Glory Edozien


For the third time in 3 years, the remarkable impact of outstanding career women is set to take the centre stage as 9to5Chick announces a call for nominations for its 100 Top Career Women in Africa.

Launched in 2020, the 9to5Chick’s  100 Top Career Women in Africa is a distinctive recognition that brings to the spotlight the accomplishments and contributions of audacious women in the business and corporate sector. Previously,  this recognition was exclusively for women in Nigeria but has now expanded its focus to honor and celebrate women from all over Africa.

Founder of 9to5Chick, Glory Edozien (PhD), believes that “corporate African women do great work but rarely receive the recognition they deserve.” Many who are so focused on hardwork have deliberately shunned the spotlight thereby denying the emerging generation of female visionaries the opportunity to learn from their expertise and get inspired by their work. By recognising these women, we secure a thriving future for the next generation of audacious women.

This recognition also serves the IWD 2023 campaign theme #EmbraceEquity as 9to5chick seeks to celebrate women who challenge gender stereotypes, and have broken the glass ceilings in their respective fields, forging positive change, especially in fields that are male dominated.

Nominations are currently ongoing and are set to close on 20th February, 2023. Click HERE to nominate your top career women.

Meet The Judges

For this selection, 9to5chick has set up an advisory panel consisting of 5 independent judges with passion and demonstrated history in identifying and selecting women deserving of this recognition. They will be reviewing the nomination list alongside the founder of 9to5chick, Glory Edozien. These judges are:

Funke Amobi

Funke is a globally recognised Human Resources professional and multiple award winner. She has over 25 years of experience across Oil & Gas, Banking & Telecommunications sectors and currently serves as the Regional Head for People & Culture Nigeria & West Africa for Standard Bank Group with the responsibility for shaping the people and culture strategy across six countries.

Yemi Faseun

Yemi is a business leader with over 30 years of multi-sector, multi-function experience. He is currently the Chief Talent Officer at YT Talent Officer and was a two-term elected council member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).  He has received a number of global recognitions such as Top 8 HR Thought Leader in Africa, Top 50 Personality on LinkedIn, 2022 Top 200 Global Thought Leader among others.

Osayi Alile

Osayi is the CEO of Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation and has over 25 years of experience across different sectors. She is an experienced Council Member with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organisation management industry. She has also been named one of the African Women of the Year in 2015.

Nkiru Olumide – Ojo

Nkiru is currently the Africa Regions Executive Head, Marketing Corporate Communications & CSI at Standard Bank Group. She leads a diverse team across African countries to deliver business objectives through Brand Marketing, Corporate Communications, and Corporate Social Investment. Over the course of her 20 years across career, she has gotten several recognitions such as Leading Woman in Marketing and Communications 2016, Marketing Personality of the year among others. She is also a published author of the ‘Pressure Cooker-Lessons from a woman at work’ and is a female enthusiast.

Tewa Onasanya

Tewa Onasanya is a British-Nigerian publisher, philanthropist, Author and Mindset Stylist. She is the Founder/CEO of Exquisite Magazine Services Ltd, the publishers of Exquisite Magazine and the organizers of EMAC Walk and ELOY Awards. Tewa has been featured in numerous international and Nigerian media which include the CNN, BBC, New York Times, Wikipedia, Punch, Guardian, Thisday, Vanguard and more newspapers, Television and Radio stations. She has won several awards internationally and in Nigeria.

Nominees will be judged based on excellence in leadership and performance, personal accomplishments, commitment to sharing knowledge and have challenged gender stereotypes


This list will be released on the 27th of March 2023 and will consist of 100 women in 20 categories:

  • Healthcare
  • Energy
  • Media and communication
  • Technology
  • Financial services
  • Environment and Agriculture ● Development
  • Management and consulting
  • Hospitality and event management
  • Legal services
  • Marketing, Advertising and PR
  • Recruitment and HR ● Engineering ●
  • Public services and administration
  • Telecommunication
  • Aviation
  • Oil and gas
  • Beauty and Fashion
  • Manufacturing and FMCG

Nominate  a  deserving  career  woman   today  by   clicking        HERE

(https://forms.gle/PQ5sjxwnPcbi2n4s5 )

9to5Chick is Africa’s leading career development platform for women, founded by Glory Edozien (PhD). Its mission is to help women in mid and senior-level careers build visibility and thought leadership, while also assisting organisations in identifying, training, and retaining top female talent.

