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Thursday, 4 December 2014

20 Youngest Power Women In Africa 2014 - Ada Osakwe, Toyosi Akerele make the list

The annual Forbes list of the The 20 Young Power Women In Africa 2014 has been released and it features Nigerian amazons like Ada Osakwe and Toyosi Akerele among others.

Written by Mfonobong Nsehe for Forbes
Every year since 2011  have enlisted readers’ help to identify 20 young, extraordinary and inspiring African women, aged 45 and under, who are making the most dramatic impact in individual African countries in the world of politics, business, technology, policy, diplomacy and media for the annual tally of the 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa. Now in its 4th year, the list celebrates 20 influential female leaders, ground breakers & ceiling crashers who are transforming the continent from their communities.
Read about the Nigerians on the list after the cut...



Ada Osakwe (pictured right), Nigerian, Advisor to the Honorable Minister Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria
Nigeria’s agricultural sector has attracted more than $4 billion in private sector investment commitments over the last year, and Ada Osakwe is an integral reason why. Osakwe, 34, currently serves as the Senior Investment Adviser to Nigerian Minister of Agriculture Akinwunmi Adesina – arguably the best-performing member of President Goodluck Jonathan’s kitchen cabinet. She works directly with the minister, advising him on his policies regarding private sector investments into the food and agriculture sector.  Osakwe also interacts with current and prospective agribusiness investors and champions innovative approaches to channel sustainable private sector engagements in the sector. Previously, she served as Vice President of Kuramo Capital, a New York-based investment management firm. She also worked in various capacities at the African Development Bank.

Amy Jadesimi, Nigerian, Managing Director, LADOL
The 39-year-old Nigerian businesswoman is the Managing Director of the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL), Nigeria’s only indigenous-owned deep offshore logistics base. Jadesimi earned a BA in physiological sciences at Oxford University, and then went on to work for the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs in London. She subsequently attended Stanford Business School, where she earned her MBA, and returned to Nigeria to set up a financial consultancy outfit before joining LADOL (a company founded by her father) as Managing Director. Since it was founded in 2001, LADOL has turned a former industrial wasteland into a $500 million industrial village and specialized port facility, providing an environment in which high value operations, such as oil and gas drilling and production support, ship building and repairs, specialized manufacturing and engineering can take place 24/7 in a secure Free Zone. The second phase of the LADOL development is currently ongoing and it includes Nigeria’s single largest local content development – a $300 million investment in West Africa’s largest vessel fabrication and integration yards. LADOL Free Zone was created to make Nigeria the hub for West African maritime and oil and gas activities through long-term investment in world class facilities and services. Jadesimi is spearheading this vision.

Rimini Makama, Nigeria, Director, Africa Practice
Rimini Makama, 34, is the Communications Director at Africa Practice, Africa’s foremost strategy and communications consultancy. Over the last half a decade, Makama has successfully introduced some of the largest international institutions on the continent and beyond into the Nigerian market, simultaneously helping to strategically positioning them as key players in their industry and encouraging foreign investment in the country. Some of her clients include BlackBerry, Union Bank, Renaissance Capital, Bloomberg, Western Union, World Economic Forum Africa, The Africa Union and Paypal. Rimini has a background in law and after obtaining a BL from the Nigerian Law School and an LLM in International Law and World Order. Prior to a career in communications, she joined the Office of Legal Affairs at the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) in Lyon, France where she worked as a lawyer primarily reviewing notices and individual requests safeguarding international security and safety across borders. She also drafted cooperation agreements between the 190 member countries.

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Nigerian, Social entrepreneur
Ogunsiji, 31, is the Founder of RISE NETWORKS, a Nigeria-based private and public sector funded Youth Interest social enterprise with a primary focus on wholesome youth and education development. The organization focuses on creating intellectual development and capacity building programs for young Nigerians between 16 and 30 and receives generous support from several state governments and blue-chip companies. Ogunsiji is an alumnus of the United States Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Adiat Disu, Nigerian, Founder, African Fashion Week
Adiat Disu, 27, is an international publicist and founder of Adirée, a New York-based communications and brand strategy company. In 2009, Adirée launched the annual Africa Fashion Week in New York, one of the most popular international African-focused fashion events, in an effort to place structure around Africa’s fashion industry and promote international economic partnerships while promoting brands from Africa on a global scale. It has been a resounding success. Disu and Adirée are also working on hosting other international African Fashion Weeks in other fashion capitals of the world including Paris, Milan, London and Tokyo.

Source: Forbes.com

101 comments:

Shhlah Slim said...

Nice one!!!!

