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Oprah Magazine Releases List Of 21 Powerful African Women In 2014


August being women's month, Oprah Magazine South Africa has released a list of powerful African women in their August issue. The list features 21 African women  rocking the world through their respective careers and contribution to society.  Some of these women are in business, media, literary influencers and so forth.
Here is the list in no particular order:
  • Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu – an Ethiopian businesswoman, founder and executive director of sole Rebels, Africa’s fastest growing footwear company.
  • Burnise Silvius – South African Prima Ballerina
  • Cheryl Carolus – Founder of Cell C’s Girl Child Institute of Mentorship Vanessa Lynch – Founder and Executive Director DNA Project
  • Clare Byarugaba – Ugandan LGBT activist
  • Florence Masebe – Award-winning actress and executive producer of Elelwani
  • Lerato Mbele – Respected business journalist and host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News
  • Linda Olagunjub – Founder and MD of DLO Energy Resources
  • Lupita Nyong’o – Oscar winning actress
  • Major Catherine Labuschagne – First female Gripen (Top Gun) pilot of the South African Air Force
  • Mandy Wiener – Journalist and author
  • Reverend Mpho Tutu – Episcopal priest and executive director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
  • NoViolet Bulawayo – Zimbabwean author of We Need New Names
  • DJ Zinhle – One of SA’s best female house DJs and actress
  • Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe – Executive Chairperson of African Fashion International
  • Siba Mtongana – Food Network host of Siba’s Table
  • Dr. Ola Orekunrin – Founder and MD of Flying Doctors
  • Redi Tlhabi – Author, anchor and radio personality
  • Swaady Martin-Leke – Ivorian entrepreneur and queen of luxury tea brand Yswara
  • Vanessa Lynch – Founder and Executive Director DNA Project
  • Yolanda Sangweni – Senior editor and producer for essence.com and co-founder of online magazine AfriPOP!
Interesting list. I wonder what criteria is used to compile such a list. I couldn't help but look for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!


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Stella is the founder of WaAfrikaOnline.  A Pan-African at heart, passionate about Africa, human rights, women empowerment and girl child education. She's also into broadcasting. 
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