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“The Amazons to Watch” – Tara Fela-Durotoye, Folake Folarin-Coker & Ola Orekunrin listed among Forbes’ 20 Young Power Women in Africa



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.

Check it out!
Tara Fela-Durotoye - December 2013 - BellaNaija

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 - December 2013 - BellaNaija

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 - December 2013 - BellaNaija

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)

To read the reviews on the other power women, click here


  1. Mindblowingme

    December 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Am inspired

  2. Idak

    December 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Big ups to Lindiwe Mazibuko. A true amazon blazing the trail.
    These are ladies worthy of emulation. Congrats to them all.

    On another note, Forbes will soon come up with the TOP 10 BLOGGERS on BN. They just seem to have a never ending stream of lists. Is it not enough?

  3. Hey

    December 6, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Wow! Talk about invention.. Flying doctors is defo an ace idea

  4. Pynk

    December 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    They need to remove isabel dos santos from the list.

    • madman

      December 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Isabel who father is a racist sicko and extremely corrupt is Farai’s “friend.”

    • Ada Ada

      December 7, 2013 at 10:10 am

      very correct! stealing a country blind is not powerful its
      called corruption!

    • [email protected]

      December 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Yes and we swoon over the Abacha’S children’s wedding pictures and celebrate them what is the difference

    • Tosin

      December 11, 2013 at 7:38 am

      I hear you.

  5. jcsgrl

    December 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Well done Mrs Fela-Durotoye – My hubby and I wanna be like you and yours when we grow up by the grace of God

  6. Amanda

    December 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Awesome. Well done ladies.

  7. X- Factor

    December 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm


  8. Zane

    December 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Folake Coker is so past years…Has shown a worthy collection in years. Forbes needs to update

  9. Zane

    December 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm


  10. obi

    December 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Love itttt! yes do move Isabel santos and her thiefing father. we are looking for hardworking women, not women that father dash them with money!

  11. Bisi BusyBee!

    December 10, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Congrats Tara Fela-Durotoye, you are truly an inspiring
    woman. watched your interview recently on EbonyLive TV regards
    100women voices. Sincerely, I see myself following in your paths on
    empowerment(Events Industry) and being on global platforms. God
    bless u maam. Cheers, Bisi Sotunde BusyBee

  12. oyin

    December 13, 2013 at 5:51 am

    All hats to Ola Of the flying doctors. Wow, what a brilliant lady. She’s my new role model. I admire Tara Fela for how she takes her business as a way to bless women with opportunities. Lupita, you are one gorgeous woman. Tired of seeing politician wives or government influenced power. I like to see average working women who are making a difference with their own innovation.

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