In the past couple of decades, entrepreneurship used to be men’s palaver, but today, women are beginning to break records in the world of business. The interesting part of it is that they are not just women, but they are as well very YOUNG. This recent development spreads across all countries of the world and Nigerians are not left out. Some young women have really stood up recently to bring about significant changes in the economy of the country and also contribute to the nation’s renaissance through their workable business ideas. You can’t afford not to know these young female entrepreneurs…
1. Uche Pedro (nee Eze) – Bellanaija
Uche Pedro is a 32-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur, who is the founder of Bellanaija, an entertainment, fashion and lifestyle website. She is now one of the most popular bloggers in Nigeria. Her site which she created in 2006, has grown to become one of the hottest destination for celebrity news and fashion trends on the Internet, attracting more than 10 million page views per month.
She was recently named in the ’30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa in 2014′ by Forbes.
2. Dr. Ola Orekunrin – Flying Doctors
Olamide Orekunrin is a 28 year-old British-Nigerian Doctor who founded Flying Doctors Nigeria; a charity air operated Emergency medical organization, which is the first indigenous air ambulance in Nigeria based in Lagos. Ola graduated as one of the youngest medical doctors in England. She is also a trained helicopter pilot. She was also inspired to assuage the problems of emergency medical services in the Nigeria. Undaunted by difficult challenges, she successfully established Flying Doctors in Lagos, Nigeria in 2007 and she is currently the CEO.
She was listed among Young Global leaders by World Economic Forum in 2013. Ola has also lectured on entrepreneurship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Olamide is also a TED fellow.
3. Ruth Obih – 3Invest Ltd
Ruth is a Lawyer, a versatile Entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer at 3Invest. In 2007, she founded 3INVEST a Real Estate Company serving real estate owners, investors, developers and occupiers globally. Ruth is fast becoming the face of Real Estate in Nigeria as her Company 3Invest has been credited for leading the drive to digitize the real estate sector in Sub Saharan Africa through its advocacy platform 3invest Intelligence.
She was named ‘Aspiring Business Person’ in 2012 by the National Youth Economic Council for her exploits in increasing awareness on possibilities in real estate investment.
4. Elizabeth Kperrun, Lizzie’s Creations
Elizabeth Kperrun is a Nigerian born techpreneur and fashion designer who developed AfroTalez, a mobile application, to preserve some of the stories she was told as a child in eastern Benue state, Nigeria. Elizabeth is a firm believer in the potency of good storytelling and its ability to influence the lives of children.
She has received several awards and recognition some of which include; ThisDay Awards (Contribution to Health in Africa) 2012, The Future Award as ‘Entrepreneur of the year 2012′, NewsDirect Awards as ‘Outstanding Female CEO of the Year 2013′. She is also a TED fellow and has been honoured by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a Young Global Leader.
5. Isoken Ogiemwonyi – Co-founder, L’Espace
L’ espace, a multi-brand concept retail store for the best of African fashion and lifestyle products was co-founded by 24 year-old Wonuola Okoye and 27 year-old Isoke Ogiemwonyiin 2011 after a successful three years of Le Petit Marche- the foremost Nigerian designers market in 2009. However both entrepreneurs are branching out and focusing on building their separate businesses. Isoke is setting off solely with L’espace while Wonu’s direction is unknown for now.