These five women are changing the statusquo in Nigeria
The world is changing and so is the female gender who are embracing entrepreneurship in Nigeria. Before now, women were difficult to find in certain sectors. The idea that women can not do certain things has been debated and discredited over the years. We have curated a list of some women in their thirties doing great stuff.
Afua Osei is the co-founder of She Leads Africa, a media company for millennial African women. Afua started SLA with Yasmin Belo-Osagie, a colleague from McKinsey & Company and the two have since been named by Forbes Africa as 2 of the youngest power women in Africa (2014).
Afua has been all over the world with her career serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia, working in the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House, and working on more than 6 different political campaigns as a communications consultant. Afua has been a driving force in bringing more women into tech and the corporate world.
Dr Ola Brown
Dr.Ola Brown is a medical doctor and a helicopter pilot. She is the founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria — West Africa’s first Air Ambulance service. She wants to bring relief to trauma care in West- Africa. Ola is considered as an expert on disaster medicine and pre-hospital care. In a country like Nigeria where health is not taken with utmost importance, Ola is trying to make sure no one dies just because they could not be airlifted to a better medical facility. Beyond the fact that doctors take the oath to save lives, Ola is taking a step further to make sure that is a reality in Africa.
Bidemi is the founder and CEO of LSF/PR — a full-service public relations consultancy with a core focus on corporate communications and consumer brands. Before studying law, she took some time out to go to business school. It was there she decided to pursue her interest in media. In the last five years, the brand has grown tremendously in terms of clientele. Bidemi was listed as Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 in 2018.
Affiong Williams is the Founder of ReelFruit. She is building a processing company in Nigeria, and eventually other countries in Africa. Reel Fruit offers healthy snacks to the growing class of people who are looking for healthier eating and lifestyle. Her decision to launch RealFruit was borne out of her general decision to venture into the Agricbusiness sector. She is an advocate for Agriculture in Nigeria as a sector for wealth and job creation. Affiong was listed among 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in 2016.
Fade is as Journalist, Radio presenter, Executive TV Producer and now Founder of an online media service production company called BookingsAfrica.com. The self-proclaimed “Mediapreneur” has produced some of Africa’s most notable TV Commercials and music videos. With her strong social media presence, Fade Ogunro uses her influential platforms to encourage entrepreneurship and creativity amongst the youth.
She recently announced she was finally venturing into the tech world with her new platform BookingsAfrica.com — a platform to book creative people based on your financial standing– which is set to launch later this year.