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Award Recipients 2018

Osayi Alile (HER NETWORK WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2018 (Overall Achiever)

Osayi is the CEO of ACT Foundation, a grant-making and capacity building non-profit organization committed to delivering social impact changes in the areas of health, environment, entrepreneurship, and leadership. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA Pi Alpha Alpha. She consultants for Access Bank Plc on its CSR projects and is the Executive Director of FATE Foundation, a leading private sector led not-for-profit organization present in Nigeria for 8 years. She is also a consultant on non-profit management and strategy, a Sustainability Expert and Speaker. Osayi is the founding curator, Global Shapers Forum Nigeria. Osayi is passionate about the social sector and believes strongly that impact must be made rapidly and consistently in a bid to foster development.

Chinwe Egwim (CAREER WOMAN OF THE YEAR)

Chinwe Egwim is a seasoned Economist and the Deputy Chief Economist at FBN Merchant Bank. She has over 400 published economic notes under her belt and she is not done yet. On the back of her contributions to FBN Merchant Bank, as well as her innovative techniques to improve millennial engagement, she recently became a brand ambassador influencer for the firm. Chinwe is a committee member of the World Bank's Systematic Country Diagnostic Consultative Committee, and is an active member of the Africa Development Bank Meetings, as well as a faculty member at the Nigeria Economic Summit Group. Chinwe also advocates for women empowerment and is a BIG Sister under the WIMBIZ Nigeria The Big Sister Program geared towards empowering secondary school girls. Through this platform, she has contributed to the empowerment of over 1,500 women.

Chinyere Anokwuru (WOMAN OF THE YEAR IN COMMUNITY SERVICE)

Chinyere Anokwuru is the founder of Selfworth Organization For Women Development, a non-governmental organization seeking to end the lowest form of poverty and domestic violence by empowering rural and urban slum women with free professional training in different trade skills and also provide them with grants specifically targeted for purchasing equipment for their start-up thereby breaking barriers and generational cycles of poverty. Her organization invests in local women to help them acquire life skills and start up small businesses to help ease the conflict between work and family responsibilities. She is a transformational leader with over ten years’ experience working in the rural and urban communities to reduce domestic violence, poverty and create wealth with a major focus on rural and urban slum women and vulnerable girls. Chinyere has empowered over one thousand women in different communities in Nigeria with skills and tools to succeed in their businesses.

Folawe Omikunle (WOMAN OF THE YEAR IN EDUCATION)

Folawe is the creative lead and founder of Teach For Nigeria, a subset of the Teach For All network comprising 46 independent, locally led and governed partner organizations, aimed at developing collective leadership in classrooms and communities around the world. This aim is achieved by a union of passionate teachers who address educational challenges holistically, inside or outside the school premises. Folawe's platform recruits and trains Nigerian graduates and young professionals of varying academic disciplines to work as full -time teachers in underserved schools in poor communities through its Teach For Nigeria Fellowship. The fellowship is a transformational leadership program which equips Fellows with transferable leadership skills to effect change beyond the classrooms in communities they serve.

Dr Ola Brown (ENTREPRENEUR WOMAN OF THE YEAR)

Dr Ola Brown is a medical doctor, a trainee helicopter pilot and an entrepreneur who founded West Africa’s first indigenous air ambulance service, the Flying Doctors Nigeria which saves hundreds of lives across the region every year especially in the oil and gas industry, rendering medical evacuation services. She has a certificate in Economic policy making from IE business school, Spain and a certificate in Accounting for decision making from the University of Michigan in the United States. Along with two other directors, Dr Ola runs leading early stage venture capital firm, Greentree investment company which provides growth capital to some of Africa’s most exciting tech start-up’s. She has published three books ‘EMQ’s in Paediatrics’, ‘Pre-Hospital Care for Africa’ and ‘Fixing Healthcare in Nigeria; a guide to healthcare policy. She has also written articles in the British Medical Journal, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, the Niger Delta Medical Journal, the New York Times and the Huffington Post. She is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, international editor of the Journal of Emergency Services and a LinkedIn top ten global Healthcare Writer.

