Worldwide Girls’s Day: Nigeria’s Path Blazing Amazons – THISDAY Newspapers


Ogunmola Sowemimo

Globally, Worldwide Girls’s Day is marked each March eight as the point of interest within the motion for girls’s rights. Subsequently, to mark this yr’s celebration themed “Steadiness For Higher”, it was solely becoming for Chiemelie Ezeobi to profile some Nigerian amazons who’ve blazed a path of their respective fields

From the United Nations Conference on the Elimination of All Types of Discrimination in opposition to Girls, which was agreed in 1979 and ratified by 189 states, the combat for equality has come a great distance from the times the place ladies performed second fiddle.

However the truth that presently, solely six nations; Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg and Sweden, have equal rights for women and men, it hasn’t stopped ladies throughout the globe from being the consummate mom, spouse and on the similar time, thrive in her chosen profession. Maybe, this achievement was potential as a result of the declaration highlights the function of worldwide agreements in advancing ladies’s rights.

In Nigeria, it’s no totally different as some ladies have regularly blazed a path of their chosen careers as highlighted by Wikipedia-  be it trend, arts, politics, social entrpreneurship, banking, music, oil and gasoline, aviation, media,

economist, politician and movie maker, the listing is countless. The underlisted Amazons are in no way the one ones blazing a path however are simply few out of many.

The Pilot: Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo

For Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo, a pilot, who seemingly labored in a male dominated career, it was lately a season of firsts. She lately took the social media by storm and for a superb motive too. She is the primary Nigerian Feminine Pilot at Qatar Airways, in addition to the First Nigerian Feminine Pilot to fly the large Boeing 787 Dreamliner Plane. She can also be the primary Nigerian Feminine Pilot to fly the Boeing 767 Plane throughout the Atlantic.

Undoubtedly, Sowemimo positively qualifies to be among the many Amazons celebrated right now and even past as a result of with these accomplishments, she has joined the league of an growing variety of feminine pilots in Africa, who’re making the continent and certainly the female gender proud.

Oil Magnate/ Philantropist: Folorusho Alakija 

Folorunso Alakija is a Nigerian billionaire businesswoman, one in every of Africa’s richest ladies, and one of many richest black ladies on the earth. In 2014, she briefly unseated Oprah Winfrey because the richest lady of African descent on the earth. Together with her fingers in lots of pie; specifically trend, 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 Restricted and Digital Actuality Prints Restricted and the manager vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Restricted.

Presently, she is ranked by Forbes because the richest lady in Nigeria with an estimated internet price of $2.1 billion. However regardless of the accolades she has garnered within the enterprise world, for Alakija, what she would reasonably be remembered for is her ardour for widows, orphans and the much less privileged within the society. This she has achieved by her Rose of Shalom Basis, which is a house of succor for these in want. Through the years, she has gone above and past obligation in catering for the wants of the widows and their kids.

Banker/Motivational Speaker: Ibukun Awosika

Ibukun Abiodun Awosika is a Nigerian enterprise lady, creator and motivational speaker, who  at present serves as Chairman of First Financial institution of Nigeria. As a fellow of the African Management Initiative and Aspen World Management Community, Ibukun is a member of the Nigerian Financial Summit Group, member of the board of Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund and former Chairperson, Board of Trustees of Girls in Administration, Enterprise and Public Service. In 2011, she co-founded the Afterschool Graduate Improvement Centre, a profession centre established so as to checkmate the excessive price of unemployment in Nigeria.

On September 7, 2015, Ibukun grew to become the primary lady to be appointed Chairman of First Financial institution of Nigeria following the resignation of Prince Ajibola Afonja. She additionally sits on the board of Digital Jewel Restricted and Cadbury Nig Plc.

Make-up Guru: Tara Fela Durotoye

Tara Fela-Durotoye is a Nigerian make-up artist and lawyer. A pioneer within the bridal make-up career in Nigeria, she launched the primary bridal listing in 1999, arrange worldwide commonplace make-up studios and established the primary make-up faculty in Nigeria.

She is the founder and CEO of Home of Tara Worldwide  and creator of the Tara Orekelewa Magnificence vary, Impressed Fragrance and the H.I.P Magnificence vary. In 2007, she was awarded the Africa SMME Award and the Entrepreneur award in South Africa and in 2013, Forbes listed her as one 20 Younger Energy Girls In Africa.

