Ozinna: The Brand And Fashion Whisperer

Ozinna Anumudu or Zina as she is fondly called by friends and family is a name that resonates with style, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the Nigerian fashion industry. As the founder of Ozinna.com and TSC Agency, her journey is marked by a unique blend of creativity, making her a trailblazer in branding and fashion.
Born into the prestigious Anumudu family, with a business guru father and a fashion icon mother, Ozinna’s story begins in Lagos, Nigeria, where she spent her early years before moving to the United States at the age of 14. Her academic journey took her to George Washington University, where she majored in economics and minored in communications. She furthered her studies with a master’s degree in communications, equipping herself with the skills that would later define her career.

At the end of her Master’s degree, and despite opportunities to intern globally, Ozinna chose to return to Nigeria for a six-month internship program, underscoring her commitment to her roots. This decision set the stage for her to make significant contributions to the Nigerian fashion industry.
In October 2015, Zina launched TSC Agency, a communications firm dedicated to helping brands connect with their audiences through innovative strategies, content, and activations. TSC has since worked with high-profile clients such as Zaron, Puma, GTCO, Eco Bank, and Lagos Leather Fair, solidifying its reputation as a leading agency in the branding and communications field.

She didn’t stop there, her love for fashion and her knack for providing solutions led to the creation of Ozinna.com in 2017. Shortly after its inception, the platform faced challenges with logistics, causing a temporary shutdown. However, in 2020, Ozinna relaunched Ozinna.com, transforming it into a premier destination for Nigerian fashion. Today, the website features pieces from top designers like Banke Kuku, Andrea Iyamah, Wannifuga, Dye Lab, and Obida, with worldwide delivery.
Ozinna’s bold and daring style, coupled with her passion for Nigerian fashion brands, has established her as a style icon. She is widely traveled and well-versed in global fashion, yet her heart remains with Nigerian designers. As the lead curator for Ozinna.com, she explores identities and inspires creativity and boldness through timeless and trendsetting pieces that reflect heritage and style.

Her influence extends beyond fashion; Ozinna inspires a community of individuals to be confident, creative, compassionate and their most authentic selves. Her unique taste and advocacy for self-expression have made her a tastemaker in the industry.
With recent successes such as a pop-up event in Ghana, Ozinna continues to expand her influence and impact on the fashion world. As she navigates the future, her dedication to promoting Nigerian fashion and empowering women remains unwavering.
Outside of her professional life, Ozinna is a passionate lover of God and an avid football fan. She values her time with family and friends, cherishing the moments spent with her siblings and loved ones.
Ozinna Anumudu’s journey is a testament to the power of passion, creativity, and resilience. She is not only shaping the future of Nigerian fashion but also inspiring women in Nigeria and beyond to embrace their unique identities and pursue their dreams with confidence.
We caught up with Zina recently, see below for our interview with the Brand and Fashion Whisperer
Q: Tell us something interesting that most people don’t know about you.
A: I played varsity football when I was in high school, I actually almost did it in college too but my parents discouraged me no to. I am still just as interested, the only difference now is that I watch it not play it.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about your early life and how your up-bringing influenced your life today?
A: I started school in the U.S when I was 14. My parents are what guided me to forge my path, having both parents that are entrepreneurs shaped who I am today especially being the only entrepreneur out of 4 siblings.
Q: You moved to the United States at a young age to complete and further your education. What was that like for you and how did it shape your perspective on life? Also, after completing your

master’s degree, why did you choose to return to Nigeria for your internship instead of pursuing opportunities abroad?
A: Moving to the U.S was definitely a culture shock for me especially because I went to boarding school in Nigeria but despite that, I am very attached to my Nigerian roots to not want to come back. I always knew I wanted to move back home unlike my twin brother, who is the opposite, he still hasn’t come back. I looked forward to coming back home because I just felt like I would have a greater impact in Nigeria.
Q: Growing up with a father who was a great business man and a mother who is a fashion trailblazer, would you say your parents’ business acumen and fashion sense influenced your love and passion for fashion and business?
A:Yes,definitely. I am grateful to say that I had a healthy mix of my parents. My mother made me confident, daring and able to express my personal style because although she is a fashionista as well, we definitely have different tastes. As for my dad, he allowed me to see that techniques of selling clothes are not so different from the techniques my father used to successfully sell cars. He taught me that what you need to make a good business is good networking and integrity. My Mother also told me that when my grandma used to pick up my father, people loved her outfits so much, she would come back the next day and sell versions of her fashionable clothing.
Q: What inspired you to start TSC Agency and what were some of the initial challenges you faced?
A: I see myself as someone who connects brands to her audiences. I started the TSC because I saw that there were a lot of small businesses that have the right to be promoted just as much as big brands but they were often overlooked or underrated, I wanted to change that.
Q: You’ve worked with high-profile clients like Zaron, Puma, GTCO, Eco Bank and many more. What advise would you give someone who is just starting out with respect to attracting and gaining the trust of high profile clients?
A: The two things that I stand by is staying consistent and treating all my clients equally, you never know. One time I had a small job but I treated it the same way I would treat any job and without realising, someone really important was going to be there, because I didn’t see the small job as a ‘small’ job the important person ended up being very influential in my first big project.
Q: Ozinna.com has become a premier destination for Nigerian fashion. What were some key lessons you learned from its initial challenges and eventual success?

A: I did not realise there were many arms to a website, I just assumed that just because I wore pretty clothes people would want to buy my clothes but having a website is so much more. Eventually success came when I had quality control and figured out the logistics.
Q: Your style is both bold and trendsetting. How do you stay inspired and keep your fashion choices fresh and innovative?
A: There is no working formula with my style, I go with my gut and just stay true to myself.
Q: As the lead curator for Ozinna.com, how do you select quality pieces that reflect both heritage and contemporary trends?
A: That’s a good question, it becomes more and more difficult to select brands that work for our audience. I am slowly building a team to do this with, thankfully my passion for Nigerian and African clothing allows me to keep up with the new brands and trends.
Q: Who are some of your biggest inspirations in fashion, both locally and globally?
A: Olivia Palermo has to be the person I took and take the most inspiration from. She is an American influencer that was able to create an extension of her social media into a business, so when I started my website, I mirrored her as inspiration.
Q: What would you say is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a woman in the business world, and how were you able overcome it?
A: My biggest challenge has always been that I have been underestimated, a number of times, it’s not just a sex thing, but it’s also an age thing, but I have been able to stay consistent and true to myself.
Q: Describe your personality using four dynamic words. A: Multi-faceted, Hard- working, Positive and Kind
Q: Your faith seems to play a significant role in your life. You’re very outspoken about your love for God, your followers online can attest to this with your uplifting sunday messages and encouraging messages during Lent. Would you say your relationship with God influences your personal and professional decisions?

A: I am a big believer that God is in control of everything in my life especially since after dealing with grief in 2020, my faith has strengthened.
Q: If you were to change something about yourself what would it be? A: I wouldn’t change a thing, I am a work in progress.
Q: How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance with your busy career, and what activities help you unwind and recharge?
A: I do not think I have a healthy work life balance, it is something I am trying to figure out. I unwind and recharge by watching my favourite shows and spending quality time with my family.
Q: We know you’re a really big fan of Arsenal football club. Besides your passion for football, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
A: I don’t have that many hobbies but for me it just revolves around football, family & fashion.
Q: Who are your favourite people in the world? A: My favourite people know themselves.
Q: Tell us about a time when you felt the happiest you’ve ever been
A: My brother’s wedding, my brother got married 5 years ago, I just remember the family having such a joyous moment with our loved ones.
Q: If you had the opportunity to go back in time what would you change or do differently, how would that change affect your life now?
A: Maybe there are some things that I wish didn’t happen the way they did but I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.
Q: Congratulations on the success of your recent pop-up event in Ghana, should we be expecting similar events in other African countries and what other exciting plans do you have in the nearest future for Ozinna.com?

A: The pop up was really successful and it made me definitely realise that Nigerian fashion can be appreciated in different markets and I want to explore that more. There are definitely other places to expect us soon.
Q: What would you like people to remember you for?
A: I want people to remember me for being impactful and uplifting in any aspect of their life whether that be professional, personal or spiritually.
Q: What advise would you give to young women who are struggling with finding themselves or their purpose in life?
A: That person should try and become more self aware and find people that inspire them. Take inspiration from the successful and think about how you can mirror some of those qualities and make them your own.
Q: One last question. How has the loss in your life impacted you? Your achievements have been incredible year in year out, Your dad must be proud of you. What advice would you give to those going through loss?
A: Give time, time, understanding that grief is a never ending process. I find that people with grief think that one day they will wake up and be better but it is actually about understanding and dealing with your loss.Grief actually pushed me to be better especially with my work.
Q: Thank you so much for chatting with us Zina! Keep being amazing, we wish you all the best in your future endeavours!
A: Thank you 🙂

Scent to Sensation: Boluwatife Adeife’s Mission with Scents Pro

Meet Boluwatife Adeife, the visionary founder behind Scents Pro, an indigenous premium home fragrance brand that’s making waves in Lagos, Nigeria, and beyond. With a passion for crafting locally made products that rival international standards, Tife embarked on her entrepreneurial journey in 2020, armed with a degree in French from the University of Lagos and years of experience in business development.

Driven by the desire to bridge the gap between local craftsmanship and global excellence, Tife set out to create a brand that would bring the elevated standard of international fragrance brands closer to Nigerians. And thus, Scents Pro was born.

At Scents Pro, Tife’s goal is simple yet ambitious: to curate premium scents that not only uplift spaces but also captivate the senses and create memorable experiences. Drawing inspiration from the essence of Nigeria, she expertly blends her knowledge as a home fragrance connoisseur to craft collections of products that transport users into realms of olfactory wonder, one scented experience at a time.

But Tife’s vision extends beyond just selling products. It’s about creating sensory experiences that resonate with the essence of Nigeria, showcasing the richness and diversity of the country’s culture through scent. With a deep understanding of the power of fragrance, she has made Scents Pro a beacon of sophistication and elegance in the industry, redefining luxury home fragrance in Nigeria and beyond.

As a knowledgeable home fragrance expert, Tife is not only committed to delivering exceptional products but also to enlightening individuals on the significance of home and space scenting. Her mission is to educate and inspire, creating a deeper appreciation for the role scent plays in our lives.

In a world where luxury often feels out of reach, Tife is breaking barriers and proving that sophistication and elegance can be found right here in Nigeria. With Scents Pro, she invites us to indulge in the beauty of fragrance, to elevate our spaces, evoke emotions, and create lasting memories.

So next time you are looking to purchase a candle, diffuser or a room spray, remember the exceptional Boluwatife Adeife and Scents Pro, where luxury meets local craftsmanship, and sensory experiences await.

To read more about Boluwatife, see our interview with her below.

Q: Tell us something intriguing about yourself that most people might not know.

A: I might seem like a social butterfly, but what most people don’t know is that I absolutely cherish my time at home. I LOVE being in my comfort zone. I thrive on quiet moments, researching, perfecting my skills, and exploring my creativity through DIY projects. It’s where I find my greatest joy and inspiration.

Q: What inspired your love and passion for home fragrance?

A: My love and passion for home fragrance was and is inspired by a combination of personal experiences and a deep appreciation for the power of scent in creating ambiance and evoking memories. Growing up, I was always fascinated by the way certain scents could evoke specific emotions. This fascination led me to exploring the world of fragrance further, studying its effects on mood and well-being. Additionally, my love for design and creativity fueled my desire to craft unique and captivating home fragrance experiences that not only delight the senses but also tell a story. Ultimately, it’s the ability to create moments of joy and comfort through scent that drives my passion for home fragrance. I find immense joy in the creative process of crafting home fragrances and the satisfaction of  knowing that I’m producing something both functional and useful that enhances people’s lives.

Q: As a woman in the business world, what has been your greatest challenge, and how did you overcome it?

A: One of my greatest challenges as a woman in the business world has been navigating and overcoming gender biases and stereotypes. I tackled this by staying confident in my abilities, speaking up for myself, and proving my worth through hard work and results. 

Q: Who are the individuals that have had the most significant influence on your journey and why?

A: There have been several individuals who have significantly influenced my journey. Firstly, my family instilled in me values of perseverance and curiosity, laying the foundation for my growth. Secondly, my mentors, who offer guidance and support through business and career choices and challenges. Lastly, influential figures in the home fragrance industry, particularly women-led brands, have inspired and influenced my path.

Q: Describe your personality in four dynamic words

A: Creative. Empathic. Inquisitive. Resilient.

Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and why?

A: Hmmmm. If I could change one thing about myself, it would be to overcome my tendency to doubt myself and procrastinate. That’s 2 things, Lol. This change would help me achieve greater productivity and confidence, allowing me to accomplish more and reaching my goals.

Q: What aspect of your work do you find most challenging, and how do you navigate through it?

A: I find navigating the ever-changing preferences and trends in the fragrance industry to be most challenging. To overcome this, I prioritize staying updated on market

demands, conducting thorough research, and fostering a flexible approach to adapt quickly to shifts in consumer preferences and industry dynamics.

Q: If you had the chance to go back in time, what decision or action would you change, and how do you think it would impact your life and career trajectory today?

A: If I had the chance to go back in time, I would have started earlier, not letting imposter syndrome and procrastination hold me back. I believe pushing past those barriers would have allowed me and my team to achieve even greater success with Scents Pro, though I’m grateful for where we are now.

