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What Glass Ceiling? Get Inspired by #YWomen100 – Nigeria’s 100 Most Influential Women



Y!/, in partnership with Leading Ladies Africa project presents their list of Nigeria’s 100 Most Influential Women – #YWomen100.

The team said it aims to inspire a generation of women to do greater things in diverse fields of endeavour with this list.

“These are the ladies who steer the course of history in a usually male dominated environment – they have acknowledged the glass ceiling but they would not allow it hold down their lofty ambitions.”

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Y! presents, in alphabetical order, the #YWomen100.

Here’s the list with accompanying brief bios by the YNaija team!


Abike Dabiri-Erewa: After an enviable career as a broadcast journalist in NTA, particularly with human angle stories on Newsline, Abike extended her frontiers to what has been a very successful stint in politics. We still expect to see/hear more from her in the future.


Adesuwa Onyenekwe | Photo Credit: Women of Vision

Adesuwa Oyenokwe: With over 30 years experience in journalism, Adesuwa has run the entire gamut and is still re-inventing herself. From Today’s Woman and One-on-One on NTA, to being the Publisher of TW Magazine, and now hosting ‘Seriously Speaking,’ she proves that there is always room to evolve.

Admiral Itunu Hotonu: Smart, articulate and very intelligent, Admiral Hotonu is the first woman to attain the rank of Rear Admiral (a two-star General), in the Nigerian Navy.

Agatha Amata: Many will recognize her hugely popular talk-show ‘Inside-out.’ A consummate media entrepreneur, she recently launched Rave TV, and is spreading her tentacles.

Agbani Darego: Former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, and the first black Miss World, Agbani has become a successful entrepreneur with the launch of her AD by Agbani Darego retail clothing line.

Ainehi Edoro: Deeply interested in African literature, Ainehi is the editor of Brittlepaper, an online platform dedicated to promoting and shaping the way African literary works are produced, appraised and consumed.

Alima Atta: One of the very few women to run a successful PR consultancy till date, Alima is the Founder of Sesema PR, one of the longest-running PR Consultancies in Nigeria. Her company has spear-headed perception management campaigns for an impressive list of local and international clients.

Amina Oyagbola: A top HR Executive at MTN Nigeria, she’s also the Founder of WISCAR (Women in Successful Careers) a not-for-profit, gender empowerment and mentoring initiative for professional career women.


Arese Ugwu | Photo Credit: Smart Money with Arese

Arese Ugwu: Arese is the founder of a personal finance blog, a platform that provides high quality content and action tools tailored to Africans. She makes finance easy to understand and less complicated.

Arunma Oteh: Arunma was until very recently, the Director General of Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2014, she was named West African Business Woman of the Year by CNBC at the Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards.

Banke Meshida-Lawal: If you want to have your makuep done by Banke, you probably have to book a year in advance. One of the pioneer makeup artists in Nigeria, Banke is the CEO of BM|PRO makeup, and also has a cosmetic make-up range with the same name. She has shown that one can have a thriving career through make-up.

Benie Uche: The host and producer of the very successful Benie Uche show in the 90s, she presently now works in the Public Affairs section of the U.S Consulate, Nigeria.

Betty Irabor: The publisher of Genevieve, arguably Nigeria’s most popular women’s lifestyle magazine. She is also a philanthropist, and is the founder of the Pink Ball Foundation.

Bilikiss Kola-Abiola: She is the co-founder of WeCyclers. Her company builds and manages a fleet of low-cost cargo-bicycles to collect recyclable waste in slums. She is a 2013 Echoing Green fellow, 2013 Cartier Women’s Initiative Award winner, and 2013 Tech Awards recipient.

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Biola Alabi | Photo Credit: Genevieve Magazine

Biola Alabi: The former Managing Director of MNET is amazing on all kinds of levels. Under her tenure, she improved content and direction for the television service. She is currently a 2014 Yale World fellow and Managing Partner at Biola Alabi Media Consulting, a company designed to provide organizations with access to highly qualified professionals in the broadcast, telecommunications, and digital industries.

Blessing Okagbare: Bold, beautiful and uber stylish, Blessing is an Olympic and World Championships medalist in the long jump, and a world medallist in the 200 metres. She also holds the Women’s 100 metres Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds. She became the fourth woman to win the 100m and 200m double at the Commonwealth Games.

Bola Olawale: She is the publisher of GEM magazine – a Christian/inspirational lifestyle magazine. She has a vibrant, unrelenting passion for inspiring women, and is the convener of the annual GEM BSS Summit.

Bola Atta: While the magazine was still in production, the Editor of Flair (Formerly True Love) Magazine thrilled many of its readers with interesting features, inspiring interviews and insightful information. Many are still awaiting her comeback.

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Bola Balogun | Photo Credit: Alakija Studios

Bola Balogun: She started out as a stylist and fashion consultant, and has steadily grown her brand to include a production company – GlamTV Networks, and a fashion consultancy – Glam Brand Agency. Married with children, Bola makes it all look achievable.

Bola Kuforiji-Olubi: Otunba Ayora Bola Kuforiji, was the first Nigerian woman to be CEO of a multinational company (VYB Industries Limited, with British affiliates (incheape & Co Plc) and first female Chairman of a public quoted company (Bewac Plc). She is presently into philanthropy and improving her local community.

Bukky George: She is the Founder & CEO of HealthPlus Limited and CasaBella International Limited – a one stop beauty store. HealthPlus is Nigeria’s first Integrative Pharmacy and Healthcare Provider and the fastest growing pharmacy chain in West Africa. Bukky’s strengths include a strong academic foundation, a passion for excellence and a determination to raise the standards in retail.



Bukola Elemide (Asa): We absolutely love Asa, because she has taken an indigenous sound and made it international. The singer and songwriter is one of Nigeria’s greatest musical exports of all time, with three albums tucked under her belt, she keeps dazzling us with the beauty and purity of her music.

Bukky Karibi-Whyte: The focused, vivacious and hardworking Bukola, is the CEO of the Bobby Taylor Company; a dynamic, steady and strong voice in the PR Industry.

Chimamamnda Ngozi Adichie: From being sampled by Beyonce, to giving insightful talks, to having huge motion pictures made out of her novels, to writing thought-provoking articles, Chimamanda constantly redefines notions of what and who an author should be.

Chigul | Photo Credit: TED

Chigul | Photo Credit: TED

Chioma Omeruah: If you don’t know, or haven’t heard about Chigul, then you are nothing more than a “hanging shimi”. Nuff said.

Deola Sagoe: One of the fore-runners of the Nigerian fashion industry, Deola has been crafting timeless pieces and gorgeous designs for over 25 years. She has placed Nigeria on the world map for all the right reasons. She seems to have passed the baton on to her daughters who are making waves with their CLAN label.

