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The Top 40

The list of the finalists is out! Remember my previous post on nominations?

January 22nd, 2008 -- Lagos, Nigeria -- NiPRO announced the names of 40 finalists to be recognized as 'The Global Top 40 Under 40 Nigerian Female Professionals' at their upcoming 2nd Top 40 Under 40 Summit and Dinner Reception on Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

At the press conference with over 10 major media houses in attendance, when asked, "Who are the 40 finalist?" Victor Gotevbe, General Manager, NiPRO Nigeria, responded jovially, "Ladies and not so gentle men, once there is peace and tranquility I will read you the names!" The following women are the 40 finalists in alphabetical order:

1. Ada Osakwe, Investment Officer, African Development Bank, TUNISIA
2. Adefunke Adeyemi, Head, Legal & Company Secretary, Virgin Nigeria Airways
3. Amina Mohammed-Baloni, Project Officer, UNICEF Nigeria
4. Ayodele Adenuga, CFO, Primrose Development Company
5. Azuka Ogujiuba, Senior Correspondent, This Day
6. Bola Atta, Editor, True Love Magazine West Africa
7. Bolanle Austen-Peters, Managing Director, Terra Kulture
8. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author, Purple Hibiscus & Half of a Yellow Sun
9. Chioma Sideso, Managing Directoryt, ADIC Insurance
10. Chrystabel Davis, CEO/ Founder, Sierra Visions
11. Dr. Akudo Anyanwu-Ikemba, CEO, Friends of the Global Fund Africa
12. Emilia Asim-Ita, PR/Marketing, Director, RedSTRAT (Organizers of Future Awards)
13. Eunice Omole, Managing Partner, New Frontiers Investment Management, CHINA
14. Fadekemi Akinfaderin, Executive Director, Education as a Vaccine against AIDS (EVA)
15. Fola Laoye, CEO, Hygeia Nigeria Limited
16. Folake Ayoola, Corporate Attorney, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, USA
17. Folake Folarin Coker, Fashion Designer, Tiffany Amber
18. Funmi Ogbue, HR Director, British American Tobacco Nigeria
19. Funmi Iyanda, CEO, New Dawn/Queen Producton
20. Hafsat Abiola Costello, Human Rights & Activist, Founder, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND)
21. Joke Giwa, Africa Regional Head, MoneyGram
22. Kemi DaSilva-Ibru, Medical Doctor, Lagos State Teaching Hospital
23. Kudi Igbene, Marketing Director, Virgin Atlantic
24. Lebari Ukpong, Director, Nigeria Office, London Metropolitan University, UK
25. Lola Akinleye, Head Corporate Finance, Zenith Capital
26. Lola Ogunnaike, Entertainment Reporter, CNN, USA
27. Mary Akpobome, SVP, Bank PHB
28. Mina Ogbanga, Country Director, Center for Development Support Initiatives (CEDSI Nigeria)
29. Ndidi Nweneli, Founder/C.E.O, L.E.A.P. Africa
30. Nkiru Olumide-Ojo, Head, Corporate Affairs, Virgin Nigeria Airways
31. Omokehinde Ojomuyide, Manager E-Business, GTBank Plc
32. Omolara Thomas, MD, Pediatric AIDS Corps Physician - Malawi, Baylor College of Medicine
33. Osayi Alile-Oruene, Executive Director, FATE Foundation
34. Oyiza Adaba, Journalist, AIT, USA
35. Ronke Onadeko Osayande, Consultant, drnl consult limited / BNP Paribas
36. Stella Damasus, Actress, Nollywood
37. Tara Fela-Durotoye, CEO, House of TaRa
38. Titilayo Akinsanmi, Program Manager, Mindset - The Global Teenagers Project, SOUTH AFRICA
39. TY Bello, Recording Artist, Greenland
40. Yewande Sadiku, Head of Investment Banking, IBTC

See invite below and RSVP here

Celebrating Nigerian Women

Remember the book I mentioned - "Celebrated: Nigerian Women in Development" by Ayona Aguele-Trimnell? Well I didn't mention it in much detail, I just spoke about the book reading at Terra Kulture in November. Well, there is a website for the book.

