IWD2021: Okonjo Iweala, Abike Dabiri and 8 other Nigerian women doing great in their fields

IWD2021: Okonjo Iweala, Abike Dabiri and 8 other Nigerian women doing great in their fields

- Legit.ng looks at women doing exceedingly well in their chosen fields in celebration of International Women's Day

- World Trade Organization Director-General Okonjo Iweala tops the list of Nigerian women not only doing well in their fields but also flying the nation's flag high

- Renowned writer Chimamanda Adichie, NIDCOM Chairman Abike Dabiri are also featured in this list

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International Women's Day is today Monday, March 8 and is a day set aside to celebrate womanhood.

In the spirit of the occasion, Legit.ng presents to you a list of 5 Nigerian women who are shining in their area of specialisation and are also making the country proud.

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IWD2021: Okonjo Iweala, Abike Dabiri and 3 other Nigerian women doing great in their fields
Okonjo Iweala, Mo Abudu, others named in Legit.ng list of Nigerian women doing great in their fields Photo Credit: Fabrice Coffrini, Angela Weiss, Pius Utomi Ekpei, @abikedabiri on Twitter
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1. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Monday, March 1, assumed office as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization making her the first African and black woman to clinch such a position.

The Nigerian-American economist, who had a 25-year stint at World Bank is unarguably one lady who is writing the nation's name in gold at the moment.

Owing to her excellence, she seats on the boards of reputable international organizations like Twitter, Standard Chartered Bank and so forth.

2. Aisha Buhari

Asides from being known as the wife of Nigeria's incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari is famed for her women and child's rights activism. While she seems to have been off the media for some time now, it doesn't take away from her the fact that she is a successful business lady.

Mrs Buhari is a seasoned cosmetologist and beauty therapist. She runs the Hanzy Spa and Hanzy Business Institute, a beauty salon in Abuja and Kaduna.

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3. Abike Dabiri

Abike Kafayat Oluwatoyin Dabiri-Erewa was appointed Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora in 2015 and assumed the role of Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission in 2016.

She has gone on to become a vocal and key voice as regards issues concerning Nigerians living in other nations.

4. Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie's name needs no introduction as far as the literary world is concerned. Her novels have become regular award-winners. From Purple Hibiscus to Half of a Yellow Sun, Americanah and a host of others, she has done Nigeria proud in the literary field.

Ngozi was also the first recipient of the Belle Van Zuylen Ring prize, an international honorary prize.

5. Mo Abudu

Mosunmola Abudu is a media mogul who has taken Nigeria's name to the world stage with her activities in electronic broadcasting, film making and content creation.

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She is the founder of EbonyLife TV, a network that airs in more than 49 African countries, including the UK and Caribbean.

6. Amina J. Mohammed

Amina Jane Mohammed is the fifth United Nations Deputy Secretary-General.

The Nigerian diplomat who was appointed Nigeria's minister of environment in 2015 was pivotal in the process of the post-2015 Development Agenda.

7. Oby Ezekwesili

Obiageli Ezekwesili is one Nigerian lady that has been at the forefront of the campaign for good governance. The activist was recognized by Forbes in 2019 as the Woman Africa Social Influencer award for her efforts in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

Oby was a presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, an elections she claimed to have spent N48 million.

8. Folorunsho Alakija

Folorunsho Alakija, a Nigerian business magnate was in 2015 listed as the second most powerful woman in Africa and 87th most powerful woman in the world, according to Forbes.

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The executive vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Limited is into a chain of businesses aside from oil that includes fashion, real estate and printing.

9. Ibukun Awosika

Ibukunoluwa Abiodun Awosika is the current Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria. She is also the first woman to achieve such a feat in the bank's history. The businesswoman who also doubles as a motivational speaker is a respected media personality with numerous awards to her credit.

The amazon sits on the boards of international organizations of repute as Digital Jewel Limited and Cadbury Nig Plc and member of IESE's International Advisory Board (IAB).

10. Nike Adeyemi

Nike Adeyemi is a speaker of international repute and the wife of Daystar Christian Centre founder Sam Adeyemi.

She founded The Real Woman Foundation, a non-governmental organization that is concerned with healing and empowering women and children in all aspects of their lives.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported about a list of 50 women appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the 50 women listed, tagged "The Buhari Women" are just a few of the women working with the Nigerian president.

Minister of finance, budget and national planning Hon. Zainab Ahmed, Paul Tellen, Honourable minister of Women Affairs are also featured in the Buhari's women list.

Victor Duru is a Legit.ng journalist with more than three years of working experience in the media industry. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management Studies from Imo State University, where he was a Students' Union Government Director of Information. Victor is a Human Interest Editor, Strategic Content Creator and a Google-certified Digital Marketer. Connect with him on Twitter @DuruCVictor2

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