10 Top Influential and Beautiful Nigerian Women

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1     Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

is a Nigerian-American economist and international development expert who has served since March 1, 2021 as Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

She is the first woman and the first African to hold the office.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was born 13 June 1954, is a Nigerian-American economist, fair trade leader, environmental sustainability advocate, human welfare champion, sustainable finance maven and global development expert. Since March 2021, Okonjo-Iweala has been serving as Director-General of WTO: World Trade Organization. Notably, she is the first woman and first African to lead World Trade Organization as Director-General. She sits on boards of: Danone, Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, MINDS: Mandela Institute for Development Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, One Campaign, GAVI: Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, Rockefeller Foundation, R4D: Results for Development, ARC: African Risk Capacity and Earthshot Prize plus others. Okonjo-Iweala was born in Ogwashi-Ukwu, Delta State, Nigeria, where her father, Professor Chukwuka Okonjo, was the obi (king) of the Obahai Royal Family of Ogwashi-Ukwu. She is married to Ikemba Iweala, a family medicine Physician from Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria. They have four children, including author Uzodinma Iweala.

During her campaign to become the next Director-General of the WTO, it was revealed that Okonjo-Iweala became a US citizen in 2019 after spending several decades working and studying there. Given the ongoing trade tensions between China and the US, analysts commented that the disclosure would be a contributing factor in shaping China’s attitude towards her.

2     Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

is a Nigerian writer whose works range from novels to short stories to nonfiction.

She has remained an advocate for gender equality in Nigeria and across the world. Her TedEx speech ‘We should all be feminist ‘was sampled by American songstress, Beyonce in 2012.

She was described in The Times Literary Supplement as “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors which is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”,particularly in her second home, the United States.

Adichie, a feminist, has written the novels Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013), the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), and the book-length essay We Should All Be Feminists (2014). Her most recent books are Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (2017), Zikora (2020) and Notes on Grief (2021). In 2008, she was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. Adichie was born in the city of Enugu in Nigeria, and grew up as the fifth of six children in an Igbo family in the university town of Nsukka in Enugu State. While she was growing up, her father, James Nwoye Adichie (1932-2020), worked as a professor of statistics at the University of Nigeria. Her mother, Grace Ifeoma (1942-2021), was the university’s first female registrar. The family lost almost everything during the Nigerian Civil War, including both maternal and paternal grandfathers. Her family’s ancestral village is in Abba in Anambra State.

3     Nwapa Adaobi Stellar

is a General Manager, Zenith Bank Plc. She is currently the Group Zonal Head, Ikoyi Zone, with management and supervisory responsibilities over branches and business units in the zone.

Adobi joined Zenith Bank in 1990 and has over twenty-eight (28) years cognate banking experience, most of which have been in Senior Management positions.

She had her Bachelors Degree atImo State University, Masters atStrayer University, and another Masters at Jack Welch Mgmt Institute

She is a member of Institute of Management Consultants, Chartered Institute of Bankers, and Nigeria Institute of Management.

Nwapa Adobi Stella holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the Imo State University, Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the Strayer University, Houston, Texas, USA and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA – In view) from the Jack Welch Management Institute.

She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants (ICMA), Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) and an honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (HCIB), and has attended several local and international courses and programmes including Leading Change and Organizational Renewal (Harvard Business School), Key Executive Programme (Harvard Business School), World Finance/Wining Negotiation Strategies (HSM Americas), Developing Strategies for Value Creation (London Business School) and the Senior Management Programme (Lagos Business School), amongst others.

4.    Dr Ifeyinwa Nwakwesi

is an integrative medicine, Health, Relationship, Marriage Improvement, Attitude and Behavioral Change Specialist. She qualified as a conventional medical doctor from the University of Ibadan in 1979. After her experiences with ill-health she decided to learn about Integrative Medicine which looks at ill-health in the context of the individual’s total social existence. She is very passionate about health, energy and happiness of people. She is a very close connection with God and is a praying woman allowing the Holy Spirit help her to keep her mindset positive to work on becoming the better version of herself. She is married to the love of her life Dr Maduka Nwakwesi and they are blessed with 6 amazing children and their spouses and 11 grand-children. She loves worshipping God, dancing and a very happy woman. She does not like negative energy from disunity so she tries to help family and friends resolve their conflicts.  She is married to the love of her life Dr Maduka Nwakwesi and they are blessed with 6 amazing children and their spouses and 11 grand-children.

she is the CEO of Women Alliance Group. She had her master classes in VIBRANT HEALTH, RELATIONSHIP, MARRIAGE IMPROVEMENT, MIND-SET REPROGRAMMING, ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIORAL CHANGE.

