Kenyans among top 100 most powerful women
Five Kenyan women drawn from business, media, sports and telecommunication have been listed by the Forbes Magazine as emergent female leadership from the African continent.
In a list that has been released by the Magazine that is written in French, Ngina Kenyatta, Juliana Rotich, Patricia Amira, Lupita Nyong’o and Ory Okollo were named as powerful women who have political and financial influence in the country.
According to the magazine: “Their activities impact populations on a daily basis and are contributing to the radiance of the continent as well as development of the world.”
Ngina Kenyatta, is widow to Jomo Kenyatta’s (first president of Kenya) and the mother of the current Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta. Forbes statement notes that she is an excellent businesswoman in Kenya who owns the largest dairy company — Brookside Kenya, has shares in the K24 television channel, a production company and marketing logs and Commercial Bank of Africa, besides the 550,000 hectares of land she was bequeathed her husband. Her heritage is worth $500 million.
Juliana Rotich is the Executive Director and cofounder of Ushahidi, Swahili for witness, a platform for citizens to report incidents of violence via the web, mobile phones, SMS text and twitter. Ushahidi was first tested in Kenya during the presidential elections in 2007-2008. It has been applied in many countries now.
Patricia Amira, also nicknamed “African Oprah”, has a programme called “Patricia show” which is broadcasted in 45 countries in Africa and United Kingdom, and is watched by over 10 million viewers daily. She is motivated to tell good stories that are worthy to be shared.
Lupita Nyong’o, a Hollywood star, won the Oscars for the best supporting actress 2014 for her amazing performance in the movie “Twelve Years a Slave”. She was also nominated for Golden Globe and Bafta in the same category.
Ory Okollo has transformed the internet in a peaceful and prosperous instrument since 2013. She manages investments on the African continent of the Omidyar Foundation — creator of EBay — from Johannesburg. She was nominated Young Global Leader by the Global Economic Forum in 2011, and reached there after promoting the Africa digital for Google. Her outstanding studies at Harvard University opened doors to various American law firms with interesting salaries. She preferred to create Mzalendo, a site on the great Kenyan parliamentary practices. She returned to Kenya in 2007 and formed Ushahidi together with Juliana Rotich.
Women in Kenya excel in many sectors due to their creativity and are not scared to bring about change in the country, Africa and the entire world.
The other astonishing part is the increasing level of studies and the supremacy of degrees Kenyan women have. Some amongst them have studied to universities like Harvard and Yale.
Kenyan women have always played important roles in their traditional society. They have understood the traits of the modern world. Their courage fulfils Leopold Sedar Senghor’s song on the beauty, force and perseverance of the African Woman.
According to Forbes, the list of the most powerful women in Africa has been growing in the last few years and this contributes to the radiance of the continent and development of the world.
The ranking reveals that African women don’t limit themselves to the kind of traditional domains that were allocated to them. They excel in the media, business and every other domain that they embrace. They gain respect in politics, do well in telecommunication and are mothers, sisters and spouses of powerful men, yet they have managed to make names for themselves. They are proud in contributing to the development of Africa.
In this evolution, we notice that English are ahead with the South African domination followed by Nigerians. Kenyans, Ethiopians and Sudanese follow. Among the French, Moroccans and Senegalese come first.
Among the women listed by Forbes include Dr Segenet Kelemu and Ethiopian who is the Director General of International Centre for Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) who specializes in micro-organism researches.
Other winners were drawn from Nigeria, Sudan, South Africa, Angola, Lesotho, Guinea, Somalia, Liberia, Rwanda, Morocco, Mozambique, Togo, Senegal and Tanzania..