OkayAfrica has released its annual “100 Women” list which celebrates incredible African women around the world.
Nigerian women’s right activist Funmilayo Ransome Kuti was only in her 20s when she organized literacy classes for women, a pathway that eventually led to her playing an integral role in women’s right to vote.
South Africa’s Prudence Mabele was just 22 years old when, in 1992, she decided to publicly disclose her HIV status—the first Black woman in South Africa to do so—to create and promote policy that would support women living with the virus.
A number of African youth around the continent, some even younger, have literally put their bodies and freedoms on the line to create more inclusive spaces. More lucrative opportunities. More accessible education.
It is why ,This year we have dedicated the OkayAfrica 100 Women list to those daughters who embody the fortitude of their continental mothers, paired with sovereignty that is wholly unique to today’s youth culture. Freedom of minds, agency over our bodies, and equity for all is not a choice. It’s the only way.
This year’s list includes amazing women like Ghana’s outspoken model Adwoa Aboah—who has created a safe online community for young girls and women to discuss range of issues from mental health to sexuality.
Nigeria’s Fast-rising act Teni the Entertainer and her sister Niniola. Burna Boy’s Mom, Bose Ogulu also makes the list alongside Hollywood’s Dania Guriria who is famous for her role in Marvel’s Black Panther film.
These women are disrupting the status quo socially, economically, and politically. They are creating safe spaces for African women globally, driving technological and scientific advancements, pushing for inclusivity in television, film, art and media and steering us toward a more sustainable way of living.
See the full list below.