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Leading Ladies Africa celebrates Nigeria’s 100 Most Inspiring Women at the LLA 100 Women Gala – Shola David-Borha, Kemi Adetiba, Somkele Idhalama, Adenike Oyetunde, Isio Wanogho, & More Recognized



Francesca Uriri, LLA Founder

In recognition of Nigerian women who’ve made strides in Leadership, Enterprise, Advocacy and Business, Leading Ladies Africa recognized Nigeria’s 100 Most Inspiring women at the LLA 100 Women celebrated 100 Most Inspiring Women at a special gala and awards night tagged the LLA 100 Women Gala.

The LLA 100 Women Gala is a follow up to the 100 Most Inspiring Women In Nigeria list published on March 8, this year in commemoration of the International Women’s Day. Themed “Celebrating Leadership, Diversity & Impact,” the #100WomenGala recognizes and spotlights the achievements of Nigerian women who have made tangible impact and contributions in four unique spheres of the society.

“At Leading Ladies Africa, our key objective is to promote leadership, diversity and inclusion for African women – a call to have them participate in activities that ensure they lead better, fulfilling, and ultimately more productive lives,” says Francesca Uriri, Founder, Leading Ladies Africa.

“As Nigerian women and Africans, it is important that we begin to tell our own stories. We need to begin to craft the narrative that we want the world to know about us – that we are successful, courageous, determined and bold! At LLA, we have a clear intent of inspiring a new wave of Nigerian female change makers, leaders and entrepreneurs, and recognizing these 100 Women is an important way to achieve that objective” she emphasized.

Adenike Oyetunde

Speaking at the event, Omotola Oyebanjo, Head Strategic Communications and Media, Union Bank said: “This year, Union Bank celebrates its 100th anniversary and for those 100 years, we have supported and empowered women to achieve their dreams, both within the bank and externally. It is therefore a pleasure to support this amazing list of 100 impressive ladies making an impact in Nigeria. As their banking partner of choice, we look forward to supporting them and other such industrious women as they move on to the next phase of their incredible journeys.”

“Boldness and courage are synonymous with leadership” said keynote speaker, WISCAR Founder, Amina Oyagbola, who spoke on ‘Leading with Boldness and Courage in times of Change.’ “As leading ladies, we must banish all negative conditioning from our lives.  We must fight for the change that we seek in our nation and in our world. Now more than ever, the proper response to the challenges we face lies in principled, resolute, imaginative, courageous, and focused leadership by each and every one of us.”

Harping on the need for women to collaborate with and support each other, Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder, Leap Africa, and Co-Founder, AACE Foods, said: “The concept of “small is beautiful,” is overplayed, and we women need to learn to be authentic, to be vulnerable to ask for help. On leading and creating a succession plan, she said: “A great mistake any leader can make is to take the thought of succession for granted. As a leader, you must think beyond now. A woman must have a succession plan regardless of how young her business is.”

The Leading Ladies Africa Gala was made possible by the support of Union Bank Nigeria, Avon HMO, Aramex Nigeria, Fidelity Bank, Gazmadu Photography Studios, Sesema Public Relations and Zerophur Concepts.

See more photos of the event:

Adepeju Jaiyeoba, Founder, Mother’s Delivery Kit

Adesimbo Bello-Ukiri, CEO Avon HMO

Adesuwa Oyenokwe

Bunmi George, Founder, Shredder Gang

Caroline Danjuma, CEO, The Luxury Addict

Chinenye Nnoli, Founder, Metrowoman

Toyin Olatunji Daniel

Toju Egbebi, PR Manager, Ericsson Nigeria

Titi Oyinsan, Founder, IAMDynamite Network

Temie Giwa, Founder, LifeBank NG

Tale Alimi, Author, Up Level

Stephanie Obi

Representative of Fidelity Bank

Rolayo Akhigbe

Ozoz Sokoh

Omolola Faleye, VP, Pops Concepts

Oladoyin Taiwo

Okaima Ohizua, Executive Director, Transcorp Nigeria

Modupe Fagbohungbe

Nkem Okocha, Founder, Mama Moni

Modupe Ejikeme

Osayi Alile, CEO ACT Foundation

Mfon Ekpo, Founder, The Discovery Centre

Hajara Pitan, Founder Owambe Candles

Funto Ibuoye, Founder, The Beautified Network

Funmi Olaogun, Brand Manager, MTN

Esther Ijewere-Kalejaiye

Eleanor Goodey, Founder, Eleanor Goodey Photography

Celine Loader

Chizor Malize and Francesca Uriri

Ini Abimbola, Francesca Uriri & Adesuwa Oyenokwe

Tosin Oshinowo receiving her plaque of recognition

Sophia Ike-Onu receiving her plaque of recognition

Somkele Idhalama

Owen Omogiafo and Nkiru Olumide-Ojo, Head Marketing Comms, Stanbic IBTC

Omotola Oyebanjo of Union Bank, presenting a plaque to Eleanor Goodey

Omotola Oyebanjo of Union Bank Presenting a Plaque to an honouree

Kene Rapu receiving her plaque of recognition

Isio Wanogho receiving her plaque of recognition

Aramex Nigeria Team

Bisola Borha and Sasha

Amina Oyagbola, Founder, WISCAR during her Keynote Speech

Chidinma Lawanson, CEO EFInA, receiving her plaque of recognition

Chizor Malize, CEO Brandzone Consulting

Francesca Uriri, Founder Leading Ladies Africa, giving opening remarks

Ndidi Olatunji Bello, CEO BNatural Spa receiving her plaque of recognition

Nkem Onwudiwe, receiving her plaque of recognition

Owen Omogiafo, COO Tony Elumelu Foundation

Presentation of gifts to our lovely speakers

Olayinka Epega and Chude Jideonwo

Leading Ladies having fun

Great speech by Ndidi Nwuneli

Guests having a great time

Beautiful moments

A cross-section of guests at the event

Adetuke Morgan during her performance

Modupe Fagbohungbe & Ojuola Asuquo

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  1. Justreplying

    April 5, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Onoms making us proud! NNSS Ojo repping. Aww see Eleanor too.

  2. Bolaji

    April 5, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Go Tuke, Go Tuke Go!!!!!

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