8 Inspiring Nigerian women worthy of recognition

Women are the bedrock of the society. Our contributions towards a sustainable economy is no longer a subject of debate. We have clearly proven to be great leaders, entrepreneurs, CEOs, etc. Our position isn’t just in the kitchen, living room  or other room, we can also be in the board room.

It’s our celebrity crush Wednesday fourth edition and today, i take a look at some of those incredible women, (They’re quite a lot, but for the sake of this post, I narrow it to 8), whose achievements continue to inspire us. They have been impactful, changed Nigerian/ African story and put us on the world map. Their immense contributions are worthy of accolade hence we delve into their story. In no particular order they are:

image • Mo Abudu: Described by Forbes as ” Africa’s most successful woman”, she’s the CEO of EbonylifeTV, founder of the Inspire Africa foundation ( A human investment arm of inspire Africa Ltd) focused on raising funds to implement society-transforming initiatives. In recognition of her work in diverse fields of media and service to humanity, she’s been honored with many laurels including entrepreneur of the year award by women werk in Newyork, first  African woman to launch a Pan African TV channel. Listed as one of the 25 most powerful women in Global TV. And an honorary degree from Babcock University.

imageFolurunsho Alakija:  She’s the richest woman in Africa & also the richest black woman in the world. Her business cuts across fashion, oil and gas and printing industries. She’s the GMD of the Rose Of Sharon Group and the executive vice chairman of Famfa oil Limited. Ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria and 87th most powerful woman in the world. Her foundation, Rose of Sharon foundation helps widows and orphans by empowering them through scholarships and business grants. The Folurunsho Alakija scholarship scheme(FASS) has also consistently aided some Nigerians who cannot afford quality education.

imageNgozi OkonjoIweala: A highly respected and influential global leader, economist and policy maker. She’s been listed 5 consecutive times as ones of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes, one of the most influential people in the world by Times magazine in 2013 and one of 50 greatest world leaders by fortune in 2015. A 2-time finance minister of Nigeria and previously world bank Managing Director.

imageTara Fela Durotaye: Nigerian Lawyer and renowned make up artist, CEO of House of TaraInternational and creator of the Tara Orekelewa range, Inspired perfume and H.I.P beauty range. She’s a pioneer in bridal makeup profession in Nigeria. In 2013, Forbes listed her as one of 20 young power women in Africa.

imageTY Bello: This incredible singer/song writer and photographer with a degree in economics from University of Lagos Nigeria, a member of the defunct KUSH musical group and a philanthropist. Her most viral being discovery of Olajumoke Orisaguna( AKA the bread seller) while on a photo shoot with Tinie Tempah (rapper) in Lagos. She organizes annual photography exhibition to raise funds for orphanages in Nigeria. She’s also a director of Link-a-child Non Governmental Organisation dedicated to proliferating information in orphanages in Nigeria and seeking sponsorship on their behalf.

imageBetty Irabor:  media mogul, founder/editor of the Genevieve magazine and a philanthropist. Her pink ball Foundation has helped raise awareness on breast cancer far and wide and often provide free mammograms for women.

imageJoke Silva: Nigerian super starActress, director and business woman and also United Nations good will ambassador. Honored as a member of theFederal Republic (OFR) in 2014, she’s also a brand ambassador for AIICO pension managers. She’s won several awards including best actress in a leading role in AfricaMovie Academy Awards 2006, amongst others.

imageChimamanda Adichie: Nigerian Novelist, nonfiction writer and story teller. Some of her works include purple hibiscus which won commonwealth writers prize and the Huston wright legacy award; half of a yellow sun which won orange prize and black issues review best book of the year. Her novel Americanah won the Natuonal book critics circle award for fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland prize for fiction. To mention but a few. She’s also a recipient of Mac Arthur Foundation Fellowship and a widely known feminist.

Its international women’s day, let’s celebrate the essence of womanhood.



Jessica Hugo





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