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Mary-Ann Kaikai, Creative Director of Madam wokie makes the 100 Women West Africa list

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

100 Women Nigieria is a nonprofit organisation that improves, empowers and educates women in Africa to reach their highest potential in business, home and their personal lives. It is an arm of the BRYNE Foundation (Bringing-up Resilient Young Nigeria Entrepreneurs) which delivers training, develops tools and connects women to accelerate their ability to make a change in their communities, thus enabling communities to reap the transformational benefits of entrepreneurial participation. The BRYNE Foundation also supports women with access to finance, markets, mentorship programs, networks and capacity development.

The 100 Women West Africa list features 100 women from diverse backgrounds and sectors who are making impact in the world and their local communities with the power and strength of their ideas and achievements. It includes women making their mark in politics, business, philanthropy, technology and finance, by creating solutions for some of the world’s biggest problems and leaving lasting legacies along the way.

Mary-Ann Kaikai, Creative Director of Madam wokie was listed in the 100 Women West Africa list 2019 for her contribution to the fashion and creative industry in Sierra Leone.

Other honourees from Sierra Leone include:

  • Aminata Kane: CEO of Orange Sierra Leone

  • Ariana Oluwole: Fonder of Narnia, an early learning center. Ariana is also a trainer, facilitator and life coach

  • Anita Koroma: Gender and child’s rights activist. She is also a founding member of Guadalupe Old Girls Association-UK , and Founder and Country Director of Girl Child Network Sierra Leone

  • Christine Sesay: founder and CEO of Africa’s Moneyprenuer

  • Dr. Fatu Forna Sesay: Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Mama-Pikin Foundation. She is also an Obstetrician-Gynecologist and writer

  • Eldeen Elba: Chartered Global Management Accountant and Human Resources Analyst. She is also a member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and American Academy of Project Management

  • Fatima Seseay: Founder of Unimax Sierra Leone LTD, a Logistics ( Transport,Clearing and Forwarding ) courier, dispatch and messenger service

  • Mariama Oni: Founder of the organization Smiling Through the Light. Smiling through Light

  • Satta Matturi: Founder of Satta Matturi Fine Jewelry, a diamond and semi precious stones costume jewelry line

  • Vickie Remoe: Writer and TV producer

  • Dr. Yakama Jone: Head of the President of Sierra Leone’s Delivery Team; lecturer at the University of Sierra Leone; and Team Lead on the Economics Pathway of the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) Master of Research and Public Policy Program in Sierra Leone. She is also the founder of theYak Jones Foundation

  • Her Worship Yvonne Aki-Sawyer: The first female and current Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Yvonne is also a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, risk management and project management in the public and private sectors

  • Yeniva Sissay: Educator and consultant with 18 years of progressive experience building and developing the African continent’s most valuable asset—human capital

Other honourees from across West Africa include:

  • Adesua Dozie: General Counsel of GE Africa

  • Abosede George-Ogan: Founder of Women in Politics

  • Adenike Ogunlesi: Nigerian fashion entrepreneur, a leading designer, manufacturer and retailer of designer children’s clothing

  • Afua Osei: Entrepreneur, investor and public speaker, co-founded She Leads Africa, a media company for millennial African women

  • Aisha Buhari: Aisha Buhari is the Wife to the President of Nigeria and the founder of Future Assured

  • Ariyike Akinbobola: Founder of the Ariyike Arise Initiative, television presenter, talk show host, model, blogger, author, trained lawyer and occasional actress

  • Funke Bucknor-Obruthe:  Nigerian entrepreneur and lawyer

  • Joy Ngozi Ezeilo: United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking (2008 to 2011) and Ilaw lecturer at the University of Nigeria, where she pioneered the teaching of “women’s law

  • Juliet Ehimuan: Google Country Manager in Nigeria

  • Juliet Yaa Asante: Award-winning and renowned Ghanaian actress, talk show host, film and television producer and film director.

  • Leymah Roberta Gbowee: Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa.

  • Mo Abudu: Nigerian media personality, entrepreneur, philanthropist and former human resources management consultant.

  • Olajumoke Adenowo: Architect and Philanthropist

  • Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde: Nigerian Actress, Singer, Philanthropist and former Model.

  • Orode Uduaghan: Founder of Pink Pearl Foundation, a foundation established in 2007 to empower women to fight against cervical and breast cancers

  • Peace Hyde: British Ghanaian TV personality, social activist and media entrepreneur. She is also the Forbes West Africa Correspondent, and the founder of Aim Higher Africa, a not for profit improving education by using ICT

  • Rebecca Akuffo-Addo: First Lady of the Republic of Ghana and founder of The Rebecca Foundation

  • Samira Bamuwia: First Lady of Ghana and founder and CEO of the Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects (SEHP)

  • Saran Kaba Jones: Clean water advocate and social entrepreneur from Liberia. She is also the founder of FACE Africa, an organization working to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and services in rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa

  • Tara Fela Durotoye: Tara Fela-Durotoye is a Nigerian makeup artist and lawyer.

  • Yasmin Belo-Osagie: Co-founder, She Leads Africa

I’ve never considered myself being motivated by money, I’ve always loved my craft. I’m just passionate about what I do - Mary- Ann Kaikai

Madam Wokie

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