This is the third batch: list of ‘100 Women Creating A Better Africa’ (Batch 3)
|S/N||Name||Nationality||Sector||Primary SDG Her Work Addresses||How is She Making a Difference in Her Community or Sector?|
|51||Stephanie Busari||Nigerian||Media||GOAL 5: Gender Equality||Stephanie demonstrates incredible commitment to telling African stories in her role as mum, pioneer, journalist, editor, producer, writer, speaker and the other numerous roles she plays.|
She was the first Nigerian head of a CNN bureau and also the first woman to head a CNN bureau in Africa. She started over in Nigeria - a feat most would have been scared of having been away in Europe for 30 years and threw herself right into work, passionately and relentlessly covering the Chibok schoolgirls' abduction, obtaining a proof of life video and helping to secure some of their release. Her team's reporting also helped to secure a rare conviction for a Nigerian professor who harassed his student for sex to change her grades. She is not only doing amazing work, helping to change the narrative but is showing lots of women to not only dream big, but also to not put limitations such as location on those dreams!
|52||Ory Okolloh||Kenyan||Technology||GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions||Kenyan-born Ory Okolloh spearheaded the founding of Ushahidi, a revolutionary crowdsourcing utility that enables citizen journalists and eyewitnesses all over the world to report incidences of violence through the web, mobile E-mail, SMS, and Twitter.|
|53||Kelechi Okoro||Nigerian||Health||GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being||Kelechi okoro is a multi-talented and versatile Medical Doctor with an impeccable track record in civic and entrepreneurial activities. She is a Sustainable Development Goals advocate, with a focus on SDG 3: Good Health and Well being and SDG 4: Quality Education and SDG 5: Gender equality.|
|54||Peace Hyde||Ghanaian||Media||GOAL 4: Quality Education||Peace Hyde is a British Ghanaian education activist, media entrepreneur and motivational speaker. She is the founder of Aim Higher Africa, a non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of education in impoverished communities across Africa|
|55||Salwa Akhannouch||Moroccan||Entrepreneur||GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure||Salwa Akhannouch is an ambitious woman. She ventured into business in 1993 when she established a distribution company for floor laying materials. Her determination and hard work saw her become one of Morocco's prominent entrepreneurs.|
Today, Salwa is the head of Akwa Group, a distributor of petroleum products, and the founder of Aksal Group, a Moroccan giant in luxury goods, retail, department stores, and shopping malls. Her company has a 50% stake in Morocco Mall, one of the largest shopping malls on the continent. Salwa also holds the exclusive license to sell high end fashion brands such as Zara, Gap, and Massimo Duti in Morocco.
|56||Tale Alimi||Nigerian||Entrepreneur||GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth||Tale Alimi is the CEO of Tale Alimi Global; a premium business coaching and strategy consulting boutique focused on helping progressive and forward thinking SME's take their business from small to scale.|
|57||Njeri Rionge||Kenyan||Entrepreneurship||GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being||The Kenyan business magnet started her first business at the age of 19, selling yoghurt at schools in the capital, Nairobi. She went on to sell clothes and run a few other small businesses. Today, Njeri Rionge is one of the women pioneer investors in the IT sector in Africa, having co-founded Wananchi Online, East Africa's first mass market internet service provider which has grown to become the region's leading internet company.|
Over the years, the serial entrepreneur has established a host of other thriving businesses, including Ignite Consulting, a flourishing business consultancy; Ignite Lifestyle, a health care consultancy; Business Lounge, one of Kenya's largest startup incubators; and Insite, a booming digital marketing agency.
When Njeri is not busy expanding her business empire, she is imparting knowledge and skills to young entrepreneurs in her country, and helping them grow their own businesses.
|58||Cima Sholotan||Nigerian||Telecommunications||GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals||As CSR Lead for IHS Towers, Cima champions the achievement of initiatives that impact the society. She also supports and partners with NGOs in their quest to make a difference.|
|59||Koketso Moeti||South African||Technology||GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth||By changing the way we organize around our communities, she has single-handedly improved the lives of millions by making sure they always have access to support and resources.|
|60||Stephanie Obi||Nigerian||Tech Entreprenuer||GOAL 4: Quality Education||Stephanie Obi is a leading African Woman in Tech, pioneering the knowledge technology industry in Africa. She has spent the last seven years creating products and tech platforms that help individuals share their knowledge.|
|61||Juliet Ehimuan||Nigerian||Technology||GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals||Nigerian-born Ehimuan was appointed as Google's country manager for Nigeria. Tough job: As head of Google's operations in Africa's largest internet-user community, she is charged with the responsibility of representing the company in all its business development projects and partnership opportunities in the region.|
|62||Kgomotso Phatsima||Motswana||Aviation||GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth||A social entrepreneur who assists with the advancement of youth, women and girls in aviation and aerospace, STEM education awareness and equipping the upcoming generation with business entrepreneurial skills.|
She is amongst the first female military pilots in Botswana Defence Force and also won the Botswana Youth Awards Best Female of the Year 2017 and the 80th British High Commission Commonwealth Point of Light Award.
|63||Zoe Lenkiewicz||British||Waste Management||GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation||Growing WasteAid from the ground up, Zoë combines technical and creative skills with strategic Waste Management expertise. A professional waste manager since 2002, Zoë has led municipal waste and recycling programmes, research studies, campaigns and consultations, workshops and training courses for government, practitioners, and community groups in various low-income countries.|
Zoë was the chief author of the award-winning WasteAid toolkit Making Waste Work, and works with communities worldwide to deliver genuinely sustainable Waste Management.