Q: Tell us about a time when you felt the happiest

A: I felt the happiest when I successfully redesigned a collection of scents for a diffuser bottle, infusing it with the essence of Nigeria and Lagos. Despite initial fear, months of dedication led to a beautiful creation that resonated with Nigerians at home and abroad. The overwhelming positive reception on launch day filled me with joy and a deep sense of fulfillment.

Q: Who are the most important people in your life?

A: My Family, undoubtedly! Family holds a special place in my heart, and their love and support have been my constant throughout life’s journey. However, my definition of family extends beyond blood relatives to include close friends who have become like family to me. Together, they are my rock, my inspiration, and my greatest source of joy and fulfillment. Their presence enriches my life in ways I cannot fully express, and I am grateful for their love and companionship.

Q: A little birdie told us that you have a luxurious shopping experience in the works, can you tell us a bit about that?

A: YES!! The Scents Pro Scent-Sational Experience is set to take place on May 26th, 2024, in Lagos, Nigeria. This event is beyond a shopping experience for us; it’s a gathering for fragrance lovers and enthusiasts, including our loyal clients and friends. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience all of Scents Pro’s existing and new fragrances.

Additionally, there will be panel discussions on understanding home fragrance, tailoring scents to one’s personality, and more. 

It’s going to be an event filled with fun, learning, merriment, and, of course, shopping.

Q: What feelings do you hope to evoke in people who attend this event and in your customers in general?

A: We aim to evoke feelings of excitement, nostalgia, curiosity and satisfaction in the event, creating a sensory journey through the power of home fragrances. We want our customers to experience the power and importance of home fragrances, make them 

feel engaged, inspired, and valued, fostering a sense of connection and fulfillment in their experiences with us.

Q: What legacy do you hope to leave behind? How would you like people to remember you?

A: I aspire to leave behind a legacy of kindness, creativity, and positive impact. I hope to be remembered as someone who made a difference in people’s lives, whether through my work, my words, or my actions. 

As the founder of Scents Pro, my legacy is rooted in transforming how people experience scents, enhancing their lives through memorable fragrances. I aim to be remembered as someone who revolutionized the fragrance industry, bringing joy, inspiration, and a heightened sensory experience to people’s lives. My hope is that people will remember me as a visionary who left a lasting imprint on their senses and their memories.

Q: What advice would you offer to young women who are struggling with self-discovery and finding their purpose in life?

A: I would advise young women struggling with self-discovery to embrace curiosity, explore different interests, and be patient with themselves. It’s okay not to have all the answers right away. Seek mentors, engage in meaningful experiences, and remember that self-discovery is a journey, not a destination. Trust yourself, your instincts, and know that your purpose may evolve over time. Most importantly, be kind to yourself throughout the process.

Q: How do you envision the future of Scents Pro and your role within the home fragrance industry, both locally and globally?

A: In the future, I see Scents Pro continuing to innovate and expand its product line to meet the evolving needs and preferences of consumers in the home fragrance industry. My role within the company would involve staying ahead of industry trends, conducting market research, and collaborating with teams to develop even more premium cents and delivery systems. Locally, we’d aim to strengthen our presence through strategic partnerships and community engagement, while globally, we’d explore opportunities for international expansion and cross-cultural appeal, ensuring that Scents Pro remains a leader in the global fragrance market.

Q: Thank you for your time. We wish you all the best in your event and future endeavours.

A: Thank you too. And I look forward to receiving you at the Scent-Sational experience.

Click the link below for updates on the Scent-Sational experience!


She’s Unstoppable: Celebrating TWI’s 31 Unstoppable Women of 2024

We are thrilled to announce the incredible women selected as TWI’s 31 most UNSTOPPABLE women for 2024! These remarkable individuals embody strength, resilience, and unwavering determination, inspiring us all with their achievements and contributions.

In a tradition that began in 2021, The Women International continues to honor women who transcend boundaries and make a difference in various spheres of life. From advocating for justice to overcoming obstacles, each honoree’s story resonates with empowerment and positive impact.

Throughout March, we invite you to join us in celebrating these extraordinary women across TWI’s social media platforms. Their spotlight will showcase their authentic selves and accomplishments, serving as a beacon of inspiration for women worldwide.

Congratulations to all the honorees for being unstoppable forces in 2024! See the full list of TWI’s Unstoppable Women 2024 below,

Stay tuned as we highlight each of these phenomenal women throughout the month.

  1. Funsho Oluyemi’s story is a captivating blend of resilience, innovation, and unwavering faith. From her Nigerian roots to her upbringing in London City, Funsho’s journey spans diverse sectors, including maritime, telecomms, waste management, and tech. Her legal background provided the foundation for her entrepreneurial ventures.

In 2016, Funsho boldly launched Turban Tempest, starting from humble beginnings but quickly rising to prominence in Africa’s fashion scene. With Turban Tempest, she redefined beauty and empowerment, attracting attention from prominent figures like Ms. Jay from America’s Next Top Model, Naomi Campbell, Nigeria’s Former First Lady Aisha Buhari alongside Mrs Folorunsho Alakija.

Building on Turban Tempest’s success, Funsho introduced Template in 2021, catering to modern women’s dynamic lifestyles. Both brands have amassed a global following of nearly 100,000 clients, symbolizing Funsho’s visionary prowess and commitment to empowerment.

Funsho’s dedication to social impact led her to establish Spirit Man, a fusion of fashion and mental health advocacy, encouraging vulnerability and spiritual connection among men.

Funsho Oluyemi is not just a fashion maven; she’s a beacon of empowerment, innovation, and unshakeable faith. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Chidinma Chukwuemeka is the visionary co-founder The Footwear Academy and on a mission to reshape Nigeria’s socio-economic landscape by empowering its youth through the craft of shoemaking.

Having refined her skills at Accademia Riaci in Florence, Italy, alongside her husband and business partner, Chidinma returned to Nigeria with a burning passion to revolutionize the local shoe industry. Through The Footwear Academy, they equip artisans with the tools and knowledge to create top-tier footwear, offering training, employment opportunities, and access to quality materials.

Chidinma’s entrepreneurial prowess extends beyond her company’s success. As an Edmund Hillary Cohort 8 Fellow, she has been lauded with numerous awards, including the esteemed Her-Network Start-Up Woman of the Year 2019 and the Star of Business & Entrepreneurship Award at YALI West Africa Nigeria Cohort 4.

Her impact resonates globally, with The Footwear Academy securing victories in renowned competitions such as the Proudly Made in Aba Hackathon and receiving substantial grants, including the esteemed $50,000 Ford Foundation grant.

Beyond business, Chidinma is a fervent advocate for youth and women empowerment. Her involvement in initiatives like The Young Enterprising Women in Africa network (YEWA) underscores her commitment to fostering inclusive economic growth.

Chidinma’s journey exemplifies resilience, innovation, and a relentless pursuit of positive change in her community and beyond. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Morenike Molehin is the founder and Creative Director of Oak and Teak, a full-service interior design firm that’s highly recognized in the African market. Oak and Teak caters to a diverse clientele, including finance, hospitality, non-profits, educational institutions, and luxury hotels. Morenike’s leadership has really propelled Oak and Teak to become a leading interior design enterprise globally. They’ve successfully completed numerous projects of varying complexities over the years.

Morenike’s contributions doesn’t stop there. She’s also passionate about nation-building and has hosted free seminars, training over 100 individuals in the business of interior design. Her commitment to the younger generation is truly inspiring. She founded the Grow with Renny Mentorship program, impacting a group of young ladies every quarter. In 2023, they hosted the Grow with Renny conference, which brought together over 500 young women. It’s all about empowering the next generation and helping them grow in every area of their lives.

Morenike’s entrepreneurial acumen has not gone unnoticed. She’s been honored as one of “Africa’s 100 Most Impactful Women Founders” and has been nominated for the prestigious Eloy Awards under the entrepreneurship category. She’s also a Member of the Advisory Board of TDA Group. Interior Design HQ has recognized her as one of the top 15 Nigerian Interior Designers who are redefining the industry. She’s also the co-founder of the Oak and Teak Foundation, where she focuses on making a positive impact in healthcare and education. Through the foundation, she actively contributes to transformative initiatives, showing her commitment to social responsibility and community development.

Morenike Molehin is truly an UNSTOPPABLE woman, making waves in the interior design industry and beyond!

  1. Kubi Springer is a brand marketing expert and Director of Brand Marketing at AVANTGARDE MEA. With 26 years of experience and an impressive portfolio of global powerhouses, Kubi Springer’s name has become synonymous with three words – She Builds Brands. Renowned for her in-depth knowledge and understanding of industry trends, Kubi has created a reputation of being able to launch and grow brands to international markets, with a focus on the brands’ commercial development and sustainability.

Passionate about cultural trends, female empowerment, and the commercial impact these have when taking a brand ‘Glocal’. She started her career in 1996 and have since delivered brand marketing campaigns for consumer brands that include Nike, L’Oreal Paris, FENDI, Charlotte Tilbury, Rolls Royce Motor Cars and Aston Martin. I have worked with celebrity brands such as Beyonce, P.Diddy, Justin Timberlake and Rio Ferdinand, delivering brand partnerships.

Over the last 13 years she has been delivering brand training and keynote speeches for clients like Facebook, British Vogue, TikTok, the Labour Party, Deloitte, Harper’s Bazaar Women’s Summit, New York University, London College of Fashion and Oxford University. Her keynote focus is on ‘Personal Branding & Leadership’, ‘Global Brand Marketing’ and the ‘Power of Culture Marketing’.

In 2022 she was awarded ‘Global Consultant of the Year’ by Consulting Magazine, in 2023, she was shortlisted as the ‘Marketer of the Year’ by the Performance Marketing Awards, UK and in 2020 she was nominated for the ‘Best Marketing Book of the Year’ by the British Book Awards, for her published book entitled ‘I Am My Brand: How to build your brand without apology’ by Bloomsbury publishing.

Today she sits on the board of the Veuve Clicquot ‘Bold Woman Awards’, have a regular column in Harper’s Bazaar and work as Director of Brand Marketing for Avantgarde MEA, in Dubai.

Kubi Springer is a powerhouse of talent and a force. She’s UNSTOPPABLE.

  1. Deborah Ababio’s journey is nothing short of extraordinary. As the former executive assistant and right-hand woman to Edward Enninful, editor-in-chief of British Vogue and European editorial director for Vogue, she earned the revered title of “Gatekeeper to the Throne” by the Evening Standard newspaper. Her role was marked by moments of unparalleled ingenuity and resourcefulness, from organizing a Mother’s Day cocktail reception for Oprah with just three days’ notice to securing last-minute access for 20 attendees at a Beyonce concert with only two tickets in hand. Her experiences spanned from coordinating exhilarating 24-hour shoots with Rihanna to orchestrating unforgettable events like a 50th birthday and a surprise wedding with just weeks of preparation.

Following four years of dedicated service, Deborah was promoted to global entertainment director at Vogue, The Talent Group at Conde Nast. In this prestigious role, she spearheaded celebrity and talent bookings and curated entertainment content across all Condé Nast titles and platforms, with a focus on Vogue. Her collaborations resulted in iconic covers featuring talents such as Taylor Russell, Sienna Miller, Victoria Beckham, Dua Lipa, Uma Thurman, and many others, each showcasing their unique charisma and artistry.

Today, Deborah channels her passion and expertise as the founder of Ad Curated Agency. Through this agency, she collaborates with luxury brands, companies, and talent to craft creative partnerships and events that infuse energy, spark new conversations, and forge heart-level connections within unreached communities.

With resilience and remarkable navigation skills, Deborah continues to overcome challenges and carve her path towards success. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Blessing Adesiyan stands as a distinguished leader in corporate, tech, and manufacturing sectors, boasting an impressive background in Chemical Engineering. Throughout her career, she has spearheaded operational, energy, and global business solutions for esteemed Fortune 100 companies like PepsiCo, Cargill, DuPont, and BASF. Notably, Blessing has championed the establishment of multiple employee resource groups, offering vital support to parents and caregivers in the workplace.

As the Founder & CEO of Mother Honestly, known as MH WorkLife, Blessing has cultivated a dynamic ecosystem dedicated to fostering a robust care infrastructure for today’s workforce. Under her guidance, MH launched WorkLife & Care Equity, a national non-profit dedicated to advancing workplace equity by advocating for vulnerable workers’ needs, including Blacks, Latinos, immigrants, and hourly workers. Demonstrating her commitment to Africa’s potential, Blessing founded Caring Africa, an NGO focused on enhancing care initiatives on the continent for women, working families, and economies.

Blessing has a BSc. In Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, an MSc. In Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology, and an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Her unwavering dedication to making a positive impact in people’s lives, coupled with her passion for transformative change, truly makes her UNSTOPPABLE in her pursuit.

  1. Francesca Uriri is a passionate advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment, operating at the intersection of equity, social impact, and international development. As the Founder of Leading Ladies Africa, she leads a women-led, women-focused nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing gender equality and equity by empowering African women and girls. Through its programs and strategic interventions, Leading Ladies Africa has directly impacted 30,000 women, 12,000 girls, and reached 182+ communities across Africa. With a community of over 300,000 African women and girls, the organization provides tools and skills to challenge gender and societal norms, empowering them in their careers, businesses, and leadership roles.

Francesca’s vision is to create a just world where African women and girls have equal opportunities and access to lead meaningful and impactful lives, free from systemic, cultural, religious, and political barriers. In addition to her advocacy work, Francesca is a corporate and inclusive communications leader with 17 years of experience, specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), sustainability, and policy communications. Currently serving as the Communications Lead and Advisor for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Product Equity at Meta (formerly Facebook), she develops and implements strategic communications programs to advance Meta’s Equity, Diversity, and ESG efforts.

