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International Women’s Day: African Women Killing it

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International women’s day is upon us, the first since we launched the blog, yay! This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter.

In honor of our very first international women’s day, we thought it’ll be lovely to showcase some African women who are absolutely killing it in their various fields. The list ranges from Philanthropists to Activists, and Entrepreneurs. These are some of the women who have literally shattered gender limitations placed on them countless times and are still paddling on against all odds.

In regards to gender inequality on a global scale, I believe we have made some progress but not nearly enough. 

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It wasn’t very long ago that I found out a male work colleague of mine who had the same job role as I did, was earning higher than I was for reasons I can never really understand. It also wasn’t very long ago we all read the story in the news about the individual who got ill on a plane and needed a doctor. The flight attendants called out for a doctor, a female doctor who happened to be African-American volunteered and so did a male doctor who happened to be Caucasian. The flight attendant chose the male doctor allegedly because he “looked more like a real doctor”. Honestly, these are the kind of things that keep me up at night. 

Here are some of the African women making an impact on an international scale. #FromAfricaToTheWorld

President Sahle-Work Zewde

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Ethiopia’s first ever female president and currently the only female head of state in Africa! #BowDown! 

What I like the most about her position in the society and in power is that it’ll definitely go a long way in bridging the gender inequality gap not just in Ethiopia but in Africa as a whole. We need more women in power. Do you agree? 

Oh and did I mention she’s a multilingual veteran tech guru too? 

“I know today I have said a lot about female empowerment, but expect me to be even more vocal in the coming years about female rights and equality” ~Sahle-Work Zewde

Madam Macdella Cooper

Speak of an actual boss lady! This Liberian trailblazer, fondly known as “Liberia’s Angel” is an Activist, a Philanthropist and a Politician all wrapped in one. 

She was the only female and the youngest person who ran for the office of president in Liberia in 2017, and emerged 9th out of 19 male counterparts.

Over the past 15 years, she has worked tirelessly to influence impactful changes in leadership in Liberia, attract foreign investors to Liberia, as well as educate, train, and motivate vulnerable children through her MacDella Cooper Foundation (MCF). 

In 2010, she launched the MCF Academy in Liberia which is a tuition-free boarding school with a mission to equip the vulnerable and disadvantaged children with the quality education and life skills they need to become accountable future leaders and useful assets to their country. 

Africa can never move forward to compete with the western world if we leave our people uneducated. If we do not provide basic human rights for our people, we will continue to look for foreign aid. 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

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Born and raised in the eastern part of Nigeria, Enugu state to be precise, Aunty Chimamanda is pretty much everything.

What I find most fascinating about her (aside from her consistently flawless hairdos) is how she has used literature to shake a lot of tables and pass on a message that’s more relevant in today’s world than ever- FEMINISM. 

“Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture” ~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hon. Yvonne Nelson

This Ghanaian goddess is definitely not your average movie star with over 100 movies under her belt, numerous entertainment and philanthropic awards, as well as countless honorable mentions. She is a model, a film producer, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and an activist amongst other things. 

Yvonne led a social campaign called #DumsorMustStop back in 2015, which has resulted in constant power supply in Ghana for more than a year and counting. 

She is also the founder of the Yvonne Nelson Glaucoma Foundation, which she uses to create awareness and educate people about glaucoma. 

“Never let your fear decide your future” ~Yvonne Nelson 

Dr. Adanna Steinacker

Born and raised in Nigeria, Adanna is indeed a force to be reckoned with.

She is the founder and CEO of Medics Abroad which is fast becoming a household name for medical elective placements in the continent of Africa.

Over the years, she has built a solid social media presence of over half a million people, a plaform which she uses to inspire more and more women, particularly on the topic of personal development and independence.

She is also a motivational public speaker with a passion for female empowerment and humanitarianism.

Women are getting stronger day by day, with more voices being heard as we push for equality. We will continue to push until we achieve a #BalanceForBetter.

Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

The author Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

Dr. Wendy Evans-Uhegbu is a graduate of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with experience in Connected Health, Medical Technology, Clinical Research, Medical Education, and Web Design. She is a member of the Medics Abroad team with the role of Chief Communications Officer. She also runs a Medical Communications and Publishing business, and is the author of the newly published children's book "The Things Around Me".

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