9 Women Who Put Nigeria On The World Map In 2018

2018 has indeed been an amazing year, especially for women. As we approach the end of the year we are taking the time to appreciate all the amazing Nigerian women that have put the country on the map through their achievements and feats.

These hardworking women have defied all odds to make an impact in the society while following their dreams.

1. Abisoye Akinfolarin-Ajayi

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin is a Nigerian women’s rights activist and founder of Pearls Africa Youth Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization aimed at educating young girls in under-served areas in Nigeria with technology skills.

This year, Abisoye became the first Nigerian to be named “CNN Hero Of The Year. She alongside nine others received the sum of $10,000 for their heroic feats.


2. Blessing Okagbare

Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteghonor is a  Nigerian track and field athlete who specializes in long jumping and short sprints. She is also an Olympic and World Championships medalist in the long jump and a world medalist in the 200 meters.

Blessing Okagbare Breaks 22-year African record

This year she set a new national record in the women’s 200m after running an impressive 22.04 seconds in the 200m race at the Wes Kittley Invitational Track and Field Meet at the Abilene Christian University.

READ – Athlete, Blessing Okagbare Makes History As She Breaks Mary Onyali’s 22-Year African Record

Her feat erased the 200m women African record held by Mary Onyali-Omagbemi since August 1996.

3. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie hands down had an amazing 2018. The renowned author kept bagging degrees and awards back to back. She also caused quite a stir on social media and we couldn’t love her less.


Adichie also had an amazing time gracing a number of magazine covers yet the one that topped them all was her cover shoot for PORT Magazine’s April 2018 Issue.

Chimamanda became the first woman ever to appear on the cover of PORT, which was launched in 2011 as “the magazine for men”.

3.  Grace Ladoja

Grace Ladoja is the founder of Metallic Inc and manager of UK grime star Skepta. She is equally one of UK’s most promising media executives.

READ – Grace Ladoja Puts Nigeria On The Map As She Receives MBE Award From The Prince Of Wales

The talent manager and the daughter of a former Oyo State governor, Rashidi Ladoja, was recently honored with an MBE  by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles.

4. Hauwa Ojeifo

Hauwa Ojeifo is a mental health activist and founder of She Writes Woman. This year Hauwa was one of the recipients of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

She was also one of the winners of the MTV EMA Generation Change Award. This award category was just introduced at the 2018 MTV EMAs

5. Mo Abudu

Ebonylife TV boss, Mo Abudu is another woman putting Nigeria on the world map. It’s undeniable that the media mogul definitely had a great 2018.

Mo Abudu Ebonylife TV Anniversary

This year, Mo made it to the 2018 UK 100 Power List alongside Meghan Markle. This list is the is the most authoritative recognition of influential people of African and Caribbean heritage in the UK.

6. NneNne Iwuji-Eme

NneNne Iwuji-Eme is a Nigerian born, British diplomat.In March 2018, she was appointed to be the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Mozambique making her the first black woman to be appointed a high commissioner by the United Kingdom

7. Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, daughter of late Dora Akunyili is a multi-talented visual artist. This year Njideka sold one of her paintings “Bush Babies” for N1.2bn ($3.4million) a feat that hasn’t been achieved in a while.

READ – Dora Akunyili’s Daughter, Njideka Crosby Sets New Auction Record As She Sells Her Painting For 1.2bn Naira

8. Okwui Okpokwasili

Okwui Okpokwasili is an Igbo-Nigerian American artist, performer, choreographer, and writer. This year Okpokwasili was one of the recipients of the Mac Arthur Fellowship.

The prestigious award came with a whopping sum of $625,000 (N226 Million).

 Okwui Okpokwasili

READ – Nigerian Choreographer, Okwui Okpokwasili Bags 2018 MacArthur Genius Award Worth N226 Million

The MacArthur Fellowship is a prize awarded annually by to between 20 and 30 individuals, working in any field, who have shown “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits.

9. Tiwa Savage

Mummy “Jam Jam” definitely had an amazing 2018 despite all the relationship drama and scandals Tiwa Savage kept winning big.

This year, Tiwa made history as the first female artist to win the award for the Best African Act at the 2018 MTV European Music Awards.




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