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Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala Named Africa’s Most Powerful Woman

Nigeria’s former Finance Minister and current Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been named by Forbes as Africa’s most powerful woman.

Inside Forbes’ 20th annual ranking released on Tuesday, Okonjo-Iweala is positioned at 87th place in the Most Powerful Women in the World list, surpassing Mpumi Madisa, a South African businesswoman at 88th.

The list includes 100 women who have performed excellently well in various fields, such as business, media, politics, entertainment, and technology.

Tanzanian President, Samia Hassan also joined the list at the 93rd spot and Nigerian media mogul and philanthropist, Mo Abudu at 98th.

Topping the chart is Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission for Impactful Policy and Budget, while Christine Lagarde, European Central Bank President, secures the second spot, with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris following closely in third place.

Christine Lagarde holds the second position as the European Central Bank President, while U.S. Vice President, Kamala Harris came in third place.

Okonjo-Iweala, who shattered barriers in 2021 as the first woman and the first African Director-General of the WTO, is celebrated for her remarkable career at the World Bank and impactful economic reforms in Nigeria.

Her recognition on Forbes’ list underscores not only her significant contributions to global trade but also her commitment to economic development, governance, and international leadership.

The Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women for 2023 was released on Tuesday, December 5, 2023.

Okonjo-Iweala, who has worked for the World Bank, Nigeria’s Ministry of Finance, and the World Trade Organisation, has been vocal about how economies can become more inclusive when women’s unique experiences are considered in economic planning.

The magazine hails Abudu as a “media mogul and philanthropist.” With a slate of films that include Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman, and The Wedding Party, she has changed the game in Nollywood as the founder of Ebony Life Media.

Currently, Abudu and Okonjo-Iweala are producing the documentary series Black, Brilliant and Bold for Netflix.

Music star, Taylor Swift also made the list, coming in fifth place and being the first woman on the list outside of politics and governance.

Singers, Beyonce and Rihanna also made the list.

See full list here by Name, Age, Location, Category:

