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GIRL POWER: FORBES AFRICA’s The Top 20 Most Powerful Women In Africa!

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Have to make this disclaimer that ForbesAfrica could not provide/supply us with the list of the Top 20 Most Powerful African Women that they published in the inaugural ForbesAfrica magazine.

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The Africa edition, which is the 16th edition of Forbes around the world, went on sale around Africa on 1 October. We encourage you guys, especially in Nigeria & South Africa to pick up your copy at newsstands near you!

As we reported to you guys in an earlier post, Mining magnate, business-man, Sunday Times’ Rich List’s top earner and # 393 on the Forbes 2011 Billionaires List,  Patrice Motsepe, is featured on the cover of the inaugural edition of ForbesAfrica magazine….

Being an African woman that I am, I had to use the resources available to me. After what seemed like asking most of my peeps in South Africa to pick up copy of the ForbesAfrica magazine to get the list, my good friend & brother, DJ Sbu came through for me! He actually tweeted his copy of the fab magazine and sent the list of the names.

With all due respect to ForbesAfrica, I published the list for two major reasons. One, it is so vital for African women to be celebrated for their contributions. This list of the “Top 20 Most Powerful Women in Africa” is a celebration of the strides African women have made & continue to make in Africa & around the world.

Second of all, it is even more important for young African girls and women to see images of people that look like them in positions of power. So vital. As inspirational and powerful as U.S First Lady Michelle Obama is (and she is MAJORLY. Period.), the images of, say, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian Minister of Finance, who dresses like Mom, brings it closer to home.

So, without much further ado, here are the ForbesAfrica‘s Top 20 Most Powerful Women in Africa:

1. Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

2. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, Nigeria

3. Joyce Banda, Vice President, Malawi

4. Gill Marcus, Governor, Reserve Bank, South Africa

5. Joyce Mujuru, Vice President, Zimbabwe

6. Diezani Allison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria

7. Isabel Dos Santos, Businesswoman, Angola

8. Maria Ramos, C.E.O. ABSA, South Africa

9. Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, C.E.O., Circle Capitol Partners; Former Director of the World Bank, South Africa

10. Linah Mohohlo, Governor, Bank of Botswana, Botswana

11. Nicky Newton King, Future C.E.O., JSE Limited, South Africa

12. The late great, Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize Laureate, Founder Greenbelt Movement, Kenya

13. Siza Mzimela, C.E.O. SAA, South African Airlines (SAA), South Africa

14. Nonkululeko Nyembezi Heita, C.E.O. Arcelor Mittal, South Africa

15. Graca Machel, Chancellor of UCT,UNICEF Ambassador, South Africa / Mozambique

16. Pinky Moholi, C.E.O., Telkom, South Africa

17. Hynd Bouhia, Former Director General, Casablanca Stock Exchange, Morocco

18. Bridgette Radebe, Chairman, Mmakau Mining, South Africa

19. Irene Charnley, Non-Executive Director MTN Group, C.E.O. Smile Telecomms, South Africa

20. Monhla Hlahla, C.E.O. ACSA, South Africa


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