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CNN asked 12 African Influencers to share their Favourite Quotes from other African Women for #IWD2017 – Here’s What Tiwa Savage, DJ Cuppy & More had to Say!



To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, CNN asked 12 African influencers including Angelique Kidjo, Tiwa Savage, DJ Cuppy and more to share their favourite quotes from other African women that inspire them or have made an impact on them.

Lupita Nyong’o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Wangari Maathai, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and more were some of the women quoted.

Watch some of the inspiring, beautiful and motivational messages below.

Tiwa Savage

DJ Cuppy

Angelique Kidjo

Jane Michael Ekanem

Share some of your favourite quotes below and check out more videos here.


  1. Nancy

    March 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Tonto Dikeh will not come and be an influencer now oh! It is fake fake acting cry she will be doing up and down!

    • Chi Chi

      March 8, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      Dear Nancy,

      Women like you are the problem with our society today. Where you there when it happened? If she was indeed abused, then you should be ashamed of yourself! Its better to hush and have no opinion than make baseless comments like this! Bye!

    • @Nancy

      March 9, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Dear Nancy,
      After you saw pictures of what Tonto went through, you still have the audacity to mock her. That shows what an evil heart you have. And if it’s about her being an influencer, don’t worry. A lot of people see Tonto Dikeh as a role model, particularly a lot of abused women who didn’t have the courage to leave. You, on the other hand, will only be known as the anonymous coward on BN who had the nerve to trivialize domestic violence. That’s if anyone cares enough to remember you.

  2. Chi Chi

    March 8, 2017 at 10:07 pm


  3. Nkem

    March 8, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.
    Life’s a bitch.
    You’ve got to go out and kick ass

    Maya Angelou.

    I’m up and about doing great things spurred on by this quote.

  4. gemonyi

    March 8, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Dear Nancy,
    You are one of those she talked about that shames victims of Domestic Violence. This is not a joke because some do not live to tell their story.
    Please STOP.

  5. Fola

    March 9, 2017 at 6:50 am

    These quotes and their meanings are so deep and insightful.

  6. Rekiya

    March 9, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Beautiful and inspiring quotes from great women.I can never forget some from Mother Teresa,It says – If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
    ”Not all of us can do great things,but we can do small things with great love”.

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