Since time immemorial, the definition of beauty has kept evolving.
Beauty nowadays comes in many different shapes and sizes, and a pleasant appearance is not everything to go by anymore. Today’s most beautiful women are outspoken, accomplished minds and business moguls, dominating our everyday media, launching trends, and changing the world in which we live. Whether on screen, on stage, or on the runway; these women are altering the face of our society. All while looking naturally flawless – and what’s more beautiful and sexier than that?
KOKO have compiled a list of the top 30 most beautiful women in Nigeria who have created magic either through their work or their auras.
Although, we must not forget that there is definitely more to beauty than just the physical attributes of a person. It’s something that comes from within your soul. It’s the light that shines through you, and it’s in your personality.
25. Amina Mohammed, 60. Wife, Mother, Grandmother And United Nation Deputy Secretary-General
Amina Mohammed is Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group.
Prior to her UN appointment, Ms. Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action and efforts to protect the natural environment.
Ms. Mohammed began her career working on the design of schools and clinics in Nigeria. She served as an advocate focused on increasing access to education and other social services, before moving into the public sector, where she rose to the position of adviser to four successive Presidents on poverty, public sector reform, and sustainable development.
Ms. Mohammed has been conferred several honorary doctorates and has served as an adjunct professor, lecturing on international development. The recipient of various global awards, Ms. Mohammed has served on numerous international advisory boards and panels. She is the mother of six children and has two grandchildren.
24. Hafsat Idris
23: Shaffy Bello Age: 54
Profession: Actress and Businesswoman
Shaffy Bello is one of the Ageless beauties on Nollywood’s screen with a film career spanning over 2 decades. This screen goddess has managed to reinvent herself over and over again and has proven that her last performance will never be the best. Shaffy has starred in over 100 movies delivering incredible performances in every one of them. She is one lady with an incredible sense of style that constantly reminds us that age is nothing but a number. We love the screen Icon named Shaffy.
22. Diana Eneje Age: 19
Profession: Model and Social Media Influencer
Diana Chioma Eneje, known, is a Nigerian fashion model, tourist, vlogger and social media influencer, born and raised in Lagos. The beautiful damsel hails from Enugu, Nigeria, and its no wonder she glows like a queen. She can be said to be a teen model who started modeling at the age of 14. Diana is the last child of her family, with two older siblings. She gained prominence when she won the Most Fashionable Teen Category at the Nigerian Teens Awards. At age 15, Diana Eneje pioneered a foundation that brings teenagers together and encourages them to give to orphanages. This beau is also a video vixen whose beauty is definitely worth staring at.
21. Jumoke Adenowo Age: 52
Profession: Architect and Entrepreneur
Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo is a Nigerian architect who started her own architecture and interior design firm AD Consulting in 1994. At age 14, she enrolled to study Architecture at the University of Ife, where she also completed her postgraduate studies, gaining an MSc (with Distinction) in Architecture.
Olajumoke Adenowo is a multiple award-winning Architect and Philanthropist who when profiled by CNN was referred to as “Africa’s Starchitect”. With over 30 years of experience in Architectural practice, she has designed and executed over 70 buildings. She was Forbes’ Woman Africa Entrepreneur 2020. Jumoke has numerous awards and credits for her name.
20. Genevieve Nnaji
Profession: Actress, Producer, Director
Genevieve Nnaji has been long admired and respected not only for her outward beauty but for her large heart. She is a women’s activist who advocates for Nigerian girls to be able to have a say in who they choose to marry as well as being against early marriages for the girl child and abuse of women in society.
There’s no time when Genevieve’s voice against injustice in Nigerian isn’t heard. She was one of the loudest voices amongst Nigeria celebrities in last year’s fight against the anti-police brutality movement. She went as far as writing an open letter to the president in solidarity with the #EndSARS movement. Talented, beautiful, and an activist when needed — that’s Genevieve Nnaji to the world.
19. Sharon Ooja
Sharon Ooja is a Nollywood actress who came into limelight after she played the role of “Shalewa” in the web series Skinny Girl in Transit.
Sharon was born in Kaduna State and bred in Plateau State. She started her acting career when she moved to Lagos in 2013. Sharon is a graduate of mass communication from Houdegbe North American University Benin.
18. Ojy Okpe
Profession: Newscaster And Former Top model
Ojy Okpe is a popular Nigerian model who has attained international recognition. She was born into a family of five. Ojy married Austine Okpe but the duo got divorced in 2014. The stunning mother of two rose to the international modeling scene after emerging a finalist at the Face of Africa competition.
She was discovered at the age of 17 by a talent scout, Jan Malan, and since then, she has been on the runway. Aside from her modeling job, motherhood, and film career, Ojy is an executive with Arise TV since September 2013.
Her large scope of traveling and schooling has gained her access to a lot of celebrities both national and International.
17. Mercy Eke
Profession: Reality TV Star
Mercy Eke is an actress and video vixen famous for being the first woman to win the Big Brother Naija reality show after scooping the gong of the show’s season 4 in October 2019.
Eke is from Imo State and she attended Egbu Girls Secondary School in Owerri and graduated from Imo State University in 2014. Eke auditioned for Big Brother Naija four times before becoming a contestant.
After winning season 4 of Big Brother Naija, Eke became an ambassador and social media influencer. In 2020, she made her acting debut in Nollywood and has also appeared in short comedy skits alongside a few Nigerian comedians.
16. Adenike Oshinowo
Profession: Former Beauty Queen
Adenike Oshinowo is a talk show host, entrepreneur, former model and style icon.
Oshinowo was raised in Ibadan and England, where she attended boarding school. Although she had intended to become an air hostess or a doctor, she studied Politics at the University of Essex. Shortly after obtaining her degree, Oshinowo represented Rivers at the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant and became its first Yoruba winner (she was crowned in 1990, but reigned through 1991).
After her MBGN reign which saw her compete at Miss World, Oshinowo featured in a commercial for Venus de Milo cream and lotion, and hosted a fashion and beauty show on Nigerian television.
15. Damilola Adegbite Age: 36
Profession: Actress, TV Host, Brand Influencer
Damilola Adegbite is a Nigerian actress, Model, and Television personality. She played Thelema Duke in the soap opera Tinsel, and Kemi Williams in the movie Flower Girl. She won Best Actress in a TV Series at the 2011 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. She most recently returned back to the entertainment scene after nearly 18-months off, after her marriage with her ex Chris Attoh crashed. The beautiful actress refuses any of this to get to her as she continues to beam through looking extraordinarily beautiful in the midst of all of her struggles.
14. Aisha Pategi
Profession: Mother, Politician, Philanthropist, and Former Kwara State Commissioner
Aisha Ahman Pategi is definitely one of the countries favourite and one of the most beautiful women in the country. The beautiful former Kwara State Commissioner for Special duties, last year resigned from her position as a cabinet member of the Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman government. Hajia Aisha Pategi, who started as commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs at the beginning of the present Kwara State administration that came on board in 2019, was later redeployed as Special Duties commissioner during the alleged N300 million LG diversion saga in the state. After resigning she said she was leaving her position to focus on new ideals in her bid to help the ordinary citizens of the state. During her stay in the Kwara state cabinet, she was usually regarded as the Super Commissioner because of her closure to the Governor. The super Commissioner is one of the most beautiful women in Nigeria.
13. Bianca Ojukwu
Profession: Politician, Lawyer, and Businesswoman
is a Nigerian politician, diplomat, lawyer, and businesswoman. She is the wife of former Biafran President, Chukuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
Odumegwu-Ojukwu is a multiple international pageant titleholder, having won Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 1988 and Miss Africa, and is best known as the first African to win Miss Intercontinental. Formerly a presidential advisor, she was the country’s ambassador to Ghana and became Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain in 2012.
11. Chinonso Ibinabo ‘Kim Oprah’ Opara Age: 25
Profession: TV Presenter and Model
Chinonso Ibinabo Opara, popularly known as Kim Oprah is a BBNaija reality star, who contested in the 4th edition of the show, tagged “Pepper Dem”. Born on the 15th of December 1995, the Imo state indigene was popularly known as the Queen of accent during her two weeks stay in the 2019 BBNaija house for the construction of her sentences.
Kim Oprah is an ex-beauty queen who once represented Nigeria in the Miss Intercontinental world beauty pageant, and has also participated in other beauty pageants such as Miss Glamorous, Miss Tourism, Miss University Africa.
Before fame from the BBNaija House, Kim Oprah was running a shopping and fashion business and had plans to invest and further her education with a business management course if she had won the prize money. She also is passionate about the media and was determined to take her presenting career to the next level. Unfortunately, she was evicted from the House in the 2nd week but her destiny of greatness and progress was not tied to the win, was it? Coming out of the House, Kim Oprah collaborated with Ewami Essentials, a top Nigerian skin, and hair care brand, to create her own skincare line called Kim’s Secret which launched in 2020, and she has been doing exploits in her lane.
10. Omowunmi Akinnifesi Age: 34
Profession: Former MBGN and Environmental Ambassador
Omowunmi Akinnifesi was born in Lagos but spent her early years in Sierra Leone and then returned to Nigeria with her family. She attended Queen’s College, Yaba, where she won several prizes for her artwork. While she was studying Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Lagos, 18-year-old Omowunmi Akinnifesi was crowned the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. This made her eligible to represent Nigeria at the Miss World Pageant in China that same year, where she engaged in tree planting for the Chinese government. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in 2008 and in 2012, she obtained a Master’s degree in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling, and Management from King’s College London.
Akinnifesi emerged as the first runner-up on the Nigerian version of Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Takes 2 before she launched her own public relations and usher-hiring business Elle Poise. Aknnifesi has been hailed as a style icon and was honoured at the 2011 Allure Style Awards. It was during this time that she revealed that she had experienced a six-year campaign of terror from a stalker.
In 2016, Akinnifesi launched her clothing line labeled, Omowunmi and as the years have gone by, Omowunmi Akinnifesi, whose father was a CBN Governor has gone on to become a Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Emotional Freedom Techniques certified Life coach, the CEO, Omowunmi Store, the Founder Global Woman Africa, the CEO Ellepoise Ltd, and a brand influencer.
9. Rashida Bello Age: 38
Profession: Lawyer and First Lady Of Kogi State
She is a lawyer, philanthropist, and the second wife of Yahaya Bello, Kogi state governor. She is the CEO of Fair plus International, founder of Hayat Foundation, businesswoman, and a humanitarian. She is the second of eight siblings.
Rashida Bello attended Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, where she studied Law and received her LLB degree.
8. Toyin Saraki
Profession: Lawyer and Former First Lady Of Kwara State
Toyin Saraki is one woman you can call a lady with the heart of Gold seeing the level of philanthropic work she’s been able to do with her platform as a former first lady of Kwara state and an influential woman in society. She is a strong voice in Nigeria advocating for the maternal health and mental well-being of women.
She is a global health advocate of Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria, reducing the rate of maternal and infant mortality. She is on the board of the Global Foundation for the Elimination of Domestic Violence and the board of the Africa Justice Foundation. Toyin is one woman whose voice will not be silenced in society.
7. Agbani Darego
Profession: MBGN 2001, Miss World 2001, Miss Africa 2001, Miss Universe Top 10
Chief Agbani Darego, MFR is a Nigerian model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World in 2001. She was the first indigenous African to win Miss World. In 2001, Darego was crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. Contrary to popular belief, Darego did not replace Valerie Peterside after the latter was dethroned; Peterside had competed in a rival pageant, Miss Nigeria. A few months later she was a contestant at Miss Universe and became the first Nigerian to place among the top 10 semi-finalists, finishing seventh overall.
Due to her busy work schedule, Darego left the University of Port Harcourt, but after moving to New York where she was signed to Next Model Management, Ford Models, and Trump Models, she enrolled with New York University to study Psychology, graduating in May 2012.
