25 Nigerian Women Giving The Country A Positive Global Image
Nigeria is one of the great and very important country in the world. Despite her greatness and the potentials for further greatness, the country continue to be inundated with series of challenges, There is concerted efforts to address these challenges. Every one, men and women, old and young, have been striving to enhance the development of the country.
The women have been in the forefront of helping and working to develop the country, in spite of the facts that their efforts is not given commensurate commendations and rewards. Courageous Women have steered the course of our national history, on a positive note and still continue to do so, till this days.
Today, many of these women are striving in their occupies spheres to acts as a sentinel to positively project the image of the nation in a good light, by their actions, inactions and achievements.
Their efforts, had added a positive leverages to the ways Nigerians are perceived and treated outside the shores of the nation. Expectedly, the tag fell on women in positions to use their platforms as the point of positive influencers for the nations image. So, we will not be surprise to find many of them in the media,communications,arts,fashions,cultures,policy,business,governance and politics.
The Women Are Listed Below, Highlighting Their Platforms Of Engagements;
In The Arts, Cultures And Fashion
1.0-CHIEF NIKE OKUNDAYE DAVIES
Chief(Mrs) Nike Davies Okundaye,is an Africa Batik Artists. She uses her artistic talents and skills to produce batiks and other artworks which projects the cultures and ways of life of the people and the integration of Africa. She uses her skills to train young girls, who could have been sold into slavery and prostitution abroad, thus helping to promote Nigeria in a positive light. She is known all over the world for promoting her designs through exhibitions and workshops in Nigeria, USA, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Kafayatu Shafau-Ameh, popularly known as Kaffy is a Nigerian dance instructor, Choreographer, fitness coach and founder and owner of Imagneto Dance Company, She uses arts and dances to create jobs for many Nigeria youths, steering them away from crimes.
In 2006, Kaffy led her dance group to break the Guinness Book of Record for "Longest Dance Party" after they danced for 55hours and 40minutes. Today, through her artistic engagements, she has continue to help project Nigeria's image in positive lights at global level.
Chief Agbani Darego Danjuma is a Nigerian model and delectable beauty queen, who is the first Africa to win Miss World in 2001.
In 2010, she launched Stylogenic, a style and fashion reality show on Nigerian television, and three years later announced her denim range, AD by Agbani Darego, which includes jeans, dresses, sunglasses and bags.
With her model and fashion business, she has used the platforms to promote the image of Nigeria all over the world.
4.0-OLUCHI ONWEAGBA ORLANDIS
Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi is a Nigerian model, and volunteer, who has continue to use the platform to promote the culture and image of Nigeria.
She won the the first-ever continent-wide model competition, organized by the South African channel M-Net
Beyond modeling, Onweagba serves as a role model for other aspiring talents in Nigeria, especially young girls, and as well as a volunteer for many NGOs in Nigeria.
Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo is an architect , entrepreneur , philanthropist, a public speaker, radio host and author. She has won many local and an international awards and had been featured by the international media such as CNN and Fortune. 1991, she was included in the 'Who Will Be Who in The 21st Century' by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, UK.
She positioned her professional skills to positively add values to humanity and other various engagement to project Nigeria as a country of achievers. She takes pride in her Nigerian heritage and champions the potential of young Nigerians.
6.0-NGOZI CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer, whose works range from novels to short stories to nonfiction. She has used and continue to use the platform of literary arts to provoke robust discussion to add values to Nigeria's image and to further promote Africa's contributions to global literature.
She has written several novels, which won her global accolades and the nation's further respects as home of artistic talents.
7.0-TARA FELA DUROTOYE
She is a Nigerian-born lawyer turned Africa's leading beauty and makeup entrepreneur. She has deploy her innovation and ingenuity to truly empower many Africans and to also change the Africa's multi billion dollar industry.
She launched Nigeria's first ever bridal directory in 1999, and in 2004 she opened the country's leading and blossoming beauty academy.
She has garnered several local and international awards and several commendations and recognition across the globe. She remains a great pride to all African women, and a veritable culture and fashion ambassadors to all.
8.0-OMOTOLA JALADE EKEHIDE
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is a Nigerian Actress singer,Philanthropist and former model. She has used and continue to use her platform as an actress and singer, to positively address series of social challenges that bedevils the nation.
She is no doubt one of the icon helping to shape and influence a positive narratives about Nigeria. She has received and continue to receive high profile awards, both locally and on the international scale.
She is the first African celebrity to receive over 1 million likes on her page, and had since shot over 4 million likes. Beyond her artistic accomplishments, she is also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts.
Genevieve Nnaji is a Nigerian actress, producer, and director. She has and continue to deploy her creativity, to change negative narrations about Nigeria. She like Omotola,is a singer and philanthropist. She has won several local and international awards and honored by her country, with a presidential awards
.Lionheart,her directorial debut movie, was the first netflix Original from Nigeria, and also first Nigerian submission for the Oscars.
