Nigerian Selected Among Africa’s Top 25 Emerging Women Leaders!
London, United Kingdom – May 29, 2013 – A Nigerian-born Briton, Obiocha Ikezogwo, has been recognised for her exemplary service leadership and social activism by the Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa. Beating over 2,000 candidates to win a place in the final 25, Obiocha’s nomination as a MILEAD Fellow sets the tone for this bright, young woman. She is the national representative for the UK, and is hopeful that this experience will enable her realise her vision for African womanhood, one in which “we are empowered at home, and respected abroad”.
With a First Class degree in Finance from the University of Manchester, Obiocha began her profession on the Graduate Leadership Programme at Centrica Plc. Her career flourished with high-profile assignments, including a position in Norway, where she developed strategic analysis of a $1.1 billion asset deal with Statoil. She returned to the UK to continue her career at Palantir Solutions, a leading provider of consulting and software services to the petroleum industry. As a Petroleum Economics Consultant, Obiocha values oil and gas projects from exploration to production, using her expertise in economic modelling, fiscal regimes, and portfolio optimisation to provide decision analysis that supports her clients’ investment decisions.
Having grown up in Nigeria amidst abject poverty, Obiocha champions the use of education to engender women’s economic and social independence. She has successfully mentored over 50 women and young people in positions of responsibility, and currently serves as a School Governor at the Harris Academy South Norwood, London.
Obiocha is a First Class graduate in Finance from the University of Manchester. Whilst at university, she dedicated her formative years to empowering her female peers, and in 2008, received the Manchester Leadership Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to her wider community. She is now a mentor on the University’s Gold Mentoring Programme.
Citing herself as “an engineer of social justice”, Obiocha is dedicated to promoting the rights and causes of women in her community. Her passion for empowering African women led Obiocha to co-found ‘Yaaya’, a response to the social invisibility and negative stereotypes that shadow them in Europe. Established as a platform for women of African descent to share their achievements, stories, and ambitions, Yaaya aims to promote fairer and positive images of African women in European society. Her dream is for ‘Yaaya’ to inspire meaningful dialogue and action amongst organisations, governments, and civil society, on the issues of African women.
Looking ahead to the future, Obiocha hopes to complete her MBA at a prestigious European school. Post-MBA, she dreams of returning home to Nigeria, to serve her country in the efficient management of its natural resources. She is determined to “ensure that reserves are safely produced and piped back as cash resources into our economy, to alleviate poverty, elevate living standards, and at last, end our nation’s resource curse”
More on Moremi Initiative: http://www.moremiinitiative.org/milead-fellows/2013-milead-fellows