African Women Voices

Are African Women Beauties With No Brain?

What does come out if you Google “African women“? Have you ever tried? I did. And the first result is “30 most beautiful African women“. 

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-MeguidEgyptian. 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.


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