Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Samia Suluhu Hassan and Mo Abudu are three African women that have been listed in 2022 edition of Forbes’s 100 most powerful women in the world list.
This list, which started in 2004, is a compilation of 100 powerful women who have caused momentous shifts in the world in various sectors including business, politics, entertainment and in the society.
According to Forbes, the 2022 list, which is its 19th year, was determined by “four main metrics: money, media, impact, and spheres of influence.”
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala became the first female and first African Director-General of the World Trade Organization in March 2021. She is an economist with over 30 years of experience in global development.
In reaction to the list, Ngozi shared on Twitter, “An honor and a privilege to be part of this list of very distinguished women for the 6th time in my career. Congratulations to my other sisters. Let’s continue to show that good governance, good public policy, and a people-centered approach to work matter.
Samia Suluhu Hassan is the 6th President of the United Republic of Tanzania, coming to office in 2021 after the death of the former president. Prior to this role, she has served in government as the Vice President, and Minister of State.
According to Forbes, “Suluhu has differentiated her leadership from her predecessor by implementing stricter Covid protocols, including mandatory quarantines for travelers coming from countries with new variants”
Mo Abudu is the founder of EbonyLife TV, “Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network”, which was launched in 2013.
She has relentlessly continued to tell African stories and showcase exceptional talent from the continent, with her remarkable filmmaking.
Some other black women on this list include the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, Media Moguls, Oprah Winfrey, and Shonda Rhimes, Entertainers and businesswomen , Rihanna and Beyoncé.