Meet the 2019 Honorees
Resilience, Drive and Purpose. These are three of many words that embody our Honorees. Through their leadership and platforms, these women have been, and are still pushing the envelope and creating ripples that inspire, empower and impact more lives than numbers can quantify.
Adaora Mbelu is a bright light, dreamterpreter, and purpose driver. As the author of the book “This Thing Called Purpose,” Adaora’s book has helped many understand the true essence of living with and through purpose. And within the past few years, she has also used her expertise as a brand developer to work on several projects with different multinational companies, SMEs, and individuals.
Prior to brand development, Adaora worked as a content manager on the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Conference, the Nigeria Centenary Awards, and the International Conference On Peace & Security. She was also the project manager for Freemantle Licensed TV Shows, Nigerian Idol and Nigeria’s Got Talent, where she managed the business, brand, and production aspect of the shows. She has worked in the sports industry as a Corporate Communications Manager for OSMI during the 2010 World Cup, managing all communications on the broadcast rights for Nigeria.
Prior to moving to Nigeria, Adaora was also a Credit Analyst at Citigroup where she received awards for organizational efficiency and team spirit. In 2017, she was mentioned in Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “11 Africans that are changing the business landscape in Africa.” She was also nominated in the “Entrepreneur Of The Year” and “Prize For Media Enterprise” Categories of the Future Awards Africa. Adaora has been featured amongst Nigeria’s Under 40 CEO’s, and Top 30 Under 30.
Aside from her academic and professional work, she has a super-awesome-passion for community development. She is the co-founder of Socially Africa (@sociallyafrica), a foundation that gives back to the community through several initiatives.
Uche Pedro is the Founder of BellaNaija, Africa’s leading
lifestyle digital media company with a distinct focus covering a diverse range of areas including entertainment, cinema, fashion, culture, and advocacy.
BellaNaija has a digital footprint of over 200 Million impressions and 10 Million Followers across platforms. Uche pioneered the
monetization of media technology in Nigeria. Along with her team, 12 years after the journey began, she continues to spearhead the revolution of the lifestyle sector through Africa’s No 1 weddings and fashion digital media super-brands – BellaNaija Weddings and BellaNaija Style.
In 2018, Uche was one of 10 emerging African leaders
selected for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Gates Letter campaign.
She was also named as a business leader on the OkayAfrica 100 Women list. In March 2019, Uche was honoured with the Forbes Woman Africa New Media Award for BellaNaija’s innovative impact on media in Africa.
Uche is passionate about the progress of youth in Nigeria
and across Africa. As a board member of Pan-African youth non-profit LEAP Africa, she contributes to the development of impactful programs for youth across Africa. Through BN DoGood, she has led campaigns and actions for active
change. Uche was recognized at the Frown Awards by UNICEF/UNFPA for her efforts toward the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria.
She co-founded PVCitizen to encourage millennials and
Generation Z Nigerians to register, vote and become active citizens.
Uche holds a Bachelors degree – Honours Business
Administration (HBA) from the Ivey Business School at Western University in Canada where she graduated with distinction.