Kafayat Shafau Ameh (WOMAN OF THE YEAR IN ENTERTAINMENT)

World record holder, globally recognised dance choreographer and fast rising entrepreneur; Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau-Ameh, largely known as Kaffy, is a Nigerian professional dance choreographer, educator and social activist. She is recognised as the most successful dancer to break out of Africa. In 2006 Kaffy led a team of young Nigerians who later formed the basis for her international company - The Imagneto Dance company; which offers dance artist management and representation, creative solutions for both small to large scale productions, Over the span of her career; Kaffy built from scratch and led the Ogun state University female basketball team and also captained the state female team. She has helped hundreds of people with weight management - after she successfully conquered hers, and served as a swimming instructor and personal fitness trainer to a large array of both public and private clienteles.

Mirabelle Morah (WOMAN OF THE FUTURE)

Mirabelle Morah, is an undergraduate of the University of Calabar and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blankpaperz.com which is an online platform for young writers to share their voices and advocate for social change. Since its inception, more than 100 youths from more than a dozen countries have been published on her online platform. Through her platform, she has successfully organized a number of community-driven projects and has been the recipient of several reputable fellowships from world-class organizations based in the United States.

Dr Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri (HEALTHCARE WOMAN OF THE YEAR)

Dr Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri is the Medical Director and Psychiatrist - In - Chief at Pinnacle Medical Services, a Psychology and Mental health clinic in Nigeria prominent in the application of innovative clinical approaches in the management/treatment of a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral related disorders. She is also the founder of Pinnacle Health Radio (Africans #1 online health radio) and a Not for Profit Organization; Pinnacle Medicals SPEAKOUT INITIATIVE which is geared towards creating awareness on psychological and mental health related problems in Nigeria and beyond.

Inyang OTU (WOMAN OF THE YEAR IN PHILANTHROPY)

Inyang Otu is a TV producer who started her production journey after studying Mass communication at Benson Idahosa University Benin. She has produced a short film called; Purple; a story about domestic violence and is so passionate about telling stories that can educate and bring about a change. Yang is currently the founder of @InyangOtufoundation, a foundation that feeds and provides medical care to children in slum areas in Nigeria and Africa at large. Her love for these kids pushes her to create avenues each month that can constantly bring hope to the children despite their environment.

Temie Giwa Tubosun (START-UP WOMAN OF THE YEAR)

Giwa-Tubosun is the founder of Life bank in Nigeria, a business organization set up to tackle the problem of blood shortage in Nigeria. The founding was inspired by the birth of her first child and the complications from that experience. Temie deploys mobile and web technology, smart logistics, and Artificial Intelligence to build an end to end marketplace and cold chain logistics. Life Bank delivers blood fast to any hospital or patient in need of transfusion or for emergency purposes through its LifeBank app, which serves as a marketplace for hospitals and individuals in need of safe, vetted blood.

Thembelihle Khumalo (SOCIAL MEDIA WOMAN OF THE YEAR)

Thembe Khumalo is one of Zimbabwe's leading voices when it comes to brand-building, business growth and personal development. She is the founder and Managing Director of Brandbuilder, a brand strategy firm helping entrepreneurial leaders and SMEs achieve visibility and growth through comprehensive brand strategy, creative execution and social media content strategies. Thembe Khumalo is a social, political and business commentator with big opinions who aims to provoke people’s thoughts to require more of our leaders and our communities. She brings this passionate thought leadership to public discussions as a contributor, facilitator moderator and on-air presenter. She also drives reflective and motivating conversations as a key-note speaker with powerful storytelling capabilities. Thembe is a certified life strategies coach with The Spencer Institute in the USA and was an accredited trainer for the Zimhost Customer Care initiative. She holds a BA in Media Studies and was among the top 3 students in her Wits Business School fast track Leadership Development Programme. She studied Project Management with UCT and holds a diploma in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi (TECHNOLOGY WOMAN OF THE YEAR)

Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi is a social entrepreneur with an interest in building a more inclusive technology ecosystem, which includes more women technology users, creators, entrepreneurs and leaders.She is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization, the Women's Technology Empowerment Centre - W.TEC, based in Lagos, Nigeria. Through @wteconline, she has worked with 23,000 girls and women (and counting) in a variety of programmers, including technology camps and after-school clubs for girls; as well as training workshops for women entrepreneurs. Through these programs, the girls and women have learnt to create technology including applications, games, websites, short films and other digital content. Many of these girls have been inspired to pursue technology careers. Oreoluwa has also designed and overseen programs that support women in their use of technology for entrepreneurship, career development, learning and leadership activities.