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First Lady, Hanna Tetteh et al listed amongst 100 Most Influential African Women

First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, former Foreign Affairs Minister Hanna Tetteh and 98 other women have been listed amongst Avance Media’s 2019 100 Most Influential African Women.

The list as released by the leading African rating and PR firm features distinguished women whose works and accomplishments continue to inspire the next generation of women in Africa.

Speaking about the list, MD of Avance Media Prince Akpah noted that the list has a representation of 100 women from 35 African countries that are changing the feminine narrative and challenging the status quo of women on the continent.

He also said some of the honourees have expressed interest in offering mentorship opportunities to young women from across the continent through the ‘Be a Girl’ mentorship programme, 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.

Notable among them are Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde, Liberia’s Vice President Jewel Taylor and Ghana’s First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

The rest are Namibia’s Prime Minister Dr Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed and former presidents, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and Catherine Samba-Panza.

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

Below is the list of Avance Media’s 2019 100 Most Influential African Women arranged in alphabetical order.

  1. AbiolaBawuah || United Bank for Africa (UBA)
  2. AïdaDiarra || Visa, SSA
  3. Amani Abou-Zeid(H.EDr.) || 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. AngéliqueKidjo || Musician
  9. ArunmaOteh || University of Oxford
  10. AyaChebbi || African Union Commission
  11. Bethlehem TilahunAlemu || soleRebels
  12. BinetaDiop(H.E) || African Union Commission
  13. BintaToureNdoye || The Orabank Group
  14. Bogolo Joy Kenewendo || Batswana Cabinet Minister
  15. BonangMatheba || 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. CessoumaMinataSamate(H.E) || African Union Commission
  21. ChimamandaNgoziAdichie || Author
  22. Clare Akamanzi || Rwanda Development Board
  23. CoumbaToure || Africans Rising Movement
  24. Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon || International Labour Organisation
  25. DelphineMaidou || Allianz Africa
  26. Diane Karusisi(Dr) || Bank of Kigali
  27. Elisabeth MedouBadang || Orange Africa
  28. Elizabeth ElangoBintliff || 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 DioufSamoura || FIFA
  33. FatouBomBensouda || International Criminal Court
  34. FatouJagne Senghor || Article 19 West Africa
  35. FolorunshoAlakija || Famfa Oil
  36. Genevieve Nnaji || Actress
  37. Gladys Kokorwe || National Assembly of Botswana
  38. GraçaMachel || GracaMachel Trust
  39. Hanna Tetteh(H.E) || United Nations
  40. KamissaCamara (Hon) || Malian Cabinet Minister
  41. IbukunAwosika || 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 KacouDiagou || Nsia Groupe
  46. Jeannine MabundaLioko || DRC National Assembly
  47. Jewel Taylor (H.E) || Liberian Vice President
  48. Josefa Leonel CorreiaSacko(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. LeymahGbowee || Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
  59. Linda Ikeji || Blogger
  60. Louise Mushikiwabo || Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
  61. LupitaNyong’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. MeazaAshenafi || 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. NgoziOkonjoIweala || Gavi Alliance
  73. Nicky Newton-King || Johannesburg Stock Exchange
  74. NkosazanaDlamini-Zuma (H.E) || South African Cabinet Minister
  75. NunuNtshingila || Facebook Africa
  76. ObiageliEzekwesili || Transparency International
  77. OmotolaJaladeEkeinde || Actress
  78. OsaretinDemuren || GT Bank PLC Nigeria
  79. OumouSangaré || Musician
  80. PhumzileMlambo-Ngcuka(Dr) || UN Women
  81. Precious Moloi-Motsepe(Dr) || African Fashion International
  82. Priscilla Schwartz (Dr) || Sierra Leone Cabinet Minister
  83. PriscillahMabelane || 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. RetselisitsoeMatlanyane(Dr) || Central Bank of Lesotho
  88. SaaraKuugongelwa-Amadhila (Rt. Hon. Dr) || Namibian Prime Minister
  89. Sahle-Work Zewde(H.E) || Ethiopian President
  90. Sarah MbiEnow 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. TsitsiMasiyiwa || Higherlife Foundation
  96. Vera Songwe (Dr) || United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  97. VerónicaMacamo || Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique
  98. Wendy Lucas Bull || Absa Group Limited
  99. Winnie Byanyima || Oxfam International
  100. Yvonne Chaka Chaka || Musician

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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