With women taking their share on the piece of the global cake, African women have never been left behind. By using their exceptional talents to solve world problems, creating jobs through their businesses, inspiring the next generation of African girls and disrupting the status quo, these African women—are at the forefront of making the world a better place.
From cooperate world to sport, entertainment to lifestyle, the African continent is full of brave women— who have manifested it’s a women’s world. Thus, picking out of the pool of exceptional women can be a tough one. However, here are some of our favourite game-changing female leaders across the African continent.
Bonang Matheba, South Africa
Matheba is a South African TV personality— who has been using her platform to champion girls and change. Making it on Forbes Africa’s most powerful women—Matheba is a speaker, presenter and owner of the house of BNG—which is a luxury beverage brand producing sparkling wine.
The South Africa woman—has been a champion in fighting for the betterment of girls education in South Africa—through the Matheba Bursary fund.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigeria
Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie—took her space as a global history marker through her novels. Her exceptional writing skills have placed some of her books on the world most recognised book prizes. The Half of a Yellow author—cement her place in the world as a change marker in 2014 with her “We should all be feminists”. Chimamanda Ngozi has spoken on many international platforms and continue to use her platform to advocate for the betterment of women and girls especially in Africa. She is also a New York Time best selling author.
Forbes wrote that “in modern times there isn’t a celebrated black female intellectual of international stature whose influence transcends written words as Chimamanda Ngozi”.
Ngozi Okonjo Iwade, Nigeria
One of the most powerful women in the world—Ngozi became the first-ever woman to lead the World Trade Organisation. A Nigerian economist—Iwade is always celebrating African culture on the world stage through her African attire. In an interview with the BBC in 2012, she said ahe “had in fact adopted such attire as a working mother of four to do the school run, an easy answer for a smart look – and a thrifty one at that, given she estimated each outfit cost around $25”.
Ngozi—has spearheaded many initiatives during her 25 years working with the world bank—which include initiatives to assist low-income countries.
Fatou Bensouda, The Gambia
Fatou Bensouda—is an international lawyer and criminal law prosecutor. After serving as Deputy Prosecutor in charge of the Prosecutions Division of the ICC since 2004, Bensouda became the International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor – in 2012.
The Gambian justice expert—has served as a delegate to several international organisations including the United Nations conferences on crime prevention, the Organization of African Unity’s Ministerial Meetings on Human Rights, and as a delegate of The Gambia to the meetings of the Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court. She was named one of the 50 Africa’s powerful women by Forbes—in March 2021.
Fatma Samoura, Senegal
Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura is a Senegalese former diplomat. In 2016, she became the first female secretary the FIFA – an appointment done by President Gianni Infantino.
Starting her United Nations career in Rome as a senior logistics officer with the World Food Programme in 1995, Fatma Samoura—served as country representative or Deputy Humanitarian coordinator in seven countries: Republic of Djibouti, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Niger, Madagascar and Nigeria. Working with the United Nations that spanned 21-years, Ms Samoura managed and lead several developments and humanitarian programmes across the globe. The Senegalese former diplomat – has always manifested excellence in her work.
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