10.0- FOLAKE FOLARIN COKER
Folake Folarin-Coker is a Nigerian fashion designer and creative director of Tiffany Amber.
Through her several fashion shows across the world, particularly in Africa, Europe and the United States, she has continue to use such a soft diplomatic power to positively brand and sell Nigeria, to the global audience.
She has received many local and international awards and she had through her business platforms continue to provide employment, to teeming unemployed and frustrated youths in Nigeria.She was the first recipient of the "Designer of the Year" award at the annual African fashion week in Johannesburg in 2009.
Mosunmola Abudu, popularly called Mo Abudu, is a Nigerian media mogul (with interests covering electronic broadcasting, film making and content production), philanthropist and as a human resources management consultant.
She has, through her Ebony Life, media platform, continues to project the cultures and image of Nigeria and Africa.She has received and continue to receive awards, honors and recognition, as one of the most successful image and culture ambassador of Africa.
She is the first African woman to own a Pan-Africa TV channel ,and had been so recognized as such, by many reputable organizations, worldwide.
Uche Pedro is an award-winning Nigerian entrepreneur and a blogger owner of BellaNaija,a blog with over 200 million monthly impressions. She has and continue to use the blog to positively impacts on the image of Nigeria and her cultures.
She has won several local and international awards and serves as a keynote speaker in many fora and gathering of world eminent persons.
Linda Ifeoma Ikeji is a Nigerian blogger,writer, entrepreneur and former model. Her powerful blog has been of immense benefits to the promotion of the cultures and the image of Nigeria.
She has been interview by several prominent global media platforms, such as BBC, on their Focus on Africa Programme.
She has received several awards and recognition. She was conferred with Honorary Doctorate Degree from Trinity International University in Georgia for her outstanding job in Business and Media in Africa among other awards..
14.0-ABIKE DABIRI EREWA
Abike Kafayat Oluwatoyin Dabiri-Erewa is a Nigerian politician, activist and journalist. She was part of an advocacy group, "Together Nigeria", launched to campaign for the reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari. She now serves as the Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.
Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, is an activist, entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Sahel Consulting and serves as its managing partner. She has used her platforms to promote the corporate image of Nigeria and she continues to do so till this days. She is member of Board of Several organizations and patrons to many not-for-profit organizations.
She has participated in the World Economic Forum as a committee member on the Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership from 2011–2014 ,and won many recognition and awards.
Ayo Obe is an activist, newspaper columnist and legal practitioner and partner in the Lagos-based law firm, Ogunsola Shonibare. She is member of Board of Several organizations and patrons to many not-for-profit organizations.
For long, she has been in the forefront of protecting the image of Nigeria. Even, during the military era, she along with other patriots, were in trenches, in the defense of the restoration of democracy in Nigeria.
She was President of the Civil Liberties Organization, Nigeria’s oldest indigenous human rights organization, from 1995 to 2003, a period spanning the despotic rule of General Sani Abacha and Nigeria’s return to civilian rule in May 1999.
17.0-JOE OKEI ODUMAKIN
Josephine "Joe" Obiajulu Okei-Odumakin is aNigerian Women's rights activist,and president of Women Arise for Change Initiative and the Campaign for Democracy, both the human rights groups.
She has been recognized as a courageous fighter whose consistent challenge against human rights abuses has exposed her to threats under the most repressive regimes Nigeria has ever witnessed.
She has received several awards, both at local and international level. One of the prominent award, is the Award, she got from the United States Department of State in 2013.
The award was made by Michelle Obama and John Kerry at the US State Department's Dean Acheson Auditorium in celebration of International Women's Day.
18.0-AMINA J MOHAMMED
Ms. Amina J. Mohammed,is an activist, philanthropist and humanist, and former Minister of Environment in Nigeria .She is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group.
She has been conferred several honorary doctorates and other global awards and has served as an served on numerous international advisory boards and panels.
19.0-NGOZI OKOJO IWEALA
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian-born economist and international development expert and former Finance . She has over two decades experiences in the World Bank as a development economist.
She has received honorary degrees from 14 universities worldwide, such as the Pennsylvania, Yale University.
She has received numerous recognition and awards. Some of which includes;the top 100 Most Influential People in the World (TIME, 2014), the Top 100 Global Thinkers (Foreign Policy, 2011 and 2012).
Obiageli Ezekwesili also popularly known as Oby Ezekwesili, is a Nigerian Chartered Accountant ,activist and former Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and later as Federal Minister of Education during the second-term presidency of Olusugun Obasanjo.Subsequently, she served as the Vice-President of the World Bank's Africa division from May 2007 to May 2012.She was a 2018 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in transparency in the extractive sector.
She remain a robust campaigner in the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) advocacy group to draw global attention to the plight of all persons who have been abducted by terrorists from Nigeria's war ravaged northeast region. She has won several local and international awards.
MADIBA IBRAHIM LAPINNI
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