As a writer, Francesca has published numerous non-fiction and fiction pieces on local and international media platforms. She aspires to publish an anthology of poetry, a collection of short stories, and a memoir in the future. Francesca’s remarkable contributions have earned her recognition as one of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent, highlighting her dedication to the advancement of people of African descent worldwide.

Francesca is committed to making a difference, she’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Olamide Olowe is the CEO and Co- Founder of Topicals, a beauty and cosmetics company started in September 2018. After struggling with hyperpigmentation and other chronic skin conditions Olamide created Topicals with former co-founder Claudia Teng to address dark spots, discoloration, exczema-prone skin and other concerns.

By 2022, she made history by becoming the youngest Black woman to raise $10 million in funding, according to Forbes. In total, she raised $14.8 million for Topicals before age 26 Topicals also became Sephora’s fastest-growing skincare brand as it sold one product per minute in 2022.
She made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list making her the youngest Black woman to do so.

Following her own challenges dealing with acne, Olamide’s aim in founding Topicals was to support people who struggle with skin conditions like hyperpigmentation and dark spots. In addition to skin care, Olowe is focused on mental health (via financial support to advocacy organizations) and inspiring fellow entrepreneurs.

Olamide is pursuing her passions and turning them into an ever-growing enterprise. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Chidera Akwuba is a distinguished Public Affairs and Government Relations expert, she serves as a Senior Manager at Henkel Nigeria. She leads the Transformation and PAG department, focusing on brand amplification, stakeholder management, and forging value-driven partnerships. For nearly a decade, Chidera has played a pivotal role in driving organizational advancement across various industries.

Currently pursuing a DBA with a specialization in Business Transformation, Chidera’s relentless pursuit of excellence and her drive to impact lives have earned her recognition as one of the top 100 Career Women in Nigeria in 2022 and as an inspiring figure among Nigeria’s 50 most inspiring women by BusinessDay in 2023.

As the CSR Ambassador for Henkel Nigeria, Chidera has been instrumental in advancing Henkel Nigeria’s two flagship social impact initiatives, transforming lives nationwide. The first, Researchers’ World, has enriched over 1000 children with scientific knowledge to foster innovation, while the Peer-to-Peer scheme has transformed over 250 unemployed youths into gainfully employed entrepreneurs, significantly contributing to societal growth. Furthermore, Chidera has championed mental health well-being among female employees at Henkel by initiating a mental health awareness gathering that created a safe space for women to connect. To further deepen her commitment to empowerment, she collaborated with Iya Henry on her maiden gathering aimed at supporting women’s empowerment, underscoring her dedication to uplifting and empowering women in various capacities.

Chidera is more than an innovator; she is a champion for empowerment, inspiring those around her to reach greater heights. Her passion for nurturing talent and leadership in youth and women is central to her vision, making her a notable leader in her field.

With her relentless drive, Chidera is truly UNSTOPPABLE in her pursuit of creating positive change and fostering a culture of empowerment and growth.

  1. Dr. Busola Tejumola stands as a beacon of excellence and innovation in her role as the Executive Head of Content at MultiChoice Nigeria. With a rich and diverse background spanning various business domains, including technical support, service delivery, business development, insights, strategy, content, and production, she brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table.

Her educational journey reflects a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the prestigious University of Ibadan, she furthered her studies by obtaining a Master’s degree from the University of Surrey before embarking on her doctoral studies at Brunel University in London. It was during this period of academic pursuit that she commenced her career journey at MultiChoice, where she has since played a pivotal role in shaping the entertainment landscape.

At MultiChoice, Dr. Tejumola’s strategic vision and leadership have been instrumental in driving the success of key initiatives, particularly in elevating the accessibility of West African content, notably Nigerian content, across the continent and beyond. Her relentless passion for excellence, coupled with her proven track record of leading effective teams and delivering tangible results, has earned her widespread acclaim within the industry.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Dr. Tejumola is deeply committed to championing the advancement and empowerment of young girls to realize their full potential.

In her multifaceted role as an industry leader, visionary strategist, and passionate advocate for education and gender equality, Dr. Tejumola continues to inspire and uplift those around her, leaving an indelible mark on both the entertainment industry and society as a whole. She’s indeed UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Tobi Hamilton is creative entrepreneur and business professional with a wealth of experience across a range of sectors. She is also a Founder and Managing Director of The House, a leading social house concept founded in 2017, where she is primarily responsible for the business outperforming all financial projections since conception by an average of 25%, with the aid of her creative and disruptive strategies.

Prior to The House, Tobi was an Executive Director at Balosh Integrated Services where she led an operational and strategic revamp of the business to increase yearly revenue.
Tobi currently holds, not only an MSc. (distinction) in Strategic Marketing and Competitive Intelligence but also, a Professional Marketing Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK and a Disruptive Strategy MBA in International Business from the Harvard Business School.

Tobi Hamilton is a dynamic creative entrepreneur and accomplished business professional, boasting a diverse portfolio of experience spanning various sectors. As the Founder and Managing Director of The House, a pioneering social house concept established in 2017, Tobi has spearheaded the company’s remarkable success. Her visionary leadership and innovative strategies have propelled The House to the forefront of it’s industry.

Before her tenure at The House, Tobi served as an Executive Director at Balosh Integrated Services, where she orchestrated a comprehensive operational and strategic overhaul, resulting in significant growth in yearly revenue.

Tobi’s academic achievements underscore her commitment to excellence and lifelong learning. She holds a Master of Science degree with distinction in Strategic Marketing and Competitive Intelligence, complemented by a Professional Marketing Diploma from the prestigious Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK. Additionally, she also has a MBA in International Business from the esteemed Harvard Business School, further solidifying her reputation as a visionary leader in the business world.

Through her exemplary track record and dedication to innovation and excellence, Tobi Hamilton exemplifies the essence of entrepreneurial prowess and leadership in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Onyekachi Iroha is a permanent cosmetic artist and the driving force behind Beauty Atelier. Onyekachi is not just your average beauty entrepreneur, she is an internationally recognized Creative Artist, Human Resources Professional, and Chemist. Her academic journey boasts a Master’s degree (CIPD) in Human Resources Management from the prestigious University of Bradford, alongside a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

With over 8 years of experience in the beauty industry, Onyekachi stands as a beacon of expertise and innovation. Her relentless passion for beauty and unwavering commitment to excellence paved the way for the inception of Beauty Atelier. This esteemed beauty haven is dedicated to the art of facial balancing through cutting-edge techniques such as Semi-Permanent Makeup, Brow Grooming, and Eyelash Extensions.

Onyekachi’s approach to beauty transcends geographical boundaries, as she utilizes state-of-the-art technology to cater to women’s needs across Africa and beyond. Through Beauty Atelier, she not only transforms appearances but also empowers women to embrace their unique beauty with confidence and grace.

Onyekachi is UNSTOPPABLE as she continues to redefine standards of beauty and set new benchmarks for excellence in the industry.

  1. Ifeoma Stella Okoye is an internationally certified event planner and beauty artist. While her background lies in law, her passion for creativity drew her into the realms of events and beauty. With six years of active legal practice and four years as a human resource specialist under her belt, she founded STM Magical Creations Ltd seven years ago. STM Magical Creations Ltd is renowned globally for crafting meticulously detailed event experiences and brilliant beauty transformations.

She holds an LLB in Law from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, an LLM in Intellectual Property Law, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Event Management. A fervent educator at heart, she serves as a senior lecturer teaching Event Management for the Executive Masters Program at the University of Nigeria Business School, Enugu Campus. Known for her meticulous attention to detail, creativity, and professionalism, she excels as an exceptional event planner, educator, and talented beauty artist.

Recognized for her outstanding contributions, Ifeoma’s company was handpicked by Facebook as one of Nigeria’s leading SMEs, earning her a coveted spot on the Facebook Council of Nigeria in 2016. She also serves as the Educational Officer for EOPANSE (Event Organizers and Practitioners Association of Nigeria South East) and is a valued member of APPOEM (Association of Professional Party Organizers and Event Managers of Nigeria).

Ifeoma’s accolades include receiving the Event Personality of the Year and Makeup Artist of the Year awards at the Xperience Womanity Awards in 2015. She has graced prestigious speaking engagements for esteemed organizations including She Leads Africa, Facebook, and EOPANSE.

Ifeoma’s diverse expertise, unwavering dedication, and passion for excellence makes her truly UNSTOPPABLE in her pursuit of excellence and success.

  1. Dr. Joyce Omatseye is a renowned physician and healthcare advocate dedicated to improving medical access and quality of care for individuals. With a wealth of experience in the medical field, Dr. Omatseye has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to addressing healthcare disparities and promoting health equity.

She pursued her medical studies at the esteemed University of Liverpool, complemented by a First-Class Degree in Management BSc from Imperial Business School during her intercalation. From navigating the challenges of the ICU to frontline duties in the A&E department during the peaks of the pandemic, Dr. Omatseye’s journey as a physician has fueled her determination to pursue her goals.

Beyond her role as a doctor, Dr. Omatseye harbors a deep-seated passion for holistic healthcare, encompassing interests in healthcare policy, health innovation, and entrepreneurship. Her multifaceted contributions extend to various leadership roles, including serving as a Core Council Member of the Royal Society of Medicine student section and currently holding the position of Foundation Doctor rep (A&E) in her hospital.

Her outstanding contributions have been recognized through accolades such as the Dean’s Community Award for Inspiring Brilliant Minds at Imperial Business School. She’s also the founder of Ara Nini Health where she is creating safe and empowering spaces for women in to learn about their health.

Dr. Omatseye’s dream is to one-day develop technologies and policies that will improve healthcare systems in both developed and developing countries. She’s UNSTOPPABLE.

  1. Dr. Esther Longe is a visionary leader on a mission to guide individuals, families, and nations back to a profound intimacy with God. Renowned for her ability to distill complex issues into easily understandable concepts, she empowers others with practical instructions for transformation. As a speaker, author, teacher, and coach, she inspires and equips individuals to embrace necessary change and foster personal reformation.

She is the founder of God in Real Life Outreach, a ministry dedicated to facilitating encounters with God in everyday life. Through various expressions including Broken, God in Real Life, The Alternative Business School (TABS), and the G.O fellowship.

With a robust academic background in marketing, including degrees from prestigious institutions such as the University of Lagos and the University of Bath, Dr. Longe has leveraged her expertise to serve global brands like PwC, GT Bank, and Pizza Express. She has also contributed her talents as a Super Mentor for the FCMB Sheventures Programme and as a facilitator for the Africa Green Grant award.

Dr. Longe’s resilience and miraculous survival from the Nigerian plane crash of 2006, where only nine out of 105 passengers onboard lived to tell the tale, is a testament to her unwavering strength and faith. Despite the harrowing experience that claimed the lives of so many, she emerged unscathed, standing as the sole survivor without injury. This incredible ordeal undoubtedly left an indelible mark on her life, shaping her into the fearless leader and beacon of hope that she is today.

Dr. Longe is a beacon of wisdom and insight on a journey to guide individuals back to the essence of divine intimacy. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Chioma Momah is a distinguished Public Policy Lawyer, Author, Parenting Educator, and Coach. She holds a degree in Law from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and pursued further education, earning master’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration from Anglia Ruskin University, UK, and University of Exeter, UK respectively. With numerous certifications from esteemed institutions worldwide, Chioma is recognized for her expertise and dedication to her field.

As the Founder of Let’s Encourage a Reading Nation (LEARN) and a board member of organizations such as the Association of Children’s Authors and Illustrators of Nigeria (ACAIN), Chioma is committed to fostering improved literacy and education initiatives.

Chioma has penned several books for both children and adults, including “First Day at the Big School” and “Choosing the Right Uni.” Additionally, she is a dynamic public speaker and facilitator, addressing topics ranging from family life and parenting to gender, education, and communication.

In her role as a Coach, Chioma provides invaluable guidance and mentorship to women and parents seeking to navigate life’s challenges with confidence and resilience. A devoted wife and mother of four, Chioma’s unwavering dedication to her family and her professional endeavors is truly remarkable.

We are in awe of how Chioma gracefully navigates the multifaceted roles of motherhood, parenting, writing, speaking, and coaching. She is, without a doubt, UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Simisola Gbadamosi, a 12-year-old Nigerian, is fueled by a passion for creativity and community. Her journey into the Creative Arts began early, sparked by her love for baking, which ignited her entrepreneurial spirit at the age of 3. Her dedication led to her remarkable achievement of winning the Best Creative Kid Entrepreneur Award at the Bella Africana Ace Awards at just 6 years old.

Simisola’s love for storytelling blossomed as she ventured into writing captivating short stories and poems that ignite the imagination. In 2021, her journey took an exciting turn when she was chosen for the lead voice role in “Iwájú,” an animated series produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Kugali Media in collaboration with Disney+.

Set in an Afrofuturist world, “Iwájú” celebrates African culture and characters, with Simisola lending her voice to Tola, a young girl from a wealthy island embarking on thrilling adventures alongside her best friend, Kole, a self-taught tech expert. This groundbreaking series marks several significant milestones in animation history, including Disney’s first original long-form animated series and their collaboration with African storytellers for an animated series set in Africa.

Off-screen, Simisola enjoys reading, drawing, cooking, playing the violin, and spending quality time with loved ones. Her passion for creativity and community shines through in all aspects of her life.

