Uche Eze

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Uche Pedro
Born
Uchenna Jennifer Eze

(1984-07-26) July 26, 1984 (age 34)
NationalityNigerian
Other namesUche Pedro
Alma materUniversity of Western Ontario
OccupationMedia Tech Entrepreneur
Years active2006–present
OrganizationBellaNaija
Known forBellaNaija
Spouse(s)Bode Pedro
Children2

Uche Pedro (born Uche Eze on July 26, 1984) is an award-winning Nigerian Media Tech entrepreneur. She is the CEO & Founder of BellaNaija, an African digital destination for entertainment and lifestyle content. Under her leadership BellaNaija's  social footprint via its collective brands -  BellaNaija.com, BellaNaija Weddings and BellaNaija Style  has grown to become the largest in the African  continent with over 200 Million combined impressions each month .[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Uche was born and raised in Nigeria where she also finished her primary and secondary school education. Uche holds a bachelor's degree – Honours Business Administration (HBA) from the prestigious Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada[2] where she graduated with distinction in 2006.

Career[edit]

Prior to the creating of her website BellaNaija, Uche worked for Shell Canada, Cadbury Middle East & Africa Unit in the UK, and Cadbury in Nigeria. In July 2006, she founded BellaNaija.[3] Uche is a Fellow of TEDGlobal and a Nigeria Leadership Initiative associate.[4] In 2013, Uche was honoured as the British Council International Young Media Entrepreneur of the Year for Nigeria. In 2014 and 2015, Forbes Magazine Online listed Uche among the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa. In December 2015, She was listed amongst the Most Influential CEOs of 2015 by Ventures Africa[5] as well as New African Woman's Women of the Year for 2015 and made the QUARTZ’S List of 30 African Innovators.[6] In 2016, she won the African Blogger of the Year award at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. In 2017, Uche was invited as a civic leader making a difference around the world for the first-ever Obama Foundation Summit[7] and participated in the Stanford Seed Transformation Programme. In February 2018,  Uche featured in the annual OkayAfrica100 Women campaign,[8] celebrating extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a wide array of industries, while driving positive impact in their communities and the world at large. Uche was selected to participate in the 2018 campaign for Bill and Melinda Gates.[9] Uche is passionate about impacting her community and nurturing the next generation. She is the founder of #BNDoGood[10] - an impact -driven initiative which consistently supports a wide variety of non-profits and social impact organizations including LEAP Africa, Slum2School, Django Girls, Junior Achievement Nigeria and a long list of others. In 2018, Uche co-founded PVCitizen, an initiative to encourage millennials and Generation Z to register to vote and become active citizens. In November 2018, Uche received an ELOY Award for Innovation/Invention, reserved for a woman who has used her skills to create innovative ways to solve problems and also invented solutions to different challenges. In addition she was honoured with a Frown Awards by UNFPA/UNICEF for her efforts to protect the right of every girl child and contribution to the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria. Uche served as a host for the TEDxLagos Spotlight event in August 2018.[11]

Recognition (Full List)[edit]

