A few years ago, we began a wonderful series “WHAT MONEY MEANS TO ME” to celebrate some women that we admire.
It is so exciting to observe the huge strides that women are making in all sectors, excelling in their chosen fields, and being bold in their pursuit of things new and uncharted.
Today, to mark International Women’s Day, and for the rest of March, it is our pleasure to feature some extraordinary women, not only for their work, but also for the impact they are having on others, as much needed role models in our society.
In this effort, it is impossible to feature so many others that inspire us daily but through these ladies we recognize millions of women the world over that deserve recognition for their contributions every single day.
Four outstanding ladies came together about 5 years ago and founded Averti Professional Managers. It is an all-female business solution agency based in Lagos.
It is a partnership.
Since coming together with other women to start and run this consulting firm, in her words: “I’ve come to appreciate the depth, resilience, strength and high degree of emotional intelligence that women bring to the marketplace. And this is a recipe for success!”
As women, they are challenged and reminded to ensure that in all they do, they are helping to build a more equitable society. However, they never enter a room as women; they always enter a room as professionals.
Starting this business has given them a platform from which they can mentor young women, impact lives and most importantly, mirror God’s Kingdom principles in the marketplace.
Elizabeth Bintliff is a seasoned development professional and youth advocate and lifter of people.
She leads and provides strategic direction for JA operations in sub-Saharan Africa, working closely with partners, funders and other stakeholders to design, raise awareness and promote support for programs that enable young people in Africa maximize their future potential.
JA (Junior Achievement) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
JA programs help prepare young people across the globe for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.
Founded in the US in 1919, JA works with young people in over 100 countries across 6 regions of the world (US, Europe, the Americas, Asia/Pacific, the Middle East and Africa). The Africa region currently has active programs in 14 countries.
Read more about Junior Achievement Africa on LinkedIn and Facebook
Instagram: @JA_africa (Instagram).
Elizabeth Elango Bintliff (LinkedIn)
EDNA AGUSTO REI promotes practical, current and relevant computer literacy aligned to global and industry standards to students, teachers and workers. We organize the Microsoft Office Specialist and Adobe Annual World Championships in Nigeria to ensure our schools teach computer skills that are aligned with global standards. Over 100 schools nationwide compete in these championships annually.
Our Nigeria National Champions’ performance at the Microsoft World Championship during the past five years is set out below.
• 2018 – 8th in PowerPoint 2016
• 2017 – 3rd in Word 2016
• 2016 – 10th in PowerPoint 2013
• 2015 – 10th in Excel 2010
• 2014 – 2nd in Word 2007
Website – www.readmanna.net
LinkedIn – ReadManna
Instagram – ReadManna
Facebook – ReadManna
Lara Cookey is a fine artist, product designer, blogger and and award winning entrepreneur. Her career began in Interior Architecture and later evolved into children’s playground equipment design.
More recently she began to explore the intersection between painting, graphics and digital art and the wearable art brand Noji Art was born.
She is inspired by the beauty of the earth and African womens’ beauty. Noji Art offers silk carves, kaftans, kimono jackets and more, all bearing her unique hand painted designs.
Her hobbies include cooking, arts and crafts particularly recycling and up cycling domestic materials. Lara is a wife, mother and grandmother.
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Ms. Oteh has been an Academic Scholar at St. Antony’s College and an Executive-in-Residence at SAID Business School, at University of Oxford, since January 2019. Her research areas of focus are capital markets, economic development and financial technology. She is also on Non-Executive Director of the Board of Ecobank, a pan-African Bank.
She was the Treasurer of the World Bank from 2015 to 2018 where she led a team that managed the World Bank’s $200 billion debt portfolio as well as an asset portfolio of $200 billion for the World Bank and 65 central banks and other public sector clients. She was also responsible for an extensive public sector financial advisory business and back office operations, administering payments of over $7 trillion. Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Oteh was the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. During this period, she led the rebuilding of the Nigerian capital markets after the global financial crisis and served on Nigeria’s Economic Management team. Previous to SEC Nigeria, she worked at the Africa Development Bank for 17 years in a variety of roles including Group Vice President, Corporate Services (2006 to 2009) and Group Treasurer (2001 to 2006). Her career started at Centre Point Investments Limited, Nigeria in 1985.
