2021 Top 100 Most Influential African Women Ranking released – Check Full List Here

Leading African PR & Rating firm, Avance Media has announced the 2021 list of 100 Influential Women in Africa. The list which celebrates African women in leadership who inspire the next generation of women around the world is the third publication from Avance Media since 2019.

The 2021 list has women from 28 African countries from various backgrounds in business leadership, academia, diplomacy, philanthropy, entertainment and media.

Put together with inspiration from the 2021 International Women’s Day theme: “Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”, Prince Akpah, Managing Director of Avance Media noted that, the honourees on the qualified for this deserving honour because of their works and accomplishments which continue to inspire a lot of young people across the African continent and beyond. He also noted that, the 100 influential African women were selected based on criteria that spans their leadership & personal accomplishments, commitment to sharing knowledge and the audacity to break several status quos.


Some notable names on the list are UN’s Amina J. Mohammed (H.E), Sahle-Work Zewde (H.E), Samia Suluhu Hassan (H.E) presidents of Ethiopia and Tanzania respectively, Victoire Tomegah Dogbé, Prime Minister of Togo, Jessica Rose Epel Alupo (H.E), Mariam Chabi Talata (H.E.) Vice Presidents of Uganda and Benin respectively, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, World Trade Organization Director General and Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh first African Woman to head IBM’s operation in Africa as Regional Head and Executive Director.

The youngest honouree to make the list for the second time is Namibia’s Deputy ICT Minister, Hon. Emma Theofelus.

Profiles of the 2021 100 Most Influential African Women are published on 100women.avancemedia.org.

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Below is the list of Avance Media’s 2021 100 Most Influential African Women arranged in alphabetical order.