Simisola is a powerhouse of talent, she’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Gbemisola Abudu is an accomplished entrepreneur, business leader, luxury marketing expert, and social activist with 17 years of experience developing and building businesses, brands, and human capital in Africa, the Middle East, and North America.

She is the NBA Africa Vice President & Country Head of NBA Nigeria, where she is responsible for leading the NBA’s basketball and business development efforts in Nigeria, including grassroots programming for youth, elite player development, relationships with current and prospective marketing partners, media, and merchandise partners, and social responsibility efforts that elevate the lives of Nigerians through basketball.

Gbemisola previously served as Founder and Managing Partner at BMGA Enterprise Limited and BMGA Foundation (where she currently serves as a non-Executive Board). BMGA is a non for profit organization focused on fostering gender equity in the business environment through social and marketing intelligence and new learning and leadership platforms that bridge the skills gap. In 2020, she launched the BMGA Fellows Program, a social impact initiative designed to narrow the gender skills gap amongst university graduates.

The program equips young women with employability skills aligned with the Future of Work skills and access to resources and professionals that strengthens their marketability for a successful career in the 21st Century. Supporters of the program include the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Giants of Africa Foundation (GOA), American Express, Yale University Center of Emotional Intelligence, University of Cambridge, UN Women, and Gallup, to name a few. Abudu has been recognized as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD)’s Global top 100 under 40 in the category of activism & humanitarian for her philanthropic work and the impact of the BMGA Fellows Program in human capital development in Africa.

Gbemisola is truly UNSTOPPABLE in her quest to empower young women.

  1. Elizabeth Kalu is a dynamic social entrepreneur, tech advocate, and inspiring speaker. As a Senior Innovation Manager in the financial security sector, she pioneers groundbreaking tools and solutions to empower low and moderate-income individuals in building wealth.

An alumna of New York University School of Public Service, Elizabeth’s leadership shines through various roles, from President of the African Graduate Students Association to Chair of the Black Students Association and Vice President on the Wagner Students Association Executive Board.

With a passion for social impact, Elizabeth has spearheaded innovative projects across Nigeria, focusing on education, digital access, and empowerment. At Innovative Growth Hub (IGHUB), she led digital access initiatives, impacting over 50,000 small and medium-scale businesses through strategic programs supported by Facebook and Google.

Committed to education and economic growth, Elizabeth’s contributions at Slum2School Africa led to the launch of Nigeria’s first virtual learning studio and the transformation of educational opportunities for over 170,000 children. Her dedication extends to initiatives like Google WomenWill, where she empowers women through digital skills training and community-building.

A sought-after speaker, Elizabeth has graced prestigious platforms including TEDx Abia, Techstars Startup Weekend, and Social Media Week, sharing her insights on entrepreneurship, technology, and empowerment. With a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Suffolk University, Boston, Elizabeth embodies leadership, innovation, and a relentless drive for positive change. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Adeola Chizoba Adeyemi, a visionary hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, has crafted an illustrious path in the realm of beauty as the Founder and CEO of Beauty By AD. Her journey, rooted in the vibrant cultural tapestry of Lagos, encompasses diverse experiences ranging from fashion and beauty modeling to professional makeup artistry. Motivated by a profound passion for empowering individuals to express their unique beauty, Adeola embarked on a mission to bridge the gap in the beauty market, leading to the inception of Beauty By AD in 2016. Her brand embodies inclusivity, offering innovative and high-quality products that cater to diverse beauty needs, transcending borders and uniting individuals in their pursuit of self-expression. With an unwavering dedication to promoting inclusivity, diversity, and quality within the beauty industry, Adeola is committed to ensuring that every individual feels confident and beautiful in their own unique way through Beauty By AD. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!
  2. Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson is a trailblazer in education advocacy, serving as the Founder and Executive Director of the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG). With a mission to provide academic and financial support for girls, including those with special needs, Elizabeth is dedicated to ensuring access to secondary, higher education, and professional opportunities. Holding an MPA from NYU Wagner School of Public Service, specializing in non-profit management, her research spans critical areas such as education for marginalized groups and strategic planning. Before her work with GEIG, Elizabeth held roles in communications and marketing, demonstrating her commitment to amplifying voices and driving change. Recognized as the 2014 ReconnectGh-Education Entrepreneur and a TEDx speaker, Elizabeth’s impact extends globally through her involvement in initiatives like the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community and the Young African Leadership Initiative. Her dedication to empowering girls through education and her relentless pursuit of inclusivity make her a driving force for positive change in Ghana and beyond. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!
  3. Mandy Mee, the heart and soul behind The MME Agency, brings a blend of British charm and a profound passion for love and relationships to her role as Founder, Matchmaker, and Dating Coach. With a track record of successfully uniting numerous singles, Mandy has transformed her matchmaking prowess into a profession, offering invaluable dating advice to navigate the complexities of modern romance. Her approach combines traditional values with a contemporary understanding, aiming to foster genuine, long-term connections.

As a connector within elite circles, Mandy’s exceptional work ethic, business acumen, and compassionate nature ensure each client is paired with their soulmate. Her infectious sense of humor and unwavering belief in romance attract positive and influential individuals seeking meaningful connections. Described by clients and her team as wise, empathetic, and nurturing, Mandy’s dedication to empowering others shines through in every aspect of her business. With a firm commitment to her principles and values, she continues to radiate her passion for love and relationships, leaving an indelible mark on those she touches. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Sarah Olowojoba, better known as Chef Tolani, is a renowned Nigerian culinary expert, food blogger, and entrepreneur, recognized for her dynamic brand, Diary of a Kitchen Lover (DOAKL). As the Owner and Creative Director of DOAKL, Sarah has embarked on an exciting animated diary series, chronicling her journey in building the widely acclaimed DOAKL brand. With a passion for food and kitchen aesthetics, Sarah is dedicated to fostering a community of food enthusiasts through various platforms and personal tutorials.

With nearly five years of hands-on experience, Sarah has honed her expertise in the culinary and food blogging spheres. Her achievements include winning the Sterling Bank’s Jollof Master competition, establishing Diaryofakitchenlover Studios, launching KookandBeyond, and mentoring over 500 students in their culinary pursuits both online and offline. Sarah’s commitment to culinary excellence and community engagement continues to inspire and elevate the culinary landscape in Nigeria and beyond. Chef T is UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Aisha Augie is a dynamic multihyphenate with over two decades of experience in media and communications, known for her adeptness in leveraging traditional and new media to create meaningful impact for communities. As an internationally acclaimed creative artist, photographer, public servant, communications strategist, podcaster, TEDx Curator, and speaker, she continues to shape the creative and cultural landscape in Africa.

Aisha has spearheaded numerous development initiatives advocating for youth and women empowerment across Nigeria and the broader African continent. As the CEO of The 1960 Media & Company and Founder/Creator General of the Centre for Art & Creative Talent, she champions the visibility of artists while addressing the intersectional challenges of talent development, financing, legal frameworks, and job creation.

Recognized for her contributions to empowering women in Intellectual Property, Aisha has cultivated a diverse skill set through her work across private, public, and non-profit sectors. From narrative storytelling to policy and communications strategy development, her expertise spans leadership, public speaking, and development communication.

Currently serving as the Special Adviser, Digital Communications Strategy to the Nigerian Minister of Finance, Budget & National Planning, Aisha previously held the role of Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Kebbi State, where she focused on new media initiatives. Through advocacy, mentorship, training, investment, and brand development, Aisha remains dedicated to supporting young people and women in Africa, leaving an indelible mark on the continent’s socio-cultural and economic landscape. Aisha is UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Dr. Anino Emuwa, the Managing Director of Avandis Consulting in France, is a visionary leader known for her impactful contributions to the fields of technology, entrepreneurship, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (D,E&I). With a background as a former corporate banker at Citibank, she brings a wealth of experience to her role, where she sits on several boards, including Nottingham Trent University, and chairs a Y Combinator-backed tech start-up.

As a global expert in D,E&I, Dr. Emuwa is recognized as an award-winning international speaker on emerging technologies, entrepreneurship, and diversity. Her insights have been shared at prestigious institutions and conferences worldwide, including Forbes, Facebook, Web Summit, and the University of Cambridge. She is featured as one of the Top 100 Women of the Future in Metaverse & Web3 and has received accolades such as the Women in Tech Ally award.

Dr. Emuwa’s influence extends beyond speaking engagements; she actively shapes the landscape of entrepreneurship and innovation as a Regional Lead and jury member for initiatives like the Cartier Women’s Initiative and the Jack Ma Foundation’s Africa’s Business Heroes Award. Additionally, she serves as a judge for the FS Tech Awards in the U.K.

With academic credentials including a Doctorate from Nottingham Business School, an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, Dr. Emuwa combines her expertise with a passion for driving positive change and empowerment on a global scale. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Chiamaka Obuekwe, a prominent figure in Nigeria’s tourism industry, is the visionary Founder and CEO of Social Prefect Tours, a highly respected tour operating company based in Lagos. Renowned for its exceptional services and achievements, Social Prefect Tours specializes in organizing unique travel experiences, from group tours and corporate retreats to holiday packages and team bonding activities. With a strong focus on showcasing the captivating beauty of Nigeria and Africa, the company has curated unforgettable experiences for over 8,000 enthusiastic individuals since its inception in 2015, establishing itself as a leader in millennial group tourism within the country.

Chiamaka’s impact extends beyond the borders of Nigeria; she has been featured on esteemed platforms such as CNN and has received numerous prestigious awards for her dedication to promoting tourism in Africa. As a thought leader in the field, she has shared her insights at various events and summits, including TEDxUI, the Nigerian Association of Tour Operators AGM summit, and the Akwaaba travel market. Serving as the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Association of Tour Operators, Chiamaka is deeply committed to revolutionizing the tourism landscape in Nigeria and beyond.

Her passion for travel and exploration has led her to uncover breathtaking tourist gems across numerous states in Nigeria and over 12 countries in Africa. Through collaborations with tourism boards, airlines, and governments, she actively promotes tourism in various regions, including Bauchi state, Rwanda, South Africa, and Mozambique. Chiamaka’s dedication and enthusiasm continue to inspire others to explore and appreciate the rich cultural and natural heritage of Africa. She’s undeniably UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Dupe Olusola is a dynamic and results-oriented leader with over 22 years of corporate experience across various sectors, both locally and internationally. Stepping into the role of CEO of Transcorp Hotels during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, she showcased her exceptional leadership skills by steering the company back to profitability. Under her guidance, Transcorp Hotels experienced remarkable growth, with its share price soaring over 600 percent in just one year.

With a profound understanding of corporate and retail market economics, Dupe is renowned for her ability to identify opportunities, drive strong revenues and profits, and position businesses for sustainable growth in competitive markets. Her strategic vision and impressive networking capabilities have played a pivotal role in maintaining Transcorp Hilton Abuja’s status as a premier venue for major international events and the preferred accommodation choice for esteemed individuals in business and government circles.

Dupe’s innovative approach was evident when Transcorp Hilton Abuja set up marquees within its premises to accommodate guests during fully booked periods, showcasing the company’s commitment to exceptional service and guest satisfaction. Under her leadership, Transcorp Hotels delivered impressive revenue growth of 47 percent to N31.4 billion in 2022, setting new performance benchmarks for the group.

The outstanding achievements of Transcorp Hotels and Dupe Olusola have been recognized on various global platforms, including Booking.com’s Traveller Review Award 2023, Five World Travel Awards, World Luxury Hotel Awards, and two Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards for Transcorp Hilton Abuja. Additionally, Transcorp Hotels Plc won Brand Communicator’s Most Outstanding Hospitality brand, while Dupe Olusola was honored as CEO of the Year 2023 at the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards.

Furthermore, Dupe’s commitment to excellence and leadership has been acknowledged by prestigious organizations, including the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, which awarded Transcorp Hotels Plc the Outstanding Employer of the Year 2022. Dupe Olusola herself was recognized as one of the World’s High Rising Women Leaders Making a Difference in 2023 by World Leader’s magazine, solidifying her reputation as a trailblazer in the hospitality industry. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Yagazie Emezi is a Nigerian artist and self-taught photojournalist whose work focuses on telling powerful stories about African women and their experiences with health, sexuality, education, and human rights. With a keen eye for capturing the complexities of life across the continent, Yagazie’s photography and storytelling extend to issues of identity, culture, social justice, climate change, and migration.

Since beginning her journey in 2015, Yagazie has collaborated with renowned media outlets such as Al-Jazeera, New York Times, Vogue, National Geographic, and more, as well as several non-profit organizations. Her work spans diverse projects, including documenting the impact of education for girls in at-risk communities in Monrovia, Liberia, and recording government efforts to protect marine wildlife from illegal activities in Liberia, Gabon, and Namibia with the non-profit Sea Shepherd.

Yagazie’s talent and dedication have earned her recognition and accolades, including the 2018 inaugural Creative Bursary Award from Getty Images, and becoming the first black African woman to photograph for National Geographic Magazine. She was also selected for Kehinde Wiley’s art residency at Black Rock, Senegal, and nominated for the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. As a Canon ambassador and mentor at the Women Photograph 2021 Mentorship Program, Yagazie continues to inspire and empower the next generation of photographers.

Her works have been exhibited globally, including at The Museum of Modern Art’s ‘New Photography’ 2023 exhibition curated by Oluremi Onabanjo, showcasing her ability to provoke thought and evoke emotion through her compelling visual narratives. Yagazie’s dedication to shedding light on important issues and amplifying marginalized voices makes her a trailblazer in the world of photography and storytelling. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Steph Busari: A journalist with 20 years+ of experience in global newsrooms, Stephanie Busari is the pioneer and head of CNN’s first digital and multi-platform bureau in Nigeria. She is a two-time Emmy-nominated journalist and editor.

