Women in politics, business, athletics, and the arts, to name a few, are among the most influential women in Nigeria. Some of these ladies will freely confess that chance has played a significant role in their lives, but it can’t be the sole explanation.
We feel that there are numerous things that women may do to increase their influence and authority.
Today we will look at the 7 influential women in Nigeria and at least four things they did to remain at the top
When we speak of female heroes in Nigeria or female activists in Nigeria, we’d definitely be mentioning the name Aisha Somtochukwu Yesufu, the social activist and businesswoman who co-founded the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Aisha has always been outspoken when it comes to issues concerning Nigeria and the youths; during the EndSars protests she was always at the forefront even though it led to her condemnation by some religious faithful. Since the abduction of the Chibok girls and her speaking against it, she has been regarded as one of the most influential women in Nigeria.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:
The novelist is a source of inspiration to many young Nigerians who aspire to become top class writers. Ngozi Adichie was born in Enugu State, Nigeria although her father was a professor of Statistics at the University of Nigeria, she didn’t actually depend on the family. She started writing and published some books; a collection of poems in 1997 and a play in 1998 before she went on to write the award winning Purple Hibiscus in 2003. CNA is one of the successful Nigerian female personalities that still like to identify with her roots.
During my days in the university, a student asked the head of the Department what it feels like to be a lecturer and the HOD, she answered “it’s not easy to be female and a leader but I get inspired by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala”.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is an economist of Nigeria-America descent who currently holds the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization. The first woman and the first African to hold the office. She’s an economist, fair trade leader who was once the Minister of Finance in Nigeria. The life of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala teaches young ladies that they can as well strive for what they want and be the leader in a group of men and women.
In the media world, Linda Ikeji is amongst the prominent women in Nigeria leading the charts for the highest earning female blogger for her entertainment blog; although she claims she started blogging as a hobby, it has now brought her to the top of the list amongst female bloggers with her blog being ranked as the 37th most visited website in Nigeria. Her career as a blogger has served as motivation for young girls who now delve into blogging. In addition to her blog, she also runs Linda Ikeji TV and other businesses.
A big name in the entertainment industry, praised for her diversity and creativity in acting. Funke Akindele ranked amongst the influential women in Nigeria for her lead role in influencing youths. She grew up in Ikorodu, Lagos state which is not one of the beautiful places in Lagos state but she hasn’t let her background hinder her from being successful in her career. She has also through her series Jenifa’s Diary and Industreet gave new talents the platform to shine. Her new movie “Omo Ghetto 2” is still making raves in cinemas.
Girls are fascinated by their looks; Tara Fela-Durotoye has helped to propagate the agenda by starting the famous House of Tara International, Tara Orekelewa Beauty range, Inspired Perfume, and the H.I.P Beauty range all in the line of beauty and cosmetics. She had set up international make up studios and the first make up school in Nigeria. She’s not all about beauty anyways; she studied law and business in school. Beautifully combining all her professions and inspiring women to pursue their goals.
You’d probably be wondering who the dean that oversaw the senate hearing panel in the movie “Citation” by Kunle Afolayan is. You might as well have heard her name in the discussion of female leaders in Nigeria.
Ibukun Awosika is a businesswoman, an author, an actress, and a motivational speaker who is currently the Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Plc and the first woman to hold the office. She is also the CEO/founder of The Chair Centre Group of companies. It all started from baby steps till she got where she is now
There are many things one has to do in order to become an influential person in life, but we are just going to list four and explain them in detail in our next article on influential women in Nigeria. they include
1 creating a better balance in your life
2 having a career focus
3 understanding yourself enough before trying to influence others
4 Star quality, that is asking yourself what others say and think about you( your reputation)
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