Leading African Rating and PR firm, Avance Media has announced its inaugural list of 100 Most Influential African Women, which features distinguished women whose works and accomplishments continue to inspire the next generation of women in Africa.

Speaking about the list, Prince Akpah, Managing Director of Avance Media, noted that, the list has a representation of 100 women from 35 African countries who are changing the feminine narrative and challenging the status quo of women on the continent.

He also cited that, some of the honourees have expressed interest in offering mentorship opportunities to young women from across the continent through the Be A Girl Mentorship program which is being launched to upsurge the impact of the publication.

Avance Media has over the years been engaged in changing the narrative about Africa through rating and ranking publications and the launch of this initiative is expected not only to celebrate Africans but showcase the individual and collective works of women who are earnestly inspiring the next generation of leaders in Africa.

The list features women who occupy eminent leadership positions such as President, Prime Minister, Secretary General, First Lady, Governor, Minister, CEO and Commissioners.

Notable among them are Ethiopia’s President H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, Liberia’s Vice President H.E. Jewel Taylor, Namibia’s Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, United Nations Deputy Secretary General H.E. Amina J. Mohammed and former presidents, H.E. Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and H.E. Catherine Samba-Panza.

The list also features young women activists such as AU Youth Envoy Aya Chebbi, Farida Bemba Nabourema and Ilwad Elman.

Profiles of all the honouree have been published on 100women.avancemedia.org and applications for the Be A Girl Mentorship Program is also opened.

Below is the list of Avance Media’s 2019 100 Most Influential African Women arranged in alphabetical order.

Abiola Bawuah || United Bank for Africa (UBA)

Aïda Diarra || Visa, SSA

Amani Abou-Zeid (H.E Dr.) || African Union Commission

Amina C. Mohammed (Amb. Dr) || Kenyan Cabinet Minister

Amina J. Mohammed (H.E) || United Nations

Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil (H.E) || African Union Commission

Angela Kyeremanten-Jimoh || IBM

Angélique Kidjo || Musician

Arunma Oteh || University of Oxford

Aya Chebbi || African Union Commission

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu || soleRebels

Bineta Diop (H.E) || African Union Commission

Binta Toure Ndoye || The Orabank Group

Bogolo Joy Kenewendo || Batswana Cabinet Minister

Bonang Matheba || Media Personality

Carole Wainaina || Africa 50

Caroline Abel || Central Bank of Seychelles

Caster Semenya || Athlete

Catherine Samba-Panza (H.E) || Former President, Central African Republic

Cessouma Minata Samate (H.E) || African Union Commission

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie || Author

Clare Akamanzi || Rwanda Development Board

Coumba Toure || Africans Rising Movement

Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon || International Labour Organisation

Delphine Maidou || Allianz Africa

Diane Karusisi (Dr) || Bank of Kigali

Elisabeth Medou Badang || Orange Africa

Elizabeth Elango Bintliff || Junior Achievement Africa

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (H.E) || The Elders

Farida Bemba Nabourema || Togolese Civil League

Fatima K. Mohammed (H.E) || United Nations

Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura || FIFA

Fatou Bom Bensouda || International Criminal Court

Fatou Jagne Senghor || Article 19 West Africa

Folorunsho Alakija || Famfa Oil

Genevieve Nnaji || Actress

Gladys Kokorwe || National Assembly of Botswana

Graça Machel || Graca Machel Trust

Hanna Tetteh (H.E) || United Nations

Kamissa Camara (Hon) || Malian Cabinet Minister

Ibukun Awosika || First Bank of Nigeria

Ilwad Elman || Elman Peace and Human Rights Center

Irene Ovonji-Odida || The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers

Jackie Chimhanzi (Dr) || African Leadership Institute

Janine Kacou Diagou || Nsia Groupe

Jeannine Mabunda Lioko || DRC National Assembly

Jewel Taylor (H.E) || Liberian Vice President

Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko (H.E) || African Union Commission

Joyce Aryee (Dr) || Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd

Joyce Msuya || United Nations Environment Programme

Joyce-Ann Wainaina || Citi East Africa

Judy Dlamini (Dr) || University of the Witwatersrand

Juliana Kantengwa (Dr) || Pan African Parliament

Julie Gichuru || Acumen Communication Ltd

Justice Irene Mambilima || Supreme Court of Zambia

Justina Mutale || Justina Mutale Foundation

Khadja Nin || Musician

Leymah Gbowee || Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

Linda Ikeji || Blogger

Louise Mushikiwabo || Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie

Lupita Nyong’o || Actress

Mandisa Maya || Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa

Mariam Jack-Denton || National Assembly of the Gambia

Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti (Dr) || WHO

Maya Hanoomanjee || National Assembly of Mauritius

Meaza Ashenafi || Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia

Michelle Ndiaye || Africa Peace and Security Programme

Mo Abudu || Ebony Life TV

Monica Geingos (H.E) || Namibian First Lady

Mosun Belo-Olusoga || Access Bank PLC Nigeria

Nadia Fettah || Saham Finances

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala || Gavi Alliance

Nicky Newton-King || Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (H.E) || South African Cabinet Minister

Nunu Ntshingila || Facebook Africa

Obiageli Ezekwesili || Transparency International

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde || Actress

Osaretin Demuren || GT Bank PLC Nigeria

Oumou Sangaré || Musician

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Dr) || UN Women

Precious Moloi-Motsepe (Dr) || African Fashion International

Priscilla Schwartz (Dr) || Sierra Leone Cabinet Minister

Priscillah Mabelane || BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd

Rebecca Akufo-Addo (H.E) || Ghanaian First Lady

Rebecca Enonchong || Apps Tech

Rebecca Kadaga (Rt. Hon. ) || Parliament of Uganda

Retselisitsoe Matlanyane (Dr) || Central Bank of Lesotho

Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila (Rt. Hon. Dr) || Namibian Prime Minister

Sahle-Work Zewde (H.E) || Ethiopian President

Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor (Prof H.E) || African Union Commission

Sheila Tlou (Professor ) || Global HIV Prevention Coalition

Sola David-Borha || Standard Bank Africa

Sophie Ikenye || BBC Focus on Africa

Tiwa Savage || Musician

Tsitsi Masiyiwa || Higherlife Foundation

Vera Songwe (Dr) || United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Verónica Macamo || Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique

Wendy Lucas Bull || Absa Group Limited

Winnie Byanyima || Oxfam International

Yvonne Chaka Chaka || Musician