2023 100WCBA Announcement

We’re excited to wrap up this International Women’s Month with the announcement of our 4th annual 100 Women Creating a Better Africa (100WCBA) list.

What we love most about this year’s list, as with previous editions, is the diversity of the nominations. The list features former presidents, CEOs of organisations as well as students leading change in their communities. The women on this list come from varied backgrounds, ranging from tech to agriculture. There’s also a wide scope in terms of their years of experience and the length of time they’ve been making an impact. Nevertheless, all 100 of them share the common trait which defines the initiative: they’re doing their bit in small and big ways, showing up daily to create a better continent for us and future generations.

The mission of the 100WCBA initiative is to celebrate women’s contribution to Africa’s Sustainable Development, and we pay particular attention to those women who often work behind the scenes. This is why we rely on your nominations to help us find them; we want to celebrate them, encourage them and hopefully we can inspire more women to take action.

Consequently, while you may identify some known faces, a number of these ladies are getting this level of recognition for the first time and we’re privileged to be providing them a great platform, revealing them as some of the continent’s best kept secret.

In the same vein, a few faces just keep showing up on the list. Lol. What can we say? A city set on the hill cannot be hidden!

To all you wonderful women on this year’s 100WCBA list, we honour you and we appreciate you. Thank you for answering the call to serve in your chosen field – going beyond business as usual to make a real difference.

To all those who took the time to nominate, we appreciate your effort to support greatness. Let’s do it again.

To you dear fam, join us to celebrate these women! They are the real MVPs.

Please tag those you recognize or simply comment with: “Thank you for creating a better Africa.”

See the full list below.

Name  Nationality Sector  Primary SDG  How is She Making a Difference ?
Abena Brigidi Ghanaian  Investment Banking GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Abena Brigidi is a Founding Partner and the Chief Executive Officer of Nimed Capital Limited, a leading investment banking firm in Accra.  Her drive for creating the awareness for individuals and corporate entities on the need to create wealth and sustain this wealth for generation influenced her decision to transition from a decade of experience in retail banking into investment banking.                                 

She is a certified Ghanaian investment banker, an author and a speaker with a passion to champion a course of financial literacy in the 21st century by offering financial education through various avenues.

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin  Nigerian  Technology Education  GOAL 4: Quality Education Abisoye is the founder of Pearls African Foundation, a non profit organization that focuses on bridging the gap in technology by providing girls from underserved communities with technology education and skills. Through her foundation, she has trained over 400 girls to become proficient on coding, web development, and other tech related skills.
Ada Osakwe Nigerian  Agriculture and Food Industry  GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

Ada Osakwe is a Nigerian economist, an entrepreneur and corporate executive,  founder and chief executive officer of Agrolay Ventures, an agribusiness investment company based in Nigeria, which invests in African agricultural food-related companies. Alongside her track record with 20 years experience in private equity investing, development finance, public policy, and startup venture-building, she emerged as one of 2021 Forbes Africa Businesswoman of the Year.

She is also the founder of Nuli, an innovative farm-to-table beverage brand and restaurant chain that uses fresh, locally grown produce sourced from smallholder farmers in Nigeria. 

Adaora Udoji Nigerian-American Technology  GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Adaora Udoji is  a technology entrepreneur and investor who has worked with several prominent tech in the United States. She is also a founding member of the New York Angels, an organization that invests in early-stage startups.
Adebola-Sobanjo Santos Nigeria   Environmental GOAL 13: Climate Action

Mrs Santos is the founder of RecycleGarb Hub Ltd, a social enterprise for Waste Recycling, Consultancy and Education. She is  one of the few voices championing the cause of Environmental Sustainability in the city of Ibadan, Oyo-state, Nigeria.                                                

Her Recycling Organization (RecycleGarb Hub Ltd) combats waste pollution while also preserving natural resources and creating decent income for underserved communities.

Her organisation’s focus is beyond profit making. Part of her mission is building enthusiastic and committed team for a Social Impact work through the aid of Change makers (Volunteers) called RecycleGarb Foundation.  Thus, she tackles this menace through waste recovery from dumpsites, homes, roadsides, event centres and drainages which has made her in being one of the Innovative Solution Providers in Ibadan.

Adenike Akinsemolu Nigerian  Environment  GOAL 4: Quality Education

Dr. Adenike Akinsemolu is a passionate environmental educator and author of numerous studies, which have appeared in reputable publications. Her passion for the environment propelled her to study Environmental Microbiology at doctoral level.

In order to make environmentalism a part of the everyday experience of Nigerians, Adenike started the Green Campus Initiative. This initiative began at the Adeyemi College Campus, a college of Obafemi Awolowo University, where she is a lecturer.

By creating Green ambassadors on college campuses across Nigeria, Adenike’s movement aims to positively impact the ways in which Nigerian youth incorporate green living into all elements of their lives from riding bikes to taking shorter showers.

Adenike Ogunlesi Nigerian Children’s Clothing Brand GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

Adenike Ogunlesi is the founder of Ruff ‘n’ Tumble a leading designer, manufacturer and retailer of children’s clothing in Nigeria. Ruff ‘n’ Tumble caters for the unique fashion sense of today’s youngsters, from new born to age 16, mixing indigenous lifestyle trends with international appeal.                                                                   

Her brand operate at international standards with over 300 employees, 17 retail outlets, an online presence and an expansion plan across African continent and the international community.

Adenike Oladosu Nigerian Environmental GOAL 13: Climate Action Adenike Oladosu is a Nigerian climate activist and initiator of the school strike for climate in Nigeria She has showcased her climate action at international conferences including the UN Climate Change Conference, World Economic Forum, and Elevate festival in Graz-Austria.
Adesola Adegeye Nigerian Environmental sustainability/Climate Educator GOAL 13: Climate Action

Adesola Adegeye In the founder of GreenwithGrin, a youth-led organization seeking to ignite environmental consciousness in others through advocacy, leveraging on daily social media posts and physical activities like tree planting, cleanups, etc.

She is also currently the founder of Ecobiz, an Ecofriendly store that help individuals and businesses reduce single use plastics and go green.

In February 2023, she organized a challenge that brought over 100 young people in Nigeria and other parts of the world together.
The Green challenges promote daily sustainable lifestyle as a tool for sustainable development.                                                                                    

She is passionate about quality education for all children especially the girl child and has more than 10,000 lives of children and youth through her #qualityeducation and welfare support.

