Meet 15 Most Powerful Women In Nigerian Entertainment – PHOTOS!

Mo-AbuduWe love to celebrate successful Nigerian women on 36NG, and when we came across this interesting list put together by Tadeniawo Collins of TheNetNG and we thought to share it with you. Below is a list of 15 most powerful women in Nigerian entertainment.

Mosunmola Abudu

CEO, EbonyLife TV, Nigeria. Mo Abudu, as she’s fondly called, has been dubbed ‘Africa’s answer to Oprah’ by The Hollywood Reporter. A thorough media entrepreneur, Mo’ started Africa’s first syndicated talk show, Moments with Mo, which was aired in 48 countries across Africa in 2006.

Bolanle Austen-Peters

The CEO and founder of one of Nigeria’s finest arts and cultural centres, Terra Kulture, Bolanle has successfully built her establishment into a renowned name, which is synonymous with Nigerian theatre. Established in Lagos in 2004, Terra Kulture has grown to become a leading art, lifestyle, culture, entertainment and educational centre in Nigeria.


Colette Otusheso

Her name might not ring a bell in an instant but when it comes to pulling the strings and making things happen, Collete Otusheso is a force. Those who should know in the Nigerian entertainment scene will tell you the Head, Marketing and Communications of Viacom Africa, easily transcends the realm of influence. She is a powerful woman on the Nigerian entertainment scene and that didn’t start recently.



Emem Isong

With an illustrious and well celebrated film-making career, spanning over a decade in Nollywood, Emem is a filmmaker extraordinaire. Also a writer and CEO, Royal Arts Academy, the Akwa Ibom-born creative genius has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the Nigerian film industry.

Chioma Ude
She is the founder of the annual Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), which has grown to become one of the leading film festivals in Africa.Chioma Ude, holds a degree in Marketing from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She is highly regarded for her dedication and contribution to the growth of film-making in Nigeria.


Ronke Ademiluyi

Founder and CEO of Africa Fashion Week London and Nigeria, Ronke was born in London to a scion of the Ife royal family. Educated in Nigeria and the UK, the Law graduate has risen to become a powerful voice in fashion andentertainment across Africa and Europe.

Ibinabo Fiberesima

Current President of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria, the former beauty queen and actress’ influence has grown remarkably since she became the Guild’s president in 2012, having implemented several laudable schemes (even though she has a pending case in court). She was also very active in the failed re-election bid of outgoing Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.


Evita Moussalli

Daughter of media mogul, Amin Moussalli, Evita is the Chief Operating Officer (COO), of three famous radio stations in Nigeria – Cool FM, Wazobia FM and Nigeria Info. These stations have remained the foundation of coreentertainment players in the country, including Darey Art Alade, Olisa Adibua, Dan Foster, and others.

Omoyemi Akerele

She is the Creative Director of GT Bank, sponsored Lagos Fashion & Design Week, which is a spectacular showpiece of renowned and established Nigerian and international designers.


Wangi Mba-UzoUkwu

She is the Regional Director, M-Net West Africa, a prominent force inentertainment, not just in Nigeria but in the entire region. A vastly experienced broadcasting executive, she holds a degree in Political Science and a postgraduate diploma in Direct Marketing.

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe

Founder and former CEO of the famous Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Peace is a visionary leader, who has dedicated her life and resources to the growth of Nigerian film industry. AMAA is currently one of the most prestigious film awards in Africa, and Peace has also been honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) of Nigeria.



Bala Patricia

Director General, Nigeria Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Bala graduated with a BA Hons degree in Drama at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1975. Her board determines which videos, music or film, gains prominence via airplay received in Nigeria.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Fondly called Omosexy, Omotola celebrated her 20th anniversary as a Nigerian actress recently. Her glittering career is quite remarkable (with over 300 films till date). The philanthropist and singer, was named in 2013 in the 100 Most Influential People in the World list by Time Magazine. She is also a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) of Nigeria.

po-ruthRuth Osime

Among Style editors in Nigeria, Ruth Osime occupies the frontline. Having joined Thisday Newspapers as Project Manager and moving to the Saturday Desk as the Style Editor in 2003, Ruth has become a brand since undertaking the leadership of a newly packaged 24-page Style, glossy pullout in 2005. Perhaps, a measure of her power, aside the several powerful individuals she interacts with in the course of her job, is the guests list of her 50th birthday event last year. With at least, 3 governors and several first ladies present at the event, not many can doubt the extent of Ruth Osime’s clout in the Nigerian entertainment scene.


Sheri Williams

Chairperson, Co-founder, MTech, Sheri has over 25 years experience in the financial and telecommunications industries in Nigeria. Her company has generated billions of Naira in revenue from ringtones, ring-back tunes and other innovations in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

Photo Credit: TheNetNG