Nigeria’s entrepreneurial landscape is laden with the remarkable stories of Igbo women who have scaled the peaks of prosperity through their ingenuity and hard work.
As we navigate the year 2023, we pay homage to these trailblazers who have disrupted norms, redefined success, and proven that gender is not a barrier to financial achievement. Their stories encapsulate the essence of determination and drive, mirroring the ethos of the Igbo culture.
Join us in exploring the journeys of some affluent Igbo women in Nigeria, as we unravel their captivating narratives and illuminate the transformative impact they’ve had on both business and society.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala became the first woman and African to serve as Director-General of the World Trade Organization, WTO. With over 30 years of experience working in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America, Iweala believes in lifting developed countries out of poverty using trade.
Iweala sits on boards of several organizations such as Twitter, Standard Chartered Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, African Risk Capacity, and Georgetown Institute for Women among others. She has an estimated networth of $550 million.
Stella Okoli is the founder and CEO of Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries LTD, one of the top locally-produced pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria. Okoli who hails from Nnewi, Anambra started out as a medical professional in the UK.
Her pharmaceutical products which include antimalarials, vitamins, haematinics, cardioprotective medications, and antibiotics have become a necessity for every household in Nigeria. Her networth has been estimated to be around $850 million.
Arunma Oteh is a remarkable economist and businesswoman who has left an indelible mark in her field. Notably, she served as the Director General of Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 2010, where her leadership oversaw the regulation of the nation’s capital markets.
Her influence extended globally when she became Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank in 2015, a role she held until 2018. She was appointed as the Chair of the Royal African Society in July 2021.
With a net worth of approximately $80 million, Arunma Oteh stands as one of the wealthiest Igbo women, showcasing her outstanding success in the financial sector.
Linda Ikeji is the founder of the popular “lindaikejiblog.” The Nigerian blogger and businesswoman is a native of Nkwerre, Imo State. From blogging, Ikeji ventured into online radio broadcasting, LindaIkeji Music, and Linda Ikeji Social, a social networking platform.
Ikeji has reportedly spent about N50 million collectively on cars and about N300 million on two houses for her parents. As one of the rich Igbo women, her wealth is estimated to be around $40 million.
Genevieve Nnaji, a renowned Nigerian actress and businesswoman, stands out as one of the wealthiest Igbo women. With an estimated net worth of approximately $9.2 million, she has made remarkable strides in both the entertainment and entrepreneurial realms.
Genevieve’s journey began in Nollywood, where she became a screen icon, starring in over 90 movies. Her talents extend beyond acting, as she ventured into business by establishing the St.Genevieve clothing line. Through partnerships with leading Nigerian stores and eCommerce giant Jumia, she has established herself as a notable figure in the fashion industry.
Genevieve’s financial prowess also comes from her endorsement deals with prominent brands like Amstel Malta, Citron Energy Drink, Polo, Make-Up Designory (MUD), and Etisalat, the latter being a groundbreaking N100 million deal.
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