Global Leadership Awards
After Temituokpe Esisi graduated from university in Nigeria and started a law career, something inside her told her it was the wrong path for someone with her sense of style and creativity. So in 2005, Temituokpe launched her own tailoring company, Tuopsy’s Enterprises, trying to make ends meet.
“I ran this business for three years solely on passion and creativity, but I didn’t make any money. I was ready to throw the towel in.”
Temituokpe applied for and won the inaugural 10,000 Women scholarship at the Pan-African University in Lagos, Nigeria in 2008.
Sponsored by Goldman Sachs, the program seeks to increase the number of women receiving a business and management education. Temituokpe was matched with a Goldman Sachs employee, Michelle Pinggera, who was then chief operating officer for the Securities division. Temituokpe shined, gaining the financial and leadership skills to enhance her business, and eventually completing a certificate in entrepreneurial management. Today she employs six people at her Lagos-based fashion company and hopes that her success will benefit and inspire women throughout Nigeria and beyond.