The BBC 100 Women is a list of the 100 “inspiring and influential women from around the world”, and this year’s list, 2018, contains the names of four Nigerian women.

Most prominent among these Nigerian women is the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, who has fervently used her role in the UN to champion the empowerment of women and, in general, gender equality. You have no excuse not to be bigger and better than any man on the block

She once said:

You have no excuse not to be bigger and better than any man on the block

Speaking to BBC, she said, “What I want to do is not apologize for being a girl and not to see it as something that is added on – or that we should be grateful for being on the table.”

The three other Nigerian women to make the list are social impact entrepreneur, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, 33; lawyer, Bola Tinubu, 51; and award-winning author and blogger, Chidera Eggerue, 23.

The BBC profiled Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin as the “the founder of GirlsCoding, an NGO that teaches girls how to code. design and build websites that help solve problems in their society.”

The 33 year-old techpreneur only recently made the news when named as one of CNN’s ten heroes of 2018.

Bola Tinubu was honoured by the BBC for establishing the first free children’s helpline in Nigeria.

Finally, Eggerue made the BBC list as a “best selling author and activist behind the social media movement #saggyboobsmatter, driving new conversations about perceptions of women’s bodies.”


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