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Women are powerful!

Women are challenging the status quo and creating a trail on terrain where there was none. According to Forbes, they are reshaping history, closing inequalities and pioneering new avenues of wealth creation and in turn, lifting others with them. Their equal participation and leadership in all spheres of life is essential to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Check a list of 20 most influential women in Africa. Please note that this list is not in any particular order. It comprises of women from all spheres of life like business, science, politics, media, sports and public life.

1. GRACA MACHEL

Country: SOUTH AFRICA

GRACA MACHEL

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GRACA MACHEL, the only woman in history known to have served as the First Lady of two countries. She was born in 17 October 1945 in Mozambique. She is the widow of former President of Mozambique Samora Machel (1975–1986) and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela (1998–2013).

Machel is an international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and was made an honorary British Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 for her humanitarian work. She is an African Stateswoman who has facilitated greater community access to knowledge , technology and patterns of sustainable human development. She is the founder of Graca Machel Trust, a social development organization.

2. NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA

Country: NIGERIA

NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA

NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA has been setting the pace for African women for a long time now. She is one of the women on top of their career in the world at the moment.

She is the first African and the first woman to become the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. She took office on 1 March 2021, as Director-General. Her term of office will expire on 31 August 2025. Before now she has served two terms as the minister of Finance of Nigeria. She’s been recognized as a fair trade leader, environmental sustainability advocate, human welfare champion, sustainable finance maven and global development expert.

3. SAHLE-WORK ZEWDE

Country: Ethiopia

SAHLE-WORK ZEWDE

SAHLE-WORK ZEWDE is the fifth president of Ethiopia. She is one of the few female presidents in the world. She assumed office as president of Ethiopia on October 25, 2018, the first woman to hold that office. Before becoming the president of Ethiopia, she served under secretary-general of the United Nations to the African Union in 2018 and director-general of the United Nations Office at Nairobi from 2011 to 2018.

She has also served as Ethiopian Ambassador to Senegal, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia, Guinea and France. This powerful and influential woman is 71 years old.

4. CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

Country: Nigeria

CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

Known for her strong feminist character, CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE is one of the most popular female writers in Africa. She is a novelist, non-fiction writer and a short story teller. She was born in Nigeria in 1977. She is the author of three novels, Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013) and many other award winning novels.

She has received quite a number of awards and distinctions, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (2007) and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2008).

5. ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO

Country: Benin

ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO

Listed by Time magazine as the one of the 100 most influential people in the world, ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO is not just a popular African musician and song writer, but a world figure. She is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.

She was born in Ouidah, Benin on July 14, 1960. She studied music in Paris where she first released her first album.

She performed one of her songs in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on July 23, 2021. ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO is a 4-time Grammy award winner.

6. WINNIE BYANYIMA

Country: Uganda

WINNIE BYANYIMA

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