This week, swap the (admittedly hilarious) Spongebob memes and photos of sexy (or not-so-sexy) men in rompers, for some inspiration from African women trailblazing the way in their various fields. Here are 10 powerful women, from all over the continent, your Twitter timeline is missing.
Phumzile Van Damme, South Africa
Phumzile Van Damme is one of the youngest members of South Africa’s Parliament. Prior to her appointment, Damme was the Democratic Alliance’s Head of Parliamentary Research and Communication, and is now the National Spokesperson for the party.
Tara Fela-Durotoye, Nigeria
Tara Fela-Durotoye is the CEO of Africa’s leading makeup company,Young Global Leader (WEF), as well as one of Forbes 20 Young Power Women in Africa. She’s also among Africa’s top 100 young business leaders.
Mo Abudu, Nigeria
Mo Abudu is the queen of Nigerian talk, formerly hosting Africa’s leading talk show, Moments With Mo. The award-winning TV personality – who has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman” and “Africa’s Oprah” – is the CEO of Ebony Life TV and Ebony Life Films.
Isabelle Dos Santos, Angola
The daughter of Angola’s President José Eduardo dos Santos is an engineer, entrepreneur and serial investor. 2013 research by Forbes suggested that she might be Africa’s first billionaire woman, with a net worth of over $3.2 billion (as at 2017).
Oby Ezekwesili, Nigeria
Oby Ezekwesili was a co-founder of Transparency International, serving as one of the pioneer directors of the global anti-corruption body, as well as Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and Federal Minister of Education. Now, she is a vocal activist at the forefront of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign in Nigeria.
Isha Sesay, Sierra Leone
Isha Isatu Sesay is a British journalist of Sierra Leonean descent. Since 2005, she has worked as an anchor and correspondent for CNN International, becoming one of the most famous faces in the journalism sphere.
25-year-old Yasmin Belo-Osagie and 27-year-old Afua Osei are co-founders of She Leads Africa, a platform that provides skilled female entrepreneurs across Africa with access to the knowledge, network and financial support needed to build strong businesses.