  1. Ursula von der Leyen, 65, Belgium, Politics & Policy
  2. Christine Lagarde, 67, Germany, Politics & Policy
  3. Kamala Harris, 59, United States, Politics & Policy
  4. Giorgia Meloni, 46, Italy, Politics & Policy
  5. Taylor Swift, 33, United States, Media & Entertainment
  6. Karen Lynch, 59, United States, Business
  7. Jane Fraser, 56, United States, Finance
  8. Abigail Johnson, 61, United States, Finance
  9. Mary Barra, 61, United States, Business
  10. Melinda French Gates, 59, United States, Philanthropy
  11. Julie Sweet, 56, United States, Business
  12. Kristalina Georgieva, 70, United States, Politics & Policy
  13. MacKenzie Scott, 53, United States, Philanthropy
  14. Gail Boudreaux, 63, United States, Business
  15. Emma Walmsley, 54, United Kingdom, Business
  16. Ruth Porat, 66, United States, Technology
  17. Safra Catz, 62, United States, Technology
  18. Ana Patricia Botín, 63, Spain, Finance
  19. Carol Tomé, 66, United States, Business
  20. Sandy Ran Xu, 46, China, Business
  21. Kathryn McLay, 49, United States, Business
  22. Sarah London, 43, United States, Business
  23. Amy Hood, 51, United States, Technology
  24. Tarciana Paula Gomes Medeiros, 45, Brazil, Finance
  25. Laurene Powell Jobs & family, 60, United States, Philanthropy
  26. Catherine MacGregor, 51, France, Business
  27. Janet Yellen, 77, United States, Politics & Policy
  28. Gwynne Shotwell, 60, United States, Technology
  29. Phebe Novakovic, 66, United States, Business
  30. Tsai Ing-wen, 67, Taiwan, Politics & Policy
  31. Oprah Winfrey, 69, United States, Media & Entertainment
  32. Nirmala Sitharaman, 64, India, Politics & Policy
  33. Ho Ching, 70, Singapore, Finance
  34. Thasunda Brown Duckett, 50, United States, Finance
  35. Marianne Lake, Jennifer Piepszak, United States, Finance
  36. Beyoncé Knowles, 42, United States, Media & Entertainment
  37. Shari Redstone, 69, United States, Media & Entertainment
  38. Kathy Warden, 52, United States, Business
  39. Dana Walden, 59, United States, Media & Entertainment
  40. Amanda Blanc, 56, United Kingdom, Business
  41. Susan Li, 38, United States, Technology
  42. Margherita Della Valle, 58, United Kingdom, Business
  43. Adena Friedman, 54, United States, Finance
  44. Mary Callahan Erdoes, 56, United States, Finance
  45. Lynn Martin, 47, United States, Finance
  46. Sheikh Hasina Wajed, 76, Bangladesh, Politics & Policy
  47. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, 61, Indonesia, Politics & Policy
  48. Gina Rinehart, 69, Australia, Business
  49. Lisa Su, 54, United States, Technology
  50. Vicki Hollub, 64, United States, Business
  51. Nicke Widyawati, 55, Indonesia, Business
  52. Shemara Wikramanayake, 61, Australia, Finance
  53. Tricia Griffith, 59, United States, Business
  54. Jessica Tan, 46, China, Business
  55. Judy Faulkner, 80, United States, Technology
  56. Tokiko Shimizu, 58, Japan, Finance
  57. Donna Langley, 55, United States, Media & Entertainment
  58. Jennifer Salke, 59, United States, Media & Entertainment
  59. Wang Laichun, 56, China, Technology
  60. Roshni Nadar Malhotra, 42, India, Technology
  61. Jenny Johnson, 59, United States, Finance
  62. Yuriko Koike, 71, Japan, Politics & Policy
  63. Hana Al Rostamani, United Arab Emirates, Finance
  64. Suzanne Scott, 57, United States, Media & Entertainment
  65. Lynn Good, 64, United States, Business
  66. Sinead Gorman, 46, United Kingdom, Business
  67. Bela Bajaria, 52, United States, Media & Entertainment
  68. Belén Garijo, 63, Germany, Business
  69. Melanie Kreis, 52, Germany, Business
  70. Soma Mondal, 60, India, Business
  71. Paula Santilli, Mexico, Business
  72. Mette Frederiksen, 46, Denmark, Politics & Policy
  73. Joey Wat, 52, China, Business
  74. Rihanna, 35, United States, Media & Entertainment
  75. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, 71, United States, Politics & Policy
  76. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, 70, India, Business
  77. Güler Sabanci, 68, Turkey, Business
  78. Trudy Shan Dai, 47, China, Business
  79. Debra Crew, 52, United Kingdom, Business
  80. Robyn Denholm, 60, Australia, Business
  81. Solina Chau, 61, Hong Kong, Philanthropy
  82. Lee Boo-jin, 53, South Korea, Business
  83. Robyn Grew, 54, United Kingdom, Finance
  84. Zuzana Caputova, 50, Slovakia, Politics & Policy
  85. Mary Meeker, 64, United States, Finance
  86. Makiko Ono, 63, Japan, Business
  87. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, 69, Nigeria, Politics & Policy
  88. Mpumi Madisa, 44, South Africa, Business
  89. Melanie Perkins, 36, Australia, Business
  90. Dominique Senequier, 70, France, Finance
  91. Raja Easa Al Gurg, United Arab Emirates, Business
  92. Julia Gillard, 62, United Kingdom, Philanthropy
  93. Samia Suluhu Hassan, 63, Tanzania, Politics & Policy
  94. Xiomara Castro, 64, Honduras, Politics & Policy
  95. Kirsten Green, 52, United States, Finance
  96. Choi Soo-yeon, 42, South Korea, Business
  97. Jenny Lee, 51, Singapore, Finance
  98. Mo Abudu, 59, Nigeria, Media & Entertainment
  99. Mia Mottley, 58, Barbados, Politics & Policy
  100. Barbie, 64, USA, Media & Entertainment

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