IWD 2021: Celebrating 10 Exceptional Nigerian Women

Foodpro Group has always been committed to promoting the socio economic advancement of women and has always prided itself of having a predominantly female workforce.

As a brand that supports women, Foodpro keys into the International Women’s Day celebration every year to recognise and celebrate women who are excelling in various careers and making exceptional impact in the nation. This year we will be celebrating 10 exceptional Nigerian Women across various sectors who are doing great work not only in their chosen careers, but also through humanitarian services.

1. Dr. Ola Brown – Founder, Flying Doctors Investment Company. 

Dr. Ola Brown is the founder of the Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Group and the Director of Greentree Investment Company. A medical Doctor passionate about improving the healthcare system in Nigeria, Ola has challenged the medical industry and continues to disrupt the status quo through various medical pioneers and inventions proving that gender is not a barrier in achieving seemingly impossible goals. It is not surprising why we have chosen to celebrate Dr. Ola Brown (@NaijaFlyingDr) as one of our Sheroes this month.


2. Osayi Alile – CEO, Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation

Osayi Alile, now the Chief Executive Officer of Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation, was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007. An alumna of the Harvard Business School, IMD Business School, and Yale Executive Education Programs, she was the Executive Director Of FATE Foundation, a leading private sector led non profit organisation for 8 years. A true Boss in every right with a professional portfolio we envy, but celebrate by making her one of our 2021 Sheroes


3. Dr. Alero Roberts – Senior Lecturer, College of Medicine, University of Lagos 

Dr Alero Roberts is a Consultant in Public Health and senior lecturer in Maternal and Child Health at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos (CMUL). Dr Roberts has a passion for the teaching and training of undergraduate medical students and postgraduates in the principles and practice of research and evidence-based practice in public health and primary care. She has significant involvement in the enhancement of rural primary care service delivery and in the development of strategies to improve universal access to quality care by mothers and children under five years of age. She has previously been involved in operational research associated with the programmatic deployment of near-patient testing (rapid test kits) for malaria. She continues to support undergraduate and postgraduate research and teaching through the university’s department of community health and primary care. A Shero who is passionate about shaping young minds in the medical field, Dr. Alero Roberts deserves a spot on our list this year.

4. Toyosi Akerele -Ogunsiji – Founder & CEO, Rise Networks 

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Founder & CEO of RISE NETWORKS is Africa’s leading Social Entrepreneur. She has acquired over 12 years hands-on working experience in Design Thinking, Capacity Building, Youth Inclusion, Job Access, Strategy/Research, Content development & Project Management. She was named by Forbes in 2014 as one of the 20 most Powerful Young Women in Africa. Former US First Lady, Michelle Obama once described her as one of her personal inspirations.


A Mason Fellow & Mid Career Masters in Public Administration Candidate at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, she has been a Jury Member on 3 of Africa’s most impactful Youth Start up Funds and also serves on a number of Boards. A widely traveled learner, advisor and speaker with notable commentary on issues of Entrepreneurship, Tech, Education, Digital Media and Governance and most recently Artificial Intelligence, Data Intelligence, Machine Learning & The Future of Work.


Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji is such a powerhouse of ideas and a master at execution, a Shero no doubt and one we celebrate today.

5. Tatiana Moussalli Nouri – CEO, Wazobia TV and Wazobia Max

is the marketing services Manager at Nestle Nigeria responsible for strategic planning and executions of Brand Communications, Digital/Media, Consumer marketing and experiential marketing. 

Tatiana Moussalli Nouri is the CEO for Wazobia TV and Wazobia Max TV based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is also the Deputy Group Managing Director of AIM Group, a multidisciplinary corporation that offers services in Architecture and Engineering, Broadcasting, Communications, and Hospitality. She is the Vice President of the Executive board of the French School Lagos and sits on the board of several organisations including the Executive Board of YPO Lagos Chapter, an organisation focused on constant learning and self development, and the Lagos Motor Boat Club Prior to Joining Aim Group, she worked for Bouygues Construction as a Project Manager. Her contributions in broadcasting through Wazobia FM and Wazobia TV has led to tremendous acceptance of the first pidgin English radio and TV stations in Nigeria and Africa as well as bringing the best of the true Nigerian experience through both establishments. That is why she is our Shero.


