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Yemi Alade, Sinach make list of 100 most influential women in African (Full List)

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Africa is celebrating singers, Sinach and Yemi Alade as they join Linda Ikeji, Okonjo Iweala and 16 other Nigerian women on the list of 100 most influential women in the continent.

100 most influential women in Africa:

The long list of 100 most influential women in Africa is compiled annually by prestigious Ghana based Avance Media through public nomination.

They join the likes of Linda Ikeji, Okonjo Iweala, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu of Tony Elumelu Foundation, Uche Pedro of Bella Naija and others who have been on the list before this year’s update.

The list which cuts across 34 countries in the African continent, states that the enlisted women are essentially leaders in various fields of endeavor and role models for the younger generation.

Nigerian women recorded the most representation this year as they topped the list with 20 appearances. South Africa and Ghana made up the top three with 11 and 9 women leaders respectively.

Gospel artiste, Osinachi Joseph popularly known as Sinach, is making it on the list for the first time in the entertainment category.

100 most influential women in Africa

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She was also named among the Top 100 Most Reputable Persons on earth by Reputable Poll in 2019.

“Always grateful to Jesus for all He’s been doing in our Lives,” Sinach said while reacting to the good news.

“A lot has happened this year, but in all, we are still standing. I thank everyone that contributed to this and especially our Fans and followers. You made this happen. Thank you for inspiring us.”

See full list of 100 most influential women in Africa below;

