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World’s Most Powerful Black Women in Africa

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan, Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Nigerian media mogul Mosunmola Abudu, are the only African women featured in the list of the World’s Most Powerful 100 Women by Forbes.

Source//Getty images: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the current Director General of the World Trade Organization.

According to Forbes, the list was determined by four main metrics: money, media, impact and spheres of influence.

However, for political leaders Forbes noted that they weighed the gross domestic products and populations; for corporate leaders, revenues and employee counts and media mentions and reach of all.

Some of the powerful African women include:

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan

In 95th place on the Forbe’s list is Samia Suluhu Hassan, the sixth president of Tanzania since March 2021. She became president following the death of President John Pombe Magufuli and is the first female president of Tanzania.

As a native of Zanzibar, Samia Suluhu Hassan served as a minister in the semi-autonomous region during the administration of President Amani Karume.

Additionally, she also served as the Member of Parliament for the Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to 2015 and was the Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office for Union Affairs from 2010 to 2015.

In 2014, she was elected as the Vice-Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly tasked with the drafting of the country’s new constitution.

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Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

She is the current Director General of the World Trade Organization. She is an economist and international development expert with over 30 years of experience.

Ngozi served as the Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (2016 – 2020), the African Risk Capacity (2014 – 2020) and Co-Chair of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

Previously, she served as Senior Advisor at Lazard and sat on the Boards of Standard Chartered PLC and Twitter Inc.

Nigerian media mogul Mosunmola Abudu

Source//Getty images: Nigerian media mogul Mosunmola Abudu.

Also known as Mo Abudu, she is the CEO of the EbonyLife Group, one of the largest media companies in Africa. The company is made up of three entities: EbonyLife Place, an opulent entertainment resort; EbonyLife Media, a company that produces unique African content; and EbonyLife Creative Academy, a film school in Lagos.

At age 58, she is the youngest of the African women on the Forbes list. A media mogul, philanthropist and a former human resources management consultant, she is highly ranked among the 25 most powerful women in global television. 

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