Industry Updates

Africa's Most Influential Women in Business & Government

16 Oct 2013

This year notes the first time that Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government has visited Kenya, Zambia and Ghana. Although already a flagship recognition programme and publication in South Africa for the past 14 years, the remainder of the continent has been included in the recognition programme as well as a unique publication to be distributed throughout the continent.

South Africa’s nomination, judging and recognition process was separated from the rest of Africa for the inaugural year of entry into Africa, however, the success has been immense and we will see a combined process for all African countries as from 2014. Having visited Kenya on 17 September, Zambia on 20 September and Ghana on 5 October it can be stated that the quality of women who were nominated was of the highest standard.

Despite the fact that this is a new programme, the external judging panel – allocated specifically to African entrants – was able to identify Country Winners, Overall Sector Winners as well as the title Lifetime Achiever among these worthy women. The aim was to visit countries in various regions of Africa in order to give these women a chance to celebrate their achievements with their peers, colleagues and countrymen. Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government will therefore be visiting Mauritius on 16 October to complete these regional celebrations.

The prestige of these events is marked by the countless brand-building and networking opportunities present as well as the strong association with Chairperson of the African Union, H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Her Excellency is on the cover of the African edition of the publication and was the keynote address, which inspired all attendees.

In addition, the sustainable partnerships built to make this annual year-long programme possible are undeniable. We thank: Kenya Airways, Mercedes-Benz, Michel Herbelin, UNISA SBL, Air Mauritius, SAMSA as well as Mass Mart for their extensive contributions to sustainable upliftment and celebration of influential African women.

The most influential women in their various sectors as adjudicated by the judging panel are listed below. For information please visit

Lifetime Achievers:
Mumbi Kaigwa (Kenya), Forson Habiba Attah (Ghana), Dorish Chitson (Mauritius), Prof. Miriam K. Were (Kenya), Felicia Sagoe Gbesemete (Ghana)

Overall Winners (Throughout the Continent)
Agriculture - Georgette Taraf (Benin), Arts & Culture - Anna Hamunyare Mudeka (Zimbabwe), Civil Society - Colleen Lowe Morna (Mauritius), Financial - Farida N. Bedwei (Ghana), Government - Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings (Ghana), Government: Education - Gertrude Mwangala Akapelwa-Ehueni (Zambia), Government: Healthcare - Prof. Miriam K. Were (Kenya), Industries - Theresa Oppong-Beeko (Ghana), Services - Divine Ndhlukula (Zimbabwe), SME's - Aline Wong (Mauritius)

Agriculture Sector:
Winners - Consolata Ndayishimiye (Burundi), Matseko Thulo (Lesotho), Georgette Taraf (Benin), Dr. Rose Emma Mamaa Entsua-Mensah (Ghana), Ndidi Nwuneli (Nigeria)

Arts and Culture Sector:
Finalists - Ziki Odotte (Kenya)
Winners - Mumbi Kaigwa (Kenya), Anna Hamunyare Mudeka (Zimbabwe), Forson Habiba Attah (Ghana)

Civil Society Sector:
Winners - Priscilla Balgobin-Bhoyrul (Mauritius), Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg (Kenya), Colleen Lowe Morna (Mauritius), Cebile Manzini-Henwood (Swaziland), Abby Taka (Zambia), Dr. Leymah Roberta Gbowee (Liberia)

Financial Sector:
Finalists - Kate Waiganjo (Kenya), Nuru M. Mugambi (Kenya), Valerie Dabady (Tunisia), June Nunkwe Chalongwa (Zambia), Adjoa Boateng (Ghana)
Winners - Joyce Wangui Wachira (Kenya), Pauline Githugu (Kenya), Edigold Monday (Uganda), Farida N. Bedwei (Ghana)

Government Sector:
Finalists - Milly Lwanga Odongo (Kenya), Rose Bio Atinga (Ghana)
Winners - Katherine Ichoya (Kenya), Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings (Ghana)

Government – Education Sector:
Finalists - Deepika Faugoo (Mauritius)
Winners - Anuradha Appadoo (Maurtius), Gertrude Akapelwa-Ehueni (Zambia), Ellen Maama A Hagan (Ghana)

Government – Healthcare Sector:
Finalists - Jessie Nyokabi Githanga (Kenya), Christine Awour Yuko-Jowi (Kenya)
Winners - Prof. Miriam K. Were (Kenya)

Industries Sector:
Finalists - Kate Quartey-Papafio (Ghana), Lucia Quachey (Ghana), Anita Arthur (Ghana)
Winners - Deepa Dosaja (Kenya), Yemurai Samantha Mpinyuri (Zimababwe), Theresa Oppong-Beeko (Ghana)

Services Sector:
Finalists - Tazim Elkington (Kenya), Eunice Nyala-Otieno (Kenya), Eva Wanjiku Muraya (Kenya), Jane Wambui Adam (Kenya), Jane Wambui Kiragu (Kenya), Maureen Mwanawasa (Zambia), Sheila Minkah-Premo (Ghana), Rosemond Ebi-Adwo Aryeetey (Ghana)
Winners - Julie Dabaly Scott (Kenya), Pria Thacoor (Mauritius), Nadia Kettani (Morrocco), Alice Baxter Jere Tembo (Zambia), Divine Ndhlukula (Zimbabwe), Kah Walla (Cameroon), Felicia Sagoe Gbesemete (Ghana), Biola Alabi (Nigeria)

SME’s Sector:
Finalists - Christine Khasinah-Odero (Kenya), Susan Wokabi (Kenya), Angela Ambitho (Kenya),Vivian Maureen Ojal (Kenya)
Winners - Kate Kibarah (Kenya), Aline Wong (Mauritius), Rudo Nyangulu (Zimbabwe).