Ten Most Influential Women In Nigeria 2016 – By T.I.N Magazine

03 Nov

Hello dear readers, T.I.N Magazine
presents you the 10 most influential
women in Nigeria 2016. Well, many
may question this ranking but this
was judge based on the impacts the
people on this list has made within
the last 12months. Criteria includes
how well they’ve grown their brands,
how good they’ve made Nigeria look
internationally, how helpful they’ve
been to the society in general.
Note, the no.1 person on this list is
the most influential woman in
Nigeria of year 2016.
So relax and calmly go through our
list below.
10. Mary Remmy Njoku
Meet the owner/CEO of the newly
launched ROK studio/TV in UK.
Mary Remmy Njoku is the CEO of
ROK studio/TV. ROK Studios is a
Lagos-based film studio, that just
launched a fresh out of the box
television channel on Sky TV in the
Facts To Know About Her:She is a
Nigerian actress born on the 20th of
March, 1985. She grew up in Mile 2
Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Mary Remmy
is an actress, known for Critical Truth
(2008), Hand of Fate (2012) and Sins
of the Past (2012). She got married
to Jason Njoku since August 18, 2012
Spouse: Founder of Iroko TV – Jason
Njoku is married to Nollywood
actress, Mary Remmy. The star-
studded ceremony took place at the
Golden Tulip Hotel in Lagos and was
anchored by Nollywood’s Charles
The ceremony was attended by
several movie and music industry
players such as Mercy Aigbe, Emem
Isong, Oge Okoye, Mercy Johnson,
2Shotz amongst others.
9. Tiwa Savage
Tiwatope Savage-Balogun better
known by her stage name Tiwa
Savage, is a Nigerian singer,
songwriter, performer and actress.
She is arguably the most popular
female singer in Africa.
Tiwa Savage as the face of women in
the Nigeria music industry obviously
shows how much influence she
wades in the entertainment
industry. Tiwa savage is an
ambassador to many huge brands in
Savage has been involved in many
youth empowerment and breast
cancer screening projects across
Nigeria. Savage helped raise money
for an organisation that build schools
in her hometown.
8. Oby Ezekwesili
Oby Ezekwesili is as fiery as she is
intelligent. A major voice in the
Bring Back Our Girls campaign, Oby
shows strength of character, vision
and decisive leadership. She is a
trained accountant, a co-founder of
Transparency International and is
serving as one of the pioneer
directors of the global anti-corruption
body based in Berlin, Germany. She
also served as Federal Minister of
Solid Minerals and then as Federal
Minister of Education during the
second-term of former president
Olusegun Obasanjo.
Her efforts this year to fight the
incompetency of the present
government has been shown by her
continuous critics and comments in
the media.
7. Iara Oshiomhole
Iara Oshiomhole and Ahmed Ali, the
Comptroller General of Customs.
The former model is a wife of
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of the
Edo state.
Mrs Oshiomhole recently launched
her pet project “We Care Trust,”
which focuses on welfare for
orphans, environmental
responsibilities and skills acquisition
stem from her passion for the
When photos of her wedding
appeared on the internet, most
Nigerians believed she was just an
‘arm candy’ for the governor’.
Meanwhile, her recent humanitarian
activities are gradually setting her
Indeed, the incumbent government
may not have as much women in
principal positions as the previous
one, but given the nature of these
women, it will only be a matter of
time before their performances can
affect lives of other women in Nigeria
6. Mo Abudu
Mosunmola Abudu popularly known
as Mo Abudu, is the founder of Ebony
Life Television and Inspire Africa
Foundation. She’s also the host of
‘Moments with Mo.’ As a TV
producer, media personality, human
resources management consultant,
and entrepreneur, Mo is the poster
child for those who keep evolving for
the better. She is also the creator
and executive producer of “The
Debaters”, and has been described
by Forbes as “Africa’s Most
Successful Woman”.
Abudu is the founder of The Inspire
Africa Foundation, a human
investment arm of Inspire Africa Ltd.
It is registered as a non-profit
organisation focused on raising funds
to implement society-transforming
The Foundation has opened a charity
store branded “The Designers Outlet
for Charity”, which opened on 5
December 2009 in Lagos, Nigeria.
The foundation is also developing a
children’s shelter called “The
5. Aisha Buhari
Aisha is the wife of Muhammadu
