By Kiberu Amooti
Forbes Magazine released a list of Africa’s most powerful women for the year 2013 and Uganda’s very own, Proscovia Alengot Oromait was ranked the 9th.
Africa’s richest woman, Isabel Dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s president was ranked the first on the list of the most powerful women in Africa 2013. According to Forbes, the list “….illuminates the brightest stars and Africa’s most outstanding female game changers. We enlisted a group of young, professional African women to help identify the most innovative, courageous, daring and successful young women aged 45 and under.”
Isabel Dos Santos from Angola is also the richest woman in Africa is the most powerful woman in Africa according to Forbes.
Here are the 20 most powerful women in Africa.
Isabel Dos Santos from Angola. An investor, Isabel controls a 25% stake in Angolan mobile telecom operator Unitel, a 25% stake in Angola’s Banco BIC, 25% of ZON Optimus, a listed Portuguese cable TV company, and just under 20% of Banco BPI, one of Portugal’s largest publicly traded banks.
Mimi Alemayehou from Ethiopia is the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). She was nominated by US President, Barrack Obama to her current post, a post which sees her manage OPIC’s $16 billion war chest. Previously, she was the United States Executive Director at the African Development Bank.
Vera Songwe from Cameroon is the Country Director of World Bank, Senegal.
Tara Fela-Durotoye from Nigeria is the founder of the House Of Tara, Nigeria’s leading beauty and cosmetics company. She was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum 2013.
20 year old Rapelang Rabana from South African is the CEO and founder of Cape Town-based Yeigo Communications. The company develops software for telecoms-related services including Voice over IP, Instant messaging, SMS messaging and push email services.
34 year old Claire Akamanzi from Rwanda is the Chief Operating Officer of Rwanda Development Board.
Valentina da Luz Guebuza from Mozambique is the daughter of Mozambique’s President Armando Guebuza and is the head of Focus 21 Management & Development.
Hadeel Ibrahim from Sudan is the founding Executive Director of Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
Alengot Oromait from Ugandan is the youngest parliamentarian. At the age of 20, Alengot is the Member of Parliament for Usuk County, Katakwi District stepping into the shoes of her father, Michael Oromait who served as the MP for the same seat before his death in July 2012.
Monica Musonda from Zambian is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Java Foods.
Lindiwe Mazibuko from South Africa is a Politician & Parliamentary Leader for Democratic Alliance (DA).
Minoush Abdel-Meguid from Egypt is a Private Equity Investor, Entrepreneur, Investment Banker.
Ola Orekunrin from Nigeria is a Medical Doctor & Founder, The Flying Doctors.
Sibongile Sambo from South Africa is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of SRS Aviation.
Lupita Nyong’o from Kenya is an Actress and Filmmaker
Amini Kajunju from Democratic Republic of Congo is President & CEO, Africa-America Institute.
Folake Folarin-Coker from Nigeria is a Fashion Designer.
NoViolet Bulawayo, a Zimbabwean is the first Black African female and the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker prize for her debut novel “We Need New Names.”
Wangechi Mutu, a Kenyan is an Artist and Sculptor.
Angellah Kariuki, a Tanzanian p.