She has engaged in other programs like Back To School campaign, Impact project, Free Extra moral classes, personal health education, entrepreneurship education, book donation campaign.

Adora Nwodo Nigeria  STEM GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Adora Nwodo is a Software Engineer at Microsoft where she builds cloud services and high value exxperiences related to Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality.                                                              

Apart from building and advocating for Mixed Reality Technologies, Adora is a Digital Creator and the COO of Lend a Land of Hpoe Intiative, an NGO focused on empowering people in rural communities through education and skill acquisition. She has courses online that teaches people about infrastructure automation. She co-organizes community events for unStack Africa, contributes to Open Source, and speaks at technology conferences worldwide

Affiong Williams Nigerian  Agribusiness  GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production Affiong Williams is the CEO/ Founder of ReelFruit, the largest fruit processing, packaging, and marketing company in Nigeria. The company, founded in 2012, retails a range of dried fruit and nut snacks through various channels, including over 450 Supermarkets, Airlines, Schools, Hotels, and concluding export sales via Amazon.com. ReelFruit is an award-winning brand, winning an international Women In Business Competition in the Netherlands. 
Aisha Raheem Nigerian  Agricultural Supply Chain GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth Aisha Raheem is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Farmz2U. With over 12 years of experience in Strategy, Project Management and Operations, she facilitates project implementation, business development initiatives and corporate engagements at Farmz2u.
Amanda Obidike Nigerian  Technology  GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth Amanda Obidike is an advocate of safe spaces for people living with disabilities. She is a co-founder at initiative for National Growth, she focuses on building social and emotional capacity in differently able person’s and training caregivers.
Amira Yahyaoui Tunisian  Civil  Tech GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality Human Rights Activist and Entrepreneur, Amira Yahyaoui is the Founder and CEO at Mos, a platform that connects student to scholarships.  Since its inception in 2017, Mos has opened access to a pool of over $160 billion in financial aid to more than 400,000 students within its community
Anie Akpe Nigerian FinTech  GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Anie Akpe is the Founder of African Women in Tech (AWIT), an Africa-based organization helping girls and women with education and mentorship within technology, as wella s UX Diaspora, a unique community of people of color who are digitally migrating to educate , connect and inspire one another. With her banking background and an interest in technology, Anie developed a programmatic approach to helping women learn basic tech skills.                                                      

She advanced what was evolving into African Women in Tech from her US-based boundaries to several African countries, partnering with universities, secondary schools, and other community stakeholders.

Anisa Bek Derna Libyan Environmental GOAL 13: Climate Action Anisa Bek is an African youth climate activist and the founder of Project Mulan, a youth-led project that aims to spread and achieve the United Nations Development Plan‚ sustainable development goals in Libya. She is also the national leader of ‘Let’s Do it World’ and Fridays for Future in Libya. Anisa believes that a prosperous future where no one is left behind is possible, but it will take hard work.
Apio Gloria UGANDAN Farming GOAL 2: Zero Hunger She’s a single mother doing tailoring at the same time farming food crops of which after harvests, she sells part of it to pay school fees for her siblings. She makes clothes for the people in the society as well
Aramide Abe  Nigerian  Technology  GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth Aramide Abe is the founder of Naija Startups, a startup with a mission to build sustainable businesses in Africa through information sharing and qualitative digital content. It is an entrepreneurship hub of 65,000+ member startups in Africa. Under her leadreship, Naija Startups has collaborated with organizations such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft to deliver digital marketing training to millions of African entrepreneurs.
Asisat Oshoala Nigerian  Sports(Football) GOAL 5: Gender Equality Asisat Oshoala is a Nigerian  professional football player, who plays as a striker for Spanish Liga F club FC Barcelona  and the Nigeria Women’s National team. Asisat has used her platform to advocate for gender equality in sports and beyond. She has been a vocal advocate for girls’ education and empowerment, and has used her own success as a way to inspire and motivate young girls in Nigeria and around the world.
Audrey Joe-Ezigbo Nigerian Energy and Gas GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Audrey Joe-Ezigbo is the Deputy Managing Director and Shareholder at Falcon Corporation ( a leading, wholly indigenous midstream and downstream Energy, Gas Distribution; Trading company.                              

She is passionate about entrepreneurship in Africa and committed to actualizing the potentials of SMEs to become large corporates or multinationals. She is committed to building African institutions that can survive and scale sustainably ad developing leaders who are global in their thinking and networks

Aya Chebbi Tunisia  Partnership  GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals

Aya Chebbi is the founder of Nala Feminist Collective, a multigenerational alliance of African women activists and politicians united behind transformational feminist change.                                                 

She is a Pan-African feminist and diplomat who rose to prominence as a voice for democracy ad a political blogger during the 2010/2012 Tunisia’ds Revolution. She served as the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet.

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu Ethiopian  Sustainable Fashion  GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth Bethlehem is the founder of soleRebels, a foot ware company that produces eco-friendly and sustainable shoes using traditional Ethiopian artisinal techniques. Her company has become a successful global brand and has inspired other African entrepreneurs to pursue sustainable business models.
Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi Nigerian-British Women’s Rights GOAL 5: Gender Equality Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is a women’s rights activist and co- founder of the African Women’s Development Fund, the first Pan-African grant making organization.  She became actiively invoved in a range of policy advocacy, grass-roots empowerment and social inclusion programmes in Ekiti State. She led the campaign to enact a Gender Based Violence Prohibition Law (2011, revised in October 2019), an Equal Opportunity Bill (2013) and the HIV Anti-Stigma Bill 92014).  She also  served as a UN Women Nigeria Senior Advisor 
Bodam Taiwo Nigerian Business GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Bodam Taiwo is the Head of Portfolio, Bond & Connect Western Africa at Pernod Ricard, a global leader in wine and spirits.                 

