As we celebrate the International Women’s Day all over the world, acknowledging the importance, role and excellence of the female gender. We have decided to take a look at 10 outstanding women who in their different fields have shown character, leadership, strength, passion and all other outstanding traits expected of a lady.
This acknowledgement it is to appreciate women contributing and impacting into the society;serving as a strong, confident, bound-breaking and inspiring identity to other women,and the world at large Enjoy!
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, born on 15 September 1977 is a Nigerian novelist, writer of short stories, and nonfiction. She has written the novels Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013), Her short story collection includes The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), and the book-length essay We Should All Be Feminists (2014), which have all received wide critical acclaim.
She has been Listed among The New Yorker′s “20 Under 40”, The New York Times′ “Ten Best Books of 2013”, for Americana,BBC’s “Top Ten Books of 2013”, for Americanah, the New African′s “100 Most Influential Africans in 2013”, amidst all other recognition.
Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), received the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and it has been adapted into a film of the same title and was released in 2014.
Mosunmola Abudu is a Nigerian media mogul, media personality and philanthropist,described as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman” by Forbes.
The media mogul emerged Africa’s most influential female media mogul with the establishment of her Media and Entertainment City Africa in early 2000s. The media company had gone ahead to unveil Ebony Life TV in 2006, a network airing in more than 49 countries across Africa, as well as in the UK and the Caribbean.
Her first movie as an Executive producer, “Fifty” was well received,followed by “The Wedding Party 1 and 2” grossing over N100m in cinemas in 2017.
Kemi Adetiba is a Nigerian music video director, filmmaker, and television director. Born, 8 January 1980, Adetiba is one of the few Nigerian ladies who have damned all consequences and delve into Video directing, a field that is well dominated by male counterparts. Kemi had been a presenter on Soundcity TV and hosted Maltina Dance All for three consecutive seasons.
On 8 September 2016, Kemi Adetiba’s first feature film “The Wedding Party” a blockbuster comedy movie that made a lot of wave across the country in 2016 was released. In 2018, she followed up with another breathe taking movie, “King of Boys” a movie that is the fourth-highest-grossing Nigerian film by domestic gross (231,719,753 ₦). Her music videography also includes “Ekundayo” by TY Bello, “Today na Today” by Omawunmi, “Sitting on the throne and Anifowoshe” by Olamide, “Child of the world” by Falz, “My Darlin” by Tiwa Savage and the list goes on.
Miriam Makeba was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil-rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afro-pop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. The Grammy award winner openly opposed South Africa’s apartheid regime, and lost her citizenship because of she was an activist. She Introduced the world to South African music, and political struggles.
Irene Koki Mutungi
Irene Koki Mutungi, a professional pilot in Kenya. In April 2014 Kenya Airways appointed Mutungi, as a Captain on the Boeing B787 Dreamliner, making her the first African female Dreamliner Captain in the world and the first woman to earn the captain title in Africa.
In December 2014, she was named among “The 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa 2014”, by Forbes Magazine.
Kylie Kristen Jenner
Kylie Jenner, born August 10, 1997, is an American reality television personality, model, entrepreneur, socialite, and social media personality. In 2012, At age 14 , she collaborated with the clothing brand PacSun, along with her sister Kendall, and created a line of clothing, “Kendall & Kylie”. In 2015, Jenner launched her own cosmetics line called “Kylie Lip Kits”, which was renamed to “Kylie Cosmetics” the following year.
According to Forbes magazine, as of March 2019 her net worth was US$1 billion, making her, at age 21, the youngest self-made billionaire ever.
Alice Annum, born 2 October 1948 in Accra, is a retired Ghanaian sprinter. Her personal best time in the 200 metres was 22.89 seconds, achieved at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. She was tagged as “Baby Jet” due to her remarkable speed game.
She is Ghana’s first sensational female Olympian sprinter, she won gold at the 1965 All Africa Games (long jump) in Brazzaville, silver at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Scotland, silver again in both 100 meters and 200-meter races and bronze in the 1974 New Zealand edition; 200-meter section. Also, she pulled it off at three consecutive Olympic Games: 1964 (Tokyo), 1968 (Mexico City) and 1972 (Munich).
Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo, born 20 December 1949, is the Chief Justice of Ghana and has been a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ghana since 1995. Being the second female chief justice in Ghana, Madam Akuffo comes up as one of the most powerful woman and the legal brain in Ghana today as she heads the Supreme Court of Ghana.
Dorothy Irene Height born March 24 is an American administrator and educator who worked as a civil rights and women’s rights activist, specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. Dorothy Height has been described as the godmother of the women’s movement because of her work for gender equality.
For four decades, she led the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW )and was a leading figure in the 1963 March on Washington. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. She died on April 20, 2010.
Asisat Oshoala(MON) is a Nigerian professional footballer who has carved a niche for herself in African women football and in fact the World women football at large. Born 9 October 1994, she is one of the few Nigerian female footballers who have played topflight club football. At the tender age of 24, she has already played for the women team of English giants like Arsenal and Liverpool, Dalian Quanjian F.C in China and currently in Spain playing for FC Barcelona Femeni.
She was a major force in the Nigerian team that reached the FIFA-U20 world cup final in 2014, her individual brilliance was recognized with a Golden boot and a Golden ball. She proceeded to win the African Women’s Youth Player of the Year , African Women’s Championship, African Women Footballer of The Year all in 2014, at age 20, then she won the BBC Women’s footballer of the year the following year.
A vital tool to Nigeria winning the African Women Championship three times in a row. Oshoala won the African Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2016 and 2017. Oshoala has a football foundation whose basic objective is to discover, support and Inspire home-grown female footballers.
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