During her stellar 33-year career, Ms. Oteh also served on several Boards, notably, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (2010 to 2015), which regulates 95% of the world’s securities markets and the pioneer Board of the International Financing Facility for Immunization (2006 to 2011). She also served on the Board of the Nigerian Pension Commission, and was previously a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on Institutional Governance, and the Africa Advisory Council for World Women’s Banking.
In 2011, in recognition of her contribution to the economic development of Nigeria and role in transforming the Nigerian capital markets, she was awarded the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) National Honor. In 2014, she was named the Africa Investor Capital Market Personality of the Year, among New African’s “100 Most Influential Africans of 2015”. In 2016, she received the New African Woman Award in Finance and Banking and in 2018, she was honored as the Ai Global Institutional Investment Personality of the Year.
Ms. Oteh holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a First Class Honors Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Ibukun Awosika is the Chairman, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and most valuable banking brand. She is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Chair Centre Group. The companies within the group include: The Chair Centre Limited, Sokoa Chair Centre Limited, Furniture Manufacturers Mart, TCC Security Systems and Cubes and Boxes Limited. These companies are involved in manufacturing, retail and bank-way security systems services.
Ibukun chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: House of Tara International and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), a facility which she promoted to help address youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria. She sits on the boards of Digital Jewel Limited, Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority. She was Chairman, FBN Life Assurance Limited, FBN Capital Limited and Kakawa Discount House Limited.
Ibukun is a graduate of Chemistry from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria; an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School; the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain; and Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and China European International Business School (CEIBS).
With high interest in social issues, including women, Ibukun is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ). An ordained Pastor and founder of the Christian Missionary Fund, Ibukun, through this faith-based organization works with hundreds of missionaries spread across Nigeria to change lives with the provision of medical, educational, and other supplies.
Cadbury Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Mrs. Oyeyimika Adeboye as its Managing Director, effective 1st April 2019. Mrs. Adeboye is the first woman to be appointed Managing Director since the establishment of Cadbury Nigeria over five decades ago. Her appointment attests to the company’s commitment to promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
Mrs. Adeboye, a chartered accountant, joined the Board of the Company in November 2008, as Finance and Strategy Director, West Africa.
Prior to joining Cadbury Nigeria, Mrs Adeboye was Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Nigerian Bottling Company where she spent 13 years from 1994 to 2007.
She had previously worked for the erstwhile Accounting and Tax Practice of Arthur Andersen & Co as well as the United Kingdom Accounting practice of Midgley Snelling & Co., Chartered Accountants.
Mrs Adeboye has an impressive track record in finance, strategy and business administration both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Nigeria.
Mrs Adeboye has a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Economics and Social Studies from the University College Cardiff, Wales and executive management education certification from the Institute of Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland.
Simi Nwogugu is the Executive Director of Junior Achievement Nigeria, which is a non-profit economic education organization that inspires and prepares young people for a successful future. Simi brought JA, a global organization in over 100 countries, to Nigeria in 1999 and since then the organization has reached over 850,000 students in primary and secondary schools nationwide.
Simi started her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and has over twenty years of finance and strategy consulting experience with various organizations including Goldman Sachs, MTV Networks, ING Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has helped start various other non-profit organizations and foundations in Nigeria, and was most recently the Founding Administrator for the African Capital Alliance (ACA) Foundation, which supports ethical leadership and development of an enabling environment for entrepreneurs in Nigeria. Simi is also the founder & CEO of HOD Consulting, a leadership and organizational development firm. Her path toward developing HOD Consulting is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study titled, An Entrepreneur’s Journey: Simi Nwogugu. The case is taught to second-year Harvard Business School students interested in becoming entrepreneurs who balance personal success with social responsibility.
Simi has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and English, cum laude with High Honors, from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. She is married with three children.
Lami Phillips-Gbadamosi is a Singer/ Songwriter, Actress and Producer. She is also a UN Envoy and Oxfam Ambassador.