In a country where mental health is seen as taboo and stigma thrives in a culture of silence, one woman set out to change this exactly three years ago. 

Award-winning founder, Hauwa Ojeifo who was at that time recently diagnosed with bipolar and posttraumatic stress disorder, and had a near suicide attempt barely 2 months before, set out to change the face of mental health in Nigeria by boldly speaking her truth publicly. She founded She Writes Woman on April 17, 2016.

For three years, She Writes Woman’s mission has been to lead a movement of love, hope and support that gives mental health a voice in Nigeria. She Writes Woman pursues this mission by taking back the misinformed narrative around mental health by telling new stories, connecting help with hope and normalizing mental health conversations by providing safe places where people can talk without fear or shame. Utilising education and awareness, advocacy and policy influence coupled with innovative and sustainable solutions, She Writes Woman’s mission is simple – to create better lives for Nigerians by improving the way they think, feel and behave.

Over the past 3 years, She Writes Woman has initiated a 24/7 mental health helpline averting over 50 likely suicides and counting, and sustained the only women-only mental health support group with over 39 editions directly supporting over 600 women and girls across 4 states in Nigeria. The leading mental health movement in Nigeria has also reached over 500,000 people globally with information and knowledge that will change their attitude and behaviour towards mental health, and recently created Safe Place Nigeria; a first-ever preventative mental health life clinic for young people to address life issues such as stress, relationships, fulfillment etc early enough before they become mental health problems, proudly donated by Airtel Nigeria as part of its Airtel Touching Lives CSR Initiative.

It is no wonder that amongst the organisations’ many accolades and recognitions include Ojeifo’s prestigious award from Her Majesty the Queen of England at the Buckingham Palace in June 2018, being the only African to be nominated (and won) the MTV Europe Music Generation Change Award in Bilbao, Spain and bagging the AstraZeneca Young Health Scholarship in becoming a One Young World Ambassador to the Hague, Netherlands.

In marking her three-year milestone, She Writes Woman unveils her Mental Health Ambassadors – a group of nine diverse women who are leaders in their industries and are passionate about mental health. Among these women are Esther Ijewere (Women of Rubies), Gusi Tobby Lordwilliams (Girl Hub Africa), Glory Edozien (Inspired by Glory, 9to5 chick), Olive Emodi (Award-winning OAP), Fatima Zahra Umar (Jaruma Magazine, Divorce Diaries), Adenike Oyetunde (Amputees United Initiative), Laila Johnson-Salami (Multimedia Journalist), Wana Udobang (Award-winning Journalist), Zahra Zakariya Abdulkareem (The Umm Fariha Network).

“I am so excited to become a part of the inaugural SWW Mental Health Ambassadors. Being able to give a voice to mental health is so important to me as someone that has been clinically diagnosed”, said Laila Johnson-Salami. Speaking on why this is an important position for her, the Jaruma Magazine Chief Editor stated, “I am a survivor of depression…Being that we live in a country that is only just beginning to come to terms with the importance of mental health, I look forward to being part of educating our people on the importance of sound mental health. Lordwilliams also added, “I look forward to representing all that She Writes Woman stands for, getting more people to be aware of its mission, uphold her core values and increasing our reach this year and beyond”.

In the coming year, these mental health ambassadors will use their personal and professional network to raise awareness on mental health and collaboratively work together in creating better lives for Nigerians, says Ojeifo

There is strategy, process and know how required to build the right relationships to boost your career.

But what are the vital elements of networking that, women, especially must know? What are the essential knowledge elements that will help us women excel at networking? I have listed 5 expert tips that EVERY WOMAN must know to crush the networking game. Check on them below

Create a networking strategy
No more going for events just for the sake of it. It’s time to get strategic! Why? Because research suggests that women, especially, find it hard to build purposeful networks. We find it easier to connect with people who are similar to us. The downside to this is since less and less women hit the highest rung of the career ladder, it means women have to work harder to find and build vital relationships for their career success. So if you are sitting down thinking that the right relationships will just fall into your laps, statistically speaking, you may be waiting a very long time. You need to intentionally build the relationships you need to succeed in the work place.