Stella Ameyo Adadevoh: Nigeria may have gone the dreaded way of Liberia during the Ebola crisis, but the quick-thinking, professional and commendable Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh took a decisive and heroic decision. Ultimately, she sacrificed her life for the greater good of the nation.

Ekene Onu: The Founder of Refresh with Ekene helps through her insightful and productive workshops and events, helps women live better, productive, happier lives.

Elohor Aisien: When she launched Beth Modelling Agency, Elohor changed the way fashion and beauty modeling was perceived. Not content with that, she secured the franchise for Elite Model Look, and has recently set up Prive events management. The woman keeps on winning.

Esther Agbarakwe: Climate change is as important an issue to the world, as it is to the bright, vivacious and young Esther. An environmental sustainability advocate, Esther brings to light policy issues on how our planet can be safer… and greener.

Florence Ita-Giwa: Mma Bakassi as she’s fondly called is a political juggernaut, and has been so for over 30 years. Used to working in the background, she has been very vocal and passionate about advocating for a better life for the people of Bakassi in Cross Rivers State.

Folake Coker: In the late 90s, Folake Coker launched her Tiffany Amber label, revolutionizing the way women saw themselves, and fashion. Her timeless, feminine and floaty pieces are considered fashion must-haves.

Folorunsho Alakija | Photo Credit: Forbes

Folorunsho Alakija | Photo Credit: Forbes

Folorunsho Alakija: The richest black woman in the world, Folorunsho has business interests spanning fashion, oil and gas, and printing. She’s also a philanthropist and is the founder of the Rose of Sharon Foundation.

Funke Akindele: What Funke has done with the ‘Jenifa’ brand is sheer genius. Her story is one of grit, determination, and hardwok, and a confirmation that dreams indeed do come true.

Funke Bucknor-Obruthe: Diminutive, bright, sparky and creative. Funke is the CEO of Zapphaire events; one of Nigeria’s biggest event management companies. She’s also the author “The Essential Bridal Handbook,” and is set to begin airing her own television series on events management.

Funke Felix-Adejumo: With her fiery, fun and no-nonsense approach, Pastor Funke makes learning about God relatable and realistic. She is also the president of Funke Felix Adejumo

Funke Opeke: An experienced telecommunications executive who founded Main Street Technologies, Funke is the C.E.O. of MainOne Cable. In a field that is fiercely dominated by men, we’re inspired by the way she keeps charting new territory.

Funmi Iyanda: She is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, columnist and blogger. She produced and hosted Nigeria’s popular and authoritative talk show New Dawn with Funmi, which aired on the national network for over eight years. She was recently named one of Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa. Funmi is also something of a thought leader and a social commentator. We love her energy, her passion and her focus, and yes, we want her back on T.V!

Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi: From her early days as an OAP on Cool FM, Gbemi has displayed a consistency and earthiness, that is so refreshing. Now at Beat FM, Gbemi continues to be at forefront of On Air Personalities that are a genuine delight to listen to.

Genevieve Nnaji | Photo Credit: Insigna Media

Genevieve Nnaji | Photo Credit: Insigna Media

Genevieve Nnaji: The rags-to-riches story of one of Nollywood’s greatest actresses is as inspiring, as it is heart-warming. With her impeccable diction, super acting skills, and a slew of brand endorsements, who says hard work and talent don’t pay? She’s also dipped into the entrepreneurial pool with the launch of her St. Genevieve clothing label. You go girl!

Hadiza Bala-Usman: At 38, Hadiza is the initiator of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign – a global online and offline campaign aimed at freeing 219 school girls abducted by the vicious Boko Haram sect. She deserves the honour and praise for stepping out to do something.

Hajara Adeola: Hajara Adeola is the Managing Director of Lotus Capital Limited, a Nigerian pioneer in Shari’ah compliant Asset Management, Private Wealth Management Advisory Services and Financial Advisory Services. A first class graduate of Finance, her company is also the first to successfully raise a Halal fund in Nigeria.

Helen Paul: A co-presenter on Africa Magic’s ‘JARA,’ Helen is also a comedian, singer and actress. She is best known as a stand-up comedian and popularly known as Tatafo. Her style is quirky and spontaneous, and her petite stature and voice range makes her sound, hilariously like a child.

Omobola Johnson: Asides being a smart as a whip, the visionary Omobola, used her very influential position as Minister of Information, Communications and Technology to create programs and policies that will ensure that Nigerian girls become active participants in the ICT sector by launching the ‘SmartWomen Initiative’ and the ‘1000 Girls in Training’ program. She’s also the founding chairperson of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ), a non-governmental organization seeking to improve the success rate of female entrepreneurs as well as increase the proportion of women in senior positions in corporate organizations.

Ibukun Awosika: She is the Founder and Chairperson of The Sokoa Chair Centre Ltd, a market leader in the office furniture and banking security systems industries. Ibukun exemplifies the Nigerian entrepreneurial spirit, represents the true face of Nigerian business and highlights the opportunities that Nigeria presents to entrepreneurs. She is the host of a popular television programme, Business His Way, where she shares ethical business values and principles, distilled from The Holy Bible, with the business community in Nigeria and neighboring countries.

Ifeoma Obianwu-Fafunwa: Ifeoma has over 20 years of professional experience in both the US and Nigeria, designing and directing artistic projects in theatre arts and architecture. She is the founder and creative director of iOpenEye; a performance art production company in Nigeria that challenges the status quo when it limits the potential of women and progress of the collective African society. Her most recent project is the touring stage production titled “Hear Word!” – a collection of monologues based on true stories of inequality told by 20 Nigerian women.

Iheoma Obibi: She is an African feminist writer, human rights activist and also, the creative director and business owner of Intimate Pleasures Desires of the Heart, Nigeria’s first female online intimate shop – offering the best selection of sexual health products and erotica sourced from around the world.

Ini Onuk: Ini is a seasoned speaker, trainer, mentor, facilitator, and an international consultant on project research and strategy. She is the Chief Executive Officer of ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited– a Strategy & Assessments Management Consulting firm with a niche on a range of sustainability solutions in Africa and also sits on a number of boards of organizations in Nigeria. In her spare time, she mentors female professionals, advises SMEs on Strategy and teaches at the CSR Centre of Pan-Atlantic University and Lagos Business School.

Josephine Okei-Odumakin: She is s a Nigerian women’s rights activist, and is also the president of the rights groups Women Arise for Change Initiative and the Campaign for Democracy. In 2013, Odumakin was presented an International Women of Courage Award from the United States Department of State.

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Joke Silva | Photo Credit: Make it Happen Productions

Joke Silva: Veteran actress and director Joke Silva fondly dubbed the “Silva’ lining of the Nigerian film and entertainment industry, is an award winning Nigerian actress, with a successful and influential career which has spanned well over 3 decades. A talented writer, director, producer and performer, Joke is renowned for the memorable roles she has played both off and on screen. Her award winning career is rivaled by few and respected by many.

