Elle is a popular lifestyle magazine that focuses on health, beauty, entertainment and fashion.
Elle is the world’s largest fashion magazine, with 43 international editions in over 60 countries, one of which is South Africa. Recently, the South African magazine made a list of 50 African women who shape the continent and six of them were Nigerian.
Fashion editor of the magazine, Dimeji Alara shared the news on his Twitter page and the full list appears in the new August issue of the magazine.
Here are the Nigerian women who were recognized:
1. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is a Nigerian actress, singer, philanthropist and former model. Since her Nollywood film debut in 1995, the leading actress has appeared in 300 films, selling millions of video copies.
2. Oby Ezekwesili
Obiageli Ezekwesili is a Nigerian chartered accountant. She was a co-founder of Transparency International, serving as one of the pioneer directors of the global anti-corruption body based in Berlin, Germany. (She was recently honored by the University of Essex)
3. Mildred Okwo
Mildred Okwo is a Nigerian film director and producer. She was nominated for Best Director award at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards
4. Omoyemi Akerele
Omoyemi Akerele is the founder and artistic director of Style House Files, a creative development agency for Nigerian and African designers.
5. Modupe Ozolua
Modupe Ozolua is a social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Body Enhancement limited in Nigeria. Body Enhancement Ltd pioneered cosmetic surgery in Nigeria in 2001 and aesthetic lasers in 2007.
6. Blessing Okagbare
Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor is a Nigerian track and field athlete who specializes in long jumping and short sprints. She is an Olympic and World Championships medalist in the long jump, and a world medalist in the 200-meter race.