Upon completing high school at Roedean School Brighton, she went on to complete her BSc with honors, an MA in Strategic Management and was the youngest and first African to complete an Executive MBA from Penn State. She did all this while simultaneously attending the Tammy Allen School of Vocal Training in Atlanta. She went on to graduate from City Academy Acting School, London and then moved back to Nigeria.
Since then, Lami has released award-winning songs, performed in many stage plays and acted in TV shows and movies. She is a Leadership & Image consultant, and a certified counselor.
Lami is blessed with a doting Husband and two exceptional daughters.
Over the past 15 years i have functioned as a counselor. This part of my life has been hidden under the radar probably because I’m very wary of showing kindness and being awarded/esteemed for it. I have worked with troubled teens, suicidal/depressed adults, dating/courting /married couples etc. My sincere desire is to help people (primarily teens and young adults like myself) figure life out; not because I have all the answers but because together, we are stronger.
Arese Ugwu is the author of the bestselling and ground-breaking *The Smart Money Woman,* the financial-chick-lit novel that has taken Africa by storm. She is helping young Africans discover their power to build their future and make smarter money decisions through Smart Money Africa, a personal finance platform for the African millennial, engaging young Africans on the importance of financial literacy and the impact it has on helping them get money, keep money, and grow money.
Using the best of traditional and new media, Arese’s work appears in newspapers, on television, websites, social media, online videos, and through her book—all to reach her audience with accessible content that explains and navigates Africa’s unique financial landscape, delivering practical knowledge.
Her work in ensuring financial literacy for Africa’s youth has not gone unnoticed. In 2015 she was a finalist for Access Bank’s W Awards for Young Professional of the Year; in 2016, she won Rémy Martin’s Pacesetter award and was nominated for The Future Awards Africa Prize for Education.
Arese serves on several boards including House of Tara, and the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation as a non-executive director, and is also an associate member of WIMBIZ, serving on its planning committee since 2015. Arese also holds an MSc in Economic Development from University College London (UCL) and a BSc in Business and Management from Aston Business School, Birmingham. She is also an alumna of the of the Lagos Business School, INSEAD Abu Dhabi, and The London School of Business executive education programs.
Kaliné is a Nigerian-born singer/songwriter and pianist whose clever threading of words and percussive style of piano playing is a direct product of her African roots. With a soulful elegance and funky flutter, she spreads her wings across a landscape of jazz, R‘n’B, and Afrobeat to create an authentic, alternative/Afro-soul sound.
Graduating from Imperial College with. BSc in Business Management, she went on to study at Berklee College of music. She eventually graduated with a BMus in Film Scoring affording her a unique set of composition and production skills that enables her to paint lasting images through memorable choruses and unforgettable rhythms. It was at Berklee that she combined her years of piano training with her vocals and made a decision to pursue a career as a dual-instrumentalist.
In 2014, she released her first single and video ‘Ololufemi’ which garnered a lot of attention in Africa.
Among several performance opportunities, Kaliné has opened for Bob James & Fourplay, Chaka Khan, Angélique Kidjo, Keziah Jones, Bez, Somi and more.
At her core, she is defined by her efforts to remain true to herself/her craft and consistently aims to inspire others to do the same. A strong advocate for social change, she has written a number of songs that address various social issues. ‘Stand and Fight’ that addresses domestic violence, won her 1st place in Berklee’s ‘Songwriting for Social Change’ competition (2012). ‘Bring Them Home’ written in honor of the Chibok girls that were abducted in April, 2014 (including a music video) and ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ a theme song written for a UN- affiliated foundation of the same name (focusing on improving global women and children’s health) are all part of her efforts to use her talent to shine a light on sensitive issues that affect our global community.
Several of her songs have been licensed for TV and film including ‘Falling For You’ licensed for the internationally acclaimed Nollywood movie ‘Flower Girl’ and also TV series b430. She has composed a number of other theme songs including ‘Hello Africa with Eunice Omole’, EbonyLife’s “On The Real” and has contributed as a composer to a number of films including “The Wedding Party 2”, “Royal Hibiscus Hotel”, “King Women” and so much more.
