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RANKING: Avance Media announces 100 Most Influential Women In Africa 2021

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Leading African PR & Rating firm, Avance Media has announced the 2021 list of 100 Influential Women in Africa. The list which celebrates African women in leadership who inspire the next generation of women around the world is the third publication from Avance Media since 2019.

The 2021 list has women from 28 African countries from various backgrounds in business leadership, academia, diplomacy, philanthropy, entertainment and media.

Put together with inspiration from the 2021 International Women’s Day theme: “Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”, Prince Akpah, Managing Director of Avance Media noted that, the honourees on the qualified for this deserving honour because of their works and accomplishments which continue to inspire a lot of young people across the African continent and beyond.

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He also noted that, the 100 influential African women were selected based on criteria that spans their leadership & personal accomplishments, commitment to sharing knowledge and the audacity to break several status quos.

Some notable names on the list are UN’s Amina J. Mohammed (H.E), Sahle-Work Zewde (H.E), Samia Suluhu Hassan (H.E) presidents of Ethiopia and Tanzania respectively, Victoire Tomegah Dogbé, Prime Minister of Togo, Jessica Rose Epel Alupo (H.E), Mariam Chabi Talata (H.E.) Vice Presidents of Uganda and Benin respectively, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, World Trade Organization Director General and Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh first African Woman to head IBM’s operation in Africa as Regional Head and Executive Director.

The youngest honouree to make the list for the second time is Namibia’s Deputy ICT Minister, Hon. Emma Theofelus.

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Profiles of the 2021 100 Most Influential African Women are published on 100women.avancemedia.org

Below is the list of Avance Media’s 2021 100 Most Influential African Women arranged in alphabetical order

1. Agnes Binagwaho (Prof) || Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity

2. Agnes Matilda Kalibata (Dr) || CEO, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

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3. Ahunna Eziakonwa || Director, UNDP Africa

4. Aisha Yesufu || Activist

5. Aja Fatoumata C.M. Jallow-Tambajang (H.E.) || Former Vice-President, Gambia

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6. Allen Kagina || Executive Director, Uganda National Roads Authority.

7. Amina J. Mohammed (H.E) || Deputy Secretary General, United Nations

8. Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh || Regional Head, IBM North, East and West Africa

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9. Angèle Makombo || President, League of Congolese Democrats

10. Angélique Kidjo || Musician

11. Anne Waiguru (H.E.) || Governor, Kirinyaga County

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12. Athaliah Molokomme || Permanent

Representative of Botswana to the UN

13. Awa Ndiaye-Seck || Resident Representative UN Women, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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14. Aya Nakamura || Musician

15. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu || CEO, soleRebels

16. Bience Gawanas || Executive Consultant, Gawanas Consulting

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17. Busiswa Gqulu || Musician

18. Charity Ngilu (H.E.) || Governor, Kitui County

19. Chebet Chikumbu || Africa Director, Global Citizen

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20. Chileshe Kapwepwe (H.E.) ||  Secretary General, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa

21. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie || Novelist

22. Damilola Ogunbiyi || CEO, Sustainable Energy for All

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23. Djamila Ferdjani (Dr) || Medical Doctor, MedCom

24. Dorothy Ghettuba || Content Manager for Africa, Netflix

25. Dorothy Kisaka || Executive Director, Kampala Capital City Authority

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26. Edith Yah Brou || Blogger

27. Elizabeth M. Mrema || Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

28. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (H.E.) || Chair, EJS Centre

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29. Emma Theofelus || Deputy Minister, Namibia

30. Eve Bazaiba || Deputy Prime Minister, DRC

31. Fatima Kyari Mohammed (H.E) ||  Permanent Representative, African Union Mission to the UN

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32. Fatoumata Ba || Founder, Janngo Africa

33. Faustina Fynn-Nyame || Executive Director for Africa, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

34. Filsan Abdullahi || Minister of Gender, Children and Youth, Ethiopia

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35. Frehiwot Tamru || CEO, Ethio Telecom

36. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka (Dr) || CEO, Conservation Through Public Health

37. Graça Machel || Founder, Graca Machel Trust

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38. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim || Coordinator, Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad

39. Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu || CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation

40. Irene Asare || Global HR Director,

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41. Jacqueline Fatima Bocoum || Journalist

42. Jacqueline Moudeïna || Lawyer

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43. Jeannette Kagame (H.E) || First Lady, Rwanda

44. Jessica Rose Epel Alupo (H.E) ||  Vice President, Uganda

45. Julienne Lusenge || President, Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development

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46. Julitta Onabanjo (Dr) || Regional Director, UNFPA East and Southern Africa

47. Kaba Nialé || Minister of Planning and Development, Ivory Coast

48. Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo (Dr.) || Journalist

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49. Laureen Kouassi-Olsson || Founder & CEO, Birimian Holding

50. Letty Chiwara || Representative to Ethiopia, AU & ECA, UN Women

51. Louise Mushikiwabo || Secretary General, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

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52. Mamokgethi Phakeng (Prof.) || Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town

53. Mariam Chabi Talata (H.E.) || Vice President, Benin

54. Martha Ama A. Pobee (H.E.) || Assist. Secretary-General for Africa, UN

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55. Martha K Koome (Lady Justice) || Chief Justice, Kenya

