Who are the most successful and influential women in Africa under 40?
In December, I will publish the annual ranking of the 20 Young Power Women in Africa. Now in its fourth year, the list is a tribute to Africa’s most extraordinary young women – highflying achievers in business, politics, policy, academia, media and entertainment.
This is the age of the millennial, and young Africans in their 20s and 30s are more ambitious than ever before. They are building companies, taking crucial roles in government, championing social causes, and shaping the future of the continent.
And the women have been taking center stage in all of this. With so many young women accomplishing remarkable things, it’s difficult handpicking the brightest of them all. So, I need your help in identifying the 20 young women who currently wield the most influence in African business, technology, policy and media – the leaders, activists, groundbreakers and ceiling crashers who cannot be ignored.
To have an idea of the sort of amazons I am searching for, have a look at previous lists here, here and here. Ladies who have been listed in the past include Lindiwe Mazibuko, the 34 year-old South African politician and Parliamentary leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Elsie Kanza, the Tanzanian-born Senior Director and Head of Africa for the World Economic Forum, Phuti Mahanyele, the CEO of the Shanduka Group, Kenyan-born Ory Okolloh, who serves as director of investments for Omidyar Network’s Government Transparency initiative in Africa and Zambian Economist Dambisa Moyo.
We need to identify more women like these.
Email me at mnsehe (at) forbes (dot) com or tweet at me with your nominations (@MfonobongNsehe) on or before the 27th of November, 2014. Nominees must be citizens of one of the 54 African countries and should preferably be based on the continent. Ultimately, the top 20 women will be ranked by 3 metrics – impact, media momentum, and spheres of influence
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