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Nigerian Youth Achievement: Hauwa Ojeifo

Hauwa Ojeifo is a young Nigerian Female Life Coach, Fashion Designer and Financial analyst who has created awareness on mental health and sexual violence through her non-profit online platform called ‘She Writes Woman’ (SWW).

Hauwa was born in Lagos state, Nigeria in the year- 1992 but is originally from Edo state. She belongs to a family of six being the last child of 4 children. She finished her Bachelor’s program in Bells University, Ogun state where she studied International Business in 2011 then proceeded to get her Masters Investment Banking and Islamic Finance in Henley Business School University of Reading in the United Kingdom.

She has always had a liking for fashion so in 2010, she re-branded her mother’s fashion business alongside her older sister. The brand catered for Islamic wears as she is from a dedicated Muslim family.

During her education years, she noticed symptoms of mental illness and sought for help eleven years after the first time she noticed. Since then,she has been all about mental health awareness and the stigmatization that revolves around which led to the birth of She Writes Woman (SWW) in 2015.

SWW offers a helpline that runs 24 hours every day of the week to provide professional help for people with mental disorders. The line can be reached both from local callers and international callers; it was launched shortly after SWW was founded.

Queen Elizabeth with Hauwa Ojeifo

Hauwa has partnered with organizations such as Airtel, and Wiki Loves Women organization to end the stigma that comes with Mental health and Sexual violence. She also launched ‘Safe place’ as an arm of SWW where women can anonymously talk about their issues. Her contribution to humanities landed her the first-ever MTV Generation Change award for MTV Europe Music awards. She also received Best Creative Social Enterprise in Nigeria, a Queen’s Young Leaders 2018 award and many others.

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