After a sold out show in December 2018, She released her debut EP in January 2019 and is currently presenting a series of concerts in Lagos with her unique Kaliné LIVEconcerts. The next one is Sunday March 31st Under the Bridge at Falomo.
Mwamvita Makamba, originally from Tanzania is a Social Business Entrepreneur and a Technology for Development expert. She currently serves as a the Head of Pan Africa Business Development for Vodacom Group Business.
She is also a Founder of MMConnect Africa, a firm that drives investments in social businesses in Sub – Sahara Africa. She is named by Choiseul Institute as number 23 in their 2018 ranking of 100 African Economic Leaders of tomorrow #Choiseul100Africa
“My formal job and my various personal business initiatives are all social impact based. Everything i do and invest in is largely to impact societies in Africa. Financial freedom and independence are extremely important. Only when one is financially independent will you be able to impact others significantly. Women should therefore strive to be financially independent. It is paramount for societal well-being.
I see a lot of young women dream of getting married, and put in a lot of effort to achieve it. If you can dream that, why not dream of being financially independent and put in the same work to achieve it? African society will benefit a lot in having women with Financial power. Our children will attend good schools, they will eat better, they will have better medical care and their lives will improve significantly.”
ANITA ERSKINE She is an Award Winning Media Mastermind armed with a rich and powerful appreciation for Africa’s heritage and promise. Over the last decade, she has placed particular emphasis on using her influence in Television, Radio, Print and Social Media to advocate for Maternal Health, Girls Education and Entrepreneurship.
In 2016, Ms Erskine attracted global news brand CNN to feature her inspiring ambition and powerful accomplishments as seen globally through her shows Making of a Mogul, Sheroes of Our Time and Pamper Your Mum. Anita is the founder of the Women’s Elevation Fund which gives Scholarships and Tuition Bursaries to brilliant but financially challenged Girls in Ghana.
Patrenia Werts Onuoha is an American living in Nigeria by CHOICE, ON purpose, and for a PURPOSE for over 15 years. Her story alone proves to anyone that self-discovery, adaptation, and reinvention is REAL! She has spent over 25 years working to bridge the gap between African-Americans and Africans; her achievements from organizing Black history education events won her recognition as the Pennsylvania Thomas Jefferson awardee for Extraordinary Public Service.
She was the first black female engineer at Harley-Davidson’s York, PA facility where she helped to set records for production growth! Since migrating to West Africa, she has facilitated conferences for the American Consulate in Cameroon, Central Bank of Nigeria, and the launching of the MTN Foundation. She has served as President of the American Women’s Club Lagos and her friends call her ‘Nigerian Oprah’ for her encouraging spirit.
Powering people to perform is her passion. She focuses on leadership development for young adults and women. Her upcoming projects focus on RTime for Reinvention Retreats and Masterminds. Her platform is PatreniaSpeaks.
Patrenia holds a BS Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, an MBA from Pennsylvania State University, and is a member of MIT’s Society of Organizational Learning (SOL). Qualified as a John Maxwell Team Speaker, High Performance facilitator and DISC Behavioral profiler with extensive experience in Corporate Real Estate, Strategic Partnerships, Business Process, Mergers/Acquisitions & Divestments. She is a past Partner in Learning and Development at Phillips Consulting Ltd. and a grateful mother of five.
UDO MARYANNE OKONJO
Referred to widely as an astute real estate investor and trusted advisor to the top 1%, Udo Okonjo has had extensive experience negotiating and advising on multi-million dollar real estate transactions on behalf of clients, including Multinationals, Listed Corporates, Privately Held companies and High Net-worth Clientele. Udo is very passionate about real estate as a means of wealth creation and nation building and is convener of the annual Refined Investor Series to provide an accurate roadmap and insight on the Nigerian real estate market.
Under her leadership, the West African office of Fine and Country a global network of real estate professionals and entrepreneurs has leaped to the top in the provision of cutting edge Real Estate services to leading real estate developers and institutional clients, with multiple local and international awards received over the years.
