Hanna Tetteh, Amina Mohammed, Angelique Kidjo listed among 2019 100 Most Influential African Women

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
alphabetical order.
Hanna Tetteh, Amina Mohammed, Angelique Kidjo listed among 2019 100 Most Influential African Women | 1
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 Commission
    13. Binta Toure Ndoye || The Orabank Group
    14. Bogolo Joy Kenewendo || Batswana Cabinet Minister
    15. Bonang Matheba || Media Personality
    16. Carole Wainaina || Africa 50
    17. Caroline Abel || Central Bank of Seychelles
    18. Caster Semenya || Athlete
    19. Catherine Samba-Panza (H.E) || Former President, Central African Republic
    20. Cessouma Minata Samate (H.E) || African Union Commission
    21. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie || Author
    22. Clare Akamanzi || Rwanda Development Board
    23. Coumba Toure || Africans Rising Movement
    24. Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon || International Labour Organisation
    25. Delphine Maidou || Allianz Africa
    26. Diane Karusisi (Dr) || Bank of Kigali
    27. Elisabeth Medou Badang || Orange Africa
    28. Elizabeth Elango Bintliff || Junior Achievement Africa
    29. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (H.E) || The Elders
    30. Farida Bemba Nabourema || Togolese Civil League
    31. Fatima K. Mohammed (H.E) || United Nations
    32. Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura || FIFA
    33. Fatou Bom Bensouda || International Criminal Court
    34. Fatou Jagne Senghor || Article 19 West Africa
    35. Folorunsho Alakija || Famfa Oil
    36. Genevieve Nnaji || Actress
    37. Gladys Kokorwe || National Assembly of Botswana
    38. Graça Machel || Graca Machel Trust
    39. Hanna Tetteh (H.E) || United Nations
    40. Kamissa Camara (Hon) || Malian Cabinet Minister
    41. Ibukun Awosika || First Bank of Nigeria
    42. Ilwad Elman || Elman Peace and Human Rights Center
    43. Irene Ovonji-Odida || The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers
    44. Jackie Chimhanzi (Dr) || African Leadership Institute
    45. Janine Kacou Diagou || Nsia Groupe
    46. Jeannine Mabunda Lioko || DRC National Assembly
    47. Jewel Taylor (H.E) || Liberian Vice President
    48. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko (H.E) || African Union Commission
    49. Joyce Aryee (Dr) || Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd
    50. Joyce Msuya || United Nations Environment Programme
    51. Joyce-Ann Wainaina || Citi East Africa
    52. Judy Dlamini (Dr) || University of the Witwatersrand
    53. Juliana Kantengwa (Dr) || Pan African Parliament
    54. Julie Gichuru || Acumen Communication Ltd
  • 55. Justice Irene Mambilima || Supreme Court of Zambia
    56. Justina Mutale || Justina Mutale Foundation
    57. Khadja Nin || Musician
    58. Leymah Gbowee || Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
    59. Linda Ikeji || Blogger
    60. Louise Mushikiwabo || Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
    61. Lupita Nyong’o || Actress
    62. Mandisa Maya|| Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa
    63. Mariam Jack-Denton || National Assembly of the Gambia
    64. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti (Dr) || WHO
    65. Maya Hanoomanjee || National Assembly of Mauritius
    66. Meaza Ashenafi || Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia
    67. Michelle Ndiaye || Africa Peace and Security Programme
    68. Mo Abudu || Ebony Life TV
    69. Monica Geingos (H.E) || Namibian First Lady
    70. Mosun Belo-Olusoga || Access Bank PLC Nigeria
    71. Nadia Fettah || Saham Finances
    72. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala || Gavi Alliance
    73. Nicky Newton-King || Johannesburg Stock Exchange
    74. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (H.E) || South African Cabinet Minister
    75. Nunu Ntshingila || Facebook Africa
    76. Obiageli Ezekwesili || Transparency International
    77. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde || Actress
    78. Osaretin Demuren || GT Bank PLC Nigeria
    79. Oumou Sangaré || Musician
    80. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Dr) || UN Women
    81. Precious Moloi-Motsepe (Dr) || African Fashion International
    82. Priscilla Schwartz (Dr) || Sierra Leone Cabinet Minister
    83. Priscillah Mabelane || BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
    84. Rebecca Akufo-Addo (H.E) || Ghanaian First Lady
    85. Rebecca Enonchong || Apps Tech
    86. Rebecca Kadaga (Rt. Hon. ) || Parliament of Uganda
    87. Retselisitsoe Matlanyane (Dr) || Central Bank of Lesotho
    88. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila (Rt. Hon. Dr) || Namibian Prime Minister
    89. Sahle-Work Zewde (H.E) || Ethiopian President
    90. Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor (Prof H.E) || African Union Commission
    91. Sheila Tlou (Professor ) || Global HIV Prevention Coalition
    92. Sola David-Borha || Standard Bank Africa
    93. Sophie Ikenye || BBC Focus on Africa
    94. Tiwa Savage || Musician
    95. Tsitsi Masiyiwa || Higherlife Foundation
    96. Vera Songwe (Dr) || United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
    97. Verónica Macamo || Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique
  • 98. Wendy Lucas Bull || Absa Group Limited
    99. Winnie Byanyima || Oxfam International
    100. Yvonne Chaka Chaka || Musician
    Source: EducationGhana.net
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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS


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