As the world celebrates International women day today, March 8, Nigeria joins to celebrate the women who have and continue to shape the nation, The most influential women in Nigeria.
Below is a list of the women who have proved their worth in Nigeria.
1. Olufumilayo Ransome-Kuti
Mrs Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a teacher, political activist, and leader of her generation, she paved the way for women to have the right to vote, She was also the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria. She died on the 13th of April 1978.
2. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was the first female minister of finance in Nigeria and she served two terms.She also served as Managing director of the World Bank. in 2014 she was listed as one of the “100 most influential people in the world”.In July 2017 she was named an independent non-executive director at Standard Chartered Plc in the United Kingdom.
3. Oby Ezekwesili
Oby Ezekwesili She was a co-founder of transparency international, She also served as Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and then as Federal Minister of Education during the second-term presidency of Obasanjo. She also founded the #bringbackourgirls campaign which brought international recognition for the 400 kidnapped girls Chibok.
4. Agbani Darego
Agbani Darego was the first African to the Miss World in 2001. She has since Had a long and illustrious modeling career all over the world. In 2010 she launched a style and fashion reality show Stylogenic on Nigerian television, and three years later announced her denim range, AD by Agbani Darego, which includes jeans, dresses, sunglasses, and bags.
5. Folorunsho Alakija
Mrs. Alajika is a businesswoman and one of the richest African women and also one of the richest black women in the world.As of 2015, she is listed as the second most powerful woman in Africa and the 87th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. She has a foundation called the Rose of Sharon Foundation that helps widows and orphans by empowering them through scholarships and business grants.
6. Chimamanda Adichie
Chimamanda Adichie is an author of short stories and poems, her book Half of A Yellow sun was made into a movie. She has been invited to give talks and lectures all over the world including TEDx talks Parts of Adichie’s TED talk were sampled in Beyonce’s song “Flawless” in December 2013. She is a strong advocate of feminism.
7. Joke Silva
Joke Silva is a pioneer in the Nigerian film industry, she started her career in the early 1990’s, she has stared in both local and international films in the course of her career. On 29 September 2014, Silva received recognition as a Member of the Order Of The Federal Republic one of the highest Honours in Nigeria.
8. Mosunmola Abudu
Mosunmola Abudu is a is a Nigerian media mogul, media personality, philanthropist, and former human resources management, consultant. She has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”.In 2006, she started EbonyliteTV, a network airing in more than 49 countries across Africa, as well as in the UK and the Caribbean.
9. Ibukun Awosika
Ibukun Awosika business magnate, author, and motivational speaker.On September 7, 2015, she became the first woman to be appointed Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria. Mrs. Awosika was among five Nigerian entrepreneurs who appeared in the first African version of the Dragon’s Den. She also hosts a T.V programme called Business His Way.
10. Onyeka Onwenu
Onyeka Onwenu is a singer, songwriter, actress, journalist, politician. Onwenu began her music career in 1981 while still working with the NTA. Originally a secular artist, she now sings mainly gospel music. She is also an advocate for peace and social justice.