“Fall in love with the habit of learning from the great successful people who came before you, so that you don’t spend the rest of your life as a stranger to success.”
LC WOMEN is about celebrating women with some outstanding achievements in their chosen career and who have remained a shining example to the women including girls of this generation. Ibukun Awosika and Tara Durotoye are two women whose successes in their careers and family lives should serve as references and case studies to Nigeria women who want to be a huge success in the marketplace and on the home front.
How does one begin to write about this passionate, visionary, intelligent and above all, a godly woman. Mrs. Awosika is a tremendous blessing to the women of this generation. She is a shining example of how to run a successful home and also be at the top in the marketplace. I have listened to her speak at different fora and each time, I come out with fire burning in my bones. Dear today’s woman, I recommend you find any book on this woman and her career including faith and devour it. Also find CDs of her speeches and teachings, they are life changing and inspiring. If there’s any woman in Nigeria, women in Nigeria should look up to on how to successfully manage the home front and the marketplace, I think Mrs. Awosika eminently qualified to be that woman.
Ibukun Awosika is the Chairman, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and most valuable banking brand. She is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Chair Centre Group. The companies within the group include The Chair Centre Limited, Sokoa Chair Centre Limited, Furniture Manufacturers Mart, TCC Security Systems and Cubes and Boxes Limited. These companies are involved in manufacturing, retail and bank-way security systems services.
Ibukun chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: House of Tara International and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), a facility which she promoted to help address youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria. She sits on the boards of Digital Jewel Limited, Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority. She was Chairman, FBN Life Assurance Limited, FBN Capital Limited and Kakawa Discount House Limited.
Ibukun is a graduate of Chemistry from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria; an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School; the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain; and Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and China European International Business School (CEIBS).
Ibukun is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ). An ordained Pastor and founder of the Christian Missionary Fund, Ibukun, through this faith-based organization, works with hundreds of missionaries spread across Nigeria to change lives with the provision of medical, educational, and other supplies. She is happily married to Abiodun Awosika and they are blessed with three wonderful sons.
Tara Fela Durotoye is the founder and CEO of House of Tara, Africa’s Foremost Beauty Brand.
I always love to describe Mrs. Durotoye as a true example of yes we can dot. She is visionary, industrious and professionally driven. Tara Durotoye truly speaks and gives meaning to ”if you can conceive it, you can achieve it.”
How does one conceive a vision, nurture it until it becomes globally recognised? Tara Durotoye will teach us Nigeria women a thing or two in that line. Tara has not just become globally recognised, it has touched and influenced a lot of lives since its inception. We are blessed to have a woman like Tara in this generation.
Not too long ago, House of Tara brand became a Case Study at Harvard.
See what Harvard website said about her,
“House of Tara has been named by L’Oréal as a strategic distributor for Nigeria of leading international cosmetics brand Maybelline – marking another milestone in its ongoing success story. Lauded as a pioneer in the beauty and makeup industry in Nigeria, House of Tara was credited with launching the country’s first makeup studio, establishing the first makeup school in West Africa, and creating a full makeup product line entirely dedicated to African women. From a small venture in the late 90s, the company had grown into a sophisticated organization with a broad array of products and services, a multi-channel distribution network, professional makeup schools, and high-touch customer service”.
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