Bodam was until the new job, the premium Spirits Trade Marketing Manager ( Brown-Forman Portfolio) at the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company where she providedstrategic leadership to the company’s key operational processes while strategically partnering with stakeholders across all levels in the formulation and tracking Marketing strategies at corporate and commercial levels

Bonang Matheba South African  Education  GOAL 4: Quality Education She is using the voice to champion access to quality education, inspired by the historic protests that swept across south Africa universities.
Cassandra Akinde Nigerian Education  GOAL 4: Quality Education Dr. Cassandra is currently the team lead for the Nigerian Child initiative, a non-profit which promotes child health awareness and sustainability education to empower them with healthy choices.
Chioma Ukonu  Nigerian  Recycling  GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being Chioma is the founder and COO of Recycle Points a waste recycling Social Enterprise that motivate post-consumers to recycle by creating value from their everyday waste. With her team, she has been able to develop a POINT-BASED incentive model with which they collect recyclable material (cans, glass bottles, newspaper, etc.)  from registered post-consumers and in turn reward them with POINTS, which when accrued can be used to redeem household items and cash.
Chukwudi, Kaitochukwu Favour Nigerian Climate Action/ Environmental Sustainability GOAL 13: Climate Action Kaitochukwu is the founder of GeoHelp App, an application that identifies emissions at their nascent stage, alerts proper agencies, and points affected individuals to medical institutions.  Recently, she led a team to carry out an extensive research work on gully assessment in the Calabar Metropolis of Nigeria. This decade-long gullying menacing the people of Calabar is seen to have been caused by a combination of human activities and the adverse response of the climate to these activities. Through this research work, she provided in-depth environmental information, and recommendation to relevant bodies and the government, thereby encouraging immediate remedial actions. This is projected to impact over eight seven percent of the indigenes, recovering their lands, and reducing deaths. Kaitochukwu is committed to a sustainable future, bridging the sustainability knowledge gap existent in communities, and proffering cutting-edge solutions that influences Africa’s sustainability policies.
Crystal Chigbu Nigerian Philantropic Sector GOAL 4: Quality Education

Crystal Chigbu is the Founder and the Executive Director of the Irede Foundation, a platform providing recycled prothetic legs and other walking aids to children between the ages of 2 and 18. The foundation provides hope to children amputees through education, support groups and empowerment.                                             

Through the foundation, she has given over 300 prosthetic limbs to amputated children across Nigeria.                                                            

She also leads a disability awareness walk called’Out on a Limb, which is held in over 20 locations across the world.

Damilola Odufuwa Nigeria  Technology  GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals Damilola Odufuwa is a tech entrepreneur, communications executive and women’s rights activist whose work intercept tech, travel, web3 and gender equality. She is the co-founder of Backdrop, a travel app and social network for finding and sharing beautiful palces. She is also the co-founder of the feminists coalition, an advocacy group championing equality on education, financial freedom and representation of women in public office.
Damilola Ogunbiyi Nigerian  Rural Electrification  GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy Damilola Ogunbiyi is a global leader and advocate for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on SDG7, which calls for access to reliable, affordable, sustainable, and modern energy for all by 2030. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, and Co-Chair of UN-Energy.
Debola Deji-Kurunmi Nigerian  Education and Technology (Ed-Tech) GOAL 4: Quality Education

Debola Deji-Kurunmi is the Founder of  IMMERSE Coaching Company  (a global personal transformation coaching practice) and the Executive Director at Ideation Hub Africa ( a public policy and advisory firm).                                                                                                    

At the IMMERSE Coaching Company , Debola leads a 50,000+ strong tech-driven global community of change-makers in 99 countries suing her breakthrough coaching methodology to elevate their impact, authority and legacy leadership. Since 2014,  IMMERSE has produced over 80 courses, and runs three different subsidaiaries including its men-only coaching arm.                                                                                    

Through Ideation Hub Africa , she runs a social profit accelerator, which supports Africa;s non-ptofits, innovators, civil society organizations and public sector agencies, with executive education, collaborative platforms, funding opportunities and advisory. Ideation Hub is also the host of Development Dialogue, Nigeria’s leading development sector conference sine 2015.

Elizabeth Olowofila Nigerian Electric Mobility/ Last Mile Transportation GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Olowofila Elizabeth is the CFO and Co-Founder of ThinkBikes, a micro-mobility company providing last mile transportation for small businesses using two and three-wheeler electric cargo bikes that are locally manufactured and making them available for ride sharing and lease to individuals and businesses in urban and rural communities for affordable clean mobility of goods using a mobile app.

She is in pursuit to expanding the services of ThinkBikes to more communities in order to help more women who are living below $5 per day in rural communities and also expanding her social impact to more underserved in order to contribute to the green transition in Africa.

She is a social entrepreneur and an advocate for clean environment and the Re-use of electronic wastes for a sustainable environment.

Elizabeth Rossiello Kenyan FinTech  GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality Elizabeth Rossiello is the CEO and founder of AZA Finance, a global fintech company that is accelerating economic growth in Africa through its best-in-class foreign exchange, payments, settlement and treasury services. Elizabeth is committed to expanding access to financial technologies and global markets. Elizabeth co-chairs the World Economic Forum‚Äôs Council on Blockchain in service of this vision, in addition to sitting on the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Global Advisory Board. She was recently named as a 2021 Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst, a curated group of CEOs and leaders driving development and impact.
Elizabeth Wathuti Kenyan Environmental GOAL 13: Climate Action

Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti is a Green Climate Fund Youth Champion, and the founder of the Green Generation Initiative, a yuoth-focused initiative aimed at addressing environmental issues through education, tree growing for impact, advocacy, and activism. She was determined to empower communities, particularly children and young people to find solutions to climate and ecological issues.                             

Her initiative has helped in the planting of 30,000 tree seedlings in Kenya.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  Liberia Olitics GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is an influential voice for expanding women’s political participation and involvement in decision making processes increasingly there is recognition that full gender equity will ensure a stronger economy, a more developed nation and a more peaceful nation.
Eloho Omame  Nigerian Technology GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Eloho co-founded FirstCheck Africa in 2021. FirstCheck Africa’s investment portfolio includes startups in Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa & Kenya, led by female founders building in financial services, education, healthcare and retail/commerce. Through FirstCheck Africa, she is committed to helping Africa’s exceptional female entrepreneurial talent build great companies.
Emma Miloyo Kenyan Architecture GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Emma Miloyo is the co-founder and Director at Design Source with vast experience in the building industry in the East and Central Africa region. She is passionate about the built environment and she is also very enthusiastic about preserving Kenya’s architectural heritage                                                                                                    

Miloyo serves as an inspiration for young women to see archtecture as a career. She volunteers her time to help girls in poverty attend school through the Ex-Bomarian Education Trust. She is also a founding Board Member at Wire (Women in Real Estate).

