Forbes recently released its 20 Young Power Women in Africa list and 3 Nigerians make the cut.
They include the creative director of beauty brand House of Tara Tara Fela-Durotoye, designer extraordinaire Folake Folarin-Coker and founder of Flying Doctors Ola Orekunrin.
According to Forbes, these women are the continent’s emerging power brokers, the Amazons to watch, and the custodians of tomorrow.
Tara Fela-Durotoye (Nigerian. Founder, House of Tara)
The Nigerian born entrepreneur and lawyer is the founder of House of Tara, Nigeria’s leading beauty and cosmetics company. House of Tara develops a wide range of African-themed beauty products and perfumes and also operates Nigeria’s foremost beauty academy. In 2013, Fela-Durotoye was nominated as a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum.
Folake Folarin-Coker (Nigerian. Fashion Designer)
Coker is the founder of Tiffany Amber, one of Africa’s leading fashion labels. She is the first African-based designer to showcase for two consecutive seasons at the New York Fashion Week. In 2009, she won Designer of the Year at Africa Fashion International in Johannesburg, South Africa followed by Fashion Brand of the Year at Arise Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria.
Ola Orekunrin (Nigerian. Medical Doctor & Founder, The Flying Doctors)
Orekunrin, 25, is the founder and Managing Director of Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd., an air ambulance service based in Lagos, Nigeria. Orekunrin’s company is the first air ambulance service in West Africa to provide urgent helicopter, airplane ambulance and evacuation services for critically injured people. She is a 2013 New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute and was named a Young Global Leader in 2013 by the World Economic Forum.
The 20 Young Power Women in Africa
Isabel Dos Santos (Angolan. Investor)
Mimi Alemayehou (Ethiopian. Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation – OPIC)
Vera Songwe (Cameroonian. Country Director, World Bank, Senegal)
Rapelang Rabana (South African. Entrepreneur)
Claire Akamanzi (Rwandan. Chief Operating Officer, Rwanda Development Board)
Valentina da Luz Guebuza (Mozambiquan. Investor)
Hadeel Ibrahim (Sudanese. Mo Ibrahim Foundation)
Alengot Oromait (Ugandan. Member of Parliament)
Monica Musonda (Zambian. Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Java Foods)
Lindiwe Mazibuko (South African. Politician & Parliamentary Leader for Democratic Alliance – DA)
Minoush Abdel-Meguid (Egyptian. Private Equity Investor, Entrepreneur, Investment Banker)
Simbongile Sambo (South African. Chief Executive Officer and Founder of SRS Aviation)
Lupita Nyong’o (Kenyan. Actress and Filmmaker)
Amini Kanjunju (Democratic Republic of Congo. President & CEO, Africa-America Institute)
NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwean. Author)
Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan. Artist & Sculptor)
Angella Kariuki (Tanzanian.Politician)