Kenyan award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has been named amongst Africa’s 50 most influential women by french magazine Juene Afrique. Also in the list is Ory Okolloh who is a Kenyan activist, lawyer, and blogger and Jacqueline Mugo who is the Executive Director of the Federation of Kenya Employers.
Nyong’o has been recognized for her impact in the film industry after receiving several accolades for her role in the film 12 years a slave. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the sixth black actress to win the award, the first African actress to win the award, the first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar.
Ory Okolloh who is an activist and a co-founder of Mzalendo website and Ushahidi forums which according to forbes is a forum which combines mapping with eye-witness reports, has been used to monitor elections in Kenya, Mexico and India, track violence in the Eastern Congo and map post-earthquake crisis in Haiti.
Jacqueline Mugo who is the Federation of Kenya Employers Executive Director was also recognized for the role she plays in leader of african managers. According to business forum Jacqueline has quite a lot of tasks under her leadership she is the Secretary General of Business Africa, the Employers regional body and voice in the continent. She is also Executive Director of the Federation of Kenya Employers, Chairperson of the East African Employer’s Organisation and board member of the Governing Body of the International Organization of Employers and the National Social Security Fund. She maintains roles as Deputy Secretary General of the Pan-African Employers Confederation and Member of the ILO Governing Body.
Also in the list in Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, South Africa’s Winnie Mandela and Benin’s Angélique Kidjo and Mozambique’s Graça Machel.