For the first time since Nigeria gained Independence, two Nigerian women have broken records and found their way into two different sectors predominantly dominated by men.

While one of them is flying Nigerian flag high in the United States, the other broke the jinx in the entire African continent, thereby sending out a strong challenge to their men counterparts that indeed women can do better.

Dhalia Umunna

At age 42, Dhalia Umunna, became the first ever Nigerian woman to clinch the exalted position of a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law.

No Nigerian woman has ever gotten to that position in the history of first Tier University.

According to media report Dhalia Umunna has been a lecturer at HLS since 2007, and is Deputy Director and Clinical Instructor at HLS’s Criminal Justice Institute (CJI), in which she supervises third-year law students in their representation of adult and juvenile clients in criminal and juvenile proceedings and arguments before Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals court.

Umunna received her law degree from the George Washington University Law Center.

She also holds a Masters in Public Administration (MC) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Communications from California State University, San Bernardino.

While Dhalia Umunna is doing us proud in the U.S, another woman set another record in a 50-year old multi-national coy in Nigeria and across Africa.

Oyeyimika Adeboye

When Cadbury Nigeria Plc announced Mrs Oyeyimika Adeboye as its new managing director, the entire African industrial hub knew a woman of great repute has just broken a record.

According to Cadbury Nigeria Plc, the appointment of Oyeyimika Adeboye “is part of our commitment to promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion.”

But it was clear that gender equality wasn’t the only criteria used, her credentials are also intimidating. She’s good for the job. The company knows she can deliver.

By her appointment, she became the first female to be appointed Managing Director of a 54-year old company in Nigeria.

Her father was a reputable industrialist. Oyeyimika Adeboye joined the Board of Cadbury Nigeria Plc as Finance and Strategy Director in November 2008.

Prior to joining the Board, Mrs Adeboye was the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance of Nigerian Bottling Company Plc. She had previously worked for the Nigeria Accounting Practice of Arthur Andersen & Co and the United Kingdom Accounting Practice of Midgley Snelling & Co, Chartered Accountants. Mrs. Adeboye has an impressive track record in finance, strategy and business administration both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Nigeria.

Mrs. Adeboye has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of Wales College of Cardiff (UWCC). She is a member of the Board of Cadbury Ghana Limited and also sits on the Board of The Timothy Adeola Odutola Foundation. She is Member of the Executive Management Committee, and Member of the Risk Assessment Committee of the Company. She was Member of the Audit Committee of the Company until October 19, 2016.

Kudos to Odutola and Umunna for penetrating two positions that had been dominated by men!

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