Ivy Marshall said...

Was waiting to see U *raised brow* oh well good brains!!! Women empowering themselves the right way is the way forward!

Okoro said...

Good

snowflix said...

That's a good one, thumbs up to them #onelovefromSnow#

LAZY READER said...

Dunno any of them

elovi said...

Lovely

Oladimeji Daniels said...

They awesomly correct. (•͡.̮ •͡ )

Vicky Darl said...

Waaaaaaaaaaa....women on Top this time around

agbakwuru-onyike eden said...

Pls oooo I want 2 b in. D listtttttt ooooooo, wanna b lyk dem or greatr, #shine ladies#

Anonymous said...

Nice one





Amakadarlyn@yahoo.com

Bishop Dammy said...

If these ones are actually making impacts then they shouldn't cease from doing so ..touch one life or the other and this country would be in a better state than it is even the world in whole. Whenever the opportunity presents itself let's try to do good..do good when is convenient but do it especially when it is inconvenient. It is well. James 4:17, Gal 6;10. BishopDammy#

Patience George said...

This is wat we want to see nd hear nt nudist maheeda* congrats to dem

GLORIA HALLIDAY said...

Hope ur name is included Linda??

Anonymous said...

Jobless hungry girl feeling funky. Must u write sometin?

christie benjamin said...

GOOD FOR THEM. BY THIS TIME NEXT 4YEARS THE YOUNGEST SHALL CONQUER. ....<>C.B> REPORTING><

etido udofia said...

Good

Stuch Bedsheet said...

My name will be one that list soon!

One and only Ada David Omobabalanu says so

Talk2Henry said...

Congrats to them.

Chukydyk said...

Buh Linda should be among..i wonder there bases...anyway continue ur gud works, one day..

Bonita Bislam said...

These women stirs up the Dora Akunyili in me.#smiles

EDDY WIZ said...

Hope your name is included?

nonso okoh said...

Great one. Impacting on the Nation. Impacting positively on the citizens is what being in a position of influence is all about.

Anonymous said...

Ok oo...... ellaiscrystal@yahoo.com

destinysweet said...

My name will be among in 2015


------#AUNTYLINDAgoddaughter#

Gloriafines Okaiman said...

Linda by God's Grace next year my name and your name will be on this list.

Clara Odiri said...

Are you ok? Y are u hating on someone you don't know?

Shina Shine said...

Wonderful
Great women....

#Commenting thru Glo 4G LTE

chichi cynthia said...

gud news

Henry Ekene Obianika said...

Congrats to them.

#HenryEkeneObianika

joshua ivongbe said...

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lindfa ikeji's boo said...

don't worry linda,your name will be amongst the most influential w'man on earth.

Anonymous said...

Don't mind her, shez a fool. Illiterate, nonentity, idiot, mumu. Better go and learn hairdressing or tailoring. Joblessness made u come up with that razz SNOW thing. Get a life bitch!

Juliebabe said...

Women of substances

Ruth Kemisola Bambi said...

Awesome!...one word

Lilian Fc barcelona said...

Good for them.

Anonymous said...

Jobless bishop damny. Must you always talk? Does linda ikeji pay u for commenting? Plz go and try to start a church and quit preaching on here. I wonder how u find a bible verse to suit every story. Smh

Yvonne Jack said...

lol

ochouba chidinma said...

Aunty Lindo ur name kwanu?

Yvonne Jack said...

one day my name shall be included watch out

Anonymous said...

This are real women!!! And not some cheap brats making their nakedness POS(point of sales).let's celebate excellence and not mediocrity.

Mrs Feyi

Ochakpor Onyeka said...

bt my name is not here na...its sopose to b 21..abeg recheck oo

spicebrox said...

kodos to dem @#run#dem#down##

Anonymous said...

Wow

Jeah Felix said...

Come 2 years from now my name will be on that list.

charlesome said...

Money makes d world go round.

Naija Babe said...

Congratulation den

Lola A said...

Abeg I disagree with that Toyosi Akerele's own abeg, once went through a rigorous interview session, about 3 sessions at her Arise or rise company and after passing through feeling all happy and all, guess what she offered me 40k, a graduate o, and on the 40k, 20k is constant while the remaining 20k is if i meet marketing target...I threw the job back in their faces of course, and weeks later, one of the guys who interviewed me called and said he was looking for a job as well since he had not been paid for a while...since then my opinion of that lady has gone from 50 to 0, and keep in mind that she drives the latest jeeps and cars yet can't afford to offer good working conditions for her staff!

Anonymous said...

