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Africa’s 100 Most Influential Women 2019

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.

2019 100 MIAW Official List

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.

Be a Girl Program

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.

H.E Sahle-Work Zewde

The list also features young female activists such as AU Youth Envoy Aya Chebbi, Farida Bemba Nabourema and Ilwad Elman.

Farida Nabourema Bemba

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

  1. Abiola Bawuah || United Bank for Africa (UBA)
  2. Aïda Diarra || Visa, SSA
  3. Amani Abou-Zeid (H.E. Dr.) || African Union Commission
  4. Amina C. Mohammed (Amb. Dr.) || Kenyan Cabinet Minister
  5. Amina J. Mohammed (H.E.) || United Nations
  6. Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil (H.E.) || African Union Commission
  7. Angela Kyeremanten-Jimoh || IBM
  8. Angélique Kidjo || Musician
  9. Arunma Oteh || University of Oxford

Arunma Oteh

  1. Aya Chebbi || African Union Commission
  2. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu || soleRebels
  3. Bineta Diop (H.E.) || African Union Commission
  4. Binta Toure Ndoye || The Orabank Group
  5. Bogolo Joy Kenewendo || Batswana Cabinet Minister
  6. Bonang Matheba || Media Personality
  7. Carole Wainaina || Africa 50
  8. Caroline Abel || Central Bank of Seychelles
  9. Caster Semenya || Athlete
  10. Catherine Samba-Panza (H.E.) || Former President, Central African Republic
  11. Cessouma Minata Samate (H.E.) || African Union Commission
  12. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie || Author
  13. Clare Akamanzi || Rwanda Development Board
  14. Coumba Toure || Africans Rising Movement
  15. Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon || International Labour Organisation
  16. Delphine Maïdou || Allianz Africa

Delphine Maidou

  1. Diane Karusisi (Dr.) || Bank of Kigali
  2. Elisabeth Medou Badang || Orange Africa
  3. Elizabeth Elango Bintliff || Junior Achievement Africa
  4. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (H.E.) || The Elders
  5. Farida Bemba Nabourema || Togolese Civil League
  6. Fatima K. Mohammed (H.E.) || United Nations
  7. Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura || FIFA
  8. Fatou Bom Bensouda || International Criminal Court
  9. Fatou Jagne Senghor || Article 19 West Africa
  10. Folorunsho Alakija || Famfa Oil
  11. Genevieve Nnaji || Actress
  12. Gladys Kokorwe || National Assembly of Botswana
  13. Graça Machel || Graca Machel Trust
  14. Hanna Tetteh (H.E.) || United Nations
  15. Ibukun Awosika || First Bank of Nigeria
  16. Ilwad Elman || Elman Peace and Human Rights Center
  17. Irene Mambilima (Justice) || Supreme Court of Zambia

Justice Irene Mambilima

  1. Irene Ovonji-Odida || The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers
  2. Jackie Chimhanzi (Dr.) || African Leadership Institute
  3. Janine Kacou Diagou || Nsia Groupe
  4. Jeannine Mabunda Lioko || DRC National Assembly
  5. Jewel Taylor (H.E.) || Liberian Vice President
  6. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko (H.E.) || African Union Commission
  7. Joyce Aryee (Dr.) || Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd.
  8. Joyce Msuya || United Nations Environment Programme
  9. Joyce-Ann Wainaina || Citi East Africa
  10. Judy Dlamini (Dr.) || University of the Witwatersrand
  11. Juliana Kantengwa (Dr.) || Pan African Parliament
  12. Julie Gichuru || Acumen Communication Ltd.
  13. Justina Mutale || Justina Mutale Foundation
  14. Kamissa Camara (Hon.) || Malian Cabinet Minister
  15. Khadja Nin || Musician
  16. Leymah Gbowee || Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

Leymah Gbowee

  1. Linda Ikeji || Blogger
  2. Louise Mushikiwabo || Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie

Louise Mushikiwabo

  1. Lupita Nyong’o || Actress
  2. Mandisa Maya || Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa
  3. Mariam Jack-Denton || National Assembly of the Gambia
  4. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti (Dr.) || WHO
  5. Maya Hanoomanjee || National Assembly of Mauritius
  6. Meaza Ashenafi || Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia
  7. Michelle Ndiaye || Africa Peace and Security Programme
  8. Mo Abudu || Ebony Life TV
  9. Monica Geingos (H.E.) || Namibian First Lady
  10. Mosun Belo-Olusoga || Access Bank PLC Nigeria
  11. Nadia Fettah || Saham Finances
  12. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala || Gavi Alliance
  13. Nicky Newton-King || Johannesburg Stock Exchange
  14. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (H.E.) || South African Cabinet Minister
  15. Nunu Ntshingila || Facebook Africa
  16. Obiageli Ezekwesili || Transparency International

Obiageli Ezekwesili

  1. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde || Actress
  2. Osaretin Demuren || GT Bank PLC Nigeria
  3. Oumou Sangaré || Musician
  4. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Dr.) || UN Women
  5. Precious Moloi-Motsepe (Dr.) || African Fashion International
  6. Priscilla Schwartz (Dr.) || Sierra Leone Cabinet Minister
  7. Priscillah Mabelane || BP Southern Africa (Pty.) Ltd.
  8. Rebecca Akufo-Addo (H.E.) || Ghanaian First Lady
  9. Rebecca Enonchong || Apps Tech
  10. Rebecca Kadaga (Rt. Hon.) || Parliament of Uganda
  11. Retselisitsoe Matlanyane (Dr.) || Central Bank of Lesotho
  12. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila (Rt. Hon. Dr.) || Namibian Prime Minister
  13. Sahle-Work Zewde (H.E.) || Ethiopian President
  14. Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor (Prof. H.E.) || African Union Commission
  15. Sheila Tlou (Prof.) || Global HIV Prevention Coalition
  16. Sola David-Borha || Standard Bank Africa

Sola David-Borha

  1. Sophie Ikenye || BBC Focus on Africa
  2. Tiwa Savage || Musician
  3. Tsitsi Masiyiwa || Higherlife Foundation
  4. Vera Songwe (Dr.) || United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  5. Verónica Macamo || Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique
  6. Wendy Lucas Bull || Absa Group Limited
  7. Winnie Byanyima || Oxfam International
  8. 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.

Until the next time,
Biche

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Photo Credits: Avance Media, eFocus Live

2 thoughts on “Africa’s 100 Most Influential Women 2019”

Congratulations to all these women on this list they serve as great inspiration to many, am Fridah k Mugisha from uganda East Africa,if I were to add anyone to the list it would be Ms. Santa Anzo reknown Fashion Designer in Uganda who recently hosted the UGANDA INTERNATIONAL FASHION WEEK and continues to inspire young women to join the industry and many other educational,motivational activities, kindly consider her next time.
Thank you….

Hi Fridah,

Welcome to Chick About Town! Thanks for your comment.

Yes, I know of Ms. Santo Anzo, though I must admit I am not very familiar with her work.

Thanks for weighing in. Hopefully, the folks at Avance Media will see your comment.

Biche

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