She is an alumni of the Said Business School, Oxford Real Estate Programme, the Oxford University High Performance Leadership Programme and the Judge Business School, Cambridge University where she completed an executive management certificate focused on Complex Negotiations, Ethics, Strategic Marketing and Branding over the course of 2 years.
Udo was admitted to the Nigerian Bar Association and New York Bar in 1991 and 1994 respectively and pursued a successful legal career for more than a decade, in addition to having acted as Senior Special Adviser on Legal and Constitutional Matters to the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and being Partner at a leading local law firm, Templars Barristers & Solicitors.
Having emerged best graduating female student at the Nigerian Law School, in 1991, she was awarded the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship to study at the University of London, Kings College School of Law, where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Law (LLM) specializing in Corporate and Commercial Law.
She also earned a certificate in Effective Real Estate Marketing from the National University of Singapore in conjunction with the Dubai Real Estate Institute amongst several real estate and executive courses at the Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University.
Udo Maryanne Okonjo, a distinguished Chevening Scholar and member of the Oxford Real Estate Society is currently the Chief Executive Officer/Vice Chairman of Fine and Country West Africa. Her passion includes mentoring next generation champions to excel at all professional and entrepreneurial levels.
Aderonke Onadeko is a serial entrepreneur and a multi sectoral professional with about 30 years of experience in largely the private sector but a bit of not for profit and public sector too. Her wealth of experience revolves around food and beverage manufacturing, agriculture and agribusiness, oil and gas trading, marketing and operations and consulting for large corporate organizations and government.
She is the Principal Consultant of DRNL Consult ltd UK and Owner Manager of Delt-R Company limited. She is considered as one of the go to person in the oil and gas sector, her experience is built from the inception of oil and gas in Nigeria.
For 11 years she acted as a country director and in-country representative for BNP Paribas, managed BNP Paribas formal entry into Nigeria covering corporate and investment banking, asset management and private banking. She also acted as a consultant to Natixis, a French financial institution in the Nigeria oil and gas sector.
Over the past 5 years, Ronke acts as a consultant to FOSTER (Facility for Oil Sector Transparency and Accountability), an initiative of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
She sits on the board of several publicly quoted and not quoted companies. She is currently a member of Ogun State Government Executive Council and WIMBIZ Executive council.
A mentor of young people towards entrepreneurship, personal development and youth empowerment. She is the author of ‘To My Younger Self Book’ a collection of authentic and inspiring stories of Nigeria’s business and career professionals aimed at impacting young people and people transitioning careers.
A Chevening Scholar, Archbishop Tutu Fellow, cyclist and a runner, foodie, gardener, farmer and an adventure traveller.
Nike Adeyemi is an international speaker and a global voice for love to nations. She teaches and demonstrates God’s love to individuals and communities.
She is the president of Real Woman International Inc. and the founder of The Real Woman Foundation through which many young women have been sheltered, healed and empowered to live amazing lives. At her Love Home Orphanage, many children thrive, assured of a bright future. On her global TV broadcast, Real Woman with Nike Adeyemi, she shares wisdom on various life issues. She has authored several books.
Nike is an avid learner, despite her master’s degrees in Architecture and Business Administration, she further trained in Strategic Perspectives for Non-Profit Management and other leadership courses as she pursues her dream of building lives, to see many more whole and living their dreams too.
Married to her sweetheart Sam, and blessed with three amazing children, she has nurtured and trained many more at Daystar Christian Center and around the world.
For more, visit www.nikeadeyemi.com
Follow on IG & Twitter @nikeadeyemi
Ms Ngozi Edozien Managing Director of InVivo Partners Ltd. Ms Edozien has garnered significant financial, management consulting and operational management experience over the past 25 years in various capacities in multinational organisations in both developed and emerging markets. She currently sits on the board of a number of companies including: Stanbic IBTC (Nigeria); Guinness Diageo Nigeria) and Barloworld (South Africa) and is involved as a member of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committees in these various corporations.