  • 2019 Speaker BBC “Countering Fake News” Event[12]
  • Speaker 2018 “Bloomberg Africa Business Media Innovators” Forum [13]
  • Keynote Speaker #ADICOMDAYS2018 [14]
  • OkayAfrica100 Women campaign
  • Gates Foundation/Gates Africa #GatesLetter Campaign[15]
  • 2017 Obama Summit - "Civic Leader Making a Difference around the World"[16]
  • Stanford Seed Transformation Programme[17]
  • SME 100 List of 100 most innovative female-owned businesses in Nigeria
  • Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards - African Blogger of the Year
  • Nigeria's 100 Most Inspiring Women – #YWomen100 #LLA100Women 2016[18]
  • Forbes 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa- 2015 [19]
  • QUARTZ’S List of 30 African Innovators[20]
  • Ventures Africa - Most Influential CEOs of 2015 [21]
  • Tiffany Amber Women of Vision Honouree - 2014 [22]
  • Forbes 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa - 2014 [23]
  • New African Magazine's “50 Trailblazers under 50 Made in Africa” List[24]
  • Forty-Forty: A Compendium of Young African Legends by Ventures Africa[25]
  • New African Woman Magazine - 10 Young Nigerian Women to Watch
  • Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) Future Leaders Seminar
  • TEDGlobal Fellow [26]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Prize Result Ref
2010 The Future Awards Young Person of the Year Nominated [27]
The Best Use of Technology Nominated
African Fashion Week Outstanding Contribution to Fashion Communication Award Won
2012 FAB Awards Online Publication of the Year Won
2013 The Future Awards Young Media Entrepreneur of the Year Won [28]
TW Magazine Phoenix Gala Awards Business Protege Award Won [29]
The British Council Young Media Entrepreneur Award Won [30]
2014 WIE Africa Conference WIE Next Generation Leader Award Won [31]
2015 Creative Industries Awards Creative Industries Awards for Bloggers Won [32]
2016 Kids' Choice Awards Best African Blogger Won [33]
La Mode Awards BellaNaija Style - Outstanding Recognition for contribution to the Fashion and Entertainment Industry Won
Nigerian Fashion and Style Awards BellaNaija Style - Fashion Support Nominated [34]
African Entertainment Award BellaNaija - Most Popular Site Won [35]
Beatz Awards BellaNaija -Best Blog Won [36]
2017 APPOEMN's TEIC BellaNaija Weddings - Wedding/Event blog of the Year Award Won [37]
Corporate Communications Award BellaNaija - Special Media Recognition Won [38]
Beatz Awards BellaNaija - Best Blog Won [39]
Glitz Style Award BellaNaija Style - Fashion Blog of the Year (Africa) Won [40]
2018 Beatz Awards BellaNaija - Best Blog Won
ELOY Awards Innovation/Invention Award Won [41]
The Frown Awards 2018 by UNFPA/UNICEF For efforts to protect the right of every girl child and contribution to the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria Won [42]
Spice Lifestyle Honours Social and Digital Media Person of the Year Won [43]

Personal life[edit]

