Esther Ijewere


For many women, they are always single even while dating until a ring is put on their finger and taking marriage vows on their wedding day as the start of sharing each other’s struggles.

But for American couple, Jillian Hanson and Max Allegretti, by the time they were exchanging their vows at the altar, they had already overcome more than most couples face in a lifetime.

Hanson was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer at the age 25, and knowing the struggle that awaited her, she decided to put an end to their relationship, New York Post reports.  The pair became engaged on Hanson’s last day of chemo on and were treated to the wedding of their dreams free of charge on Friday, October 18. Photo: New York Post. Source: UGC Max loved her so much, and he was not going to leave her the time she needed him the most in her life just because she thought it was the best thing to do. “He told me he would never leave my side and he never did,” she said. By the time Jillian Hanson and Max Allegretti were exchanging their vows, they had already overcome more than most couples face in a lifetime.  The pair became engaged on Hanson’s last day of chemo on February 28, 2018 and were treated to the wedding of their dreams free of charge on Friday, October 18.

“This hardship made us grow closer together as a couple, and that is exactly why he is my person,” said Hanson “My hair thinned and fell out, and my skin turned white as a ghost but the love of my life remained by my side. He took care of me every day and reminded me how beautiful I was,” she added.

A venue was secured, hair and makeup services, a wedding cake, a photographer and a videographer free of charge for the couple’s big day. Photo: New York Post. Source: UGC Hanson and Max stayed together throughout her treatment, which began in October 2017 at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital. Max traveled more than an hour each way to be with Hanson at her mother’s house, where she recovered between treatments. He also made sure to take his ailing girlfriend out to movies to normalise the situation.

Max loved her so much, and he was not going to leave her at the time she needed him the most in her life. Photo: New York Post. Source: UGC He later proposed to the woman of his dreams surrounded by nurses and family as the whole thing was caught on camera by hospital staff, which was the ultimate high for Hanson. But a shocked Hanson was in for one more surprise: Lauren Grech, a wedding planner whom she had met at a fund-raiser the year before, gave the couple one last treat: a pro-bono wedding. Grech secured a venue, hair and makeup services, a wedding cake, a photographer and a videographer free of charge for the New Jersey couple’s big day.

For Modern Woman Magazine‘s second edition, the spotlight is shone on the sustained success of a dedicated humanitarian, an amazing Pop; R&B singer and songwriter, and she’s none other than – Waje.

The superstar, whose vocal range is said to cover three octaves, cemented her position as one of Nigeria’s biggest acts to watch when she released her single, “For A Min“.

With a music career of over a decade, Waje, whose real name is Aituaje Iruobe, is in a league of her own. Her debut album titled “W.A.J.E” was released on the May 1, 2013, via a historic live Google+ hangout with fans joining in from around the world, which trended globally at no 4 on Twitter.

She proceeded to release 2 albums afterwards, the latest being the Red Velvet” album.

In case you didn’t know she’s the first child and daughter of the family, well, now you know. And as a teenager, she sang in choirs, gained a scholarship at the Word Of Faith group of schools because of her gift. She studied Social Work at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Played in concerts, camp meetings and fellowships. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, Waje honed her music skills and was soon a popular performer in the state.

In 2012, the singer-songwriter started a platform WAJE SAFE HOUSE with the goal of collaborating with NGOs every quarter to amplify their causes which included being THE VOICE for women and children by tackling issues around Education, Health, Good governance, Gender-based violence and many more.

WAJE has collaborated with the following NGO’s:

  • One.Org: “Poverty is sexist” and “make Naija stronger”, and she continues to be an ambassador for One campaign.
  • She performed at the foundation launch at the African Leadership Academy in S.Africa.
  • She was invited with other African leaders to attend the Mandela lecture given by President Barack Obama.
  • She was featured on CNN African voice for The African Women project in 2014.
  • In 2018, she was selected as one of Lancôme’s heroes in Nigeria.
  • She featured on Forbes Woman Africa in 2018
  • UN: She performed at the United Nations youth climate summit 2019, UN women day of global activism, giving a lecture on the importance of the most marginalized population affected by conflict and natural disaster.
  • Purple: The 50/50 campaign.
 EIE: As an RSVP ambassador championing good governance in Nigeria at the 2019 elections
  • WAJE has received over 20 awards and nominations worldwide including a Channel O Music Award, 4 World Music Award nominations just to mention a few.

