What do you think of when you think of African women? Do you think power, success, leadership, influence? Well, if you don’t, today, I would like to invite you to rethink how you think of African women.
In this post, you’ll find this year’s list of Africa’s 100 most influential women.
Want to get right to it?
Here you go!
The 2019 100 Most Influential African Women list, released by the African rating and PR firm Avance Media, features distinguished women whose work and accomplishments continue to inspire the next generation of women in Africa.
Speaking about the list, Prince Akpah, Managing Director of Avance Media, notes that the list has a representation of 100 women from 35 African countries who are changing the feminine narrative and challenging the status quo of women on the continent.
He also cites that some of the honorees have expressed interest in offering mentorship opportunities to young women from across the continent through the Be A Girl Mentorship Program, which is being launched to upsurge the impact of the publication.
Avance Media has over the years been engaged in changing the narrative about Africa through rating and ranking publications.
The launch of this initiative is expected not only to celebrate Africans but showcase the individual and collective work of women who are earnestly inspiring the next generation of leaders in Africa.
The 2019 100 Most Influential African Women list features women who occupy eminent leadership positions such as President, Prime Minister, Secretary General, First Lady, Governor, Minister, CEO and Commissioners.
Notable among them are Ethiopia’s President H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, Liberia’s Vice President H.E. Jewel Taylor, Namibia’s Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, United Nations Deputy Secretary General H.E. Amina J. Mohammed and former presidents H.E. Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and H.E. Catherine Samba-Panza.
The list also features young female activists such as AU Youth Envoy Aya Chebbi, Farida Bemba Nabourema and Ilwad Elman.
Profiles of all the honorees can be found at 100women.avancemedia.org and applications for the Be A Girl Mentorship Program are now being accepted.
Below is the list of Avance Media’s 2019 100 Most Influential African Women arranged in alphabetical order.
100 Most Influential African Women 2019
- Abiola Bawuah || United Bank for Africa (UBA)
- Aïda Diarra || Visa, SSA
- Amani Abou-Zeid (H.E. Dr.) || African Union Commission
- Amina C. Mohammed (Amb. Dr.) || Kenyan Cabinet Minister
- Amina J. Mohammed (H.E.) || United Nations
- Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil (H.E.) || African Union Commission
- Angela Kyeremanten-Jimoh || IBM
- Angélique Kidjo || Musician
- Arunma Oteh || University of Oxford
- Aya Chebbi || African Union Commission
- Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu || soleRebels
- Bineta Diop (H.E.) || African Union Commission
- Binta Toure Ndoye || The Orabank Group
- Bogolo Joy Kenewendo || Batswana Cabinet Minister
- Bonang Matheba || Media Personality
- Carole Wainaina || Africa 50
- Caroline Abel || Central Bank of Seychelles
- Caster Semenya || Athlete
- Catherine Samba-Panza (H.E.) || Former President, Central African Republic
- Cessouma Minata Samate (H.E.) || African Union Commission
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie || Author
- Clare Akamanzi || Rwanda Development Board
- Coumba Toure || Africans Rising Movement
- Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon || International Labour Organisation
- Delphine Maïdou || Allianz Africa
- Diane Karusisi (Dr.) || Bank of Kigali
- Elisabeth Medou Badang || Orange Africa
- Elizabeth Elango Bintliff || Junior Achievement Africa
- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (H.E.) || The Elders
- Farida Bemba Nabourema || Togolese Civil League
- Fatima K. Mohammed (H.E.) || United Nations
- Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura || FIFA
- Fatou Bom Bensouda || International Criminal Court
- Fatou Jagne Senghor || Article 19 West Africa
- Folorunsho Alakija || Famfa Oil
- Genevieve Nnaji || Actress
- Gladys Kokorwe || National Assembly of Botswana
- Graça Machel || Graca Machel Trust
- Hanna Tetteh (H.E.) || United Nations
- Ibukun Awosika || First Bank of Nigeria
- Ilwad Elman || Elman Peace and Human Rights Center
- Irene Mambilima (Justice) || Supreme Court of Zambia
- Irene Ovonji-Odida || The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers
- Jackie Chimhanzi (Dr.) || African Leadership Institute
- Janine Kacou Diagou || Nsia Groupe
- Jeannine Mabunda Lioko || DRC National Assembly
- Jewel Taylor (H.E.) || Liberian Vice President
- Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko (H.E.) || African Union Commission
- Joyce Aryee (Dr.) || Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd.
- Joyce Msuya || United Nations Environment Programme
- Joyce-Ann Wainaina || Citi East Africa
- Judy Dlamini (Dr.) || University of the Witwatersrand
- Juliana Kantengwa (Dr.) || Pan African Parliament
- Julie Gichuru || Acumen Communication Ltd.
- Justina Mutale || Justina Mutale Foundation
- Kamissa Camara (Hon.) || Malian Cabinet Minister
- Khadja Nin || Musician
- Leymah Gbowee || Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
- Linda Ikeji || Blogger
- Louise Mushikiwabo || Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
- Lupita Nyong’o || Actress
- Mandisa Maya || Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa
- Mariam Jack-Denton || National Assembly of the Gambia
- Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti (Dr.) || WHO
- Maya Hanoomanjee || National Assembly of Mauritius
- Meaza Ashenafi || Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia
- Michelle Ndiaye || Africa Peace and Security Programme
- Mo Abudu || Ebony Life TV
- Monica Geingos (H.E.) || Namibian First Lady
- Mosun Belo-Olusoga || Access Bank PLC Nigeria
- Nadia Fettah || Saham Finances
- Ngozi Okonjo Iweala || Gavi Alliance
- Nicky Newton-King || Johannesburg Stock Exchange
- Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (H.E.) || South African Cabinet Minister
- Nunu Ntshingila || Facebook Africa
- Obiageli Ezekwesili || Transparency International
- Omotola Jalade Ekeinde || Actress
- Osaretin Demuren || GT Bank PLC Nigeria
- Oumou Sangaré || Musician
- Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Dr.) || UN Women
- Precious Moloi-Motsepe (Dr.) || African Fashion International
- Priscilla Schwartz (Dr.) || Sierra Leone Cabinet Minister
- Priscillah Mabelane || BP Southern Africa (Pty.) Ltd.
- Rebecca Akufo-Addo (H.E.) || Ghanaian First Lady
- Rebecca Enonchong || Apps Tech
- Rebecca Kadaga (Rt. Hon.) || Parliament of Uganda
- Retselisitsoe Matlanyane (Dr.) || Central Bank of Lesotho
- Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila (Rt. Hon. Dr.) || Namibian Prime Minister
- Sahle-Work Zewde (H.E.) || Ethiopian President
- Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor (Prof. H.E.) || African Union Commission
- Sheila Tlou (Prof.) || Global HIV Prevention Coalition
- Sola David-Borha || Standard Bank Africa
- Sophie Ikenye || BBC Focus on Africa
- Tiwa Savage || Musician
- Tsitsi Masiyiwa || Higherlife Foundation
- Vera Songwe (Dr.) || United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
- Verónica Macamo || Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique
- Wendy Lucas Bull || Absa Group Limited
- Winnie Byanyima || Oxfam International
- Yvonne Chaka Chaka || Musician
So there you have it!
Those are this year’s 100 most influential African women.
What do you think of this list?
Do you think it’s accurate?
Are there any women you think should have made it onto this list but didn’t? If so, please let me know my by leaving me a comment below.
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