Four Nigerian women including, Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General have made the 2018 BBC ‘100 women’ list.
The UN Deputy Secretary-General appeared alongside social entrepreneur/activist, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, a lawyer, Bola Tinubu and award-winning blogger and author, Chidera Eggerue.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in 2017, only two Nigerian women – singer, Tiwa Savage and tech prodigy, Anne-Marie Imafidon – made the list.
This year, the list featured women around the world between the ages of 15 and 94 from more than 60 countries; including Messrs Mohammed, Ajayi-Akinfolarin, Tinubu and Eggerue from Nigeria.
57-year-old Ms Mohammed, who is vocal about women’s empowerment and gender equality, told BBC that females should not be ‘grateful’ for opportunities given them.
“What I want to do is not apologise for being a girl and not to see it as something that is added on… or that we should be grateful for being at the table,” she said.
Speaking on Ms Ajayi-Akinfolarin, BBC wrote, “Abisoye is the founder of GirlsCoding, an NGO that teaches girls how to code, design and build websites that help solve problems in their communities.”
The 33-year-old tech entrepreneur, who was recently named one of CNN’s ten heroes of 2018, is a women’s rights activist fighting to balance the gender gap in science and technology.
Meanwhile, the BBC honoured the 51-year-old Ms Tinubu for her work in corporate law, especially in establishing the first free children’s helpline in Nigeria.
Also, Ms Eggerue, 27, is a best-selling author and blogger at Slumflower and has been featured in many publications including British Vogue, Elle Uk, The NewYork Times.
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