Aisha Yesufu is a Nigerian socio-political activist, and co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, an advocacy group that brings attention to the abduction of over 200 girls, from a secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, on 14 April 2014, by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

In 2020, she also agitated against the government during the #EndSars protest in Nigeria. She has since been identified as one of the most quintessential figures in modern times.

5     Nkemdilim Begho

is founder and Managing Director of Future Software Resources Limited, an IT solutions provider focused on online solutions, e-learning and IT security. As one of a few Nigerian women in the industry, her success is founded on a passion for driving innovative thinking, building a globally recognized technology brand and setting trends in the Nigerian Technology space. 

Respected and recognized as a leader in her industry, Nkem is regularly featured in newspaper and magazine publications and as an expert speaker on ICT in Africa. She’s a recipient of many awards including the Jim Ovia Prize for Software Excellence, and the Etisalat Prize for Innovation. She regularly volunteers for mentoring and empowerment programmes often sharing her experiences with young Nigerians and less privileged children.

6.    Amanda Obidike

is a Nigerian tech woman and is the Founding Curator of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shapers, Ozubulu hub where she leads dialogues and engages communities on youth and social development, an Executive Director at STEMi Makers Africa and serves as a Mentor in the New York Academy of Science, Cherie Blair Foundation, the 1million Women in Tech, Global thinkers for Women where she optimizes her knowledge and voice to serve as a role model to girls in Africa.

She is a Certified professional in STEM by the Open University, United Kingdom and Strategy Lead of STEMi Makers Africa where provide leadership, strategy management and oversees design and implementation of sustainable and implementable projects in 78 underserved Communities across 17 Sub-Saharan countries by preparing the next generation of Africans with STEM lucrative opportunities in becoming experienced for Africa’s workforce.

Recently, Forbes Science signified her as the Nigerian changing the culture fabric for young girls to embrace STEM. Amanda, in addition to STEM, addresses topics of Capacity building, Data Science, Youth empowerment and reform in Education Curriculum.

She serves as a Mentor in Cherie Blair Foundation, the 1million Women in Tech, Global Thinkers Forum for Women where she lends her voice, knowledge, and serves as a role model to girls in Africa. Amanda Obidike sits at the Board of Director for Global Youth Initiative and Ambassador of Global Peace Chain, Nepal.

She was given the Technology Rising Star Award by WOC; Michigan, Positive Impact Award of Athena40: The World Most Innovative Women, 2020; 100 Leading Ladies in Africa, and Role Model Finalist in Booking.com Technology Playmakers Awards, for successfully championing diversity for the girl child.

Currently serves on the Leadership Board of the 500 Women Scientists, USA and writing a Research on “Digital Transformation for Development: e-learning, lifelong learning and Education Strategy”, a Research presented to West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN).

7.    Tara Fela-Durotoye

is a Nigerian beauty entrepreneur and lawyer. She is a pioneer in the bridal makeup profession in Nigeria, she was the first to launch a bridal directory in 1999,  and she set up international standard makeup studios and established the first makeup school in Nigeria. She started House of Tara at the age of 20, from her living room, whilst an undergraduate at university back in 1998.

She is the founder and CEO of House of Tara Internationaland creator of the Tara Orekelewa Beauty range, Inspired Perfume and the H.I.P Beauty range.

As at 2019, her brand House of Tara, had 270 products, 23 stores, 14 beauty schools and 10,000 representatives all around Africa. Over the past 16 years, Tara has been dedicated to realising her vision of building a globally respected beauty company of African origin. She is the founder and current CEO of House of Tara International; the creator of the Tara Orekelewa Beauty range, Inspired Perfume and the H.I.P Beauty range; and a highly respected mentor for make-up artists and small business owners. She is a genuine powerhouse and gamechanger in the cosmetics industry in Nigeria and an inspiration for the rest of Africa….

