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The Future Women: A Closer Look At The TFA’s Women Nominees Part 2

Some of the brightest, most innovative and industrious young minds are gathered in the city of Port Harcourt for the seventh season of the now popular and widely accepted TFA (The Future Awards). The event holds today and tomorrow.

This year, some very amazing women have made the final shortlist of nominees. Femme Lounge takes a closer look at the nominated women. They are tomorrow’s women, today. This is the second part of a two part series. Read part 1 here.


Linda Ikeji (31)


Very few people divide opinion like Linda Ikeji. Many people like to like and many like to not like her, but whatever category you belong to, there’s no denying that she’s now a regular fixture in Nigeria’s pop culture.

Linda, who started blogging in 2007, has become one of the most consistent; most read; most referenced blogger.  In the past year, she used her now very loud voice to spotlight the horrifying #ABSURape incident, craw support for different citizen’s welfare campaigns and particularly taking up and helping Blessing Effiong, a girl who had been in prison without trial for being in possession of a stolen mobile phone regain her freedom

Linda was profiled in Forbes Africa’s August 2012 (20 Most Prominent Women) issue which is dedicated to celebrating African women.

You can follow her on Twitter @lindaikeji or read her blog


Marcy Dolapo Oni (30)


Many people know Dolapo as the anchor of popular TV magazine show, 53Extra, but there is a lot more to her. She has worked with Mnet, Dstv, Multichoice, Flytime and others as an actress and TV presenter.

She’s been in a BBC drama called Vexed and played other roles in numerous plays like Walking waterfall by Nii Ayikwei Parkes, In time by Bola Agbaje, God is a DJ (for which she won a Dorothy L. Sayers award), Iya-Ile and very recently, Lady in blue, a Nigerian adaptation of the famous Broadway stage play – For coloured girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf . She now features in the sixth season of Jacob’s cross.

She was nominated for the prestigious Lawrence Olivier Award in the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre category.

You can follow her on Twitter @MarcyDolapoOni


Maupe Esther Ogun (29)


Maupe is a co-host of one of Nigeria’s most popular breakfast shows – The Sunrise Daily on Channels Television.

This year she was selected as a co-panelist in a presidential media chat, a career highlight. She believes in the potent power of education and believes it is the only way out of the ‘poverty of the mind.

Maupe studied International Relations and Development Studies at the University of East Anglia

You can follow her on Twitter @MaupeO


Ngozi Chinyelu Nkwoji (29)


Ngozi is a Senior Brand Manager at Nigerian Breweries Plc where she manages the Maltina Brand.

She has successfully executed the 5th Season of the Maltina Dance All competition, the successful relaunch of the Maltina brand and the execution of the Maltina Sharing Happiness promo.

In 2011, Ngozi was runner up in the Heineken Global Brand Building Awards under brand activation.


Nmachi Jidenma (24)


Nmachi is a poster girl of new media in Nigeria. She works at Google as the Outreach Manager for its social platform, Google+. She is also the Founder of CP-Africa, an African trends website that analyzes trends in African technology, business and culture.

You can follow her on Twitter @nmachijidenma or read her online magazine here


Ogunseye Oluwatoyosi Esther (28)


In 2011, Oluwatoyosi won the CNN African Journalist of the Year Award also received a commendation from the African Investigative Journalism Awards for her work; a Millennium Development Goals Award for supporting the campaign against child mortality in Nigeria as well as the Peak Media Business and Social Responsibility Reporter of the Year Award.

She is a high flying politics reporter with The Punch Newspaper, Nigeria, where she is currently the Newspaper’s Staff of the Year.

She is a guest lecturer at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism where she teaches Media Ethics.

You can follow her on Twitter @OLUWATOYOSII


Ola Orekunrin (25)

Nominated for ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (General)

In 2010, Ola, a TED fellow started Flying Doctors, an enterprise providing urgent helicopter, airplane ambulance and evacuation services across West Africa.

She was prompted to start Flying Doctors after her younger sister died of anaemia. Her sister was always in and out of hospitals and eventually died for lack of the availability of an air ambulance.

With Flying Doctors, urgent air ambulance services are provided to leading health institutions, insurance companies and private individuals throughout West Africa. Flying Doctors has literally become a life saver, as it ensures that critically unwell patients are flown from areas where there’s an insufficient level of care available to them, to somewhere else with a more appropriate level of care.

