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Two Africans on 2019 Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list

Two Africans on 2019 Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list

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<p>Africa has two slots on the recently released <a href="https://www.forbes.com/power-women/list/#tab:overall">Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women</a> in the world. This is an increase of one from the last two years.</p> <p>The two women are linked by politics and diplomacy. They are Ethiopian president Sahle-Work Zewde, who was the only African in the 2018 list. She is joined by Deputy United Nations secretary-general Amina Mohammed of Nigeria.</p> <p>Back in 2017, the only African listed was Africa’s richest woman and daughter of former Angolan president Isabel dos Santos. </p> <p><a href="https://www.africanews.com/2016/06/07/two-african-presidents-make-forbes-100-most-powerful-women-in-2016/">In 2016, Africa had three slots</a>, two presidential and one in commerce. Then Liberia president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Mauritius president at the time, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim were listed. Nigeria’s business mogul Folorunsho Alakija was the third African.</p> <p>“In 2019, women around the globe took action, claiming leadership positions in government, business, philanthropy and media. These trailblazers are not to be messed with,” Forbes wrote about this year’s candidates.</p> <h2 style="font-size:16px;"> What Forbes wrote about Sahle-Work Zewde </h2> <ul> <li>In October 2018, Sahle-Work Zewde became Ethiopia’s first woman president and the only serving female head of state in Africa.</li> <li>A seasoned diplomat and veteran of the United Nations, Zewde was appointed with a unanimous vote by parliament.</li> <li>In her first address to parliament, Zewde promised to be a voice for women and stressed the importance of unity.</li> <li>The appointment joins a series of unprecedented shifts as part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s reforms focused on easing government control.</li> <li>Traditionally a ceremonial role, Zewde’s appointment is a tremendously symbolic move for the conservative country, opening the door for gender parity.</li> </ul> <h2 style="font-size:16px;"> What Forbes wrote about Amina Mohammed </h2> <ul> <li>Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.</li> <li>She was previously a special adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and was instrumental in setting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.</li> <li>British-Nigerian by birth, Mohammed served as Nigeria’s environmental minister in 2016, guiding the country’s efforts on fighting climate change.</li> <li>She worked in three successive administrations in Nigeria, coordinating programs worth $1 billion annually for development goal-related interventions.</li> </ul> <h2 style="font-size:16px;"> Top 10 and other notable candidates </h2> <p>1 – Angela Merkel<br /> 2 – Christine Lagarde<br /> 3 – Nancy Pelosi<br /> 4 – Ursula von der Leyen<br /> 5 – Mary Barra<br /> 6 – Melinda Gates <br /> 7 – Abigail Johnson<br /> 8 – Ana Patricia Botin<br /> 9 – Ginni Rometty <br /> 10 – Marillyn Hewson<br /> 20 – Oprah Winfrey<br /> 38 – Jacinda Ardern<br /> 40 – Queen Elizabeth<br /> 42 – Ivanka Trump<br /> 61 – Rihanna<br /> 66 – Beyonce<br /> 81 – Serena Williams<br /> 100 – Greta Thunberg</p>