African Women Voices
Beauty is a undobut objective quality, however, is this the first think people think of African women? We should open another bracket here and specify that the fact that this result is on the Google pole position does not actually mean that’s what people think. However, recently I spoke to an African singer living and working in Europe who said to be overwhelmingly exhausted by people’s comments and dirty propositions, the latest being: “I had no idea you were actually clever, it doesn’t look like you are”.
We could indeed argue that women are generally speaking perceived as being less clever than men (which, mind my word, is a typical case of reverse psychological behavior: you tell someone they are something you actually think you are). Given, this is an inaccurate, pointless and misogynist thought, here are some African women who are kicking asses around the world. I dare anyone to call them beauties with no brain!
Isabel Dos Santos, Angolan. Investor.
Mimi Alemayehou, Ethiopian. Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Vera Songwe, Cameroonian. Country Director, World Bank, Senegal
Tara Fela-Durotoye Nigerian. Founder, House Of Tara
Rapelang Rabana, South African. Entrepreneur
Claire Akamanzi, Rwandan. Chief Operating Officer, Rwanda Development Board
Valentina da Luz Guebuza, Mozambiquan. Investor
Hadeel Ibrahim, Sudanese. Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Alengot Oromait, Ugandan. Member Of Parliament
Monica Musonda, Zambian. Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Java Foods
Lindiwe Mazibuko, South African. Politician & Parliamentary Leader for Democratic Alliance (DA)
Minoush Abdel-Meguid, Egyptian. Private Equity Investor, Entrepreneur, Investment Banker
Ola Orekunrin, Nigerian. Medical Doctor & Founder, The Flying Doctors
Sibongile Sambo, South African. Chief Executive Officer and Founder of SRS Aviation
Lupita Nyong’o, Kenyan. Actress and Filmmaker
Amini Kajunju, Democratic Republic of Congo. President & CEO, Africa-America Institute
Folake Folarin-Coker, Nigerian. Fashion Designer
NoViolet Bulawayo, Zimbabwean. Author
Wangechi Mutu, Kenyan. Artist and Sculptor
Angellah Kariuki, Tanzanian. Politician
Thanks to Farai Gundan from Forbes magazine for compiling this list. Please add your name to it and the name of other women you know are doing an amazing job.