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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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150 Golfers in Ogun For Maiden Apagun Olumide Golf Tourney

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ABEOKUTA – The maiden edition of Apagun Olumide Golf tournament will tee-off in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Wednesday.

The inaugural golf tourney is organized by Abeokuta Golf Club.

The 4-Day competition, according to the Chairman of the golf tournament, Prince Robert Bakre will attract about 150 golfers from around the world, with the aim of sustaining the vision of Late Apagun Olumide for Abeokuta Golf Course and the development of golf in the country.

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Prince Bakre in a statement stressed that the tournament is driven by the passion and vision of the late Apagun Olumide for the game of golf.

“Apagun had a great vision for the game, his inspiration was driven by his passion for the game of golf.  He was selfless in his encouragement of golfers across the entire nation regardless of their level. He contributed much of his time towards making the Abeokuta Golf Club an enjoyable experience for many.

“The Organizing committee of the Apagun Memorial tournament has keyed into Apagun’s vision. One of the shortcomings of the Abeokuta golf course is its poor playing condition during the dry season, and our committee is poised to address this.

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“We will launch a fundraising campaign focusing on corporate and high network individuals with a plan to irrigate the entire golf course.

“This objective aligns with Apagun’s vision of a better golf course, hence why the committee has decided to immortalize Apagun with this legacy project. We encourage you all to support us in any way you can to help us achieve his dream”, Prince Bakre said

Also speaking, the Captain of the Abeokuta Golf Club, Kola Adeneye stated that the tournament is to immortalize the late Apagun Olumide, and to recognize his immense contributions to the growth and development of the game of Golf, particularly at the Abeokuta Golf Club.

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“This step, unarguably, is in tandem with the vision of late Apagun Olumide, to make the course a destination course.”

The tournament is expected to start with the Caddy’s Game, while the Pro game (invitational) will hold on the 24th September 2021 and the main tournament on the 25th September 2021 will end the tournament programme.

There will be in conclusion a dinner and presentation of awards at the Conference Hotel, Abeokuta.

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