Project Curator: Tolani Aremu
Creative Director@emmanuelarewa
Photography/ Art Dir@spotlightpi

The Social activist, and convener of several development projects took to her social media page  few days ago to announce her new initiative “Get Talking with Esther”. The multi-award winning author and columnist said the show is aimed at helping people find their voice and communicate their thoughts through words, and promote positivity on social media.
Esther started her career over 10 years ago as a social activist, and she has since taken her gift to other areas, doing humanitarian work and giving hope to the helpless and downtrodden in the society. Her Initiatives include; Walk against rape, Women of Rubies, Men who Inspire and Rubygirls, all under the umbrella of Rubies Ink Initiative.
According to Esther; “ I am very expressive, I love to write and read from people, I love to celebrate people and give them hope, I love when I can feel people’s thoughts through words, and “Get talking with Esther” is just about that.  A #Tweetchat session that will give you the ambience of a show.
Basically, using my platform, years of experience, and skillset for social good to give everyone a voice. We are going to be fixing broken tables, Bringing “Under the table” conversations to the front burner for positivity. Sharing life experiences, healing and learning.
The show kicks off on August 8th, with family therapist and life coach; Praise Fowowe as the first guest.
Those who follow the chats have the opportunity of winning free gifts, food, and cash prizes weekly. #GetTalkingwithEsther is supported by Greenbliss Apartments and Abimbola Oki’s Dpotters Catering services.
To get more scoop on the initiative, kindly follow @estherijewere and Tweet using #GettalkingwithEsther
Click this link to follow and be part of the show

When a 32-year-old South African lady becomes Global Ship Navigator and Africa’s First Female Dredge Master, breaking through as a Businesswoman and a Global speaker, the story is sure to make a headline.

Today we celebrate Londy Ngcobo with over 13 years of experience in the Maritime industry, which includes a background in Maritime Studies, International Merchant shipping experience, Advanced dredging from Netherlands IHC, and her current role as a Maritime Compliance Manager all which has led to her well-known title The BLACKMERMAID.

Londy is an award winner passionate about Women and Youth Empowerment.  Her wealth of experience has equipped her with the ability to focus on providing sustainable tools for women in leadership and all in walks of life.

She is also the founder of an organisation called Mamas Escape Club an Award-Winning Best Support Group providing tools for mothers to thrive through life challenges.

She encourages the youth to think outside the box, mentors the youth through her personal capacity, various institutional advisory boards and groups. Through her public speaking social events, radio/tv shows, blogs, podcasts. Londy has impacted lives by instilling bold global thinking and business agility to those who have had the privilege to see her in action.

Culled from Transportevolution

Sudan has Criminalized carrying out Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), making it punishable by three years in jail.

According to UN, about 87% of Sudanese women aged between 14 and 49 have undergone some form of FGM. In Sudan it is not uncommon for women to get the inner and outer labia, and usually the clitoris, removed and FGM can result in urinary tract infections, uterine infections, kidney infections, cysts, reproductive issues and pain during sex.

Before now, there has been a global trend towards banning the practice. However, according to a Unicef report carried out in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East, the practice is still being widely carried out, despite the fact that at least 24 of these countries have legislation or some form of decrees against FGM. FGM was already illegal in some Sudanese states but these bans were widely ignored.

BBC Sudan analyst Mohaned Hashim notes that there have been previous attempts to ban FGM across the whole country but parliament under long-time leader Omar al-Bashir rejected the recommendations. Women were at the forefront of the movement that toppled Mr Bashir in April 2019. Campaigners accused the former government of discriminating against women in various ways – including preventing women from wearing trousers.

In November, Sudan repealed a restrictive public order law that controlled how women acted and dressed in public. The FGM amendment to the criminal law was approved on 22 April, Reuters news agency reports and under the amendment, anyone who performs FGM either inside a medical establishment or elsewhere faces three years’ imprisonment and a fine.

Source: BBC

Elizabeth Owusua has accomplished her childhood dream of becoming both a nurse and a lawyer as she now serves in both capacities, day and night. Elizabeth notes that during her childhood, she had hopes of becoming a nurse, lawyer as well as a fashion designer but says she never thought her dreams would finally become a reality because of her humble beginning and the hardship she faced.

She was, however, quick to note that her training at Mfantsiman Girls helped shape her entire being greatly.

She narrated:

“I went to the Nursing and Midwifery Training College at Korle Bu where I graduated with a Diploma in Nursing in 2008 and started working as a nurse in 2010 after national service”.

