9 Women With Nigerian Roots Make The Powerlist Of Top 100 Black People In Britain


Grace Ononiwu

Nine Nigerian women have been listed on the 2019 United Kingdom 100 Black Powerlist. Now in its 12th year, the list honours men and women of African and African-Caribbean heritage in Britain who are changing lives.

The Powerlist also honours people across a wide range of industries including science, technology and the arts.

The people chosen were judged on their ability to change lives and alter events, as demonstrated over a protracted period of time and in a positive manner.

Chi-Chi Nwanoku

Chi-Chi Nwanoku is one of the most highly respected double bassists in the international classical arena. Born in London to a Nigerian father and an Irish mother, Chi-Chi founded the Chineke! Foundation in 2015 to provide opportunities to black and minority ethnic classical musicians in the UK and Europe.

Sandie Okoro 

Sandie is the Senior vice president and general counsel at World Bank Group. With several awards for her work and volunteer efforts, Sandie was, in July 2016, named as one of the 100 Women to Watch by the Female FTSE Board.

Ebele Okobi 

Ebele is a Nigerian Internet policy creator. She is currently Facebook’s director of public policy for Africa. She is also a trained lawyer, helping to promote human rights, increase women’s participation in entrepreneurial and technological activities in emerging economies.

Professor Funmi Olonisakin 

Funmi is a British-Nigerian scholar. She is the Vice president and vice principal international at King’s College, London. Funmi is the founder and former Director of the African Leadership Centre, founded on the principle of Pan-Africanism to build the next generation of leaders and scholars on the African continent with core transformational values.

Bukola Adisa 

Bukola is the Managing Director and Head of RCSA design and execution, chief controls office at Barclays, London. She is also the Founder and CEO of Career Masterclass, a not for profit social enterprise dedicated to providing career development advice to BME professionals.

Yvonne Ike 

Yvonne is a Partner at Africapital Management Limited. Yvonne is an internationally regarded investment banker credited with pioneering a number of ground breaking transactions in the West Africa region and has more than 18 years’ experience in financial services, including capital markets operations and fixed-income, derivatives and equities products.

Mosunmola  Abudu 9 Women With Nigerian Roots Make The Powerlist Of Top 100 Black People In Britain

Mo Abudu is the CEO and executive chair of Ebonylife TV. She was born in the UK and had a successful career in human resources management before she returned to Nigeria to begin, first a career in banking before veering into media entrepreneurship.

Kathryn Nwajiaku

A Scottish born- British-Nigerian, Kathryn is the Co-director at Development Results. she is head of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding secretariat, at the OECD, in Paris.

Grace Ononiwu

Born to Nigerian parents, Grace is the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the West Midlands Crown prosecution Service in the UK.


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