Eneyi Oshi Nigerian  Agribusiness  GOAL 2: Zero Hunger Oshi Eneyi is the team lead at Farmisphere,  a digital ecosystem providing small-holder farmers and seafood harvesters timely market access while ensuring urban households purchase quality protein food from the comfort of their homes. She is an amiable young leader with inestimable visions, aiming to improve food security by adopting the use of the Circular Economy. She is an outcome-oriented entrepreneur, a prolific youth leader, an Agripreneur, with vast knowledge, experience and passion for Agriculture.
Eno Essien Nigerian  FinTech  GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Eno Essien is the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Rheytrak Limited, a Vehicle Tracking and Recovery company licensed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Under her leadership, the company has consistently experienced steady and remarkable accomplishments and recorded an exceptionally high success rate in recovery of stolen vehicles from locations within and outside the Nigerian boundary. 

Esther Agbarakwe  Nigerian  Climate Action  GOAL 13: Climate Action

Esther Agbarakwe is a co-founder of the Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition, the biggest youth climate movement in Nigeria. She also serves as a technical Advisor to the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC).

Currently Ms Agbarakwe is also a young climate change policy advisor and trainer with experience in creating, facilitating and managing youth-led projects. She has over eight years of experience working on sexuality and environmental issues. 

Evelyn Acham Ugandan Environmental  GOAL 13: Climate Action Evelyn Acham is a passionate climate justice activist from Uganda. She has organized climate strikes and campaigns with the Rise Up Movement, where she works as a national coordinator. She is part of the Generation Climate Initiative and Fridays for Future, the international movement of school students striking for bold climate action. She is also an Arctic angel for Global Choices, a youth-led intergenerational action network. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in land economics from Makerere University in Kampala.
Fatima Aliyu Magaji Nigerian  Environment/Climate change  GOAL 13: Climate Action

Fatima is the founder of the environmental advocacy platform FAM4FUTURE. She is also the partnership Director at the Community Action Against Plastic Waste. She also served as a member and executive  of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI Network Abuja), an intiative of the US government in Africa to groom the next generation of African leaders.                                                                 

She consistently leverages her platforms and networks to champion  environmental sustainability initiatives, climate change, and community development projects in collaborations with other youth-led organizations.

Fatna Ikrame Moroccan Environmental conservation organisation GOAL 13: Climate Action

20-year-old Fatna Ikrame El Fanne is ensuring that young Moroccans are fully aware of the dangers of climate change – and the opportunities for climate action.

Somewhere between being a hardcore academic ‚Äì whose expertise range from engineering to language studies ‚Äì and an accredited English teacher, Fatna somehow managed to find time to co-found the Youth for Climate Morocco movement. 

Feyikemi Fabiyi Nigerian  Non-Governmental organization  GOAL 5: Gender Equality

Feyikemi is a Gender Advocate/Rise Up Fellow.  She has facilitated and trained over 3000 Nigerian women, youth and teens through speaking, training and mentorship. a local organization dedicated to empowering women and youth to gain financial independence, reduce poverty and enhance health, well-being and education

Presently, she is working as a Program Officer at Youth Alive Foundation, a non Governmental Organization focused on youth policy and youth development.

Over the past 5 years, she has managed and coordinated a lot of developmental projects and advocates in support of Gender equality, Domestic and Sexual Violence, decent work and Economic growth, WASH , Good health and well being, Education, Governance, community development among many others.

Fifi Ejindu Nigerian Architecture GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Fifi Ejindu started Starcrest, a real estate business that grew to become the Starcrest Group of companies. The subsidiaries include Starcrest Investment Limited, Starcrest Associates Limited and Starcrest Industries Limited, and the businesses extend to oil and gas, real estate managemeent, building construction, project management, youth empowerment and investment opportunities.       

She is also the CEO of Building Support System and the founder of the African Arts and Initiatives. This has grown to become a platform for displaying Africa’s cultural heritage and talent to the world and creating opprtunities for African youths.

Funke Bucknor-Obruthe Nigerian Events Planning GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Funke Bucknor-Obruthe is the Founder and CEO of Zappaire Events Groups (comprising Zapphaire Events Limited, the Zapphaire Training Academy and Décor by Furtullah) a pioneer events planning company in Africa that has for many years continued to set the trend for event architecture and design in Nigeria.                                                                 

Her passion for innovation and excellence has built a leading Wedding and Events brand that has delivered well over 1,500 successful events across the globe.                                                                

She is also keen with sharing industry knowledge and giving others room to bloom. This resulted to the creation of Zapphaire Training Academy which has birthed over 500 events professionals.

Funto Ibuoye Nigerian Architecture GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Funto Ibuoye is the CEO of Five28, a global design, architecture and property development firm positioned as a catalytic tool for nation building and kingdom advancement, where she passionately leads a team of architects, design professionals, project managers, contractors and other administrative staff to creating and building spaces that elevate the way people live and work.                                          

Funto is an author of 5 powerful books and she continually reaches thousands of people across the globe wit the instrumentality of her books, coaching programs and other peaking engagements

Graca Machel South Africa  Education  GOAL 4: Quality Education

Graca Machel is  an African stateswoman whose decades-long professional and public life is rooted in Mozambique’s struggle fro self-rule and international advocacy for women and children’s rights. She is a former freedom fighter in  Mozambique’s FRELIMO movement and the country’s first Minister of Education.                                  

In the years following her tenure in government, Machel produced a ground-breaking United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report, The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, that changed the way the United Nations and members states respond in conflict zones. Since then, she has worked tirelessly in support of global health, child welfare, and women  rights and empowerment.                                               

Machel has dedicated her life to improving the fate of women and children, inspiring hope, and building a more just and equitable for people.

Hauwa Ojeifo  Nigerian  Mental Health  GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

Hauwa Ojeifo is the founder of She Writes Woman, an award-winning mental health movement that provide support and advocacy women in Nigeria. She is the creator of Safe Place Nigeria, a virtual community for mental health-conscious Nigerians to access digital mental healthcare, self-care tools and wellness resources.           

Her organization has helped to break down the stigma around mental health in Nigeria and has provided critical resources for women who are struggling with mental health issues.                 

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim Chadian Environmental GOAL 13: Climate Action

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an expert in the adaptation and mitigation of indigenous peoples to climate change. She is a member of the Mbororo pastoralist people in Chad and President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT). Oumarou Ibrahim is an advocate for the greater inclusion of indigenous people and their knowledge and traditions in the global movement to fight the effects of climate change.

