Fifty-one dynamic young women were selected to be part of the 2021 cohort. They possess outstanding academic accomplishments, impressive community impact records and a strong desire to be active contributors to the social, economic, and political development of Africa. The cohort consists of young women from Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia.

The 2021 cohort is largely made up of young women with keen interests in Business, Finance, Law, and STEM. Some fun facts about the cohort are: 26% own or run their business, 37% of participants are involved in a STEM related career, 33% of the participants’ current career is related to the gender equity field, and 69% of the participants have either less than two years work experience or no work  experience.

Furthermore, 19% of the participants are first generation university graduates with 14% coming from a marginalized ethnic group in Africa.

Testimonials from the 2021 Cohort

“My biggest takeaway from the courses we have taken so far is the confidence boost that I have gotten. I used to have a habit of second-guessing myself. However, in one of the first classes we had, Miss Gbemisola mentioned that we should “do the thing that works 95% of the time, and you’ll succeed”. I have applied this to a lot of things this year and have gotten this far being myself. I am therefore glad that I am able to embrace that a bit more.”

Catherine Brink

South Africa

“The program has been challenging, super intense, yet worth every second of my time. The intensity of the program has helped me build some healthy habits. Also, I am better prepared for the global work environment due to its rich, well-tailored and organized curriculum. Learning from top leaders and experts across relevant sectors was one of my major highlights. Frequent interactions with other ladies across various cultures and countries have made me more culturally and globally aware. This program exceeded my expectations, and I am so proud to be a participant.”

Temilade Adelakun


“The BMGA Fellows Program has been an immersive experience so far and I am very grateful to be a beneficiary. I am currently in a period of transitioning from school to work life and the BMGA Fellows Program came just in time to launch me into the new phase of my life. I already had some experience in the corporate sphere through internships and so far, I have been able to identify some instances I could have handled better. Thus, I am going to be conscious about applying the gems from the Business Etiquette class, as well as the Emotional Intelligence course in my work, while striving for excellence.”

Akorfa Dawson


“I didn’t know what to expect coming into this program, but I can confidently say that all of my expectations have been blown out of the water. Before the BMGA program, I had taken a popular soft skills course, and that made me contemplate whether I should even apply for BMGA or not. However, that course doesn’t even scratch the surface of the value that BMGA provides. The modules are thorough and well rounded. There are so many different opportunities to synthesize information through all the different components of the program.  Not only is there so much depth, this program is also incredibly expansive.”

Benmun Damul


“I have never been prouder to be a woman than now. I am very proud of the role women have played in freeing our African countries. It is beautiful to know that my experience as a young woman in the workforce is not unique. To know that the challenges that I face have been experienced by other women as well. My cultural identity has been redefined and I am proud to be an African. The Champions of Africa’s History class demystified beliefs I held onto about my roles as an African woman. I now know that I do not have to compromise my femininity to be taken seriously.”

Imaa Muheto



The 2020 BMGA Fellows are a group of dynamic, young women who possess outstanding academic feats, exhibit high intellectual aptitude, and have a strong passion to impact the social and economic development of their immediate environment. They are students and young professionals who studied courses ranging from Finance and Agriculture to Engineering and Law, with career interests in Technology, Legal services, Non profit, Entrepreneurship, among others.


From May till November 2020, the Fellows engaged in an intensive learning process where modern technological tools and resources were used to aid transformational learning of important topics. The cohort comprised 24 young women from twelve (12) universities across Nigeria and Benin Republic. These participants came from nine (9) ethnic groups within five (5) geo-political zones in Nigeria – North-Central, North-East, South-East, South-West, and South-South with 29% being university students, 71% being university graduates and 23% being first-generation students. 


The 2020 BMGA Fellows have become members of the resourceful Alumni Network which aims to continually impact the global community. Some of the fellows were also offered internships and full-time employment by various organizations and they will receive post-program mentorship from experienced professionals.

Testimonials from the 2020 Cohort

“I had just graduated from the university with no work experience, looking for opportunities to learn soft skills needed to thrive in the workplace, and the BMGA Fellows Program presented itself. The program impacted me significantly by improving my time management, effective communication, and critical thinking skills. I learnt how to be objective in my dealings, and the Business Ethics course reinforced my stance on being honest and impartial.”

Mercy Ajiboye


“One major highlight of the live lectures is being put on the spot. It has taught me the importance of communicating clearly and concisely. This learning is even more vital because, as a woman, I tend to repress myself from contributing to essential topics. Also, I learnt a lot from the book Shoe Dog, and it was complemented by comments from the discussion forum and live lectures. The discussions made me see a lot of other points that I missed out while reading. The lessons learnt from this book are priceless, and I will consciously use them as my career progresses and in my daily life. I am incredibly thankful to the class lecturer – Ms. Gbemi Abudu.”

Susan Akinade


“The business etiquette class helped me to develop a degree of consciousness. It made me appreciate some of the things that I took for granted. The first improvement I noticed was with my email communication. For the first time, I wrote an email and my sister, who is an editor, had no corrections. Before this, my emails seemed angry, informal, and impolite. I also noticed that I have started to make serious plans for the future. Before the class, I had no long-term plans or goals. My only plan was to find a well-paying job. As Phil Knight puts it, I am on a journey to find my calling. At the moment, I do not know what it is, but I’m learning. Thank you, BMGA, for this opportunity.”

Jessica Muodozie


“Precisely in April 2020, I got an acceptance letter into the BMGA Fellows Program. We were told it was going to be an intense program but nothing could have prepared me for the program’s intensity. It was very intense yet completely worth it because I had the opportunity to be lectured by professors from top universities worldwide. The curriculum was holistic and tailored to equip me for unprecedented career growth.”

Theresa Odey


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