100 Most Inspiring Nigerian Women – 8

Oby Ezekwesili
Oby is a woman of character, intelligence, and razor-sharp wit. She co-founded Transparency International, an anti-corruption body based in Berlin, Germany and has served as the Vice President of World Bank, Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and the Federal Minister of Education. She is a major voice in the #Bring Back Our Girls Campaign which shows that she is indeed a true advocate and an exemplary leader.
Oluwatoyin Sanni
Oluwatoyin Sanni is the Group Chief Executive Officer at United Capital PLC, a leading African investment banking firm based in Lagos. In 2014, Toyin was named as one of the Top 25 CEO’s by the Nigerian Stock Exchange. She authored the book ‘Yes You Too Can’, an inspirational book aimed to empower the next generation of women leaders.

Omawumi Magbele
Popularly known as Omawumi, this singer, song writer and actress has a powerful voice and an outgoing personality. Starting out from the Nigerian Idols competition, Omawunmi has distinguished herself in the industry with her unique and sonorous voice and let’s not forget her eclectic dance moves. She recently released a single with the Grammy Award winner, Angelique Kidjo.
Omilola Oshikoya
Widely known as Africa’s premier wealth coach, Omilola has successfully impacted many with her ‘Do it Afraid’ mantra. The Pocket Finance Founder debuted her first Do It Afraid Conference, an annual event organized to inspire business minded individuals who lack the conviction to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. Omilola is also holding the first Do It Afraid entrepreneurship workshop with Agribusiness at its theme. Supported by Bank of Industry (BOI), the Agriculture workshop will help enlighten participants about the opportunities in the sector, how they can be seized to generate value, and how they can access the various funds such as the BOI agriculture funds.
Omoyemi Akerele
She is a lawyer turned fashion consultant and the Creative & Managing Director, Style House Files; a creative development agency for Nigerian and African designers. Akerele is also the Founder of the Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW), a platform which helps brands gain essential international exposure. She embodies simplicity, poise and grace.
Osaru Alile
Osaru is a high-spirited, vibrant young woman; she loves to explore various cultures through travelling and exciting adventures. In 2007, she co-founded Caxton Alile Design; A pro-African creative force and founding company of Caxton Alile Living, CC Interiors & its new initiative Exterior Spaces which aims at #CreatingHappySpaces for all, irrespective of one’s budget. Osaru acts as a GLOBAL SHAPER in the Lagos Hub of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Osaru is a Vital Voices GROW Fellow, WIMBIZ Associate, Mara Mentor and the Committee Chair for Education, Interior Design Association of Nigeria (IDAN). She is very passionate about creativity, entrepreneurship, education and the empowering of Nigerian Youths.
Osinachi Kalu-Egbu
Popularly known as Sinach, she is a household name in the Gospel music industry, starting off as a worship minister at the Christ Embassy Church. Sinach is an award winning musical artiste who has written more than 200 songs. Her songs have become anthems in many homes and churches. Her impact through her music has been felt across the world.
Rolake Akinkugbe
The intelligent executive is investment banking deals in the energy and natural resources sector, and manages key sector relationships for FBN Capital. Previously the Head of Energy, Oil and Gas Research at pan-African Ecobank Group, Rolake is the founder of VoxPerfect, a company that aims to re-invent the art of public speaking and bring creative talk to the mainstream.
Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed
Medical doctor turned portfolio entrepreneur with three businesses under her belt. Fusion Lifestyle Ltd (which organizes The Fusion Lifestyle Family Fair, The FusionConnect business clinics and runs The Fusion Lifestyle Store, a multi brand lifestyle hub), The Gift Source, a one stop gift resource company, and Fruit Garden a fresh fruit products company.
Saudat Salami
I.T and Agribusiness entrepreneur Saudat Salami, founded Easy Shop Easy Cook, a proudly Nigerian online domestic outsource company that delivers customized domestic services to the working professional who otherwise cannot meet up due to work and timing challenges. She is a solution provider.
Shareefah Andu
The CEO of Arabel Nigeria Limited, Shareefah is an exceptional entrepreneur. Based on her belief that the Muslim woman can be religious and trendy at the same time, she created Arabel to create fashionable pieces for Muslim women. Her store launched the Princess Amina turban, one that is classy and simple.
Shola Okubote
It’s always inspiring and refreshing to see women support and celebrate other women. Shola is the founder of WomanNG, a website that is dedicated to women related issues. It is essentially a site by Nigeria women for the Nigerian Woman.
Subomi Plumptre
Subomi is a creative genius and social media denizen. A leading African strategist focused on brands, business and social media, she manages Corporate and Social Media Practices at Alder Consulting. Not one to hold off from going against popular opinion, Subomi is always championing one cause or the other and has distinguished herself in the area of the use of social media for research and providing very useful insight.

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

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