Stephanie is a skilled and experienced newsroom leader who reports on-air for CNN International and has a strong track record of delivering impactful journalism in multiple formats.

She began her career as a news reporter in the early 2000s, swiftly building her reputation as an intrepid storyteller. Living in Belfast during the Northern Ireland Troubles, she interviewed a crucifixion victim and paramilitaries. She also edited a lifestyle magazine that chronicled the lives of young people in Northern Ireland and their attempts to build a life beyond the conflict.

In 2002, Stephanie was one of the first British journalists to cover the futile postcode warfare central to knife crime in Britain. Since then, she has gone on to interview Hollywood celebrities to global dignitaries such as US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and many more.

After a short stint at BBC News, Stephanie joined CNN International in 2008. Her excellence in journalism was rewarded by the organisation, resulting in a swift career progression to Senior Editor for Africa.

Stephanie is recognized for her commitment to justice and speaking up for the voiceless. In April 2016, she exclusively obtained the ‘proof of life’ video which showed that the kidnapped Nigerian Chibok schoolgirls were still alive. The evidence kickstarted crucial negotiations, resulting in the release of over 100 schoolgirls from the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Stephanie earned a Gracie Award in 2017 for her fearless contribution to this story, alongside a Peabody Award in 2015 as a field producer for CNN’s coverage of the Chibok schoolgirls. Stephanie has also received an “Outstanding Woman in the Media” accolade.

The United Nations celebrates Stephanie as one of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (2017) and she is recognized as one of the 25 most powerful female journalists in Africa (2020 – 2023). In 2020, she was selected for the prestigious Maurice Greenberg fellowship at Yale University.

A passionate and adept public speaker, Stephanie is regularly invited to moderate panels and share her profound insights. She is the founder of TEDxBrixton and has been a speaker at several organizations, including TEDGlobal, United Nations Women, and Said Business School, University of Oxford. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Adenike Dasola Oyetunde-Lawal, also known as Adenike Oyetunde, is a multifaceted Nigerian media personality, radio host, author, lawyer, social media influencer, and life coach. Beyond her impressive career pursuits, she is renowned for her impactful initiatives as the founder of Amputees United Initiative and The Gratitude Hub.

In recognition of her dedication to advocacy and empowerment, Adenike was appointed by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as the Senior Special Assistant on Persons Living with Disability in 2021. This appointment highlights her commitment to championing the rights and welfare of individuals with disabilities, furthering her mission to create inclusive and supportive communities.

Adenike’s multifaceted roles and unwavering dedication to making a positive impact in society serve as an inspiration to many, showcasing the power of resilience, compassion, and advocacy in effecting meaningful change. She’s undeniably UNSTOPPABLE!

  1. Adenrele Sonariwo is a trailblazing Nigerian entrepreneur and art curator known for her pioneering efforts in promoting contemporary African art globally. As the founder of Rele Art Gallery, situated on Military Street, Onikan, Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria, and the Rele Art Gallery on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California, she has established herself as a driving force in the art world.

Notably, Rele Gallery made history as the first African contemporary art gallery to establish an outpost in Los Angeles, further amplifying the voices of African artists on the global stage. Adenrele’s visionary leadership extends beyond the gallery walls; she is also the founding director of the Rele Arts Foundation, dedicated to nurturing emerging talent and fostering creative expression.

Under Adenrele’s guidance, the Rele Arts Foundation spearheads initiatives such as the annual Young Contemporaries program, providing grants, mentorship, residences, and training to emerging artists. This platform offers invaluable opportunities for artists to showcase their work through exhibitions hosted at the gallery, empowering them to thrive in the contemporary art landscape.

Adenrele’s commitment to showcasing and supporting African art has garnered international acclaim, exemplified by her role as the lead curator of the first Nigerian pavilion at the prestigious 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. Through her visionary leadership and dedication to promoting African art and artists, Adenrele Sonariwo continues to shape the narrative of contemporary African art on a global scale. She’s UNSTOPPABLE!

Navigating Challenges and Triumphs: The Journey of Nigerian Women inLeadership.

In the intricate tapestry of Nigerian leadership, women have ceaselessly forged
their paths, leaving an indelible mark on the nation’s trajectory. The narrative,
epitomized by Ambassador Kema Chikwe, founder of the Women in Leadership
Institute (WLI), unfolds as a nuanced journey marked by challenges and adorned
with triumphs. This exploration delves into the intricate challenges faced by
Nigerian women in leadership against a backdrop of statistical realities, with
Ambassador Chikwe’s narrative serving as a beacon of resilience within the

Within the fabric of Nigerian society, deeply rooted cultural norms often confine
women to predetermined roles, perpetuating gender stereotypes and creating
formidable barriers to their ascent in leadership. Recent studies indicate that 42%
of Nigerian women perceive traditional gender roles as significant hurdles to their
progression into leadership roles. Despite constitutional mandates advocating
gender equity, women find themselves underrepresented in political arenas,
grappling with deeply ingrained biases and systemic hurdles.

The Nigerian National Assembly’s meager 6.7% representation of women as of
2022 underscores a yawning gender gap in political participation. Unequal access
to quality education amplifies gender imbalances, impeding the professional
growth of women and hindering their ascent into leadership roles.

According to UNESCO, a substantial gender education gap exists in Nigeria, with
41% of girls in rural areas left without access to education. Women in leadership
grapple with discrimination and a persistent gender pay gap, constraining their
career progression and economic autonomy. The gender pay gap in Nigeria,
currently standing at 16%, highlights glaring disparities in earnings between men
and women in similar positions.

Ambassador Kema Chikwe’s journey symbolizes the triumph of resilience over
Adversity. From her inception as Nigeria’s first female Minister Minister of
Transport, First female Minister of Aviation, first and so far, first female Chairman
of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB)to becoming Nigeria’s
Ambassador to Ireland and Iceland.

She also served as the National Woman Leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) when the Party was in government. She has defied all gender norms. Amb. Kema Chikwe’s impactful achievements, notably as
two-time Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chairman of JAMB, PDP
National Woman Leader, Teacher, Radio Principal Producer, Author and
Entrepreneur underscore the profound influence women can wield over critical

Nigerian women entrepreneurs script success stories across diverse sectors,
contributing substantively to economic growth and showcasing remarkable
entrepreneurial spirit. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) notes that 41%
of Nigerian businesses are owned by women, underscoring a robust female
presence in the entrepreneurial landscape.

Women leaders in Nigeria, including
Amb. Chikwe, spearhead significant strides in advancing education and healthcare,
effecting policy changes for the betterment of these crucial sectors. The impact of
women leaders is palpable in the narrowing of the gender education gap, a testament to dedicated efforts enhancing access to quality education for girls. Nigerian women leaders actively engage in community development initiatives, with Amb. Chikwe’s WLI at the forefront, nurturing opportunities for the next
generation of women leaders.

WLI’s impactful programs have reached thousands of women, contributing substantially to leadership skill development and empowerment. Let Ambassador Kema Chikwe’s odyssey serve as a compass directing our course towards a more inclusive and equitable future for Nigerian women in leadership.

Deliberate actions are imperative: Advocate for Legislative Reforms: Rally for legislative changes promoting gender parity in political representation. Encourage lawmakers to enact policies fostering an inclusive political landscape.

Champion Educational Equality: Collaborate with organizations dedicated to eradicating educational gender disparities. Support initiatives providing scholarships, mentorship programs, and resources for girls in underserved communities.

Corporate Accountability for Equality: Hold corporations accountable for gender-
based discrimination. Advocate for transparency in pay structures and support
organizations championing gender equality in the workplace.

Celebrate and Support Women in Business: Spotlight success stories of women
entrepreneurs and actively support women-owned businesses. Contribute to
programs providing training and resources for aspiring female entrepreneurs.

Engage in Grassroots Initiatives: Contribute to community development projects empowering women. Volunteer with organizations, like the Women in Leadership Institute, focused on building leadership skills and creating opportunities for women. Let Ambassador Kema Chikwe’s narrative guide us towards a future where challenges are met with resilience, and triumphs become shared victories.

Active engagement in initiatives uplifting and empowering Nigerian women ensures an ongoing narrative of progress and inclusivity in leadership.

Yvonne Momah.

Partnerships Manager / Programme Coordinator,
Women Leadership Institute.

Chinny Okoye: Leading the Charge in Women’s Empowerment

Meet Chinny Okoye, a powerhouse in the realm of women’s empowerment and a beacon of hope for vulnerable populations worldwide. From her humble beginnings at the University of Massachusetts to her current role as the Founder and CEO of The Women International (TWI), Chinny’s journey is one of unwavering commitment and passion for driving positive change.

Chinny’s story is one of transformation ignited by her studies in women’s issues, sparking a lifelong dedication to addressing inequalities faced by women and children. Through TWI, she has pioneered transformative initiatives, including the “ONE-ON-ONE” counseling and life coaching platform, providing crucial support to women navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under Chinny’s leadership, TWI has achieved remarkable milestones, reaching over 20,000 women through impactful mental health awareness campaigns, providing counseling to over 2,000 women, and empowering over 500 women with financial literacy and business skills. Through initiatives like the “Fund My Seed Capital” in collaboration with The Good Way Foundation, TWI has empowered women to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

Chinny’s influence extends globally, with TWI chapters established in the US, UK, Canada, UAE, and Nigeria, led by empowered women who share her vision of women supporting women.

Driven by a genuine passion for women’s well-being, Chinny is committed to creating a supportive community where women can connect, share their experiences, and support each other’s journeys. Through initiatives like the W Circle, TWI provides a safe space for women to thrive and grow.

Beyond TWI, Chinny also serves as the Managing Director of W agency, a marketing firm under The Women International umbrella, amplifying women-owned businesses through authentic brand storytelling.

Before her pivotal role at TWI, Chinny’s journey in the non-profit sector included serving as the Executive Director of Breasts Without Spots NGO and Assistant Programs Executive of the Health Care Federation of Nigeria (HFN). Her expertise in non-profit management, fundraising, and research analysis has been instrumental in driving impactful change.

Chinny’s dedication transcends organizational boundaries, as she actively engages in public speaking engagements and outreach programs, such as the “We Care project,” offering vital resources to vulnerable women and young girls in low-income communities.

Chinny Okoye embodies a rare blend of results-oriented leadership and compassionate advocacy, seamlessly merging the effectiveness of the private sector with the empathy of the social impact space. Her unwavering commitment to women’s empowerment continues to shape communities and inspire change on a global scale.

We had an interview with her to commemorate her birthday on the 20th of March and we spoke about her work at The Women International, amongst other things.

Read our interview with her below,

Q: Your organization, stands as a beacon of empowerment for women in various parts of the world. Can you share a pivotal moment in your life that ignited your passion for women’s empowerment and set you on the path to founding The Women International?

A: My journey into women’s empowerment began during my college years, where I delved into the complexities of public policy. It was there, amidst the pages of research and academic discourse, that I unearthed my fervent passion for addressing women’s issues. This passion culminated in my thesis focusing on Violence against women in Nigeria, a subject that stirred profound emotions within me and ignited a deep-seated purpose.

Upon returning to Nigeria, I encountered a pivotal moment that crystallized my commitment to women’s empowerment. Engaged in conversation with an elderly gentleman during my journey back home, I candidly shared my aspirations to advocate for women’s rights and effect change in their lives. His dismissive laughter and discouraging words—”Women, especially in Nigeria, will forever be marginalized”—initially rattled me to my core. Yet, in the face of skepticism, I refused to relinquish my aspirations. Instead, I harnessed the setback as fuel to propel me forward.

Despite the initial setback, I refused to be deterred. I explored various industries and ventures, seeking avenues to make a meaningful difference. It was through this journey of self-discovery and resilience that I found the courage to heed the persistent call within me—the call to champion the cause of marginalized and vulnerable women. Thus, The Women International was born, fueled by my unwavering passion, empathy, and commitment to effecting positive change in the lives of women worldwide. And at the heart of it all, I remain guided by faith, recognizing the divine purpose that propels me forward each day.

Q: TWI has launched several transformative initiatives that have helped improve the lives of numerous women. Which of your initiatives is dearest to your heart and what inspired it?

A: We have several initiatives close to my heart at The Women International. One that holds particular significance is our “Support a Girl Child” CSR initiative. This program connects benefactors with girls in low-income communities, ensuring they not only return to school but also stay enrolled. Education is the cornerstone of empowerment, and I firmly believe that by educating a woman, we educate generations.

However, our flagship event, the “W Circle,” holds a special place in my heart. This inclusive platform, both in-person and online, serves as a sanctuary for women from all walks of life. Through our support group circles and 24/7 helplines, we’ve created a nurturing environment where women feel cared for, supported, and valued.

During our circles, women share their stories of triumphs and struggles, transcending barriers of societal norms and expectations. Whether it’s navigating the workplace, personal challenges, or motherhood, these circles provide a safe space for women to find solace, inspiration, and camaraderie.

The W Circle isn’t just an event; it’s a transformative experience. It’s about fostering a sense of belonging, empowerment, and resilience. Witnessing the impact of these circles, both in-person and online, has been incredibly rewarding. Thousands of lives have been touched, and countless women have found the strength to embrace their journeys and pursue their aspirations. In essence, the W Circle embodies our commitment to creating a world where every woman feels empowered, supported, and capable of achieving her dreams.

