5 Female Entrepreneurs in Nigeria Who Have Inspired Me – Zika Nwaise

Hey everyone, hope our Tuesday is going as cool as it can be. Guess what, I decided to share with us this write up on these beautiful successful women who have been a source of inspiration to the society. As for the guys in the house, don’t feel so sad and just watch out for who is coming up next. In the meantime I hope you are all inspired because I am beaming with so much excitement from the inspiration I just got. Enjoy!!!

  1. Mosunmola Abudu

The talk show host, usually known as Mo Abudu, is the CEO & host of a TV talk show, Moments with Mo. She is also the founder of The Inspire Africa Foundation.  Mo Abudu is not only a talk show host but also a TV producer, media personality, human resources management consultant, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Mo Abudu of ELTV

Mo Abudu of ELTV

Mo Abudu launched Ebony Life Television, “Africa’s first Global Black Multi-Broadcast Entertainment Network” in 2006. Though she was a successful human-resources executive for oil giant ExxonMobil, her heart was set on migrating from the boardroom chair to the chat-show sofa but her challenge was the fact that she had no TV experience whatsoever so she attempted to contact the best person to provide her with some relevant advice “Oprah Winfrey”. Mo Abudu has inspired me to go the extra mile in achieving my dreams and not to look down on myself or my vision.

  1. Uche Pedro

She is the founder of Bellanaija which started out in July 2006 as a hobby. The idea for establishing BellaNaija came whilst she was studying in Canada.

Uche Pedro of Bellanaija

Uche Pedro of Bellanaija

She had always loved Nigeria and Africa, and each time she returned to the country for a holiday or on visits from school or work, she looked forward to seeing the change in Nigeria’s Fashion, entertainment, business etc and she saw how young people were getting involved and this inspired her to start something that represented this exciting young vibe in the country. She has inspired me to believe in the cultures and values of Africa.

  1. Tara Fela Durotoye

She is the managing director and Creative Director of House of Tara International, a Nigerian makeup company. She started out as a professional wedding make-up artist while still an undergraduate at the Lagos State University (LASU).

Tara Fela Durotoye of House of Tara

Tara Fela Durotoye of House of Tara

There she opened the first House of Tara make-up studio in 1998, which has grown to include no less than 20 studios across the country. Tara has inspired me to think outside the box and overcome the fear of starting something new.

  1. Deola Sagoe

The Fashion Designer whose name is a force to reckon with in the Fashion Industry, Sagoe began designing in 1989 and has gained international notoriety for her lively and colorful designs.

Deola Sagoe

Deola Sagoe

She was appointed Nigeria’s representative to the United Nations World Food Program ‘Catwalk the World: Fashion for Food’ with the goal of raising money towards halving the number of hungry people in the world, particularly children, by 2015. She has been a source of inspiration to me as an aspiring Fashion designer to think big.

  1. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

The Nigerian social entrepreneur is the founder of LEAP Africa, a nonprofit organization that focuses on encouraging leadership and development initiatives for youth and business owners in Nigeria. She is currently the co-founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution Ltd and one of the directors of Sahel Capital & Advisory Partners.  In 2002, Nwuneli founded two nonprofits organization, LEAP (Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability, and Professionalism) Africa and Ndu Ike Akunuba (NIA), Igbo words which translate in English to Life, Strength, and Wealth. NIA’s focus is on female empowerment—inspiring university students in Southeastern Nigeria to live full and meaningful lives.

Ndidi Nwuneli of LEAP Africa

Ndidi Nwuneli of LEAP Africa

The purpose of LEAP is to inspire, empower and equip business owners, youth, teachers and social entrepreneurs with the skills and tools for personal and organizational transformation. She is a huge source of inspiration to youths and especially females, she inspires me never to limit myself and always do as much as I can.

I hope you also have been inspired by at least one of the women. Watch out for the male entrepreneurs that have inspired me… Coming Soon.

Zika Nwaise



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  1. Women proving their worth in the business and nonprofit sector. A great plus. I admire all listed names especially Ndidi Nwuneli of LEAP Africa.

  2. Keep up the remarkable job !! Lovin’ it!


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