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.