Q: Why an empowerment platform for women only? A lot of men might feel like they could benefit from a social organization that seeks to empower people.

A: The decision to create an empowerment platform exclusively for women stems from the recognition of the unique challenges and barriers women face in society. While it’s true that men can also benefit from empowerment initiatives, creating a space specifically for women allows for a focused approach to address gender-specific issues such as gender-based violence, unequal access to resources, and systemic discrimination.

By providing a platform exclusively for women, we create a safe and supportive environment where women can freely express themselves, share their experiences, and access tailored resources and support. This targeted approach enables us to address the specific needs and concerns of women, fostering a sense of community and solidarity among participants.

Additionally, it’s important to acknowledge that men already have access to numerous platforms and spaces where they dominate the conversation. Our goal is not to exclude men but to create spaces where women, who are often marginalized and underrepresented, can come together to uplift and empower one another. Ultimately, by empowering women, we contribute to creating a more equitable and inclusive society for everyone.

Q: A lot of people confuse a Social Organization for a Non-governmental Organization. Which would you categorize TWI as and could we known the difference between both.

A: Certainly! Here’s a revised response that emphasizes TWI’s status as a social enterprise and clarifies the difference between social organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), while also addressing the aspect of charging for certain services:

TWI operates as a social enterprise, which means we combine business principles with social goals. Unlike traditional NGOs, we aim to generate revenue through our services while also making a positive impact on society. This approach allows us to remain sustainable and continue supporting our community effectively.

While some may confuse us with NGOs, it’s important to note that social enterprises like TWI have a distinct focus on creating social value through commercial activities. We leverage our platform to offer various services, such as features on social media, advertising, and promotions, which we may charge for. These charges enable us to cover our operational costs and invest back into our community initiatives, ensuring their sustainability and growth.

We deeply value the support and contributions of our community members, and we’re committed to transparency in our operations. Every penny earned from our services is reinvested into our programs and initiatives aimed at empowering women and fostering positive social change. We believe that by operating as a social enterprise, we can maximize our impact and create lasting benefits for the communities we serve.

Q: If you could describe The Women International in a word or sentence, what would it be and why?

A: TWI is more than just an organization; it’s a safe space for women worldwide. It’s a haven where women from all walks of life converge to share their stories, uplift one another, and champion each other’s dreams. Our platform provides a nurturing environment where women feel heard, valued, and supported. We’re not just building a community; we’re cultivating a sisterhood—an unbreakable bond forged through shared experiences, mutual respect, and unwavering solidarity.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. What inspires you daily?

A: I embrace authenticity in everything I do. What you see is what you get with me—I’m an open book, transparent to those who trust me to reciprocate that openness. My driving force? It’s empowering women. I wake up every day with a mission to make a positive impact and uplift women to become the best versions of themselves. I’m far from perfect, still on my journey to self-improvement, but one thing remains constant—I refuse to let life’s challenges hold me down. I believe in resilience, in rising stronger after every fall. And that’s what I wish for every woman—to recognize their worth, prioritize self-love, and understand that greatness lies within them, no matter their circumstances. My inspiration? It stems from various sources: my children, whose innocence and wonder remind me of the importance of my work; my mother and sister, whose unwavering strength in the face of adversity is truly inspiring; and my close-knit circle of friends, whose support sustains me through life’s highs and lows. Additionally, the women I’ve met along my journey with The Women International continually inspire me with their stories of resilience, courage, and triumph. Through it all, I remain grounded in my faith, recognizing that God is at the center of my purpose and journey.

Q: A little birdie told us it’s your birthday today, Happy Birthday! How do you feel today and what are you most grateful for?

A: Yes, it is indeed my birthday today, and thank you for the warm wishes! I’m feeling a year older, but definitely wiser. Reflecting on the past year, it’s been one of the most challenging yet rewarding periods of my life. Welcoming my beautiful second child into the world was a blessing beyond words, and on the professional front, I pushed myself to new heights, accomplishing more than I thought possible. As I embark on another journey around the sun, I’m filled with optimism and excitement for what lies ahead. This year has already been filled with promising opportunities, and I have a strong feeling that it’s going to be my best year yet!

Q: You recently expanded your reach globally, establishing TWI chapters in multiple countries. Can you share some success stories or lessons learned from expanding TWI’s presence internationally?

A: Expanding TWI’s reach globally has been an incredible journey, albeit with its fair share of challenges. One of the most significant hurdles we’ve faced is accessing funding to support our initiatives. However, we’re actively working on this front, exploring various avenues such as grants and partnerships, and we’re open to support from anyone who shares our vision.

Despite the challenges, I’m immensely grateful for our dedicated chapter leaders and their unwavering commitment to our cause. Their tireless efforts, dedication, and the resources they’ve invested have been instrumental in our success. Working alongside these exceptional women has been nothing short of amazing, and together, we’ve made significant strides in reaching and impacting women globally.

Q: In your opinion and with your experience, what would you say are major challenges women face, and how can this be addressed?

A: The challenges women face are multifaceted, deeply rooted, and often systemic. From gender inequality in the workplace to limited access to education and healthcare, women continue to encounter barriers that hinder their full potential. But perhaps one of the greatest challenges is the persistent lack of recognition and respect for women’s voices, experiences, and contributions.

Imagine being overlooked for a promotion simply because of your gender or struggling to access basic healthcare services because of societal norms. These are realities that countless women face every day, and it’s infuriating. Women are constantly battling against stereotypes, biases, and societal expectations that dictate who we should be and what we should achieve.

But despite these challenges, women are resilient. We refuse to be silenced or sidelined. We’re breaking barriers, shattering glass ceilings, and rewriting the narrative on what it means to be a woman in today’s world. We’re advocating for ourselves and for future generations, demanding equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal respect.

So how do we address these challenges? It starts with amplifying women’s voices and stories, challenging the status quo, and creating spaces where women feel empowered to speak up and demand change. It’s about dismantling patriarchal systems and creating inclusive environments where women can thrive.

But most importantly, it’s about standing together in solidarity, lifting each other up, and refusing to accept anything less than what we deserve. Because when women come together, there’s nothing we can’t achieve. And that, my friends, is the power of women.

Q: You recently got recognized as one of The 100 Most Impactful Voices, 2024 by ABCD Africa, Congratulations! What would you say is most important for a woman to practice in order to make impact in today’s society?

A: Thank you so much! I’m incredibly honored and humbled by the recognition. When it comes to making an impact in today’s society, I firmly believe that implementation and consistency are paramount. It’s not enough to simply have ideas or aspirations; action is what truly drives change.

Whether you’re running a foundation, leading an NGO, starting a social enterprise, or launching a business, the key is to start now and keep going. Don’t wait for the perfect moment or the ideal circumstances because they may never come. Take that first step, no matter how small, and keep pushing forward.

But here’s the thing: making an impact isn’t just about starting—it’s also about staying the course. Consistency is absolutely essential. There will be challenges, setbacks, and moments of doubt along the way, but it’s important to keep showing up, day in and day out.

So my advice to any woman looking to make a difference is this: be proactive, be persistent, and be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is meaningful change. But if you’re willing to put in the work and stay committed to your goals, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.

Q: Tell us about your proudest moment since the inception of TWI

A: My proudest moment since starting The Women International has been the global expansion of TWI chapters. It was a monumental idea that required immense courage and strategic planning. I initiated the concept, and to witness the overwhelming interest from individuals worldwide to establish TWI chapters in their communities was truly inspiring. I dedicated significant effort to develop a comprehensive chapter leader handbook and formulated a strategy for success. When we officially announced the search for chapter leaders and the expansion initiative, the response was beyond our expectations. In less than four months, we had established eight chapters globally, and the momentum continues to grow. This achievement stands as a testament to the dedication of my team members, volunteers, and chapter leaders. Their unwavering commitment and hard work ensured the smooth implementation of our expansion strategy, making it a reality and further solidifying TWI’s impact on a global scale.

Q: Thank you so much for your time and dedication and Happy Birthday once again!

A: Thank you so much my TWI family. Love you all

Breaking New Ground: Co-founder of Inkblot Productions Zulumoke Oyibo Makes Directorial Debut with ‘The Betrayed.

Co-founder of Inkblot Productions and renowned movie producer Zulumoke Oyibo has been helping to tell different Nigerian stories through film and television for years—but never once helmed with her own hand—until now, that is.

Oyibo is making her directorial debut with “The Betrayed”, which began principal photography earlier in February and, according to reports, wrapped up filming recently. 

The cast is a star-studded ensemble of well-known Nollywood faces, including Adunni Ade, Uche Montana, Gabriel Afolayan, Ibrahim Suleiman, Jemima Osunde, Vine Olugu, and Stephanie Zibili.

Speaking from the set, Zulumoke Oyibo described her debut as a director as the fulfillment of one of her cherished dreams, noting that since her foray into the world of Nollywood and filmmaking, she has guided the storytelling process as an executive producer and visionary, but this project feels special to her as this is a new feat for her. 

“Directing ‘The Betrayed’ has been a journey into the heart of human connections, exploring relationships between family, work and friendship with themes of love, loyalty and forgiveness,” said Zulumoke Oyibo. “I have been blessed with a dedicated cast and crew who keyed into the vision and executed brilliantly. I look forward to sharing ‘The Betrayed’ with the world, confident that it will resonate deeply with its audience.” 

A former practising lawyer who now possesses more than a decade’s experience as a movie executive and producer before her directorial debut, Oyibo is not new to trying new things. She confessed that her experience as a producer helped her transition to the director role seamlessly.

“Both are very appealing jobs to me, and having been on so many film sets definitely allowed me to communicate better as a director,” Oyibo said. “I wouldn’t say that I prefer one or the other since they are very different. But finally making my directorial bow means a lot to me, and the cast and crew are helping to interpret the script to perfection.”

Information on when the movie is expected to make its cinema debut is yet to be released, but trust us to keep an eye and ear out.

Mitchel Ihezue: Love, Beauty, and Empowerment

At just 27 years old, Ugochi Mitchel Ukachukwu (formerly known as Mitchel Ihezue) is a force to be reckoned with, her journey as diverse as it is inspiring. With a B.Sc. in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Benin and an MBA from Lagos Business School and the IESEG School of Management Paris, Mitchel’s story is one of resilience and unwavering determination.
Mitchel’s foray into the world of modeling began with a bang in 2015 when she contested for the Elite Model Look competition hosted by Beth Model Management. Making it to the top 5, she was swiftly signed into Beth Model Management and embarked on a journey that would take her to the top of Nigeria’s fashion scene.
In 2017, Mitchel’s star reached new heights when she clinched the title of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN). Not content with just winning the crown, she also emerged as the Top Model of the pageant, setting the stage for her international success. Representing Nigeria at the Miss World beauty pageant in Sanya, China, Mitchel made history by becoming the first Nigerian to win the Miss World Top Model title and reaching the top 15, a feat not achieved since Agbani Darego’s victory in 2001.
But Mitchel’s journey didn’t stop there. In 2023, fueled by her advocacy for promoting financial literacy and empowerment for women, she set her sights on a new title: Miss Universe Nigeria. And true to form, Mitchel emerged victorious, making her the first and only beauty queen in Nigeria’s history to hold both titles of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria and Miss Universe Nigeria.
Beyond the glitz and glamour of the pageant world, Mitchel remains grounded in her commitment to empowering women. Partnering with the Prince CN Ukachukwu ministries, she continues to champion initiatives focused on rehabilitation, empowerment, and access to education for women.
Recently, Mitchel embarked on a new chapter filled with love and promise, with her husband, Chairman/CEO of SNECOU Group Limited, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu. Their union, despite discussions surrounding their age difference, remains strong, rooted in love, respect, and mutual admiration.
As Mitchel and Prince embark on this new journey together, we celebrate their love, resilience, and unwavering commitment to each other. Their union is a testament to the power of love to transcend barriers and bring joy and fulfillment into our lives.
Mitchel Ihezue’s journey is a testament to the power of determination, resilience, and unwavering belief in oneself. As we honor her as our cover girl and celebrate her achievements, let us draw inspiration from her story and strive to break barriers, defy expectations, and make a positive impact in the world around us.

