List Of Nigeria’s 100 Most Influential Women #YWomen100


Y!/, in partnership with Leading Ladies Africa project brings you Nigeria’s 100 Most Influential Women – #YWomen100. These are the ladies who steer the course of history in a usually male dominated environment – they have acknowledged the glass ceiling but they would not allow it hold down their lofty ambitions.

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, we present to you, in particular order, the #YWomen100. 

Abike Dabiri-Erewa: After an enviable career as a broadcast journalist in NTA, particularly with human angle stories on Newsline, Abike extended her frontiers to what has been a very successful stint in politics. We still expect to see/hear more from her in the future.

Adesuwa Oyenokwe: With over 30 years experience in journalism, Adesuwa has run the entire gamut and is still re-inventing herself. From Today’s Woman and One-on-One on NTA, to being the Publisher of TW Magazine, and now hosting ‘Seriously Speaking,’ she proves that there is always room to evolve.

Admiral Itunu Hotonu: Smart, articulate and very intelligent, Admiral Hotonu is the first woman to attain the rank of Rear Admiral (a two-star General), in the Nigerian Navy.

 Agatha Amata: Many will recognize her hugely popular talk-show ‘Inside-out.’ A consummate media entrepreneur, she recently launched Rave TV, and is spreading her tentacles.

Agbani Darego: Former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, and the first black Miss World, Agbani has become a successful entrepreneur with the launch of her AD by Agbani Darego retail clothing line.

Ainehi Edoro: Deeply interested in African literature, Ainehi is the editor of Brittlepaper, an online platform dedicated to promoting and shaping the way African literary works are produced, appraised and consumed.

 Alima Atta: One of the very few women to run a successful PR consultancy till date, Alima is the Founder of Sesema PR, one of the longest-running PR Consultancies in Nigeria. Her company has spear-headed perception management campaigns for an impressive list of local and international clients.

 Amina Oyagbola: A top HR Executive at MTN Nigeria, she’s also the Founder of WISCAR (Women in Successful Careers) a not-for-profit, gender empowerment and mentoring initiative for professional career women.

Arese Ugwu: Arese is the founder of a personal finance blog, a platform that provides high quality content and action tools tailored to Africans. She makes finance easy to understand and less complicated.

Arunma Oteh: Arunma was until very recently, the Director General of Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2014, she was named West African Business Woman of the Year by CNBC at the Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards.

Banke Meshida-Lawal: If you want to have your makep done by Banke, you probably have to book a year in advance. One of the pioneer makeup artists in Nigeria, Banke is the CEO of BMPRO makeup, and also has a cosmetic make-up range with the same name. She has shown that one can have a thriving career through make-up.

Benie Uche: The host and producer of the very successful Benie Uche show in the 90s, she presently now works in the Public Affairs section of the U.S Consulate, Nigeria.

Betty Irabor: The publisher of Genevieve, arguably Nigeria’s most popular women’s lifestyle magazine. She is also a philanthropist, and is the founder of the Pink Ball Foundation.

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola: She is the co-founder of WeCyclers. Her company builds and manages a fleet of low-cost cargo-bicycles to collect recyclable waste in slums. She is a 2013 Echoing Green fellow, 2013 Cartier Women’s Initiative Award winner, and 2013 Tech Awards recipient.



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