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SCHICK WOMAN: INFLUENTIAL WOMEN AROUND AFRICA (EAST & WEST AFRICA)

It is important to celebrate Individuals in the society that are challenging the status quo by being relentless and achieving their goals and making a change with their platform. SCHICK Magazine celebrates with women around the globe especially from around Africa, we encourage women to continue to stand together and never forget “Empowered women, empower women”.

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!!

WEST AFRICA

NAME: Lidiane Lopes

COUNTRY: Cape Verde

INDUSTRY: Sports

BIO: The 24-year-old Cape Verdean sprinter specialises in 100 and 200 metres races. She has competed at a number of international multi-sport competitions such as the Olympics (2012 & 2016), Jeux de la Francophonie, the African Games and many others. She is currently the Cape Verdean record holder for 100-meter sprint.

 

NAME: Janine Diagou

COUNTRY: Cote d’Ivoire

INDUSTRY: Finance

BIO: The Ivorian national currently holds the sit as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Diamond Bank SA, she is also the General Manager of the NSIA Group, a group operating in the banking and insurance sector with 25 subsidiaries in 12 African countries.

NAME: Jaka Dukureh

COUNTRY: Gambia

INDUSTRY: Human Rights

BIO: Jaha is a Women’s right activist and a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women in the African Region. In 2018, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work regarding Female Genital Mutilation. She had been subjected to FGM in the Gambia when she was just a week old. In 2016, she was named on the 2016 Times list.

NAME: Aisha Ayensu

COUNTRY: Ghana

INDUSTRY: Fashion

BIO: Aisha is the CEO, Creative Director and Head Designer at the luxury fashion label Christie Brown, a women’s clothing brand based in Accra. The label was founded in 2008 and has continued to satisfy the urge of a modern woman seeking the true taste of Africa.

NAME: Ibukun Awosika

COUNTRY: Nigeria

INDUSTRY: Finance

BIO: Ms. Awosika currently works as the Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, she is the first female to hold this position in the company. Ibukun Awosika is also a business woman, an author and a motivational speaker.

NAME: Magatte Wade

COUNTRY: Senegal

INDUSTRY: Skincare

BIO: Magatte is a skin care entrepreneur; she is the founder and CEO of Tiossan, a high-end skin care product line that is currently moving production to Senegal. The brand, Tiossan, donates at least ten percent of its profit to the creation of entrepreneurial schools in Senegal.

EAST AFRICA

NAME: Danai Jekesai Gurira

COUNTRY: Zimbabwe

INDUSTRY: Entertainment

BIO: Danai Jekesai Gurira is a Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright, best known for her role as Michonne on The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama series, as the writer of the play Eclipsed, and as Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise

NAME: Sahle-Work Zewde

COUNTRY: Ethiopia

INDUSTRY: Politics

BIO: Sahle-Work Zewde is an Ethiopian politician and diplomat who is the current President of Ethiopia, the first woman to hold the office. A diplomat, she was elected president unanimously by members of the Federal Parliamentary Assembly on 25 October 2018.

NAME: Dambisa Moyo

COUNTRY: Zambia

INDUSTRY: Finance

BIO: Dr Dambisa Felicia Moyo is a Zambian-born international economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and global affairs. She currently serves on the boards of Barclays Bank, the financial services group, Seagate Technology, Chevron Corporation, the global miner Barrick Gold, and the 3M Company.

She worked for two years at the World Bank and eight years at Goldman Sachs before becoming an author and international public speaker. She has written four New York Times bestselling books like; Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa (2009), How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly-And the Stark Choices that Lie Ahead (2011).

NAME: Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid (Iman)

COUNTRY: Somalia

INDUSTRY: Fashion

BIO: Iman was born in Mogadishu, Somalia before attending high school in Egypt. She studied political science in Kenya where she was discovered at the University of Nairobi. She is a Somali-American fashion model, actress and entrepreneur who is a pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics. She is also known for her charity work.

NAME: Lupita Nyong’o

COUNTRY: Kenya

INDUSTRY: Entertainment

BIO: Lupita Nyong’o born in 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, Lupita Nyong’o started acting as a teen in Kenya and went on to work behind the scenes of the film The Constant Gardener. She directed and produced the albinism documentary In My Genes and starred in the TV series Shuga. Nyong’o went on to earn acclaim for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The following year, she starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Off-Broadway play Eclipsed. The actress also featured prominently in the box office-shattering superhero flick Black Panther (2018).