100 Most Inspiring Nigerian Women – 7

Leslie Okoye
When it comes to skin care, Leslie knows best. She is the founder of a leading skin care company, Cookie Skin, which specializes in helping women of different skin colors get flawless skin. Leslie is on a mission to redefine the meaning of good skin among African women with her skin care brand.
Linda Ikeji
She has no doubt carved a niche for herself in the blogging industry. Her consistency over the years has made her blog one of the most celebrated in Africa and she has amassed great wealth from it. Linda also takes part in various causes in order to empower young women to pursue their dreams.
Lola Omolola
Lola, a woman with a heart for other women, is the creator of the amazing initiative, Female in Nigeria, a virtual safe house for women. Within a short time, the initiative has created a culture of helping women connect on a deeper level, facilitating global meet-ups and networking and linking women in crisis (domestic violence, sexual assault, depression, suicide) with therapists, lawyers, physicians and other professionals. Female in Nigeria now has nearly 60,000 women who have joined the movement.
Luvvie Ajayi
Luvvie the Editor-in-chief of Awesomely Luvvie – a blog that talks about everything from race to politics, to pop-culture, fashion, tech and everything in between. Luvvie has been blogging for over 13 years, and describes herself as “a Wacky Wordsmith. Pop Culture Prima-Donna, Superb Side-eye Artist, Bodacious Blogger, Witch of Wit. Dynamic Digerati with a Superior Shoe Game, Admirer of Alliteration.” She’s loved because she is essentially “So woke!” She’s also the founder of the blog, and believes that you don’t have to be a geek or a nerd to be a techie. Awesomely Techie
Maupe Ogun
If you watch Sunrise Daily on Channels Television, Maupe’s name will be familiar. She’s currently a co-host on Channels’ hottest news and current affairs program. Maupe’s passion for news and current affairs brought her into the broadcast industry in 2007. She has been growing ever since.
Matse Uwatse-Nnoli
Matse is a woman of many parts. She stood out as a radio presenter winning awards such as the Women in Media and Entertainment Awards for her “Excellence in Radio Presenting”, and the African Voices Awards in Nairobi, Kenya as the “Most Outstanding Radio Presenter in West Africa” 2009. After a successful career as a radio presenter, she moved on to create Matse Cooks, an innovative food blog and she later started the Matse Cooks TV Series on Youtube where she teaches other food enthusiasts how to make mouth-watering dishes.
Mildred Okwo
She is one of the women doing amazing things in Nollywood. The film director and producer is responsible for the creation of notable movies like The Meeting, 30 days and instant hit, Surulere which is her latest project. Mildred alongside 11 other Nollywood practitioners founded the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee and got approval from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to screen Nigerian films to be submitted for Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards.
Mo Abudu
Mosunmola is an entrepreneur and pacesetter in the media industry. Her numerous and continuous achievements have proved that she is not here to joke. From starting the Moments with Mo Talk show that inspired many to building an enviable brand with Ebony Life TV, Mosunmola Abudu is on a roll. Her latest movie project Fifty, has received several local and international awards/accolades.
Mobolaji Akiode
She is a basketball player who has had the opportunity to play with the National Team at different international competitions like the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2005 African Nations Cup, 2005 Common Wealth games and the 2006 World Championship. In 2010, she started a nonprofit organization, ‘Hope 4 girls’ that helps young girls explore opportunities in sports. In 2013, Mobolaji was awarded the Everyday hero award by ESPNW/Toyota and was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014
Ndidi Nwuneli
Ndidi is the champion of youth development with a passion that very few people can muster. In 2002 and 2003 she founded LEAP Africa, a leadership, ethics and management training institute for youths, business owners and social entrepreneurs and officials in the public sector. She is also the Co-Founder of AACE Foods, a local agro processing company in Nigeria and AACE Consulting specialized in agricultural strategy and policy.
Ngozi Opara
Ngozi Opara is the owner of NZO Hair Studio in Washington D.C and the Founder of Heat Free Hair 100% virgin hair extensions designed to perfectly blend with a woman’s natural hair texture or curl pattern. She is revolutionizing the beauty industry with her products.
Njideka Crosby
Njideka is an award winning visual artist working in Los Angeles, California. Her works on paper combine collage, drawing, painting, printmaking, and photo transfers and they can be found in the collections of major museums including Yale University Art Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and others.
Nkiru Balonwu
Nkiru is the CEO of Spinlet, a mobile music download platform founded in 2006 and has revolutionized the way music content is shared and distributed. Since its inception, Spinlet has established offices in Lagos, Cape Town, South Africa and San Francisco.
Nnedi Okoroafor
Nnedi is an award winning fantasy, science fiction and speculative fiction writer. She is also an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). One of her books, ‘Who fears death’ was awarded the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel as well as the 2010 Carl Brandon Kindred Award.

(Culled from YNaija.com in partnership with Leading Ladies Africa)

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