Women4Africa 2014 Winners

International African Woman

International African Woman of the year


Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo (Nigeria)

Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo was the first Executive Director of Gender and Development Action, an organisation she co-founded with Dr. Eka Williams and Ms. Barbara Riley.

She is an activist and intellectual. She has participated actively in most discourses on governance, gender, rights and related issues within and outside Nigeria and has contributed immensely to the development of various concepts in gender and development. She believes that development must have a direct bearing on the people’s quality of life.

Nkoyo has a long standing interest in the participation of women in politics and the formulation of a people centered Constitution for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She has delivered papers, both published and unpublished on various issues such as: Women’s participation in public and decision making, Fourth World Conference on Women, Women in oil producing areas, AIDS Prevention and Control: the NGO Perspective, Empowerment of Women, Women’s Mobilisation for Action, Christian Women and Politics etc.

A member of the APRM and Vision 2020 committee of Nigeria, she served as a delegate to the National Political Reform Conference (NPRC) in 2005. In 2008, she was appointed the Nigerian ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti, and the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the African Union. In 2011 she contested and won a seat into the Nigerian House of Representatives and now is actively involved in many national and regional parliamentary committees. Specifically she is actively engaged with the African Parliamentarians Committee on MDGs. She is on the board of many international organizations including Oxfam GB and the chair of FIM -Forum for Democratic Global
Governance in Canada.

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Judges Choice ‘Recognition Award’

Judges choice recognition, Elizabeth Uwaifo


Elizabeth Uwaifo (Nigeria)

Elizabeth Uwaifo is an English solicitor with over 20 years’ experience advising investment banks, funds, insurance companies, other financial institutions and corporate entities on a wide range of financing and risk management transaction, collateral protection arrangements and debt restructuring. For 16 years, she was a Partner at global law firm Sidley Austin LLP.

Recently, Elizabeth joined leading international and business law and litigation firm, Fasken Lartineau LLP as a Partner. Here she intends to apply her energy, knowledge, passion and determination to the economic health, wellbeing and prosperity of Africa. She has a background in structured finance and derivatives, and has written several articles and co-authored books on derivatives and securities lending.

She has also been involved in several high profile award-winning structured finance transactions. Prior to her present position, she was Vice President at Union Bank of Switzerland and a partner for over 13 years at another major law firm. Elizabeth is the co-Chair of the Legal and Compliance Peer Advisory Group for 100 Women in Hedge Funds in London and the Director, African Agribusiness Knowledge Centers, Inc.

(This category was sponsored by Great Business Platforms


Career Woman of the Year

Nana Lambeth


Nana Amoa-Buahin (Ghana)

Nana Amoa-Buahin is a human resources professional who cut her teeth in a range of senior HR roles in the Metropolitan Police establishing the project team which introduced anti-stabbing vests. Remaining in West London.

Working alongside a new Chief Executive in Lambeth Council, Nana has guided Lambeth through an unprecedented period of change over the past nine years. Lambeth is now seen as a major force in local government and our transition to a cooperative council has attracted much interest, both nationally and internationally. Nana has been at the heart of this transformation and is currently leading an ambitious organizational change program, an overview of which is attached.

Nana is one of the very few senior black women in public service. It is her drive, personality and genuine deep seated values that have made her an inspirational and essential part of the Lambeth community.

(This category was sponsored by Vine Health care Solutions)


Career Woman of the Year

Career woman Fiona


Dr Fiona Bartels-Ellis OBE (Ghana)

Dr Fiona Bartels-Ellis OBE is Global Head of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at the British Council, the UK’s principal cultural relations organisation. In this role she sets and drives the strategic direction of equality and diversity across the organisation’s offices in 110 countries and territories.

Fiona’s long professional journey has included the private sector in the Eastern Caribbean and social work practice and management in different local authorities, with roles as an adoption and a fostering panel member and Chair of a sickle cell anaemia fostering panel. It has also included roles in social work education as a senior lecturer leading a Masters in Advanced Social Work at the University of Westminster and leading a range of qualifying courses for professional social workers to develop their skills in teaching social work students.

