Dr Genevieve Pearl Duncan listed as one of 100 Most Outstanding Women in Africa 2023 by The New Africa Magazine

We proudly acknowledge the exceptional achievement of women across Africa who have not only broken barriers but have also emerged as visionary leaders, catalyst for change and innovators in their respective fields. This celebration honours their significant impact in shaping the narrative of progress and advancement across Africa.

From breathtaking innovations in Science and Technology to transformative leadership in business to changing the narratives, these women have played pivotal roles in shaping the African continent as a whole. Their dedication and commitment have not only given them a name for themselves but have inspired positive change in Africa. This acknowledgement underscores their impactful contribution across diverse sectors making them true beacons of progress.

As we celebrate these trailblazing women, let us collectively recognize the importance of fostering an environment that promotes diversity, equality, and inclusivity. By doing so, we not only honor their individual accomplishments, but also pave the way for a future where every woman in Africa has the opportunity to thrive and make meaningful contributions.

Join us to celebrate and acknowledge these outstanding women in Africa whose achievements stand as a testament to the limitless potential that resides within the hearts and minds of women across Africa.

Kindly find below 100 outstanding Women recognized across Africa;

1. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia); First female African head of state

2. Wangari Maathai (Kenya); Environmentalist and Nobel laureate

3. Amina J. Mohammed (Nigeria); Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

4. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria); Director-General of the WTO

5. Graça Machel (Mozambique); Humanitarian and former First Lady of Mozambique

6. Leymah Gbowee (Liberia) – Nobel laureate for peace activism

7. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria); Renowned author

8. Jewel Taylor: 30th Vice President of Liberia

9. Dr. Mrs. Genevieve Duncan Obuobi: SME Consultant, Speaker and Author

10. Hon. Kanshima Pelham Raad; Representative Aspirants Liberia

11. Mrs Harriet Ovwiegho Omofezi; CEO Ace Support, registered member of the Fine Gael Women Network, A social Care practitioner

12. Sahle-work Zewde: Ethiopia first female president

13. Aisha Shettima Yusuf; Founder Emirati Innovative Services and President Emirati Women Entrepreneurs co-operative (EWEC)

14) Oby Ezekwesili; Founder and President of Human Capital Africa(HCA)

15. Angelique Kidjo (Benin); Grammy-winning singer and activist

16. Thuli Madonsela (South Africa); South African Advocate

17. Irene Titilola Olumese; founder, Feet of Grace Foundation, Nigeria

18. Fatou Bensouda (Gambia); Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

19. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim; 6th President of Mauritius

20. Salwa Bugaighis (Libya); Human rights and political activist

21. Lady Gladys Hauwa Shaahu; Director Glow Integrated Global Resources Limited

22. Ezinne Kufre Ekanem; CEO Rosemary’s soft furnishing company, Public speaker and Writer

23. Theresa Kachindamoto; paramount Chief of Dedza district, Malawi

24. Maggy Barankitse (Burundi); Founder of Maison Shalom for orphans

25. Tegla Loroupe (Kenya); Renowned long-distance runner and peace ambassador

26. Edna Adan Ismail (Somaliland); Healthcare advocate and first female Foreign Minister of Somaliland

27. Dambisa Moyo (Zambia); Economist and author

28. Aisha AI Mansoori: UAE first female Emirati Captain

29. Mary Robinson (Ireland); 7th president of Ireland

30. Amina Hersi (Uganda); Businesswoman and real estate developer

31. Juliana Rotich (Kenya); Tech entrepreneur and Ushahidi co-founder

32 Winnie Byanyima (Uganda); Executive Director of UNAIDS

33. Amsatou Sow Sidibe (Senegal); Women’s rights and democracy advocate

34. Hanna Tetteh (Ghana); UN Special Representative for the African Union

35. Gcina Mhlophe (South Africa); Storyteller and children’s author

36. Vicky Ntetema (Tanzania); Investigative journalist and human rights activist

37. Chems Doha Alaoui Ismali
Secretary General of the General Union of Arab Women

38. Zeinab Badawi (Sudan); BBC journalist and presenter

39. Hafsat Abiola (Nigeria); Women’s rights and democracy advocate

40. Gladys Igbinosun; Philanthropist and convener of lifted Women

41. Takyiwaa Manuh (Ghana); Academic and gender studies expert

42. Leyla Hussein (Somalia/UK); Activist against female genital mutilation

43. Margaret Kenyatta (Kenya); First Lady and maternal health advocate

44. Ory Okolloh (Kenya); Tech entrepreneur and civic activist

45. Jaha Dukureh (Gambia/USA); Anti-FGM activist and UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador

46. Stella Nyanzi (Uganda); Feminist academic and activist

47. Amira Yahyaoui (Tunisia); Activist and founder of Al Bawsala

48. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (South Africa); UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

