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BBC’s 2016 Women Achievement List; Who Made The List?

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BBC's 2016 African Women Achievement List; Who Made The List?

The BBC’s 2016 women achievement list like its previous editions is compiled by the broadcasting corporation and includes women whose efforts over the years have been splendid and deserving of accolades. The BBC’s  list of 100 women this year  featured Nigeria’s very own Funke Bucknor- Obruthe (Wedding Planner) and Omotade Alalade (Infertility Foundation creator).

Funke Bucknor is a wedding planner and the CEO of Zaphaire Events while Omotade Alalade is the CEO and founder of BeiBei Haven Foundation.

Both women among many African women were honored by BBC by recognizing them for their phenomenal impact and influence in their generation.

Talking about the list, BBC says “The BBC has chosen its list of inspirational and influential women for 2016. They will bring you groundbreaking moments of defiance, new takes on fairy tales, stories of octogenarian cheerleading, and take you inside the world of e-gaming.

Others will be exploring black feminism or taking part in our first ever live festival. You will hear from some of the world’s biggest names. But also, you will hear from women you may never have heard of, who all have astonishing stories to tell.

According to BBC, Funke makes the 2016 list for her well-known expertise in planning every detail for glitzy and celebrity weddings in Nigeria and elsewhere, ranging from 500 to 2000 people.”

As expected, the CEO and author at 40 is thrilled at the inclusion. Of course who wouldn’t be?

When contacted by Pulse and asked to describe how she felt at this recognition, she said she was excited but also humbled.

To be featured and recognised lets me know that I am doing something right despite doubting myself so many times”

“It encourages me to keep going and not give up and continue working  hard and smart and to keep encouraging and supporting people.” She said.

Also, Omotade Alalade, the founder of BeiBei Haven Foundation in respond to the recognition said support and knowledge go a long way in helping women deal with the issue of infertility and baby loss and she is fulfilled that she fills that gap well for women.

While we have just two women from Nigeria who made the list, 14 other African women were also featured on the list. [Aline Mukovi Neema -An Activist from Congo, Community Leader Egge Kande from Senegal, Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya -Only female Bishop from Swaziland, Gcina Mhlope -South African Writer, Lucy Finch -Malawian Hospice Founder, Mary -Kenyan Abduction Survivor), Nadia Khiari (Tunisian Cartoonist), Paula Hawkins (Zimbabwean Novelist, Prathiba Parmar -Kenyan Filmmaker, Reham el-Hour -Moroccan Cartoonist, Shriti Vadera -Ugandan Banker, Zoleka Mandela-South African Writer, Zulaikha Patel -South African Schoolgirl and Thuli Madonsela -South African Advocate.


Source; www.bbc.com, www.bellanaija.com

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