Award winning director and cinematographer Kemi Adetiba ranked no 50. on GC4 Women‘s Top 100 List alongside fellow Nigerians Mo Abudu, Luvvie Ajayi and Lilian Ajayi-Ore.
GC4 Women which is an acronym for Global Connections for Women Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Lilian Ajayi-Ore that believes in all women and girls – and their right to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities.
This list includes trendsetting women like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafza, Meryl Streep among others. Media personality Mo Abudu came in on No. 76, Author Luvvie Ajayi ranked no. 62 while the founder Lilian Ajayi-Ore dropped in on No. 58.
When asked if she hopes to continue to encourage others to tell African stories, Kemi Adetiba said:
Our industry in Africa, especially Nigeria, is still untapped. We have so many stories that need to be told and I want to continue to tell those stories.
Founder Lilian Ajayi-Ore had this to say about how Skype facilitated GC4’s Global outreach:
I still recall working with our partners at Taungana on a STEM for Girls project in South Africa. All of our interactions took place on Skype and it really helped us collaborate more efficiently. The other thing is that the platform allowed us to build a closer friendship with one another. One that extended beyond just working on a program. As an organization, we have been successfully able to reach into several global communities including West Africa, South Africa, parts of Europe and Asia and the United States through this platform. ‘Thank God for Skype’ is an expression my team and I frequently use.
Luvvie Ajayi on her part explains what she loves most about her work:
I love that I’m reaching people. That pushes me forward because sometimes you’re working in a vacuum [and] sometimes you might not feel like your work is getting anywhere. But I love the feedback I’ve been getting, when people tell me that I made their day or I made them smile while they are in the waiting room with their mom who has cancer. So, you know, just bringing joy and making people laugh.
Mo Abudu speaking on the people who she holds in high esteem as role models:
Growing up, my mother was an important role model, and she played a very important role in shaping my worldview. I also grew up in awe of Nelson Mandela and his role in the South African anti-apartheid movement. Recently, I have been inspired by people like Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton who have fought off societal discrimination to reach the highest heights.