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Celebrating Women on International Women’s Day

It’s the world International Women’s Day, and it’s the perfect day to celebrate the women in the entertainment and sports industry. These women have risen against all odds to inspire their present and coming generation, and it’s best to give them their flowers as and when due. Some women who have shown that it’s possible to climb international stages, give international speeches, win international awards and break new records will be listed to celebrate International Women’s Day.

  1. Chioma Ajunwa – In 1996, she became the First Black African Woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event.

2. Tiwa Savage set the record as the first Female act to win the MTV Base EMA Best African Act award.

3. Asisat Oshoala – The celebrated footballer has won the following awards: Aiteo Award for Best CAF Player 2017; BBC Footballer of the Year 2015, Queen of The Pitch Award 2014; African female footballer of the year: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019; African female player of the year 2014; Golden Ball of the 2014 African Women’s Championship; Golden Boot of the 2016 African Women’s Championship; 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup gold boot; 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup Gold Ball; Top scorer in the 2017 Chinese Women’s League.

4. Tems – The internationally recognized artist has won a Grammy Award, a Billboard Women in Music Award, three NAACP Image Awards, three BET Awards and three Soul Train Music Awards. She became the first Nigerian and African female musician to win the Best International Act at the BET Awards in 2022.

5. Funke Akindele- The talented actress and producer made the first Nollywood movie to gross 1 billion naira 21 days after its release. The movie titled ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ was released in December 2023.

6. Tyla- The latest music sensation has the following records: Inaugural winner of Grammy Awards Best African Music Performance. “Water,” became the first song by a solo South African act to chart on Billboard Hot 100 in 55 years. Youngest African act to win a Grammy Award. Youngest South African to chart on Billboard Hot 100.

7. Tobi Amusan-  she is the current world record holder in the 100-metre hurdles with a time of 12.12 seconds which she set at the 2022 women’s 100-metre hurdles semi-final in Eugene Oregon.

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