7 Inspiring African Women You Should Look Up To

Our continent is home to amazing women who are making their mark in various fields.

Here are some of them from the past and present who will inspire you to follow your dreams.

Anna Mwalagho.

Anna Mwalagho is a charismatic spoken word poet, actress, singer and social activist. Anna Mwalagho spends her time traveling around the world and promoting social activism. Her performance of her poem Bringing The Flavour recently went viral, where she discusses the pains of being an immigrant and the importance in embracing diversity.

Wangari Maathai.

The first black woman in Africa to be awarded the Nobel Prize for her fight for the environment and people in less fortunate situations. Wanagari Maathati strongly believed in the preservation of our environment the educations of women.

Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.

Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe is half of the Motsepe power couple. Together with billionaire husband Patrice Motsepe, they run the Motsepe Foundation, manage the Mostepe estate and have pledged half their income to the Giving Pledge project. Dr. Motsepe also has a passion for art and fashion and is the chairperson African Fashion International.

Zulaikha Patel.

From Pretoria Girls High, South Africa, we know this young lady with her fist in the air, bravely standing her ground despite the armed grown men and attack dogs also present. Her sister Amina, described her as a quiet calm girl, who had been pushed to action after 2 years of being targeted for her blackness. The administration at Pretoria High was attempting to implement out-dated apartheid inspired rules, which would force the black girls to straighten their hair. The implementation of the rule was suspended by education ministry thanks to the efforts of Zulaikha and her classmates.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

The first woman to be president in Africa and a Nobel Prize Winner. When she took office Liberia was recovering from military rule, with immense debt, high unemployment and instability. By 2014 Liberia’s debt had dropped to it’s lowest, employment has risen and Liberia has remained peaceful.

Queen Nzinga.

During the scramble for Africa in the 1600 Queen Nzinga held off the Portuguese take over for a majority of her rule. She was a referred to as the warrior queen because of her advanced military tactics. An anecdote repeated throughout history that demonstrates the nature of her impact is the first encounter she had with a Portuguese Governor. When she arrived there was no seat for her, only a mat. And without hesitation one of Queen Nzinga’s maid fell to her hands and knees to allow her queen to have an appropriate seat.

Rebecca Lolosoli.

Rebecca Lolosoli spoke out against the rape of Samburu women by British soldiers, her reward was a beating from men in the village. The beating went unpunished. The series of injustices Lolosoli had to endure was not an isolated event, and so Lolosoli knowing there could be a better for the women in Samburu founded Umoja with a group of 15 women. A village run by women, Rebecca is the only known matriarch in Africa.

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