Yemi Alade and Sinach join list of 100 most influential women in Africa (See Full List)


Africa is celebrating singers, Sinach and Yemi Alade as they join Linda IkejiOkonjo Iweala and 16 other Nigerian women on the list of 100 most influential women in the continent.

The long list of 100 most influential women in Africa is compiled annually by prestigious Ghana based Avance Media through public nomination.

They join the likes of Linda Ikeji, Okonjo Iweala, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu of Tony Elumelu Foundation, Uche Pedro of Bella Naija and others who have been on the list before this year’s update.

The list which cuts across 34 countries in the African continent, states that the enlisted women are essentially leaders in various fields of endeavor and role models for the younger generation.

Nigerian women recorded the most representation this year as they topped the list with 20 appearances. South Africa and Ghana made up the top three with 11 and 9 women leaders respectively.

Gospel artiste, Osinachi Joseph popularly known as Sinach, is making it on the list for the first time in the entertainment category.

She was also named among the Top 100 Most Reputable Persons on earth by Reputable Poll in 2019.

“Always grateful to Jesus for all He’s been doing in our Lives,” Sinach said while reacting to the good news.

“A lot has happened this year, but in all, we are still standing. I thank everyone that contributed to this and especially our Fans and followers. You made this happen. Thank you for inspiring us.”

See full list of 100 most influential women in Africa below;

