notable African women

In the spirit of celebrating women on this day, we bring you the notable African women. Let’s not forget that no one is really greater or better than anyone. This post is only to serve as an inspiration to several women in their chosen careers. These women are who not the limitations of the African culture doesn’t define them.


African Perception of the Female Gender

It is a common saying in Africa that women belong to the kitchen.

This definition has since become the bedrock of how African women perceive themselves. Let me break it to you that the narrative has been changing for years. For this reason, we bring you 7 notable African women who have broken the stereotype. Gender inequality is gradually becoming a thing of the past as numerous women in Africa are beating the odds.

You could also be interested in other women who have done similar inspiring things, then read here.

7 notable African women who have broken the stereotype of Gender Inequality

Grace Alele-Williams

Grace Alele-Williams

She is an educator who made history as the First Female Vice-Chancellor of a Nigerian university; the University of Benin. She was also the first Nigerian woman to receive a doctorate degree.

Isabel dos Santos

Isabel dos Santos

An Angolan businesswoman and Africa’s richest woman. In 2013, according to Forbes, her net worth had exceeded US$2 billion making her Africa’s first female US dollar billionaire. Forbes described how dos Santos acquired her wealth by taking stakes in companies doing business in Angola. In November 2015, the BBC named dos Santos as one of the 100 most influential women in the world.

Irene Koki Mutungi

Irene Koki Mutungi

Commonly known as Koki Mutungi, is a professional pilot in Kenya, the largest economy in the East African Community. She was the first female on the African continent to become certified as a Captain of the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft. She flies for Kenya Airways, the national airline of Kenya.

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai

The first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She was also the first female scholar from East and Central Africa to take a doctorate (in biology), and the first female professor ever in her home country of Kenya.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson

A Liberian politician who served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa.

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

Funmilayo Ransome kuti

The first woman to have been documented, to drive a car in Africa.

Agbani Darego, MFR

Agbani Darego

Born Agbani Darego, is a Nigerian model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World in 2001. She was the first indigenous African to win Miss World.

Yes, our success as women is viewed on a higher standard than our male counterparts. but has that stopped these notable African women from achieving all that they achieved in their lifetime?

Stop finding excuses and start the backbreaking work if you are truly ready to take up your position on the forefront where you can be. All it takes is adequate self development.

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