The ‘Girl’ Entrepreneurs by Ibukun Awosika

In my 30-year journey as an entrepreneur, I have realised how impactful it is to learn from the experience of other people, as a guide to build a successful business.

In this book I have sought to celebrate women who have, despite all the challenges of our environment, actively worked to build successful enterprises in Nigeria.

This book will take you on the journey of these women; you will learn about their motivations, setbacks and strategies they have adopted to build enduring legacies. They reveal information about their backgrounds, start-up stages, growth patterns, how they scaled up their businesses, the impact of the choice of a spouse on their businesses, work life balance, spirituality and their plans for the future.

My goal in creating this compendium, is to use the stories and experiences of these women as a tool to challenge, inspire and encourage other women and men to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and opportunities. This will in turn create value for their families, whilst contributing to the building of our economy as a nation.

IBUKUN AWOSIKA is the Founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group. She chairs and serves on a number of corporate and not for profit boards. Ibukun is a graduate of Chemistry from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria; an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School, the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain and the Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and China European International Business School (CEIBS).

With a keen interest in social issues, particularly the advancement of women, Ibukun is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ). Ibukun is also the founder of the Christian Missionary Fund; through this faith based organisation, she works with hundreds of missionaries spread across Nigeria to change lives with the provision of medical, educational and other supplies.

Ibukun is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur and the first Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Award as a nominee of the U.S. Department of state in 2008.

She is passionate about women, youth and her beloved country, Nigeria. Ibukun is happily married to Abiodun Awosika and they are blessed with three wonderful sons

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