Meet The Nominees

Honoring Outstanding Women of Impact

Meet the Her Network Woman of the Year 2019 Nominees!


Crystal Chigbu

Crystal Chigbu is the Founder and Executive Director of The IREDE Foundation.

Ibijoke Faborode

Ibijoke is the founder of The Social Change Network [TSCN] Africa.

Karo Omu

Karo Omu is a social activist for the rights of young women to a better standard of living as regards sanitary hygiene.

Kemi DaSilva Ibru

Kemi DaSilva Ibru is the Founder of Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF)

Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi

Oluwaseun is the Executive Director of STER (Stand Up To Rape)

OluTimehin Adegbeye

OluTimehin is a Nigerian writer and advocate whose work exists at the intersection of human rights, inclusion, and social justice.


Adaeze Oreh

Adaeze Oreh is a Family Physician, Public Health Specialist, Researcher, Health Systems and Policy Analyst and Manager.

Anu Adasolum

Anu Adasolum is the Chief Operating Officer of Rensource, a company that builds solar hybrid micro utilities.

Chioma Okolie

Chioma Okolie is a corporate social responsibility and sustainability expert.

Grace Ihejiamaizu

Grace is a social entrepreneur, educator with over seven years of experience working in the nonprofit and youth-development sector.

Nini Iyizoba

Dr. Nini Iyizoba is a Medical doctor, a passionate advocate for women’s health and the founder of Reviv Integrative Health,

Stella Obinwa

Stella Fubara-Obinwa is a Director of International operations with the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing.


Doyinsola Ogunye

Doyinsola is the founder of the Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children (MEDIC) under which initiatives such as Kids Clean Club, Kids Beach Garden and Kids 4 Clean Seas were started.

Gusi Tobby Lordwilliams

Gusi Tobby Williams is the founder of Girl Hub Africa, a vision based on a divine mandate and strong passion to raise young leaders, who will transform Africa and the world through the art of service and volunteering.

Oluwafunmilayo Ayobami Oni

Oluwafunmilayo Oni is the founder of Iranwo Foundation. Through her non-profit, she provides training on skills such as Tie & Dye and Soap making for women in these communities

Seyi Oluyole

Seyi is a choreographer and scriptwriter is the founder of Dream Nurture Foundation and Dream Catchers Dance Academy. Platforms she started to help street kids and those from low-income families get an education.

Timi Edwin

Timilehin Edwin is the co-founder/CEO of Crimsonbow sickle cell initiative, a faith-based non- governmental organization whose mission is to be a resource community for sickle cell by providing emotional, financial and medical resources to sickle cell warriors in need of it.


Abimbola Banu - Ogundere

Dr.Abimbola Banu- Ogundere is an Education advocate and the founder of LAIT Foundation whose life's work is to create a generation of influential and impactful school leaders all over the world who solve meaningful education problems at scale.

Abisola Obasanya

Abisola is an Education Reformer and the founder of Arc Lights Foundation, a non-government organization that engages with teachers, educational consultants, and schools to deliver a broad, balanced education that places value on creativity, innovation, problem-solving, collaboration, fun, and engagement.

Omolola Aneke

Omolola is the Executive Director of the Comprehensive Autism and related Disabilities Education and Training Academy, known as the C.A.D.E.T. Academy, and the founder of the non-profit, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Dewdrops Community Centre for Special Needs.

ENTREPRENEUR (Presented by House of Tara)

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola

Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola is a Nigerian CEO of Wecyclers, a recycling company that collects recyclable waste from neighborhoods in Lagos

Kene Rapu

Kene Rapu is the founder and CEO of ‘Kene Rapu’, a Nigerian footwear brand championing local production. Kene’s brand has played a significant role in changing the face of ‘Made in Nigeria’ footwear.

Nkem Okocha

Okocha Nkem is the founder of Mamamoni. a Fintech Social Enterprise that a Social Enterprise that empowers poor rural and urban slum women with free vocational skills and Mobile Loans, helping them to become financially included in society.

Tokini Peterside

Tokini Peterside is the creator of ART X Lagos, the first international art fair in West Africa. Through her platform, ART X, Tokinini showcases and celebrates the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent and its diaspora.


Dr. Helen Paul

Dr. Helen Paul is a Nigerian comedian, compere, singer, media personality and actress who uses her voice and platform to inform, educate, entertain and inspire.

Kemi Adetiba

Kemi Adetiba is a filmmaker, director, producer and media entrepreneur whose movie ‘’King of Boys’, which boasted all-star cast and is the fourth highest-grossing Nollywood movie of all time and the longest-running film at the number one spot in Nigeria.

Teni Apata

Teniola “Teni” Apata is a Nigerian Singer, Song Writer who uses her music as a tool for entertainment, inspiration and social change.


