This week, the BBC has announced its popular, annual 100 Women list (see press release attached). This year, out of the sixty women listed, seven are African. The women from the continent on include:
Adelle Onyago – a radio and television host from Kenya seeking to empower young women through mentorship and apprenticeship programmes.
Anita Nderu – a TV presenter and radio news anchor at Capital FM based in Nairobi, Kenya who is passionate about mentoring youth.
Ellen Johnson – the 24th and current President of Liberia since 2006 and the first elected female head of state in Africa.
Marieme Jamme – taught herself to read and write at the age of 16 and is now a self-made businesswoman in Senegal.
Naomi Mwaura – a lead organiser of the anti-harassment protest #MyDressMyChoice, which changed the law around harassment in Kenya.
Talent Jumo – supports victims of revenge porn, giving them counselling and legal advice and fighting for sexual and reproductive health rights for women in Zimbabwe.
Tiwa Savage – a Nigerian singer, songwriter and philanthropist Tiwa Savage is an intergral member of the Afrobeats scene and plans to open a music school.