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Igho Sanomi, Tara Fela-Durotoye, Rotimi Williams, Ndidi Nwuneli, 5 Other Nigerians Make Institut Choiseul Young African Leaders List



Rotimi Williams, Tara Fela-Durotoye, Igho Sanomi and Ndidi Nwuneli

Rotimi Williams, Tara Fela-Durotoye, Igho Sanomi and Ndidi Nwuneli

The Choiseul 100 Africa is an annual study independently carried out by the Institut Choiseul. It identifies and ranks the Young African Leaders under 40 years old, who will play a major role in the continent’s economic development in the near future.

The list consists of young African business leaders, successful entrepreneurs and investors across various sectors, ranging from oil and gas, finance, mining, e-commerce, agro-business, information technology, e.t.c.

Igho Sanomi (40), CEO of Taleveras ranked 5th on the list, Abayomi Awobokun (36), GM, Oando Downstream ranked 14th on the list, Ada Osakwe (36), CEO, Afrolay Ventures ranked 38th, Rotimi Williams (36), CEO, Kereksuk ranked 43rd, Ladi Delano (34), GM, Bakrie Delano Africa ranked 47th.

Others are Chinwe Ajene-Sagna (38), West Africa Director, Jones Lang LaSalle, 66th; Tara Fela-Durotoye (38), CEO House of Tara International, 68th; Ndidi Nwuneli (40), Founder, LEAP Africa, 80th; and Kamil Olufowobi (37), Director of Acceptance Development, MasterCard West Africa, 94th.

The top 5 persons on the list are Mohammed Dewji (40), CEO, MeTL, from Tanzania; Mehdi Tazi (39), CEO, Saham Assurance Morocco, from Morocco; Busisa Moyo (34), CEO, United Refineries, from Zimbabwe; Zukie Siyotula (34), CEO, Three Capital, from South Africa and Igho Sanomi.

See the full list HERE.


  1. Wonderring

    October 13, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    So this is a non-hating thought, but what exactly has Tara Fela Durotoye achieved. I’m asking a real question.

    I struggle to understand why she is such a big deal. Can someone please explain how successful she is in business and how popular her products are?


    • Fact

      October 14, 2016 at 3:42 am

      You’re probably confused by the fact that she is no longer at the forefront of making people up herself because she has passed that baton to others. She has vocational training make up schools in several states in the country that has created a ripple effect of empowering other women to be their own boss and earn their own living through mentor ship. These are potential unemployed youth who could be out in the streets causing trouble She has taught many men to fish instead of giving them fish.
      Went to Ibadan for a wedding and there was a Tara store there that solved my make up concern issues…complete with the make up artists servicing people.
      Many online videos on YouTube exist where women have given testimonies on how their lives have changed through her. Now if that’s not an achievement, I can’t help you.

    • Anonymouzly

      October 14, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      @Fact, I agree with you. I don’t and can’t understand why people, especially Nigerians, refuse to celebrate the achievements of others without putting them down. If someone works hard at what they do, as long as it’s legal and it’s an honorable thing, then celebrate them. Instead, using the anonymity of social media, we hurl “below the belt” insults and walk away. I hope the two haters feel better about themselves. I ask, what have you done @Jo! and @Wonderring to deserve a mention in a local newspaper??????? Please channel your energy into some positivity. #runsway #beforetheyattackme

    • Jo!

      October 14, 2016 at 8:34 am

      RME. There’s a Mac store in Ibadan too so let’s rest, you haven’t done this defense thing well because obviously, you don’t really know yourself.

      @wondering Talking about the make up industry in Nigeria, Tara was essentially the one person that helped make make-up a big deal like it is now, not like there weren’t other players, there were, but “House of Tara” was the first to actually create a brand, and achieve the whole luxe ish then, I remember how they used to take out newspaper ads to congratulate their brides monthly, making those ads, was a dream come through for some people. Might have also helped that her husband was a big deal during that period.
      She’s also successfully moved on from makeup application to products manufacturing, or at lease “Products ordering from china” , but whatever, as long as she has House of Tara Products, don’t matter where they were made.
      However, I tried some of her products a while ago and was so disappointed at the quality that I never tried them again, I mean, they’re luxury prices, so why should I be getting low end quality. Same for BMPro

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