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Nigeria’s Biola Alabi, Managing Director of M-Net Africa & Florence Iwegbue, Co-Founder of LiveWello Make Forbes 20 Young Power Women in Africa 2012 List – The Full List



Who runs the world? GIRLS!

Yesterday, Thursday 6th December 2012, Forbes released its 20 Young Power Women in Africa 2012 List. According to Forbes, the list consists of African women – all under the age of 45 – who are unconflicted about themselves, who they are and the role they play, not only within their families but in their countries and the world at large.

Nigerian Attorney and co-founder of Live Wello, Florence Iwegbue makes the 6th position. After her son was diagnosed with autism, the UK-trained attorney and her physician husband, a self-taught software developer, built LiveWello to support their Austic son’s health while harnessing the best elements of their African culture – village life.

Managing director of MNet Africa, Biola Alabi, also makes  at the 11th position as one of the continent’s most powerful women in media. Honoured as a 2012 young global leader by World Economic Forum, Forbes says Biola Alabi has been at the forefront of the expansion of the AfricaMagic channels brand across the continent.

Also making the list is beauty ambassador and Miss Universe 2011 queen, Leila Lopes, who stands tall at the 8th position, but the most inspiring person on the list is a 14 year old Zimbabwean accounting student, Maud Chifamba at the 5th position. At just 14, she has made history has the youngest student in Zimbabwe – and probably the whole of Southern Africa – to enroll in a University. The orphaned genius was admitted to the University of Zimbabwe where she will study towards a Bachelor Accountancy Honors Degree.

Truly inspiring not just for women all over Africa but also for men.

Forbes 20 Young Power Women in Africa 2012 – The Full List

  1. Leymah Gbowee, Liberia, Peace and Women’s Rights Activist
  2. Cina Lawson, Togo, Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Togo
  3. Juliana Rotich, Kenya, Co-Founder Ushahidi
  4. Patience Mthunzi, PhD. South Africa, Senior Scientist, CSIR
  5. Maud Chifamba, Zimbabwe, 14-year old University Accounting Student
  6. Florence Iwegbue, Nigeria, Attorney & Co-Founder, LiveWello
  7. Lisa Opoku Busumbru, Ghana, Chief Operating Officer, Goldman Sachs
  8. Leila Lopes, Angola, 2011 Miss Universe
  9. Isha Sesay, Sierra Leone, News Anchor & Journalist, CNN
  10. Rainatou Sow, Guinea, Women’s Right Activist, Founder & Executive Director, Make Every Woman Count
  11. Biola Alabi, Nigeria, Managing Director, MNET Africa
  12. Lorna Rutto, Kenya, Sustainable Living and Green Technology Entrepreneur, Ecopost
  13. Yolanda Sangweni, South Africa, Senior Editor/Producer,
  14. Danai Gurira, Zimbabwe, Actress & Writer
  15. Eunice Cofie, Ghana, Founder & Chief Cosmetic Chemist, Nuekie
  16. Marieme Jamme, Senegal, Social Entrepreneur, Technologist & CEO, SpotOne Global Solutions
  17. Jepchumba, Kenya, Digital Content Creator, Cultural Curator, African Digital Art
  18. Redi Tlhabi, South Africa, Journalist, Broadcaster & Author
  19. Swaady Martin-Leke, Ivory Coast, Entrepreneur & Founder, Yswara
  20. Jacqueline Chimhanzi, PhD. Zimbabwe, Corporate Executive

The list was compiled by South African TV producer and entrepreneur, Farai Gundan for Forbes. Read all about the 20 young power women in Africa on Forbes’ website


  1. Mssexy

    December 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

    girls rule – proud of u ladies!

  2. Bea

    December 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Very inspiring!

    Ps- Bellanaija pls note (I might just be splitting hairs here but…) there’s no such thing as “a UK trained attorney”. The UK doesn’t have “attorneys” like the States. She has solicitors or barristers…thanks 🙂

    • Damilare Aiki

      December 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Thank you Bea for your comment. Please kindly note that Florence Iwegbue is called a U.K-trained Attorney by Forbes, not us.

    • Bea

      December 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

      No worries!

  3. Sue

    December 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Well done women especially the Naija women, keep soaring the sky is just your starting point, we are proud of you for showing that we are not all about kitchen and bearing children

  4. Akins

    December 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    This is not an official Forbes list. It was written by one of their contributors. Anyone can come up with his or her own list

    • R

      December 10, 2012 at 1:42 am

      your point is?

  5. Idak

    December 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Biola Alabi and Redi Tlhabi , take a bow ladies!!
    Career wise, these two ladies are doing womanhood proud in the media industry.

  6. Teefah

    December 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Hats off to these ladies…inspirational

  7. Glam

    December 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    This is inspiring, one kudo after another for our Naija girls. The author of The Glam File shall make that list next year, WATCH OUT!!!

  8. Debbie

    December 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    This is damn inspiring. Congrats Biola Alabi and others.
    Check my blog for another inspiring story of a young CEO, Adams Khaz Ltd.

  9. Beegal

    December 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    This is inspiring but are Zimbawean unis so good? I know people that entered Unilag at age 15.

    • zimbabwean

      December 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Zimbabwe has one of the best education systems in Africa, even in her current times of economical woes, the adult literacy rate is still up there. Ok…now to brace myself for the Nigerian Lion of Africa backlash & insults 😮

    • zainab

      December 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      no dear, dont get too excited, nigerians dont care abt u

  10. femmelounge

    December 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    real power list! congratulations to them all.

  11. Olufunmi

    December 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

  12. faith

    December 9, 2012 at 8:18 am

    On my way there…winks*

  13. onnari

    December 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Seeing women, attain heights which are applaudable gives me such a rush. Congrats ladies!

  14. Stephanie

    December 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I’m next in line. Congratulations

  15. tata isidore

    December 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    i love ur company

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