Yemi Adamolekun, Executive Director, Enough is Enough Nigeria (EIE), a coalition of individuals and youth-led organisations committed to instituting a culture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria through advocacy, activism and mobilization of the youth population as responsible citizens.
Linda Francis, founder and CEO of ‘Red Roses Event’ outfit, has her hands full. Apart from her records in Nollywood as an actress, she is showing great talents in guidance and couselling for younger ones who are passionate about reaching their potentials; as well as exhibiting professional dexterity in events management especially for couples. In this interview, she shares her reasons for targeting youths and married couples; her childhood and future plans.
Mrs. Quincy Olasumbo Ayodele is pioneer Secretary General for the umbrella body of traditional medicine in Nigeria; and an adviser for the development of African traditional medicine to the World Health Organization (WHO). Quincy has contributed significantly to the development of traditional medicine to combat malaria and HIV, as well as research and development of African traditional medicine and integration of African traditional medicine into the healthcare system and many others.
Mrs. Adeola Azeez is the chairperson of WIMBIZ, an organisation that advocates women empowerment and contribution in the society. Azeez is a seasoned correspondent banker with Deutsche bank, an organisation she has worked with for over two decades.
Princess Simisola is in her early twenties and already doing exploits as a woman in her chosen career as well as in her first love which is engaging the youths positively so as to become great in future.
Diana Layfield has been Group Head of Strategy and Corporate Development – acquisitions, alliances, mergers and disposals – since 2009, with global responsibility across Standard Chartered’s businesses, products and geographies for Group Strategy, working closely with the Group CEO, CFO and Board.
Lilian Ajayi is the founder/Executive Director, Global Connections for Women Foundation, GC4W, an organisation aimed at creating new opportunities for young girls in under-served communities and helping them ro reach their potentials. Late last year, the Foundation partnered with Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and the Clinton Foundation to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy in the United States of America which was adjudged extremely rewarding. In this interview, she speaks about her accomplishment which she describes as ‘changing the lives of the less priviledged.’ Excerpts.
DR Maltida Kerry is the founder of George Kerry Foundation, and the coordinator of cervical cancer control campaign, a project she started in 2009 because of the large number of Nigerian women that die every year from cervical cancer.
Dr (Mrs) Philipa Idogho is an alumni of the Federal Polytechnic Auchi and today she is the Rector of the institution after serving in ifferent capacities in the school.
Her tale is eccentric! What could have made her live her entire life in obscurity, total dependence and waste has turned her into a celebrity. Usually, we hear of such only on the big screen and hardly see it happen before our very eyes. Patience was born with deformed hands, but unlike most persons with disability, she was not immune to self-worth.
Veronica Uzoigwe is a poet and writer who has worked as a Producer and Presenter for Galaxy Television as well as for various Print media houses including The Guardian, The Nigerian Tribune and The Comet Newspapers. She is a member of PEN Nigeria and was the former secretary of Women Writers of Nigeria (WRITA). In this interview, Ronnie as she is fondly called, shares her thoughts about writing in Nigeria and how women can make the most of their environment to do exploits.
Dr Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director of Ladol oil and gas company is the second Nigerian that participated in the 21 member 2012 Bishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship for young African leaders.
Mrs Bisi Bright is a seasoned Pharmacist and Chief Executive Officer of LiveWell Initiative, LWI. She is one of the women in Nigeria who has taken the challenge of managing people’s health. In this interview, she speaks on the challenges faced in most corporate organisations while taking healthcare to their doorsteps. Excerpts:
Perhaps the federal government’s dream of water for
all would one day become a reality as delectable Multi-media Computer Scientist, Ego Anyia has promised to introduce a ‘miracle’ engine which will produce water from the air into the Nigerian market in the next five years. Ego speaks on different NGOs and the numerous challenges that serve as obstacles in helping young talented players.