Kafayat Shafau-Ameh (Kaffy): Despite discouragement from family and friends and the seemingly unlucrative nature of her passion, Kaffy proved beyond reasonable doubt that her career choice – Dance was viable and danced her way into the Guinness World Record with her team, ‘Imagneto’ at the Nokia Silverbird Danceathon. She is an inspiration to young people to not give up on their dreams and to not let anything stop them from achieving their dreams.

Kate Henshaw: One of the leading lights in Nollywood, Kate has, bthrough the sheer dint of hard work and talent, stayed at the top of her game. With a career spanning over 20 years, she is a brand ambassador for Onga and Samsung and has continued to re-invent herself and her brand. She recently made her first foray into politics, which proved unsuccessful, but we’re hoping she makes a successful comeback.

Kemi Adetiba | Photo Credit: Remi Adetiba

Kemi Adetiba | Photo Credit: Remi Adetiba

Kemi Adetiba: Kemi is a music video director, filmmaker, and television director whose works have appeared on Channel O, MTV Base, Soundcity TV and BET. She has seen tremendous success as a music video director, and has directed music videos for an impressive variety of international artistes. Kemi’s other upcoming projects include multiple films and a social-media-driven charity, #PayItForward.

Lala Akindoju: Bright, talented and vivacious, Kemi Lala Akindoju is one of Nigeria’s most talented actresses. Beyond acting in movies like Dazzling Mirage, and Alan Poza, Lala is a thespian of note, having featured in over 70 stage productions. In 2014, she produced the immensely successful stage play “The Wives” and is also the casting director for Ndani’s “Gidi Up.” Is she phenomenal or what?

Linda Ikeji: Her blog which started out as a gossip column has become one of the most celebrated blogs in Africa and the one stop portal for information, entertainment and gossip. Her use of technology to carve a niche for herself and create an innovative platform for information and empowerment, has made her a source of inspiration to many young entrepreneurs.

Lisa Folawiyo: She is the founder and creative director of eponymous fashion label, Jewel by Lisa. The brand that has continually captivated people from Lagos to Cape Town, London, Paris, New York and Hollywood. With the launch of her diffusion line – J Label, and other household items, Lisa Folawiyo is steadily expanding the “jewellette” empire.

Lydia Idakula-Sobogun: CEO of Gbagyichild entertainment, Lydia is best known as the convener of the very popular Taruwa – a bi-monthly gathering for lovers of art and diverse expressions of it. Taruwa has been the ‘gestation’ site for a lot of popular and mainstream artistes like award winning rapper, M.I Abaga as well as soul musician, Bez Idakula – who co-incidentally, happens to be her younger brother.


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Mary Olushoga: Mary is a women and small business advocate. She is founder of, a platform powering small business success for African entrepreneurs. She is a 2015 Vital Voices Global Leadership Fellow, an IndiAfrica Young Visionary Fellow (2014), a Women4Africa International Media Woman of the Year (2014), a Crans Montana ‘New Leader’ (2014), the first-ever GOOD Maker/Oxfam America International Women’s Day Challenge Winner, a Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) Associate, and an Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador.

Mildred Okwo: She is the co-founder of the Audrey Silva company. Okwo is a well-recognized film director and producer whose film “The Meeting,” has won several awards to include the Nigerian Entertainment Award, Africa Movie Academy Award, and the Nollywood Movies Award.

Minna Salami: She is a writer, blogger, and commentator on African feminism. Minna is also owner of the MsAfropolitan Boutique, an online shop featuring designs by women of African heritage.

Modupe Ozolua: Modupe boldly pioneered body cosmetic surgery in Nigeria as far back as 2001. She is the CEO of Body Enhancement limited in Nigeria. Also a philanthropist, she’s the founder and president of Body Enhancement Annual Reconstructive Surgery (BEARS) Foundation. Ozolua has helped people “achieve an admirable weight, attain the best standard of beauty and be fashionable without regard to age”.

Mosunmola Abudu: Mo is the founder of Ebony Life Television and Inspire Africa Foundation. She’s also the host of ‘Moments with Mo,’ a popular Pan-African talk show. As a TV producer, media personality, human resources management consultant, and entrepreneur, Mo is the poster child for those who keep evolving – for the better.

Ndidi Nwuneli: An advocate for social and economic change, She is the founder and managing partner of LEAP Africa, a leadership training and coaching organization which is committed to empowering, inspiring and equipping a new cadre of leaders in Africa. She is also a director of Sahel Capital Partners, a leading advisory firm focused on the agribusiness and manufacturing sectors, and the co-founder of AACE Foods, an agro-processing company. Through her work with Sahel and AACE, she has also shaped agriculture

Nike Adeyemi: Co-Pastor, of Daystar Christian Centre and Founder, Real Woman Foundation, Pastor Nike is at the forefront of reformation of dysfunctional families, with the belief that right parenting and godly values shape children into exceptional leaders.

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Nike Davies-Okundaye: She is an Artist, Curator, and Founder of the Nike Art Gallery. Nike has used her international success to launch a cultural revival in Nigeria. She is the founder and director of four art centres which offer free training to over 150 young artists in visual, musical and performing arts – one of which is the largest art gallery in West Africa, compromising over 7,000 artworks. We love her for her talent, sass and warm, toothy grin.

Nike Ogunlesi: She is the founder of Ruff ‘n’ Tumble, a children’s clothing line in Nigeria. From a tiny shop with her and her mother as the main staff, Nike turned Ruff ‘n’ Tumble into an instantly recognizable, international brand. She has built a reputation for being one of the best manufacturers of children’s clothing from Nigeria.

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Nimi Akinkugbe

Nimi Akinkugbe: She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bestman Games Ltd, the African distributor of customised editions of Hasbro’s Monopoly board game. The City of Lagos Edition of Monopoly, the first African city edition of Monopoly, was launched in December 2012. A special commemorative edition of Monopoly, the Nigerian Centenary was launched in February 2014. Achieving financial security ranks as a major source of anxiety and Nimi seeks to empower people regarding their finances. Through the Monopoly board game, speaking engagements, television and radio appearances and social media, she offers frank, practical insights and advice to create a greater awareness and understanding of personal finance and wealth management issues.

Nkiru Olumide Ojo: Co-Founder, Lighthous network, and also Director Marketing Communications, Stanbic IBTC, Nkiru represents the new wave of women in corporate Nigeria who are breaking boundaries and charting new territory. A columnist with a national newspaper, and a professional compere as well, Nkiru shows that there are no limits to what women can achieve.

Nkem Uwaje: She is the Managing Director of Future Software Resources Nigeria Limited. Her company is also winner of the 2012 Etisalat Nigeria Prize for Innovation. Nkem’s company created the iConnect project, focused on making ICT and education more accessible to youths in Nigeria.

