“Being a woman shouldn’t mean a ‘free pass’”

Juliet Anammah, Chairwoman, Jumia Nigeria Chairwoman of Jumia Nigeria and the group’s Head of Institutional Affairs, Juliet Anammah holds a pharmacy degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and an MBA in Finance from the Enugu State University of Technology Business School, Lagos. She began her career at sales and marketing consultancy firms before joining Sanofi Adventis, where she stayed for eight years. In 1999, she joined Accenture Nigeria, firstly in the strategy department, then, from 2004, in the Nigerian market section, which was in its infancy. This is where, for the first time, she took on management responsibilities. In 2015, Juliet Anammah branched out into digital, where she saw transformative potential. Jumia was then only three years old, and offered her the CEO position at Jumia Nigeria. In addition to this role in management and strategy, Juliet showed a commitment to forming public-private partnerships, which led her, in February 2020, to combine her executive role with that of Head of Institutional Affairs for Africa.    Are you happy to be a businesswoman in Africa?  I’m happy to be a woman. And to be a businesswoman… even more so in Africa.    According to a recent study by the firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG), if women and men participated equally in the global economy, global GDP could grow by 6%. What are your thoughts on that?  This is proof that diversity is needed in business, in management and on boards of directors. Women and men must be present in all spheres of the company, within teams and at the decision-making level. If that were the case, our society would be much better off.    Is there such a thing as “female leadership”? I think that talking about “female leadership” is far too broad. Women – just like men, for that … Continue reading “Being a woman shouldn’t mean a ‘free pass’”