49. Ada Osakwe (Nigeria) – Agribusiness entrepreneur and investor

50. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (South Africa) – Minster in the presidency for women, youths and people with disabilities for South Africa

51) Agnes Binagwaho (Prof): Vice-Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity

52) Agnes Matilda Kalibata (Dr): CEO, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

53) Ahunna Eziakonwa: Director, UNDP Africa

54) Evelyn Tobore Nomayo; Senior software engineer, Blockchain researcher and technology entrepreneur

55. Allen Kagina: Executive Director, Uganda National Roads Authority.

56. Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh: Regional Head, IBM North, East and West Africa

57) Angèle Makombo: President, League of Congolese Democrats

58. Athaliah Molokomme: Permanent Representative of Botswana to the U.N.

59) Awa Ndiaye-Seck: Resident Representative UN Women, Democratic Republic of the Congo

60. Zodwa Mkandla; International business woman of the year,Zimbabwe

61. Charity Ngilu (H.E.); Governor, Kitui County

62. Chebet Chikumbu: Africa Director, Global Citizen

63. Damilola Ogunbiyi; CEO, Sustainable Energy for All

64) Djamila Ferdjani (Dr): Medical Doctor, MedCom

65) Dorothy Ghettuba: Director, Original Series for Africa at Netflix

66. Elizabeth Mrema; Deputy Executive Director United Nations Environment Programme

67) Emma Theofelus; Deputy Minister of Information, communication and Technology, Namibia

68. Eve Bazaiba: Minister for the Environment of the Democratic Republic of Congo

69. Fatima Kyari Mohammed (H.E.): Permanent Representative, African Union Mission to the U.N.

70. Fatoumata BA: Founder, Janngo Africa

71. Faustina Fynn-Nyame: Executive Director for Africa, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

72. Filsan Abdullahi: Ethiopian Activist and Politician

73. Frehiwot Tamru; CEO, Ethio Telecom

74. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka (Dr): CEO, Conservation Through Public Health

75. Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim: Hon. Minister of Youth Development, Nigeria

76. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim: Coordinator, Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad

77. Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu: CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation

78. Irene Asare: Global H.R. Director, CarvinClay People Development

79. Natasha Akpoti; Senator for Kogi Central

80. H.E Amb Dr. Smelly Dube: Group CEO, Rivervalley Group of Companies, Zimbabwe

81. Jeannette Kagame (H.E.): First Lady, Rwanda

82. Jessica Rose Epel Alupo (H.E): Vice President, Uganda

83. Julienne Lusenge: President, Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development

84) Julitta Onabanjo (Dr): Regional Director, UNFPA East and Southern Africa

85) Kaba Nialé: Minister of Planning and Development, Ivory Coast

86) Hon. Anastancia Ndhlovu: Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Zimbabwe(2016-2019)

87. Laureen Kouassi-Olsson: Founder & CEO, Birimian Holding

88. Letty Chiwara: Representative to Ethiopia, A.U. & ECA, U.N. Women

89. Louise Mushikiwabo: Secretary General, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

90. Mamokgethi Phakeng (Prof.): Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town before Retirement

91. Mariam Chabi Talata (H.E.): Vice President, Benin

92. Martha Ama A. Pobee (H.E.): Assist. Secretary-General for Africa, UN

93. Mary-Jane Morifi: Chief Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Officer, Tiger Brands

94. Matshidiso Moeti (Dr): Regional Director for Africa, WHO

95. Mitwa Kaemba Ng’ambi: CEO, MTN Rwanda

96. Monde Muyangwa (Dr.): Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Africa

97. Monique Nsanzabaga (H.E.): Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission

98. Musonda Xoliswa Mumba (Dr): Secretary General on the convention of Wetlands

99. Mwele Malecela: Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO

100. Nafissatou Jocelyne Diop: Chief of Gender and Human Rights, United Nations Population Foundation

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