Nse Ikpe-Etim: Beautiful, talented and immensely creative, is an award-winning actress and winner of the 2014 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards for playing “Nse” in Journey to Self. Her style is distinct, bold and confident; we expect to see more from her in the future.

Oby Ezekwesili: With the interesting moniker of “Madam Due Process,” Oby is as fiery as she is intelligent. A major voice in the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, she shows strength of character, vision and decisive leadership. A trained accountant, she is a co-founder of Transparency International, serving as one of the pioneer directors of the global anti-corruption body based in Berlin, Germany. She also served as Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and then as Federal Minister of Education during the second-term presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo.

Ojoma Ochai: As the Director Arts, of British Council Nigeria, Ojoma is charged with the responsibility of expanding the reach and growth of the creative industries in Nigeria. The long-term project aims to link artists and organisations in Nigeria and the UK and support Nigeria’s arts and creative sector development ambitions.

Oke Maduewusi: Soft-spoken and beautiful Oke, is the Founder of beauty and makeup brand, Zaron. Together with her formidable team, she has painstakingly built a hitherto unknown and small brand into an enviable and competitive makeup and hair range.

Ola Orekunrin: She is an innovator and a 2013 New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute. She is a TED fellow, medical doctor, helicopter pilot, and Managing Director of the Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd, West Africa’s first indigenous air ambulance service and a crucial link for critically injured people.

Olajumoke Adenowo: She is a multiple Award winning Architect, and has been called the “Face of Architecture” in Nigeria. She was recenty featured on CNN African Voices, and profiled on CNN as Africa’s Star Architect, and has been featured in the world’s leading Architectural Publications such as America’s Architectural Record Magazine. In 1999, she founded Awesome Treasures Foundation to raise Transformational Leaders, its summits and other initiatives have attracted well over 50,000 attendees.

Oluchi Orlandi: Nigeria’s first super-model, the story of Oluchi is one that inspires millions. After winning the Face of Africa competition in 1998, she took to the world stage of modeling and fashion and made it big. Currently the host of Africa’s Next Top Model, her humble beginnings and current success in her modelling career is a stimulating story of passion, focus and hard work.

Oluremi Shonaiya: The Presidential candidate for Kowa Party in the forthcoming national elections, Professor Oluremi Shonaiya represents the breed of women who will get involved in changing the fortunes of Nigeria. We admire her courage, dedication and grit.

Toke Makinwa: From starting out as an OAP on radio, Toke has shown incredible skill and determination in forging a successful media career. She’s now a TV host, curates her very popular vlog series and shows no signs of slowing down. Love or hate her, the girl just keeps on moving forward!

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde: Actress, singer, activist and philanthropist, there is almost something magical about Omotola. Since her Nollywood film debut in 1995, the leading actress has appeared in 300 films, selling millions of video copies, she really is in a class of her own, and should give lessons on how to build a relevant brand. In 2013, she was honoured in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyonce and Kate Middleton.


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Omoyemi Akerele: Founder and artistic director of Style House Files, a creative development agency for Nigerian and African designers, Omoyemi Akerele is widely regarded as a driving force behind the burgeoning Nigerian fashion industry. A pioneering agency in image consultancy and creative direction within the West African country, Style House Files works with Nigerian brands on brand positioning and retail strategies. Akerele also helps brands gain essential international exposure through presenting showcases at Pitti Immagine in Italy, and through Lagos Fashion and Design Week.

Ono Bello: Fashion savvy, focused and creative, Ono Bello is the founder and editor of, and also the Lead PR Consultant in PR Uno – a PR fashion agency that boasts of an enviable list of clientele. We love how she’s turned her passion for fashion into a money spinner.

Osayi Alile –Oruene: The current Chairperson of WIMBIZ, Osayi is what you would call a “connector.” She connects women with their dreams by giving them the necessary tools that enable them thrive and succeed in their careers and businesses. Before exiting in 2013 Ms. Alile was the Executive Director of FATE Foundation, a leading private sector led not-for-profit organisation in Nigeria with a mission to foster wealth creation by promoting business and entrepreneurial development among Nigerians for 8 years.

Oyindamola Honey Ogundeyi: Driven by the desire to impact lives, she is the founder of e-commerce platform, Fashpa. She’s all about building a sustainable online retail businesses and is also convinced women are essential to the “Africa Rising” narrative.

Peace-Anyiam Osigwe: She is the founder of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMMA). Founded in 2005, the awards have since grown into one of the most prestigious film award shows on the continent, changing the way Nigerians are seen around the world. Her passion is film; and by turning that passion into a mission, she has given the African continent a voice on the big screen.

Rita Dominic: With almost 20 years of acting under her belt, the sultry and well-spoken Rita Dominic keeps getting better. Her performance in the movie “The Meeting” showed her versatility and amazing skill. She is also the co-founder of the Audrey Silva company.

Ruth Obih: She is the CEO of 3Invest Limited, a real estate acquisition company in Nigeria. She is a trained lawyer who has a passion for property and real estate. Her company also has several platforms to promote the real estate sector. From her blog to radio shows she talks about property and real estate investing. She’s also the convener of Real estate Unite – an annual Real Estate conference.

Ruth Osime: In 2003, Ruth started out as a columnist in This Day, two years later she became the editor of This Day Style, a 24-page, colour, glossy pull-out. Years later, This Day Style has become a staple for fashion and style aficionados, and is has spawned others trying to imitate and copy its style.

Stephanie Linus: Actress, film director, model and activist, Stephanie just keeps on re-inventing herself – to the utter delight and joy of her fans. In 2011, she was honoured by the Nigerian government with a National honour (Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR). In 2014, she produced the movie ‘DRY’ to rave reviews.

Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett: She has been acting since the 70s and is one of Nigeria’s most celebrated actresses. Her grace, diction and poise are one of a kind. On February 2008, at an All-Star Gala held at Theatre Royal Stratford East on the 10th anniversary of Tiata Fahodzi, she was honoured as a leader of British-African theatre.

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Tara Fela-Durotoye | Photo Credit: Insigna Media

Tara Fela-Durotoye: She is a Nigerian makeup artist and lawyer. A pioneer in the bridal makeup profession in Nigeria, she launched the first bridal directory in 1999, set up international standard makeup studios and established the first makeup school in Nigeria. She is the founder and CEO of House of Tara International, and creator of the Tara Orekelewa Beauty range, Inspired Perfume and the H.I.P Beauty range. In 2007, She was awarded the Africa SMME Award and the Entrepreneur award in South Africa and in 2013, Forbes listed her as one 20 Young Power Women In Africa. She is a graduate of the prestigious Stanford SEED Transformation Program and this has aided her work as a mentor for thousands of young women across Africa and a standout entrepreneur.