She also advises and supports fundraising for a number of early stage businesses. Previous engagements include Paga, GigaGas, Mi-fone Group, YSWAARA and MSurvey. She has also tried her hand at entrepreneurship by launching Invivo Partners an early stage focused principle, investment and advisory firm as well as being the lead founder of an healthcare business called Physio Centers of Africa ( www.physiocentersofafrica.com; IG @physioafrica) Prior to launching InVivo Partners Ltd, a principle investment and advisory business focused on investments and support of venture/ early stage and SME businesses. Drawing on her vast experience in finance, consulting and operational management in corporates globally, she served as Managing Director of Actis LLP’s West Africa business. Actis is a leading emerging market private equity firm headquartered in the United Kingdom focused on the FMCO, financial institutions services, real estate and power sectors.
Ms Edozien started her professional career in financial services first at Solomon Brothers and then at JP Morgan, both in New York City. She subsequently left JPM returning to Harvard University to pursue an MBA. Post MBA, Ms Edozien worked for McKinsey & Co. in London and Paris where she became an Associate Principal. In 1999, she joined Pfizer, Inc in New York City, where she was Vice President Strategic Planning and Business Development for five years and in 2005 was transferred to Nigeria as the Regional Director Pfizer Inc for Anglophone East, West and Central Africa.
Ms Edozien has served as a member of the Private Sector Advisory Council to the President of Senegal, a member of the Research Based Pharma Industry Association in Nigeria (NIROPHARM), a founding member and Board Member of the American Business Council in Nigeria, The African Leadership Network and Board Member for Africa Investor Magazine, She has also served in the past as a Non-Executive Director of Seven Energy, Diamond Bank, UAC, Mouka Foam, Vlisco, and EMP Nigeria.
Ms Edozien has a BA in Social Studies (Government, Philosophy and Economics) from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Harvard University. She has done advanced management training in governance and finance at IMD and other institutions. She has been an Aspen Leadership Institute Fellow, a member of the Delta Vision 2020 Committee, the Young President’s Organization, Africa Leadership Network Executive Council and acts as a mentor to many.
WHAT MONEY MEANS TO ME Money and the ability to manage it make it mean freedom and empowerment to me. One doesn’t need to be super wealthy but the security, confidence and liberation that comes from knowing that ones need, desires and the people we care about are taken care of bring a peace of mind that is valuable.
Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Media has made her mark through various endeavors in the corporate world; she has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”. Abudu oversees all five divisions of EbonyLife Media which include EbonyLife TV, EbonyLife Films, EbonyLife Studios, EbonyLife ON and EbonyLife Productions Limited (UK).
One of the most prolific producers in Africa, Abudu launched Nigerian broadcaster and producer EbonyLife TV in 2013, producing over 1000 hours of original programming each year. The channel broadcasts in Africa on the DStv and StarTimes networks, and across the Caribbean on the Flow network.
Abudu took the plunge into filmmaking, with the creation of EbonyLife Films. Her first film as executive producer was ‘Fifty’, Nigeria’s highest-grossing drama and the top film of 2015. Teaming up with The ELFIKE Collective in 2016, she produced The Wedding Party and its sequel, ‘The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai’ (2017), which became the highest-grossing franchise of all time in the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood). ‘The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’ (2018), a romantic comedy, has been viewed by more than 100,000 people on Amazon Prime Video. ‘Chief Daddy’ (2018) was the ‘Official Number 1 Nollywood film of 2018’ and third-highest-grossing Nollywood movie of all time.
In March 2018 Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced a three project deal with EbonyLifeTV, the first of its kind between SPT and a Nigerian television company, which will include co-production of a TV series inspired by the Dahomey Warriors.
Abudu is highly sought after for her knowledge of the African and global creative industry. She has spoken at the Wharton School of Business, Cambridge University Judge School of Business and Harvard University, and has received many international recognitions.
Forbes has described Abudu as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman,” while CNN announced her as “Africa’s Queen of Media who conquered the continent.” Abudu was listed in Hollywood Reporter’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television in 2013 and 2017. In 2018, Mo was appointed a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the organization responsible for staging the world famous International Emmy Awards.