Oumarou Ibrahim received the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award and was appointed as a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. She serves as a Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues; Member of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC); Member of the Advisory Committee to the Secretary-General 2019 Climate Action Summit; and Conservation International Senior Indigenous Fellow.

Idayat Ogunlade Nigerian Entrepreneurship GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Mrs. Idayat is a community-impact-driven entrepreneur who started the Hidayah Entrepreneur brand in 2018. This brand based in Qatar and Nigeria sees to the success of businesses in Africa, including Nigerian youths, and provides support for businesses to strive.

The brand has held 5 entrepreneurship seminars in Qatar, Uganda, Lagos Nigeria, Osun State Nigeria, and the most recent one in Oyo State, Nigeria.

Her relentless efforts include organizing pitching competitions for business owners and empowering youth with tools to enhance their business growth such as business capital  & sewing machines.
The platform provides business support through various means of content creation including weekly newsletters to the entrepreneurship community and others.

Ifeoluwa Dare-Johnson  Nigerian Technology GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Ifeoluwa Dare-Johnson is a healthcare enthusiast with a passion for Africa-focused healthcare conversations. Currently, Ifeoluwa is focused on building a solution that decentralizes lab testing, providing easier access to essential medical services. Her dedication to improving healthcare in Africa has driven her work in this field. She is always looking for ways to create innovative solutions that will have a lasting impact on the industry.
Ifeoma  Uddoh Nigerian  FinTech  GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Ifeoma is a social entrepreneur and the founder of  Shecluded, a Fintech credit company focused on the success of women-led businesses in Africa. Shecluded started with the goal of providing loans and growth advisory services to women-led business. Shecluded was one of the selected companies for the UK Nigeria Tech Hub in (2020).                                                                                         

She helps create financial inclusion for female entrepreneurs by pioneering the first of many gender-based creative financing platforms through the provision of credit facilities, business and wealth advisory services for women.                                                                   

Ifeoma Ebo Nigerian Architecture GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Ifeoma Ebo is the Founding Principal, Urban Designer and Planning Strategist at Creative Urban Alchemy LLC (CUA) a design and planning consultancy creating strategies for diverse scales in urban environments.                                                                                                  

Through her leadership roles in urban design and development initiatives funded by the United Nations, Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the NYC Mayors Office she has excelled in managing multidisciplinary teams towards the planning, design and implementation of projects supporting racial, social and cultural equity. She is a highly sought after educator, public speaker and consultant in design and planning

Ify Malo Nigerian  Technology  GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy Ifeoma Malo is the founder and CEO of Clean Tech Hub and the Energy Innovation Center in Abuja. She was also Country Director for Nigeria at Power For All, a global decentralized renewable campaign organization. She was the immediate past Senior Policy Adviser on Energy Policies, Regulations and Partnerships to the Honorable Minister of Power in Nigeria and advised on the policy direction for large-scale grid-connected and off-grid power.
Jennifer Uchendu Nigerian  Sustainable Development  GOAL 13: Climate Action Jennifer Uchendu is an ecofeminist and sustainable development advocate based in Lagos. She is the founder of SustyVibes, a youth-led organisation making sustainability actionable and relatable to young people. Jennifer’s interests lie at the intersections of youth, women and climate action.
Julie Obi Nigeria Hospitality GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Julie Obi is empowering women from the low-income community (Mushin) with skill acquisition like catering and event services and teaching them how to start a business in the hospitality industry with the aim of reducing unemployment among women and youth and creating job opportunities which the women have the privilege to work with her as an independent reseller of her crunchy coconut cookies after undergoing a six months apprenticeship training model and then support them to register their business with the corporate affairs commission, help them open a bank account and further onboard them on a digital entrepreneurship platform that enables the women connects with buyers for their product, connect with grant donors and get mentorship support on the platform.

Juliet Ehimuan Nigerian  Technology  GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Juliet Ehimuan is the Country Director for Google in Nigeria, where she developed a series of innovative products to build the online ecosystem in the country, designed initiatives to make internet more available and afforadable in the country. She also contributed in the content delopment, by helping get Nigerian movies, music, fashion on Youtube to promote the national content .                                   

She is also the founder of Beyond Limits Africa, a leadership and organizational capacity builiding initiative aimed at building the capacities of young Africans and helping them become  the best versions of themselves.

Juliet Okene  Nigeria  HR, Coaching for Successful Women  GOAL 5: Gender Equality

Juliet Okene is the Senior Coach at The Audacity Network, a personal development life coaching firm, and Founder of The Growth Club, a thriving closed community for successful business and career professionals who want to achieve work-life success.                               Juliet Okene is a certified mindset coach and relationship counsellor for business and career-focused women.

She has over 20+ years of experience in human resource, relationship, and stakeholder management, as well as expertise in financial accounting.

Jummai Abalaka Nigerian  Agribusiness  GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Jummai Abalaka is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Pricepally, Nigeria’s innovative food e-commerce platform. Jummai has 10 years of experience in food procurement and distribution and facilitates the day-to-day agricultural produce procurement, operations, supply, and fulfilment at Pricepally, helping Pricepally serve hundreds of Nigerian households monthly. With years of experience in the food delivery space, Jummai efficiently occupies one of the most critical and essential positions within the organization and food distribution in Nigeria.
Kemi  Adetiba Nigerian  Entertainment GOAL 5: Gender Equality

She is a famous Nigerian movie director, filmmaker, and music video director, best known for her works on the 2016 comedy-drama “The Wedding Party”.

She is creating opportunities for female filmmakers and challenging gender stereotype in her work.

Khadijah Abu Nigerian  FinTech  GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Khadijah Abu is the Product Partnerships Lead at Paystack Payments Limited, a startup that enables businesses across Africa accept payments from their customers. She is a seasoned professional with 10+ years of experience in the Nigerian Fintech and Payments space working in Operations, Business Process Re-engineering and Product Management. She has managed products generating billions of dollars in revenue, and has led the design and implementation of several business automation projects.
Lauritta Boniface  Nigerian  Environment/Climate Change  GOAL 13: Climate Action

Lauritta Boniface is an environmentalist, climate advocate and a youth negotiator actively working on SDG 7&13, she is passionate about providing sustainable solution to the problem of waste in Nigeria, through training, advocacy and environment best practices.

