WeForGood is glad to announce the results of its 2021 ‘100 Women Creating a Better Africa’ campaign, an initiative aimed at putting the spotlight on women making a difference across the continent. This year’s edition of the campaign was launched on the 9th of March 2021 with a call for nominations to the public in commemoration of the International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrated annually on the 8th of March as designated by the United Nations.
Nominees are from over 20 nationalities, which remains impressive for this edition. It is also important to note that, just as with the previous campaign, quite a number of men participated in this campaign with 42% male nominations.
The 2021 IWD campaign theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’ with the core message that a challenged world is an alert world, encouraging all to individually take responsibility for their own thoughts and actions.
As the name implies, the ‘100 Women Creating A Better Africa’ is a list of 100 women making a difference on the continent. As part of the criteria for selection, each woman on the list is contributing her quota to the achievement of one or more of the 17 UN SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) in Africa. With this initiative, WeForGood hopes to accelerate the attainment of the SDGs, while inspiring more women to push beyond the boundaries and make their mark on the continent.
Below is the list of ‘100 Women Creating A Better Africa’ (Batch 1)
|S/N||NAME||NATIONALITY||SECTOR||PRIMARY SDG HER WORK ADDRESSES||HOW SHE IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN HER COMMUNITY OR SECTOR.|
|1||Abosede Alimi||Nigerian||Governance||GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions||Abosede Alimi is a tri-sector leader with over 15 years' experience working across the non-profit, private and public sectors as a development professional. She is also the co-founder at ElectHER, a mission to increase women's political representation in Nigeria.|
|2||Ada Osakwe||Nigerian||Food and Agriculture||GOAL 2: Zero Hunger||Ada Osakwe is a Nigerian economist, an entrepreneur and corporate executive, who is the founder and chief executive officer of Agrolay Ventures, an agribusiness investment company based in Nigeria, which invests in African agricultural food-related companies.|
|3||Adana Chukwuma||Nigerian||Public Health||GOAL 3: Good Health and Wellbeing||Adana has the ideology of more women leaders in the global health which promotes creativity and productivity in teams. This will increase effectiveness at addressing pressing health problems we face.|
|4||Adaora Mbelu||Nigerian||Entrepreneureship||GOAL 4: Quality Education||Adaora Mbelu is a Bright Light, Dream interpreter, and Purpose Driver. She is the founder of Lumination Global Network, an organization on a mission to empower individuals and organizations to live a life of purpose.|
|5||Adejoke Lasisi||Nigerian||Entrepreneureship||GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities||Adejoke Lasisi is a Nigerian fashion designer, and environmentalist, known for her development of fashion products and designs using nylon and textile wastes. She is the founder and CEO of Planet 3R and Jokelinks Weaving School.|
|6||Adenike Akinsemolu||Nigerian||Public Sector||GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities||Adenike is the founder of the Green Campus Initiative, which tackles the issue of climate change and environmental sustainability by getting young people in the country thinking green and becoming eco-conscious citizens.|
|7||Adenike Ogunlesi||Nigerian||Entrepreneurship||GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth||Adenike is the founder and chief responsibility officer of Ruff “n” Tumble, Nigeria’s most indigenous lifestyle brand operating to international standard in the design, manufacturing and retail of children clothing.|
|8||Adenike Oyetunde||Nigerian||Media||GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities||Adenike Oyetunde is a Nigerian media personality, radio host, author, lawyer, social media influencer and life coach. She is the founder of Amputees United Initiative and The Gratitude Hub.|
|9||Afua Osei||Ghanaian||Media||Goal 5: Gender Equality||Afua Osei is an entrepreneur, investor and public speaker who co-founded She Leads Africa, a media company for millennial African women.|
|10||Amina .J. Mohammed||Nigerian||Activist||GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions||Amina is the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. She served as Nigeria’s Minister for Environment and is an advocate for increasing access to education and other social services.|