Tosin Ajibade: The editor of popular online site Olorisupergal, has done really well for herself. The site kicked off as a blog on in 2010 and later transformed to a website in 2012. According to the site, is the product of what’s trending and the latest news in the entertainment industry.

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji: A Social entrepreneur, Toyosi is the Founder of RISE NETWORKS, a Nigeria-based private and public sector funded Youth Interest social enterprise with a primary focus on wholesome youth and education development. The organization focuses on creating intellectual development and capacity building programs for young Nigerians between 16 and 30 and receives generous support from several state governments and blue-chip companies. She is also an alumnus of the United States Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Tunde Aladese: She is an actress, writer and producer. She has written for several prominent film and TV productions including Tinsel, The Child and most recently Africa Magic’s Hotel Magestic and Shuga. Tunde worked as one of the writers of the V Monologues: The Nigerian Story and also performed with the production in 2008 and 2010. Her performance in the 2008 production led to her role in the film Confusion Na Wa, which has also earned her an AMVCA nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actress.’

Uche Pedro: She has most recently been named as one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa in 2014 and 2015 by Forbes. She is the Managing Director of BellaNaija and Creative Director of, an online company that develops and manages exciting online media content aimed at Pan-African and Nigerian audiences. Under Uche’s outstanding leadership, the premier lifestyle, entertainment and fashion website in Afirca,has established a loyal following, with over 1 million unique visitors and 12 million page views each month. Uche is a TED Fellow.

Udo Okonjo: She is the C.E.O & Founding Partner, Fine & Country West Africa. She’s also a Possibilities Igniter, Wealth Strategist and Passionate Teacher whose life’s vision is to democratise success by creating platforms and experiences that get people to transform their lives through changing their minds. Participants who have had the opportunity to attend an event championed by Udo Okonjo, or heard her speak, testify to having had a transformational experience.

Uduak Oduok: She She is the founder of the pioneering fashion and music law online blogs LadyBrille and Africa Music Law and is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. whose practice areas include contract drafting and negotiations, business litigation, entertainment and fashion law. Uduak also has over two decades hands on fashion and entertainment industry experience, which runs deep and diverse encompassing the disciplines of media, publishing, fashion, modeling, music, branding and public relations.

Wana Udobang: Wana Wana as she is popularly called is a journalist, writer, poet and gender activist. She currently works as a radio presenter/producer at 92.3 Inspiration FM in Lagos, and presents the popular “Sharing Life Issues.” Wana is also an arts and culture curator and uses spoken word to address some very important issues, especially those that affect women.

Yasmin Belo-Osagie: She is co-founder of She Leads Africa – a platform providing the most talented female entrepreneurs across the continent with access to the knowledge, networks, and financing needed to build and scale strong businesses.

Yetunde Taiwo: Yetunde founded ICY Public Relations, an international PR company in July 2007 in Miami, Florida. The company was created from the desire to give an international representation (Africa, Europe, Caribbean, North America) to emerging business owners who want to reach a global world audience with their products or services.


Uzo Aduba | Photo Credit: JP Yim/Getty Images

Uzo Aduba: Uzo is an Nigerian-American actress, best known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black (2013–present), for which she won the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.


  1. ifemelu

    March 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Look at our Nigerian women, kicking ass and taking names, baby!!!! Oh! Also, everyone should watch Ndidi Nwuneli’s Ted talk!! LOVE this list, i am going to search for women on the list i have not heard of. Kicking ass and taking names, how it should be done.

    • Adaobi

      March 15, 2015 at 7:45 am

      And Tosin Otitoju? What a joke of a list. Celebrate entertainment soteeeee, forget science and mathematics. Please give us some real models for our young daughters to look up to. Not everythime Nollywood, sometimes NASA.

  2. bruno

    March 14, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    nigerians love to make unnecessary lists and include all their BFFs in it. lol

    were is chioma ajunwa? she’s still the only nigerian woman that has won an olympic gold medal.

    • timothy

      March 14, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Bruno, i want to imagine that the list deals with women who have been influential in one way or another in the last one year or over the last 2 years or so. Chioma will probably feature if the list was “most influential over the last 20years”. And i say this judging from popular “lists” that have been created such as “Time 100”, “Forbes Most Influential” and Barbara Walter’s annual list of “Most Fascinating People” or even People Magazine’s annual list of “most beautiful people”

      Lists will always be subjective and everyone can justify who should or shouldnt be on the list. Chioma will not be on the lists based current influence.

    • Somebody

      March 15, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Actually Bruno is right. Your opinion is justifiable when every year a country produces Olympic medalists. Chioma Ajunwa is the ONLY nigerian female Olympic medalist (minus that body builder Paralympic medalist of 2012 o). So she is influential. And she should be on every list until we produce more Olympic medalists. Cos in the world of Nigerian sports amongst female athletes, her achievement is the to aspire to and even beat.

    • Someone Naughty

      March 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Actually Bola Atta (whom I love), former editor of True Love, is listed even though she’s not active. As they put it, they are waiting on her comeback

    • Nahum

      March 15, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      I so agree with Bruno. Where is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, where is Joy Ogwuche? I do not agree with this list in its entirety

    • Nahum

      March 15, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Sorry I meant Joy Ogwu

  3. Tosin

    March 14, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I always ‘study’ these lists. Always so much to learn from the short biographies. Awesome stuff.

  4. madman

    March 14, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Pls who is NOT yet married on the list, I’d like to choose from this is of amazing women. Thank you. BN pls help.

    • ms.b

      March 14, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Arunma otteh is not married.

    • ms.b

      March 14, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Arunma otteh, Linda ikeji, genevieve, Rita Dominic n d recycling chic I think

    • De

      March 15, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie….she wrote half of a yellow sun and other interesting books.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 15, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Chimamanda is a married woman.

    • Dora the explorer

      March 15, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      She is married..

  5. madman

    March 14, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Pls BN I would like to get married this year. Thanks any help will be amazing.

  6. nuellla

    March 14, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Very unnecessary and shallow, no doctors or engineers,lawyers or real people really kicking ass ,just a bunch of popular mostly self acclaimed celebrity status(gotten by making a blog) now you ask a kid what do u want to be ,he says popular….really? who is fooling who….. give renowned people jor or just stay quiet,and don’t tell me Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, no one recognized her till she sacrificed her life for this joke of a country,RIP

    • Ifemelu

      March 14, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Some people ehn…did you even read the damn list?! Do you know who Ndidi is, what she actually founded and what she does? Did you read on Yetunde Taiwo? How about Uche Pedro? Did you also skip Udo Okonjo who is also a passionate teacher! Did you skip Ruth Obih? What about Olajumoke Adenowo! Every single woman i just mentioned have various degrees that range from Economic to Architecture! Good lord! Before you start with your damn negative nancy, sit and actually READ the damn list. Do you think i am looking at the list for celebrities? I am looking at that list and jotting down women i will look into sharing their stories with other women. Look at a great way to highlight our women and you are there talking rubbish! Like i wrote earlier, my dear Nigerian women…keep kicking ass and taking names, BABY!!!