  1. Agnes Binagwaho (Prof) || Vice-Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity
  2. Agnes Kalibata || CEO, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
  3. Amanda Mukwashi || CEO, Christian Aid
  4. Amani Abou-Zeid (H.E Dr.) || Commissioner for Infrastructure & Energy, African
  5. Amel Karboul (Dr.) || CEO, Education Outcomes Fund
  6. Amina C. Mohamed (Dr.) || Cabinet Secretary, Sports, Culture & Heritage (Kenya)
  1. Amina J. Mohammed (H.E) || Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
  2. Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh || Regional Head, IBM Africa
  3. Angélique Kidjo || Musician
  4. Anita Erskine || Founder, Anita Erskine Media
  5. Anna Nimiriano || Editor-in-Chief, Juba Monitor
  6. Anne-Marie Dias Borges || Presenter, BBC
  7. Antoinette Sayeh || Deputy MD, IMF
  8. Arikana Chihombori Quao || Activist
  9. Aurélie A. Soulé Zoumarou || Minister, Digital Economy and Communications
  10. Ayisha Osori || CEO, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)
  11. Bajabulile Swazi Tshabalala || Vice President & CFO, AFDB
  12. Bella Disu || Vice Chairman, Globacom
  13. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu || CEO, soleRebels
  14. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi || First Lady, Ekiti State
  15. Chileshe Kapwepwe (H.E.) || Secretary-General, (COMESA)
  16. Dorothy Tembo || Ag. Executive Director, International Trade Centre
  17. Edith Yah Brou || Blogger
  18. Eghosa Oriaikhi Mabhena || CEO, Puma Energy Africa
  19. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf || Founder, EJS Center
  20. Elsie S. Kanza || Head of Africa, World Economic Forum
  21. Emma Lohoues || Actress
  22. Emma Theofelus || Deputy Minister, Namibia
  23. Esther Cobbah || CEO, Stratcomm Ghana
  24. Fadumo Dayib || Politician
  25. Faith Osier (Prof) || President, International Union of Immunological Societies
  26. Fatou Bom Bensouda || Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
  27. Fatoumata Bâ || Founder, Janngo
  28. Françoise Remarck || Chairman, Canal+ Cote D’Ivoire
  29. Graça Machel || Founder, Graca Machel Trust
  30. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor || Minister, International Relations and Cooperation
  31. Hajer Sharief || Co-Founder, Together We Build it
  1. Hala Zayed (Dr.) || Minister, Health and Population (Egypt)
  2. Halima Dangote || Executive Director, Dangote Group
  3. Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu || CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation
  4. Ilwad Elman || Director, Elman Peace and Human Rights Center
  5. Irene Charnley || Founder, Smile Communications
  1. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang (Prof) || Chancellor, Women’s University in Africa
  2. Jewel Howard Taylor (H.E) || Vice President, Liberia
  3. Juliet Ehimuan || Director, Google West Africa
  4. Kamissa Camara || Secretary-General, Mali Presidency
  5. Lalla Moulaye Ezzedine || Chairman, Bank of Africa Côte d’Ivoire
  6. Laureen Kouassi-Olsson || Regional Head, Amethis
  7. Leila Bouamatou || Managing Director, BANK OF MAURITANIA GENERAL
  8. Linda Ikeji || CEO, Linda Ikeji Media
  9. Louise Mushikiwabo || Secretary General, Organisation internationale de la
  10. Lucy Quist || Chief Diversity & Inclusion Ocer, Morgan Stanley
  11. Lydia Nsekera || Member, International Olympic Committee
  12. Magda Wierzycka || CEO, Sygnia
  13. Maggie Kigozi || Chairperson, Africa Scout Foundation
  14. Mamokgethi Phakeng (Prof) || Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town
  15. Mansa Nettey || CEO, StanChart Ghana
    58 Martine Co-Studer || Chairperson Bolloré Transport & Logistics
  16. Massogbè Touré || CEO, SITA S.A
  17. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti (Dr) || Regional Director for Africa, WHO
  18. Melene Rossouw || Founder, Women Lead Movement
  19. Mimi Kalinda || CEO, Africa Communications Media Group
  20. Monica Geingos (H.E) || First Lady, Republic of Namibia
  21. Nana Asantewa Afadzinu || Executive Director, WASCI
  22. Nathalie Akon Gabala || Regional Head, Mastercard Foundation
  23. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli || Founder, LEAP Africa
  24. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala || Board Chair, Gavi Alliance
  25. Nompumelelo Thembekile Madisa || CEO, Bidvest Group
  26. Olajumoke Adenowo || Founder, AD Consulting
  27. Oumou Sangaré || Musician
  28. Owen Omogiafo || CEO, Transcorp Group
  29. Patricia Obo-Nai || CEO, Vodafone Ghana
  30. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Dr) || Executive Director, UN Women
  31. Racheal Njoroge || Managing Director, Cummins
  32. Rachel Sibande (Dr) || Founder, mHub
  33. Rasha Kelej (Dr) || CEO, Merck Foundation
  34. Rawya Mansour || Founder, RAMSCO
  35. Raychelle Omamo || Minister, Foreign Aairs (Kenya)
  36. Rita Bissoonauth || Head, AU International Centre for Girls and Women’s
  37. Sahle-Work Zewde (H.E) || President, Ethiopia
  38. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey || Minister, Foreign Aairs and Regional Integration
  39. Sinach || Musician
  40. Sisi Ntombela || Premier, Free State (South Africa)
  41. Snowy Khoza (Dr) || CEO, Bigen Africa
  42. Soham El Wardini || Mayor, Dakar
  43. Sola David-Borha || Group CEO, Standard Bank Africa
  44. Stella Nyanzi (Dr.) || Convenor, Women’s Protest Uganda
  45. Sylvia Mulinge || Chief Customer Ocer, Safaricom
  46. Temie Giwa-Tubosun || Founder, LifeBank
  47. Toyin Sanni || CEO, Emerging Africa Capital
  48. Toyin Saraki || Founder, Wellbeing Foundation Africa
  49. Uche Pedro || Founder, BELLANAIJA
  50. Vera Daves De Sousa || Minister, Finance (Angola)
  51. Vera Songwe (Dr) || Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission
    for Africa
  52. Wala’a Essam Al-Boushi || Minister, Youth and Sport (Sudan)
  53. Wanjira Mathai || Vice President & Regional Director for Africa, World Resources
  54. Winnie Byanyima || Executive Director, UNAIDS
  55. Yemi Alade || Musician
  56. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr || Mayor, Freetown
  57. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed || Minister, Finance (Nigeria)

News Credit – Avance Media