Three Nigerians have been listed on the BBC list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2018.
Amina J. Mohammed, Bola Tinubu, and Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin are the three Nigerians on the list.
Bola Tinubu, Founder of the Cece Yara Foundation, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economic and Social Studies from the University of Manchester, U.K., and a Law degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. She was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1993 and has undertaken training in the prevention of child sexual abuse, and the counselling of victims, as well as child protection.
Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary General, United Nations. Amina was Nigeria’s Minister of Environment from November 2015 to December 2016. She served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning. Before joining the UN, she worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating programmes worth $1 billion annually for MDG-related interventions. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University.
Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin is a social impact entrepreneur who facilitates opportunities for vulnerable young girls in Nigeria through Pearls Africa Foundation (an NGO she founded that focuses on promoting the cause and advancement of vulnerable young girls and women for the purpose of economic independence). With more than 12 years of experience in Information Technology Solutions Development, she is also an experienced, certified and also qualified Information Technology Professional, a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Oracle Database Administrator (OCDBA), among others.
According to the BBC, the 100 women on the list are aged between 15 and 94, and are from more than 60 countries.
Others on the list are as follows:
Boushra Yahya Almutawakel
Uma Devi Badi
Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista
Asha de Vos
Gabriella Di Laccio
Randi Heesoo Griffin
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
Joey Mead King
Veasna Chea Leth
Ana Graciela Sagastume Lopez
Maria Corina Machado
Joseline Esteffania Velasquez Morales
Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo
Brigitte Sossou Perenyi
Rahibi Soma Popere
Nenney Shushaidah Binti Shamsuddin
Helen Taylor Thompson