56. Mary-Jane Morifi || Chief Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Officer, Tiger Brands

57. Matshidiso Moeti (Dr) || Regional Director for Africa, WHO

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58. Mercy Johnson || Actress

59. Mitwa Kaemba Ng’ambi || CEO, MTN Rwanda

60. Monde Muyangwa (Dr.) || Director of the Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

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61. Monique Nsanzabaganwa (H.E.) || Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission

62. Musonda Xoliswa Mumba (Dr) || Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems, UNEP

63. Mwele Malecela || Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO

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64. Nabou Fall || CEO, Vizeo

65. Nadeen Ashraf || Activist

66. Nafissatou Jocelyne Diop || Chief of Gender and Human Rights, United Nations Population Fund

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67. Nancy Matimu || Managing Director, MultiChoice Kenya

68. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala || Director General, World Trade Organization

69. Nnenna Nwakanma || Chief Web Advocate, WWW Foundation

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70. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda || Chairperson, ActionAid International

71. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde || Actress

72. Oulimata Sarr || Regional Director West and Central Africa, UN Women

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73. Owen Omogiafo || CEO, Transcorp Group

74. Patricia Obo-Nai || CEO, Vodafone Ghana

75. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka || Executive Director, UN Women

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76. Rasha Kelej (Dr) || CEO, Merck Foundation

77. Renée Ngamau || Chairperson, Amnesty International Kenya

78. Roberta Annan || Founder, Africa Fashion Foundation

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79. Rose Mwebaza || Director, UN Climate Technology Centre and Network

80. Rosebell Kagumire || Editor, African Feminism

81. Roselyn Akombe (Dr) || Governance and Peacebuilding Regional Coordinator, UNDP Africa

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82. Sahle-Work Zewde (H.E) || President, Ethiopia

83. Samia Suluhu Hassan (H.E) || President, Tanzania

84. Sheila Ochugboju (Dr) || Head, Strategic Communications, Africa CDC

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85. Sola David-Borha || Group CEO, Standard Bank Africa

86. Stella Nyanzi (Dr.) || Convenor, Women’s Protest Uganda

87. Stigmata Tenga (Dr.) || Executive Director, Africa Philanthropy Network

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88. Tiguidanke Camara || CEO, Tigui Mining Group

89. Titi Akinsanmi || Policy and Government Relations Lead, Google

90. Tsitsi Dangarembga || Author

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91. Ubah Ali || Activist

92. Uche Ofodile || CEO, MTN Benin

93. Victoire Tomegah Dogbé || Prime Minister, Togo

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94. Wanjira Mathai || Regional Director for Africa, World Resources Institute

95. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg (Dr) || Director, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

96. Waris Dirie || CEO, Desert Flower Foundation

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97. Winnie Byanyima || Executive Director, UNAIDS

98. Yemisi Akinbobola (Dr) || Co-Founder, African Women in Media

99. Yolanda Cuba || Chief Digital and Fintech Officer, MTN Group

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100. Zainab Hawa Bangura || Director General, United Nations Office at Nairobi

 

Source: Ifeanyi Ahyia Adjei, Avance Media

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Her Majesty,Queen Josephine Diete-Spiff licensed as Lay reader in Anglican Communion,Niger Delta Diocese

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The Anglican Communion ,Niger Diocese under the spiritual leadership of His Grace,Bishop Ralph Ebirien licensed Her Majesty,Queen Dame Josephine Diete-Spiff JP as Layreader.

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Reacting to the honour bestowed on Her Royal Majesty,She said “Join me to pray that this auction will enlarge the Kingdom of God positively and assist me thank God for finding me worthy.”

A licensed lay minister or lay reader is a person authorized by a bishop in the Anglican Communion to lead certain services of worship, to preach, and to carry out pastoral and teaching functions. They are formally trained and admitted to office, but they remain part of the laity, not of the clergy.

Anglican lay Reader are licensed by the bishop to a particular parish or to the diocese at large.

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The vast majority of lay Reader are volunteers.

The role, whose prominence varies by region, bears many similarities to both the traditional liturgical role of Reader in the historic catholic rites of the church, and the role of lay preacher found in many non-conformist denominations.

The role can involve Conducting the Daily Office (Mattins, Evensong, Compline) or other non-sacramental services,Reciting the Litany
Publishing banns of marriage,Preaching, teaching, and assisting in pastoral care
Distributing (though not presiding at) Holy Communion.

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Participation at other services as requested by their incumbent in some cases the role may include conducting funerals.

In many parishes a lay reader may carry out liturgical functions at the eucharist similar to the role of the liturgical deacon; in parishes of anglo-catholic tradition, a lay reader may vest and act as subdeacon at solemn mass.

Many of these duties can be performed by any reasonably competent lay person who has been properly instructed, but a lay reader is licensed to perform them as part of a wider leadership role, following extensive training.

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This training and licensing elevates the reader to a particular ministerial role and function recognised as being distinct from the parish-based lay leadership of local congregational volunteers.

Their theological training enables them to preach, teach, and lead worship, and they are also able to assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work.

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