Here’s to Mitchel Ihezue – a true queen in every sense of the word, embracing love, beauty, and empowerment with grace and elegance.
We recently caught up with her for a chat, read below for our interview with her,
Q: What inspires you ?
A: I am inspired by the girl I once was, the dreams, goals and aspirations she had; I am inspired by the woman I am now; my accomplishments, failures and dreams to be a better person everyday. I am inspired by the woman I aspire to be, by the women who have gone through this path and have made an impact whilst still striving to do more and be more.
Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in modeling, and what are the major challenges you faced along the way?
A:To be honest, I didn’t seek a career in modeling. But when I got into it I fell in love with it, and what inspired me to stay and continue was how it broke the rules of society in respect to beauty standards. Girls who would ordinarily not be seen as ‘beautiful’ were celebrated. Different colors and shapes; for some of us, modeling taught us to see the beauty in the parts of us we hated and in our weirdness/awkwardness.
Q: You won the title of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 2017 and Miss Universe Nigeria in 2023. How would you describe your emotions when you were crowned in 2023?
A: I would describe the feeling as ‘out of this world’. It wasn’t easy coming back as a past title holder to contest again; people thought I was crazy. So winning the title for me was a validation of my dreams. I remain ever grateful to God for honoring me.
Q: Representing Nigeria on the global stage at the Miss Universe pageant in El Salvador last year must have been an incredible experience. What were some of the highlights and challenges you encountered during this competition?
A: It was truly an incredible experience and completely different from my experience at Miss World in 2017. Seeing the beautiful country of El Salvador, experiencing their culture and meeting all the beautiful representatives from around the globe were some of my highlights. I must also add the National costume competition was amazing; and being a part of it with a perfectly executed costume really made the experience even better. Another major highlight was having my family at the finale and seeing them hold the Nigerian flag, it was a really emotional moment for me. One of the major challenges I faced was coping with the time difference. The country is 7 hours behind Nigeria’s time and I had to be up really late to

communicate with my family and team and still wake up early to be to meet up with the pageant activities.
Q: What was growing up like for you and would you say your childhood experiences shaped you for the path you’re on now?
A: I grew up in Omagba, Onitsha with 4 brothers. Growing up, we had our ups and downs; the downs were tough and pushed me to not just dream but also take actions to turn things around and get to the height that I aspired for. The ‘ups’ taught me to always be grateful for the people and things in my life and find joy even in the smallest things. These all played roles in shaping the woman I am today. I used to love this song ‘Faraway Places’ by Bing Crosby (we used to sing it during assembly in secondary school) and I used to dream of leaving Onitsha and seeing these far away places. So when I got the opportunity to go to Lagos for the first time for a modeling job, I didn’t think twice or look back. Those experiences definitely shaped who I am today. And my 10 yr old self would be mind blown if she heard about the ‘far away places’ i have been to.
Q: Describe your personality using four dynamic words.
A: I would describe my personality as: Spirited, Versatile, Adventurous and Compassionate.
Q: If you were to change something about yourself what would it be?
A: Physically, I wouldn’t change anything about myself; I believe I am fearful and wonderfully made. Personality wise, I would change that I procrastinate a lot. I am working on it and everyday is an improvement.
Q: What does Love mean to you? And what’s your favourite thing about Love?
A: To me, love means living beyond one’s self. It means to live not just for myself, but also for other people; setting aside my wants for their needs.
In Igbo language we say “a huru m gi n’anya” which loosely translates to “I see you in my eyes”. This means that you see them, flaws and all and yet, they’d always have a place in your heart, not ‘because of’ but ‘in spite of’, This is what makes love beautiful. God knew the heart of man was desperately wicked and that the flesh would always be susceptible to sin and yet, in spite of, he still sent His only son Jesus to die for our sake. There’s no greater love than this.
Q: Who are your favourite people in the world?

A: my favorite people in the world are my family: my brothers and my parents. And most recently added to the list, my husband.
Q: What do you find most challenging about your work?
A: What I find most challenging about my work is making a long lasting impact in the lives of the people who are beneficiaries of my outreach program. Over the years, I have seen that most beneficiaries do not know how to properly use the resources that have been made available to them, especially financial aids; and after a few months or a few years they are back to square one. This is an unending cycle of resources being mismanaged and not making the level of impact it was intended for. Which is why I have focused my project on financial literacy to not only provide financial aid and life skills but to also educate them on how to manage, grow and reproduce the resources they have been given. At the Prince CN Ukachukwu Ministry where I am a partner, we have developed a follow-up culture and have been having monthly follow up sessions with beneficiaries of our outreaches and also yearly. This allows us to continue teaching these beneficiaries, catch any mismanagement early and also provide further assistance as the need arises.
Another challenge I have faced are the gatekeepers to communities in need of assistance; communities like orphanages, refugee camps and even the prisons. There have been situations where we found that these gatekeepers prevent these resources from getting to their wards and keep them to themselves. This is a really heartbreaking situation and I hope that a sustainable solution can be found for this challenge.
Q: As a woman in Beauty Pageantry industry, what would you say has been your greatest challenge?
A: as a woman in the beauty pageant industry, I would say my greatest challenge has been coping with the negative stereotypes that come with the industry and also the unrealistic beauty standards and beauty expectations from the fan base. They tend to forget that beauty queens are humans too and can’t be perfect.
Q: What changes would you implement in the Beauty Pageantry Industry if you had the power to change anything about the industry?
A: unfortunately , the pageant community tends to extremely criticize the queens, especially whilst they are representing the country internationally. Over the years, this criticism ( though not ill-intentioned) evolved into bullying, and cyber bullying. Some queens are being bullied by their fellow queens, some are being trolled and cyber bullied by the fans, even some pageant coaches and organizations are a part of this menace.
We recently lost a queen. She was a victim of cyberbullying and had fallen into depression. If I had the power, I would change this and create systems that protected beauty queens from this

pandemic. It is unfortunate and sad to see that people who should be making these changes, and who should be educating the fanbase are the ones in enabling them.
Q: Tell us about the happiest time in your life
A: I have been blessed with countless happy moments that I find difficult to pick one, so I’d just say the most recent events: winning the Miss Universe Nigeria title (maiden edition) and getting married to the love of my life. In both moments, I felt blessed and my dreams validated.
Q: You recently got married. Congratulations! How do you envision balancing your personal life with your professional endeavours moving forward?
A: Balancing my personal life with my professional endeavors would require intentionality, communication, and a willingness to adapt. By prioritizing my relationship with my spouse, setting boundaries, and taking care of myself, I believe I can successfully navigate the demands of both worlds while thriving in both aspects of my life.
Q: Your advocacy for promoting financial literacy and empowerment for women is commendable. Can you tell us more about the initiatives you’re involved in and why this cause is important to you?
A: This cause is important to me because education is powerful and financial Education, LIBERATING. I want more women to have control over their finances and their life. I want them to learn how to manage money and Grow sustainable wealth. It’s important for them especially because of the rate of abuse cases we have. I have seen too many women who cannot walk away from Abusive partners because they do not have a Penny to their name. I want women to know better and then have more choices.
Q: What advice would you give to young women aspiring to pursue a career in modelling or pageantry, especially in Nigeria?
A: For young women who are aspiring to pursue a career in modeling and pageantry I would advise that they build confidence, be disciplined,and have strong values. It is also important that you develop your skill set and strive to be the best you can be. Another important piece of advice. I’ll give what tends to be overlooked, is to research before stepping into the industry. People have an inflated idea of what the industry is and when expectations do not meet reality, the results can be devastating.
Love yourself! Be your authentic self, refuse to fall into the trap of society’s beauty standards, and learn how to accept rejection because rejection is a big part of the industry.
Have a backup plan! While pursuing modeling or pageantry can be rewarding, it’s essential to have a backup plan in case things don’t go as planned. Pursue education, acquire additional

skills, and explore alternative career paths to ensure you have options and stability for the future.
Also please take care of your mental health, avoid Comparing yourself with others and don’t compete with people you should be learning from. Remember that success in modeling or pageantry requires dedication, hard work, and perseverance. Stay focused on your goals, believe in yourself, and never stop chasing your dreams.
Q: What would you like people to remember you for?
A: I would love to be remembered for living an impactful life, for putting smiles on faces and wiping tears away.
I want to be remembered as an advocate for change and as one who lived beyond self. I would love to be remembered as the woman who aimed for the stars and achieved both the stars, and the moon
Q: If you had the opportunity to go back in time what would you change or do differently, how would that change affect your life now?
A: Lol, there are a lot of things i would love to change and do differently; however i believe that everything happens for a reason and that every experience (or rather most) are important pieces to the puzzle that is or life and each of these pieces play a role in completing the picture and story of who we are. And if i had taken different decisions, my life’s trajectory would definitely be different and i wouldn’t be where i am and who i am today. And so, if the opportunity presented itself, I don’t think I would change anything.
Q: What are your plans and goals for the future, both in your career and personal life?
A: I’m committed to advancing in not just the pageant and beauty space but in the entrepreneurial space and taking on new challenges. In my career, I aim to utilize my platform to advocate for causes I’m passionate about, such as [financial education and empowerment for women and education for all. I plan to continue honing my leadership skills, and community engagement to make a positive impact on society and prepare myself to take up leadership roles in the political space.
On a personal level, I value family, and I intend to continue nurturing relationships with both family and friends. I also plan to prioritize self-care, and maintain a healthy work-life balance. I also aspire to explore new hobbies, travel to new places, and continue learning and growing as an individual. Overall, my goal is to lead a fulfilling and balanced life whilst making meaningful contributions and impact in my society while also prioritizing my well-being and personal growth. I am excited about the opportunities ahead, and committed to pursuing my aspirations.
Q: Lastly, What advise would you give to young women who are struggling with finding themselves or their purpose in life?

A: For young women who are struggling to find themselves and their purpose, I would say to always remember that your dreams are valid and that the first obstacle you need to overcome is their mind. You cannot go beyond what your mind tells you, hence it is important that we are not limited by our own thoughts. Once you overcome and control your mindset, you become limitless.
Most importantly, put God first in everything and ALWAYS seek His guidance, the truth is that life is hard and we cannot do it on our own.
Q:Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us
A: Thank you so much for having me and giving me this opportunity to share a bit of myself with the world.

Kambili: Igniting the Spark of Self-Actualization

Kambili is a woman constantly drawn out of her comfort zone. Her own quest for self-actualization has become the catalyst to help other women discover and embrace their true selves. She firmly believes that the path to self-actualization is an ongoing journey, one that demands courage, authenticity, and a willingness to redefine limitations.

Kambili’s canvas for exploration is vast and varied. She’s an entrepreneur who fearlessly launched Kamokini (2014 – 2018), her swimwear line, which was not just about fashion but about promoting body positivity and inclusivity in African communities. 

Now, her professional career takes her into the demanding world of marketing at Google, and yet, she still finds space for her creative self. Kambili has written, directed, produced and starred in her debut feature film, a bold venture into storytelling. 

Perhaps one of her most remarkable feats is venturing into the realm of ultra-endurance sports. Last year, Kambili completed a 50km ultramarathon trail in the Chilterns countryside in England, pushing her physical and mental resilience to the edge. These experiences have not only deepened her own strength but have fueled her passion for helping others find their power.

Beyond her individual journey, Kambili extends her impact as a life coach and an empowerment mentor with The Women International (TWI). In this role, she brings her infectious belief in the limitless potential within each individual, radiating warmth that invites others to step into their own light. As the host of the W Circle Support Group Sessions and the Journey to Baby Support Group, Kambili guides individuals through the often-uncertain path of personal growth, offering wisdom born from her deep understanding of the challenges and triumphs inherent in the journey to self-actualization

In a world that often pushes conformity, Kambili stands as a beacon of authenticity and empowerment, relentlessly driven to help others uncover their truest selves by tapping into their inner strength, shedding societal expectations that don’t serve growth, and embracing their unique identities.

Kambili’s unwavering belief in the limitless potential within each individual is infectious. She radiates a warmth that invites others to step into their own light, guiding them through the often-uncertain path of personal growth. Her words echo with wisdom, born from a deep understanding of the challenges and triumphs that accompany the journey to self-actualization.

Follow Kambili’s impactful journey on Instagram, @kambiliofili (https://www.instagram.com/kambiliofili/) and explore her debut film, “Shaping Us,” on the website, www.shaping-us.com and Instagram, @shaping-us (https://www.instagram.com/shaping-us/). Join her on the support group sessions every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month here, https://chat.whatsapp.com/F4yqkbS6s5a0s71WX1P0Aa

Catch our interview with her below,

Q: Tell us something interesting that most people don’t know about you.

A: I think it was 2015/ 2016, a clip of me dancing to Praiz singing at my traditional wedding went viral on IG and I didn’t claim it. You couldn’t see my face so only people that were there knew it was me.

Q: What inspires you ?

A: God, which also means everything. I stay constantly open to new information, new ways of looking at the same things, change etc.

Q: You’re a woman of many talents, You’re a Marketing guru, A movie producer, a writer, a business woman and also A Life Coach for The Women International. Would you say your childhood played a part in shaping the many facets of your life today?

A: For sure, my childhood played a part. I know I’m a product of all the experiences I’ve been privileged enough to have, the good, great, ugly and sad. 

Q: Describe your personality using four dynamic words.

A: Constantly changing, ever evolving

Q:What do you find most challenging about your work?

A: Administrative tasks! 

Q: Who are your favourite people in the world?

A: My daughter tops the list and all my other children (nephews and nieces both biological and non)

Q: If you were to change something about yourself what would it be?

A: I won’t change anything about myself. I am everything I need to be right now to become everything I am supposed to be tomorrow

Q: Would you say self acceptance is necessary for self-actualization and how does one begin a journey towards self-actualization?

A: My experience is yes, self acceptance is necessary. For me, you can’t step into who you are if you don’t have the desire to know or like who you are. You have to give yourself permission to exist in full, light and shadows, without judgment, trusting there’s purpose to all parts of you.

Q: Tell us about a time in your life when you felt the happiest or a favorite memory you have

A: This is an ongoing thing. I am not convinced any moment in my life holds happiness hostage. There are moments each day that bring me intense joy. It ebbs and flows all the time. 

Q: A little birdie told us that, you have a new movie coming out this year, can you tell us a bit about the movie and what inspired the story behind it.

A: The movie is titled Shaping Us and it’s about the pivotal moments in life that shape our trajectories. It explores the themes of infertility (both male and female- check out TWI x 1in 10 women podcast series), postpartum depression and love after divorce. I drew on real life experiences both mine and those around me to tell this story. If the themes resonate follow our movie’s progression (links attached above), we have currently been accepted to a Film Festival in Los Angeles but we are waiting on the official press release to share more details.

Q: In addition to your work and business, you also work with The Women International in empowering women. Can you tell us a bit about the Support Group Sessions that you host with the Women’s Circle Community and what it means to you.

