Nigeria has produced it’s fair share of women who stand out from the pack and who are recognized for their immense achievements in different fields. Here are the top 11 most influential women in Nigeria.
1. Linda Ikeji
Linda Ikeji has come a long way to where she is today. From being a failed model to owning the most recognized blogging platform in black Africa, Linda’s story has been a source of inspiration to millions of young girls who draw from her life’s experience to inspire their future. Besides this, she sponsors so many young women in businesses in what she calls “I’d rather be self-made”. So, far she has released millions of naira to young women who otherwise, wouldn’t have had an opportunity. Little wonder, her name comes up when women of valour are talked about.
2. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda is the author of popular books such as “Purple Hibiscus”, “Americana” and half of a Yellow Sun and she has won numerous awards as a writer. Beyond all this, she is the face of the Feminism movement in Nigeria and women from not just Nigeria but throughout the world look up to her and her opinions on issues. No wonder she was featured by international recording artiste, Beyonce on her song “Flawless”.
3. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
Former World back managing director, former minister of finance and coordinating minister of Nigeria. The list is endless. having risen to the highest level in her career, she has attracted admiration from all quarters and have been called upon to speak to the intelligentsia in different parts of the world. This goes to show her power in world politics.
4. Oby Ezekwesili
It’s not possible to name 5 women in present day Nigeria, without calling the name, Oby Ezekwesili. She was a former ministers as well as former vice president, world bank and despite not having a portfolio at the moment, she has made her voice heard through the BBOG movement that has been instrumental in the campaign to free the abducted girls from chibok.
5. Amina Mohammed
Amina Mohammed is the immediate past minister of Environment. Her outstanding performance in that ministry was instrumental to her, being appointed as the assistant secretary general of the united nations. This singular gesture has earned her respect from people from all over the world as she gets set to shape the world.
6. Aisha Buhari
She takes this position owing to her position as the wife of the president of the largest black nation in the world. Aisha Buhari is a woman that has proven that she’s more than just the title. She has been involved in a lot of philanthropic movements that has continued to shape the future of Nigeria, especially as it affects women in general.
7. Mo Abudu
The CEO of Ebony Live TV, Mosunmola Abudu aka Mo Abudu has carved a niche that before now, women dare not venture. She has taken the Nigerian TV by storm by being the first woman to own a 24 hour TV station. This has garnered her accolades from all quarters of not just the entertainment world, but also the political circles.
8. Funke Akindele
She first became midly known in the late 90s and early 20s from the TV show “I need to. know”. Barely two decades later, she has grown to become the most influential female filmmaker/Actress. While others were content withh being cast in movies, she made a movie and cast herself as the lead character and her character in the movie has gone global and movie fans can’t have enough of it.
9. Folorunsho Alakija
She is quoted by forbes as the richest black woman in the world. A position formerly occupied by American media mogul, Oprah Winfrey. Her wealth has enabled her have a far reaching infuence on the Nigerians, especially the female folk who look up to her success story as an inspiration.
10. Abike Dabiri
Former TV presenter and honorable member. The SA to the president on diaspora matters, Abike Dabiri is a woman whose deeds have accorded her respect from Nigerians. He success story from being a TV presenter to a politician of note cannot be over emphasized.
Nigerian recording musician has used her music to bless millions, not just in Nigeria, but throughout Africa and the world.