Meet Northern Icons Who Made Nigeria’s 100 Most Inspiring Women in 2020

Meet Northern Icons Who Made Nigeria’s 100 Most Inspiring Women in 2020

AREWA AGENDA – Six women from various parts of Northern Nigeria have made the 2020 hundred most inspiring women in Nigeria.

The program, organised by Leading Ladies Africa in conjunction with YNaija list 100 of the most inspiring, influential, powerful and innovative women in Nigeria.

Announcing the list, founder of Leading Ladies Africa Francesca Uriri said, “We’re thrilled to be able to show the world the diversity and multifacetedness of what it truly means to be a Nigerian woman,”

The six northern women who made the list are:

Intisar Bashir Kurfi
Founder of Ifrique Collections and Designs Ltd, Intisar works to promote SDG 6, which is providing clean water and sanitation through Sustainovation Solutions. The company now produces interlocking tiles and eco-friendly toilets using wastes from pep bottles and used sachet water plastics.

Farida Yahya
Author, SDGs Advocate, Women Empowerment Advocate, Founder (Lumo Naturals) and Founder, Jamuje NG, an NGO empowering women in the North, Farida was in 2015, selected as one of 10 youth leaders to meet the then UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon to discuss development, climate change and the role of youths in promoting sustainable development goals and increasing momentum and ownership in Nigeria, produce and communicate key messages to influence national political actions towards the implementation of the SDGs, and increase the knowledge of young people in Nigeria and across Africa on the new development agenda, especially on its opportunity for dealing with youth development issues.

She is a mentor for the SOS (Skills Outside School) foundation, and “I am Nigeria” Initiative; she mentors over 200 young girls on career choices, skills acquisition, and political inclusion using creative writing, workshops, and peer education.

Hajia Lami Tumaka
Former Director of Special Duties, Hajia Lami worked with NIMASA for 22 years. She joined the services of the then National Maritime Authority (NMA) as Chief Research Officer and her rise to the rank of Director has been characterised by several awards and accolades from within and without especially in the field of Public Relations which has defined most of her stay in the agency.

Abisola Akintunde

Abisola is a beauty professional and a graduate of English from the University of Ilorin. In 2012, she landed a job as a Make-up Artist with Africa Magic, where she worked between 2012 and 2015, playing make-up artists on set to a host of Africa’s top celebrities. In 2015, not only did Abisola open her flagship studio, she took a bold step by extending her professional portfolio to include make-up products manufacturing with the launch of Beelashes, her own eyelash brand.

Apaokagi Adedoyin Maryam aka Taaooma

Taaooma whose real name is Apaokagi Adedoyin Maryam is a popular Nigerian online comedian, content creator, and cinematographer from Kwara State known for her comedy style of making jest of typical Nigerian mothers. She emphasizes the unique manner African mothers respond to the actions of their children.

Joana Nnazua Kolo

A humanitarian, advocate of good governance and youngest serving commissioner in Kwara State, Joana is a 2018 graduate of Library Science from Kwara State University and is believed to be the youngest commissioner in the history of Nigeria. A grassroots mobiliser and an ardent advocate of community development, Joana was nominated for appointment two weeks before the end of completing the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). As Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development in Nigeria, she was responsible for hosting the seventh Kwara State Sports Festival which held earlier in the year.

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