- Prof Remi Sonaiya
Prof Oluremi Comfort Sonaiya was born on the 2nd of March 1955 in Ibadan where she had her primary and secondary education before going to the tertiary institution to study French and Linguistics. She is a politician, educationist and writer, some of her publications include “language matter: exploring the dimensions of multilingualism”, “A trust to earn:reflection on life and leadership in Nigeria”, “Daybreak Nigeria :This nation must rise”. She was the only female candidate contesting for president in the 2015 general election under the platform of KOWA party and she is a fellow of the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation.
- Arunma Oge Oteh
Arunma Oteh (OON) is from Abia state with a British /Nigerian nationality. She had her first class honors degree in computer science from the University of Nsukka and furthered to get her Masters in business administration at Harvard business school. She was a senior investment /Capital markets officer from 1993-1997, then Division manager investment and Trading room from 1997- 2001 when she was appointed the Bank’s group treasurer responsible for fund raising and investments in major international markets. By March 2006 she was appointed as the vice president for cooperate management at the ADB responsible for language services, general services and procurement. She later became the Director General of the securities and exchange commission in Nigeria (SEC) in 2010,by July 2015 after her tenure in the SEC, she was appointed the vice president and treasurer of the world Bank.
- Amina J. Mohammed
Amina J Mohammed, a native of Gombe state Nigeria was born on the 27th of June 1961,she was the founder and executive director of Afri-project consortium from 1991-2001, then she was moved to the coordination of the task force on gender and education for the UN Millennium project 2002-2005. She once served as the special adviser to the then UN general secretary, Ban Ki-moon on post 2015 development planning, her current role in the UN is giving support to the General – Secretary in performing his function as ‘chief administrative officer’ of the organization. She was the former minister of Environment in Nigeria where she put in all efforts on protecting the natural environment and she is the current deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.
- Dr Joe Odumakin
Dr Josephine Obiajulu Okei-Odumakin is a Nigerian women’s activist and the president of the rights group “Women arise for change group” and the “campaign for democracy”. She was born on the 4th of July 1966 in Zaria and had her first leaving certificate and WASC in Ilorin . She has a bachelor’s degree in English language, then her master’s in guidance and counselling and a PhD in history and policy of education. She has had over 25 years’ experience in human rights activism in Nigeria and had been arrested and detained for not less than seventeen times. She has won so many awards, one of which was the “international women of courage award” from the United States made by Michelle Obama. Dr Josephine is regarded as a courageous fighter whose voice has spoken for so many women and has been heard.
- Oby Ezekwesili
Obiageli Ezekwesili (Popularly known as Oby Ezekwesili) is a Nigerian Chartered accountant. She was a co – founder of Transparency International, serving as one of the pioneer directors of the global anti – corruption body based in Berlin – Germany. She servers as Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and then as Federal Minister of Education during the second – term presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. She then went on to serve as the Vice – President of the World Bank’s Africa division from May 2007 to May 2012. In 2014, she was selected among BBC’s 100 women. She also used the #BringBackOurGirls campaign to draw global attention to the plight of the release of over 300 girls abducted by the militant group Boko Haram. She has the people at heart and we know aside being a woman of substance, can take Nigeria beyond the horizon of her dreams. Recently, she said she is going to campaign against PDP and APC come 2019 election.
- Folorunsho Alakija
Folorunso Alakija is a Nigerian businesswoman, one of the richest African women and also one of the richest black women in the world. In 2014 she temporarily unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world. She is a business tycoon involved in the fashion, oil and printing industries.
As of 2015, she is listed as the second most powerful woman in Africa after Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the 87th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Folorunsho has a foundation called the Rose of Sharon Foundation that helps widows and orphans by empowering them through scholarships and business grants. Her company is also a major sponsor of the Agbami medical and engineering scholarship scheme, one of the most reliable scholarship schemes in Nigeria with over a thousand people yearly as beneficiaries.
We see her as a woman full of great treasures and has Nigeria’s interest in her heart. Let’s see what the future holds for us in Nigeria with a woman President.
- Toyosi Akerele Ogunsiji
Toyosi Akerele is a Nigerian, Populist Social Entrepreneur and Human Development Expert with over 8 years on – the field experience. She was named by Forbes as one “The 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa 2014”.In 2014, she was also nominated for the MTV Africa Music Awards 2014.
Toyosi spent most of her growing years shaping Nigerian Communities and Youth. She is a devoted Mentor to hundreds of Young People in Public and Private Sector Led initiatives in addition to Tertiary Institutions across Africa. She has, along with a growing and highly professional Board and Team, conceptualized and designed effective programs to deepen the links and learning opportunities for Young people in knowledge acquisition, access to Jobs through skills development and Nation Building. RISE Networks’ National Youth Forum, the longest standing Pan Nigerian, Campus Wide Youth Empowerment Program has attracted hundreds of thousands of students and Young Professionals in hundreds of communities in Nigerian States in the last 8 years described in 2012 by US First Lady, Michelle Obama as the largest Youth Conference in Nigeria in a Live Televised Address ahead of her Official Visit to Africa to launch the Young African Women Leaders Forum.
She is the Founder and CEO of Rise Networks. The organization focuses on creating intellectual development and capacity building programs for young Nigerians between 16 and 30