USB alumnus Shayo Imologome one of 50 leading women on corporate Nigeria 2020 list Stellenbosch Business School Skip to main content
definitive list of 50 Nigerian women who are showing their expertise

Leading Ladies Africa presented the definitive list of 50 Nigerian women who are showing their expertise, professionalism and excellence in successfully leading regional and global businesses, and Shayo Imologome, USB MBA alumnus made the list this year. Congratulations!

Shayo is the CEO and Co-Founder of StratNovate Consulting, a management consulting firm in Nigeria. Shayo has 30 years of experience in finance, auditing and compliance, consultancy and advisory, and more recently business development and strategy. Her career has taken her through almost every industry in Nigeria, including marketing communication and media, manufacturing, oil and gas, financial services, hospitality, insurance, just to mention a few.

In her current role as CEO and Co-Founder of StratNovate Consulting, she helps provide businesses with the needed support to change at the right time. This involves strategy review, support and advisory, operational and financial performance management as well as identification of potential threats and suggested lines of action to mitigate against them. This is the second recognition Shayo has received recently, just last year Sales Ruby recognised her as one of the 50 Top Personalities on LinkedIn 2019.


Francesca Uriri, Founder Leading Ladies Africa stated that “Nigerian women, through their tenacity, hard work and vision are turning things around especially within the corporate sector”.  She went on to say that “we have a two-fold objective in publishing this list: first, to make a case for gender diversity and inclusiveness within the corporate sector, and secondly to highlight the women who are leading successfully across different business sectors. This year we have an even greater representation of women from different backgrounds, and will continue to press for that diversity to be reflected, especially within the C-suite and across the entire value chain.”

Leading Ladies Africa is a women-focused non-profit launched with the key aim of driving leadership for African women, promoting women’s rights in Africa, developing, and equipping African women with the skills required to take on leadership roles across Business, Governance and Corporate sectors. The foundation remains at the forefront of ensuring African women empowerment and leadership to achieve their set goals and dreams in life. Their programs are centered around three core pillars of promoting Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion.

Other notable women who were recognised along with Shayo Imologome were:

  • Anita Aiyudu Adesiyan – Country Manager, MTV Shuga at The MTV Staying Alive Foundation.
  • Bisi Lamikanra – Partner and Head of Advisory Services, KPMG, Nigeria and Head of the financial services sector across Africa
  • Bridget Oyefeso-Odusami – Head, Marketing and Communications for Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC
  • Esiri Agbeyi – Partner, PWC Tax and Regulatory Services Unit.
  • Tomi Somefun – CEO of Unity Bank PLC
  • Vivian Osayande – Head of Legal, Asia-Pacific Middle East & Africa (APMA), Novartis
  • Yetunde Oni – Country Head, Commercial Banking, Standard Chartered Bank

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