International Women’s Day: Women That Inspire Us

Due to the reawakening of gender roles and equality in some areas of the world. The International Women’s Day has garnered more attention and renewed the focus of citizens of the world. A day set aside as a result of campaigns and protest by bold women many years ago in light of discrimination, sexual harassment, economic inequality and other unjust treatments endured.

The International Women’s Day is a reminder of these injustices and also a day to celebrate the many women who have made positive impacts in their different fields and in different areas of the world.

In honour of this important day, Yute! will be dedicating the rest of the week to highlighting women who have inspired and influenced others by doing great things.

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Wednesday, March 8

TY Bello – Nigerian photographer, songwriter, singer and philanthropist. A great number of people know her from her song for love of country titled, Green Land. Ty Bello was then recognised for her beautifully captured images and due to her creative photography she became a household name. In 2016, she discovered the beautiful Olajumoke Orisaguna while shooting British music act, Tinie Tempah. She has inspired many photographers, both old and new with her unique art.

Tara Fela-Durotoye – a lawyer turned beauty and makeup entrepreneur. Tara started the House of Tara makeup business back in 1998 and has since then built an outstanding beauty academy. She set up a makeup studio and established the first makeup school in Nigeria. In 2013, Forbes listed her as one of the 20 Young Power Women in Africa. An inspiration to the many beauty bloggers, makeup artists and business inclined beauty lovers.

Oluchi Onweagba Orlandi – The first face of Africa and international model is source of inspiration for many models of our time. She won the first ever Face of Africa beauty competition with a limited affection and knowledge of fashion and modelling. Now she has been featured in many publications and has walked the runways for top fashion brands such as Gucci, Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Christian Dior, Helmut Lang, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy and many more. She launched a modelling agency back in 2008, OModel Africa and is currently the host and head judge of Africa’s Next Top Model.

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Thursday, March 9
Women That Inspire Us, Part 2


Ndidi Nwuneli – an advocate for social and economic change, Ndidi Nwuneli involves herself in organisations aimed at developing the nation and it’s people. In her earlier years she served as the first executive director for an innovative and influential non-profit organisation, FATE Foundation. She later established a leadership training organisation, LEAP (Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism) Africa. One that seeks to equip and empower young leaders in Africa. With her sense for safety and the development of minds, she inspires individuals from different walks of life to improve themselves and eventually their societies.

Bilikiss Adebiyi – a social entrepreneur and founder of a recycling company, Bilikiss attempts to decongest Lagos and provide its inhabitants a healthier living environment. WeCyclers was established in 2012 and they offer waste collection and recycling services to areas where proper waste collection services are not available. The WeCyclers system provides communities the opportunity to benefit from proper waste disposal as incentives are given to households that participate. Bilikiss is making the nation healthier, one community at a time.

Dr Ola Orekunrin – Medical doctor, Helicopter pilot and founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria. Ola Orekunrin established the very first air emergency medical service in Lagos, in a bid to provide swift medical attention in times of need. Motivated by a personal loss and a need for this air ambulance service, especially in remote areas of West Africa, FDN was established. Becoming a doctor at age 21 at the University of York, Dr Ola became one of the youngest medical doctors in the UK. With her organisation aiding the growth of the health care services in the country, she continues to spread this service to other countries of the continent. Feeding her pain with new knowledge to help avoid such pain for others, Dr Ola Orekunrin inspires us with her strength and the drive to better the society.


Friday, March 10
Women That Inspire Us, Part 3


Lisa Folawiyo – a style icon and fashion designer with a love for the African print, Ankara. By combining the textile with high fashion designs without having its essence lost, Lisa Folawiyo created a globally coveted print. “Folawiyo creates feminine and modern silhouettes with nods to traditional African aesthetics”. She has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Drapers, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and more. Taking the African design to the world, Lisa Folawiyo remains an inspiration for fashion designers, bloggers and fashion enthusiasts in general.

Lisa Folawiyo International womens day


Yagazie Emezi – a documentary photographer from Aba, Nigeria who scouts different African countries in a bid to tell a story. Her ongoing project, Relearning Bodies, focuses on individuals who have survived trauma and are left with significant scars that tell a story. She focuses on the effects of these injuries, how the individuals are able to adapt to their new bodies and the role their community plays in the alteration. The theme strikes close to home as Yagazie has some personal stories related to the topic. Currently, she’s in Monrovia working on a project about education for girls in at-risk communities in Liberia.
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Bubu Ogisi – a creative entrepreneur, fashion designer and stylist. Bubu Ogisi is the creative mind behind IAMISIGO, a fashion line for women that promotes the African culture, showcasing its beauty and versatility. With designs that appear comfortable, stylish and aesthetically pleasing, Bubu creates a unique fashion wave. In an interview with ELLE, she said “IAMISIGO dresses the woman who is simple at heart but yearns for more”. Combining influences from various African countries, Bubu creates art with her designs. IAMISIGO has been featured in fashion shows both nationally and internationally, and has recently branched into making art and furniture.

Bubu Ogisi International Womens Day

Feature Illustration by: @niyiokeowo

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