  1. Agnes Binagwaho (Prof) || Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity
  2. Agnes Matilda Kalibata (Dr) || CEO, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
  3. Ahunna Eziakonwa || Director, UNDP Africa
  4. Aisha Yesufu || Activist
  5. Aja Fatoumata C.M. Jallow-Tambajang (H.E.) || Former Vice-President, Gambia
  6. Allen Kagina || Executive Director, Uganda National Roads Authority.
  7. Amina J. Mohammed (H.E) || Deputy Secretary General, United Nations
  8. Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh || Regional Head, IBM North, East and West Africa
  9. Angèle Makombo || President, League of Congolese Democrats
  10. Angélique Kidjo || Musician
  11. Anne Waiguru (H.E.) || Governor, Kirinyaga County
  12. Athaliah Molokomme || Permanent Representative of Botswana to the UN
  13. Awa Ndiaye-Seck || Resident Representative UN Women, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  14. Aya Nakamura || Musician
  15. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu || CEO, soleRebels
  16. Bience Gawanas || Executive Consultant, Gawanas Consulting
  17. Busiswa Gqulu || Musician
  18. Charity Ngilu (H.E.) || Governor, Kitui County
  19. Chebet Chikumbu || Africa Director, Global Citizen
  20. Chileshe Kapwepwe (H.E.) || Secretary General, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
  21. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie || Novelist
  22. Damilola Ogunbiyi || CEO, Sustainable Energy for All
  23. Djamila Ferdjani (Dr) || Medical Doctor, MedCom
  24. Dorothy Ghettuba || Content Manager for Africa, Netflix
  25. Dorothy Kisaka || Executive Director, Kampala Capital City Authority
  26. Edith Yah Brou || Blogger
  27. Elizabeth M. Mrema || Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
  28. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (H.E.) || Chair, EJS Centre
  29. Emma Theofelus || Deputy Minister, Namibia
  30. Eve Bazaiba || Deputy Prime Minister, DRC
  31. Fatima Kyari Mohammed (H.E) || Permanent Representative, African Union Mission to the UN
  32. Fatoumata Ba || Founder, Janngo Africa
  33. Faustina Fynn-Nyame || Executive Director for Africa, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
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  35. Filsan Abdullahi || Minister of Gender, Children and Youth, Ethiopia
  36. Frehiwot Tamru || CEO, Ethio Telecom
  37. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka (Dr) || CEO, Conservation Through Public Health
  38. Graça Machel || Founder, Graca Machel Trust
  39. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim || Coordinator, Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad
  40. Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu || CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation
  41. Irene Asare || Global HR Director, CarvinClay People Development
  42. Jacqueline Fatima Bocoum || Journalist
  43. Jacqueline Moudeïna || Lawyer
  44. Jeannette Kagame (H.E) || First Lady, Rwanda
  45. Jessica Rose Epel Alupo (H.E) || Vice President, Uganda
  46. Julienne Lusenge || President, Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development
  47. Julitta Onabanjo (Dr) || Regional Director, UNFPA East and Southern Africa
  48. Kaba Nialé || Minister of Planning and Development, Ivory Coast
  49. Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo (Dr.) || Journalist
  50. Laureen Kouassi-Olsson || Founder & CEO, Birimian Holding
  51. Letty Chiwara || Representative to Ethiopia, AU & ECA, UN Women
  52. Louise Mushikiwabo || Secretary General, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
  53. Mamokgethi Phakeng (Prof.) || Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town
  54. Mariam Chabi Talata (H.E.) || Vice President, Benin
  55. Martha Ama A. Pobee (H.E.) || Secretary-General for Africa, UN
  56. Martha K Koome (Lady Justice) || Chief Justice, Kenya
  57. Mary-Jane Morifi || Chief Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Officer, Tiger Brands
  58. Matshidiso Moeti (Dr) || Regional Director for Africa, WHO
  59. Mercy Johnson || Actress
  60. Mitwa Kaemba Ng’ambi || CEO, MTN Rwanda
  61. Monde Muyangwa (Dr.) || Director of the Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
  62. Monique Nsanzabaganwa (H.E.) || Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission
  63. Musonda Xoliswa Mumba (Dr) || Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems, UNEP
  64. Mwele Malecela || Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO
  65. Nabou Fall || CEO, Vizeo
  66. Nadeen Ashraf || Activist
  67. Nafissatou Jocelyne Diop || Chief of Gender and Human Rights, United Nations Population Fund
  68. Nancy Matimu || Managing Director, MultiChoice Kenya
  69. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala || Director General, World Trade Organization
  70. Nnenna Nwakanma || Chief Web Advocate, WWW Foundation
  71. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda || Chairperson, ActionAid International
  72. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde || Actress
  73. Oulimata Sarr || Regional Director West and Central Africa, UN Women
  74. Owen Omogiafo || CEO, Transcorp Group
  75. Patricia Obo-Nai || CEO, Vodafone Ghana
  76. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka || Executive Director, UN Women
  77. Rasha Kelej (Dr) || CEO, Merck Foundation
  78. Renée Ngamau || Chairperson, Amnesty International Kenya
  79. Roberta Annan || Founder, Africa Fashion Foundation
  80. Rose Mwebaza || Director, UN Climate Technology Centre and Network
  81. Rosebell Kagumire || Editor, African Feminism
  82. Roselyn Akombe (Dr) || Governance and Peacebuilding Regional Coordinator, UNDP Africa
  83. Sahle-Work Zewde (H.E) || President, Ethiopia
  84. Samia Suluhu Hassan (H.E) || President, Tanzania
  85. Sheila Ochugboju (Dr) || Head, Strategic Communications, Africa CDC
  86. Sola David-Borha || Group CEO, Standard Bank Africa
  87. Stella Nyanzi (Dr.) || Convenor, Women’s Protest Uganda
  88. Stigmata Tenga (Dr.) || Executive Director, Africa Philanthropy Network
  89. Tiguidanke Camara || CEO, Tigui Mining Group
  90. Titi Akinsanmi || Policy and Government Relations Lead, Google
  91. Tsitsi Dangarembga || Author
  92. Ubah Ali || Activist
  93. Uche Ofodile || CEO, MTN Benin
  94. Victoire Tomegah Dogbé || Prime Minister, Togo
  95. Wanjira Mathai || Regional Director for Africa, World Resources Institute
  96. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg (Dr) || Director, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)
  97. Waris Dirie || CEO, Desert Flower Foundation
  98. Winnie Byanyima || Executive Director, UNAIDS
  99. Yemisi Akinbobola (Dr) || Co-Founder, African Women in Media
  100. Yolanda Cuba || Chief Digital and Fintech Officer, MTN Group
  101. Zainab Hawa Bangura || Director General, United Nations Office at Nairobi.

Source: Ifeanyi Ahyia Adjei, Avance Media


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