Fiona has undertaken varied social work and equality and diversity consultancy assignments and made contributions to new developments led by government bodies and others. For example, in 2000 she was a Health and Welfare task force member of the 2000 Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain.

She is named in the Power List 2014 of Britain’s most influential black people.

(This category was sponsored by Vine Health care Solutions)


Events Organiser of the Year

Events organiser of the year


Dentaa Amoateng (Ghana)

Dentaa Amoateng is the founder and CEO of GUBA and GUBA Foundation. She is an award-winning British-Ghanaian entrepreneur, philanthropist, manager, producer, TV presenter and an actress. Dentaa founded the GUBA awards in 2009. A passionate advocate for the Ghanaian community; she successfully developed GUBA as a national and international p whilst celebrating the individual and collective achievements in the UK’s vibrant Ghanaian community.

GUBA has since been endorsed by dignitaries and organisations including The Ghana Platform to recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations positively contributing to the Ghanaian community in the UK or Ghana. GUBA awards is the only major event which enables business people, celebrities and proud citizens with a shared passion for Ghana to come together to network High Commission to the UK & Ireland, The British High Commission in Ghana, The Ghana Ministry of Tourism, former British Prime Minister

Tony Blair and wife Cherie, Lord Paul Boateng, Diane Abbott MP and FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Through her work with GUBA, and its charity the GUBA Foundation which looks at creating awareness on Autism, she was named the Young Social Entrepreneur of the year in the 2011 Future 100 Awards. In 2013, she was further honoured for her achievements, receiving the annual African Women in Europe Award and being described by the organisers as a “diligent entrepreneur and visionary” and female “icon” to the British-African community.

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Fashion designer of the Year

Tina Ugo - Winner 2014


Tina Ndidi Ugo (Nigeria)

Tina Ndidi Ugo had always dreamt of launching her own fashion label. With no formal training in Fashion to float a fashion brand at the time, she was equipped with a creative mind, first and second degrees including an MBA, and previous work experience from different sectors and so she eventually took the bold step and launched DiDi Creations Ltd in June 2012. Tina did eventually enrol in a fashion school to learn dress making and sewing after the brand was launched.

In 2013, they showcased at; Africa Fashion Week London, Kenya Fashion Week Nairobi, and TABNyC in New York during the New York Fashion Week. They have also been featured in several fashion and beauty magazines in the UK, Kenya and Nigeria including; Black Beauty and Hair, Pride, Urban Coco, Oh Yes Magazine, TW magazine, Swag magazine, Fiesta magazine, Complete Fashion, Vanguard Allure, Saturday Guardian, Sunday Sun, Explore etc. Including online fashion magazines and blogs such as Fabmagazineonline.com, Ciaafrique.com, BellaNaija.com,OnoBello.com, MadameSolange.com etc just to name a few.

(This category was sponsored by Eyato www.eyato.com)


Media Person of the Year

Media Person of the Year


Priscilla Nwikpo (Nigeria)

Priscilla Nwikpo continues to be a key member of various thought provoking media programmes, especially in the political field. She currently hosts the following shows: Radio: Naija Politics (Naija 101.1FM)
BEN TV: The Woman TV Show The programme is designed as informal, light-hearted, and fun. Touching on some serious issues that are prevalent in our society today, and in particular in the lives of women.

2015, Nigeria Decides Priscilla On 2015 is a live interactive television programme, designed as a lively educational tool for members of the Afro Caribbean community. It touches on issues of current affairs within the political arena. Providing information and current knowledge on issues of governance by keeping the audience abreast of development as they unfold.

Priscilla has interviewed many guests and her style is that of a bubbly, lively character making guests feel comfortable and at ease.

(This category was sponsored by Developed Africa www.developingafrica.net)


Business Woman of the Year

Business woman of the Year


Maryanne Jemide (Nigeria)

Maryanne Jemide is the publisher of Nigerian Watch. In March 2012, Maryanne Jemide set up independent publishing company Green World Media Ltd to launch the Nigerian Watch newspaper.

Maryanne has propelled Nigerian Watch forward from a humble start-up to the UK’s leading African newspaper with the largest circulation. 50,000 copies are distributed each month, not to mention the additional copies distributed internationally reaching thousands of readers in Lagos and Abuja, and a very strong online following with Facebook likes approaching 100,000 in less than two years.