Her work is helping vulnerable communities with affordable, clean and renewable sources of energy through her capacity-building training with communities on clean cooking techniques which are an efficient source of cooking energy to mitigate energy poverty and combat desertification and drought, promote United Nations program on Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation REDD+.

She is the Co-Founder of Ecocykle Development Foundation, an NGO helping to eliminate pollution and waste in Nigeria. As a Speak Up Stand Out Program Activist, under the project “Your Waste My Money” she trained 500 young people and women on waste recycling skills.

Lola Adetona  Nigerian  Civil engineering construction  GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

She is the past chairman of Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Lagos Chapter. An institution dedicated to educating young cIVIL Engineers to build a better world.                                                              

She has been in Civil Engineering practice for close to two decades. Her passion to make a positive difference in the profession has been brought to bare in her tenure as state chairman. This has lead to the formation of innovative continuous professional development channels such as the NICE Lagos Telegram Platform, Free Structural Engineering Training for young Engineers.                                                

She has organised and anchored various Technical visits to  enlighten and expose young Engineers to the real world.

Lola Adetona  Nigeria  Engineering/Construction  GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

She is the past chairman of Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Lagos Chapter. An institution dedicated to educating young cIVIL Engineers to build a better world.                                                              

She has been in Civil Engineering practice for close to two decades. Her passion to make a positive difference in the profession has been brought to bare in her tenure as state chairman. This has lead to the formation of innovative continuous professional development channels such as the NICE Lagos Telegram Platform, Free Structural Engineering Training for young Engineers.                                                

She has organised and anchored various Technical visits to  enlighten and expose young Engineers to the real world.

Lola Akinmade Nigerian-Swedish Travel Photography  GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth Lola Akinmade is a Nigerian photographer and travel writer based in Stockholm, Sweden. She is the editor-in-chief for Slow Travel Stockholm. Her works have been featured in the National Geographic Traveler, BBC, and CNN, among other publications. She studied Geography Information System (GIS) at the University of Maryland.
Mariam  Lawani  Nigerian  Waste Management  GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

Mariam Lawani is the Founder/CEO of Greenhill Recycling. She is an educator turned waste manager. She is a certified social sector manager from the prestigious Pan Atlantic University and a proud alumnus of the Cherie Blaire Foundation for women. She started Greenhill Recycling from the garage of her house and now has over 200 registered households who have adopted their recycling model.

In the past 3 plus years, Mariam has led community awareness and clean-up campaigns that sensitize and call people to action on the need to separate and sort their waste from the source of generation, in order to reduce the volumes going to the dumpsites and ending up in our drainages. 

Mbali Nwoko Nigerian-South African  Agribusiness  GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Mbali Nwoko is CEO of Green Terrace Farm, which produces high-value vegetable crops for leading retailers and markets in South Africa. She is an award-winning commercial farmer, entrepreneur, professional speaker, and regular columnist for Farmer’s Weekly Magazine.

Mbali is an ardent entrepreneur passionate about business and entrepreneurship with extensive experience and background in talent management and has since ventured into farming, which is recounted as one of the most outstanding achievements.

Mildred Okwo Nigerian  Film Industry  GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

Mildred Okwo is a respected Nigerian film Director and Producer whose films have been nominated and won several prestigious awards including AMVCA, AMAA, NMA and, Publix du Prix‚at Nollywood Paris.
A former Los Angeles litigation lawyer, her film, ‘The Meeting’ was one of the top box-office draws of 2012 and set a quality standard for new Nollywood films in the country. The film had 19 different nominations and won 6 awards at AMVCA alone.

She creates high-quality, entertaining films that challenge stereotypes and showcase the diversity of Nigerian culture.

Mira Mehta British-Nigerian  Agribusiness  GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production Mira established a fully integrated farming and processing agribusiness in Northern Nigeria that produces tomato paste and other agricultural products for the domestic market. Before founding Tomato Jos, Miss Mehta worked in the financial services and healthcare sectors in New York and Nigeria, respectively, where she gained valuable technical skills, developed an empathetic worldview, and built a strong network that would empower her to launch a business at the base of the pyramid.
Mudrakat Alabi-Macfoy Nigerian Sustainability, Social Impact & Gender Justice GOAL 13: Climate Action

Mudrakat Alabi-Macfoy is the Project Officer at the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA). She is a result-oriented social impact development and sustainability professional  with a solid legal background, who provide broad-based experiences in program development and implementation, data analysis, leadership building, and mobilizing advocacy coalitions.                                      

She is a humanist who is deeply affected by the necessity of a satisfactory quality of life fro each and every one. She addresses these views through actively advocating for mental health, gender equality, environmental sustainability and community development.

Ndidi Nwuneli  Nigerian  Agriculture and Food Industry  GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is the founder and CEO of Leap Africa, a youth-focused leadershipo development nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, empower and equip a new cadre of leaders with skills.                                                                                                                      

She is also the co-founder of Sahel Consulting and AACE Foods, a social enterprise which processes nutritious food made from the best of West Africa’s cereal, herbs, pulses, and spices.

Nikita Nkese  Nigeria Children’s education and holistic development GOAL 4: Quality Education

Nikita Nkese is the Founder/Creative Director of Sweetest Kiddies Empire, an organization committed to promoting quality education and protecting tjhe fundamental rights of children through advocacy at all levels, to reduce incidence of child abuse in the Nigerian society.                                                                                                      

Having worked with tweens, teenagers, and young people for about 13 years, she understand their psychology and most importantly how to spur them to progress.

She has impacted over 25,000 children, teenagers and young people across Nigeria. 

Nneka Eze  Nigerian  Agribusiness  GOAL 2: Zero Hunger Nneka Eze is a Managing Director at VestedWorld, a venture capital firm delivering impact and returns in agriculture, consumer goods, and enabling technology with a focus on Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya.
Nneka is a former Partner at Dalberg where she served as Nigeria Director and co-led Dalberg Global Agriculture & Food Security Practice. She focused on sectors including agriculture, education and employment, financial services, creative industries, urban resilience, and inclusive growth across Africa, and in Asia and Latin America.
Nse Ikpe-Etim Nigerian  Film Industry  GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being Nse Ikpe-Etim is a multi award-winning actress, film producer, and director who has worked on projects such as “Mr. and Mrs.” and “Heaven’s Hell”. She is making a difference in her sector by promoting  mental health awareness and advocating for women’s rights. She is using her film to destigmatize mental illness and promote holistic wellness.
Odunayo Eweniyi Nigeria  Technology GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals

Odunayo Eweniyi is the co founder and the Chief Operating Officer of  Piggytech Global Limited, an online platform that lets people save money and achieve their goals. It also let people invest their money in various businesses and get up to 25% return on investment.She is also a co-founder of PushCV recruitment, and resumes writing agency.                                                                                                      

She is also a co-founder and General Partner of FirstCheck Africa, female-led, female-focused angel fund and investor community, making it possible fro African women in the technology industry to raise capital. This is done by writing first checks and also providing pathways for more African women to invest in technology startups.

