The 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa

Chimamanda Adichie, a Nigerian writer and one of Africa’s leading contemporary literary voices

Its not new news that young people and women are two groups that face tremendous obstacles in many communities.  For young women, these obstacles are often compounded, despite widespread recognition that empowering this group can lead to substantial improvements in health, education, and economic growth.

In 2003, then Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan wrote that “for decades, we have known that the best way for Africa to thrive is to ensure that its women have the freedom, power and knowledge to make decisions affecting their own lives and those of their families and communities”. He later said that “there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.”

Based on my own experiences over the past few years, I can with confidence echo this sentiment. I was quite appreciative, therefore, when I came across an article during this morning’s news-reading on Forbes.com highlighting The 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa.  All under the age of 45, these 20 women are at the forefront of business, governance, innovation, and culture in Africa right now. And, even though I cannot speak to all of their accomplishments directly, or even agree with some of their perspectives, it seemed a list well worth sharing.

Forbes lists The 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa

  • Ory Okolloh – Kenyan. Founder, Ushahidi
  • Chimamanda Adichie – Nigerian. Writer
  • Yolanda Cuba – South African. Corporate Executive
  • Ndidi Nwuneli – Nigerian. Social Entrepreneur
  • Dambisa Moyo – Zambian. Economist
  • Khanyi Dhlomo – South African. Media Mogul
  • Phuti Malabie – South African. CEO, Shanduka Group
  • Funmi Iyanda – Nigerian. Journalist & Broadcaster
  • Isis Nyongo – Kenyan. Managing Director, InMobi Africa
  • Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu – Ethiopian. Entrepreneur
  • Elsie Kanza – Tanzania. Economic Advisor To Tanzania’s President
  • Saran Kaba Jones – Liberian. Founder, Face Africa
  • Julie Gichuru – Kenyan. Journalist & Broadcaster
  • Lisa Kropman – South African, Entrepreneur
  • Stella Kilonzo – Kenyan. Chief Executive, Capital Markets Authority, Kenya
  • Magatte Wade – Senegal. Entrepreneur
  • Jonitha Gugu Msibi – South Africa. Senior Partner, Ernst & Young
  • June Arunga – Kenyan. Entrepreneur
  • Juliet Ehimuan – Nigerian. Google country manager, Nigeria
  • Olga Kimani-Arara – Kenyan. Google Country Manager, Kenya

For a more details and photos, check out the original article by Mfonobong Nsehe: The 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa

Since this list is by no means exhaustive, feel free to leave suggestions in the comment section below.

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