From there, Owusua noted she continued to Central University College to top up for a Bsc Degree in Nursing alongside work and graduated in 2013

In 2014, Owusua applied to Gimpa Law Faculty for an LLB and got admitted which she did along with working night shifts at the hospital and gained admission to the law school in 2017 after graduating from Gimpa and finally was called to the Ghana Bar in October 2019.

Talk about resilience and Grit! We celebrate this leading lady.


22-year old tennis star Naomi Osaka is now the highest-paid female athlete in history, according to Forbes. She reportedly earned $37.4 million over the last 12 months from prize money and endorsements, setting a new all-time record for a female athlete that broke the previous record of $29.7 million Maria Sharapova earned in 2015.

Osaka surpassed 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams, who has been the highest-paid female athlete in the last four years with earnings from $18 million to $29 million. This year, Osaka raked in $1.4 million more than Williams.

In September 2018, Osaka beat Williams in a remarkable U.S. Open women’s final. It was one of her two grand slam wins to date, the other one was at the Australian Open in 2018.

Osaka, who was born in Japan and raised in the US, initially struggled with her shyness, making it hard for her to appear in interviews and interact with other people, players, and fans. But now, she is making the most out of her platform.

In fact, she has been receiving a number of deals with several sponsors. She currently has 15 endorsement partners and a lucrative apparel deal with Nike.

More than that, Osaka ranks 29th in the top 100 highest-paid athletes, joining Williams who ranks 33rd, making them two of the only female athletes in the list.

Source: Forbes


Currently, she is a Senior Presenter, Reporter and Producer at Channels TV, a nationally prolific independent television station and Nigeria’s 13-time TV station of the year.

She leverages on her experience, training and exceptional communication skills to deliver value in her capacity as a Supervising Producer and Anchor at Channels TV. She also produces and anchors the UNDP Dialogue Series and the programme- Hard Copy.

Among several other highlights of her career as a broadcast journalist, she led a team of young professionals in discussions with former United States President, Barack Obama and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

In 2014, she led the ‘Young and Restless’ session at the World Economic Forum on Africa where she moderated the plenary session. She is also the co-host of the most-watched prime-time news and current affairs breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily as well as an anchor for the station’s flagship ‘News at 10′.

Esther brings her dynamic personality to the fore in her ability to connect to a diverse audience and inspire trust. She has received several awards and recognition for her commitment to excellence and professionalism.

In 2016, she received the British Council UK Education Alumni Award for Professional Achievement and in 2019, she received the award of Excellence from Nigerian Institute of Public Relations for Outstanding Television Broadcaster in the FCT. She is also a recipient of the Sun Newspapers Women Leadership Award and was named to the Future Awards Best 100.

Beyond professional commitments, she is passionate about development and impact. She was an International Student Ambassador during her studies at East Anglia University where she assisted students from varying backgrounds to acclimatize to academic work in a new environment. She is intentional about advocacy and has twice volunteered as the anniversary anchor for the “Bring Back Our Girls’ movement. She strives to utilise her platform for the promotion of positive causes.

Esther Maupe Ogun-Yusuf is a senior professional within the Media and Communication Industry with well over a decade’s worth of in-depth experience within the industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language from the University of Lagos as well as a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, UK.

Before her current position, she was a News Anchor at Minaj Systems Limited where she cut her teeth in the media world and took on stimulating projects in television content creation and delivery.

When not working, Esther enjoys world politics, travelling researching and running.


On Friday, 19th June, Ada Osakwe, award-winning food entrepreneur & investor, and Founder of The Nuli Juice Company, delivered the convocation address to the Kellogg School of Management Class of 2020. She is the first African to be given this honour and fourth black woman; following in the footsteps of outstanding Black-Americans Edith Cooper, Global Head of Human Capital at Goldman Sachs in 2017, Roslyn Brock, Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP in 2012 and media titan Oprah Winfrey, in 2011.

With a critical phase of their lives upended by the ongoing global health pandemic, the class of 2020 completed the last few months of their MBA degree Program virtually, instead of on campus in the classroom, and they will receive their diplomas in the mail or on their phones. Recognizing the need to offer extra inspiration at this extraordinary moment in history, in her commencement speech, Osakwe praised them for their bravery, resilience and courage!

For Ada, it’s important to believe in yourself to make it through challenging times: “So in your quest to thrive, there will be curve-balls thrown your way and you’ll have to take risks, it’s a given. But you’ve just got to trust your journey,” she advised the graduating students. As a Black-African, in her speech, Osakwe said she will always speak out against racial injustice and urged the non-blacks to also find their voices on this issue as allies to ensure there is more equality, tolerance and acceptance for all.