Nigerian Women: The Change Makers

The last time we all watched a video of the Nigerian Anthem, soldiers shot at the unarmed civilians who sang it.

Today, Nigerian women have changed the story.

Tobi Amusan, now called Nigeria’s Golden Girl, smashed the world record in the women’s 100-meter hurdles in the semifinals at the World Athletics Championship, crossing the finish line in 12.12 seconds and at the Diamond League Finals, she defended her title by setting a new record.

Tobi Amusan’s extraordinary victory also reminds us of our collective loss. What is possible but too often made impossible by our leaders. The entire country was filled with light and hope for the first time in long years. The National Anthem made sense again after its flag had been soaked in blood.
Thank you Oluwatobiloba Amusan.
We remember you today and forever ❤.

Ese Brume, Nigeria’s long jumper won silver at the World Athletics Championships and gold in the Commonwealth Games by breaking the Game Record.

Even the little resources to our disposal and the odds constantly kick us, Nigerian women still rise and break record like it’s nothing! We do it looking fabulous. I love us so much 😭

Temilade Openiyi, known professionally as Tems, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer.

“Where I am from, things like this don’t happen. And so, I am dedicating this to every single young woman, every artist, everybody that is striving and dares to dream”. -Tems

Shortly after winning the BET Awards, the teaser for the popular Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was released and Tems soft vocals were heard belting a cover of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No cry”.
I literally cried when I heard her voice 😩❤.

Asisat Lamina Oshoala is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Primer División club FC Barcelona Femení and the Nigerian women’s national team. Asisat is widely regarded as one of the greatest African female footballers of all time and one of the best in the world. She is the most decorated African female footballer of all time.
The 2022 African Women’s Player of the Year is none other than Asisat Oshoala! She became the first Player in the history of the award to win five times!

Feminist Coalition(FemCo), an umbrella organisation led by Feyikemi Abudu, Kiki Mordi, Damilola Odufuwa, Odunayo Eweniyi, Layo Ogunbawo, Ozzy Etomi, Ire Aderinokun, Fakhrriyyah Hashim, Oluwaseun Ayodeyi Osowobi, Jola Ayeye, Laila Johnson-Salami, Karo Omu, Obiageli Ofili Alintah and Tito Ovia who used social media to raise funds to mobilise protesters, engage government on the release of illegally arrested protesters, provided medical assistance and pressure the appropriate authorities to move in response to the demands of protesters during End SARS 2020.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian Writer whose works range from novels to short stories to nonfiction. She was described in The Times Literature Supplement as “The most prominent of a procession of critically proclaimed young anglophone authors who is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian American Economist. She was the Minister of Finance from 15 July 2003 – 21 June 2006, 17 August 2011- 29 May 2015 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 21 June 2006 – 30 August 2006 in Nigeria. She has been serving as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization since March 2021. She is the first woman and first African to lead the World Trade Organization as Director General. She has been listed as the Top 100 most inspiring people in the World Delivering for Girls and Women (Women Deliver, 2011), the Top 100 most powerful women in the world (Forbes 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and one of the 50 Greatest World Leaders (Fortune, 2015). She was listed among the 73 “brilliant” Business Influencers in the world by Condé Nast International.

Damilola Odufuwa is a Nigerian Business Executive and Activist. She was the Head of Product Communications at Binance Africa as of March 2022. She is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Backdrop, Co-founder of Feminist Coalition and also the Co-founder of Wine & Whine. Damilola was listed as one of 12 Women Leaders that changed the world in 2020 by British Vogue. She was named in the Bloomberg 50 list of people who changed global business in 2020. She was also on the 2021 Times Next 100 list.

Yanmo Omorogbe is the Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of Bamboo. Yanmo is the operational backbone of a business turning ordinary Nigerians into global investors. With Bamboo, the average Nigerian can become a shareholder in technology companies that are used every day like Twitter, Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook.

Odunayo Eweniyi is a Nigerian Business Executive and Activist. She is the Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of Piggyvest, Co-founder of Feminist Coalition and Wine & Whine. She was named as one of the 30 Quartz Africa Innovators in 2019. She was listed on Time 100 Next 2021 for her joint contributions during the END SARS protest of October 2020. In January 2021, Odunayo partnered with Eloho Oname to launch First Check, a platform of female business angels focused on supporting women led and women focused startups in Africa.

Chidinma Umeh popularly known as Dimma Umeh is a Content Creator. She is also a Beauty, Lifestyle and Travel YouTuber. Dimma Umeh was nominated for the E! People’s choice awards 2020 category as African Social Star. Dimma Umeh is one of the most Influential Nigerian YouTubers. She has also been featured on numerous top magazines including Essence Magazine, Genevieve Magazine and Guardian Life.

Nigerian Filmmaker, Television Director and Music Video Director, Kemi Adetiba has become a force to be reckoned with, in the Nollywood Industry. Popular for her blockbuster political thriller “King of Boys”, Kemi Adetiba has a gift for creating masterpiece from her input in the 2016 movie “Wedding Party”, which entered the highest-grossing movie list that year. Kemi Adetiba works have appeared on Channel O, MTV Base, Soundcity TV, BET and Netflix.

Mosunmola Abudu, also known as Mo Abudu is a Nigerian Media Mogul, Philanthropist and Former Human Resources Management Consultant. Teaming up with THE ELFIKE Collective in 2016, she produced The Wedding Party, it became the highest-grossing title of all time in the Nigerian Film Industry. Other Films she has also executive-produced or co-produced are: The Wedding Party 2, Chief Daddy, Olotūre and Blood Sisters (the first Nigerian Netflix Original Series). She has been described by Forbes as “African’s Most Successful Woman” and rated as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television” by The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s been a huge round of congratulations with the recent back-to-back wins from Nigerian women. These women broke boundaries and made every Nigerian proud.
To every Nigerian woman putting in the work day in and day out, constantly showing us how it’s done. Thank you!
You are my biggest inspiration.
I’m so happy!
What a time it is to be alive!

As we celebrate Nigerian women, our affirmation today is to remind us to stay dedicated and consistent in working towards our dreams because we are capable of achieving whatever we set our minds to do.
Repeat these words to yourself as many times as you need to, “You are capable”.

Imagine the woman you want to be. Think of what her daily life, her habits and routines would be. You don’t become her by magic. You build her. Start building, step by step, day by day. You have to show up as her on days you don’t feel like her. Keep showing up for yourself, the world needs you ❤.

It’s a New Month!
How’s the month of September been for you?
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