Include men in your network
If you want to succeed, you need to co-opt men. Men are not the enemy. You should ensure your network is diverse, broad and dynamic and men form a vital role in making this happen. Why? Well, men can add useful dynamics and career advice to your overall career trajectory, which women may typically miss. They can also act as great mentors and career sponsors. But which men? This is where strategy comes in. Find influential people (women and MEN) in your workplace, organization and/or sector who have achieved reputable success in an area in which you are interested in developing in, then build relationships with them

Go where the people who have achieved what you want to achieve go
Want to scale your network and connect with influential people in your sector? Then go where they go. Go for the same conferences they attend. Join the same professional associations. Read the same types of articles and industry magazines they read. If your company won’t pay for it, use your hard earned cash and attend the same international conferences that they attend and make it a priority to connect with a few of them and follow up later. The relationships you make will be yours to keep, forever, after all.

Networking, the right way, makes you visible
Have you ever asked yourself this question, “outside my office who knows about me and the work I do”? That question might not sound like much now until when you want to change jobs, switch sectors or need to know about great job opportunities. Suddenly you wish you knew the HR manager in xandx company, but then it’s a bit late, you are already in the desperate zone and need something quick. With strategic networking you should start building bridges before you need them.

You need to build a personal brand as you network
It’s good to meet and connect with new people but you know what’s even better? When people know, like and trust you, too! After all, what good is it knowing Temitope Abdul the Head of Corporate Communications for the biggest multinational company in Nigeria, if she cant remember you or what you are about? Personal branding here isn’t about packaging or being false, it’s about knowing the value you bring to an organization as a professional and understanding how to communicate that value to others. Knowing how to introduce yourself in a way that demonstrates and articulates clearly what you do as well as using social media intentionally are just some of the ways you can create and build your professional brand.

Bonus tip

Network with your peers.

When the word networking comes up, people automatically look up. It seems networking only refers to making connections with VIPs and well placed executives. You only shoot yourself in the foot, when you do this. Your peers hold vital information and access opportunities that you need, they can also form part of your inner circle and can vouch for you when the need arises.

Have a fab week everyone!

The Inspired by Glory Academy – a leadership development institute for career women and female entrepreneurs is proud to announce the launch of its career development hub for working women tagged #9to5Chick. The launch of the #9to5Chick is a deliberate effort by the institute to create tailored development courses for the career woman.

The launch will take the form of a career development seminar tagged “How to Become the CEO of your Career- Career Development Tips for the Working Woman”.

As part of the seminar  we will have 2 master class sessions delivered by highly recognized career women in the persons of Osayi Alile, CEO of ACT foundation (Former Executive Director of FATE Foundation and Former Chairperson of WIMBIZ); Rolake Akinkugbe, Head of Energy at FBN Merchant Bank including panel sessions with Valerie Eguegu, Product Line Manager for Baker Huges; Foluso Gbadamosi Executive Director Industrial and General Insurance; Teju Ajani Content Partnership Manager Sub-Saharan Africa Google; Stephanie Obi, Online Business Strategist.

The seminar, which will be the first in its monthly series, is targeted at women who are seeking to scale up their career to management level. Participants at the seminar can expect to gain:

  1. The importance of taking ownership of their careers.
  2. An understanding of the importance of contributing directly to organizational goals and objectives.
  3. Workplace accountability and necessary skills for optimum performance in the workplace.
  4. Career growth hacks.
  5. How to deploy work based strengths when working in a team.
  6. Networking and relationship building skills.
  7. Effective communication for career growth.

The seminar will take place as follows;

Date: Sunday, February 26th, 2017.
Venue: Zazaii 36 Balarabe Musa Crescent Off Manuwa, Off Ozumba Mbadiwe,, Samuel Manuwa St, Lagos.
Time: 2.00pm – 6.00 pm

The investment cost for each participant is N15,000. However group discounts are available on request.

