The Nigerian Woman| Then and Now

Iquo Ukoh

Hey guys!

As promised here is the first in my Nigerian woman series. To start off I decided to gain some perspective by asking my mother. She was the perfect go-between as she has the benefit of time and consequently has had a fuller experience than I have of being a Nigerian woman.

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          Mrs Iquo Ukoh

Who are you? (What are the things that make up your identity, likes, interests, quirks)

A wife , a mother, a career woman and a mentor to many young women.

I am a woman that is driven by excellence and a passion to succeed no matter the odds. Even though I did not study marketing in the University but I have become one of the names in marketing to be reckoned with in Nigeria.

In recent years I have decided to channel my creative passions via food blogging, creating new recipes and educating my followers on healthy lifestyle options.

What do you feel it means to be Nigerian, especially a Nigerian woman?

Nigerians are passionate and expressive people. The determination to succeed is one of the most salient characteristics of the Nigerian people. No wonder many Nigerians stand out wherever they are found around the world. A Nigerian woman no matter her social status  is one that is ready to challenge the status quo and dare to try in a man’s world. Cultural and religious limitations continue to place impediments in her path but the Nigerian woman is finding her way around this. It’s not been easy but a certain level of progress has been made

What changes have you noticed in your perspective as time has gone on?

Whilst my mum’s generation were mainly sit at home mothers, today a lot of mums are economically active one way or the other. The limited opportunity for employment has necessitated that women go out to generate income for their households. More women are heading organizations which heather to were mainly the men’s domain . We see women in previously male dominated professions like engineering and  architecture. I am seeing many more women taking charge of their lives and really challenging dominant ideas regarding their abilities.

What are your hopes for young Nigerian women?

The sky is the limit for young Nigerian women who are ready to work hard to achieve their set goals. The road may not be easy but the opportunities are limitless. The average Nigerian man has not quite shifted in his perception that the woman should be seen and not heard. This stance is more apparent in some cultures than others. However, when I see the giant strides young Nigerian women are achieving today  in areas previously dominated by men, I am hopeful.

Where can people find you?

My blog, 1qfoodplatter

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15 thoughts on “The Nigerian Woman| Then and Now

  1. This was a lovely way to start your series – your mother sounds like a wonderful woman.
    I had never checked out her blog before but have now discovered numerous recipes on there that I would now like to try! Thank you for sharing her with us 🙂

  2. Truly inspiring piece
    Mrs Iquo Ukoh is a Nigerian woman with a passion to leave a mark on the sand of time.
    She is a sister, mother, aunt, friend, colleague, mentor and confidant to many young women, including me by the way. Thumb up and looking forward to other series to come.

  3. Very interesting and inspiring. It is good to let the world know that by sheer dint of hardwork Iquo became executive director of a multinational company in Nigeria. Indeed Nigerian women of my generation are going places. This should be a challenge to the next generation of Nigerian women to move to the next sphere of being CEOs and mothers of successful children while being wife’s of equally successful and enterprising young men.

  4. Really nice write up. We indeed ooze out passion determination and drive. Proud to be a proper Naija woman anyday

    Well done ma

  5. Mrs Iquo Ukoh “mama”, is indeed an icon and role model we younger women look up to.
    She has been an inspiration to me personally that regardless of your age or gender you can have a voice, be relevant and attain fulfilment.

    Thank you for sharing her to a larger community.
    Looking forward to more series.

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