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Osayi Alile, Ola Brown, others shine at second HNWOTY Awards 2018


HNWOTY Awards 2018

The second edition of the annual Her Network Woman of the Year Awards (HNWOTY), which took place recently at Landmark Towers, saw the gathering of industrious women from diverse backgrounds, who came together to celebrate outstanding women of impact in 2018.

Staying true to the theme of the night, “majestic” guests and awardees stunned in different regal looks.

Beauty Queen, artist, media personality Munachi Abii and Actress, TV Producer, Simi Drey, hosted the prestigious event.


The keynote speech titled: “Measurable Impact” was delivered by 2017 Her Network Technology Woman of the Year and First CNN Heroes nominee from Nigeria and the only African this year, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, who also presented the 2018 HNWOTY Technology Woman of the Year Award to Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi, founder of Women’s Technology Empowerment Center, W.Tec.

Other winners include Chinwe Egwim (Career), Anokwuru Chinyere (Community Service), Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau-Ameh (Entertainment), Inyang Otu (Philanthropy), Ola Brown (Entrepreneur), Dr Maymunaii Yusuf Kadiri (Healthcare), Temie Giwa-Tubosun (Start-Up), Folawe Omikunle (Education), Mirabele Morah (Woman of the Future) and Thembelihle Khumalo from Zimbabwe (Social Media)

One of the highlights of the evening was the outstanding show of support, unity and positivity by the Woman of the Future nominees who exemplified women supporting women by cheering on the winner in their category and even going further to walk her to the stage, these young women were the talk of the evening.

Dancer and Instructor Ukalina Celine Opuwari serenaded the audience with a performance to legendary poet Maya Angelou ‘s “Still I Rise” during the event and the final award of the night was given to Osayi Alile, who was announced as the Her Network Woman of the Year 2018 (Overall Achiever).

Osayi is the founding curator, Global Shapers Forum Nigeria and is passionate about the social sector and believes that impact must be made rapidly and consistently to foster development.

Her Network is a global networking platform, which originated in 2016 as a key driver to connecting a community of women in Nigeria and the diaspora to create mutually beneficial relationships and provide inspiration to live wholly successful lives, especially in the spheres of career and family, by showcasing women as living testimonials in their various industries of expertise.

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