|11||Angeline Makore||Zimbabwe||Public Health||GOAL 3: Good Health and Wellbeing||Angeline is a young leader campaigning for health and wellbeing of women and girls in her country. After nearly becoming a victim of child marriage at 14 years old, she became an activist against the practice.|
|12||Anino Emuwa||Nigeran||Business||Goal 8: Decent work and Economic Growth||Anino is an international management consultant, the founder of Avandis consulting, a strategy and financial advisory firm based in France. She is a firm believer in entrepreneurship as a driver of economic development.|
|13||Anita Erskine||Ghanaian||Media||GOAL 5: Gender Equality||Erskine is an award-winning Ghanaian Broadcaster, Professional Compère, TV Series and Voice Actress as well as a Girls’ Education Advocate|
|14||Arunma Oteh||Nigerian||Education||GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions||Arunma Oteh, OON, was the Treasurer and a Vice President of the World Bank. She became the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Nigeria in January 2010. In this position she was responsible for regulation of Nigeria's capital markets, including the Nigerian Stock Exchange.|
|15||Ayoronke Tosin Yeye||Nigerian||Entreprenureship||GOAL 4: Quality Education||Ayoronke, founder of iMentor Africa, is focused on helping Entrepreneurs find mentors in their key areas of expertise and interest. Her online solution provides instant access to experienced mentors and information.|
|16||Banke Kuku||Nigerian||Entreprenureship||Goal 8: Decent work and Economic Growth||As the founder of Banke Kuku Textiles, she Supports and promotes local textile mills in Nigeria. She promotes African tradition and culture through her exquisite textiles, which have graced international catwalks and runways.|
|17||Bethlehem Dessie||Ethiopian||Technology||GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure||Betelhem Dessie is an Ethiopian web and mobile technologies developer. She is currently a Founder and CEO of iCog- Anyone Can Code. She owns four patented projects individually and an additional three in collaboration.|
|18||Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola||Nigerian||Waste Management||GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities||Bilikiss Adebiyi is an inspiring Nigerian social entrepreneur and founder of WeCyclers. Her company offers waste collection and recycling services to the Lagos informal settlements, where an estimated 66% of Lagosians live.|
|19||Bozoma Saint John||American||Business||GOAL 4: Quality Education||Currently the CMO of Netflix, Saint John's philanthropic efforts include representing Pencils of Promise as a Global Ambassador to Ghana and serving on the boards of Girls Who Code and Vital Voices.|
|20||Chebet Lesan||Kenyan||Agrowaste||Goal 13: Climate Action||Chebet Lesan is an industrial designer from Nairobi. Her company, BrightGreen, produces fuel briquettes made of post-harvest biomass waste which farmers, who have no use for it, would typically burn off in the open air.|
|21||Chidi Koldsweat||Nigerian||NGO||GOAL 1: No Poverty||Chidi Koldsweat is the founder and CEO, Donors for Africa Foundation, where she works to break cycles of poverty by strengthening the capacity of African Governments, philanthropy organizations, social innovators, NGOs, impact led businesses and social enterprises to access funds, achieve their vision towards the SDG’s and build sustainable organizations.|
|22||Chinwe Ohajuruka||Nigerian||Entrepreneureship||GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy||Chinwe is the founder of comprehensive design services. She is a passionate champion of green building solutions for Africa and she engineers and builds affordable green houses that are both energy and resource efficient.|
|23||Chioma Ukonu||Nigerian||Recycling||GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production||Chioma is a social Entrepreneur running Recyclepoints which is Nigeria’s foremost waste recycling and social benefit venture with focus on the environment|
|24||Cima Sholotan||Nigerian||Social||GOAL 17: Partnership for the Goals||Cima is currently the Director of CSR and Corporate Communications at one of the leading TowerCos in Africa. In this position, she partners with organizations to promote sustainability towards human development and resource creation.|
|25||Comfort Alli||Nigerian||Education||GOAL 4: Quality Education||Alli is President, Board of Trustees/Project Director, Street Child Care and Welfare Initiative (SCCWI). Through this initiative, she has been giving meaning to the lives of street children.|