Women4Africa 2015 Recognition Awards


Group Chief Executive Officer, United Capital Plc

Oluwatoyin Sanni-R

Prior to her appointment as the Group CEO, she was CEO, United Capital Trustees Limited (formerly UBA Trustees Limited) – a subsidiary of United Capital Plc and a market leader in the Trustees business. Her prior career accomplishments include establishment of UBA Global Investor Services, Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators Nigeria, a Fellow and Vice President of the Association of Pension Funds of Nigeria (APFN), an Associate of the Institute of Directors Nigeria and President of the Association of Corporate Trustees Nigeria, Member National Bond Steering Committee, the West African Capital Markets Integration Technical Committee and as Chairperson of the Custody Sub-Committee of the Capital Market. She has played leading roles in landmark deals and is a frequent speaker. She held the position of Chairman of the Nigerian Capital Market Annual Retreat Committee for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

A Lawyer, Chartered Secretary and Stockbroker with over twenty-five years’ experience in Investor Services, Law and Finance, She achieved her first Degree from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, and also holds a Masters Degree, LLM (Hons), from the University of Lagos. She holds Professional qualifications from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (I.C.S.A.) UK, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (C.I.S.) Nigeria. She has also participated in several training programs and seminars held in various countries by the Euromoney Group, the New York Institute of Finance and the Robert Kennedy College, Switzerland.



Dr Sam-R

A Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who has been practicing medicine for over 15 years. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an honors degree in Psychology, before attending the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. After receiving her MD, She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA., before relocating to South Florida in 2002. She has since founded Elite Obstetrics and Gynecology, a boutique-concept private practice committed to providing exceptional healthcare to discerning women who want uncompromised medical services.

Clinically, She has distinguished herself as a top specialist in laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery. Literally, on the cutting edge of the most advanced medical technology, in 2007 she performed the first-ever robotic assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy in Palm Beach County. She is the Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery at the West Boca Medical Center and the Director of Women’s Health Services at Florida Medical Center.

In April 2014 she was recognised as one of S. Florida’s 50 most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals. She loves reading, playing soccer, world travel and is an avid triathlete having competed in over 29 triathlons, ten five K races and two half marathons, since her first season in 2010. Her recent and proudest achievement was in March 2015, her recent climb of Mount kilamanjaro as part of the freedom climb a global organisation against human trafficking, where almost 1 million dollars was raised and she was also the team physician.




Qualified as a solicitor in 1991. She initially worked at a private firm of solicitors in High Wycombe practising criminal law, but joined the CPS in 1991 as a Crown Prosecutor.

She has held a number of positions in the CPS, which led to her ultimate appointment as Chief Crown Prosecutor for Northamptonshire in April 2005, making her the first African Caribbean to be appointed to that position in the history of the CPS. She has made a significant contribution to the CPS Equality and Diversity agenda and was previously Chair of the National Black Crown Prosecution Association.

In April 2009 she was appointed Legal Director for North Region, CPS London, before becoming Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for all the London Districts. She was appointed as Chief Crown Prosecutor for the East of England Area in August 2012 and took up the post of Chief Crown Prosecutor for the West Midlands on 23 June 2014.




For the past few years this Anthropologist has been going to Bukino Faso & Mali to research and write papers for the University in Denmark, which goes all over the world.

Her findings are crucial in finding out how to sustain and find the best ways forward for Africans especially women and how they merge into Europe.
She has opened a school in Mali, for women who cannot read or write. Men came too. The school is ongoing. No one had ever tried to do this, until she came!!
Her company was established in 2008.

‘ACCESS THE ENERGY’ is a Cross Cultural Communications Consultancy that provides: context-based research findings and project design; healthcare counselling and solutions; cross-cultural communications clarification and cultural diversity solutions.

