5 Influential African Women You Should Know
With large outcry of male domiation in the society, there are still women who have stood their grounds and proved that there is actually a myriad of opportunities, especially for the African woman to make her indelible marks on the sands of history.
Journey with us, as we take you through a list of excellent women who have created for themselves an image of power and influence in the male dominated society.
You just might find yourself a new mentor
- Fatou Bom Bensouda is one of the most influential women in The Gambia. Bensouda has served in various public capacities both locally, regionally and internationally. Currently, she is the second Prosecutor General of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the first and only woman to have held that position. She also served as Gambia’s first female Attorney General and Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs. Prior to her appointment at ICC, she worked as Legal Adviser and Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
2. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, the second in command of the entire UN system. After years in the private sector, Amina served in government under three Nigerian Presidents, served as Minister of the Environment, before joining the United Nations as Ban Ki-Moon’s advisor on the post-2015 Development Agenda. Using her position with major world leaders, she has worked to improve humanitarian work, climate change, Women’s health and empowerment in Africa.
3. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A Nigerian Feminist, Novelist, and Author of the award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah. She is known for her revolutionary campaign to challenge toxic patriarchy and seek equal gender rights to empower women. Despite criticisms, she has changed lives by sharing her experiences as an African feminist and pioneered many movements on sexuality and gender reconstruction.
4. Ellen Johnson Sir-leaf was the first elected woman leader of an African state. As president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018, she worked to fight unemployment, national debt, and Ebola. She won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her commitment to security and the rights of women. Today she chairs a UN High-Level Panel on Migration in Africa.
5. Sahle-Work Zewde, She broke history to become Ethiopia’s first female president and the only serving female head of state in Africa. Mounting this grand position in a predominantly patriarchal society has been an inspiration to many women across the continent. She had prior to her appointment as President, she served as UN’s top official at the African Union.