(This category was sponsored by Obaseki Solictors www.obasekisolicitors.com)


Young Achiever of the Year

Young Achiever


Kanika Mayi-Wotherspoon (Ghana)

Kanika Wotherspoon (nee Mayi) is on a graduate scheme in local government where she is Project Manager for the local elections in Waltham Forest. She is a recent graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies where she studied Politics and African studies.

In 2011 Kanika was selected to feature in the Future Leaders publication in which celebrates the top 100 black graduates across the UK. She was also a RARE Rising Stars nominee which celebrated the UK’s top 10 black graduates.

Kanika was recently elected as the only female trustee to the 2013 board of the British Youth Council – the largest youth-led council in the UK responsible for approx. 7 million young people, youth parliament, the young mayor network and 250 member organisations.

She is now London’s regional manager for the charity and is also the faith representative on the board. She has been one of the faces of many national campaigns including the Change Things Now campaign started by the Cabinet Office and the Campaign for Youth Social Action started by the Prince’s Trust. Whilst working, she created the schools initiative ‘Building Bridges’ in Leytonstone, East London. The scheme aimed to raise the educational aspiration and attainment of the most disadvantaged BAME pupils in Buxton school by linking them to high-achieving BAME graduates across various sectors. Of the 30 pupils Kanika worked with, 70% jumped a grade or two higher in their English, Maths and/or Science grades. She has since been asked to roll the scheme out nationally, and her findings were included in policy reports written by the Centre for Social Justice.

(This category was sponsored by MS Estates www.msestates.co.uk)


Inspirational Woman of the Year

Inspiration woman of the Year


Sarah Owusu (Ghana)

Sarah Owusu was born in Botswana to a Ghanaian father and Danish mother who is passionate about finding beautiful solutions to complex global issues.

She now works with organisations that have a sense of social purpose using dialogic approaches to explore the opportunities and challenges that exist across the continent. She also works directly with individuals that are leading change in Africa coaching two African women: one works to decrease maternal mortality rates through promotion of agri-business in the Democratic Republic of Congo; the other tutors children with autism in Nigeria and seeks to change mindsets about developmental disorders.

She works with the leadership of Africa 2.0 (www.africa2point0.org) facilitating meetings and conferences. Africa 2.0 is an initiative-driven community of young African leaders sharing a collective vision and a common agenda for Africa. The members are committed to transforming Africa as catalyst of accelerated and sustainable growth on the continent.

(This category was sponsored by Go Woman magazine gowomanafrica.com)


Humanitarian of the year

Humanitarian of the Year


Fatima Khouchoua (Morocco)

Fatima Khouchoua is the founder of Giving Chances. She has been actively involved in charitable work for many years. Her journey into philanthropy started years ago back home where she would voluntarily teach adults to read and write in a programme geared to fight illiteracy. She is passionate about education and working with children.

Up to date, thirteen schools in different regions of Morocco have benefited from Giving Chances. More than 2,000 children have been given the chance to experience a week of creativity and access to books not usually part of their curriculum.

Her work with Giving Chances had such a huge effect on the lives of so many people that Al-Jazeera Station and Moroccan National Television covered the group’s visits of April 2010.

(This category was sponsored by Knightguard Security www.knightguard.co.uk)


Mother of the Year

Mother of the Year


Edith Parker (Malawi)

Edith Parker is a Strategic Leader, a Teacher, a Listener, a Role Model, a Therapist, a Psychologist, a Counsellor, a Nurse, a Mentor, just to mention many of the hats that the title “mother” fits into. Being a mother has made her successful in her business endeavours;

A qualified accountant, entrepreneur, mother, wife and volunteer on UK charity boards. Edith is very passionate about making a difference in the lives of those less privileged than herself. In 2009, she successfully led the negotiations in the establishment of Big Issue Malawi, the 5th Street paper in Africa to empower the homeless and marginalised Malawians.

The birth of her daughter ignited a fire in her to pursue her dreams as an entrepreneur and she quit her job as a Business and Finance Director because of the limitations that her career choice had. After quitting her job, she set up 3 companies. Her passion to empower, coach and mould people into becoming the best has led her into launching a Pan-African Business Expo.

