IWD 2017: 100 Most Inspiring Women In Nigeria, See Who Made The List


In celebration of the International Women’s Day 2017, YNaija.com in collaboration with Leading Ladies Africa (LLA), has released its 2017 list of 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria.

These inspiring women were selected from different workforces and represent women of strength who are excelling in their various field.

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The long list features Nigerian celebrities like Toke Makinwa, Mercy Aigbe-Gentry, Adesua Etomi, Somkele Iyama and other women whose hard work and success have helped to influence other Nigerian women.

According to the words of Lekan Olanrewaju, the Editor of Y!/YNaija.com:

“It is impossible to create a list that highlights every single great Nigerian woman, but LLA has managed to come up with a presentation that at its core, celebrates all that we know to be great about the modern Nigerian woman.

“Our collaboration with LLA is hinged on the fact that we recognize and value the achievements women bring to the world, and this is evident in the work we do as an organization.”

Inspiring Women In Nigeria

The list below, as confirmed by the organizers, took 4 months to compile after going through a strict process of vetting, approval, and review from external partners and a trusted advisory committee.

1. Abimbola Alale

Abimbola Alale

Abimbola Alale is the only female boss of a major satellite company –  NIGCOMSAT, across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. She bridges the digital divide Nigeria is experiencing with great passion.

2. Achenyo Idachaba

Achenyo Idachaba

Achenyo Idachaba is the founder of MitiMeth, a company that makes handcrafted accessories from weeds. Achenyo discovered invasive aquatic weeds and agro waste in Ibadan, Nigeria and started a formidable company that provides job opportunities for many Nigerians.

3. Adenike Oyetunde

Adenike OyetundeAdenike is a lawyer, OAP and activist who fights for the rights of people living with disabilities. She lost her limbs at the age of 20, however, her zeal for life remains all-consuming.

4. Adenrenle Sonariwo

Adenrenle Sonariwo

Aderenle is an Accountant from the prestigious Howard University whose love for art is epic. She established the Rele Gallery and became a trailblazer when she hosted “What’s cooking”, a culinary art photographic exhibition in Nigeria, the first of its kind.

5. Adepeju Jaiyeoba

Adepeju Jaiyeoba

With no experience in the medical field, Adepeju started a movement to help sanitize the health sector and reduce the number of maternal and child mortality. Her ‘Mother’s Delivery Kit’ project currently runs in 30 out of the 36 states in Nigeria with more than 50,000 women and babies as beneficiaries.

6. Adesua Etomi

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Adesua Etomi

In 2014, the beautiful and graceful Adesua stole the hearts of Nigerians when she appeared in her first movie ‘Knocking on Heavens Door’. The First Class graduate of Drama and Performance from the University of Wolverhampton, UK, is a fine blend of beauty and brains.

7. Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke is a film maker and writer. Her debut novel, FRESHWATER is set to be published by prominent Independent American publisher, Atlantic Grove.

8. Amina J Mohammed

Amina J Mohammed

Amina J. Mohammed is the Environment Minister of the Federal republic of Nigeria, and former UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Sustainable Development. She has displayed a clear sense of leadership, and service leading the way to the actual clean-up of the Ogoni community, more than 20 years after an oil spill that devastated the people and the land.

She has displayed a clear sense of leadership, and service leading the way to the actual clean-up of the Ogoni community, more than 20 years after an oil spill that devastated the people and the land.

9. Arese Ugwu

Arese Ugwu

Arese Ugwu is the author of ‘The Smart Money Woman,’ a novel that has encouraged women to make more savvy decisions with regards to their finances and wealth creation.

She helps young Africans discover their power to build a future and make smarter money decisions through Smart Money Africa, a personal finance platform for the African millennial.

10. Asisat Oshoala

Asisat Oshoala

Apart from her impressive record with the Super Falcons, 22-year old Asisiat was the first African footballer in British Women’s Super League when she signed a deal with Liverpool.

She is also a Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) as honoured by former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

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More Inspiring Women in Nigeria

11. Ayodeji Megbope

12. Bidemi Zakariyau

13. Bisola Borha

14. Bola Adesola

15. Bola Onada Sokunbi

16. Bunmi George

17. Captain Abimbola Jaiyeola

18. Chidinma Lawanson

19. Chika Uwazie

20. Chinenye Jeanne Nnoli

21. Chinwe Ohajuruka

22. Chioma Ude

23. Crystal Chigbu

24. Didi Akinyelure

25. Ebele Okobi

26. Eleanor Goodey

27. Eniola Fadayomi

28. Esther Ijewere-Kalejaiye

29. Fati Abubakar

30. Fatima Jidayi

31. Foye Ikyaator

32. Funke Awobokun

33. Funto Ibuoye

34. Gloria Oloruntobi

35. Huda Fadoul Abacha

36. Ifeyinwa Afe

37. Ijeoma Ndukwe

38. Isabella Akinseye

39. Isio Wanogho

40. Isioma Osaje

41. Joke Bakare

42. Joycee Awoojodu

43. Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor

44. Kemi Onabanjo

45. Kemi Adetiba

Kemi Adetiba

46. Kene Rapu

47. Kofo Akinkugbe

48. Latasha Ngwube

49. Liz Osho

50. Lola Maja-Okojevoh

51. Lola Masha

52. Luvvie Ajayi

53. Mercy Aigbe-Gentry

54. Mercy Makinde

55. Mfon Ekpo56. Mo Abudu

56. Mo Abudu

57. Modupe Fagbohungbe

58. Mofolusade Sonaike

59. Mosun Bello-Olusoga

60. Ndidi Olatunji Bello

61. Nelly Agbogu

62. Nibi Lawson

63. Njideka Akunyili-Crosby

64. Nkechi Harry Ngonadi

65. Nkechikwu Azinge

66. Nkem Okocha

67. Nkem Onwudiwe

68. Nkiru N’joku

69. Oby Ezekwesili

70. Ogwah Ogbeh- Iweze

71. Omasan Ogisi

72. Omolola Faleye

73. Omotade Alalade

74. Onos Ariyo

75. Osaretin Demuren

Osaretin Demuren
Osaretin Demuren

76. Ozoz Sokoh

77. Rimini Makama

78. Sandie Okoro

79. Shade Ladipo

80. Shola David-Borha

81. Simbo Bello-Ukiri

82. Simisola Ogunleye

83. Somkhele Idhalama

84. Sophia Ike-Onu

85. Stephanie Busari

86. Stephanie Obi

87. Tara Fela Durotoye

88. Temie Giwa

89. Titi Oyinsan

90. Tiwa Savage

91. Toke Makinwa

92. Tokini Peterside

93. Tosin Oshinowo

94. Uche Majekodunmi

95. Ufuoma McDermott

96. Uneku Atawodi

97. Valerie Obaze

98. Wangi Mba-Uzuokwu

99. Yemisi Aribisala

100. Zainab Bagudu

The above women will be honored with their award certificates on March 30th, 2017 at the Gala event scheduled to hold at Wheatbaker Hotel.

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Every Nigerian girl, wife, sister and mother has something inspiring about her life and deserves to be celebrated as well.

BuzzNigeria wishes all inspiring women home and abroad, a Happy Women’s week celebration!

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