Nigeria’s 100 Most Inspiring Women-4

Chika Oduah
Chika is an independent multimedia journalist, poet and writer whose work has been published by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, CNN, Al Jazeera, and many others. Chika, in one of her most notable work, successfully highlighted the plight of the Chibok girls and the fragmented community they left behind, giving the sensitive issue the necessary publicity it required. She has also appeared on various TV and radio stations including the BBC. Chika is the 2014 recipient of the Trust Women, Journalist of the Year Award from the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the winner of the 2015 African Story Challenge project by the African Media Initiative.
Chioma Chuka
Chioma is a social media strategist with nearly 10 years’ experience working in technology, governance and citizen participation. She is the Founder of TechHerNG, Nigeria’s first hub solely dedicated to building a support community for women in technology. Her outstanding work has been featured on various platforms including Future Challenges, Bertelsmann Transformation Index, Deutsche Welle, YNaija, etc.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Described as Nigeria’s literary star, Chimamanda is a novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer, and has received numerous awards and distinctions. She is uncompromisingly unconventional and is unafraid to talk issues that many would rather stay silent on; her thought-provoking articles challenge the conventional mode of thinking. Her book, ‘We should all be feminists’ adapted from her 2012 TED Talk has been adopted by Sweden as part of its efforts to promote gender inequality. The message of the book has also been adopted as guide to conversations in Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. Beyonce also sampled excerpts from Chimamanda’s TED talk on her Flawless song.
Chizoba Okpala-Astu
Chizoba is the Managing Director and Head Mixologist of Elles Icebox; Nigeria’s foremost event support service company with cocktails and drinks as its specialty. She started off her business after having cocktails at an event and knowing she could offer better. Five years down the line, she has a full-scale business, has added a smoothies segment to her business, and has also recently published a book on mixology and making cocktails. Talk about impressive collection, she has it!
Dr. Constance Iloh
Constance is an outstanding scholar and well sought after speaker who was recently honoured as Forbes 30 under 30. Headlined as a “Higher Ed Powerhouse” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Constance is committed to advancing understanding of the changing landscape of postsecondary education and its impact on underrepresented students.
Debo Adebayo
Debo is the Founder of Tomi’s Treats. Her passion for children’s health took her off her 9-5 route and led to the launch of Tomi’s Treats, a company that produces organic fruit and vegetable purees that can be eaten by babies six months old and above. She is a Chemical Engineering graduate and a qualified Chartered Engineer in the UK. In her 10-year career in the oil and gas sector, she worked with Foster Wheeler, KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton and Amec Oil and Gas.
Dupe Olusola
Dupe is the MD/CEO of Teragro Commodities Limited. Teragro, a subsidiary of Transcorp Nigeria, deals with the production of fruit juice concentrates for industrial markets. The company recently partnered with consumer food giant, Coca Cola, to produce the Five Alive Pulpy Orange Juice which is a big accomplishment for Dupe and her team.
 Ehime Akindele
An accidental discovery led Ehime to create a company which is loved and patronized by many in the country. Sweet Kiwi is the name of Ehime’s company and year after year, the company does not cease to thrill its customers with a wide variety of frozen yoghurt flavours of premium quality.
 Ejiro Amos-Tafiri
Simple, chic and beautiful are just a few ways to describe Ejiro Amos-Tafir’s designs. Ejiro has participated in several exhibitions and fashion shows such as Stars on the Runway and the Creative Academii reality T.V show where she emerged the winner in the Fashion category. The Ejiro Amos Tafiri brand, recently celebrated its 6th anniversary – with a successful exhibition just concluded in the UK, and with the addition of another outlet to her rapidly growing business, the future is looking awesome!
 Florence Adepoju
Frustration at the lack of lipsticks for darker skin tones, is what led Florence to begin production of her own line of lipsticks from her parents’ garden shed in Rainham, Essex, London. Today, with Lena Dunham and other celebrities as fans, her hip-hop lipstick brand, MDMFlow, boasts a variety of colours, and is stocked at Topshop and the French beauty brand, Colette. Get in line world!
 Florence Otedola aka DJ Cuppy
Cuppy started off her career as a disc jockey seven years ago at the age of 16 in London but has since become a household name across the African continent. In August 2015, she embarked on a continental tour tagged ‘DJ Cuppy Takes Africa’ which saw her visit eight African cities. Her desire to grow in the music industry led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Music Business at New York University. She is also an intern at Jay Z’s Roc Nation.
Folake Coker
Award winning fashion designer and creative director of Tiffany Amber keeps re-defining herself and her brand. She has stand-alone stores and boutiques in Lagos and Abuja; and is set to open a couple more. She has been featured on Forbes Power Women list making her the first African Fashion Designer to be featured on the list. Her recently launched Women of Vision Mentoring program with Diamond Bank has provided a platform for her to pass on great wisdom to other women.
Francisca Nneka Okeke
An epitome of strength, handwork and brilliance, Francisca is a scientist and Professor of Physics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She recently received the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award for her significant contributions to the understanding of daily variations of the ion currents in the upper atmosphere which may further our understanding of climate change. She was also the Dean in the faculty of Physical Sciences at her University, from 2008 to 2010.
Funke Bucknor-Obruthe
The first thing you notice about Funke is her passion and energy – she also loves to dance. That she’s passionate about her work is not in doubt; testimonials from clients – individuals and multinationals, crowd her social media pages. As the CEO of Zapphire Events, Funke was one of the first to professionalize and institutionalize events management in Nigeria. Over a decade later, with an impressive feature on CNN’s Inside Africa Series, and a book on events management in tow, Funke keeps making big things happen. Salute!
 Funmilayo Victor Okigbo
FVO as she is fondly called by her friends is the CEO, Production Designer of No Surprises, an events architecture company. Her ability to deliver with professionalism had brought clients like Google, EbonyLifeTV, Diamond bank and a lot of others her way. FVO is also the CEO of The Wedding Company Nigeria, a bespoke wedding design and planning company.
(Culled from & Leading Ladies Africa)

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