Over the past decades women have risen from being house wives and stay at home mums. They have learnt to take the world by storm and become pioneers of our society. Being a woman in power is even more difficult if you are of African heritage. Therefore we take this chance to celebrate the powerful women of this continent.
1 Isabel dos Santos
This 44 year old has turned out to be an epitome of greatness and a pioneer in the African business world. She is the most powerful woman in the continent and is considered to be the 2nd richest black woman with a net worth of up to $ 2.8 B. being a shareholder in several cooperation both within and without Angola she has changed the perception that the business world is a male domineering domain and conquered it successfully.
2 Folorunsho Alakija
As the head of a tailoring Company Folorunsho Alakija is one of the few self-made billionaires. Her company supreme stitches is popular for dressing the most elite members of the Nigerian h9igh society. Despite her humble beginnings she has managed to immerse quite the wealth for herself and holds several positions in various boards of different companies. She is a force to be reckoned with.
3 Ngozi Okomjo Iweala
As the Nigerian finance minister she managed to revolutionize the finance world and create a program that ensure stability of the economy and government transparency. She is acknowledged to be the first female black candidate who aspired to the the president of the World Bank. The chairs the global alliance for vaccines and immunization and the African risk a capacity. She has received several awards and founded numerous organizations in the continent.
4 Ellen Johnson Sir leaf
The former Liberian president has been named amongst the most powerful women in African and the world at large. Having been the first female president in any African nation she ha become an idol to most little girls. In the year 2011 she received the Nobel peace prize with Laymah Gbowee.
5 Dambisa Moyo
Dambisa is a Zambian born economist who sits at the board of Barclays bank. With a post graduate degree in business, pubic administration and economics from both Harvard and oxford, she is a renowned economist and an inspiration to many. She is an author and international speaker on matters that are concerned with economics.
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