Shirley Murphy is a Nigerian Journalist based in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital city. She is currently the Publisher of Labour Events Magazine, an online independent specialized publication. Prior to her present undertaking, she worked in different capacities with a number of media organizations in Nigeria which include, Labour Observer Magazine, The Monarch Magazine and The Compass Newspaper. She is also the brain behind two Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Proud Parents International and Women Reach Out with God Initiative (WROWGI). Shirley holds both Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication from the Lagos State Polytechnic and Bachelors of Art (BA) in mass communication from Lagos state university. She also has in her kitty, a Diploma Certificate in Desktop Publishing from Imperial Computer Academy, as well as another Diploma Certificate in Catering and Hotel Management from First Choice Catering and Fashion Academy. She hails from Itam in Uyo Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom State.
Journey to Self-Discovery
After working for one year at Nigerian Compass Newspaper without a salary, she decided to go into publishing with a view to leveraging experience in the print media. She published the Xceptional Magazine and after the maiden edition, ventured into eatery business with focus on fast food and beverages. In 2014, it started publishing Labour Events Magazine (Monthly) and the publication has been running until it went fully online in the middle of the year, 2020. Shirley is a proficient writer, author and a media consultant that has worked with series of companies in Nigeria. She is the Managing Director and editor-in-chief of the magazine. She is the CEO, Dani’s Clothing and More, a women’s fashion and Fabrics House. In 2018, she established Proud Parents International, an initiative, established to help parents live up to expectation and become ideal role models for their children and wards. She is an executive member of Female Wave of Change Nigerian Chapter. She believes in collaborating and supporting the advancement of women across the world.
Driven by her passion for women and girls, in the same year, started giving out grants to women to help them start small scale businesses that could sustain them and their families. She did this under the aegis of Women Reach Out with God Initiative (WROWGI) an initiative that is set up for that purpose. WROWGI is aimed at counseling, inspiring, and mentoring women to discover and walk in purpose for their lives. Moreover, touching the lives of women through entrepreneurial training, skills acquisition and encouraging women to be more productive in order to achieve greatness.