• Saturday, 22 June 2024
Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Samia Suluhu, and Mo Abudu.

Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Samia Suluhu, and Mo Abudu.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's former finance minister and current Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu, and Nigeria media mogul Mo Abudu are the three Africans who have made Forbes' annual list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women.

In the 19th annual list of "innovators and instigators who are leading on the global stage to redefine traditional power structures," Okonjo-Iweala is ranked 91, Suluhu is 95, and Abudu is 99.

This is Okonjo-sixth Iweala's appearance on the list. According to Forbes, the World Trade Organization's secretary-general "continues to play a critical role in providing financial assistance and promoting global trade as the threat of a global recession grows."

"It is an honor and a privilege to be named to this list of illustrious women for the sixth time in my career! My other sisters, please accept my congratulations. Let us continue to demonstrate that good governance, good public policy, and a people-centered approach to work are important," Okonjo-Iweala said on Twitter.

Tanzania's president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, made the list for the second time after debuting last year.

Following the death of President John Magufuli, the 62-year-old became Tanzania's sixth president and first female leader in March 2021, and she became only the fifth female African leader to address the United Nations General Assembly in September.


According to Forbes, Suluhu has distinguished herself from her predecessor by instituting stricter Covid protocols, such as mandatory quarantines for visitors from countries with new variants.

Originally from the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania's leader has gained regional popularity by strengthening economic ties with the rest of East Africa and relaxing her predecessor's iron grip on the country's media.


Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu, one of the most powerful women in global media, was also named for the second time to the list.

Ebonylife TV, which Abudu founded in 2006, is broadcast in 49 countries across Africa, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean. Ebonylife TV has formed strategic alliances with Sony Pictures Television, AMC Networks, and Netflix.

The agreement with Netflix was the first time an African media company signed a multi-title film and television deal with the streaming giant.

"It's an honor to be on this list, but that doesn't mean I or EbonyLife are free of challenges; I am no stranger to them, but a major obsession for me is finding ways to turn my challenges into amazing opportunities," the 58-year-old wrote on Instagram.

Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women list is a yearly ranking of prominent women based on four main criteria: money, media, impact, and spheres of influence.

"The result is a collection of women fighting the status quo," Forbes wrote.

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, topped this year's list "for her leadership during the Ukraine war, as well as her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic."

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