To register please complete registration form here

Payment of 15,000 per participant can also be made here 

For more information, email glory@inspiredbyglory.com or visit www.inspiredbyglory.com

**This was posted for free in view of our vision to continually support women and their businesses****

The notion that women do not support or empower women is now a thing of the past. On February 4, 2017, Inspired by Glory- a personal development and lifestyle platform for career women and female entrepreneurs and Bubez Centre for Women Empowerment, a platform committed to reducing poverty levels among Nigerian women through enhancing productivity and collaboration, partnered to provide a premier goals setting seminar which aimed to help participants create actionable goals and roadmaps for building fulfilled lives.

The seminar had in attendance female entrepreneurs and professional career women who learnt techniques on how to position their businesses and professional lives. During the workshop participants also learnt how to set Specific, Measurable, Attainable and Time based i.e. SMART Goals and where equipped with the know-how on how to remain focused, audacious and inspired towards success throughout the year.

The Goals Summit is a yearly event put together by Inspired by Glory Founder, Glory Edozien, who says, “more women need to be empowered with the tools to succeed. Setting yearly goals and giving women the tools to create actionable steps is the starting point of our empowerment efforts. This is why it was important for us to collaborate with the Bubez Centre for Women Empowerment which has since had a long standing reputation of empowering women.

The Bubez Centre for Women Empowerment was founded by MD and CEO of Bubez Foods, Ijeoma Ndukwe-Egwuronu. A dynamic and highly-sought- after business strategist who, after just a few years of starting her business in her kitchen, now records a 343 per cent increase in sales of their flagship product Bubez Pap, since the factory opening in June 2015.

Attendees of the workshop also expressed that the aims and objectives of the workshop had been met. One participant noted that the workshop was filled with relevant content and another remarked that she was glad she made the required investment to attend the workshop, as it was a great decision.




So before I proceed with the usual banter that accompanies my vlogs, I guess I should say two things. The first is, Happy Valentine’s Day! May love always be in your life!

The second is a bit of a confession. Although this is a love/relationship styled vlog, I actually recorded it MONTHS ago but for some reason never released. And given we are smack bang in the season of love, it seemed appropriate to do so now.

This video is actually a sequel to an earlier vlog “How to make a Nigerian woman Happy” which you can watch here (link- https://youtu.be/WmFbOzo9snI). To create this video, I called quite a number of male friends and I was surprised by how simple and quite frankly ‘basic’ they claimed their requirements for happiness were.


As you watch this video, remember that every relationship is different because the people who make up these relationships, differ in backgrounds, character and many other things, so it is important to first understand your partner. It also always helpful to actually have an upfront conversation- ask him or her- what makes you happy? How can we both make our relationship, marriage or friendship a happy one?

So do you think you make your man happy? Please feel free to share some tips and tricks in the comments section or email me on glory@inspiredbyglory.com and if you haven’t done so already, please be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel @inspiredbyglory. Catch ya later!

Thank you!

See you next week!


On a new episode of “Discovery with Glory”, the vlogger gets candid about friendship.

She says”

“Friendships add to the quality to our lives. Good friends tell us the truth, they make us laugh, keep us entertained, keep our secrets and help us stand when we can’t. Learning to celebrate our friendships and the roles they play in our lives is important. Over the years, I have made lifelong friendships and have seen just how important the roles my friends have played. That’s why I have come up with this list of 6 women we should all have as friends. Off course this list isn’t exhaustive, so please feel free to add your list in the comments section. You could also celebrate your friend today by sharing this video with her and letting her know which role she plays in your life or asking them to tell you which role you play!”



Glory Edozien is back with a new episode of her “Discovery with Glory” Vlog.

In this episode she talks about a personal experience dealing with a guy she met on Tinder who unknown to her at the time already had a boo!

She share the steps she took in getting out of that situation and also some mindset shifts that women need to take so they can enter into more wholesome relationships.

She says “Bottom line ladies, before you get into any kind of relationship, ask yourself if this is REALLY what you want. Don’t believe the lie that there aren’t good men out there or that you have to manage ‘whatever’ just to join the relationship bandwagon.”

Watch below: