LAPO has overtime worked for the recognition of women’s contributions to the development of the society. The LAPO Outstanding Women Leadership Award recognizes and honours women who have distinguished themselves in their various life endeavours: Business, Professional and Public Life. It recognizes recipients for their immense contributions to societal development, demonstrates the organization’s commitment to women empowerment and its future plan for women.

LAPO believes that recognitions for exceptional service and contributions to the development of society should be a vital part of any dynamic, vibrant and growing society. By recognizing people for their contributions and exceptional service, we send a strong message to everyone that hard work, creativity and exceptional service are not ignored or taken for granted.

Award History

Nigeria women have taken on different roles before and after independence and excelled in many fields. The achievements of such women are made all the more precious by the fact that in most cases, success has been achieved in the face of adversity and difficulties and with the strength of courage, initiative and determination.

It is important that such success stories be publicly recognized so that such women become role models and mentors for future generations of Nigerian women. Such recognitions go a long way in moulding societal mindsets to accept and encourage the significant contributions of women in Nigeria. The award reinforces the positive image of women in Nigeria and helps in reducing the influence of negative attitudes and practices that discriminates against and exclude women.

To honour and celebrate women who have excelled in their respective fields of business, professional and public life.

Objectives of the Award
LAPO aims to achieve a set of values that enhance the progress of Nigerian women in different areas, including:

Ø  Recognize and honour the outstanding contributions of women in business, professional and public sectors in Nigeria.
Ø  Recognize the effective role of women and their contributions to Nigerian society and its future growth.
Ø  Honour women who have excel in their work, performed to highest standards in business, professional and public sectors.
Ø  Inspire and encourage future generations of women to achieve their true potentials, thereby enhancing their status in the society.
Ø  Provide mentors to discover the hidden potentials in Nigerian women.

Criteria for Selection

·         The nominee should be alive on the date of nomination
·         The nominee should be above the age of 30
·         The nominee should have been working in the relevant field for at least10 years
·         The achievements of the nominee in the relevant field should be clearly documented
·         The achievements of the nominee should be verifiable and subject to objective appraisals
·         Preference is given to women who have come up in life after a great deal of struggle and adversity.

Selection & Award Conferment Process

·         Call for nominations by LAPO and the Award Committee
·         Receipt of nominations and verification of content
·         The Award Committee examines the submissions and recommends three (3) nominees per category
·         The committee meets to select the outstanding woman in each category
·         Announcement of the results to all nominees and confirmation of awardees’ acceptance
·         LAPO publicly announces the Outstanding Women Awardees
·         The Outstanding Women Award Winners are honoured at the award ceremony.


Past winners of the LAPO Outstanding Women Leadership Award 





1st Edition, 2013

Grace Ideahor Osakwe

Bawa Victoria Kachumen

Dr. (Mrs) Katherine Oronsaye

2nd Edition, 2014

Prof. (Mrs.) Cordelia Ainenehi Agbebaku

Gladys Oyenmwen Elenotor

Stella Nwamaka Agwuna

3rd Edition, 2015

Barr. Mary A. Iyasere

Mrs. Happiness Omoruyi

Chief (Mrs.) Mabel Omoze Adams JP

4th Edition, 2016

Adebanjo Taiwo Adefunke

Esther Ohiren

Agbo Ruth Ojoma

5th Edition, 2017

Barr. (Mrs) Abimbola Olajumoke Mustapha

Mrs. Faith Ovienloba

Professor (Mrs) Obehi Hilda Okojie