Three Nigerians listed among the Financial Times'100 top female executives in the world

THREE Nigerian women have made it onto the Financial Times' top 100 global female executives list as the London publication published its latest data on ladies who are taking the world of commerce by storm.


In the latest list, Funke Abimbola, the former general counsel and head of financial compliance at Roche, was ranked 14th while Biola Alabi, the chief executive officer of Biola Alabi Media and Entertainment was ranked 98th. Bukola Adisa, Barclays’ Bank head of risk and controls framework, design and execution, was ranked 100th.


Ms Alabi was the only Nigerian-based female executive on the list as the UK are resident and work in the UK. Also, Biola Alabi Media and Entertainment has an all-female leadership and 75% of its staff are women.


Ms Alabi, who is a non-executive board member of Unilever Nigeria, said: “I have always placed a strong emphasis on doing what I can to support and nurture talented women in business through mentorship and creating opportunities for others to excel in business and the workplace across Africa. I am humbled and honoured to be recognised alongside so many outstanding female executives who are championing gender diversity and inclusion.


"Yet, I am also aware of how much there still is to do to increase the representation of women in business at all levels. Let me be frank, Africa Plc cannot and will not advance at the pace it should without the amplification of female roles in senior positions, so until we see parity in leadership teams and in the boardrooms, I will be resolute and vocal in my mission to bring women to the forefront of corporate Africa.”


Ms Adisa for her part is the founder of Career Masterclass, a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to enabling the progression of Black and Minority Ethnics (Bame) professionals in the workplace. Through webinars, live events and the annual Stretch conference, she teaches practical career tips to a varied Bame audience, which has resulted in tangible career progress for the participants.