Three women who are winning despite the odds

Chinenye Ogwumike

Chinenye “Chiney” Ogwumike is a 28-year-old born in Tomball, Texas, to Nigeria parents. She is a professional basketball player for The Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

In 2010, Ogwumike was named as part of the Basketball U18 team that participated at the FIBA Americas U18 Invitational Championship For Women. Ogwumike was the leading scorer and rebounder with 13.2 and 7.4 points per game after started all five games all the competition. As a result of her extraordinary performance, the USA team won the gold medal.

As of January 2014, she holds the record for most rebounds in the history of Stanford Women’s Basketball and the Pac-12 Conference. After being drafted first overall in the WNBA, she was elected Vice-President of the WNBA Players Association in 2016.

 Ogwumike signed a multi-year contract with ESPN in 2018 to become a full-time basketball analyst.

Dr Anino Enuwa

Another Nigeria woman who is winning irrespective of her location is Dr Anino Enuwa. Born in Lagos, Dr Anino was awarded a scholarship to attend Queen’s College, Lagos Nigeria, but later completed her secondary education in the UK. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Dr Anino has had the opportunity of a good education despite coming from a developing country like Nigeria. Dr Anino was a former banker with Citibank, she is an experienced non-executive director as she was a member of the board of the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company PLC. She was appointed as board strategy lead and chaired the Audit Committee.

She is an international public speaker, her recent engagements include Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit (2018), Institute of Directors (2019), and the Excellence in Leadership Conference (2019). She was recognised as an inspirational global leader by Nottingham Trent University in December 2019 receiving the Outstanding Alumna Award
She is a founder and managing director of Avandis Consulting in France which has a subsidiary in Nigeria.

Dr Wendy Okolo

Dr Wendy Okolo was born in Lagos. Dr Okolo same as Dr Anino obtained her secondary education at Queen’s College, an all-girls school in Lagos, Nigeria. She later went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in 2010.

In 2015, Dr Okolo became the first Black woman to obtain a PhD in aerospace engineering from UTA at a tender age of 26. Dr Okolo was the president of the Society of Women Engineers during her undergraduate years at the University.

Dr Okolo is a Sub-Project Manager in the Intelligent Systems Division of NASA Ames.

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