Tragedy Inspired This Woman to Change Her Country

Hafsat Abiola-CostelloHafsat Abiola-Costellois is a women’s rights activist and a leader of the democratic movement in Nigeria.
Claudia Leisinger

Hafsat Abiola-Costello went through very difficult times in her life. Instead of giving up, she turned a family tragedy into a source of inspiration. Today, she is a women’s rights activist and a leader of the democratic movement in Nigeria, one of the most populous countries in Africa.

Hafsat is the daughter of Moshood Abiola, who was president-elect in Nigeria in 1994. She is a cabinet member in Ogun State, Nigeria, and the founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy. She also serves as a Commissioner for the World Future Council and as a treasurer for the NGO Women's Learning Partnership. Hafsat's activism has earned her several awards, including last year's GOI Peace Award for her “unwavering commitment to advance women’s rights and leadership in Africa.”

Hasfat Abiola-Costello was a participant of the BMW Foundation Global Table in Athens.

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