Courage is not the absence of fear, it is acting in spite of it. -Mark Twain

We celebrate these women for been brave and confident enough to stand for what they believe in.

THE COURAGEOUS

1. Stephanie Busari is a Journalist, CNN Africa Editor and Gracie Award Winner for her extensive coverage of the missing Chibok Girls. Using her platform, she has consistently showed her commitment to uplifting social good and telling different stories about Nigeria and Africa.

2. Arunma Oteh is popularly known as the woman who refused to be cowed or intimated at a Senate Panel hearing session. She is currently the Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank. She was also the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Nigeria.

3. Kadaria Ahmed is a Nigerian Journalist, Media Entrepreneur, and Television Host. She started her career at the BBC and has worked in print, radio, television, online and social media platforms. In 2011, she moderated Nigeria’s presidential election debate on live television. In 2014, she co-created, produced and presented ‘Straight Talk’, an interview program designed to probe and confront Nigeria’s decision makers on important matters. The syndicated show grew to an audience of over 4 million viewers globally. Some of her notable interview subjects include Ibrahim Babangida, Tonye Princewill, Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi, Ali Baba, Oby Ezekwesili, among many others.

4. Toyosi Ogunseye is a Journalist and Investigative Reporter who revealed the impact of a steel plant located in a residential area on the health of residents. The noxious fumes emitted by the Steel Plant annoyed residents and medical results of tests run on the residents and their drinking water revealed that the residents’ blood, urine and drinking water had poisonous metals that were developing into cancers, asthma and other ailments. When the story was published, the government was forced to shut down the plant and only allowed it to reopen with strict regulations. The plant’s owner also agreed to compensate the residents. Toyosi is the current Head of Language Service for the BBC in West Africa and she is using journalism to spark positive change in Nigeria.

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