10 Nigerian Lady Bosses Who Prove That You Can Reach Success

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‘It’s a Man’s World.’

This saying is the definition of the woman’s existence in Nigeria. Despite the fact that Nigeria has a National Gender Policy that focuses on women empowerment while also making a commitment to eliminate discriminatory practices that are harmful to women. However, significant gender gaps in education, economic empowerment and political participation remain in Nigeria.

While progress towards parity in primary school education has been made, there remains a significant wage and labour force participation gender gap. Discriminatory laws and practices, violence against women and gender stereotypes hinder greater progress towards gender equality. Nigeria has a particularly high maternal mortality rate and women access to quality health care is limited, particularly in rural areas.

Regardless of this, Many Nigerian women have refused to be held back by social norms and values and have continued to be inspirational to many young girls and boys.

1. Adaora Mbelu

Adaora is young business woman and currently runs her own brand management company A2 Creative. She was formerly C.E.O of Innovation Factory Limited and a PR guru, she has successfully affected the business growth of her clients in a positive way, developing successful brand strategies. She was nominated for the Future Awards for Entrepreneur of the Year (Media) 2012, Promising Young African Entrepreneur 2011 by MTV, and also on FAB’s Magazine Nigeria’s ‘Top 30 Under 30’ 2012 among others.Adaora-Mbelu1-e1447886173941

2. Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola

Bilikis is a co-founder of the Weecycler Corporation; the coy is established to extinguish the problem of waste management in urban areas of the country by recycling them. Bilikiss was a recipient of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards in 2013. She is also an MBA graduate of the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


3. Damilola Solesi

Damilola is the C.E.O/Creative director at Smids Animation Studios. She loves cartoons and producing them has always been her dreams.  So for all the young ladies with dreams and aspirations, Damilola is an example, dreams do really come true.

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4. Yasmin Belo-Osagie

Co-founder of She Leads Africa, Yasmin Belo-Osagie is dedicated to supporting high growth of female startups on the continent. Ms. Belo-Osagie, along with her business partner, Afua Osei (Ghana) where list by Forbes as one of The 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa 2014.

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5. Mosunmola Umoru

Mosunmola is the C.E.O of Honeysuckles a company which specializes in food production, farming, processing and distribution. As a result of her passion for Agriculture, Mosunmola, through her business has won the Business Owner Award at the Future Awards, an award for recognizing young talents.


6. Jadesola Osiberu

Jadesola is a lady with extensive experience in marketing communications, digital media and technologies, media and entertainment, television production as well as management. Jade is the creator of Ndani TV, an online platform for young people owned by Guaranty Trust Bank.



7. Linda Ikeji

Linda, popularly known for her blog is an inspiration to younger women who aspire to be their own boss. She runs a non-profit project to assist and empower young girls between 16 and 25 who want to be their own boss; the name of the project is called “I’d Rather Be Self Made, No Thanks”. Linda started are blogging in 2006.



8. Hannah Kabir

Hannah is the C.E.O and founder of Creeds Energy Nigeria. She is a renewable energy entrepreneur, whose vision is to enrich lives by addressing electricity and energy challenges with cleaner alternative technologies.



9. Ada Osakwe

Although she schooled abroad, Ada Osakwe has achieved so much at her age (34), she served as the Senior Investment Adviser to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development between 2012 and 2015. She is also the founder and CEO of Agrolay Ventures, a four in one company.

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10. Uche Pedro

Uche, is a writer, social media expert and an entrepreneur. She is owns a popular online magazine called Bellanaija, she is also the C.E.O of Bainstone Limited. Mrs Pedro has also won awards from the African Fashion Week to the Future Awards Africa and many more.






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