1. Today, we celebrate women who have excelled in their respective fields throughout 2018. They have defied the odds, time and time again. They have used their voices and talents to let the world know that the Nigerian woman is so much more than just a figurehead. They have proven that “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” ____
    We say well done and continue to shine, we look forward to celebrating bigger achievements with you.

 

Adedamola Ladejobi is a certified personal nutritionist and a weight loss expert. She is the Founder/CEO of ASKDAMZ, a weight management, health, and wellness company. She has used her successful lifestyle change and platform (both physical and on social media) to touch the lives of thousands of people around the world. She works full time as a wellness coach ensuring that she explores her client’s greatest health concerns, goals, obstacles to achieving those goals and strategies to overcome the obstacles. She is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Nigerian Supreme Court with an LLB Law degree from the University of Exeter, a BL from the Nigerian Law School and a Diploma certificate in Nutrition.

 

Laila Johnson-Salami is a Broadcast Journalist, Advocate for sustainable development and the Co-Founder of the We Rise Initiative, which is an African Non-Governmental Organisation that is committed to empowering African women to rise above the oppression of the twenty-first century and the stigma attached to feminism.

 

Okocha Nkem is the founder of Mamamoni; she is very passionate about uplifting poor women from poverty. She has a lot of experience working with low-income women. She has over 8 years’ experience working in the Nigerian Banking Sector. She is a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) Alumna , a Pioneer Cohort Member of the President Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative Ghana RLC, a LEAP AFRICA Social Innovator Fellow.

Tito Ovia is the only Nigerian woman on the 2019 edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30.
Listed under the Healthcare section, 25-year old Tito is a co-founder of Helium Health, a holistic hospital management software that helps healthcare institutions digitize their operations and patient records.
Tito is a public health enthusiast passionate about improving the quality of healthcare in Nigeria. This led her to birth Helium Health with her friends Adegoke Olubusi and Dimeji Sofowora. Helium health is used by 5,000 doctors, with data from 500,000 patients across West Africa.

 

Kemi Adetiba is a Nigerian music video director, filmmaker, and television director whose works have appeared on Channel O, MTV Base, Soundcity TV, BET and Netflix.
Her film King of Boys released on the 26th of October 2018 is a Nigerian political thriller film written, co-produced and directed by Kemi Adetiba which stayed at the Number 1 position for 7 consecutive weeks at the cinemas. Its dynamic plot stole the hearts of movie lovers making it one of the biggest Nollywood movies this year with recognitions such as:
• Biggest opening week for a non-comedy Nollywood film.
• Second highest opening week of a Nollywood film in 2018.
• Second highest opening by a female director.


Uche Pedro is an award-winning Nigerian Media Tech entrepreneur. She is the CEO & Founder of BellaNaija – Africa’s No 1 digital destination for entertainment and lifestyle content. Under her leadership BellaNaija’s  social footprint via its collective brands –  BellaNaija.com, BellaNaija Weddings and BellaNaija Style  has grown to become the largest in the African  continent with over 200 Million combined impressions each month. This year, Uche received an ELOY Award for Innovation/Invention, reserved for a woman who has used her skills to create innovative ways to solve problems and also invented solutions to different challenges. In addition she was honoured with a Frown Awards by UNFPA/UNICEF for her efforts to protect the right of every girl child and contribution to the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria.

 

Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo, a Nigerian publishing house, and as a production manager at Ajapaworld, a children’s educational and entertainment company. She now works as a freelance writer and editor. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken-word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

 

Kechi Okwuchi is a Nigerian-American singer and motivational speaker. She was one of the two survivors in the Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 crash on December 10, 2005 and a finalist at the twelfth season of America’s Got Talent in 2017. She constantly proves that there are no limits to what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.


Olive Emodi is an Award winning Television host, a Radio Personality, Writer, Actress, and Lawyer. She started out her career with a degree in Law before venturing into broadcasting. She is the recipient of the Future Awards Africa Prize for the TV presenter of the year 2018.


Nkem Onwudiwe is the founder of Her Network, a platform in Nigeria created to encourage women of all races, ages and sizes to help one another grow. This bold and ambitious PR & Communications entrepreneur leverages her skills and extensive network for spreading messages to the public via traditional and new media. Nkem is passionate about creating exciting events where women can come together, have real meaningful conversations, promote their businesses, sell their brands and build relationships with other women – bridging the gap between women and women.

 

Nnedi Okorafor is an award-winning author whose novels and stories reflect both her Nigerian heritage and her American life. Rather than identifying as Nigerian-American, Okorafor refers to herself as “Nigamerican”. She writes fantasy and science fiction for both children and adults. Some of her famous works are Binti, Who Fears Death, Zahrah the Windseeker, and Akata Witch.

