The BBC recently revealed 60 out of its list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017. The more outstanding point to take out of this is the African women on the list so far.  Eight outstanding inspiring and innovative women, who have made a name for themselves in various areas while influencing others around the globe have been selected. With three Kenyans, one Senegalese and Zimbabwean, a Morrocan woman, Liberian and a stand-alone Nigerian so far, we take a look at these inspiring ladies.

Adelle Onyango

Adelle is a Kenyan seeking to empower young women through mentorship and apprenticeship programmes. She is a Radio presenter, vlogger, actress, social media influencer and self-love advocate.

Anita Nderu

Anita Nderu is a Kenyan TV presenter and radio news anchor at Capital FM based in Nairobi and is passionate about mentoring youth.

Chaima Lahsini

Chaima is a feminist, human rights activist and journalist from Rabat who led the protest following the sexual assault of a young woman in Morocco.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President Sirleaf has led Liberia for more than a decade and is the first elected female head of state in Africa,

Marieme Jamme

Marieme Jamme is Senegalese and the founder of IamtheCODE. She taught herself to read and write at the age of 16 and is now a self-made businesswoman.

Naomi Mwaura

Naomi was one of the lead organisers of the anti-harassment protest #MyDressMyChoice, which changed the law around harassment in Kenya. Founder, Flone Initiative and Communications Associate at ITDP Africa

Talent Jumo

Talent is supporting victims of revenge porn, giving them counselling and legal advice and fighting for sexual and reproductive health rights for women in Zimbabwe. Founder and Director, Katswe Sistahood

Tiwa Savage

Tiwatope Savage-Balogun, better known by her stage name Tiwa Savage, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, performer and actress.

This year, the women on the list will be part of the 100 Women Challenge, tackling some of the biggest problems facing women around the world.

Coming together in four teams, the women will share their experiences and create innovative ways to tackle:

  • The glass ceiling – #Teamlead
  • Female illiteracy – #Teamread
  • Street harassment – #Teamgo
  • Sexism in sport – #Teamplay

There are still 40 spaces left to fill on the list, we hope more African women make the cut!

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