Buhari, the president of Nigeria, who
was inaugurated on May 29, 2015
after defeating the Goodluck
Jonathan. She is a Cosmetologist and
Beauty therapist.
Buhari’s wife announced her decision
to be addressed as the wife of the
president and not the first lady of
Nigeria. Her action has been greeted
with extreme repulsion.
Report has it since getting
inaugurated the wife of the
president has made quite some
efforts in helping the masses in
Nigeria most especially the women.
4. Aisha Alhassan
Former Senator Aisha Alhassan also
known as Mama Taraba the minister
of women affairs, her recent
achievement being on the verge of
winning the gubernatorial sit in
Taraba state automatically made her
a role model for female politicians in
In recent news as Minister of
Women Affairs and Social
Development, Aisha Alhassan, said
N200 million would be disbursed to
eight pilot states each through the
National Women Empowerment
Fund, NAWEF, to empower women at
the grassroots.
She added that “the NAWEF targets
10,000 women beneficiaries in each
of the pilot states; the condition of
the loans both under the GEEP and
NAWEF are the same.
Aisha has been a real advocate for
women in Nigeria as she uses every
opportunity she gets to promote and
help women that needs help in
3. Folorunsho Alakija
Folorunsho Alakija is a Nigerian
businesswoman who is the second
richest African woman after Isabel
Dos Santos and also the third richest
woman of African descent in the
world. She is a business tycoon
involved in the fashion, oil and
printing industries. She is the group
managing director of The Rose of
Sharon Group which consists of The
Rose of Sharon Prints & Promotions
Limited and Digital Reality Prints
Limited and the executive vice-
chairman of Famfa Oil Limited.
As of 2015, she is listed as the
second most powerful woman in
Africa after Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and
the 87th most powerful woman in
the world by Forbes
Folorunsho has a foundation called
the Rose of Sharon Foundation that
helps widows and orphans by
empowering them through
scholarships and business grants. .
She also founded the Folorunsho
Alakija Scholarship Scheme (FASS)
which has consistently aided quite a
number of indigent Nigerians who
can not afford good and quality
education. Mrs Alakija is a fervent
supporter of education in Nigeria
2. Funke Akindele
The“I Need To Know” Starlet Bisi,
has grown to a bigz girlz. Funke
Akindele has done several Nollywood
movies that are unforgettable,
including her self-produced movie
with the Character title Jennifer.
Funke worked in television before
switching to cinema, she studied
Mass Communication in Ogun State
Polytechnic, and later bagged a law
degree from the University of Lagos.
In 2009, she won the Africa Movie
Academy Award for Best Actress in a
Leading Role, and in 2015, starred in
Tchidi Chikere’s “Compound Fool”.
At the moment Funke Akindele is
making giant strides in Nollywood,
the prolific actress has been setting
and breaking records with her hugely
successful TV Series called Jennifa’s
diary. Helping a lot of upcoming
actors and upcoming movie
practitioners. By now we definitely
can tell Funke has shown us how big
TV Shows can get in Nigeria.
Funke Akindele runs a non-
governmental Organisation known as
aims and objectives involves
nurturing talents and acquiring
vocational skills.
She is definitely ranked second on
this list.
1. Linda Ikeji
Most popular blogger in Nigeria,
Linda Ikeji is best known for her
controversial publications. After
graduating from University of Lagos
where she studied English Language,
Linda started blogging in 2006. Her
blog which started out as a gossip
column has become the most
celebrated blog in Africa and the one
stop portal for information,
entertainment and gossip. Her use of
technology to carve a niche for
herself and create an innovative
platform has made her a source of
inspiration to many young bloggers.
Just within the past 12 months Linda
Ikeji has made quite a lot of
influence in the country as a whole.
At the moment Linda Ikeji is
currently hiring people in her newly
launched media company.
Linda Ikeji lauched a movement last
year called: :|”I had rather be self
made” personally funding young
women to start businesses of their
So Linda Ikeji by T.I.N Magazine has
been declared the most influential
woman in Nigeria 2016
NOTE: This is not an all time ranking,
this is specifically for year 2016 and
2016 only, ranking might change
next year.

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