The Country Women’s Association of Nigeria (COWAN) is a grass-roots organization that exists to empower and impact the lives of the poorest of the poor women across Nigeria and Africa. COWAN aims to ensure self-sustainability, eradication of poverty, access to credit and rural agricultural development.

COWAN Business Clusters

COWAN’s main goal is the systemic and measurable empowerment of women, using African traditional norms and practices and their inborn skills and talents to work out of poverty

Who We Are

The Country Women Association of Nigeria (COWAN) was established by the late Chief (Mrs.) Bisi Ogunleye (OFR) and was officially registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 1992 as a non-governmental organization.

Our Mission

i). Working with rural and urban poor women to remove poverty from their lives through wealth creating practices and engagements.

ii) Using African Responsive Banking to mobilize, generate and deliver cooperative, community personal resources for productive and life enhancing ventures thus revealing and mainstreaming the efficiency and effectiveness of African Traditional savings and credit systems as the key to hunger and poverty eradication.

Our Vision

COWAN is about human dignity. One fulfilled by using our abundant human and material resources for the satisfaction of our legitimate needs, and enhanced by talent, enterprise, conscience and history. And one in which every man, woman and child can be free from the shackles of ignorance, disease and want.

Our Core Values

*Empowerment of Women
*Human Rights & Dignity
*Social Responsibility

3,562,000+ Members
Geo Locations
National Coverage

Meet our leadership team

Princess Adesola Ogunleye
National president(CEO)
Chief (MRS.) Anita Nana Okuribido
National Coordinator
Mrs. James Dorcas Deputy
National Coordinator
Mrs. Nnenna Ogogo Jacobs
National Treasurer
Dr. Faderera Oluremi Johnson
National Secretary
Ifedolapo I. Lilly
National Youth Coordinator
Jackie Ikeotuonye
Vice President North Central
Ramatu Ibrahim
Vice President North West

ANWBN is a coalition of 74 Women Business Associations across West Africa countries. The network is focus on total Women Empowerment, building leadership skills, access to credit, patronage of made in Nigerian goods as well as creating a gender friendly environment for women.


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