The 27 Women On YNaija’s 100 Most Influential Nigerians In 2016



YNaija made a list of 100 most influential Nigerians who have made an impact in the year 2016.

On this list are women who have done excellently well in their various fields.


Aisha Buhari: She spoke out for society’s underprivileged and raised money for the rehabilitation of the victim’s of Boko Haram’s insurgency.

Amina Mohammed: She supervised the launch and was commitment to the clean-up of Ogoniland, as recommended in the 2011 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on Ogoniland.


Yemi Alade: Her mama Africa album made her famous in other African countries. she co-hosted the MTV Africa Movie Awards and featured on a worldwide Shell promotional campaign with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.

Omoni Oboli: She was in Fifty and First Lady, two of the highest grossing films of 2015 and this year. she has already made a profitable statement with the comedy, Wives on Strike.

Tiwa Savage: Despite the events that played out in her marriage, Tiwa gained control of herself as she returned to work like nothing happened and was signed to JayZ’s Roc Nation label.


Chimamanda Adichie: A feminist who has won several awards and nominated for a Grammy, Ngozi Adichie easily sparks debates and influences thought whenever she decides to publish her work or speak her mind.

Lala Akindoju: She is known to appear in ground-breaking movies. she also runs Open Mic Theatre, a hub for the expression of fresh talented acts in entertainment.

TY Bello: Her works are considered magnificent. She helped Olajumoke Orisaguna, the breadseller break through the modelling industry.

Nnedi Okoroafor: She made history by becoming the first Nigerian to win the Hugo award in the novella category.

Bolanle Austeen-Peters: She is the founder of Terra kulture and has hosted over 100 plays.

Lola Shoneyin: Shoneyin’s work with the Ake Book festival, an annual celebration of literature, dance and music has been able to bring writers together.


Amaka Osakwe: Maki Oh’s 2015 collection Arodan, debuted exclusively on Vogue, instantly making Osakwe the first designer based in Nigeria to achieve this feat.

Joan Okorodudu: A lot of working models, both at home and in the diaspora owe a lot of their success to Joan Okorodudu, founder of ISIS modelling agency and godmother of the Nigerian fashion industry.


Lucy Ejike: An elite athlete, Ejike made history when she shattered the Paralympic and world record three successive times before winning gold with a lift of 142kg at the Rio Games.

Florence Omagbemi: She was a player and midfielder with the Super Falcons before retiring as their coach. In December, she became the first person ever to win the African Women Cup of Nations as both player and coach.

Asisat Oshoala: A veteran of two FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cups, Oshoala recently achieved her childhood dream of playing for Arsenal Ladies FC in the English Premier League.


Mo Abudu: Mo Abudu is the founder of EbonyLife Television and the Inspire Africa Foundation.

Linda Ikeji: She has started her own social network while getting original content with the Linda Ikeji studios and music. Her give back project, ‘I’d rather be self-made’ helps young girls along their road to entrepreneurship.

Toke Makinwa: In between covering every major magazine on newsstands, Makiwa made herself some lemonades by capitalizing on the collapse of her high-profile marriage to Maje Ayida to write a sensational memoir which she bills as a ‘’must tell.”

Azuka Ogujiuba: The This Day near-veteran has access to all the major stars and does not hesitate to call in her contacts to get to the heart of the story.


Fati Abubakar: Armed with a camera and an Instagram handle, @bitsofborno, Fati Abubakar strolls the streets of her hometown, Maiduguri and captures that other side of the terrorism ravaged state the mainstream media will not show you.

Yemi Adamolekun: Her team jointly organised the Ondo state gubernatorial election debate that aired on Channels television.

Obiagaeli Ezekwesili: Obiagaeli Ezekwesili, a former government minister and vice president of the World Bank, has kept up with the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, drawing attention to the plight of the missing Chibok girls.

Bukky Shonibare: She is always seen displaying a placard with a reminder of the exact number of days the Chibok girls have been in captivity. She uploads these pictures every day, in good health or bad, no matter what part of the world she finds herself.


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: A world renowned global thinker and economic development expert, Okonjo-Iweala was appointed a member of the international advisory panel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Mgbajah Ogadinma: She became the first female to qualify as a cardiothoracic surgeon in West Africa.


Mary Remmy Njoku: Her Rok Studios, an arm of iROKO which she runs as a production and original content company, has grown incredibly, launching a free-to-view 24-hour channel for all Sky subscribers on Sky TV in the UK.







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