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As exceptional women continue to #PressForProgress this International Women’s Day, these are five inspirational African women every African can be proud of.

Mo Abudu

Mosunmola Abudu, usually known as Mo Abudu, is a Nigerian media mogul, media personality, philanthropist, and former human resources management consultant. She is the founder of Ebony Life Television, Africa’s first global multi-broadcast entertainment network and has been recognized by Forbes Media as the first African woman to launch a Pan-African TV channel among numerous accolades. She is truly an inspirational woman.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

She is the critically acclaimed author of Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), Americanah (2013) The Thing Around Your Neck (2009) and We Should All Be Feminists (2014) to name a few. Her literary works are acclaimed for their honesty and sheer homage to African culture and pride and call for drastic social change particularly in regards to women’s rights. She has received prestigious awards for her literary works such as The O. Henry Prize, the David T. Wong International Short Story Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize to mention a few. She is regarded as one of the most powerful voices on feminism.

Saran Kaba Jones

Saran Kaba Jones is a clean water advocate and social entrepreneur from Liberia. She founded FACE Africa, a nonprofit organisation that provides marginalised communities with clean and safe drinking water for thousands of Liberians. Sara Kaba Jones is not just making Africa proud, but she is enriching the lives of people in her country through her foundation.

Uzo Aduba

Uzo Aduba, popularly known for her role as “crazy eyes” in the television drama, Orange is The New Black. She has been involved in several movies and short films and has gained major recognition for her roles. She is a source of motivation and inspiration to African’s at home and in the diaspora.

Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa is a Zambian born international economist and author. She has served in top roles such as Barclays Bank, SABMiller and Barrick Gold. She also worked for two years at the World Bank and eight years at Goldman Sachs before becoming an author and international speaker. An accomplished economist; she is a source of pride and inspiration to Zambia and Africa as a whole.