In April 2017, Darego married her longtime partner Ishaya Danjuma, son of billionaire General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, in a ceremony held in Marrakesh. Together they have a son who was born in September 2018 and welcomed another child in December 2020. Until 2019, Agbani was the only African to have won international beauty pageantry, that’s our Darego to the world.
6. Shade OkoyaAge: 44
Profession: Former Beauty Queen and Businesswoman
Shade Okoya is a Nigerian fashion commentator and the MD/CEO of Eleganza Group, a leading conglomerate in the manufacturing industry in Nigeria founded by her husband, the billionaire industrialist and Aare of Lagos, Chief Razaq Okoya. She is the definition of Brains, elegance, poise, and style. The fashion enigma wears many hearts as a business executive, philanthropist, and Mother. Shade Okoya is presently the Managing Director of Eleganza Fashion Products Limited, Eleganza Cruise & Travels Limited, as well as a member Board of the Directors of Eleganza Group and RAO Investment Property Company Limited. The business mogul effectively runs the conglomerate without failing and has 20 years of experience under her belt. She is a huge inspiration to young women reminding them to want it all because they can have it all.
5. Ugochi Ihezue Age: 21
Mitchel Ugochi Ihezue emerged as the most beautiful girl in Nigeria in 2017 and she truly deserves that title. A graduate of the University of Benin (Edo state), she is from a family of 5 where she is the firstborn and only daughter.
Ugochi surprised the world when she emerged as the Top Model winner at the beauty pageant held in Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China on the 18th of November. The beautiful diva made history at the competition, as It is gathered that is the first time a Nigerian would be emerging as the Top Model at the competition.
4. Adama Indimi
Profession: Travel Consultant Lifestyle Businesswoman
Adama Indimi is a Nigerian Swiss/Chadian model and the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Kauna Solutions Limited, a travel agency.
3. Nyekachi Douglas Age: 24
Profession: Model, Beauty Pageant
Nyekachi Douglas born on 28 May 1998, is a Nigerian model and beauty pageant titleholder who won Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria and became Miss World Africa. Nyekachi was born in Ibaa, Emohua LGA, Rivers State, attended Charles Dale Memorial International School, Port Harcourt, and migrated to the United States for much of her teenage life, There, she studied Public Health at the University of South Florida and relocated back to Nigeria to reunite with her family.
In October 2019 at the age of 21, Nyekachi represented her home State, Rivers, and was crowned winner of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria at a ceremony held at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Bayelsa. In December the same year, she reached the top five at Miss World – losing out to Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh – and gained the title Miss World Africa. This was a great feat as she was the first Nigerian to reach this level since 2004. Nyekachi was the Nigerian contestant who showed a genuine and elated response to the victory of Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh during Miss World. Her reaction became viral immediately and received much positive support from around the world.
In addition, she was also named Miss World Top Model, won the head-to-head challenge, was part of the top 10 finalists of Miss World Beauty with a purpose, reached the top 27 in Miss World Talent, and was crowned Miss Universe Nigeria.
Before starting pageantry, Nyekachi had worked in the fashion industry before she started training for the pageant. She walked alongside Jamaican-blooded model, Naomi Campbell and male model du jour, Alton Mason for designers Okunoren during Arise Fashion Week in May.
She is said to be a wisecrack and often keeps people around her entertained with laughter from funny stories and her gestures and facial expressions. She is also a fan of sports and dabbles in a bit of football and track. During the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria competition, she and her fellow 37 competitors trained by playing football.
2. Aisha Bello Matawalle
Profession: Philanthropist, First Lady Zamfara State
The beautiful Wife of the Zamfara State Governor, Haija Aisha Bello Matawalle, is such a beauty to behold, one that every man set eyes upon will definitely get bewitched, but she is way more than just the beauty she is the full package, an intelligent woman, a true and true humanitarian, and of course and academia per excellence.
One project close to her heart is the girl-child which is the main thrust of the first lady’s pet project such as the Zamfara women empowerment programme, the fight against rape, and gender-based violence. She was recently awarded by The Indigenous Women Award (IWA), a non-governmental organization as the merit award as the indigenous First Lady of the Year 2021.
1. Tolu Bally Age: 26
Profession: Fashion Designer