    • Ifemelu

      March 14, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Did you know Stella Ameyo Adadevoh before the Ebola incident?! Oh please…SHUT IT! You and Bruno can go kick rocks!

    • bruno

      March 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      @ifemelu, did u know lady gaga before she sang poker face and just dance?
      did u know rihanna before she sang pon de replay?
      did u lupita before she acted 12 years a slave?
      did u know ben carson before he separated tgose twins?
      so what is ur point.

      biko shut up ur mouth.

    • Babym

      March 14, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Haaaaa aunty but why are you so upset? No really search your heart deeply and ask why you sound so pained? Real ppl ke? R u for real in fact ur comment was laughable! Buhahahahahahahahaha It shall be well with you ok.

    • Readthelistagain

      March 14, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      ACTUALLY stella adedevohs name was on there, along with many other entrepreneurs, engineers, architects

      I hate when people hate without even reading articles, im sure all you did was look at the pictures -___-

    • Bobo

      March 14, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      God bless u nuella…your comment is so right. IT simply shows the society we are in… shame.

    • Olanne

      March 14, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      If you actually read the list, you will realize how absolutely ridiculous you sound! More than half of these women are NOT celebrities!

    • mj

      March 15, 2015 at 1:29 am

      Errrr I saw aunty flying doctors name but i get what you mean shhaaa ..

    • Mayowa

      March 15, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Nuellla, the country is not a joke. Please open your eyes and read!!!! Most of you have so much anger, it has covered your sight. Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh IS on the list. RIP Dr, forever in our hearts.

  7. benedicta

    March 14, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I did nt see Mercy Johnson’s name

    • Shege Jagua!

      March 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      You my dear, are a joke! How about Dakore, Tonto, Ebube, Oge, Nkiru, Empress?
      Nigerians shaaaa!

  8. fokasibe

    March 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Where is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala? This list ehhhhh. Amazing Stuff!

  9. Bruno

    March 14, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    As usual, y nails never disappoints with their fake lists filled with all their friends. Same old media names being thrown about. I would love for BN or any other reputable company to get out there and genuinely find women killing it at the grassroots . Not every one can afford media publicity. These same old names can’t be the only ‘inspiring women ‘ we have

  10. 'Tope

    March 14, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    This list is just priceless. I’m a little disappointed at not seeing the likes of F.N Okeke and a few others. But really though, this is quite a list.

    • Ekene

      March 15, 2015 at 7:38 am

      You’re 100% right. What is Toke doing there ?

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 15, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      I just thought of her as well (i.e. Prof Okeke). She’s influenced the heck out of many generations of impressionable Nigerian students (who’ve gone on to become Scientist, Geologists, Engineers and so on today), just by her contributions to the field of Physics.

      Toke keeps me entertained in some measure but having her name up here when more influential Nigerian women have been completely disregarded, makes this list somewhat laughable to me. And that’s a shame because it takes away from the worthiness of many others mentioned within it.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 15, 2015 at 11:24 pm


  11. ms.b

    March 14, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Some ppl really aren’t meant to be on this list. I couldn’t find my name, why or why?

  12. tee

    March 14, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    My name is not there…..i must work harder or get more media friends, 2015 shall not pass me by.

  13. Missy J

    March 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    More like women with great achievements for me ooh. ‘Influential’ is too big a word. What do I know sef?

  14. Shege Jagua!

    March 14, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    What a joke of a list! Stylists, Bloggers, PR gals, Models, Actresses, Radio personalities, ‘financial advisers’, comperes, makeup artists, fashion IT gals…..what a load of gibberish!

    Goodness me, this is the most mediocre thing I read all week next to that Fasholas faux pas after the Lekki incident. Hiaaaaannnn? So we have no intellectuals? No scientists? Female Pilots who broke from the norm? Lawyers of repute?

    I weep for my women. What with Toke, Helen, Lala, Gbemi, Kaffy, Linda, Uzo, Kemi, wana, Omoyemi, Ono, Arese! And don’t get me started on the actresses! I mean, 100 Nigerian women and this is your best pick?


    • Peyton

      March 15, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      It tells in what direction we are heading as a nation. The emphasis seems to be grace as many parties as you can be on blogs attend parties get endorsements then you are influential.

  15. terri

    March 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Just a popularity contest list is all i see.Association of friends and co.Where are the first and lots of pilots, doctors,dentists,lawyers,aeronautical engineers,marine biologists dual degree, dual multi-tasking women that influence others.Its those people i want to know about.the ones secretly making changes and unsung heros.Looking at this list, i am not even inspired.

  16. ama

    March 14, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Do u know Pastor Vera Orhobor? her name shud be there!

  17. Fake list

    March 14, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    The way these comments are going, I bet the BN team will have to censor the truth o! Cos this list no make sense at all

  18. I see watcha doing BN

    March 14, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Why the non-updating BN? Sad people think the list doesn’t cut it? You’d have to do better than this to EARN your place on a noteworthy list, sports fans!

  19. Taaaaaaaahhhh!

    March 14, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Who dash monki banana? Tahhhh! This list is strictly F&F list abeg! #OYO YNaija peeps! #strictlyOYO

  20. Chaiiiiii! deirizlistohhhh

    March 14, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    BN and overhyping mediocrity sha! Once ur founder Uche Pedro’s name is on a list, no time weisting!

  21. tEDEX

    March 14, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    And all of a sudden every Aisha, Bimbo and Chinyelu is a TED fellow.

    As if being a TED fellow ACTUALLY means anything. RME and SMH for this list.

    • Mayowa

      March 15, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Your comment is really stupid.

    • Okon

      March 15, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      And you are very shallow.

  22. Eniola

    March 14, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    So refreshing to see so many women of God on this list like Bola Olawale, Nike Adeyemi and Rev Mrs. Funke Adejumo, trailblazers in their own respect!

  23. Whoa

    March 14, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Why do I feel like this list is a self-serving one with no objectivity behind it? I can’t shake the feeling off but there are too many on this list who I feel have not earned a spot on Nigerias top 5million inspirational/influential women.

    This list just plain SUCKS!

  24. Whoa

    March 14, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I shall be back to read other comments tomorrow. I want to hear dissenting opinions and YES! I am a HATER! I know that’s what the sycophants on here will say but I tell you, if this is the best we’ve got, then we are a nation in trouble!
    Even Buhari cannot save us.

    Nigerians need a change of orientation. We really deserve our lot with this dodgy list if this is the best of our best.

  25. Seun

    March 14, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Please how can Sola David Borha’s name not be on this list? This is not a serious list.

