Most Inspiring and Influential Nigerian Women of 2018 – BBC

The BBC has released its BBC 100 Women list for 2018, which celebrates 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world.
The list includes leaders, trailblazers and everyday heroes from over 60 countries, ranging from age 15 to 94.

Below are the Nigerian Women who made the list.

Most Inspiring and Influential Nigerian Women of 2018 – BBC

1. Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin (Social Impact Entrepreneur)

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin is a Nigerian women’s rights activist. She is the founder of Pearls Africa Youth Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization that assists girls in developing technology skills through various programs including; GirlsCoding, G.C Mentors, GirlsInSTEM and Empowered Hands. Since 2012, the organization has trained over 400 young women to code
Abisoye is also one of the 10 finalist for the CNN Hero Award for 2018.

2. Amina J Mohammed (Deputy secretary general, United Nations)

Most influential women in Nigeria Amina is a former minister of environment in Nigeria and has previously been a special adviser to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Amina Mohammed was born in Gombe State, north-eastern Nigeria, in 1961 to a Nigerian veterinarian – herdsman and a British nurse. She is the eldest of five daughters.
Mohamed attended a primary school by Lake Chad and Buchan School in the UK. She further attended Henley Management College in 1989.


  • National Honours Award of the Order of the Federal Republic (2006)
  • Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame (2007)
  • Ford Family Notre Dame Award for International Development and Solidarity (2015)

3. Bola Tinubu (Lawyer)

Bola is a corporate lawyer who established the first free children’s helpline in Nigeria – Cece Yara Foundation
The Cece Yara Foundation is a child-centred non-profit organisation established in 2016 to prevent child sexual abuse and to provide access to care, information, protection and emergency intervention for children who have experienced sexual abuse or who are at risk.

4. Chidera Eggerue (blogger)

Most influential women in Nigeria
Chidera Eggerue, popularly known as the Slumflower, is a Nigerian-British award-winning blogger, speaker, creative director and a presenter of the The MOBO Awards.
She’s also the activist behind the social media movement #saggyboobsmatter, driving new conversations about perceptions of women’s bodies.

What is 100 Women?
BBC 100 Women names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year and shares their stories.
It’s been a momentous year for women’s rights around the globe, so in 2018 BBC 100 Women will reflect the trailblazing women who are using passion, indignation and anger to spark real change in the world around them.

Uzonna Anele
Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.


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