It’s the 8th day of March – the International Women’s Day, a day which commemorates the movement of women’s right. In the spirit of this great day, I’m sharing with you five women from across the world who are single, self-made and inspire me soooo much.
Now, I’m not advocating “singlehood”. I’m basically saying nothing can or should stop you – not even being unmarried as a lot of us have been made to believe.
1) Elizabeth Homes
Elizabeth is the youngest female billionaire in the world. Born on February 3, 1984, Elizabeth is the CEO of Theranos – a pain and needle-free blood-testing company. At 19, she dropped out of Standford University to found the company and has dedicated her life to it ever since.
While at Stanford University, Elizabeth Holmes created a wearable patch to adjust the dosage of drug delivery and notify doctors wirelessly of variables in patient’s blood. She started developing lab-on-a-chip technology for blood tests and the idea for a company that would make testing cheaper, more convenient and accessible to consumers. Holmes used the education trust from her parents for Stanford to found the company that would later be called Theranos, which is a combination of the words “therapy” and “diagnosis”.
In 2015, Forbes named Holmes as the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world due to a $9 billion valuation of Theranos. She was also named as TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” of 2015. Holmes topped the list of America’s Self-Made Women in 2015 with a net worth of $4.7 billion.
Elizabeth is a bachelorette and has never been married.
2) Linda Ikeji
37-year-old Linda is a major proof it is possible, everything. What isn’t she? She is the highest paid blogger in Nigeria, a writer, CEO Linda Ikeji TV, owner of Linda Ikeji socials and generally a very successful entrepreneur and all these she achieved single-handedly.
Talking about her journey, she said in an interview,
So I kinda hard a tough life growing up but I kept working, doing all sorts of modeling jobs, ushering, fashion shows, and at one point I sold beer at a hotel. I’d leave lectures, go to a hotel and sell beer from 1pm till 10pm. I did this for a few months. It wasn’t easy but I had to survive. One of the things I said to myself back then was, the day I sell my body to a man for money, may God strike me dead. I was determined to make it on my own, never let any man take my dignity.
Now I have more money than I even know what to do with it. I make millions of Naira from what I love doing…blogging. The best part of all this is that I would blog for free. Now I don’t chase money anymore…it chases me. It’s not even just about the money, it’s the great friends I’ve met via this blog, the wonderful people I interact with here, the freebies I get. How much of a big deal I am to some people.
Linda started blogging in 2006. She didn’t start making money out of it immediately but she was very consistent. Now she is one of the big names, if not the biggest, in the business and has been able to set up other brands and soar in them.
Linda is a bachelorette and has never been married.
3) Lupita Nyong’o
35-year-old Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o is young, unmarried and self-made. Brought to limelight after her role in 12 Years A Slave, she is the first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar, has won the Academy Award for best actress in a supporting role. Among her major awards are; Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role, BET Award for best actress, Glamour Award for woman of the year, Independent Spirit Award for best supporting actress, Critics’ Choice Movie Award for best supporting actress, NAACP Image Award for outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture, Obie Award for performance, Glamour award for breakthrough and MTV Africa Music Award for personality of the year.
Nyong’o has starred in blockbusters, the most recent being Black Panther where she played the role of Nakia.
She is a bachelorette and has never been married.
4. Mosunmola Abudu
Mo Abudu is a single, middle-aged Nigerian mogul who is getting it right. Mo is a talk show host, TV producer, media personality, human resources management consultant, entrepreneur and CEO of “Africa’s first Global Black Multi-Broadcast Entertainment Network” Ebony Life TV which she launched on July 1, 2013.
She has been has been listed on Business Insider‘s Top 100 business visionaries creating value for the world making her the only African on the list with a ranking of 56 on a list of 100 people from all over the world, has received many honors, including recognition by Forbes Media as the first African woman to launch a Pan-Africa TV channel; and Entrepreneur of the Year award by Women Werk in New York, has received City People Movie Special Recognition Award, City People Movie Award for Best Movie Producer of the Year (English). Last year,the governing council of the Institute of Directors Nigeria (IODN) honoured her with the Fellowship Award of the institute as well as the 2017 IoD Entrepreneurial Award.In 2015, she was described by Forbes as Africa’s Most Successful Woman.
Talking about why she set up Ebony Live Tv, she said,
The irony was that as far back as 2006 when I first approached DStv with the proposition that Africa was ripe for its own Oprah Winfrey or Ellen DeGeneres show, I was at the same time already requesting for a global TV channel opportunity. At the same time I was exploring channel possibilities with SKY in the UK. I have always reckoned that the vision to project Africa in a different, more positive light, needed a big platform and this was what spurred me to start thinking of establishing EbonyLifeTV.
Mo was formerly married to Tokunbo Abudu.
5) Taylor Swift