  26. Kunmi

    March 14, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    I don’t see Madam Ngozi’s name but I see Toke Makinwa’s. Kontinu;

  27. Seun

    March 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Where is Sola David Borha’s name on the list? This is not a serious list.

  28. Lucy

    March 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Seriously nobody from the medical field except dr Stella made this list,y put all this OAPs and some ————am even short of words

  29. Anonymous

    March 14, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    As much as I rejoice with these celebrated women,we should acknowledge the fact that there are a lot of people doing and contributing a whole lot more with genuine intentions but not recognized. Take a look at most talk shows,the same people are being interviewed,same topics and all they do to be praised and applauded by the public. The sooner we stop praising containers and start appreciating substance the better.

  30. Curious

    March 14, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Where are Patience Jonathan, Folu Adeboye, Faith Oyedepo, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Remi Tinubu, Joy Ogwu, Diezani Allison-Madueke, Mercy Johnson, Chioma Ajunwa, Omotola Ekehinde, Sarah Jibril, Tiwa Savage, etc? They sure come before more than half of those on d list. Thumb up to d creators, though for creativity.

    • Lee

      March 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Patience Jonathan? Are you actually serious?!!! Smh.

  31. Fifi

    March 14, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    A lot of the people on this list are their paparazzi friends, has Uzo been to Nigeria before or if she wasnt on OITNB would we know her? Please arese n elohor like seriously or agbani? They shld stop all these their silly list,

  32. Koko

    March 14, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    So inspired by these women and their stories. Nigeria really has strong women making waves worldwide.

  33. debbiekay

    March 14, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    this is a wake up call for every women. no dream is too high or too late to achieve.

  34. blah blah

    March 14, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I was so excited when I first heard about this list but now I am so disappointed. This list is actually an insult to all women on the list who actually do remarkable things in Nigeria. I guess being influential in Nigeria is just a popularity contest. This is a list of popular Nigerians and instagram celebrities. Fullstop. Gbemi Olagbagi?! Are you kidding me?!

  35. 2bylicious

    March 15, 2015 at 12:54 am

    YNaija or whoever compiled this list, The bio about a chigul was very unprofessional more so with the “hanging shimi” jibe. So are we all supposed to know her? Honestly I don’t. She doesn’t revolve around my world. You should know you also have an international audience. If you are not ready to give her bio, why she is an inspiration, then her name should not be on that list. Before you think am hating, I have a B.Eng (Chemical) and Msc (Process Engineering), so am not some malicious little twat ranting, lol. My two cents..

  36. Karl

    March 15, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Good list I must say.But what of Mo of Moments with Mo?She should be in this list jare.

    • Anon

      March 15, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Read again.

    • Lee

      March 15, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      If you actually read the article; you’d know she’s on the list.

  37. Stanly

    March 15, 2015 at 4:33 am

    Bloggers lift stories packaged and reported by journalists. These journalists do all the job and bloggers smartly repost in glam, thereby becoming influential. Same old, same old…..Ynaija and the gang. Francisca Okeke, our great female scientist should have made this list, if only she was more glamorous, loves to go to fancy events, and pose pretty for cameras. …..and ofcos, if she had gone for that Ynaija Williams bday party.

    • ms.b

      March 15, 2015 at 5:40 am

      You’ve said it alllll stanley! Bloggers just copy n paste, either from twitter, instagram or daily news. All of a sudden “copy n paste” has become sumtin to inspire sumbdy? That chic on chanels tv shud b on ds list sef, that very smart chic that can tackle stupid ppl with her questions.

    • seun

      March 15, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Maupe Ogun!! That chic gives me life! Now that’s a lady and not these Instagram celebs and thots.

    • chidinma chb!

      March 15, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      As in i was seriously searching for Francisca okeke.

  38. fokasibe

    March 15, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Hahaha. I came back to check the reactions to this post. It seems we have a consensus. This list doesn’t make sense. It’s really self serving as someone mentioned and plain mediocre.

    I call it a botched job, but hey! What do I know? (N)

  39. Robin Hood

    March 15, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I saw Toke Makinwa and realized this list was compiled by petty minds. At best the list could be used as a tampon by truly deserving naija ladies

  40. Busarni

    March 15, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Someborri shout hallelluyah! Church was awesome. Well, I would have loved to see a chic like Maupe Ogun of channels TV. Oh! What do I know; she is not instagram and red carpet savvy.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 15, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Okay, you’re the 3rd person mentioning this chick’s name. I have no idea who she is but will have to now make a point to find one of her interview videos to see for myself. The thought of actual professionals re-emerging in Nigerian TV journalism is giving me new hope for our generation.

  41. As far as lists go

    March 15, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    As far as lists go, is your name listed in the book of life? That’s the ONLY list that counts. People! Get your ways right with God before it’s too late!

    Put your houses in order. Jesus is coming soon. May we not be found wanting. Amen.

    Have a great week all.


  42. Tomi

    March 15, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    This list is the biggest joke of the year. I think when making list separate entertainers from business women in different fields. Where is Bola Adesola – MD, Standard Chartered? where is Sola David Borha? What are we teaching our kids to aspire to really? Is it about those on instagram with the best make up and all? Please lets get real in life for once. We play too much in Nigeria.

  43. Jokers

    March 15, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Funny thing, as I saw toke, Gbemi, chigul, Helen, Ono, I started looking for Nike Oshinowo. No way they made this particular bus and she didn’t!

    Where is Funke Osibodu? Aloma Mariam Mukhtar? Where are the amazons of Nigeria? Where Y!Naija?

  44. bruno

    March 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    they can never include a woman of substance and international acclaim like chioma ajunwa because she doesn’t have an instagram account were she uploads pictures of her self, coated in make up. and showing off gucci and prada. she don’t appear on every redcarpet and owambe in town that’s why she’s not on the list.

    for crying out loud this woman broke an olympic record, she is still the only nigerian woman to own an olympic gold medal, her service to this worthless country called nigeria is astronomical. till today chioma ajunwa is still serving nigeria. she is a police woman. this is patriotism at its finest.

    instead you are including toke makinwa, what a joke of a list. u could have as well included afro candy.

    no nigerian actress should be on that list except uzo aduba, who has won an emmy award (she is the first and only actress till today to win an emmy award for a streaming tv series, orange is the new black is a streaming series, thats why all the episodes are realised at once instead of one episode one week). uzo aduba has been to nigeria, just so u know.

    • Felicia

      March 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      So because Uzo is in the states and luckily wins an EMMY all our actresses who have done more work than her but have not been in he states to win an EMMY but have been on Time’s most influential that she who is in the states cannot smell should not be on the list? You’ve been full of crap since 1602 Bunor. You’re as fake as your views! This attitude of putting our own down due to see finish is appalling. Many jealous ppl here just ranting. Go get known and respected at your chosen field and stop hating on your fellow women( this includes you Bruno everyone knows you’re a nagging woman as well). Everyone can’t be on a list.

