10 Nigerian women win big in 618 Bees competition

nigerian womenTechnology startup 618 Bees has announced the winners of its month-long Naija Woman Hero competition.

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Efe Ugboro says winners were chosen after extensive voting on social media platform Instagram, and on the 618Bees website.

“We have more than 400 entries from female entrepreneurs across the country. And after following the really remarkable conversations around outstanding Nigerian women heroes, we have arrived at a final list of 10 women entrepreneurs who will get their business registered for free, as the first step in what promises to be a string of benefits,” he said.

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The 618 Bees contest required young women in business to talk about the Nigerian women they find most influential, remarkable, and impactful, and stand a chance to get their businesses registered for free.

In a country, where women don’t get enough credit, and where they are often held to stiffer standards compared to men, Ugboro, whose company currently employs only women, said the contest was designed to draw attention to great Nigerian women many may be forgetting, as well as give a much-needed opportunity to social media vendors to formalise their businesses.

Names like Stella Adedavoh, Dora Akunyili , Ola Orekunrin , Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti  and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (world bank veteran and the first female Minister of Finance of Nigeria) dominates the list, with hundreds of thousands of Nigerian men and women paying tributes across Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

The campaign reached nearly two million people in 28 days across Nigeria.

At the end, Anyantola Elizabeth, Ifeoma Udeaj

a, Jennifer Ifeoma, Nasa Judith and Emmanuella Giwa emerged winners. Other winners were Millicent Anugwom, Abina Zainab, Wasolati Sani, Odo Stephanie and Okoyeocha Olivia Ginikanwa.

The 10 winners will each receive business incorporation support, opportunity to participate in an investment pitch, business training and mentorship, and legal advice of up to N1.5 million.