The fifth annual Her Network Woman of the Year Awards held on Wednesday, December 29th, at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos.
It was a night of high emotions and celebrations as women from different industries came together to celebrate remarkable women who have made a significant impact in their workplace, community, or network. This was evident as each presenter spoke passionately about each category and the effect created by nominees. The theme for this year’s celebration, “Thrive”, embodies the strength and dedication these women have shown in making a difference over the last year.
In her welcome speech, the founder Nkem Onwudiwe said “I created Her Network in 2017 to connect and inspire women. We wanted to acknowledge the impactful work of women in our society, and I am proud to say we have been on this extraordinary journey for five years”. She ended her speech by delivering a heartfelt tribute to one of the award recipients of the Her Network Woman of the Year 2020, Chef Linda Esuabama, who passed away in October 2021.
During the ceremony, Princess Adeyinka Tekenah, the Founder of Happy Coffee and the 2017 Recipient of the Her Network Woman of the Year Award in the Start-Up category, shared her impact story. Keeping to this year’s theme, she spoke on “Thriving Regardless”, even with the challenges life has thrown at her.
The event was hosted by communications strategist and content creator Motunde Ibiroke (Motundeoflagos), whose eloquence and interaction kept guests vibrant and engaged. This year’s partners’ premium hair extensions brand LUSH Hair Nigeria ensured that every guest left with a goody bag full of hair essentials. At the same time, Baileys Delight provided delightful cocktails throughout the event.
The 2021 Recipients were presented their plaques by previous HNWOTY Award recipients of the nominated categories.
The recipients of 2021 Her Network Woman of the Year Awards are:
Her Network Woman of the Year in Community Service – Timileyin Edwin
Her Network Woman of the Year in Education – Funmi Ilori
Her Network Woman of the Year in Healthcare – Yetunde Ayo-Oyalowo
Her Network Woman of the Year in Start-up – Mariam Lawani
Her Network Woman of the Year in Entertainment presented by LUSH Hair Nigeria – Osas Ighodaro
Her Network Woman of the Year in Advocacy – Rinu Oduala
Her Network Woman of the Year in Future – Blessing Akpan
Her Network Woman of the Year in Entrepreneurship – Jumoke Dada
Her Network Woman of the Year in Tech – Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti
Her Network Woman of the Year in Journalism – Sandra Ezekwesili
The night ended on a high note, with guests dancing with one another, networking and celebrating.