One of her ongoing projects is working with women in Africa to help them get into business: Shea Butter




Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bestman Games Ltd, the African distributor of customised editions of Monopoly, Hasbro’s world famous game. The City of Lagos Edition of Monopoly, the first African city edition of Monopoly, was launched in December 2012. Subsequently, the Nigeria Centenary Edition was launched in February 2014.

She enjoyed a successful banking career spanning 23 years first at Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc where she rose to the position of General Manager and Head, Private Banking and subsequently at Barclays Bank Plc as Regional Director (West Africa) for the Wealth & Investment Management Division and Chief Country Officer for Nigeria. She is the personal finance columnist for Genevieve Magazine, a leading Nigerian women’s lifestyle magazine and is a regular contributor to Business Day, the Punch Newspapers, The Guardian Newspapers and Forbes Africa.



Hon Rita

She is currently the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly which is the largest Municipality in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. The Assembly was created and inaugurated on the 28th June, 2012.

She was appointed by H.E. the President of the Republic of Ghana in July 2013 and is the first Chief Executive and the only female among fifteen (15) men in the sixteen (16) Districts of the Greater Accra Region. She was recently selected as one of four women achievers for the year 2014 by the Daily Graphic (a National Newspaper).

She possesses the passion to serve her fellow Ghanaians, and her position as MCE has accorded her that opportunity and challenged her to do more.
To achieve her vision, she does well to interact with the people to ensure that they understand whatever programme or projects are to be undertaken in their communities.



Princess Deun-R

She sits on the board as Operational Director for Media and Communications of the Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) & African Women of Essence International (AWEI), and as Chair Board of Trustees & Official Global Spokesperson for Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW). Her roles cover Community Development, Nation Building, Communication & Media, Leadership, Mentorship, Empowerment etc within the African Community in UK, across the wider UK Society, Europe, Africa and the Globe.

A graduate of Journalism and Communication Arts, with over 35 years experience in the Print & Electronic Media plus 15+ years in the Entertainment & Music Industries. She is an articulate Talk-Show Host, Toast Master, Master of Ceremonies, Project Manager, Events Consultant & Community Leader with vast experience as a seasoned and veteran Broadcast Journalist, her debut as a young Broadcaster was with the Nigerian Television Authority at the young of 17yrs, where her career started in 1975. She is Producer & Host of her cutting-edge talk- show ‘Princess of Arize!’ where she puts the Spotlight on People, Organisations & Businesses, who want to indeed ‘Arize!’ and make a Difference as Positive ‘Agents of Change’ in the 21st Century. Her TV show is Broadcast on BEN TV London, Sky 182 every Saturdays @10am.



Hon Nana-R

She is Ghana’s Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection. She has a Bachelor of Law (BL) from the School of Law, Accra (1992) and a Masters in Law, Human Rights and Democratization in Africa (LLM) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa (2001).

She is currently Chief Executive Director of the Human Rights Advocacy Centre. For years she worked as the Regional Coordinator (Africa Office) for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI).

She is an advisory member of the International Consortium on Realising Reproductive Rights and a member of the steering committee of the International Consortium on Medical Abortion.

The Human Rights Advocate is an executive member of the International Freedom of Information Advocates Network, the Africa Freedom of Information Centre, and the Convener of the Right to Information Coalition of Ghana.
She is renowned for her strong passion and dedication towards advocating for human rights and gender equality.




From selling vegetables in the street at age 10 to help facilitate her education she worked hard at school and was the only girl among 3 guys picked in 2010 in Mufulira town to do a degree of Social work at the University of Zambia where she graduated with a a Distinction this year.

During her studies she was sent in her second year for field work in Chanyanya village and when she saw how children were suffering just to have an education she decide to form Buumbalambo foundation at age 18. Most of all at age 15 she was part of the team in Mufulira town that was distributing maize to the typhoid victims and at age 16 she was selected by the town clerk to head the Mufulira town youth movement where she worked with all competence.

Buumbalambo Foundation is one of Zambia local fastest growing NGOs in Zambia which envisions a Zambia free of illiteracy in relation to education as a human right.