Comfort Idika-Ogunye, is a gender activist, social analyst and the Executive Director, Female Leadership Forum (FLF). A professional lawyer who was called to the Nigerian Bar 1999. She was the first female National president of National Association of Nigeria Students (NASS). In this interview, she talks on how the average Nigerian woman has fared so far in politics, factors limiting women’s participation in politics, and why women need to re-strategize and start mobilizing towards 2015 general election. Excerpt:
She’s the Managing Director/CEO of ACCION Microfinance Bank Limited, a bank that has evolved from a one-room office space to a leading microfinance firm with over 17 branches and 300 staff spread across major cities in Africa. All these actually happened in 5 years and in a society where microfinance banks hit the rock no sooner than they are established. For two years running, the bank has won the Lagos State Microfinance Bank of the Year. At the international level also, it got the Africa Bankers Award nomination for Best Microfinance Bank in Africa. Mrs.Olubunmi Lawson tells of how she’s living-up her dream of practicing medicine even in the world of finance. Enjoy!
As the Chief Executive Officer of Gordon Barrett, Mrs Taizir Ajala prides herself as an integrity-driven leader with diverse business knowledge and unyielding commitment to excellence, managing and motivating teams for exceptional performance and productivity. She maintains a high standard of professionalism and has been recognized for prudent management of Human Resources in the last 8 Years.
Mrs. Dolapo Ajakaiye is a Human Resource Manager who trainsNigerians in diaspora and a number of foreigners. She wrote a book “Searching for Greener Pastures” which was a reflection of the challenges she passed through in life. She is currently running a training and consultancy firm in the United Kingdom. In this interview with EBUN SESSOU, she explains why Nigeria as a country has not been able to practice good Human Resources Management.
Cordelia Okechukwu is a director with the Lagos State Ministry of Special Duties who works closely with the youths especially corps members. With special interest in uplifting the standard of health of Nigerians, she assists her husband in operating a foundation for community health support.
Mrs Margaret Orakwusi is a barrister, Ex-President, Nigerian Trawler Operators Association (NITOA), Chief Executive Officer MORBOD Fisheries Limited, a maritime consultant and public speaker.
Her diminutive but elegant frame which could pass her for a young lady in her 20s bellies her intelligence and experience. “I spent 19 years in the banking industry before resigning as a Deputy General Manager a couple of years ago!”, she revealed as we went on talking, and this fuelled my curiosity.
Dr. Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri is a mental health advocate,founder of Pinnacle Medical Services Limited and Co-Founder, Hygies Consult Nigeria Limited- Optimal Performance Consult. She is a Consultant Neuro-Psychiatrist and a Fellow of the National Post-Graduate Medical College of Physicians (FMCPsych) with over 10 years experience as a practicing Physician.
She’s one woman not known for mincing words. Her Excellency, the First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola, was a delight to be with. Her eloquence was charming and I would have had this interview run for hours.
For most corporate professionals, finding time to excel in a vocation like designing could be impossible, but that’s not for Teni Majekodunmi, the CEO of EcoXchange Limited, a green energy consultancy firm which provides expertise on project areas ranging from renewable energy to trading of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) within Nigeria and across Africa.
In this interview, Benue State First Lady, Arc. Mrs. Dooshima Yemisi Suswam spoke about Nigerian women in positions of responsibility, inter tribal marriages and lots more. Excerpt:
Ifeadigo, Ifeomachukwu Ekweani, is a lady pastor from Enugu state . She uses her ministry to impact on people around her and the society at large. In this interaction with Saturday Vanguard , she reveals how she got her calling earlier in life to preach faith and the kingdom of Christ and how through her, many lives have changed for the better.
Mrs. Elizabeth Ngozi Ehigiamusoe, popularly known as Ehiliz , her pet name as a gospel artiste. As a gospel artiste cum managing director of a micro-leasing company, has impacted much on the lives of many that come across her particularly with her recently released album titled: “Ndidi” (Patience).
With the increasing societal challenges befalling young adults in Nigeria, concerned Nigerians and organizations like Polished Pillars Foundation (PPF) is in the front burner, championing the course of adding value to life and Society by helping teenagers discover, develop, release and maximize their God given potential. Live as gifts and positive change agents in the Society and their generation.
Juggling between being the makeover artist of Mtn Project Fame Season Two in 2009 till date and motherhood,Aruoriwo Akinyoyenu is also a lecturer at Lufudo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA) owned by Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs and a mother.