The BBC 100 Women was a month long BBC series that took place in October 2013. The series examined the role of women in the 21st century. The 2014 BBC 100 Women list features three Nigerian women. Obiageli Ezekwesili who was former World Bank Vice President for Africa and former Minister of Education in Nigeria, especially for her work this year in leading the global campaign to rescue the 250 children captured by Boko Haram. Funmi Iyanda, talk show host, journalist and Nigerian activist also graces the list.
Temie Giwa, founder of the One Percent Project - an organization which is aimed at harnessing the power of young people to improve health service delivery in the Nigeria - also features on the list. Temie is a program manager for the GIST project of Nollywood Workshops. She has worked with the Lagos State Government as operations manager for the Office of Facility Management and Maintenance, and as a research support fellow with the health systems financing team at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where she managed the health expenditure reports for all WHO member states.
She has interned at the Department for International Development (DFID) supported program Paths2, worked for the UNDP and Colombia University funded Millennium Development Village in Ruhiira as health system quality improvement coordinator. She was also a Global Health Fellow with the Millennium Villages Project in Ruhiira Uganda in 2012. During her fellowship year she was responsible for improving the quality of maternal and child health services. She worked to improve funding and supply chain management of essential medicine and tests, and to increase access to family planning among HIV positive women.
She is a member of the Global Health community with the Global health corps organization and writes for various publications, including the Impatient Optimist Blog of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Temie Giwa is a part of the Capital Square family and we are all proud of her and glad to know her. We wish her well and pray she goes on to do even greater things.