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Iconic Women

Women doing great things deserve to be celebrated and Iconic Women does just that. We are celebrating women who are constantly moving the needle closer to equal rights, one day at a time.

Marian Awaisu

Maryam Awaisu is an author of three novels, a radio presenter, one of the founders of the #ArewaMetoo movement and a survivor of sickle cell anaemia. Maryam is a writer, activist and also a volunteer at a sickle cell foundation in Kaduna State called Sickle Cell Health Promotion Centre. Here's why Maryam is an Iconic…

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Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo is a singer-songwriter from Ouida in the Benin Republic. She is a multiple award-winning musician known for her collaborations with internationally prominent popular musicians and innovative blending of musical styles. The genres she plays include: Afropop, Afrobeat, reggae, world music, world fusion, worldbeat, jazz, Gospel and Latin Early Life. Angelique was born into…

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Amina Augie

Amina Augie is a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She is from Kebbi state in North-Western Nigeria.  Early life and Education.  Amina Adamu Augie was born Anne Eva Graham (neé Anne Eva Graham)  on 3 September 1953, in Lagos, Nigeria as one of nine children. She is from Kebbi State.  She attended Abadina…

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Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is considered one of the most radical feminists from the middle east. The freelance Egyptian-American journalist and social commentator are based in New York City.  She has written essays and op-eds for publications worldwide on Egypt and the Islamic world, on topics including women's issues and Muslim political and social affairs. Her pieces…

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Ada Lovelace

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was a mathematician and writer popularly known for her contribution to Charles Babbage's Analytical Machine, a proposed mechanical computer. She is regarded as the first computer programmer because she was the first to recognize that Babbage's machine had applications beyond pure calculation and published the first algorithm to be…

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Maya Ghazal

Maya Ghazal is the world's first female Syrian refugee pilot. She is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. Ghazal advocates for refugee inclusion, access to education and job opportunities using her influence and has ambitions of becoming a commercial airline pilot. Early Life and Education Maya Ghazal is the…

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Aziza Kibibi

Aziza Kibibi Mc-Gill-Ayinde is an American author, activist, speaker, podcaster, and YouTuber. She suffered decades of abuse from her father and is now known for authoring “Unashamed: a life tainted...volumes 1 and 2,” where she recounts her experience with her abusive father. Kibibi is also the founder of Precious Little Ladies Inc. (PLL). This organization…

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Ganiyah Sani

When Nigerians think of fashion and visual art, they think of places like Lagos, Benin, Abuja and other cities. Ganiyah Sani is changing that narrative with Gazelle creative and KAFART(Kaduna Fashion and Arts Exhibition)  founded in 2019 the organisations were made to promote the fashion and arts scene in Kaduna and Northern Nigeria. Two exhibitions…

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Greta Thunberg

Greta Tintin Elenora Ernman Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist who gained popularity after protesting in front of the Swedish parliament in 2018. At the time, Ms Thunberg was only 15 years old. Since then, she has been nominated three consecutive times (2019-2021) for a Nobel Peace Prize for her climate change activism. Early Life…

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