Celebrating African Women: Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa


Forbes Magazine/Forbes Online Contributor, Mfonobong Nsehe has compiled a list of the 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa. According to Mfonobong,
“Of course, this is by no means an official or an exhaustive list. But these are 20 women, all under age 45, who wield enormous influence in African business, technology, policy and media. They are change makers, trendsetters, visionaries and thinkers, builders, and young global leaders. They are at the vanguard of Africa’s imminent socio-economic revolution and its contemporary renaissance.”
The List 

Ory Okolloh – Kenya.
Harvard- trained lawyer, activist and founder, Ushahidi

Chimamanda Adichie – Nigeria.

One of Africa’s leading contemporary literary voices, Author of Purple's Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and The thing around your neck.

Yolanda Cuba – South Africa
Former CEO of Mvelaphanda Group, South Africa

Ndidi Nwuneli – Nigeria.

Founder, LEAP Africa.
Co-Founder,AACE Foods

Dambisa Moyo – Zambia.
International economist
New York Times best-selling author of both Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way For Africa and How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly - And the Stark Choices that Lie Ahead.

Khanyi Dhlomo – South Africa.
Founder, Ndalo Media, Destinyconnect.com
Publisher, Destiny Magazine and Destiny Man

Phuti Malabie – South Africa
CEO, Shanduka Group

Funmi Iyanda – Nigeria

Multi-award winning Journalist and Broadcaster
Host, Talk with Funmi
Fellow, The African Leadership Institute and ASPEN Institute’s African Leadership Initiative.

Isis Nyong'o – Kenya
Vice President and Managing Director, Africa, InMobi

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu – Ethiopia

Founder, Sole Rebel

Elsie Kanza – Tanzania
Economic Advisor To Tanzania’s President
Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum

Julie Gichuru – Kenya

Journalist and Broadcaster
Executive, Citizen TV, Kenya

Lisa Kropman – South Africa
Founder, The Business Place

Stella Kilonzo – Kenya
Chief Executive, Capital Markets Authority, Kenya

Magatte Wade – Senegal
Founder, Adina World Beat Beverages

Jonitha Gugu Msibi – South Africa.

Senior Partner, Ernst & Young

June Arunga – Kenya
Founder and CEO, Qwest Media

Juliet Ehimuan – Nigeria

Google country manager, Nigeria

Olga Kimani-Arara – Kenya
Google Country Manager, Kenya

Saran Kaba Jones – Liberia 

Founder, Face Africa


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  1. hMM, I pray you will make this list one day as well. After all they all started from somewhere.

  2. yaay! i'm happy chimamanda is on the list

  3. I hope to be on this list list someday, so that I can encourage those who feel that their impact is limited by their gender.

  4. nice post and gr8 blog, come check awt my fashion blog and lets follow each other like twitter :) Chuchu-chulala.blogspot.com

  5. interesting blog.

  6. just wana say ama freaking proud African <3 great post x


  7. I wonder what criteria they use for selecting these women...cause there are lots more that should be on that list.

  8. This is a pretty cool list! I want in :D


  9. Love Chimamanda glad she was recognised here

  10. Only happy for Chimamanda?
    What about other women from Nigeria on the list?