Monalisa Okojie, founder, and CEO of Nehita Inc., an exquisite jewelry collection based in Los Angeles, California. A practicing attorney in her native home of Nigeria, Monalisa gave up a promising career in law to pursue her passion for being a world-renowned jeweler. Drawing inspiration from her African heritage, Monalisa creates a luxurious collection using only the finest of handpicked exotic stones, gold’s and conflict-free diamonds.
As civic minded, as she is stylish, Monalisa works tirelessly to draw attention to the poverty in Africa, especially in areas that affect women and children. Monalisa is on the board of several non-profit organizations and is an active volunteer for several other philanthropic organizations in the United States and Africa. Her experience unveiled the need for more programs that provide means for African women to achieve economic independence. In May of 2014, she received a Distinguished Service Award from HYASA, a California-based organization that serves the community and produces charitable capital for various humanitarian causes. In 2015 she was a Los Angeles Business Journal Honoree for Humanitarian Work 2015. In 2016, she received an Appreciation Award from Compton Early College, a Platinum Humanitarian Award from Millionaires and Entrepreneurs with a cause.