  1. Agnes Binagwaho (Prof) || Vice-Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity
  2. Agnes Kalibata || CEO, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
  3. Amanda Mukwashi || CEO, Christian Aid
  4. Amani Abou-Zeid (H.E Dr.) || Commissioner for Infrastructure & Energy, African
    Union
  5. Amel Karboul (Dr.) || CEO, Education Outcomes Fund
  6. Amina C. Mohamed (Dr.) || Cabinet Secretary, Sports, Culture & Heritage (Kenya)
  7. Amina J. Mohammed (H.E) || Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
  8. Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh || Regional Head, IBM Africa
  9. Angélique Kidjo || Musician
  10. Anita Erskine || Founder, Anita Erskine Media
  11. Anna Nimiriano || Editor-in-Chief, Juba Monitor
  12. Anne-Marie Dias Borges || Presenter, BBC
  13. Antoinette Sayeh || Deputy MD, IMF
  14. Arikana Chihombori Quao || Activist
  15. Aurélie A. Soulé Zoumarou || Minister, Digital Economy and Communications
    (Benin)
  16. Ayisha Osori || CEO, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)
  17. Bajabulile Swazi Tshabalala || Vice President & CFO, AFDB
  18. Bella Disu || Vice Chairman, Globacom
  19. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu || CEO, soleRebels
  20. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi || First Lady, Ekiti State
  21. Chileshe Kapwepwe (H.E.) || Secretary-General, (COMESA)
  22. Dorothy Tembo || Ag. Executive Director, International Trade Centre
  23. Edith Yah Brou || Blogger
  24. Eghosa Oriaikhi Mabhena || CEO, Puma Energy Africa
  25. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf || Founder, EJS Center
  26. Elsie S. Kanza || Head of Africa, World Economic Forum
  27. Emma Lohoues || Actress
  28. Emma Theofelus || Deputy Minister, Namibia
  29. Esther Cobbah || CEO, Stratcomm Ghana
  30. Fadumo Dayib || Politician
  31. Faith Osier (Prof) || President, International Union of Immunological Societies
  32. Fatou Bom Bensouda || Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
  33. Fatoumata Bâ || Founder, Janngo
  34. Françoise Remarck || Chairman, Canal+ Cote D’Ivoire
  35. Graça Machel || Founder, Graca Machel Trust
  36. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor || Minister, International Relations and Cooperation
  37. Hajer Sharief || Co-Founder, Together We Build it
  38. Hala Zayed (Dr.) || Minister, Health and Population (Egypt)
  39. Halima Dangote || Executive Director, Dangote Group
  40. Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu || CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation
  41. Ilwad Elman || Director, Elman Peace and Human Rights Center
  42. Irene Charnley || Founder, Smile Communications
  43. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang (Prof) || Chancellor, Women’s University in Africa
  44. Jewel Howard Taylor (H.E) || Vice President, Liberia
  45. Juliet Ehimuan || Director, Google West Africa
  46. Kamissa Camara || Secretary-General, Mali Presidency
  47. Lalla Moulaye Ezzedine || Chairman, Bank of Africa Côte d’Ivoire
  48. Laureen Kouassi-Olsson || Regional Head, Amethis
  49. Leila Bouamatou || Managing Director, BANK OF MAURITANIA GENERAL
  50. Linda Ikeji || CEO, Linda Ikeji Media
  51. Louise Mushikiwabo || Secretary General, Organisation internationale de la
    Francophonie
  52. Lucy Quist || Chief Diversity & Inclusion Ocer, Morgan Stanley
  53. Lydia Nsekera || Member, International Olympic Committee
  54. Magda Wierzycka || CEO, Sygnia
  55. Maggie Kigozi || Chairperson, Africa Scout Foundation
  56. Mamokgethi Phakeng (Prof) || Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town
  57. Mansa Nettey || CEO, StanChart Ghana
    58 Martine Co-Studer || Chairperson Bolloré Transport & Logistics
  58. Massogbè Touré || CEO, SITA S.A
  59. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti (Dr) || Regional Director for Africa, WHO
  60. Melene Rossouw || Founder, Women Lead Movement
  61. Mimi Kalinda || CEO, Africa Communications Media Group
  62. Monica Geingos (H.E) || First Lady, Republic of Namibia
  63. Nana Asantewa Afadzinu || Executive Director, WASCI
  64. Nathalie Akon Gabala || Regional Head, Mastercard Foundation
  65. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli || Founder, LEAP Africa
  66. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala || Board Chair, Gavi Alliance
  67. Nompumelelo Thembekile Madisa || CEO, Bidvest Group
  68. Olajumoke Adenowo || Founder, AD Consulting
  69. Oumou Sangaré || Musician
  70. Owen Omogiafo || CEO, Transcorp Group
  71. Patricia Obo-Nai || CEO, Vodafone Ghana
  72. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Dr) || Executive Director, UN Women
  73. Racheal Njoroge || Managing Director, Cummins
  74. Rachel Sibande (Dr) || Founder, mHub
  75. Rasha Kelej (Dr) || CEO, Merck Foundation
  76. Rawya Mansour || Founder, RAMSCO
  77. Raychelle Omamo || Minister, Foreign Aairs (Kenya)
  78. Rita Bissoonauth || Head, AU International Centre for Girls and Women’s
    Education
  79. Sahle-Work Zewde (H.E) || President, Ethiopia
  80. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey || Minister, Foreign Aairs and Regional Integration
    (Ghana)
  81. Sinach || Musician
  82. Sisi Ntombela || Premier, Free State (South Africa)
  83. Snowy Khoza (Dr) || CEO, Bigen Africa
  84. Soham El Wardini || Mayor, Dakar
  85. Sola David-Borha || Group CEO, Standard Bank Africa
  86. Stella Nyanzi (Dr.) || Convenor, Women’s Protest Uganda
  87. Sylvia Mulinge || Chief Customer Ocer, Safaricom
  88. Temie Giwa-Tubosun || Founder, LifeBank
  89. Toyin Sanni || CEO, Emerging Africa Capital
  90. Toyin Saraki || Founder, Wellbeing Foundation Africa
  91. Uche Pedro || Founder, BELLANAIJA
  92. Vera Daves De Sousa || Minister, Finance (Angola)
  93. Vera Songwe (Dr) || Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission
    for Africa
  94. Wala’a Essam Al-Boushi || Minister, Youth and Sport (Sudan)
  95. Wanjira Mathai || Vice President & Regional Director for Africa, World Resources
    Institute
  96. Winnie Byanyima || Executive Director, UNAIDS
  97. Yemi Alade || Musician
  98. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr || Mayor, Freetown
  99. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed || Minister, Finance (Nigeria)