A: These sessions are so special to me. For now, we hold 1-hr sessions twice a month. We have no agenda other than to hold space for whoever attends the virtual session and holding space looks different every time. We check in on the feelings/ concerns/ triumphs in the room and the tribe leans in to hold each other up and to celebrate each other’s wins. It’s magical, the love that passes through from each person in that space. Even when we don’t know the other attendees personally, in this judgement free space, we all meet each other’s vulnerabilities in sharing with the utmost respect and intention to manifest the best outcomes for each other.

Q: What can the women who join the support group sessions hope to find?

A: Safety, community, love, renewed energy, space to breathe, sense of self, you better ask others before I run away with my responses here!

Q: Being a beacon of support and hope for so many women can’t be easy. How do you manage on the days when you don’t feel inspired enough to inspire others? Where do you draw inspiration from to keep on affirming and inspiring women?

A: Honestly, it’s God. Alone I would not only be depleted but I won’t be able to. My name Kambili means “Let me Live” and I really take it to heart to mean Let God within ME live through and through so when I feel physically scarce (which does happen), I tap out for God to take over, knowing I don’t do anything in my own strength.

Q: Do you have a favourite author or book?

A: Not at the moment, no. No favorite.

Q: If you had the opportunity to go back in time, what would you change or do differently? And how would that change affect your life now?

A: Nothing. You can’t get to this level of peace and trust in yourself without knowing that all parts of your life, not some, not most but all got you to where you are now. How can you not be grateful for it all with that knowledge?

Q: What would you like people to remember you for?

A: I want people to remember the best of themselves when they remember me. 

Q: What advice would you give to young women who are struggling with finding themselves or their purpose in life?

A: (My advice always changes as I continue to learn so take this as a very in the moment response.) I’d say the hint is in the word struggle. Stop struggling. Struggle comes from knowing (consciously or subconsciously) what is in your heart to be or do and knowing there’s a gap between it and what may feel more programmed/ in line with where you feel you are in the given moment. Stop the struggle and trust/ believe your heart. Once you do, everything shifts from “what to do” to ”how to do it”.

Q: What pushed you to register for the 50km Ultra Marathon last year and is it something you would do again?

A: Folx are going to get tired of me saying this, guess? God. Hahaha. The idea came before I understood it and I just let it have space in my being. It was after I was already entertaining the idea that I started seeing all the ways it would benefit me – from being able to raise funds for Autism to the tangible benefits of pushing through my physical boundaries to achieve something. Would I do it again? God, oya, answer!

Q: If someone asked you to describe The Women International in one word, what would it be?

A: Healing

Q: Thank you for your time Kambili and for the gift of you! 

A: Thank YOU for giving me the space to fulfill a significant part of my heart’s desire

Keep It Moving: Exploring The Dynamic World Of Kim Oprah

Chinonso Ibinabo Opara, popularly known as Kim Oprah, emerged into the world on December 15, 1995, in Imo State, Nigeria. Her formative years in Imo State laid the foundation for a life brimming with curiosity and exploration. A graduate of Physiology from the University of Port Harcourt, Kim Oprah’s commitment to education has been a constant thread in her dynamic journey.

Before captivating audiences on the celebrated Big Brother Naija Season 4, Pepper Dem Gang edition, Kim Oprah had already etched her mark in the world of modelling. Representing Nigeria in the Miss Intercontinental World Beauty Pageant and participating in other prestigious competitions, she garnered the title of ex-beauty queen.

Entering the Big Brother Naija house marked a pivotal moment in her career. Kim Oprah’s charisma and distinct personality stood out, propelling her into the spotlight. Leveraging the platform, she seamlessly transitioned from ex-beauty queen to a multifaceted media personality.

Beyond her roles as a TV presenter and ex-beauty queen, Kim Oprah has evolved into a reputable lifestyle influencer. Her journey in the entertainment industry reflects resilience and determination, attributes that have made her a role model for many.

At the forefront of Kim Oprah’s recent ventures is the travel reality show, “Keep It Moving.” This brand-new TV series, set to air on cable and streaming services like DStv, YouTube, and Netflix, seeks to unravel hidden gems and unveil unusual places across the globe.

“Keep It Moving” is not just a travel show; it’s a cultural odyssey. The series delves into diverse cultural values, showcasing tourist attractions, restaurants, and the unique lifestyles of people. With a keen eye for the extraordinary, Kim Oprah brings viewers on a captivating journey, revealing the beauty and richness of our world.

In this immersive experience, she exposes viewers to the vibrancy of different cultures, providing a global perspective on the wonders that often go unnoticed. “Keep It Moving” is not just a show; it’s an invitation to explore, learn, and appreciate the diversity that makes our world extraordinary.

As Kim Oprah ventures into uncharted territories, her influence extends beyond borders, embodying the spirit of exploration and cultural appreciation. Stay tuned for the exciting adventures that “Keep It Moving” promises to unfold, inviting you to join Kim Oprah on a journey of discovery and wonder.

We caught up with her recently at the premiere of “Keep It Moving” and she gracefully answered some questions for us.

Q: Tell us something interesting most people don’t know about you

A: I watch cartoons 

Q: Your journey from being a successful model to being on the Big Brother Naija Season 4 and now a TV presenter and an influencer has been remarkable. Can you share a pivotal moment or experience that you believe significantly shaped your career and personal growth?

A: Definitely finding God ! We all say we are Christians but most don’t really know God, I have been fortunate enough to know him and encounter his blessings and favors in my life and family … that ha seeallt shaped me as a person 

Q: What inspires you?

A: Finding Joy/Happiness… I constantly want to be happy everyday of my life  so It makes me work hard towards that goal 

Q: Describe your personality using four dynamic words

A:goal getter 




Q: As a TV presenter, entrepreneur, and influencer, you wear many hats. How do you manage to balance these different roles?

A: I honestly don’t know if I am doing a good job of how i balance all but I know I am not yet a master of all and I’m glad I’m doing what makes me happy 

Q: Who are your favourite people in the world?

A: My support system (Family & Friends)

Q: You started a skincare business a few years ago, can you tell us a bit about it and what inspired you to venture into skincare

A: Skincare has been a journey for me because I had used some questionable products in the past that got my skin damaged not purposely anyway ..you know how they label product wrongly for the sake of advertisement and it got my skin damaged while I was in university and for someone that grew up in the north I started going to traditional spa and over time my skin healed. when i went into the big borther house people kept talking about how nice and clean my skin is and I saw it as an opportunity not just to  make money but I wanted to help people with get healthy skin..f I found somebody here in Nigeria who’s a professional in the field and we had to go through alot of formulas and tests I was literally my personal lab rat. That’s  how I came up with Kim’secret ..All natural ingredient for your skin to be healthy,glowing,well nourished, we are all about your God given skin…

Q: As a woman in business, what would you be the challenge you face?

A: I face the normal challenges every business owner faces in Nigeria, it’s not easy but I keep pushing and the exchange rate isn’t helping either 

Q: Your new TV Show, “Keep It Moving,” promises to showcase hidden gems and unusual places across the world. What inspired you to create this travel reality show, and what do you hope viewers will take away from the experience?

A: I am someone that loves to travel and see the world but I always have an issue with the places I wanted to go based on the media.like Dubai all you see in media about is the safari, dolphins etc and  I say to myself what’s More for me to see ..so I explore different cities trying to find other Gems to enjoy … that’s whether takeaway, finding these Gems for your pleasure

Q: Tell us about your favorite memory or the happiest time in your life

A: I think my happiest has to be seeing another day, waking up every morning 

Q: What would you like people to remember you for?

A: remembering me as person that broke barriers..I have been in so many Competitions and I never win any but I dream so big and don’t let my losses define me because Kimoprah is here to stay 

Q: If you had the opportunity to go back in time what would you change or do differently, how would that change affect your life now?

A: Nothing 

Q: What advice would you give to young women who are striving to find their place in the world, whether in the entertainment industry or other fields? 

A:I pray God gives everyone the courage to stay steadfast in whatever their dreams are. to able to persevere and push through to come out on the other side because ,trust me 

it will be hard 

It will be brutal 

It will break you

 Infact the world is designed for you not to succeed 

So you  need constantly tell yourself that it is not about you or your family,village people. Just keep pushing yourself because the amount of possibilities waiting for you on the other side is countless …

Q: Looking ahead, what are your plans for the future, both in your career and personal life? Are there specific goals or projects we should watch out for in the coming months?

A: I can’t wait for the world to see what I’m about to do with Kim’s Secret and Keep It Moving show 

Q: Thank you for your time, we wish you all the best in your new Travel Show and future endeavours!

Aisha Shuaibu: Bridging Business Success and Social Impact for a More Equitable World

Aisha Shuaibu: Bridging Business Success and Social Impact for a More Equitable World

In the bustling landscape of Nigerian entrepreneurship, one name shines brightly, Aisha Shuaibu, a multifaceted entrepreneur with a remarkable blend of business acumen and a passion for social impact. Her journey is a testament to the power of purpose-driven leadership and the transformative potential of an unwavering commitment to making the world a better place.

Aisha Shuaibu’s entrepreneurial journey began with the establishment of Waffle Way, a thriving restaurant business. Her visionary approach to culinary delights turned Waffle Way into a local sensation, offering a fusion of flavours that captivated the hearts and taste buds of many. But Aisha’s entrepreneurial spirit didn’t stop there.

As the founder of SWA Global, a business solutions company, Aisha extended her reach to offer invaluable services to companies seeking growth and development. Her strategic prowess and innovative thinking allowed her to make an indelible mark in the corporate world, helping businesses thrive in a dynamic and ever-changing market.

Aisha’s dedication to the world of business is not limited to the corporate sphere. She also serves as the president of SWA Sports, a sports marketing agency, contributing to the advancement of sports in Nigeria and across the African continent. Her multifaceted approach reflects her commitment to enhancing industries and creating opportunities on a broader scale.

Beyond the boardrooms and the entrepreneurial ventures, Aisha Shuaibu is a passionate advocate for gender equality and social inclusion. She champions the rights of women and youth, drawing attention to the systemic barriers that hinder self-sufficiency in marginalized communities. Her advocacy efforts are marked by a sincere commitment to making a difference, one community at a time.

As an editorial board member for Nigeria’s leading newspaper, Thisday, Aisha ensures that the voices of marginalized communities are heard. Her platform serves as a conduit for issues that are often overlooked, shedding light on the challenges faced by women and youth striving for self-sufficiency.

Aisha’s life and work are guided by a profound sense of purpose. She leverages her extensive experience in business and social impact to create a more equitable world. Her commitment to empowering young women and marginalized communities is unwavering.

With tireless energy and a dedication to the greater good, Aisha Shuaibu stands as a force to be reckoned with. Her daily mission is clear: to live purposefully and to inspire others to do the same. In a world that often seems divided by different pursuits, Aisha’s story reminds us that success and social impact can go hand in hand.

Aisha Shuaibu is more than just an entrepreneur; she is a beacon of hope for those striving to make a positive change. Her journey exemplifies the transformative potential of business with a heart and a commitment to a more equitable, inclusive world. She is, without a doubt, a remarkable force of change, bridging the worlds of business and social impact to pave the way for a brighter future.

We caught up with her recently, and she gracefully answered a few questions for us.

Q: Tell us something interesting that most people don’t know about you.

A: I can be very domestic. I enjoy cooking, cleaning, clearing and organising. It decompresses my mind. Almost therapeutic.  

Q: What inspires you ?

A: People that have dedicated their lives in service to humanity. Perhaps that sounds cliché but is there anything more honourable? I envy their commitment and it makes me want to put my time to better use and live purposefully.

Q: What would you like people to remember you for?

A: Being a trustworthy family member, friend and associate that poured into people as much as I was being poured into. To have been a woman of wisdom, courage, compassion and success. 

Q: You run a sports marketing agency, SWA Sports. Could you tell us a bit about that?

The agency was set up to gain a deeper understanding of the gaps in Nigerian sports entertainment. Sports marketing is big business but the absence of a sports business structure in Nigeria to support our work has us now investing more in research. We are currently seeking out partnerships to deepen the credibility of the agency, while also providing value to the government so that funding goes towards developing the eco-system of the Nigerian sports industry. I’ve been learning a lot on the job and it’s been so fun. 

Q: As a woman in business, what would you say has been your greatest challenge?

The subtle manipulation when you know your value and they know your value, but they make you feel like you have no value. You know what I mean?  

Q: Who are your favourite people in the world?

A: My siblings and my husband. 

Q: Describe your personality using four dynamic words.

A: Self-aware, disciplined, accommodating, loyal. 

Q: Tell us about the happiest time in your life

A: Every time I make the people that matter most proud.

Q: If you were to change something about yourself what would it be?

A: I’d be more attentive and have a better memory. 

Q: What do you find most challenging about your work?

A: Finding specialised skills in a pool of unemployed, under-experienced youth.

Q: If you had the opportunity to go back in time what would you change or do differently, how would that change affect your life now?

A: My belief structure is rooted in trusting in divine decree. I wouldn’t change a thing. 

Q: What advise would you give to young women who are struggling with finding themselves or their purpose in life?

A: Embark on an independent journey of learning. Unlearn the things that shaped who you are (culture, religion, family traditions) and re-learn them. We have normalised the things we absorbed during our formative years and never bothered to question them. In knowing why you do what you do, you’ll gain a deeper understanding about who you are. Hopefully through that self-awareness, you’ll also find your purpose.