Africa’s most influential women in business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership received recognition at the prestigious Forbes Woman Africa Awards which coincided with International Women’s Day. The 2021 #LeadingWomanSummit was held from March 8th-9th 2021.
Bringing together the continent’s most powerful female voices, the Forbes Woman Africa Leading Women Summit (LWS), presented by Mastercard took on a guiding role, hinging the conversation on this year’s dynamic theme – “Africa Reloaded: The Power of The Collective”.
The #LWS2021 event saw a line up of keynote speaker including Zozibini Tunzi, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zola Budd Pieterse, Folorunso Alakija, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Siddharth Chatterjee, Gita Gopinath and Piwokuhle Nyanda who engaged the audience through hard-hitting talks, fireside chats, and insightful panel discussions that look back on the year while identifying opportunities for growth and recovery on the continent.
See the 2021 Forbes Woman Africa winners below:
FWA Young Achievers Award Winner: Rabia Ghoor, Founder of Swiitch Beauty
FWA Social Impact Award Winner: Isabelle Kamariza, Founder of Solid’Africa
FWA Technology and Innovation Award Winner: Temie Giwa Tubosun, Founder of Life Bank
FWA Academic Excellence Award Winner: Professor Rudo Mathivha, Academic Head of Intensive Care Services at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital
FWA Sports Award Winner: Helen Obiri, Olympic Athlete
FWA Entertainer Award Winner: Elsa Majimbo, Kenyan Comedian
FWA Business Woman of the Year Winner: Ada Osakwe, Founder of Agrolay Ventures
FWA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former president of Liberia