Today, International Women’s Day, TheCapital writes about Nigeria’s most inspiring women. The young and spirited, of course, but also the older ones whose remarkable exploits inspire generations of Nigerian females to aspire with the belief that there is no glass ceiling that could prevent their growth or restrict their trajectory from grass to grace.
They are young. But their exploits in their various endeavours sizzle like the electrifying shafts of light that precede a thunderclap. The brilliant spokes of their achievements illumine far and near, shining lucent beams along the beaten tracts of endeavour. What a man can do, each of these women has certainly done better.
There is no gainsaying their exploits offer unprecedented hope to millions of Nigerian women, particularly those hard hit within and beyond the country’s threshold of social and economic turbulence.
Through the crises, several women have pulled through, tapping hope and inspiration from their few extraordinary peers, whose exploits are the stuff dreams are made of.
Beneath the glitter of their dazzling exploits, however, lies a bittersweet melody of toil. Their exquisite angled bones and lush curvatures of their frames hide a history of hard grind, disappointment, and rewards. But they aren’t worn from the slog of ambition. Rather, they have triumphed through tumult, thus commanding a cult following. Success has eventually become a part of each woman, like innate sinew and muscle.
Each of these heroines is commendably spirited, tenacious, and driven in her devotion to gainful labour. Each woman is a priceless gem blazing with a luminous shine. It’s what national treasures are made of.
Of this extraordinary league of Nigerian women, Oyindamola Lami Adeyemi flaunts the rare cut of an unusual jewel. There is something inspiring yet unfamiliar about her trajectory to fame. No one ever forgets meeting her.
The experience is intense. From her gracefulness to fluid aplomb, you’d get taken. Some get taken by her loveliness ; others by her piercing stare. Everybody remembers the Oyin Adeyemi stare. Always. Perhaps because it cuts a searing swath in your psyche; leaving you with a gut feeling of her sweet repute. It’s a reckoning.
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In a universe that has not always made space for women, Oyindamola Lami Adeyemi, the Executive Chairperson of Tirex Petroleum & Energy, the founder and Group Managing Director of Still Earth Group, has fearlessly taken up a conspicuous space for herself. The power and pull of her enterprise inspire a new generation of young women, who are willing to stifle their fears and achieve greatness the Oyin Adeyemi way.
Adeyemi is a quintessential entrepreneur, renowned for her attainments in corporate Nigeria. Ms. Adeyemi is the founder of Still Earth Capital Partners Limited and the Group Managing Director of Still Earth Group of Companies.
She currently serves as a shareholder and a member of the board of directors of several companies in diverse sectors of the Nigerian corporate and business industry. She is also the head and founder of the Green Renaissance Initiative – a leadership advancement initiative.
Ms. Adeyemi holds a B.Sc. in political science, M.Sc. in political economy and governance and she is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, where she completed the owner/president management program. She is a member of the Institute of Directors, member of the
Young Presidents Organization, member of Women in Business among other reputable organizations.
Then there is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an international bestselling writer, multiple award-winning author, a public intellectual, and a globally-acclaimed icon. She shot into the international limelight in 2003, following the release of her debut novel, ‘Purple Hibiscus‘ which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her second novel, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ (2006), won the Orange Prize. Her 2013 novel Americanah won the US National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2013. In 2020, she was awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction ‘Winner of Winners’ award for her novel Half of a Yellow Sun.
Born on September 15, 1977, in Enugu, Nigeria, Chimamanda, the fifth of six children has had her work translated into over 30 languages.