On June 16, 2012, Uche got married to Bode Pedro, a son of former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Femi Pedro.[44] She delivered a set of twins in 2015.[45]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Story of Uche Eze Founder of BellaNaija". Daily Mail Nigeria. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  2. ^ "30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa 2014". Woculus. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Biography of Uche Eze; Blogger". www.nigerianbiography.com. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  4. ^ "Uche Pedro". www.ted.com. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  5. ^ "Most influential Nigerian CEOs of 2015 - Ventures Africa". Ventures Africa. 2015-12-13. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  6. ^ "Quartz's list of 30 African innovators". Quartz. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  7. ^ "Uche Pedro: In Chicago for the #ObamaSummit because #GirlsCount - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  8. ^ "Uche Pedro". OKAYAFRICA's 100 WOMEN. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  9. ^ "Gates Africa on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  10. ^ "#BNDoGood". 2017-12-20.
  11. ^ "12 Powerful Speeches, Networking, Entertainment! TEDxLagos 2018 was focused on Spotlighting Africa & its People". 23 August 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Uche Pedro, Wole Soyinka, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu speaking at BBC's "Countering Fake News" Event". BellaNaija. 2019-01-09. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  13. ^ "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  14. ^ "Uche Pedro to deliver Keynote Address on 'BellaNaija: The Testimony of an African Success Story' at #ADICOMDAYS2018  | March 1st - 2nd 2018 - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  15. ^ "Gates Africa on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  16. ^ "Uche Pedro: In Chicago for the #ObamaSummit because #GirlsCount - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  17. ^ "Thank you, BellaNaijarians! Let's Look Back Together as we Celebrate our Blessings and Achievements in 2017 - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2017-12-31. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  18. ^ "'Arunma Oteh, Tara Fela-Durotoye, Yasmine Belo-Osagie & more | These are Nigeria's 100 Most Inspiring Women – #YWomen100 #LLA100Women » YNaija". ynaija.com. 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  19. ^ Nsehe, Mfonobong. "30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2015". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  20. ^ "QUARTZ".
  21. ^ "Ventures Africa".
  22. ^ "Uche Pedro to deliver Keynote Address on 'BellaNaija: The Testimony of an African Success Story' at #ADICOMDAYS2018  | March 1st - 2nd 2018 - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  23. ^ Nsehe, Mfonobong. "30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2014". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  24. ^ "Uche Pedro, Alex Okosi, Chimamanda Adichie, D'Banj, Barack Obama, Asa & more make New African Magazine's "50 Trailblazers under 50 Made in Africa" List - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  25. ^ "Forty-Forty: A Compendium Of Young African Legends - Ventures Africa". Ventures Africa. 2012-05-17. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  26. ^ "Uche Pedro". www.ted.com. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  27. ^ "THE BIGGEST PRIZE: Here are Nominees for The Future Awards 2010 – Young Person of the Year!". BellaNaija. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 2015-07-20.
  28. ^ Ada Arinze (22 October 2013). "TFA: Bella Naija's Uche Pedro Wins Young Media Entrepreneur Award". ConnectNigeria. Retrieved 2015-07-20.
  29. ^ "Notes from TW Magazine's "The Phoenix Gala: Celebrating Matriarchs & Protégés" Brunch - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  30. ^ "Creative Entrepreneurship". British Council | Creative Economy. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  31. ^ "Inspiring Career Women at Temple Muse's WIE 2014 Cocktail Event in Lagos - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  32. ^ Chinedu Adiele (26 January 2015). "Don Jazzy, Ayo Makun, Tony Elumelu, Bank of Industry, others win big". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2015-07-20.
  33. ^ "Uche Pedro of Bella Naija wins Best Blogger Africa". Women of Rubies. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  34. ^ "Yemi Alade, Timaya, Toke Makinwa, DJ Cuppy, BellaNaija.com nominated for the 2016 Nigeria Fashion and Style Awards - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  35. ^ "Yay! BellaNaija nominated for "Most Popular Blog Site" for the 2016 African Entertainment Legend Awards | See Full List of Nominees - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  36. ^ Arbitration Awards, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2005, pp. 175–184, doi:10.1002/9780470759608.ch8, ISBN 9780470759608
  37. ^ "Yay! BellaNaija Weddings bags "Wedding/Event Blogger of the Year" Award at APPOEMN's TEIC 2017 - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2017-09-17. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  38. ^ "Tampiri Irimagha-Akemu, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya, Communication Professionals & Outstanding Brands Shine at the Maiden Edition of Corporate Communications Awards - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  39. ^ "Thank You BellaNaijarians, We Won at the Beatz Awards 3! Tekno, DJ Spinall, Cobhams Asuquo also Emerge Winners | See Full List - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2017-12-19. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  40. ^ "BellaNaija Style wins Fashion Blog of the Year (Africa) at Glitz Style Awards 2017 - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2017-08-20. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  41. ^ "Uche Pedro, Cee-C, Mercy Johnson win at the 2018 ELOY Awards | See Full List of Winners - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  42. ^ "OC Ukeje, Zapphaire Events, Uche Pedro, ART X Lagos win at #SPICEHonors 2018 | See Full List". BellaNaija. 2018-12-06. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  43. ^ "OC Ukeje, Zapphaire Events, Uche Pedro, ART X Lagos win at #SPICEHonors 2018 | See Full List". BellaNaija. 2018-12-06. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  44. ^ Eta, Phillip (21 June 2012). "2face, Wizkid thrill guests as Uche Eze of Bella Naija weds Bode Pedro [Pictures]". DailyPost Nigeria. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  45. ^ "Biography of Uche Eze; Blogger". Nigerian Biography. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.