6. Hamisha Daryani Ahuja – Founder, Forever 7 Entertainment Production Company

Hamisha Daryani Ahuja is a Film Producer and Director, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur, Certified Law of Attraction Coach, Author, and Restaurateur. She founded the company Forever 7 Entertainment, a Production company that deals in film making and content development in both the Nollywood and the Bollywood industries. She is the Executive Producer and Director of ‘Namaste Wahala’ her first feature film that premiered on Netflix on the 14th of February, 2021. Namaste Wahala is the first major movie collaboration between Nollywood and Bollywood. She has worked with global organisations such as Coca Cola, the Young Presidents Organization, The Entrepreneurs’ Network in London U.K, and spoken on stages such as WIMBIZ’s Annual Conference which is the largest women’s gathering in West Africa. A young woman making a name for herself in the both the Indian and Nigerian Film industry, Hamisha Ahuja deserves a spot on our Shero list this year.  

7. Boroji Osindero – CEO, Wellpath Physiotherapy and Wellness Ltd

Boroji Osindero is a qualified physiotherapist with over 20 years experience. She graduated from the University of Birmingham, England in 1998. She has an extensive range of clinical and administrative experience through her various work experience. In December 2009, She relocated to Lagos, Nigeria and established her first rehabilitation facility – Wellpath Physiotherapy and Wellness Ltd. A one stop rehabilitation facility providing physical therapy services, occupational therapy, speech therapy and the sale of home medical supplies.

She is a member of the Lagos State Sport Medicine Board and a recipient of the “Best Female Physiotherapist” Award 2017, given by the Lagos Physiotherapists Association and the winner of NHEA Award 2018 for “Best Physical Therapy Practice”

We recognise her determination and passion to make a difference and that’s is enough reason to have Boroji Osindero on our Shero list.

8. Fola Laoye – CEO, Health Markets Africa

Fola Laoye is a trained and qualified Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, Lagos and Price WaterHouse Coopers in London. She was previously Director for West Africa Investments at the Investment Fund for Health in Africa (IFHA). She is also a board member and was previously CEO and then Chairperson of Hygeia Group Nigeria, promoters of Hygeia HMO and Lagoon Hospitals. She is Chairperson of Old Mutual Life Insurance Company Nigeria and is also a member of the following boards – Old Mutual West Africa; PAL Pensions;; EchoLab Diagnostics, Lifebank Technologies, Results for Development Institute (R4D), Washington DC USA; and Harvard Business School’s Healthcare Initiative. She is a trustee of the Harvard Business School Alumni in Nigeria and a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Lagos Chapter. In 2011, she was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2013 she was awarded the Harvard Business School Africa Business Club Leadership Excellence Award. All these and more are the reasons Fola Laoye makes it to the Shero list of 2021.  

9. Tosin Faniro-Dada – MD & CEO, Endeavor Nigeria

Tosin Faniro-Dada is the Managing Director & CEO of Endeavor Nigeria. Tosin is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and helping them scale, not just for the immediate impact this has on their organization but more for the multiplier effect this confers on the larger society and economy. She has worked with entrepreneurs in various life-cycle stages, supporting them with interventions and resources to help them thrive.

A Certified Public Accountant licensed in Massachusetts USA, Tosin graduated Summa Cum Laude (highest honors) with a B.sc in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and an M.sc in Accounting from Boston College. She is currently participating in an Advanced Management and Advanced Leadership program at INSEAD.

Tosin was the Director, Programmes & Coordination, ‎Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) where she led the fund’s intervention programs; providing access to finance to MSMEs, facilitating training and job placements for young people, and supporting entrepreneurs in Lagos State, under the Lagos Innovates program. A young woman just beginning her journey to global impact, it is no surprise that Tosin is on our list of Sheroes.  

10. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe – CEO, Fidelity Bank 

Mrs Onyeali-Ikpe is the first female CEO of Fidelity Bank. A Law graduate from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, she also attended the Nigerian Law School and holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from Kings College, London, United Kingdom. She is a Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Nigeria. She has attended various executive programmes at the Said Business School at University of Oxford, London Business School, University of Chicago, Harvard Business School, Wharton University of Pennsylvania, USA, INSEAD at France, IMD at Lausanne, Switzerland and Lagos Business School among others. She has over the last 30 years worked in several financial institutions including Standard Chartered Bank Plc, Zenith Bank Plc and Citizens International Bank/Enterprise Bank, where she held several management positions in Legal, Treasury, Investment Banking and Corporate Banking.

The financial services sector is witnessing the arrival of a transformational leader in Mrs Onyeali-Ikpe, it’s no wonder she makes it to our Shero list and we cannot wait to witness her take the industry by storm.