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Saran Kaba Jones, Isis Nyongo, Khanyi Dhlomo & Ndidi Nwuneli make Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa List

Another day, Another list.
However, this one, we like!
Forbes has compiled a list of the 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa.



Khanyi Dhlomo & Saran Kaba Jones

Another day, Another list.
However, this one, we like!
Forbes Magazine/Forbes Online Contributor, Mfonobong Nsehe has compiled a list of the 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa. According to Mfonobong,

“Of course, this is by no means an official or an exhaustive list. But these are 20 women, all under age 45, who wield enormous influence in African business, technology, policy and media. They are change makers, trendsetters, visionaries and thinkers, builders, and young global leaders. They are at the vanguard of Africa’s imminent socio-economic revolution and its contemporary renaissance.”

The List

    • Ory Okolloh – Kenyan. Founder, Ushahidi
    • Chimamanda Adichie – Nigerian. Writer
    • Yolanda Cuba – South African. Corporate Executive
    • Ndidi Nwuneli – Nigerian. Social Entrepreneur
    • Dambisa Moyo – Zambian. Economist
    • Khanyi Dhlomo – South African. Media Mogul
    • Phuti Malabie – South African. CEO, Shanduka Group
    • Funmi Iyanda – Nigerian. Journalist & Broadcaster
    • Isis Nyongo – Kenyan. Managing Director, InMobi Africa
    • Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu – Ethiopian. Entrepreneur
    • Elsie Kanza – Tanzania. Economic Advisor To Tanzania’s President
    • Saran Kaba Jones – Liberian. Founder, Face Africa
    • Julie Gichuru – Kenyan. Journalist & Broadcaster
    • Lisa Kropman – South African, Entrepreneur
    • Stella Kilonzo – Kenyan. Chief Executive, Capital Markets Authority, Kenya
    • Magatte Wade – Senegal. Entrepreneur
    • Jonitha Gugu Msibi – South Africa. Senior Partner, Ernst & Young
    • June Arunga – Kenyan. Entrepreneur
    • Juliet Ehimuan – Nigerian. Google country manager, Nigeria
    • Olga Kimani-Arara – Kenyan. Google Country Manager, Kenya

Amazing women! Be Inspired.
Something to aspire to…

Visit Forbes Online to read their profiles and find out more


  1. anonymous

    August 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm


    • ugo

      August 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      congratulations!! now that you have won the crown, what do you plan to do in your reign?

    • Ms. Jayee

      August 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm


    • mimi

      August 20, 2011 at 12:23 am

      abi we should give him grammy award

    • haha

      August 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      A biscuits and a hug

  2. bella

    August 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Second! Lwkmd!

  3. mimilavander

    August 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    @ anonymous u don’t av a user name so am first yeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy……….ll be back when i av somtin meaninigful to contribute

  4. UK

    August 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    nice we will be like you guyz one of these days

  5. Oma

    August 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm

  6. jd

    August 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    chimmamanda Adichie..i like!

  7. jay

    August 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    am so happy F.I made the list all those dumb socialiets should see wht it means to work hard Mo and co

  8. Demmy

    August 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Very inspired. It makes me want to achive stuff badly 🙂

  9. Truth Teller

    August 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I’m proud of them all….but my name was omitted. I guess the error will be corrected on the next one 🙂

  10. ASHAMA

    August 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    O yes!! There goes my own Aunty Funmi…… Love you girl.

  11. Yeoal

    August 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Wow!! Nice one. Nice 2 know that women are makin a positive impact on d continent. Surprised that sum1 is not on dis list n she is even under 30. Well congrats 2 all d women on the list.

  12. zerovacancygal

    August 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    LoL *ugo’s comments cracked me up. i laugh sotey…i’ve always wondered wetin being the “first” to comment translates too. Thanks to all these young women who have brightened Africa’s corner on the forbes rankings.

  13. Ms Ivoire

    August 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I like this and I aspire to make a difference in my world too by God’s grace.

    On a different note, pls BellaNaija, whatever happened to Friday Track? I miss my regular dose of Kilon Sparkles :). pls can we have it back???

  14. qhaycee

    August 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    salute 2 ordinary women who ignore their disadvantages and push their advantages sharpened by hardwork,prayer and a never say die naija spirit 2 b celebratd worldwide.

  15. Foxtrot

    August 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    what does “media mogul” mean exactly?

  16. Luvlyn

    August 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Fummi Iyanda under 45??? How true is dis??

  17. Abby

    August 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm


  18. Pendo

    August 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    So proud to be African and female right now! Big up to all the ladies and mob love especially to my kenyan sisters!

  19. Babe

    August 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Wow….two women I admire so much were listed; Funmi Iyanda and Ndidi. All these women make me proud of being a woman… Go gurls…Thanks for making the female gender proud of y’all

  20. Angela

    August 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Congrats Ndidi. Cant wait to see Uche Eze’s name on this list in a few years…

  21. Emme

    August 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Great list. Love it! Women rock!