Ola Brown  British-Nigerian  Medical Emergency Services GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

 She is the founder of Healthcap Africa, which invest in two asset classes: infrastructure and venture capital.                                            Healthcap has invested in about thirty startups in fintech and healthtech and has a pipeline of almost $800m in healthcare, clean energy and clean water infrastructure proojects across the continent. 

Dr. Ola Brown is also the founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, a tech-enabled urgent care services marketplace focused on emergency services, virtual patient care and nedical equipment. It is the first air ambulance service in West Africa. 

Olajumoke Ademowo Nigerian Architecture GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Olajumoke Ademowo is the Founder of AD Consulting, a leading Nigerian-based architecture and design firm, and Awesome Treasures Foundation, a UN recognized NGO that has empowered over 11,000 women. She has designed and supervised the construction of over 70 different projects, including buildings for the Nigerian government, Coca-Cola, L’oreal, and banks.                                      

She is also the founder of Advantage Energy, an Oil and Gas services firm.                                       

Olamide Ayeni Balogun Nigeria  Waste and environment  GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Olamide is the founder of Pearl Recycling, a social enterprise in Nigeria engaged in the recycling of solid waste into sustainable and eco-friendly products. She ventured into waste recyclingto create jobs for vulnerable women and to keep the environment clean.                   

Her enterprise has trained over 250 women with vocational skills on how convert waste into useful products. Her enterprise has currently donated 400 chairs to 20 public schools in Lagos made fro waste.

Oluwaseyi Moejoh  Nigerian  Environment  GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Seyi is the Executive Director/Co-founder of U-recycle Initiative Africa, a youth led organization focused on advancing circular economy, environmental sustainability and climate change. Her organization has engaged over 7100+ youths in 11 African nations through over 36+ environmental and youth development projects.                             

She is currently a Contributing Editor for the OH-Wake Magazine (an environmental and ocean conservation magazine for youth) and was a Project Consultant (Super Squad Leader) for the Ocean Heroes Bootcamps.    

She is passionate about changing the narratives peretaining to plastic pollution, climate crisis, and ocean conservation in Africa and the world.

Oluwatosin Olaseinde  Nigerian  FinTech  GOAL 4: Quality Education Oluwatosin Olaseinde is the founder of Money Africa, a Nigerian FinTech Company financial education and advice to help individuals make informed financial decisions. Through Money Africa, she has helped many Nigerians gain financial literacy, enabling to make better financial decisions and improve their financial well-being.
Oluwayimika Angel Adelaja Nigerian Agribusiness  GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

Adelaja is the CEO of Fresh Direct Nigeria, an environmentally friendly, organic agricultural production and processing company that also deals in manufacturing agricultural equipment and technology.

Adelaja founded Fresh Direct in 2014, with a goal to make agriculture easy and fun for young people, empower them with employment and strengthen them to also be successful employers of labour.

Omobolanle Banwo Osadolo Nigerian Technology GOAL 5: Gender Equality

Omobolanle Banwo Osadolo is the founder and lead Brand Designer at Geneza Brands, a branding agency in Nigeria that focuses on helping businesses create strong identities through design.                 

She is also the founder of The Female Designer Movement, an initiative that has trained over 3000 women in graphic design for  free as part of its mission to increase the number of women in the African technology ecosystem .

Omoni Oboli Nigerian  Entertainment( Film Industry) GOAL 5: Gender Equality Omoni Oboli is a Nigerian actress, scriptwriter, film director, producer and digital filmmaker. She has made a difference in her community and the Nigerian film industry by consistently creating and promoting positive representation of Nigeria and Africa as a whole in her movies. Her works explore themes such as love, family and social issues. She also advocates for the empowerment of women in the film industry, encouraging more women to rake part on  key roles in movie production. 
Omopeju Afanu Nigerian Management Consultant  GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Omopeju Afanu is the founder of Cooperhouse Hospitality Ltd, an indigenous 80% owned hospitality management company,  with the goal of becoming a globally recognized brand.         

 She is the Country Director in Nigeria for The Women Empowerment and Development Platform (TWEDP), an NGO dedicated to the growth and empowerment of women at grassroots level as well as supporting children of poor families in public schools by providing them with resources for qualitative education. She is the Vice President Lagos of the Enterprise Development Centre Alumni Association (EDCAA).

She is also Member of the STEAM UP LAGOS Nucleus,  an initiative of the Lagos State Government set up to implement STEAM Educational Methodology in Lagos State Public Schools. 

Prayer Nwagboso Ikegwuonu  Nigeria NGO, Naza Agape Foundation  GOAL 4: Quality Education

Prayer Nwagboso Ikegwuonu is a co-founder and Director at Girlfield Company Limited, a sanitary pad company that produces eco-friendly sanitary pads made from banana fibers. She is also the founder of Naza Agape Foundation and a Cabinet Minister at the Republic of Women where she has impacted 15,000 lives across the globe.           

She is passionate about the girl child education and the desire to build a tution free schools in Africa.

Rita Idehai Nigerian  Environment/Waste Management  GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

She is the CEO, at Ecobarter Company, an integrated technology platform enabling waste-free living in Nigeria by connecting homes to recycling services such as community exchange centers and last-mile doorstep collectors.                                                                             

She is ensuring that every household in urban communities across Nigeria get connected to a sustainable waste management platform and also building the adaptative capacities of vulnerable women to climate and economic risks by leveraging otherwise waste items.  