Wassup with you miss ikeji and promotin porn nudity and immorality these days,sm of us. Jus love comin here for sm harmless social news/gossips,but obviously u feel its ur duty to help us to some daily dose of porn and nudity...ofcos u are now all big and can't do wrong/go down ever abi?? I pray God help you oo

Diva 8 said...

Way to go ladies!

irabo bobby fera favor said...

Nice one

pearldazzle said...

Wow, im really touched by these women achievements and impact in our society. I pray to make such list someday soon too. so help me God

NaNcY DreW said...

SOON NANCY DREW ON DA LIST.

Anonymous said...

These are women. Where or who are the 20 yougest power men in Africa?. mjabdulk@gmail.com

ary said...

That's really nice, Africa isn't that backward.

Janice Iwu said...

So nice 2 see women in charge.wud be on dat list someday

Mimi Kel said...

Good one.

lami said...

Thumps up to them , its good to see the youths making waves.

chinny choo said...

Nice! This is what we should aspire for, Greatness not gucci bag n suv.

Osasboy Omoregie said...

Where is lindaikeji There honesty she should be there naijaside.com

grace nkechi said...

Linda nwa! Y is ur name nt included bt no P shaa big gal is big gal.


DIS IS GRACE B

Tamia lixir said...

Pained much?

Mimi Kel said...

I really want to be counted as one of the some day. #inspiredmimi2@gmail.com

Valiola said...

Impressive....

Mercyberry said...

Nice

APPLE said...

Good for them.

careen said...

Beauty n d brains thumbs up

sajuwa seyi said...

Young and powerful..dts who I wanna be soon. Hmconcept2000@gmail.com

chigozie lucia said...

U must be mad miss or Mr anonymous, mind ur business and leave others alone, if u were so busy u wuld not write smtin as well. Hater!

Gbolahan Akinbode said...

Nice one to them pls Linda encourage some other's lady's

babayemi azeezat said...

Am proud of my cousin Toyosi Akerele

Alexandra Njoku said...

I love this. Mine would be there in a few years.




#I'dratherbeselfmade

Choco Barbz said...

Hoping to make that list someday

Don Meritson Mba said...

nice..

#GodblessNigeria

Orji Obumneme said...

Lovely!!

Electropiz said...

Pls Linda get me her number ASAP, I have a business proposal

.......ROV

lily remijuis said...

women with brains

lily remijuis said...

women with brains

lily remijuis said...

women with brains

lily remijuis said...

women with brains

Anonymous said...

anty linlin ur name wil b included nxttime. mine too one day. mariaakwarandu@yahoo.com

Mary Mayaki said...

ReaI Women repping

REAL. PIKIN said...

Lovely One

ed DREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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Linda they forgot to add ur name o... This is partiality......
*GLO BRING 3G TO KONTAGORA*
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

APPLELIPX said...

When I hear things like this I wonder how they r chosen, then rated....... I havent really hrd much of these pple

They probably dnt do much for pple in their immediate comunity

Anonymous said...

Ada and Amy are so wonderful and smart... I know them well

ebonyz... said...

Proud of them.

Williams Jedidiah said...

Highly impressive

Faleye Tunji said...

Great

Jules Louis said...

Its good that good woman are celebrated. Its really encouraging. I won't be surprise if Linda makes this list someday. Uve really being influential. And you single handedly built your blog. Its an applausable achievement

Jules Louis said...

Its quite encouraging that influential women are celebrated. I won't be surprised to see your name on this list someday Linda cuz if u don't know it, you have inflenced lots of potential bloggers today. U single handedly built your business and its an applauseable achievement.

Patience Anthony said...

Congrats

Peculiar Chukwu said...

Congratulations

xquisite said...

Motivation for me! Linda hope to see your name in the next list #say amen

Anonymous said...

anybody with the right connections can make this list

Anonymous said...

God bless you for sharing this dear, you took the words right out of my month. The lady doesn't actually practice none of the things she preaches. I worked there some years ago.... horrible place to work I must say.

Anonymous said...

I will make the list soon In Jesus Name. Amen

Ada

Anonymous said...

I will make the list soon In Jesus Name. Amen

Ada

Nkechinyere Isawode said...

These are empowered women. I wish every woman will take note of this and not be allowed to be used as a sex symbol instead.

Nkechinyere Isawode said...

These are empowered women. I wish every woman will take note of this and not be allowed to be used as a sex symbol instead.

Nkechinyere Isawode said...

These are empowered women. I wish every woman will take note of this and not be allowed to be used as a sex symbol instead.

Gbenga Adebayo said...

and not a single ''runs'' girl made the list!!!

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