The Women I Love

Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo // Nigeria

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Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo // Nigerian

Child Nutrition Educator, Recipe Developer and Nigerian baby food manufacturer.


She holds a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Lagos and a Diploma in Child Nutrition from Stanford University Continuing Studies.


She is the founder of Augustsecrets Nigeria, a growing food company with a focus on natural, home-grown innovative meals for babies and toddlers. She recently launched her Baby & Toddler recipe book selling to hundreds of mothers within and outside Nigeria.


With strength in food art, she is often called The Picky Eater Specialist because of how she helps mothers get their children to love healthier meals. She was the first runner-up at the food art competition organised by Samsung Nigeria in 2016.


While working at her 9 to 5 job, Toyin started making her own range of baby meals from her kitchen in 2016 and has since then expanded to selling in 15 Nigerian cities, Ghana, UK and USA reaching over 60,000 mothers from all over the world using the digital media. She has been featured on various media platforms and taken part in CSR projects involving women and children. Her company, Augustsecrets, was listed among the 100 Most-Innovative Female-owned businesses in Nigeria by SME100. It also won the Bell-Africana award for the Most Innovative Company in Nigeria in 2017.

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Njeri Rionge // Kenya

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Njeri Rionge // Kenya

Serial entrepreneur and founder of Wananchi Online, East Africa’s first mass market Internet Service Provider (ISP) which has grown to become the region’s leading cable, broadband and internet-based phone company.


The company is currently worth over $150 million and Njeri has gone ahead to start other successful businesses in Africa.


In the true spirit of a persevering entrepreneur, Njeri worked her way up the business ladder from very small beginnings.


In her early days, she sold yogurt to high school kids during break times from the back of a borrowed car. She went ahead to become a hairdresser before starting a luxury goods trade shuttling between Kenya, London and Dubai.


According to a BBC interview in 2012, she tried many businesses before she touched the one ‘that turned into gold’. After her success with Wananchi Online, Njeri went ahead to found Ignite, a management consultancy firm dedicated to helping African businesses leave lasting legacies.


Under her leadership, Ignite has expanded to include Ignite Lifestyle (a health care consultancy), Insite (a digital marketing firm) and Business Lounge (an incubator that provides support for Kenyan startups and foreign companies looking to enter the country). Njeri, who’s in her late 40s, shows no sign of letting up on serial entrepreneurship. She is passionate about Africa’s position as the next big economic miracle and wants to contribute to the capacity of the continent to reach its full potential. She has been featured on Forbes and the BBC.

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Angélique Kidjo // Cotonou, Benin

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Angélique Kidjo // Cotonou, Benin

Singer. Songwriter. Actress. Activist.


Born July 14, 1960


Angélique is a Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter, actress and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.


Time magazine has called her “Africa’s premier diva”. The BBC has included Kidjo in its list of the African continent’s 50 most iconic figures. The Guardian has listed her as one of its Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World and Kidjo is the first woman to be listed among “The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa” by Forbes magazine. The Daily Telegraph in London described her as “The undisputed queen of African music” during the 2012 Olympic Games River of Music Festival. In March 2013, NPR, National Public Radio in America, called her “Africa’s greatest living diva”.


Kidjo is listed among the “2014 Most Influential Africans” by New African magazine and Jeune Afrique. Forbes Afrique put Kidjo on the cover of their “100 most influential women” issue in 2015. On June 6, 2013, Kidjo was elected vice-president of the Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d´Auteurs et Compositeurs (CISAC).


She now resides in New York City,where she is an occasional contributor to the New York Times. Kidjo has received Honorary Doctorates from Yale University, Berklee College of Music and Middlebury College. She is the 2018 Harvard University Jazz Master In Residence.

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Phuti Mahanyele // South Africa

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Phuti Mahanyele // South Africa

CEO, Sigma Capital and former CEO of the Shanduka Group


Born: 1971


Mahanyele was included in the Wall Street Journal’s list of “Top 50 women in the world to watch in 2008”, was recognized by Africa Investors as a “Leading African Woman in Business” in 2012, and was chosen as ForbesWoman Africa Business Woman of the Year in 2014.


Mahanyele joined Fieldstone Private Capital Group in New York City, an international investment banking firm specialising in infrastructure development. She eventually became vice president at Fieldstone in New York, and later transferred to the firm’s South African office. She then became head of Project Finance South Africa at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Of her return to South Africa from a successful career in the United States, which some have seen as unusual, she said “where else in the world would it make sense for a black woman to be?”


She joined Shanduka Energy in 2004 as managing director and later became chief executive officer of Shanduka Group which was founded and is chaired by South African politician Cyril Ramaphosa. In 2016 Mahanyele resigned from Shanduka Group and started her own company, Sigma Capital.

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Aishah Ahmad // Nigeria

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Aishah Ahmad // Nigeria

Accountant, financial analyst and financial manager.

Deputy Governor, of the Central Bank of Nigeria.


Born: October 26, 1976

Alma mater: University of Abuja (Bachelor of Science in Accounting). University of Lagos (Master of Business Administration). Cranfield School of Management (Master of Science in Finance and Management)


She started out in the private sector as a Group Accountant at “Manstructs Group Nigeria Limited”. She then worked at Z.O. Ososanya & Company. She transferred to First Interstate Bank (Nigeria) Plc., as Executive Assistant, Treasury Group.


Later, she worked as head of Retail Banking at Zenith Bank Plc and as Head of Private Banking at NAL Bank Plc, which today trades as Sterling Bank (Nigeria). She has also served as the head of business development at Zenith Capital Limited.


Other assignments in the past have included stints at the Bank of New York Mellon in the United Kingdom and at Synesix Financial Limited, also in the United Kingdom. From 2009 until 2014, she served in various capacities at Stanbic IBTC Holdings, including as Head, High Net Worth Individuals.

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