Nigeria’s 100 Most Inspiring Women- 3

Bassey Ikpi
Bassey’s personal and heartfelt work has made her a much sought after performer; she’s a poet and writer, spoken word artist and founder of the SIWE Project. Bassey Ikpi has appeared on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry five times and her poetry has opened shows for Grammy Award-winning artists. Asides’ being an art and culture aficionado, Bassey is also a strong advocate for mental health and speaks out about issues around it frequently. She also frequently shares about her own experiences with bi-polar disorder; and inspires and strengthens countless others by doing so.

Betty Irabor
Fondly called “Aunty Betty,” Betty Irabor is a business woman and the Editor-in-Chief of Nigeria’s leading women’s magazine, Genevieve. The magazine celebrated its 13th year anniversary recently; probably the longest running print magazine in Nigeria. Betty is also a philanthropist, mentor for countless women, and a champion for breast cancer awareness through the Pink Ball Foundation.

Bimpe Onakoya
An absolutely exceptional woman, Bimpe is an award winning makeup artist, and the Artistic Director of Maybelline New York Nigeria. Bimpe is living the dream of so many aspiring makeup artists as she has worked at the New York Fashion Week with top designers like DKNY, Lacoste, J Mendel and Mara Hoffman. Her work has been published in Vanity Fair Italia, Italian Vogue, Marie Claire and Mania Magazine. As a means of mentoring and paying forward, Bimpe recently commenced professional training sessions for upcoming female makeup artistes in Nigeria.

Biola Alabi
Biola Alabi is the Managing Partner at Biola Alabi Media; a dynamic Consultancy that helps clients find solutions for their media related businesses and organizations. She’s also the former Managing Director of Electronic Media Network (MNET). At MNET, she worked tirelessly to increase the company’s Africa portfolio, including overseeing the launch of Africa Magic Hausa and Yoruba in 2010 and Africa Magic Swahili in 2011. She is a Yale World Fellow and one of the most accomplished and powerful women in African media. Biola flagged off her ‘Grooming to Greatness’ mentoring campaign in 2015 which is aimed at grooming the next generation of African business leaders.

Bolanle Okusanya Feyita
Bolanle is a diverse entrepreneur who started out as a makeup and Beauty Editor at OK! Magazine, Nigeria. Having worked at several leading brands including body shop, Elizabeth Arden, Lancaster, Clarins, Molton Brown, Nars and Mac, she launched her own line Makeup Pro Collection in 2005. After her father’s tragic passing in 2014, Biola turned her tragedy to purpose and established LTJ Memorial Funerals, an off-shoot of MIC Royal Limited, and has been growing in leaps and bounds since then.

Bukky George
Leading pharmacist and CEO of HealthPlus Limited and CasaBella International , a one-stop store for grooming and beauty solutions for men and women, Bukky has been described as the queen of retail pharmacy in Nigeria based on the steady success of her pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies. HealthPlus already has 31 branches across Nigeria with more branches already in the pipeline too. Bukky is also the first recipient of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Board of Fellows’ Award for Excellence in Community Pharmacy.

Bukky Karibi-Whyte
Bukky is a PR Mogul, Founder and the Principal Consultant of The Bobby Taylor Company which specializes in Media Relations, Crisis Management and much more. Her passion for PR led her to launch Invicta Africa, a cutting edge company strategically positioned to provide public relations services to Nigeria’s corporate world. We love what she’s doing with PR and how she keeps evolving.

Bunmi Laditan
Bunmi is the creator of – the cheeky, hilarious brand that has won our hearts all over social media. Inspired by the challenging time she was having with her then spunky two-year old daughter, Bunmi began a twitter account that tried to articulate the mind of a two-year old. Four years on, and we are all still incredibly hooked. Bunmi is also the author of a book on parenting, and contributes to The Huffington Post, Mommyish, Parenting amongst others.
(Culled from & Leading Ladies Africa)

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