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Forbes Lists the 2014 ‘20 Young Power Women in Africa’ | Ada Osakwe, Toyosi Akerele, Amy Jadesimi & More



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Forbes Magazine has released its 2014 edition of the annual ’20 Young Power Women in Africa’ list and quite a number of Nigerians made the cut.

According to Forbes, these women are “20 young, extraordinary and inspiring African women, aged 45 and under, who are making the most dramatic impact in individual African countries in the world of politics, business, technology, policy, diplomacy and media. Meet the 2014 class of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa: the continent’s emerging power brokers, the Amazons to watch, and the custodians of tomorrow.”

Meet the 20 young power women in Africa:

Fatima-Zahra Mansouri, Moroccan, Mayor of Marrakech

Ada OsakweNigerianAdvisor to the Honorable Minister Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria

Amy Jadesimi, Nigerian, Managing Director, LADOL

Naisula LesuudaSenator, Kenya

Amira ElmissiryZimbabwean, Special Assistant to the President of the African Development Bank

Rimini MakamaNigeria, Director, Africa Practice

Afua Osei (Ghanaian) and Yasmin Belo-Osagie (Nigerian), Co-Founders, She Leads Africa

Phumzile Van Damme, South African, Member Of Parliament

Tebogo Mashego, South African, Entrepreneur

Naadiya MoosajeeSouth African, Co-founder, Women In Engineering

Irene Koki Mutungi, Kenyan, Pilot

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Nigerian, Social entrepreneur

Yvonne Khamati, Kenyan, Deputy Head of Mission at Kenya Embassy, Somalia

Kamayirese GermaineRwandese, State Minister for Energy and Water, Rwanda

Adiat Disu, Nigerian, Founder, African Fashion Week

Jamila Abass, Linda Kwamboka, and Susan OguyaKenyanCo-founders, MFarm

Tabetha Kanengoni MalingaZimbabwean, Deputy Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Check out the full list of women here.


  1. Noble (

    December 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Congrats Toyosi! Keep shinning dear!

  2. itsjusme

    December 4, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    could you do a write up on what they all do…and what kind of impact they have made?

    • Miss Anonymous

      December 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm


  3. x-factor

    December 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    @itsjusme ….Please click on the link, You ll see the full list and what they do

  4. hiya

    December 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    go to the redirected link and read what they have done

  5. Ephi

    December 4, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Impressive. Yes, I agree it would be great to know what they do.
    Always nice to see women doing well for themselves..

  6. nwanyi na aga aga

    December 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I wish their profiles were attached. Would ve loved to know what they

  7. ta

    December 4, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I concur! Forbes…. am beginning to doubt your credibility!

  8. Myne Whitman

    December 4, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Click over to Forbes and read. Wow!

  9. Jide

    December 4, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Anybody with the right connections can make this list. Especially if making top kini kan list is an accolade you care about. All you have to do is make a contribution and you will be featured

    • laide

      December 4, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      please kindly make this comment again …after you have made the list.


    December 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

    congrats to them, dont hate.

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