Shahira Fahmy Egyptian Architecture GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities Shahira Fahmy is the founder and the principal of Shahira Fahmy Architects, established in Cairo, Egypt. Her work ranges from architecture and master-planning to product design her colloborations both on projects and exhibitions reflect her strong her strong believe in the value of teamwork.
Shirley Frimpong-Manso Ghanaian  Film Industry  GOAL 5: Gender Equality She is a Ghanaian film producer and director who founded the production company Sparrow Productions. She is making a difference by creating films that address issues such as domestic violence  and gender inequality.
Stella S. AROWOLO Nigerian Food and Agriculture GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

Stella is the founder of Beyond Attendance, an Agro-based initiative devoted to seeing to the involvement of youths especially Agricultural undergraduates’ in Agriculture. She is a Soiless Farmer, a fellow of MyFarmbase, and a certified Agribusiness and Finance professional.                                                                                                  

She believes that the Agricultural value chain is long enough to accommodate everyone and stands to show the light in Agriculture by advocating for the capacity of the sector to ensure no poverty SDG1, zero hunger SDG2, good health and well being SDG3, with decent work and economic growth SDG8

Subomi Plumptre  Nigerian in the USA diaspora  Finance, Investment, Social Entrepreneurship  GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Subomi is the co-Founder & Director at Volition Capital Investments, a private equity company that provides investment education and advisory for middle-class Africans. She also serves as the co-founder & Director at Volition Blue in the USA, an investment advisory firm that builds the bridge between talented African founders and international investors.

Under her management, Volition Capital earned $1 million in its first year of operations. She founded a cooperative under the Volition Capital umbrella that helped 3000 Africans save and invest over $30 million. In 2022, Subomi helped Volitional Capital earn a fund management licence to expand operations in Nigeria.
 Subomi led Volition Blue to invest as a Limited Partner in Visible Hands’ Fund to contribute to supporting underrepresented African founders in the US.

Also in 2022, Subomi helped organise the maiden edition of Africa Founders Immersion event in Dubai. 

Thandile Chinyavanhu South African  Environmental GOAL 13: Climate Action

Thandile Chinyavanhu is an environmental and social activist. She works as a climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace Africa. She writes about public health, energy access, climate mitigation and the intersectionality of climate change, particularlyits impacts on women of color. She helps guide development in a sustainable manner by influencing and aiding SMEs in taking into consideration matters of compliance, the environment, and the possible externalities their activities have on climate change, health, and natural resources.                                                                                               

She is also part of the Quote This Woman+ database of experts that work towards ensuring gender diversity in the media and beyond, by curating a database of voices like hers for journalists to use when they need an expert opinion.

Uchenna Pedro Nigerian Media GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Uchenna Pedro is the Founder and Managing Director of BrainStone Limited and BellaNaija, a pioneer online media industry in Nigeria.            

Under her leadership, BellaNiaja’s social footprint has grown through its collective brands-BellaNaija.com, BellaNaija Weddings and BellaNaija Style to be the largest on the African continent with more than 200 million impressions each month.                                                                                                   

Her website is aimed at developing and managing, innovative and exciting online media content.

Winnie Cheche Kenyan Environmental  GOAL 13: Climate Action

Winnie is a seasoned eco-blogger and climate activist who is passionate about leveraging communication to drive positive environmental impact in the face of challenges posed by the climate crisis. With 8 years of experience in grassroots work and campaigning, she has honed her skills in crafting and delivering communications campaigns that align with climate justice, a critical need for Kenya, given its vulnerability to the climate crisis.

Currently, she leads the YMA Going Green Initiative, an NGO pioneering groundbreaking eco-friendly practices in orphanages and promoting nature education among teenagers and youth. As a team leader, she has developed articulate and well-designed communication strategies that have positioned YMA as a leader in sustainable living and business models.

Yemisi Adeyeye Nigerian Health/STEM GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

Dr. Yemisi Adeyeye is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Lifefount Hospital, a leading hospital in cancer acre, surgery, and endoscopy. She also cofounded Lifefount Foundation where she impacts her community in the areas of entrepreneurship, healthcare and women’s economic advancement. Her Lifefount cancer awareness and screening projects has given free breast clinical examination, mammography and ultrasound  to one thousand and five hundred (1500) women in two states in Nigeria in the past three                                                                                                  

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, she leverage technology to tain 1,154 youths and female business owners on how to profitably and sustainably launch and structure their businesses.   

Also, under her leadership Lifeount Hospital leveraged techology and trained about 1,000 medical personnels on COVID-19 and cancer care with facilitaors from UK, Pakistan, Spain, and Nigeria.                                 

In 2022, The United State Consulate partnered with the Lifeount Foundation to train and support 100 women and girls to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.                                                                                          

Yemisi Mokuolu  Nigerian  Creative Industries  GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Yemisi Mokuolu is the CEO and Founder of Hatch Ideas and Hatch Africa. She founded HATCH in 2002 as HATCH Events with the focus on producing live events to broaden culture and raise the profile African arts and artists. She set up HATCH Africa to provide support that was specific to the needs across the continent and set up HATCH Ideas as an umbrella global brand.                                     

Yemisi has evolved the agency into supporting really amazing people and organizations get their cultural, creative, and social change projects off the ground by developing a system of research, consultancy, programnme management and business development support.

Yetty Williams Nigerian Management Consulting  

Yetty Williams is a Lead Digital Media Marketing Consultant. She work with C Level executives and business owners to create and implement their digital media marketing strategy to grow both online and offline, resulting in increased brand awareness and revenue.                

As an advocate for small business owners, she was selected to partner with the US Department of State and the US Consulate( Lagos) to train women entrepreneurs under the program: ‘Providing Opportunities for Women’s Economic Rise’, supported by Google.       

She also coaches parents, children and educators to navigate the digital age and become responsible digital citizens.

Yewande Kazeem Nigerian  Aquaculture  GOAL 14: Life Below Water

Yewande Kazeem is the founder of Wandieville Media, a multi-media company that promotes aquaculture and seafood consumption in Nigeria.

Yewande is passionate about impacting smallholder farmers, women farmers and school planting programs as well as supporting the research and technology that will be needed to feed nine billion people by 2050.

Yolanda Zoleka Cuba South African  Telecommunication  

Yolanda Zoleka Cuba is the Group Vice President Southern and East Africa Region at MTN Group, one of Africa’s telecommunication companies. She is the former Chief Executive of Vodafone Ghana and former Group Chief Strategy Officer for strategy, new business and M&A at Vodacom Group covering South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, DRC and Lesotho . She led Vodacom’s mergers and acquisition as well as its acceleration unit into telco adjacencies such as financial services, etc.                                                                       

She is passionate about education and inclusive social and financial development.