In 2007, Tara Fela-Durotoye was awarded the Africa SMME Award and the Entrepreneur award in South Africa and in 2013, Forbes listed her as one 20 Young Power Women In Africa. In 2020, the magazine Forbes listed her among “Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women”.

She is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme, INSEAD Abu Dhabi, Yale University, The Stanford SEED Transformation Programme, and the Harvard Kennedy School having completed the Global Leadership and Public Policy in the 21st century, She is a member of the France/Nigeria Investment club which was incorporated in 2018 by the French President Emmanuel Macron

8.    Funke Akindele

Akindele-Bello Olufunke Ayotunde is a Nigerian actress and producer. Funke Akindele came into the limelight after starring in popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002, and in 2009, Funke won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Funke Akindele plays the lead character in the show Jenifa’s Diary, for which she was named Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

 Akindele plays the lead character in the ongoing hit TV show Jenifa’s Diary, alongside Fisayo Ajisola, Falz, Juliana Olayode, and Aderounmu Adejumoke. The show is a spin-off from the movie Jenifa. The 2018 comedy film Moms at War stars Funke Akindele and Omoni Oboli. In July 2019, Funke Akindele started a new web series, Aiyetoro Town, a spinoff from her popular TV series, Jenifa’s Diary. She is the CEO of Scene One Film Production.

She made her directorial debut in 2019 political drama film Your Excellency.

Funke Akindele runs a nongovernmental organization known as the Jenifa Foundation, which aims at providing young people with vocational skills.

Funke Akindele has endorsement deals such as Ambassador to Dettol. Ambassador to Irokotv. Ambassador for Keystone Bank. And in 2019, she signed an endorsement deal with Waw Nigeria.

Her movie ‘Omo Ghetto’ now holds the record of becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time in Nigeria, breaking the four-year record of Kemi Adetiba’s movie titled ‘The Wedding Party’.

According to a statement released by the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN), in January 2021, the movie has grossed N468,036,300 after maintaining its number one spot for 3 consecutive weeks.[40]

Funke Akindele have won several awards almost every year since 2009 through 2021.

9     Ijeoma Ndekwu, founder of Redrick Public Relations

For Nigerian PR company founder, Ijeoma Ndekwu, becoming an entrepreneur was in her genes. From an early age, she took her inspiration from her successful entrepreneurial father who managed to achieve the freedom of work/life balance in his business, and showed her an alternative and entrepreneurial career path of her own was possible. Her company, Redrick Public Relations, is a boutique public and media relations agency specialising in creating, developing and executing innovative and strategic integrated PR campaigns, all guided by market intelligence, for Corporate, Lifestyle and Retail brands. From developing unique stories to implementing results-oriented PR campaigns, Redrick PR participates in aiding every facet of your brand’s growth. Some of the specialist services the company provides include: Editorial Placement, Story Pitching, Press Kit Development, Brand/Product Launches, Press Release Writing & Distribution, Planning & Coordination of Press Events (including conferences, trips and press days).

10  Ugochi Ugbomeh

Ugochi Ugbomeh was born and raised in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. She obtained a B.Sc. in Geology/Earth Science, General. from the University of Ghana. She also holds a Masters Degree in Information Technology from the University of Glasgow. Her Skillset cut across various tools and technologies such as Java, Python, PHP, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, phpMyAdmin and Adobe Firewalls.

Her Industry Knowledge includes all but not limited to the following: Data Analysis, Service Delivery, Project Management, Workforce Management, Business Analysis, Strategic Planning, Research, Performance Management, Analysis, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Strategy, Vendor Management, IT Operations, E-commerce, Software Development and IT Management

 Ugochi Ugbomeh is a woman who thinks big and harnesses the power of technology to make a difference. Her entrepreneurial vision is for her company, Tranzit, to become a curator of truly world-class transportation, location based and mobility services in Africa, effectively moving people and things from one destination to another. Tranzit is a phonetic alternative to the English word “Transit” which means – “the conveyance of people and things from one place to another. Having this in mind, Tranzit is an IT based mobility service provider. Currently the company offers two products: firstly, TaxiPixi Africa www.taxipixi.com, which is a taxi e-hailing and booking service, that helps you book a taxi in 30 seconds. Secondly, TranzitIT, a technology based delivery service that serves both e-commerce and brick and mortar merchant owners, as well as regular consumers.

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