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The WIE’s 60 Powerful African Women Influencers: Liya Kebede, Alek Wek, Iman, Jewel by Lisa & Tiffany Amber Founders Make the List!

WIE 60  Powerful InfluencersWIE releases its 60 Annual women Influencers in Africa and a handful from the fashion and entertainment industries make the list including Alek Wek, Iman, Lisa Folawiyo of Jewel by Lisa and Folake Folarin-Coker of Tiffany Amber. Check out the full list and last year’s WIE feature on Africa.

Media and Culture
Dambisa Moyo – Writer, economist
Angelique Kidjo – Musician, Activist. Benin
Biola Alabi – Managing Director, MNET Africa
Chimamanda NgoziAdichie – Author
Isha Sesay – Anchor, CNN
Julie Gichuru – Journalist. Kenya
Khanyi Dhlomo – Founder, Destiny Magazine
Mariam Doumbia – Musician
Oumou Sangaré – Musician. Mali
Patricia Amira – Talk Show Host. Kenya
Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Musician. South Africa
Tsitsi Dangarembga – Novelist, screenwriter. Zimbabwe

Fashion and Entertainment
Iman – Model, Philanthropist, Businesswoman
Alek Wek – Model, Philanthropist. South Sudan
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu – Founder, Sole Rebels. Ethiopia
Charlize Theron – Actress, Philanthropist. US/South Africa
Folake Folarin-Coker – Founder, Tiffany Amber. Nigeria
Gabourey Sidibe – Actress. US/Senegal
Genevieve Nnaji – Actress. Nigeria
Lisa Folawiyo – Founder, Jewel by Lisa. Nigeria
Liya Kebede – Model, Philanthropist
Magatte Wade – Entrepreneur. Senegal
Thandie Newton – Actress. UK/Zimbabwe

Business and Technology

Bridgette Radebe – Exec Chairperson, Mmakau Mining, SA
Divine Ndhlukula – Founder, Securico, Zimbabwe
Eva Muraya – Co-Founder, Color Creations Group. Kenya
Eleni Gabre-Madhin – Economist and CEO, Eleni LLC. Ethiopia
Isis Nyongo – Managing Director, InMobi Africa. Kenya
Julie Ehumian – Country Manager, Google Nigeria
Nonkululeko Nyembezi-heita – CEO, ArcelorMittal
Ory Okolloh – Policy Manager, Google Africa. Kenya
Precious Moloi-Motsepe – Chairperson, African Fashion Itnl
Rebecca Enonchong – Founder and CEO, AppsTech. Cameroon
Wendy Ackerman – Non-Exec Director, Pick n Pay Holdings
Wendy Luhabe – Entrepreneur. SA

Lisa Opoku-Busumbru – COO, Goldman Sachs
Cathy Echeozo – Managing Director, GT Bank
Bernadine Okeke – EVP / Head of Private Banking, First Bank
Bola Adesola – Managing Director/CEO, Standard Chartered
Genevieve Sangudi – Managing Director, Carlyle Group Africa
Gugu Msibi – Senior Partner, Ernst & Young
Linah Mohohlo – Governor, Bank of Botswana
Maria Ramos – CEO, ABSA Group
Minoush Abdel-Meguid – Co-Founder, Union Capital
Ngozi Iweala Okonji – Minister of Finance. Nigeria
Pearl Esua-Mensah – Deputy MD, UT Bank
Tsega Gebreyes – Managing Partner, Satya Capital
Yvonne Ike – CEO West Africa, Renaissance Capital

Philanthropy and Advocacy
Graca Machel – Humanitarian, Mozambique
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – President of Liberia
Elsie Kanza – Head of Africa, WEF. Tanzania
Fatou Bensouda – Chief prosecutor, Intl Criminal Court. Gambia
Hadeel Ibrahim – Philanthropist
Jeanette Kagame – 1st Lady of Rwanda
Joy Phumaphi – VP, Human Development Network, World Bank
Joyce Banda – President of Malawi
Leymah Gbowee – Activist, Liberia
Dr Mamphela Ramphele – Activist, Academic, Businesswoman
Toyin Saraki – Founder, Wellbeing Foundation Africa. Nigeria
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma – Chair, African Union Commission

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A running feature for 12 years on, The ‘Ladybrille Woman of the Month’ celebrates women in business and leadership, who empower themselves and others through their contributions and actions in their local and international communities. In 2014, the feature expanded to include a podcast show. If you would like to nominate a woman to be celebrated, please email [email protected].

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