Saturday Inspiration

Every Saturday YIWA dedicates appreciation to affluent female Igbo pioneers that motivate and inspire the association. We commend their hard work, success and the paths they have paved for African women, most especially Igbo women.

Oby Ezekwesili

Let’s take a moment to celebrate.. Dr (Mrs.) Oby Ezekwesili A woman of substance, power, dignity, prestige and influence. Nigeria’s 2019 presidential candidate. Originally from Anambra state, Nigeria. Dr Ezekwesili has made a very prominent career and name for herself, she has a seat in many prosperous organisations and projects which includes: being a co-founder

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Chidera Eggerue (THE SLUMFLOWER)

Let’s take a moment to remember… Chidera Eggerue (THE SLUMFLOWER) A young, beautiful, inspiring blogger, creative art director, and visual artist with Igbo heritage based in South-East London, Peckham. At the tender age of 23 Chidera has won over a massive fan base by portraying her unique personality, trend setting, being featured in famous media

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Chief Mercy Eneli

Let’s take a moment to remember… Chief Mercy Eneli Mrs Eneli was born in 1915, she married a pharmacist in 1937  and later started a career in trading in the 1930’s selling general goods. Chief Mercy later specialised in Beverages in the Nigeria Breweries in 1949. Her specialisation grew to become one of NBL’s biggest

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Chi Onwurah

Let’s take a moment to remember… Chinyelu Susan “Chi” Onwurah Chi was elected at the 2010 general election as a Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central within the British Labour Party. Ms Onwurah is Newcastle’s first black MP. Ms Onwurah was active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement before entering Parliament. She spent many years

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Chinyere Kalu

Let’s take a moment to remember… Chinyere Kalu Nigeria’s first female pilot! Now, that is something credible! Born in Abia State, Mrs Kalu grew up in a very supportive family. Her adventurous aunt inspired her to be the pilot that she is today. She attended Anglican Girls Grammar School Yaba, Lagos before training as a

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Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy

Let’s take a moment to remember… Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy Born in Ondo state, 1952, Chinwe moved to the UK in 1975 and practised as a Painter since 1988. In her early years she obtained a B.A. Hons. Degree in Graphic Design from Hornsey College of Art, U.K. Her art work has been exhibited all over the

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Let’s take a moment to remember… Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Firstly, let us acknowledge the meaning of Chimamanda, the meaning of this name is “My God will not fall down” God definitely did not fall down when he made this highly successful woman. Chimamanda was born in Enugu, Nigeria in the 70’s. She studied medicine and

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Dr. Ada Priscilla Nzimiro

Let’s take a moment to remember… Dr. Ada Priscilla Nzimiro What an achievement in itself! This woman is ever so remarkable as she was  the first woman in Igboland to graduate as a medical Doctor. Ada was born in Port-Harcourt,  30th April 1923. She earned her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) in the

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Mrs Flora Nwakuche

Let’s take a moment to remember… Mrs Flora Nwakuche Born in 1939 (Oguta, Imo State) Flora was Nigeria’s first female novelist and the first female novelist in the English language in all of black Africa to be published internationally. Her first book was published in 1966. Some of her writings include Efuru (1966); This is Lagos,

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Chief Janet Mokelu

Let’s take a moment to remember… Chief Janet Mokelu Born in 1910, Anambra State, Janet had a very affluent background. She was a nurse, headmistress, teacher and businesswoman. Most importantly, she was one of the first women in Nigeria to be elected into Regional Parliament. The Eastern Nigeria House of Assembly, in 1961. Janet made

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Ms Chi Chi Nwanoku

Let’s take a moment to remember… Ms Chi Chi Nwanoku Born in London, Ms Nwanoku has both Igbo and Irish heritage. She has was admitted into the Royal Academy of Music to study Classical Base at a very early age and graduated with a distinction, her talent produced a very fruitful career in Music. She

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