Physician/Emergency Specialist: Ola Brown 

Via her Flying Docs she has given her sufferers wings to fly, thereby chopping by a number of legal professionals of paperwork and paperwork. Dr. Olamide Brown (Orekunrin) is a BritishNigerian medical physician and Managing director of Flying Docs Nigeria; a charity based mostly in Lagos, Nigeria.

After commencement, Olamide labored for 10 years with the Nationwide Well being Service, United Kingdom. As a helicopter pilot with specialised coaching in aviation medication, she pioneered the primary air operated Emergency medical companies in Lagos, Nigeria; Flying Docs Nigeria Ltd, which was motivated after experiencing the lack of her sister underneath tough circumstances.

Brown is a member of each the American Academy of Aesthetic Surgeons and the British Medical Affiliation. She was listed amongst Younger World leaders by World Financial Discussion board in 2013.

Flying Docs have 20 plane and 44 medical doctors who can ship care en path to one in every of Nigeria’s hospitals.

OAP/PLWD Champion: Adenike Oyetunde 

Adenike Oyetunde is a lawyer, on-air-personality and founder, Amputees United. She was recognized with Osteogenic Sarcoma (most cancers of the bone) at age 20 when she was in her second yr in college. Adenike finally needed to settle for the physician’s analysis and go for a limb amputation, after refusing to confess that she would dwell with out one in every of her limbs for the remainder of her life. She wasn’t deterred as she went on to turn into a lawyer, OAP and an activist. She has since gone on to dwell her life, breaking boundaries, and most lately launched a self-titled e book; Adenike.

Social Entrepreneur: Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji

Oluwatoyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji , is a social entrepreneurand human growth professional whose work cuts throughout entrepreneurshipeducationyouth growth and public management. She is the founder and chief government officer of Rise Networks, a Nigeria-based non-public and public sector funded Youth Curiosity social enterprise centered on utilizing tech innovation to create advocacy and studying alternatives for the inclusive progress of youths with the core goal of getting ready them for management and social change. She can also be the founding father of Passnownow, a cell studying portal with entry to curriculum-based schooling content material with standardised assessments and examination evaluate questions in digital format distributed through net and cell to underserved highschool college students and academics.

Way of life Entrpreneur: Uche Pedro 

Uche Pedro is an award-winning Nigerian entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of BellaNaija, a media tech model recognized for leisure and life-style content material. Below her management, BellaNaija’s social footprint has grown by its collective manufacturers – BellaNaija.com, BellaNaija Weddings and BellaNaija Model – to be the most important on the African continent with greater than 200 million impressions every month.

World Musician: Tiwa Savage 

Tiwatope  Savage, higher recognized by her stage identify Tiwa Savage, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, performer and actress. She at present has a songwriting take care of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Savage signed a recording contract with Mavin Information in 2012, in addition to signed a administration and publishing take care of Roc Nation in June 2016, which she later confirmed through Instagram.

Her debut studio album, As soon as Upon a Time, was launched on three July 2013. It was supported by the singles “Kele Kele Love“, “Love Me (3x)”, “With out My Coronary heart”, “Ife Wa Gbona”, “Folarin”, “Olorun Mi” and “Eminado“. Savage’s second studio album, R.E.D, was launched on 19 December 2015. It produced the singles “My Darlin’”, “African Waist” and “If I Begin To Speak”. As a singer, her achievements embody an MTV Europe Music AwardMTV Africa Music Award, two The HeadiesAwards, one Channel O Music Video Award, one Nigeria Music Video Award, and two Metropolis Individuals Leisure Awards.

Tech Skilled: Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin is a Nigerian Girls and Women Advocate Social Entrepreneur. She is the founding father of Pearls Africa Youth Basis, a Non-Governmental Organisation aimed toward educating younger ladies in under-served areas in Nigeria with know-how expertise. On November 1, 2018, Ajayi-Akinfolarin was named one in every of ten CNN Heroes of the yr. Later that month she was listed as one in every of BBC’s 100 Girls.

Ajayi-Akinfolarin started her profession working for E. D. P Audit and Safety Associates. She labored on the firm for seven years, starting as an intern and being promoted to the extent of Affiliate Guide. Working in know-how, Ajayi-Akinfolarin found a big gender hole. A authorities survey performed in Nigeria in 2013, discovered that lower than eight per cent m {of professional}, administration or technological positions are held by Nigerian ladies. Wanting to assist shut that hole and encourage extra ladies in her subject, she established the muse in 2012 to help ladies in creating know-how expertise by varied applications together with; GirlsCodingG.C MentorsGirlsInSTEM and Empowered Palms. Since 2012, the organisation has educated over 400 younger ladies to code.