    • seun

      March 15, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      The point Bruno is trying to make is these new age actresses with the exception of NSE ikpe etim can’t hold a candle to uzo! Yes I said so! When was the last time genevieve(no acting) nnaji was in a movie? And please don’t mention half of a yellow sun. They all need to go back to the drawing board or perhaps take some acting classes.

    • bruno

      March 15, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      @felicia, how dare you say uzo aduba “luckily” won her emmy award. you are dreaming oh . you know nothing about acting. uzo beat comedy queens like tina fey, Melissa Mccarthy, and won her emmy fair and square.

      99 percent of nigerian actresses can never hold a candle to uzo.

      people think uzo aduba is actually mad in real life that’s to show you how good of an actress she is and how well she potrays her character, crazy eyes. lets not forget she won 2 screen actors guild awards in one night.

      omotola was “mistakenly” added into the times most influential list. the people at time magazine wanted to add someone from africa so they will look inclusive and omotola was luckily choosen. she has a reality show for crying out loud. which respectable actress has a reality show. only fame hungry people like kim kardashian and nene leaks have reality shows.

      or is it genevieve, who’s performance in half of a yellow sun was so wooden and very 1 dimensional. she was reciting her lines in the movie. it was very comical and disappointing. she has no range, she’s a one note actress.

      or is it mercy johnson who acted a movie called dumebi the dirty girl, just guess what the movie is about, just guess? she was nominated for an amvca for her performance in this movie. sad, very sad and pathetic.

      pls they should make a proper list celebrating women will solid achievements and concrete body of work in different works of life.
      we are tired of instagram celebs who take selfies 24 hours a day and who upload pictures of fake gucci and prada bags

      bye felicia.

    • Omoté

      March 16, 2015 at 5:14 am

      Really Felicia??? Luckily won an Emmy??? If u’v seen ‘Orange is the new black’ then u’d know it wasn’t luck. Her performance was brilliant! I don’t know about including her on the list though. The only Nigerian actress who actually belongs on that list is Joke Silva.

  45. TheRealist

    March 15, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I stopped reading at Toke Makinwa… [email protected]

  46. chi-e-z

    March 15, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I like reading anything that celebrates women especially nigerian women here where the most interesting/inspiring to me if anyone wants a short interesting pick to make an inspiration scratch book/ celebrate/ research or watever…
    Bilikiss Kola-Abiola – very interesting/unique idea
    Stella Ameyo Adadevoh- should always remain remembered
    Kemi Adetiba
    Mary Olushoga
    Modupe Ozolua
    Nike Davies-Okundaye
    Uche Pedro

  47. Frances Okoro

    March 15, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Just shared this link with a friend.
    For those who aspire for more, whatever fields the women who are on this list are into, they inspire me and should inspire all women.
    We all are geniuses in specific areas, be it science or on air…
    If one has excelled in wherever their gifts led them to, then they should be celebrated and yes, i’m inspired even more to follow where my feet and heart/gifts may lead me to.

  48. shandysleeks

    March 15, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    This list is not complete but all the same i feel so challenged by these ladies profiles.I really should wake up and strive hard for a reputable achievement.

  49. Idomagirl

    March 15, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Thank God I’m not the only commenter that feels this way. Some of the women on this list are inspiring but the others are anything but. I’m more inspired by the women who work themselves to the bone to send their children to school against all odds and the other female members of the medical team at First Consult that came in contact with Sawyer,
    not some of these professional party goers.

    Also what about the 19year old Saheela Ibraheem, the Harvard scholar that was recognised by Obama recently? Or the 10 year old Math prodigy Esther Okade who just enrolled in college? Yes they may be young and aren’t technically women yet but they are definitely more inspiring than some of these socialities. Una for put Chika Ike make the list complete, feel free to call me a hater.

    • Okon

      March 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      You are so NOT a hater!

  50. LILO

    March 15, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    two of my good friends – one an oil and gas exec and one a top banker were approached to make contributions and in return the would be featured in the magazine. No lies here.

  51. Mameisaymyown

    March 15, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Wait, but why the famzin? Uzo Aduba is of Nigerian descent but is she Nigerian? Does she have a Nigerian passport? We sha like taking glory in people we didn’t invest in. Small time now, the governor of her parent’s state will do advert to congratulate her in the papers. And then when it’s time for Influential Men, they famz Chiwetel and David Oyelowo.

    • TheRealist

      March 17, 2015 at 1:22 am

      If we “invested” in any one of her parents, we “invested” in her…

  52. Ebony

    March 16, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Helen Paul?
    “Chioma Omeruah: If you don’t know, or haven’t heard about Chigul, then you are nothing more than a “hanging shimi”. Nuff said”. So you have nothing else to say about her? And she’s influential?
    Genevieve rag to riches?
    No further comment on this list. A lot of credible names though, but….

  53. jefka

    March 16, 2015 at 10:03 am

    i stopped reading when i got to toke makinwa……………………….
    pls where is our able mama Peace aka P Baby?
    the first lady of Nigeria isnt on this list? is this an APC related list? (just kidding)
    i am also with Bruno on this, Chioma Ajunwa should be on this list.

  54. Jelly_Jes

    March 16, 2015 at 11:12 am

    My 2cents @Bruno for the first time in years since seeing your commentaries, i agree with you. @Shege Jagua echoed my thoughts.
    I love been a woman and i love seeing woman progress in their chosen fields, but to create a Most Influential women list? it has to be deep, deeper than the ordinary…deeper for what the next generation is going to hold to and build on….cheers BN Readers.

  55. Feyi

    March 16, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I’m sure this list was composed by Femi Fani-Kayode! lolssss! Aunty Toke Makinwa too is on the list for heavy make up! SMH.

  56. Anoynmous

    March 16, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Hmmm, Bruno in as much as this list has shortcomings, a personal encounter with Chioma Ajunwa has shown she is as corrupt as an average Nigerian Police.

  57. Someone Naughty

    March 16, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I am not pleased that they put the Beyonce reference at the start of Chimamanda’s bio as if that’s her greatest accomplishment yet.

    And a lot of the bios are very poorly written. A number of women on this list have achieved a lot more that’s worthy of note than whats ben included in their bios.

  58. ebony

    March 19, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    most influential ni ooo, as in popular.. dont blame Ynaija if they didnt add academic geniuses on the list.. frankly speaking i cant put a face to any scientist produced in nigeria. me thinks the scientist should do more in ensuring people know them too.

  59. Joy

    November 14, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    These are very hardworking and successful. women and they deserved the recognition. Quite an inspiring list.. Well done!

  60. marsleisure

    March 25, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Hi your Blog is very nice . Images are nice!

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