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International Business Woman

International Business Woman


Omenesa Oruma Akomolafe (Nigeria)

Omenesa Oruma Akomolafe was a top salesman at high-end stores in Louisville, Kentucky and a retailer at various American Companies.

Just recently, she launched her Home-Made Carrot Oil which sold out in five days. It is vegan in origin, for hair and skin. Omenesa also has a Fashion Line that she launched as a ready-to-wear line; the demand for her brand led her to open her shop for fitting and tailoring. She specializes in all forms of Ankara styling as well as Bridals and Asoebi for weddings.

Today, Omenesa has been successful at opening a 12 Department Company: House of OMENESA. (Right in the heart of Abuja Nigeria, Omenesa runs Temple: A collection of home-made natural skin and hair products), Pearls International (a monthly forum for women who seek emotional healing), Chinwe Fashion Line (all forms of Ankara styling), Pencil’s Corner (Ghost-writing for busy people), Bullets (an advertising firm), Child’s Passion (School Choir Grooming & Recording, including after-school lessons and musical instruments) Ushers (hosting for every event), OMENESA’s Psychedelic Trade Fair (annually in various states in Nigeria), Safe Haven (baby-sitting, Respite, Grief & Bereavement Care) Refer-Me (Provides Staffing Services and Employment Opportunities), Lady O Media (Radio,

Television, Music), ROOTS (Home-Service Hair Styling for Adults and Children), Aurora’s Cuisine (Tasty Food). HOO has also set a mark to pay two Students’ tuition – every academic year.

(This category was sponsored by Arik Air www.arikair.com/uk )


International Media person of the Year

Mary Olusoga


Mary Olushoga (Nigeria)

Mary Olushoga is founder of awpnetwork.com, an online platform powering small business success for African entrepreneurs. The AWP Network is recognized by the United Nations World Summit Youth Awards (WSYA) and was listed as an Apps4Africa Innovation by the United States Department of State. The AWP Network is also known to be one of the leading organizations supporting African Women.

in Technology. Olushoga is the first-ever GOOD Maker/Oxfam America International Women’s Day Challenge Winner, a Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) Associate, and an Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador. Olushoga received a bachelor’s degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York and a Master of Science degree from Baruch College. She has served as a Public Policy Fellow at the University at Albany, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society and most recently participated in the Sub-Saharan African Women In Public Service Fall Institute.

Olushoga has featured on BBC World News, Black Enterprise, iwantherjob.com, AFK Insider, Applause Africa, BET Networks, and has presented her work on women entrepreneurs at the Columbia University Africa Economic Forum, the United States Department of Labor Strategy Meeting on Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, and Disability, W!se Institute, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women,

the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Employment Forum, and the Rockefeller Foundation Tech Salon. Olushoga also writes for GE Ideas Lab and the Huffington Post.

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International Humanitarian of the year

Elizabeth Jikiemi


Bode Elizabeth Jikiemi (Nigeria)

Bode Jikiemi lives in Nigeria where statistics show a dependency ratio of 1:5 and average daily earnings of less than $1. Yet, as is the case for many growing up in middle class Nigeria, the extent of suffering didn’t fully hit home until 2012 when she met a homeless little girl who lived in a fridge carton and didn’t know her parents.

In August 2012 Bode started The Food Shelter an NGO that collects, cooks and distributes food through an army of volunteers, individuals who cook, drive, counsel and distribute basic necessities like soap, beverages, sponges, water, toothbrushes and clothes.

So far The Food Shelter has provided 1000+ items of clothing, 13,000+ meals and hundreds of toys to the destitute. Bode has also started a programme called “TFS Externship” where skills such as tailoring, hairdressing, carpentry and barbing are to be taught to homeless youth to help them achieve financial independence.

Still much to be done. By 2019, Bode hopes to increase consistent distribution to the needy, her target being 5000 meals a month, 48 youth trainees yearly. Bode is equally committed to educating and enabling others to participate in this work, and is proud to have inspired 2 faith based organizations in Lagos to hold feeding rallies.

(This category was sponsored by smcatering www.smcatering.co.uk)