The traditional view of women as home makers, completely dependent on their spouses for a living is gradually changing. In commemoration of the International Women’s Day, we celebrate five young Nigerian female entrepreneurs who are rewriting the narrative and contributing to this change.
- Olajumoke Adenowo
She is called the “Face of Architecture” in Nigeria. Olajumoke is one of the few females in Nigeria recognized in the architecture sector of the country. She is the founder of AD Consulting. CNN described her as Africa’s ‘Starchitect’.
- Tara Fela Durotoye
Tara is the Chief Executive Officer of House of Tara. She remains an inspiration to all African women entrepreneurs who have a vision for their own businesses and who also wish to make a positive impact on the lives of others on the continent.
- Funke Bucknor – Obruthe (FBO)
When FBO, as she is fondly called, started Zapphaire Events around 2002, there was really no events planning industry. Her creativity, tenacity and professionalism largely contributed to what is now one of Nigeria’s fastest growing industries. Initially seen by many as the Queen of Wedding Planning, FBO has expanded Zapphaire’s footprint to Corporate Events, having worked with clients like Fidelity Bank, UBA and Access Bank. She has been featured on CNN and also on the prestigious BBC 100 Women 2016 list.
- Affiong Williams
Affiong is an agropreneur and the Founder of Reel Fruits, a fast-growing fruit-processing company involved in processing, packaging and branding local, and quality fruit products. In 2015, Affiong made the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 tomorrow’s billionaires list.
- Yasmin Belo-Osagie
Yasmin Belo Osagie is the co-founder of She Leads Africa (SLA), a Nigeria-based social enterprise that equips female entrepreneurs in Africa with the knowledge, network, and financing needed to build and scale strong businesses.
It is without a doubt that women entrepreneurship is a key driver to a country’s prosperity. Nigeria was cited as one of the emerging markets where women participation in the economy had expanded in the last 2 decades. The contributions of women are no longer arguable. 50% of the Nigeria’s economy is MSMEs, of which 70% of them are owned by women.
“If women started businesses at the same rate as men, global GDP would be better off to the tune of $28 trillion by 2025”
Olajumoke Adenowo- https://twitter.com/jumokeadenowo
Tara Fela Durotoye- http://connectnigeria.com/articles/2016/08/5-things-entrepreneurs-can-learn-tara-fela-durotoye-founder-house-tara/
Yasmin Belo-Osagie- https://awpnetwork.com/2014/09/22/she-leads-africa-empowering-the-next-generation-of-women-entrepreneurs/