Gone are the days when women took the back seat and played the role of bench warmers in business. Today, that glass ceiling has been broken to an extent as women are gradually taking up top executive positions and achieving great success.
Here are five Nigerian women who have taken over traditionally male dominated areas and are vanguards, creating dynamic business solutions for areas of need.
1. Jumoke Adenowo (AD Consulting)
Olajumoke Adenowo is a multiple award-winning architect and the CEO of AD consulting, a bespoke interior design and architectural services company that pioneered interior architecture in Nigeria. She is also the founder of non-profit organisation Awesome Treasures Foundation (ATF) which focuses on raising transformational leaders. She has been featured on CNN African Voices as one of the leading women in Africa.
2. Sandra Aguebor (Lady Mechanic)
Sandra is the CEO of Sandex Car Care which specializes in maintenance, servicing and sales of spare parts. She is also the Founder of Lady Mechanic Initiative, a non- profit organization aimed at training more female auto mechanics. Sandra is regarded as the first female auto service entrepreneur in Nigeria. She has been featured on CNN world news and the New York Times.
3. Ola Orekunrin (Flying Doctors Nigeria)
Ola Orekurin left her job in the UK to set up Flying Doctors Nigeria after her 12-year-old sister who had sickle cell anaemia died because she could not get access to an air ambulance service to transport her for treatment. Flying Doctors is the first air ambulance service in West Africa which focuses on transporting victims of medical emergencies from offshore environments to a hospital to receive treatment. She was recently named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader
4. Aisha Umar
Aisha is regarded as the first female taxi driver to begin the business in Abuja. The mother of two, who used to reside in Algeria, returned to Nigeria with her two kids after her marriage crashed. She dabbled in the clothing trade to make ends meet but when she realised she wasn’t making much profit, she decided to go into taxi driving. Aisha is usually parked in her green-white-green Nissan cab, ready for work at Wuse market in Abuja.
5. Kenechukwu Eze (Gap Barber Shop)
Kenechukwu Eze is definitely beating the odds in a male dominated profession and also setting the pace for other women in Nigeria. The young professional hair stylist, who is based in Enugu state, is the CEO of Gap Barber shop which offers the rare touch in hair styling for men. Kenechukwu, who is still a student, is the first recognised female barber in Nigeria, she made headlines in March this year when photos of her at work surfaced online.