Onyinye (Own-Yin-Yay) is an “Americanah-Nigerian” Global Health professional with a strong passion for advancing the health and rights of girls and women through empowerment and advocacy. She holds a Master of Public Health degree in Global Health and is a proud alumna of a women’s college. Onyinye understands the tremendous potential that young people, especially girls, possess and the value they contribute to society at large. She feels fulfilled when she is able to help a girl/woman harness her potential, academically, professionally, and socially.
#StrongEnough story: Onyinye walks with a limp (the result of a fall when she was 12 years old). This condition led her to build a very strong self-esteem as a teenager, which has allowed her to thrive as an adult. Onyinye is one of the most active and energetic young persons you’ll meet. She wants her life to be an inspiration to other girls and women; no matter what hiccups may come along the journey of life, your life has meaning and you should pursue your passion(s) with strength, grace, and perseverance. Keep up with Onyinye’s exploits on Twitter @MsOEdeh.
Abiodun Essiet is a Nigerian. She has seven years experience in project management and leadership with passion for community development leadership by women. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science, Registered Nurse, Registered mid-wife and Registered Public Health Nursing certificate and Masters in Public Health, and also a certificate on community leadership by women from Coady International Institute, Canada. She is the Executive Director of two Non-governmental Organizations in Nigeria with focus on youth development and women empowerment, which has made her to be actively engaged in public service, volunteerism and also mentoring younger youth in the community.
Abiodun is a woman leader for Nigerian Women Trust Fund, a non-governmental organization that is committed to bridging the gender gap in decision-making platforms in Nigeria. She started a pet project titled “35% inclusion movements,” at the grassroots level to empower women with skills acquisition as she sensitizes them to get involved in politics and development of their communities.The movement goal is for Nigeria to achieve 35% inclusion of women (without the exemption of marginalized women or vulnerable women) in decision making platform for 2019 general elections in line with Beijing platform for action 1995. She also created a social media network on Facebook for young women in Africa to train them in leadership development and politics; it is a closed group with 60 women from Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia and DR Congo.
Follow her on Twitter @abiodunessiet
Taiwo Racheal Adetunji is an avid researcher and analyst with a flair for education in all spheres of life. She is a graduate of Political Science with an exceptional streak for success. She is an advocate for human development particularly mental growth that defies narrow-mindedness. Racheal is part of the implementing team for the LEARNigeria project for the purpose of testing the quality of education in Nigeria while exploring the factors that contributed to the result. She enjoys philosophizing, writing poems, short stories and little pieces on issues surrounding women. She loves and lives life completely and adores traveling as, according to her, “it is the easiest means of broadening my horizons.”
#StrongEnough story: As a teenager, Taiwo fought her way through several sexual harassment by her peers and adults. She was described by many as ugly and had to learn to believe and accept her exotic looks (tall and slender stature) which paid off into making her the confident woman she is today. She was told that her type wouldn’t see the walls of a place like the prestigious University of Lagos, talk more of studying there. But she graduated from the school coming out as one of the best students in her class.
Follow Taiwo’s journey towards fulfillment and connect with her on Twitter @Taiwo_Adetunji_
Chinelo is a Nigerian currently living in the United States. She is a graduate of Chemical Engineering (emphasis in Manufacturing Engineering). Her undergraduate honors thesis was a systematic review of socioeconomic literature on breastfeeding support programs, and the impact of breastfeeding on reduced rehospitalization of preterm and low birth weight babies in the Mississippi Delta.
In college, she interned at Mars Inc., Goldman Sachs, and Medtronic. She also spent all her winter breaks shadowing pediatricians/neonatologists at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Batson Children’s Hospital, and Emory Department of Pediatrics (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta). In 2016, Chinelo was selected as a summer pre-MBA student under Dartmouth College’s Tuck Business Bridge Program. In 2017, she was selected to be a public policy fellow at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson school.
After her graduation in May 2018, Chinelo interned with Africare, a leading Africa-focused nonprofit in Washington DC. She currently works for Corporate Council on Africa to foster business partnerships between U.S. companies and African governments. Chinelo’s long-term goal is to be Nigeria’s Minister of Health. She believes in taking a well-rounded approach to understanding how different industries influence the health sector. This perspective is seen in her choice to study engineering as her premedical major coupled with experience in public policy, finance/business, clinical shadowing, and food manufacturing. Chinelo has a passion for integrating advanced technology into Nigeria’s health system while also formulating policies that enhance better maternal and child health practices. She is also currently interested in initiatives that empower young less-privileged girls in her community.
#StrongEnough story: Chinelo is also a part-time fine artist. She specializes in African oil paintings on canvas. She has sold some of her paintings to raise money to fund her living expenses. This experience makes her passionate about helping artistic youths find ways to use their talents to earn a living.