Leading African Rating and PR firm, Avance Media has announced its inaugural list of 100 Most
Influential African Women, which features distinguished women whose works and
accomplishments continue to inspire the next generation of women in Africa.
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Speaking about the list, Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media, noted 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 cited that, some of the honourees 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 and the launch of this initiative is expected not only to celebrate Africans but showcase the individual and collective works of women who are earnestly inspiring the next generation of leaders in Africa.
The list features women who occupy eminent leadership positions such as President, Prime
Minister, Secretary General, First Lady, Governor, Minister, CEO and Commissioners.
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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 women activists such as AU Youth Envoy Aya Chebbi, Farida
Bemba Nabourema and Ilwad Elman.
Profiles of all the honouree have been published on 100women.avancemedia.org and
applications for the Be A Girl Mentorship Program is also opened.
Below is the list of Avance Media’s 2019 100 Most Influential African Women arranged in
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
10. Aya Chebbi || African Union Commission
11. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu || soleRebels
12. Bineta Diop (H.E) || African Union Commission13. Binta Toure Ndoye || The Orabank Group14. Bogolo Joy Kenewendo || Batswana Cabinet Minister15. Bonang Matheba || Media Personality16. Carole Wainaina || Africa 5017. Caroline Abel || Central Bank of Seychelles18. Caster Semenya || Athlete19. Catherine Samba-Panza (H.E) || Former President, Central African Republic20. Cessouma Minata Samate (H.E) || African Union Commission21. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie || Author22. Clare Akamanzi || Rwanda Development Board23. Coumba Toure || Africans Rising Movement24. Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon || International Labour Organisation25. Delphine Maidou || Allianz Africa26. Diane Karusisi (Dr) || Bank of Kigali27. Elisabeth Medou Badang || Orange Africa28. Elizabeth Elango Bintliff || Junior Achievement Africa29. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (H.E) || The Elders30. Farida Bemba Nabourema || Togolese Civil League31. Fatima K. Mohammed (H.E) || United Nations32. Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura || FIFA33. Fatou Bom Bensouda || International Criminal Court34. Fatou Jagne Senghor || Article 19 West Africa35. Folorunsho Alakija || Famfa Oil36. Genevieve Nnaji || Actress37. Gladys Kokorwe || National Assembly of Botswana38. Graça Machel || Graca Machel Trust39. Hanna Tetteh (H.E) || United Nations40. Kamissa Camara (Hon) || Malian Cabinet Minister41. Ibukun Awosika || First Bank of Nigeria42. Ilwad Elman || Elman Peace and Human Rights Center43. Irene Ovonji-Odida || The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers44. Jackie Chimhanzi (Dr) || African Leadership Institute45. Janine Kacou Diagou || Nsia Groupe46. Jeannine Mabunda Lioko || DRC National Assembly47. Jewel Taylor (H.E) || Liberian Vice President48. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko (H.E) || African Union Commission49. Joyce Aryee (Dr) || Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd50. Joyce Msuya || United Nations Environment Programme51. Joyce-Ann Wainaina || Citi East Africa52. Judy Dlamini (Dr) || University of the Witwatersrand53. Juliana Kantengwa (Dr) || Pan African Parliament54. Julie Gichuru || Acumen Communication Ltd
55. Justice Irene Mambilima || Supreme Court of Zambia56. Justina Mutale || Justina Mutale Foundation57. Khadja Nin || Musician58. Leymah Gbowee || Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa59. Linda Ikeji || Blogger60. Louise Mushikiwabo || Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie61. Lupita Nyong’o || Actress62. Mandisa Maya|| Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa63. Mariam Jack-Denton || National Assembly of the Gambia64. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti (Dr) || WHO65. Maya Hanoomanjee || National Assembly of Mauritius66. Meaza Ashenafi || Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia67. Michelle Ndiaye || Africa Peace and Security Programme68. Mo Abudu || Ebony Life TV69. Monica Geingos (H.E) || Namibian First Lady70. Mosun Belo-Olusoga || Access Bank PLC Nigeria71. Nadia Fettah || Saham Finances72. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala || Gavi Alliance73. Nicky Newton-King || Johannesburg Stock Exchange74. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (H.E) || South African Cabinet Minister75. Nunu Ntshingila || Facebook Africa76. Obiageli Ezekwesili || Transparency International77. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde || Actress78. Osaretin Demuren || GT Bank PLC Nigeria79. Oumou Sangaré || Musician80. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Dr) || UN Women81. Precious Moloi-Motsepe (Dr) || African Fashion International82. Priscilla Schwartz (Dr) || Sierra Leone Cabinet Minister83. Priscillah Mabelane || BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd84. Rebecca Akufo-Addo (H.E) || Ghanaian First Lady85. Rebecca Enonchong || Apps Tech86. Rebecca Kadaga (Rt. Hon. ) || Parliament of Uganda87. Retselisitsoe Matlanyane (Dr) || Central Bank of Lesotho88. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila (Rt. Hon. Dr) || Namibian Prime Minister89. Sahle-Work Zewde (H.E) || Ethiopian President90. Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor (Prof H.E) || African Union Commission91. Sheila Tlou (Professor ) || Global HIV Prevention Coalition92. Sola David-Borha || Standard Bank Africa93. Sophie Ikenye || BBC Focus on Africa94. Tiwa Savage || Musician95. Tsitsi Masiyiwa || Higherlife Foundation96. Vera Songwe (Dr) || United Nations Economic Commission for Africa97. Verónica Macamo || Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique
98. Wendy Lucas Bull || Absa Group Limited99. Winnie Byanyima || Oxfam International100. Yvonne Chaka Chaka || MusicianSource: EducationGhana.net