Women’s Day 2017: 10 Most Influential Women In Nigeria
All women worth celebrating and we want to celebrate all women in Nigeria through this 10 most influential women in Nigeria today.
1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie born 15 September 1977) is a Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer. A MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, James Copnall wrote in the Times Literary Supplement that she was “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors that is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature.
She was selected by fellow Nigerian Bibi Bakare-Yusuf for the way “she has taken African literature further into the Western mainstream and made it a must-have fashion accessory, to be sampled by the likes of Beyoncé and loved by Dior and Vogue.” The author of bestsellers such as Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, also became the new face of British pharmaceutical chain Boots’ cosmetic range No. 7, and has helped build an empowering image for African women. 10 Most Influential Women In Nigeria
2. Amina J. Mohammed
Amina J. Mohammed (born 27 June 1961) is the current Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, and former Minister of Environment of Nigeria.
Nigeria’s Environment Minister Amina Mohammed is leading the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative and has mobilised global civil society to engage in the SDG framework. Having served on the task force for gender and education for UN’s Millennium Project and as the Special Adviser on Post2015 Development. 10 Most Influential Women In Nigeria
3. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
She served two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria (2003-2006, 2011-2015) and was previously Managing Director of the World Bank (2007-2011). She currently chairs the Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the African Risk Capacity (ARC). She is also a Senior Adviser at Lazard.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is renowned as the first female and black candidate to contest for the presidency of the World Bank Group in 2012.
4. Folorunsho Alakija
Folorunsho Alakija is a Nigerian businesswoman, one of the richest African women and also one of the richest black women in the world. In 2014 she unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world. She is a business tycoon involved in the fashion, oil and printing industries. She is the group managing director of The Rose of Sharon Group which consists of The Rose of Sharon Prints & Promotions Limited and Digital Reality Prints Limited and the executive vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Limited. Alakija is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion. As of 2015, she is listed as the second most powerful woman in Africa after Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the 87th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. 10 Most Influential Women In Nigeria
5. Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola
Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola is a Nigerian CEO of a recycling company, Wecyclers, in Lagos. She was educated at MIT and came to notice due to a novel approach to recycling based on tricycles and SMS.
The brains behind the Lagos-based recycling company Wecyclers, Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola is one of the pioneers of the change in attitudes towards recycling and waste management in Nigeria. Subscribers to her service earn points per kilo of recycling, which can be redeemed for cash, electronic and household goods. In four years, Wecyclers has signed on more than 11,000 households and collected almost 1,000 tons of household waste. 10 Most Influential Women In Nigeria
6. Ainehi Edoro
Another name selected by Bakare-Yusuf is Ainehi Edoro, the brains behind The Brittle Paper, a carefully curated online space that not only focuses on highbrow literature, but also actively promotes genre literature. With her website, Edoro aims to engage with readers who enjoy African writing and shape their taste. 10 Most Influential Women In Nigeria
7. Kemi Adeosun
Kemi was born in 1967 in London, United Kingdom to Nigerian parents from Ogun State She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of East London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Financial Management from the University of London. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales in 1994.
she was appointed the Commissioner of Finance in Ogun State, from 2011 till 2015. She is currently the minister of finance of federal republic of Nigeria, from 2015 till date. 10 Most Influential Women In Nigeria
8. Obiageli Ezekwesili
Obiageli Ezekwesili is a Nigerian chartered accountant. She was a co-founder of Transparency International, serving as one of the pioneer directors of the global anti-corruption body based in Berlin, Germany. She served as Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and then as Federal Minister of Education during the second-term presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. Since then, she served as the Vice-President of the World Bank’s Africa division from May 2007 to May 2012
Oby Ezekwesili is as fiery as she is intelligent. A major voice in the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, Oby shows strength of character, vision and decisive leadership.
9. Linda Ikeji
Ikeji was born and raised in a Catholic family from Nkwerre, Imo State. She is the second child. Linda began her hobby in writing at the age of 10. She finished secondary school at the age of 17 and, at 18, enrolled at the University of Lagos, where she studied English Language. To assist her family and support herself through school, she had part-time jobs as a waitress, model and writer. Ikeji graduated from the University in 2004. In 2006, she started blogging as a hobby. At that time, the internet was not as pronounced in Nigeria and she had to make her posts at a cybercafe
Ikeji runs a non-profit project themed I’d rather be self made; No thanks. In her interview with HipTV, she revealed that through the project, she assists young girls aged 16–25 who have great business ideas and are willing to venture into entrepreneurship.
Most popular blogger in Nigeria, Linda Ikeji is best known for her controversial publications
10. Funke Akindele
Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde is a Nigerian actress. She came to limelight after featuring in popular United Nations Population Fund sponsored sitcom; I Need to Know, which ran from 1998 to 2002
Funke Akindele has done several Nollywood movies that are unforgettable, including her self- produced movie with the Character title Jennifer. Funke worked in television before switching to cinema, she studied Mass Communication in Ogun State Polytechnic, and later bagged a law degree from the University of Lagos. In 2009, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and in 2015. she won best actress in comedy in 2016 and just concluded Africa Magic Viewer’s Chioce Awards 2017.
Published March 2017 on My State News