Abimbola Craig’s Skinny Girl In Transit took YouTube by storm upon it’s release because her role told a story that the Nigerian woman could relate to.  The Producer, actress and lawyer was also part of The “Love Yourself” campaign which simply inspires ladies to love their bodies, height, skin color and the whole package they are in, because people generally love you more when you love yourself.

Akwaeke Emezi  is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. They are a 2018 National Book Foundation ‘5 Under 35’ honoree and their debut autobiographical novel FRESHWATER is currently long-listed for the Aspen Words Literary Prize and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Translated into six languages, FRESHWATER is a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal of Excellence and The Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize. It was named a Best Book of the Year by the New Yorker, NPR, the Chicago Public Library, and Buzzfeed.

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American novelist and creative writing coach. She is known for her book Children of Blood and Bone, the first in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Adeyemi’s debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, was released in March 2018, and debuted at number one on The New York Times Young Adult Hardcover Bestseller List.

Teniola Apata is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, drummer and rapper better known as Teni, Teni the entertainer or Teni Makanaki. Her rise to fame came with the release of her hit single Fargin and it’s been success upon success since then. Her voice leaves it’s listener spell bound and her hard work earned her so many accolades this year.

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin is a Nigerian women’s rights activist. She is the founder of Pearls Africa Youth Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization aimed at educating young girls in under-served areas in Nigeria with technology skills. On November 1 2018, Ajayi-Akinfolarin was named one of ten CNN Heroes of the year, 2018.

Ngozi Ejedimu is a lawyer living in Lagos who was 39-years-old when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 triple negative breast cancer. She is a survivor and  founded The Judah Foundation For Breast Cancer and manages @whatcancernaija, a page created after treatment to demystify breast cancer, inspire hope and make a difference through hugs and gift bags. In everything give thanks pretty much sums up her mission.

Bolanle Olukanni is a TV Presenter popularly known for hosting “Moments with Mo”. She is on the board of directors for the Self-worth Organisation, an NGO that provides empowerment and skills acquisition training for widows and single mothers. She recently wrote, directed and produced her first documentary titled “Gods Wives”.

Bunmi George was inspired to help other Nigerian women battling obesity after finally winning her own personal battle with obesity – losing over 55kg between 2010 and 2011 – this was how Shredder Gang was formed.

Regarded as one of Nigeria’s largest commercial weight loss communities, Shredder Gang is a health and wellness consultancy dedicated to easing the typically difficulty journey of transitioning into a healthier lifestyle.

A multi-award winning certified Mind and Mental health coach, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Techniques therapy practitioner. Hauwa uses her experience and expertise to advocate against sexual violence, for mental health across groups, schools and organisations. She is the Founder and current Executive Director at She Writes Woman – an award-winning movement of love, hope and support that gives mental health a voice, taking back the existing misinformed narrative, connecting help with hope, creating safe places and normalising the mental health and sexual violence conversation in Nigeria.

Hauwa holds an MSc in Investment Banking & Islamic Finance from Henley Business School, University of Reading, England. She is the only Nigerian female recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders award 2018 by the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

Peace Hyde is a British Ghanaian TV personality, social activist and media entrepreneur. She is the founder of Aim Higher Africa, a not for profit improving education by using ICT. She is also the Forbes West Africa Correspondent. In 2017, she was appointed the head of digital media and partnerships for Forbes Africa. In 2018, Hyde was shortlisted as part of 200 leaders from 43 African countries to be part of the inaugural class of the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa program which brought together emerging leaders from across the continent to explore new ways to take on the biggest challenges in their communities.

Ozoz Sokoh popularly known as the Kitchen butterfly is an Exploration geologist who loves food, writing and photography in equal part. She considers herself a ‘Traveller by lens and plate’.

She is passionate about experimenting with and sharing Nigerian cuisine in ‘The New Nigerian Kitchen’. The New Nigerian Kitchen, a phrase she coined celebrates Nigerian cuisine by reinventing and representing Nigerian food, unearthing history, sharing techniques, using old ingredients in new ways and focusing on in-season produce. She presents Nigeria to the world, one dish at a time.

Temie Giwa-Tubosun is a Nigerian-American health manager, founder of LifeBank (formerly One Percent Project), a business enterprise in Nigeria working to improve access to blood transfusions in the country. In 2014 Giwa was listed as one of the BBC 100 Women. She was the third Nigerian on the list, along with veteran broadcaster Funmi Iyanda and Obiageli Ezekwesili, Nigeria’s former minister of education. She was also the youngest on the list. She was described in the selection as someone “to take notice of now and in the future”, making a difference around the world by the BBC.

Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze is the CEO, AccountingHub, Nigeria’s number one accountant; offering online businesses and retailers professional accounting, bookkeeping and financial services for small and medium businesses.

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