5 quotes from Nigerian female CEOs that make us feel powerful

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Here at Marie Claire Nigeria, we’re all about celebrating women. As women make waves in industries once closed to them, their innovation and sheer determination light our way. Their stories aren’t just inspiring; they’re a testament to what happens when barriers are broken, and dreams are pursued with relentless passion. Their journeys, accomplishments, and words of wisdom serve as a guiding light for women everywhere, empowering us to break barriers and pursue our dreams with unwavering determination.

Here are five quotes from Nigerian female CEOs that resonate deeply, igniting a sense of power and possibility within us

Mo Abudu (CEO, EbonyLife Media)

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Mo Abudu via Marie Claire Nigeria

“If your dreams don’t scare you, your dreams aren’t big enough. Don’t start small; start big and see where you end up.”

As the CEO of EbonyLife Media, Mo Abudu understands the importance of mindset and energy in achieving success. Speaking as our cover subject for the Power Issue, her words remind us of our attitude and outlook’s profound impact on our experiences and outcomes. By cultivating a positive and resilient mindset, we can navigate challenges gracefully and attract abundance into our lives.

Ibukun Awosika (First Female CEO of First Bank of Nigeria Limited)

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The International Woman Leadership Conference

“There are challenges everywhere. You must have tenacity; you must have the strength of character not to cheat.”

Ibukun Awosika, First Bank of Nigeria’s first female CEO, champions self-belief and conviction. It reminds us that self-control is not just a personal attribute but a catalyst for garnering support and belief from others, especially ourselves.

Abimbola Adebakin (CEO, Advantage Health Africa)

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“You must have something that keeps you going, something that is reserved inside you and helps you to know who and whose you are. You must have an identity.”

Abimbola Adebakin, CEO of Advantage Health Africa, emphasises the importance of purpose in this empowering quote. It reminds us that true fulfilment and success come from aligning with our identities and our source. By staying true to our purpose, we can navigate life’s challenges with clarity and resilience, ultimately achieving our greatest potential.

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola (CEO, Wecyclers)

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Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola via Linked-In

“Be unreasonable, strong-headed, and stubborn about eliminating any obstacle that stands in your way.”

In this inspiring quote, Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola embodies the spirit of resilience and perseverance. By challenging the status quo and daring to innovate, we can carve out new avenues for progress and create lasting impact in our industries and beyond.

Uche Pedro (Founder, BellaNaija)

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Uche Pedro via World Economic Forum

“Cut out the noise, focus on doing the right thing, making an impact on opening doors for others to come.”

Uche Pedro, the founder of BellaNaija, has been an influential figure in the Nigerian media landscape. Her words reflect the importance of purpose-driven action and paving the way for future generations. It’s a powerful message about cutting through distractions and staying focused on making a positive impact while also creating opportunities for others.

The words from Nigerian female CEOs are potent reminders of our own ability to effect good change, defy expectations, and achieve our goals. They encourage us to believe in our built-in power, follow our interests passionately, and raise others as we rise. As we listen to their thoughts and begin on our own individual journeys of empowerment, may we use the power inside us to design a future marked by equality, opportunity, and limitless possibility.


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