  22. Bachellorette

    August 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    lol @ Ugo”s statement…LMAO

  23. emjay

    August 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    i will work hard to make that list one day but even if they dont recognise me, the lives i have affected would! IGWT,Amen!

  24. pynk

    August 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    nice to see something dealing with young women with substance. Thumbs up to the sisters!


    August 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Uche Eze for BELLANAIJA Should be on this LIST!!! But congratulations to all the other women!

    • El Bee

      August 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm


  26. miss

    August 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    do you people relaise something on the list

  27. miss

    August 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    “realise anything”

  28. Aibee

    August 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Finally. A list devoid of socialites and fashionistas and all that’s in between. Congrats Funmi Iyanda & Ndudi. As for Chimamanda, I don’t see the power she wields other than the fact that she won awards for her writing – my personal opinion. That said, shouldn’t our very own Uche Eze be on this list?

    • Nma

      August 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm

      lol…what a contradiction! So Chimamanda’s INSPIRING and HISTORICAL books….not to mention her thought-provoking speeches and write ups are not worthy enough to make the cut but Bella’s blog is?? Not to knock Bella cos i love what she does, but ur comment just makes no sense.

    • partyrider

      August 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Nma..well said!

  29. Mary007

    August 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    God almighty I want my name on that list in Jesus name within the next five years, amen

    • fabiyi olawale adefisayo

      August 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      if u belive it and u work towards it, u’ll def become it…wish u d best

    • Ulo

      August 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      Amen to that sister. You’ll be joining me. Amen.

  30. aibii

    August 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Wish I cud make dis list sumday….dat wud b a great achievement….

  31. Great

    August 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Excellent list across Africa. Wonderful to see Kenya so well represented.

  32. blessing

    August 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    ghana is on list why? how come Liberia is on

    • Sandra

      August 21, 2011 at 5:34 am

      Blessing my dear, what sort of question is this? Are they not worthy to be on the list? My friend congratulate ur fellow African women who are doing our continent proud instead of leaving senseless questions

    • partyrider

      August 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      What a shallow comment!!! this ISN’T about countries..park well


    August 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    congrats to dem all!!! hp i make it to such a list some day 😉
    …doh i dnt knw d people frm oda countries, amongst d nigerians, shld funmi iyanda b included in dis list really?? is she dat young a woman?…jst askin sha

  34. Adebayo

    August 19, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Great stuff! These are the kind of stories we should be reading about Africa and Africans. Kudos, Mfonobong Nsehe. Good thing you’ve refrained from writing about rich pastors.

  35. tatafo

    August 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    yayyy! Ndidi Nwuneli made the list! So inspiring. Lots of women to look up to.

  36. Chi

    August 19, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Great list! So happy to see Ndidi made it! Though I’m not a fan of Mfon but good to see his blog has some substance to it, cause lately it hasnt.
    BTW How come Ms Arunma Oteh isnt on the list. She is the DG of the SEC of Nigeria, basically controls the governing body of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, former Vice President of the African Development Bank and she’s under 45.

  37. Uchechi

    August 20, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Congratulations beautiful African women, keep it up!!

  38. cathy

    August 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    feel so inspired by them all

  39. NNENNE

    August 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Congratulations, great sisters of Africa. You have given me another reason to remain a proud African woman. Wish I saw the faces of Ndidi Nwuneli and Juliet Ehimuan. .
    Chimamanda, I love and recommend your books it to all my friends and family. Should we expect a Nigerian children’s book next?

  40. naijagal

    August 22, 2011 at 6:30 am


    • tatafo

      August 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      you were the one who introduced me to her in your write-up. thank you!!!

  41. BisiBusyBee!

    August 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    wow! a big CONGRATS to Ndidi Nwuneli of LEAP AFRICA, some day I will make the list too. cheers, Bisi.

    • Obi-talker

      August 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Hey babes,
      just looked at your site, I saw that u graduated from leap. big ups, as I did too…

  42. Enwongo cleopas

    August 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I’m really proud of Ndidi and Chimamanda. I’m proud of all those women. They give young ladies like me hope to strive on to attain greatness… Someday soon, i pray to be on that list…amen.

  43. Nma

    August 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Saran is my friend on facebook. From her works and posts, She seems like a beautiful soul with a good head on her shoulders. Congrats to her!

  44. eloho

    August 30, 2011 at 2:13 am

    lovely! I feel so motivated!

  45. ruzy

    August 30, 2011 at 10:11 am

    congrats………i do appreciate you all because i know by his grace, one day i will on that list………….and they will congratulate me tooo……………

  46. partyrider

    August 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    YAY!! for chimamanda…congrats to all the other women.. some refreshing news from africa.

  47. Obi-talker

    August 31, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I’m feeling this list as in seriouly!

  48. marian

    August 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    im gonna b on that list someday…

  49. Mina Ogbanga

    September 4, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Im completely proud of these women.More to come…Big ups!

  50. Mina Ogbanga

    September 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Great effort and achievement indeed

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