Don't you just love Nigerian women? No hating oh! xxx

First Fridays

For the career-minded ladies (and gents), this is a brilliant networking event/mixer (ignore dates on flyer) where you can meet people who have experience in the field, prospective employers and mentors, held every first Friday of the month at La Casa in Lagos. What would you rather spend your time doing during happy hour than networking (wink wink)?

See pics below from the last mixer, more pics available at purefoto


Dimples said...

Totally loving the whole Global Top 40 Under 40 Nigerian Female Professionals idea.
I have to say I dont know a few of these names sha...but what the heck...good luck to them all....

So pls Mona let me understand only one person wins abi???

I have my money on Chimamanda Ngozi in really depending on what they are looking for sha...she is a sure banker.

Totally upset I didnt go for this 1st Fridays thing sha...I heard it was so much fun...peeps networked till they dropped...and it seemed Mr Rewane had a lot of motivation to swing people's way...anyways maybe next time...

All ya'll UK peeps lets do something like that...

Aramide said...

4 sho Sholly Pizzle - i'm on it

Meanwhile - the list is top 40 madam

Top 40 LOL so those are the finalists xx

Girlie said...

is the list in any particular order.....cos i think lola ogunnaike should be somewhere up


Anonymous said...

Yes Ms. Mona!!

...greetings sista!!...'nuff admiration for the top 40 under 40 females et. al...but an incomplete list in my opinion as your good self was surreptitiously're in a league of your own sha' – hardest working woman in blogville...keep doing it 'cuz you're doing it well...


Anonymous said...

What the hell were they thinking leaving me off the Top 40 list. What rubbish... I am very accomplished to... Well, I guess they are saving me for the Top 21 under 21

Na wa o, so Lagos has started doing First Fridays. Pics do look nice though, saw my dad all up in the mix (just kidding). Did see my uncle though... But why are they all stiff, there wasn't enough ogoro flowing ni...

Anonymous said...

lil mamas right they were a bit stiff weren't they?

Aramide said...


your highness lil mama - its too late to make the under 21 top 21 - u have to wait till the nxt life.

Thanks for all the big ups consciousness ive been acknowledging them all o!

Don Chi as Blog Marley a.k.a. El Senor Supremo said...

They so jacked 40under40 it's unbelievable!!!

GOD dey! But I guess they moved faster, so hey!

I don't know what happened sha but

Tee hee

Anonymous said...

And by the way, HTF does Stella Damasus make that list and not Caroline Chikezie or Sophie Okonedo? Are they that old?

Anonymous said...

first friday my fucking butt,i bet everyone will be posing and be doing lagos big boy and big girl or whatever they call them and they will be feeling too big to talk to people they do not know or are not in their 'click', except of course they find out you are a high ranking professional and then they'll lick ur ass!all d people i saw in the pictures are all fucking snobs!please dont let me puke!

Aramide said...

lol guys guys - first off you had to NOMINATE THE PPL so i guess more of a general consensus (or not) went to the people chosen.

SECONDLY ANON, chill for us now, I believe the event had more attendees, apologies for selecting pics of "snobs". I believe there were more people there and there must be friendly people. It is worth trying and if you dont like it you dont like it.

So people, dont be put off oh but I feel anon on what he/she is saying tho.

Anonymous said...

lol @ anonymous...i feel that person but gently gently.I believe the first friday will serve a purpose in the long run

Anonymous said...

It seems there are 2 women in the pic (one from US and the UK one) who did not make the list.

Is it that they were jaboed or they declined?

Gbemi's Piece said...

Love the idea behind the Global top 40 under 40 professional women. Gives me something to aspire to. Thanks for the link to First Fridays Lagos. Totally cool idea. The website though lost me at "Director level within five years". If they are truly emulating the FF events in the US it wasn't really like that.

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