Friday, December 7, 2012

MNET Africa's Biola Alabi, Leila Lopes, Isha Sesay, Eunice Cofei, Florence Iwegbue and More Make Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa

Biola Alabi, Managing Director, MNET Africa

Forbes magazine just revealed a list of top 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa for 2012. The list comprising of women from various setting -corporate or traditional features well respected and inspiring women like Nigeria's MNET Africa's Managing Director Biola Alabi, Ex Miss World, Leila Lopes, Ghanaian Founder and Chief Cosmetic Chemist, Eunice Cofie, Nigerian Attorney & Co Founder of LiveWello and more.

Below is the full list of 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa for 2012, all under 45.

Leila Lopes

Leymah Gbowee, Liberia, Peace and Women’s Rights Activist
The peace activist was one of three female recipients who were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize “for non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” Gbowee helped organize and lead the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, an alliance of Christian and Muslim women, in public protest during Liberia’s tumultuous times. Now, through her organization Women Peace and Security Network Africa, Gbowee trains and empowers women in Africa to bring peace to their own countries. Gbowee is a recipient of multiple awards including the Blue Ribbon Peace Award from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School, Gruber Prize for Women’s Rights, the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, the Medal for Justice from New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Women’s eNews Leaders For the 21st Century Award.

Florence Iwegbue, Nigeria, Attorney & Co-Founder, LiveWello
A life-changing event, the diagnosis of her son with Autism gave birth to LiveWello™, social network targeted at health. A U.K-trained attorney, Iwegbue and her physician husband, a self-taught software developer, builtLiveWello to support their Austic son’s health while harnessing the best elements of their African culture: village life. By building a health app that was social in nature, they were able to collaborate with their son’s health providers, their health coaches and the rest of their family back home in Africa, to collectively manage his health. Now Iwegbue is helping other people manage their own health with the social network app she built.

Isha Sesay, Sierra Leone, News Anchor & Journalist, CNN 
Sesay reports for “African Voices” and “ Inside Africa“, CNN International’s award-winning, weekly program that covers political, economic, cultural and social trends in Africa. Sesay is also an anchor on CNN International and a contributor to CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and HLN’s nightly news show “Evening Express.”

Leila Lopes, Angola, 2012 Miss Universe
On September 12, 2011, Lopes was crowned Miss Universe, becoming the first Angolan woman to win the position, the fourth African to win the title (Miss South Africa took the title in 1978, Miss Namibia won in 1992, Miss Botswana won in 1999) and the second Black African woman to win following Mpule Kwelagobe from Botswana in 1999. As the reigning Miss Universe, Lopes used the platform for advocacy for HIV and AIDS patients worldwide.

Biola Alabi, Nigeria, Managing Director, MNET Africa
As Managing Director for multi-national cable and satellite content company, MNET Africa, Alabi is one of the most powerful women in African media. Named a 2012 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, she has been at the forefront of the expansion of the AfricaMagic channels brand across the continent. In 2010 she served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Entertainment.

Full post on Forbes

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