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Here is the Top list of the Most powerful and influential women in Africa below.

Most Powerful Women in Africa

Winnie Byanyima, Uganda: Executive Director at UNAIDS

Rebecca Enochong, Cameroon: Founder and CEO, AppsTech

Irene Charnley, South Africa: Founder, Smile Communications

Jennifer Riria, Kenya: Group CEO, Echo Network Africa and founding member, Kenya Women Finance Trust

Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda: Secretary General, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)

Charlize Theron, South Africa: Hollywood actor

Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa. South Africa: CEO, Naspers South Africa

Wendy Luhabe, South Africa: Co-founder of WIPHOLD

Angélique Kidjo, Benin: Four-time Grammy award winner and humanitarian

Clare Akamanzi, Rwanda: CEO, Rwanda Development Board

Lesly Kanza, Tanzania: Head of Africa and member of the executive committee, World Economic Forum

Ibukun Awosika, Nigeria: Founder and CEO, The Chair Centre Group

Judy Dlamini, South Africa: Founder, Mbekani Group

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria: Chair, board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, South Africa: Executive Director, UN Women

Waris Dirie, Somalia: President and Founder, Desert Flower Foundation

Obiageli Ezekwesili, Nigeria: Senior economic advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI)

Glenda Gray, South Africa: President and CEO, South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

Ilwad Elman, Somalia: Founder, Elman Peace Centre

Wendy Applebaum, South Africa: Founder and Chairperson, De Morgezon Wine Estate

Folorunso Alakija, Nigeria: Executive vice-chair, FAMFA Oil

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Ethiopia: Founder and CEO, Solerebels footwear garden of coffee and Tefftastic

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa: Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Wendy Ackerman, South Africa: Executive Director, Pick ‘n Pay

Caster Semenya, South Africa: Olympic champion

Rawya Mansour, Egypt: Founder and CEO, RAMSCO

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia: First female president of Liberia and Nobel Peace laureate

Yvonne Chaka Chaka, South Africa: Musician and humanitarian

Shale-Work Zewde, Ethiopia: President of Ethiopia

Fatou Bedsouda, Gambia: Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

Arunma Oteh, Nigeria: Academic scholar, University of Oxford and former treasurer and vice president, World Bank London Stock Exchange Africa Advisory Group Member

Hajer Sharief, Libya: Human Rights Advocate

Amina J. Mohammed, Nigeria: Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

Precious Motsepe, South Africa: Founder, African Fashion International and Philanthropist

Vera Songwe, Cameroon: Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Tara Fela-Durotoye, Nigeria: Founder, House of Tara International

Theresa Kachindamoto, Malawi: Chief od Dedza District, Malawi

Magda Wierzycka, South Africa: Founder, Sygnia

Manal Rostom, Egypt: Founder, Surviving Hijab and face of Nike Pro Hijab

Olajumoke Adenowo, Nigeria: Founder, Ad Consulting

Uchenna Pedro, Nigeria: Founder and CEO, Bella Naija

Lydia Nsekera, Burundi: President, National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Burundi and member of FIFA Council

Thuli Madonsela, South Africa: Law Trust Chair, Social Justice Research at Stellenbosch University

Fatma Samoura, Senegal: Secretary-General, FIFA

Mamokgethi Phakeng, South Africa: Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town

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