100 Women Nigieria is a nonprofit organisation that improves, empowers and educates women in Africa to reach their highest potential in business, home and their personal lives. It is an arm of the BRYNE Foundation (Bringing-up Resilient Young Nigeria Entrepreneurs) which delivers training, develops tools and connects women to accelerate their ability to make a change in their communities, thus enabling communities to reap the transformational benefits of entrepreneurial participation. The BRYNE Foundation also supports women with access to finance, markets, mentorship programs, networks and capacity development.
The 100 Women West Africa list features 100 women from diverse backgrounds and sectors who are making impact in the world and their local communities with the power and strength of their ideas and achievements. It includes women making their mark in politics, business, philanthropy, technology and finance, by creating solutions for some of the world’s biggest problems and leaving lasting legacies along the way.
Mary-Ann Kaikai, Creative Director of Madam wokie was listed in the 100 Women West Africa list 2019 for her contribution to the fashion and creative industry in Sierra Leone.
Other honourees from Sierra Leone include:
Aminata Kane: CEO of Orange Sierra Leone
Ariana Oluwole: Fonder of Narnia, an early learning center. Ariana is also a trainer, facilitator and life coach
Anita Koroma: Gender and child’s rights activist. She is also a founding member of Guadalupe Old Girls Association-UK , and Founder and Country Director of Girl Child Network Sierra Leone
Christine Sesay: founder and CEO of Africa’s Moneyprenuer
Dr. Fatu Forna Sesay: Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Mama-Pikin Foundation. She is also an Obstetrician-Gynecologist and writer
Eldeen Elba: Chartered Global Management Accountant and Human Resources Analyst. She is also a member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and American Academy of Project Management
Fatima Seseay: Founder of Unimax Sierra Leone LTD, a Logistics ( Transport,Clearing and Forwarding ) courier, dispatch and messenger service
Mariama Oni: Founder of the organization Smiling Through the Light. Smiling through Light
Satta Matturi: Founder of Satta Matturi Fine Jewelry, a diamond and semi precious stones costume jewelry line
Vickie Remoe: Writer and TV producer
Dr. Yakama Jone: Head of the President of Sierra Leone’s Delivery Team; lecturer at the University of Sierra Leone; and Team Lead on the Economics Pathway of the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) Master of Research and Public Policy Program in Sierra Leone. She is also the founder of theYak Jones Foundation
Her Worship Yvonne Aki-Sawyer: The first female and current Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Yvonne is also a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, risk management and project management in the public and private sectors
Yeniva Sissay: Educator and consultant with 18 years of progressive experience building and developing the African continent’s most valuable asset—human capital
Other honourees from across West Africa include:
Adesua Dozie: General Counsel of GE Africa
Abosede George-Ogan: Founder of Women in Politics
Adenike Ogunlesi: Nigerian fashion entrepreneur, a leading designer, manufacturer and retailer of designer children’s clothing
Afua Osei: Entrepreneur, investor and public speaker, co-founded She Leads Africa, a media company for millennial African women
Aisha Buhari: Aisha Buhari is the Wife to the President of Nigeria and the founder of Future Assured
Ariyike Akinbobola: Founder of the Ariyike Arise Initiative, television presenter, talk show host, model, blogger, author, trained lawyer and occasional actress
Funke Bucknor-Obruthe: Nigerian entrepreneur and lawyer
Joy Ngozi Ezeilo: United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking (2008 to 2011) and Ilaw lecturer at the University of Nigeria, where she pioneered the teaching of “women’s law
Juliet Ehimuan: Google Country Manager in Nigeria
Juliet Yaa Asante: Award-winning and renowned Ghanaian actress, talk show host, film and television producer and film director.
Leymah Roberta Gbowee: Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa.
Mo Abudu: Nigerian media personality, entrepreneur, philanthropist and former human resources management consultant.
Olajumoke Adenowo: Architect and Philanthropist
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde: Nigerian Actress, Singer, Philanthropist and former Model.
Orode Uduaghan: Founder of Pink Pearl Foundation, a foundation established in 2007 to empower women to fight against cervical and breast cancers
Peace Hyde: British Ghanaian TV personality, social activist and media entrepreneur. She is also the Forbes West Africa Correspondent, and the founder of Aim Higher Africa, a not for profit improving education by using ICT
Rebecca Akuffo-Addo: First Lady of the Republic of Ghana and founder of The Rebecca Foundation
Samira Bamuwia: First Lady of Ghana and founder and CEO of the Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects (SEHP)
Saran Kaba Jones: Clean water advocate and social entrepreneur from Liberia. She is also the founder of FACE Africa, an organization working to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and services in rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa
Tara Fela Durotoye: Tara Fela-Durotoye is a Nigerian makeup artist and lawyer.
Yasmin Belo-Osagie: Co-founder, She Leads Africa