You can follow her on Twitter @FlyingDrNigeria  You can also read more about Ola here.


Oluwaseyi Abiola Ogunro (29)


Oluwaseyi  is a Senior Associate at the prestigious law firm of Banwo and Ighodalo. She focuses on Project finance, Corporate Finance, Structured Trade finance and commercial law.

She also facilitates training sessions for the law firm and mentor junior associates.

She was the team leader for her firm in its role as counsel to a syndicate of Nigerian banks in connection with a two tranche loan facility of N82,600,000,000 and USD$100,000,000 which was advanced to Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Limited.

Oluwaseyi is a Harvard Alumni and a member of the Nigerian, American and New York Bars.


Priscilla Usiobaifo (28)

Nominated for – BEST USE OF ADVOCACY

Priscilla is the founder and coordinator of the Brave Heart Initiative, a youth-led, community-based organization empowering young people between the ages of 10 and 25 years with the information and skills to make informed life choices and become self-actualized adults.

She has consistently facilitated the empowerment of women and youths, especially in her beloved Akoko Edo local government area of Edo State. Twelve secondary schools have fully integrated the activities of the Brave Heart Initiative (BHI) into their school calendar and rural community leaders have also embraced the work of the group. BHI has facilitated the recovery of 18 sexually abused girls in the past one year.

Priscilla was awarded the LEAP Africa Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards in 2011 and BHI was recognised by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development as an anti-rape NGO champion in December 2011.

Read more about her organisation here and here


Sangosanya Tolulope Odunayo (30)


Tolulope is a past winner of The Future Awards (Best Use of Advocacy) for her work at the community called ‘Dustbin Estate’.

Her LOTS charity foundation, caters to the physiological [feeding, clothing and shelter], social, educational, psychological, medical, and emotional needs of street kids and vulnerable children.

They not only provide books for the kids, but also train them to imbibe the culture of reading. They also offer an after school support programme at the LOTS Resource Centre. The LOTS centre adopts audiovisuals, games and other creative ways to teach children.

You can follow her on Twitter @dustbinestate or check LOTs website here


Tolu Toolz Oniru (30)


Tolu, or Toolz, as she’s widely known is a presenter on the Midday show on the Beat 99.9fm.

She has anchored a number of events such as The Juice on GTBank’s Ndani TV, Music Meets Runway Show, P-Square ‘The Invasion’ Album Launch, 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards Nominee Reveal, 2011 Hennessy Artistry Video Launch Party and many more. She has won the following awards; Nigerian Broadcasters Awards (Radio Presenter of the Year), Dynamix All Youth Awards (Radio Personality of the year), FAB Awards (On-Air Personality of the Year-Radio) and many more.

You can follow Tolu on Twitter @ToolzO


Toluwaloju Olowofoyeku (23)

Nominated for - DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Toluwaloju  a graduate of Istituto Marangoni in Milan also has law degrees from University of Reading and University of Manchester.

She launched her first collection under her brand, Toju Foyeh at the Arise Fashion Week in December 2010.  She has since then styled magazine covers including; Thisday, WoW, FAB magazine, A-list West African celebrities and many others. She is also behind the ready-to-wear line My Asho, which incorporate fabrics such as lace, damask and ankara, to create pieces that are well-tailored and unique at affordable prices.

You can follow her on Twitter @TojuFoyeh or visit the My Asho website


Tonto Dikeh (26)

Nominated for ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Tonto was first runner up at the 2005 season of ‘The next movie star’. Since then, she has taken Nollywood by storm, going on to feature in many movies including her recent one: “My life, My damage”.

You can follow her on Twitter @Tontolet or visit her website here


Ugonna Omeruo (28)

Nominated for - DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Ugonna’s House of Nwocha where she is founder and creative director is one of Nigeria top fashion houses. She launched in 2008 and has shown collections at various events including the Ovation Red Carol 2009 and the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2010 Pre-Show.

Her designs, a collection of casual wears and the couture are unique, imaginative, sexy, and experimental. Her 2012 collection drew inspiration from the sad Japanese Tsunami disaster. It features simple and fluid pieces laden with emotions and evoking hope for a better day after the storm.

You can follow her on Twitter @ugonnaHON or Visit House of Nwocha’s website

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  1. Every time I’ve read about Ola Orekunrin, I’ve ended up in absolute awe of her. Big thing she’s doing.

  2. Great profiles. The future is sure bright.

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