Ndidi Nwuneli is the managing partner of Sahel Consulting which works across West Africa, unlocking the agriculture and nutrition potential in the region. She is also the co-founder of AACE Foods, which was established in 2009 to fight malnutrition, reduce post-harvest losses among smallholder farmers and displace imports. She is the founder of LEAP Africa which inspires, empowers and equips a new cadre of principled, disciplined
and dynamic young leaders in Africa.
Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School and an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow.
Ndidi was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor from the Nigerian Government. She was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power African Women by Forbes. Ndidi serves on the boards of Nestle Nigeria Plc., Nigerian Breweries Plc. (Heineken), Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands, the Center for Memories and the African Philanthropy Forum.
Ndidi is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact,” published by Routledge. She is a TED Global speaker and her work has been featured on CNN, BBC and a range of international and local media outlets.
Aishetu Dozie is the CEO and Founder of Bossy Cosmetics Inc based in California. This newly launched beauty brand typifies her lifelong passion to merge her passion with a strong sense of purpose. The mission statement of Bossy Cosmetics is – Look, Feel, Do GOOD. The company sells ethically-made color cosmetics and partners with non-profits around the world that advocate for social change benefiting women and girls. In her prior work, Aishetu has been an accomplished investment banker and finance executive. She is married with three superhero sons.
Pearl Uzokwe is the Director for Governance and Sustainability at Sahara Group Limited. Pearl is a qualified solicitor and member of the Law Society of England & Wales. She graduated with a LLB (Hons.) from the University of Bristol and is also a Chartered Secretary (ICSA). She has since experienced great professional growth in the last fifteen years whilst building her legal career within UK and Nigerian corporate structures.
In 2002, she began working at the Crown Agents UK who provide specialist and multidisciplinary services in institutional development, international trade & procurement and finance. Her role in the legal department of the organization, saw her provide legal advice and support to the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in the development and administration of a number of notable funds including the Private Infrastructure Development Group – set up to facilitate private investment in the infrastructure needed to help alleviate poverty in developing countries and the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIM) – a $4 billion investment facility designed to accelerate the availability of funds to be used for health and immunisation programs in 70 of the world’s poorest countries.
She built a strong working relationship from amongst the donors which included country donors like the UK, French and South African governments and private NGOs like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These two funds in addition to her work on the Emerging African Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) influenced her decision to seek employment primarily with organizations who combined their corporate pursuits with a clear and effective social purpose.
After a period with City of London firms Denton Wilde, Sapte LLP and Stephenson Harwood LLP working within their corporate departments, she relocated to Lagos, Nigeria in 2009 and joined the Legal team at Sahara Group as the third member of the then budding department. She threw herself enthusiastically into the team work that was necessary to grow and nurture the unit’s human capital and widen the remit of its function to the international energy group as it spread inexorably across the energy value chain and into five other sub-continental regions.
Pearl’s vast professional experience within the upstream, downstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry, corporate law and international development culminated in her appointment as the second female Director within the 4,000 strong organization. In 2018, she was chosen to be the group’s Director for Governance and Sustainability-a role which her professional pursuits and private passions seemed to have been leading up to in the period before hand.
She is married with a daughter.
Iquo Ukoh, quintessential professional and multi-dimensional Marketing Advisor and Expert is a distinguished fellow of Nigerian Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and a highly respected veteran within the West African Marketing Communications space. She has served as the 1st Vice President of Advertisers Association of Nigeria and other committees in the Advertising / Communication subsector like Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria.
Having managed many global brands for Nestle, she has strong flexibility in adapting global strategies to local application delivering accelerated market growth. Iquo is passionate about people hence her customer-centricity and insatiable drive to understand them more and more.
Iquo has extensive experience in Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy and Implementation. Result focused and strong people leadership skill with several years experience in Marketing and General Management in Nestle Nigeria, Iquo has developed many managers in the field of marketing in Nigeria.
Iquo Ukoh is currently the CEO of Entod Marketing a marketing consultancy company with rich experience / practical expertise in helping brands and businesses drive sustainable growth within the African context. Iquo is also the founder of 1qfoodplatter.com a Nigerian food blog that has made notable impact in the Nigerian food space.
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