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Happy Nigerian Independence: 10 UK Naija women to watch

LAYING DOWN THE LAW: Senior lawyer Funke Abimbola, who passes on her smarts to her young female mentees

AS NIGERIA continues her anniversary celebrations today, 'The Voice' salutes some of the most influential young women in business, education, social work and entertainment in the UK today. These women represent a new era of Nigerians carving out a niche of their own.

1. Funke Abimbola

High-flying achiever, lawyer and mentor to girls, Abimbola is a very focused and determined lady. A single mum, she is also the most senior lawyer at the world’s largest pharmaceutical company Roche.

2. Seye Aina

Aina is a lawyer with over 20 years of experience and the first woman to become chair of the Nigerian British Law forum. She is currently revamping the organisation and is showcasing Nigeria in a fantastic light.

3. Nonye Soludo

Soludo is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Royal Oats, a 100% gluten-free healthy oatmeal that can be used to substitute heavy starchy foods that leave people feeling bloated and overweight.

4. Grace Olugbodi

Creator of educational game Race to Infinity, Olugbodi has a single mission and that is to help children all over the world fall in love with mathematics. The game is being played all over the world.

5. Shola Alabi

Educator and founder of two educational centres in London and Essex, Alabi has gone a step further by creating a parenting hub which allows busy mums and dads to participate in the education and success of their children.

6. Dr. Simi Alabi


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Medical doctor and NHS super-achiever, Alabi has combined her medical experience with her passion for fitness and skincare. She is focused on improving the well-being of women.

7. Amara Kanu


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Wife of ex-Arsenal footballer Nwankwo Kanu, Amara is fast becoming a brand in the health and fitness sector. She recently wrote a fitness guide, Healthy Living and launched it in central London earlier this year. Amara is determined to keep women healthy, sexy and confident.

8. Ruth Oshikanlu

Oshikanlu is a nationally-recognised expert nurse, midwife and health visitor with a track record of over 22 years in delivering secondary and primary health care services in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.

9. Zina Arinze

Founder of Believe and Live Again, a post-divorce support service, Arinze, AKA 'the comeback kid' is a phenomenal author who turned her’s and thousands of other women’s live’s around after ugly and messy divorces.

10. Tola Onigbanjo

Co-founder of Women4Africa, an annual award show , Onigbanjo is a natural leader, overseeing multiple projects. Author and founder of events and lifestyle brand SolidWoman, she is set to raise, empower and celebrate 10,000 different women over ten years by opening doors to opportunity.

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