Christine du Preez-R

Hoedspruit Training Trust Director, she won the Hlokomela award for her HIV and AIDSeducation and treatment programme targeting workers, including foreign migrants in the agriculture, nature conservation and tourism sectors in Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province. The programme aims to reduce the HIV vulnerability through peer education awareness raising, prevention and treatment. An estimated 12 000 people are reached through these activities.

She received the award and was the winner of the SA’s Most Influential Women in Civil Society Organisations & Related Services.

She was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in April 2014. She is providing migrant and residential farm workers in rural areas in South Africa with a set of on-site integrated health solutions, especially related to HIV/AIDS, by employing a peer-to-peer caregiving structure that reinforces behavior change towards a positive lifestyle. This is done in parallel to the building of a working environment that is conducive to the acceptance of their health condition both by their peers and their employers.

The PPS Professional woman of the year award 2014. Awarded to Christine in recognition of her efforts to increase employment levels within a community through a job-creation initiative that aims to uplift and motivate other women.

Behind the humanitarian work and caring Du Preez is an ethicalwoman who values honesty, openness, trust and commitment.
“I try to live out all these values, and I hope that I am an example to my fellow farm workers and others around me.”



Kate Anolue-R

Elected mayor of Enfield during the 2012/13 year, SHE was conferred with an honorary Freedom of the Borough in Enfield in April 2007. This is the highest tribute that can be bestowed upon someone who has rendered eminent services to the community and was awarded in recognition of her services that included being a local councillor for 12 years.

She is also Founder & CEO of “TenderCare” a charity which carters for young teenage mothers and fathers, widows and lone women. During her term as Mayor for the London Borough of Enfield, She raised funds for Sickle cell as well as young people leaving care and disabled children. Among her many awards, she is Winner of The Nigerian Watch Newspaper “Woman of the Year 2014” and Nigerian Centenary Award UK 2014. She was also conferred with “Freedom of the London Borough of Enfield in 2007, for her community work.



Dr Anna Vanderpuye-R

She is the CEO of African Business Roundtable (incorporating the NEPAD Business Group) UK Chapter and INGO Global. She served as UK African Community Ambassador for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for their Personal Food Imports Programme and Office for National Statistics for the pre-Census sensitisation programme.

She graduated from University with a Masters degree in Development studies. She was then awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Florence for her work in the field of African development. She was further awarded an honorary citizenship by the State of Georgia in the United States of America in 2008 by the State Secretary of State in recognition of her work with their House of Representatives and the Georgia Black Caucus.



Tinitswalo Grace-R

She is an educator by profession, a Pastor, a leader and a business woman. She was born and raised atThomo Village around Giyani she then got married at Muyexe Village. She studied at Tivumbeni College of Education for a Secondary teachers Diploma and later went to further her studies at the University of South Africa and University of Pretoria where she got a BA Honours and BED Honours.

Her character is influential in her community as they see her as a leader and a woman of influence.

She is also a business woman who started her own business of designing quality and affordable comforters, linens, curtains etc. Her aim isn’t only striving to manage a leading black-owned sewing company but to also bring a change to her community. Bringing a change by creating job opportunities; donating and giving to orphans, old people, the less privileged and to schools for the disabled.

She also does her sewing to give uniforms to school children who do not have parents. Each year she has a back to school campaign, she looks for the orphans in schools and sews uniform for them. She also gives disabled boarding schools duvets for free each year.




She is doing amazing things in her community the deep rural areas of Blouberg in Senwabarwana.

She uses her home without funds taking care of the disabled, abandoned in the surrounding villages. She takes them in, sleeps with them, wakes up during the night to change their nappies, feeds them and takes cares of them as their parents have abandoned them. She educates them as her passion is to see that they grow up to be successful individuals despite their circumstances.

Her place does not have water, she gets water from the rivers to clean them and cook. She is selfless in her daily helping. She loves what she does and has given her life to taking care of the disabled.


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