|64||Pearl Uzokwe||Nigerian||Energy||GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals||She is responsible for spearheading sustainability and governance for Sahara Group worldwide and representing Sahara Group's interests to her growing network of stakeholders, she has demonstrated this through her leadership of the Private sector advisory group, a multi-stakeholder collaboration towards achieving the global goal|
|65||Weyinmi Erikowa-Orighoye||Nigerian||Health||GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being||Weyinmi is an educator, pediatrician, researcher, and academia. She works with the local communities in Lagos and Warri to educate them and create sustainable behavioral changes, she deserves to be celebrated|
|66||Queen Nwokonneya||Nigerian||Public Sector||GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities||Queen is a committed development professional implementing private sector and economic reform programmes across Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Kenya on behalf of DFID, EU, FCO and World Bank. She currently oversees Future Cities Nigeria, a programme focused on improving resilience, transportation and urban development in Lagos and Ogun states. With the rapid rate of urbanisation, the increasing poor would live in urban areas- through her work, Queen is supporting state governments to deliberately plan the development of their cities to cater for more inclusive and shared prosperity in urban areas. Queen has an MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics and a Certificate in Impact Investing from University of Oxford. She is an Acumen West Africa Fellow and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, serving as the Deputy Curator for the Abuja Hub.|
|67||Saran Kaba Jones||Liberian||Entrepreneurship||GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being||A Liberian national, Saran Kaba Jones is the founder of Face Africa, a non-profit organization that provides access to clean and safe drinking water for rural communities in Liberia, using an innovative social enterprise model to fund water projects. Face Africa was launched in 2009, and has provided clean water to thousands of rural Liberians.|
|68||Osayi Alile||Nigerian||Social Sector||GOAL 5: Gender Equality||Osayi Alile is a quintessential leader with over 20 years in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and third sector with a wide array of experience covering International Development, Business and Philanthropic Management, Fundraising and Sustainability.|
Osayi Alile is currently the Chief Executive Officer at ACT Foundation, a grant- making non-profit organisation that provides funding to social sector organisations focused in the areas of Health, Entrepreneurship, Environment and Leadership. Through her hard work, dedication and resilience, ACT Foundation has been adjudged the â€œNot-For-Profit of the Yearâ€ at the 2018 & 2019 SERAS CSR Awards.
As a visionary leader, Ms. Alile has served in various leadership capacities including being the Executive Director, FATE Foundation; Vice President, Junior Achievement of Nigeria; and CSR Consultant at Access Bank Plc.
|69||Ugochi Obidiegwu||Nigerian||Education||GOAL 4: Quality Education||Ugochi Obidiegwu creates education products and events targeted at African children and educators to reduce avoidable accidents affecting children. Her Train Them Young Initiative (#2TYI) has directly trained 6000 children in Nigeria and Ghana and the annual School Safety Summit has trained 1025 teachers for free. She developed an in-house curriculum for this purpose. Her African inspired child safety story book series, The Adventures of Muna has reached 11 states in Nigeria and 8 countries. The effectiveness of this project led to a partnership in Guinea which has made this book available in French for French speaking African children.|
The demand for her safety initiatives by teachers in other countries led to creating the first safety education app targeted at African teachers and parents. The app called, The Safety Chic Compass ensures that African teachers and parents can access safety education content from any location with their mobile devices.
|70||Mina Ogbanga||Nigerian||Entrepreneurship||GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy||Dr. Mina Ogbanga is a foremost researcher and advocate in the area of Clean and Affordable energy. This she does through her factory that produces Eco friendly biofuels for domestic cooking. This fuels are made from invasive weeds such as water hyacinth, wood, biowaste and other enzymes. Her efforts currently being tested amongst women in various communities has reduced largely deforestation.|
Dr Mina is a strong believer in eco friendly renewable as a key driver for a future clean society and has shown it in practice and theory that women and kids are better off being exposed to safe cooking methods.
|71||Khanyi Dhlomo||South African||Media||GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth||One of South Africa's most respected media moguls, she owns Ndalo Media, which publishes Destiny Magazine and Destiny Man, two thriving high-end magazines that combine business and lifestyle content to cater to successful, professional, stylish and intellectually curious men and women.|
|72||Funmi Iyanda||Nigerian||Media||GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities||Iyanda is a multi-award-winning journalist, broadcaster and blogger. She is the host of Talk With Funmi, a popular TV show that journeys through Nigeria, from state to state, capturing people and conversations around the country. She is an African Leadership Institute Tutu Fellow and a fellow of the ASPEN Institute's African Leadership Initiative|
|73||Solape Hammond||Nigerian||Public Sector||GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals||Solape Hammond is the Special Adviser on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Investments to the Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria as well as the acting Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment.|
Prior to this, she worked in the private sector for over 20 years in various capacities, gathering experience in Management Consulting, Risk Management, Banking and Financial Advisory.
She also co-founded Impact Hub Lagos and served as its inaugural CEO. Impact Hub Lagos is an innovation hub for entrepreneurs which provides work space, offices, consulting services and capacity building programs that inspire, connect and enable impact. Impact Hub Lagos is part of the rapidly expanding Impact Hub network of over 16,000 members across 90+ open hubs in 50 countries worldwide.
|74||June Arunga||Kenyan||Entrepreneurship||GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure||In 2010, Fast Company named June Arunga as one of the 100 most creative people in business. Arunga is the founder and Chief Executive of Open Quest Media, a successful multimedia production company based in New York.|
|75||Olamide Ayeni-Babajide||Nigerian||Waste Management||GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities||Olamide Ayeni-Babajide is the founder of Pearl Recycling, a social enterprise in Nigeria engaged in the recycling of solid waste into sustainable and eco-friendly products.|