7 Wonder Women; Celebrating the Empowered Woman


‘Make it Happen’ is the theme this year for the International Women’s Day. From time immemorial, there have been millions of campaigns for women empowerment all around the world following the rampant abuse and constant relegations of women in the past and unfortunately even up till now.

Globally, more women are now taking up the challenge against all odds to ensure they live a well-meaning life and also to help other women. The International Women’s Day 2015 is to celebrate the woman who makes things happen, who will not take the back seat and go for what she wants; a woman who is empowered beyond vulnerability and a penchant refusal to be a victim of circumstance.

Here at Jumia, we decided to celebrate women who are ‘Making it Happen’ in thier sphere of influence. Meet woman N0 1, Anu Adasolum;

  1. Tell us what you currently do and how you make a difference in this position

Head of Sourcing & Internal Procurement ; Sourcing and Internal Procurement – trying to satisfy the business’ internal needs at the best value possible. What I try to do is push my team to deliver at the highest level they can and ensure that they develop their skills to a level where they’ll be MVPs wherever they are. I believe this has the knock on effect of ensuring Jumia is able to continually improve on the level of service it offers customers in terms of convenience (speed) and product availability.

  1. What’s your biggest challenge when trying to balancing work and life generally?

Unreliable internet when on the move – always messing me up

  1. Make it happen! What are those products you cannot do without in your daily life  (gadgets,home appliances, health and beauty products, exercise equipment)

My earphones and my whatever plays music (phone or MP3 Player)

  1. What are your hobbies and what books inspire you?

Reading – all day, everyday, Website: Fast company & Time Magazine, Book: Leo Africanus, anything by Oscar Wilde (especially De Profundis), CS Lewis, Finding God at Harvard, New Favorite: Wizard of the Crow, I feel like as a good Christian (Amen!), I should say the Bible

  1. How do you relax and unwind? What do you use to relax?

Reading, Watching non stressful series (What kind of thing is American Horror Story?), I want to say working out but na lie

  1. What are 5 key items in your purse?

Laptop (it may not fit, but always need it), PhoneWallet, Debit Card, Honorable mention – Rice krispie treats or any other type of ‘ijekuje’

  1. A few word of inspiration to every woman out there..

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Be on the look out for the 6 other women on this blog.

This article was written by Aisha Aburime