Adekemi Adeniyan

Dr. Adekemi Adeniyan is a dentist who founded Dentoville, a foundation that focuses on providing free oral health education and treatments to the less privileged, especially people in rural areas.

Chioma Nwakanma

Chioma Nwakanma is a public health advocate and the CEO of Medically Speaking Africa, a health media and communications agency which provides concierge health education and wellness programs.

Kelechi Okoro

Dr. Kelechi is a public health enthusiast, health communicator, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Advocate and content creator. Known as the "Healthertainer", she promotes total health and wellness across all social media platforms.

Tolu Adeleke Aire

Tolu is the founder of Tolu The Midwife Healthcare Solutions and CEO, Maternity Hub (Nigeria). She created “Tolu The Midwife” to serve as a platform to deliver health education to all pregnant women and their families in a bid to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Nigeria and Inform women to make better health choices.


Blessing Akpan

Blessing Akpan is an Educator, social entrepreneur, and advocate of Quality Education for sustainable development who She hopes to see a world where every child, will have access to quality education to better prepare them for the future.

Jekein Lato-Unah

Jekein is a multi-dimensional artist who's known for her use of symbols and patterns to create pieces that reflect social, political and cultural issues in a thought-provoking manner to spark discussions.

Onyekachi Nwakoby

Onyekachi Nwakoby is the Founder of MEDGLOBE, a health organization committed to promoting health and medication adherence globally.

Karimot Odebode

Karimot Odebode is a passionate girl-child advocate in Nigeria who has over three years of experience in community service, youth and gender equality advocacy. She is driven by her commitment to social justice where she hopes for a society free of injustice and inequality.

Sandra Ajaja

Sandra Ajaja is a social entrepreneur, author, speaker, and advocate for digital rights and inclusion of African women and girls in technology. She is passionate about the African Technology Ecosystem, pushing for a collaborative economy and building strong communities.

MEDIA (Presented by TVC Communications)

Kiki Mordi

Kiki Mordi is a BBC Investigative Journalist, radio presenter, a filmmaker, and storyteller. Kiki Emodi is notably well known for the impact of her work as an investigative journalist – She uncovered sexual harassment in African universities, particularly Universities in Nigeria and Ghana.

Olive Emodi

Olive Emodi is the founder of The Olive Emodi Network, an organization aimed at equipping a new wave of media professionals through practical training and mentorship.

Stephanie Busari

Stephanie Busari, a seasoned journalist, was one of the key contributors to CNN’s coverage on the missing Chibok Girls. Since joining CNN, Busari has worked across some of the network’s most important African stories and reports on-air in breaking news situations for CNN International.

Toyosi Ogunseye

Toyosi is the Head of West Africa at the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC. She manages the operations and the five language services of the BBC in Francophone Africa and Anglophone West Africa. She has over 14 years of experience as an investigative journalist on different beats like politics, crime, business, health, and the environment.


Chidinma Miran Chukwuemeka

Chidinma is a youth and women entrepreneurship advocate and the Cofounder of The Footwear Academy; a company she created to foster economic growth and reduce youth unemployment in Nigeria, through shoemaking.

Funmi Adewara

Funmi is the founder of Mobihealth International, a pioneer integrated telemedicine and digital healthcare service provider. The aim of her company is to revolutionize access and delivery of healthcare services in developing countries, especially in Africa, leveraging on the explosive digital revolution across the continent.

Tabitha Arenson Abimiku

Tabitha Arenson Abimiku is a menstrual hygiene management advocate and founder of a reusable sanitary pad company known as Virtouspads.

Zuwaira Ikharo Shuaib

Zuwaira is the Founder & Head Formulator at Amal Botanicals Baby Skincare Solutions. whose Quest for Pure and Non-Toxic Natural Baby Skincare started when she needed 100% Natural skincare products that are gentle & mild enough for her newborn babies.


Adeola Shasanya

Adeola is an Electrical and Electronics Engineer by training and the co-founder of Afro-Tech Girls.

Carolyn Seaman

Carolyn is the founder and creative director of Girls Voices Initiative where she builds a Girls’ Rights Movement and empowers adolescent girls and young women, to explore technology and digital media.

Chinenye Udeh

Chinenye is the founder of Smart Girls Team and Co-Founder of Smart Kids Zone, an action-based learning center and business school for kids between the ages of 4 and 13.

Damilola Solesi

Damilola Solesi is the founder, CEO and creative director of SMIDS, Nigeria’s foremost animation studio.

Eno Essien

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

Eweniyi Eunice Odunayo

Eunice is the Co-founder of Piggy Vest, a platform whose mission is to give people the power to manage their finances by making it clearer and more transparent.


The Her Network Woman of the Year (HNWOTY) Awards showcase and honor women in diverse industries who through their work, in their respective fields and sectors, manifest admirable zeal and tenacity and have made a significant impact in her network, community or workplace.