Ijeoma Adesanya

10 Women Showing Up // Builders Edition


Ijeoma Adesanya

social impact entrepreneur. founder, kobikam africa & neema tai

Ijeoma Adesanya is a dynamic social entrepreneur and passionate gender inclusion specialist.

As the visionary Founder of Kobikam Africa and Neema Tai, she ignites change, championing the advancement of women and girls across Nigeria and Africa.

Her journey includes impactful roles at General Electric (GE) as a Finance Leader and leading the vibrant ScaleUp Lab at FATE Foundation.


Impact Report

Ijeoma has been building:

  • Founded Kobikam Africa, a gender advisory and advocacy company that has coached 100+ women in Sub-Saharan Africa and impacted over 1,000 women in mini-grid communities across Nigeria.
  • Managed and co-ordinated a 1.3M Euro fund to enable pre-incubation stage entrepreneurs across Nigeria to launch and scale their businesses.
  • Facilitated training on Business Ethics & developing a Business Model Canvas for 100+ entrepreneurs.
  • Co-Chaired the Advocacy Committee in WIMBIZ where we advocated for 30% representation of women on boards across companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
  • Empowered over 700 women through ‘Built to Last Women’, a non-denominational platform raising visionary female entrepreneurs to build in partnership with God.


We asked Ijeoma for Clues

Something that catalyzed your growth - besides working hard?

I allow myself to evolve. That's my approach to life. I don’t put myself in a box or let anything I accomplish define me. I am constantly evolving and saying Yes to God.

Something you're most proud of?

One of my proudest achievements is transitioning from a career in Finance to Development & Social Impact. While I enjoyed my role in Finance, my heart was drawn more towards developing people, especially women, and influencing public policy. Making the leap into a new industry was challenging, but looking back, it's been absolutely worthwhile.

On Showing Up

Be true to yourself.

Show up authentically and always do an audit of your life, checking if the path you are currently on will lead you to the life of your dreams.

Worth Remembering

Failure is not the end but a stepping stone to greatness.



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