who empower others.

Chechi Arinze and Titi Belo, the recipients of N2,000,000 (Two Million Naira) each, with Zainab Abbas (Assistant Brand Manager, Sunlight), Princess Nnaji (Senior Brand Manager, Home and Hygiene), Osato Evbuomwan (Senior Brand Manager, Lux and Dove, Africa) and Doyin Okunrinboye (Senior Brand Manager, Sunlight Masterbrand).

About Unilever Ghana and Nigeria

Unilever Ghana Nigeria is where great people, terrific brands and proud traditions converge, to meet and satisfy the needs of people and families across Nigeria. We anticipate the aspirations of our consumers and customers and respond creatively and competitively with branded products and services that are good for them and good for others.

Many of Unilever Ghana Nigeria’s brands are household names and very much a part of both Ghana and Nigeria’s history. These are Lipton, Close Up, Pepsodent, Knorr, Royco, OMO, Sunlight, Lux, Lifebuoy, Vaseline and Pears.

Unilever’s commitment to the development of both economies remains resolute. Over the years, the company contributed immensely to Ghana and Nigeria’s socio-economic development in the following key areas: employment generation & skills development, enhancing local manufacture through foreign direct investment, building local capacity for regional export, ensuring full compliance with fiscal and regulatory requirements, providing support for enhanced social living and localised manufacture of brands.

We aim to continue to add value to Ghana and Nigeria not only through continued investments in local manufacturing and backward integration but also through various social projects that are aligned to the Unilever Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever-ewa.com

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