Visionary people face the same problems everyone else faces, but rather than get paralyzed by the problem, they commit themselves to finding a solution.
We celebrate these women for their ideas and concepts which have provided solutions in their respective fields.
1. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji is a Social entrepreneur, the Founder of RISE NETWORKS, a social enterprise with a primary focus on wholesome youth and education development. The organization focuses on creating intellectual development and capacity building programs for young Nigerians between 16 and 30 and receives generous support from several state governments and blue-chip companies. She is also an alumnus of the United States Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
2. Dr. Ola Orekunrin is a Medical Doctor, Helicopter Pilot, Healthcare Entrepreneur and Founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, West Africa’s first Air Ambulance Service. She’s dedicated to bringing trauma care to the most remote parts of Western Africa and her company, an air ambulance service based in Lagos, is doing just that. She was motivated to start the company after her younger sister tragically died whilst traveling in Nigeria as a consequence of there being no medical air service available to transport her to hospital.
3. Mary Olushoga is a women’s’ right and small business advocate. She is the founder of the African Women Power (AWP), an online platform empowering small business success for African entrepreneurs. She is a 2015 Vital Voices Global Leadership Fellow, an IndiAfrica Young Visionary Fellow (2014), a Women4Africa International Media Woman of the Year (2014), a Crans Montana ‘New Leader’ (2014), the first-ever GOOD Maker/Oxfam America International Women’s Day Challenge Winner, a Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) Associate, and an Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador.
4. Ifeoma Obianwu-Fafunwa has over 20 years professional experience in designing and directing artistic projects in theatre arts and architecture in Nigeria and USA. She is the founder and creative director of iOpenEye; a performance art production company in Nigeria that challenges the status quo when it limits the potential of women and progress of the collective African society. Her most recent project is the touring stage production titled “Hear Word!” – a collection of monologues based on true stories of inequality told by 20 Nigerian women.
5. Chioma Ukonu is the COO of RecyclePoints, an incentive based recycling scheme. Recycle Points is a waste recycling and social benefit venture that operates an incentive-based scheme which collects recyclable materials from individuals and rewards them with ‘points’, which they can accumulate and redeem for cash or other useful items offered through their ‘i-Recycle Store’.