Visible Artist: Njideka Akunyili-Crosby 

Njideka Akunyili Crosby is a Nigerian-born visible artist working in Los AngelesCalifornia. Akunyili Crosby’s artwork “negotiates the cultural terrain between her adopted residence in America and her native Nigeria, creating collage and photograph transfer-based work that expose the challenges of occupying these two worlds. In 2017, Akunyili Crosby was awarded the distinguished Genius Grantfrom the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Basis. In 2016, Akunyili Crosby was named Monetary InstancesLady of the 12 months.

In 2016, a solo exhibition of Akunyili Crosby’s work was held on the Norton Museum of Artwork in West Palm Seaside, Florida. Extremely revered artwork gallery Victoria Miro additionally began representing Akunyili Crosby that yr. In 2017 Akunyili Crosby gained the MacArthur Fellowship Genius grant.

Akunyili Crosby was one of many artists featured in Nathaniel Kahn’s 2018 documentary The Worth of Every part the place she discusses her profession and angle to the artwork market. It culminated along with her portray Drown being offered at Sotheby’sup to date artwork public sale in November 2016 for $900,000.

Writer: Chimamanda Adichie 

Chimamanda Adichie is an award profitable Nigerian novelist, author of brief tales, and nonfiction. She has written the novels Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Solar(2006), and Americanah (2013), the brief story assortment The Factor Round Your Neck (2009), and the book-length essay We Ought to All Be Feminists(2014). In 2008, Adichie was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. She was described in The Instances Literary Complement as “probably the most outstanding” of a “procession of critically acclaimed younger anglophone authors [who] is succeeding in attracting a brand new era of readers to African literature”. Her most up-to-date e book, Expensive Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Solutions, was printed in March 2017.

DiplomatAmina Jane Mohammed

Amina Jane Mohammed is the present Deputy Secretary-Common of the United Nations and a former Minister of Surroundings of Nigeria. Mohammed as soon as coordinated the Activity Power on Gender and Training for the United Nations Millennium Challenge and he or she later acted because the Senior Particular Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Improvement Targets (MDGs). In 2005, she was charged with the coordination of Nigeria’s debt reduction funds towards the achievement of the MDGs.

Mohammed served as Federal Minister of Surroundings within the cupboard of President Muhammadu Buhari from November 2015 to December 2016. Throughout that point, she was Nigeria’s consultant within the African Union (AU) Reform Steering Committee.

Economist: Ngozi Okonji-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is an economist and worldwide growth professional. She sits on the Boards of Normal Chartered Financial institutionTwitterWorld Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), and the African Danger Capability (ARC).

Beforehand, Okonjo-Iweala spent a 25-year profession on the World Financial institution as a growth economist, rising by the ranks to the No. 2 place of Managing Director, Operations (2007-2011). She additionally served two phrases as Finance Minister of Nigeria (2003-2006, 2011-2015) underneath the management of President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan.

Politician/Activist: Oby Ezekwesili

Obiageli Ezekwesili, popularly often called Oby Ezekwesili, is a Nigerian chartered accountant from Anambra state. She was a co-founder of Transparency Worldwide, serving as one of many pioneer administrators of the worldwide anti-corruption physique based mostly in Berlin, Germany. She served as Federal Minister of Stable Minerals after which as Federal Minister of Training throughout the second-term presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. Since then, she served because the Vice-President of the World Financial institution‘s Africa division from Could 2007 to Could 2012. Ezekwesili was a 2018 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in transparency within the extractive sector. She has actively been concerned within the marketing campaign for the return of the Chibok ladies, who had been  kidnapped by Boko Haram. Her latest foray was into politics the place she contested for presidency underneath the Allied Congress Occasion of Nigeria (ACPN).

Media Mogul: Mo Abudu

Mosunmola Abudu, normally often called Mo Abudu, is a Nigerian media mogul, media persona, philanthropist, and former human sources administration marketing consultant. She has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Profitable Lady” and the primary African lady to personal a Pan-Africa TV channel. She was listed as one of many 25 Most Highly effective Girls in World TV by The Hollywood Reporter in 2013 and obtained the Entrepreneur of the 12 months award by Girls Werk in New York (2014). In 2014, she was honoured with an honorary Physician of Humane Letters (Honouris Causa) from Babcock College.

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