It’s amazing the kinds of milestones Nigerian women have been achieving lately. These women’s achievements have only gone to reiterate the fact that being a woman is not a setback for success at all, neither does it give one an excuse to lay back. Many of these women worked their way from the bottom of the ladder to the top and they are not resting on their oars. If you need some nudging, check out the lives of these five Nigerian women who have been making their mark on a global scale:
She’s described by Forbes as “African’s most successful woman”. Mosunmola Abudu popularly known as Mo Abudu is a Nigerian talk show host, TV producer, media personality, human resources management consultant, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Driven by passion to change the narrative of Africa, Mo founded Ebony Life TV which has become Africa’s first global black entertainment network. She also been named as one of the most powerful women in global TV as stated by the recent listing by Hollywood Reporter Magazine. She is a very hardworking woman, who has achieved a lot and impacted many many lives. See more on Mo Abudu and the growth of Ebony Life TV here.
This business baroness is a mother of 4 and one of Nigeria’s richest women. She is currently the vice chair of Famfa Oil, a Nigerian oil exploration company that has 60% participation interest in block OML 127, one of Nigeria’s largest deep -water oil reserves. She is also a business tycoon involved in fashion and printing industries. As listed by Forbes, she is the 87th most powerful woman in the world. She has inspired a lot of women in the business industry.
The founder and CEO of House of Tara is a Nigerian makeup artist and a lawyer who set up an international makeup studio and established the first makeup school in Nigeria. She has been honored with serval awards such as the SMME award and the Entrepreneur award in South Africa. Also, in 2013, Forbes listed her as one of 20 Young Power Women in Africa. She has helped and impacted the lives of ladies by enhancing to their beauty and making them feel more confident with her makeup brand “House of TARA”.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is an internally prominent economist and a Nigerian Politician who was the Managing Director of the World Bank between and served two terms as the Finance Minister of Nigeria during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. The committed and hardworking lady has been listed severally as one of the world’s most powerful women in the record of Forbes and was also listed in Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people. Okonjo Iweala has contributed immensely to Nigeria’s economy and the society at large through her dedication and hard work.
She is a Nigerian technocrat and the pioneer Minister of Communication Technology, a position she acquired following her appointment as part of the transformation Agenda of the Goodluck Jonathan government. She came on board with a wealth of experience and an intimidating resume that has impacted positively on the sector in the last twenty four months. Prior to this, she served as the Country manager for Accenture Nigeria. Born in 1963, she has earned several public commendations since taking up her position and serves as role model to women across Nigeria. This is following the numerous achievements of her ministry notably among which is the launch of the NigComSat-IR Satellite. This has helped to complement the country’s efforts at fibre connectivity and the provision of greater bandwidth.
So there you have it, Nigerian women doing big things. Yes Forbes is a go-to for all things around successful people and our Nigerian women seem to be popping up more and more each day. These are only five of many Nigerian women making global mark, and impacting lives across the world. So when will we be hearing your story? Don’t forget, dream big and start… Every journey begins with a single step. So get moving!