Continuing our Strong Women: A Series.
The first series highlighted my favorite Strong Women of The Bible. Our next series will highlight notable Strong Women of Africa.
As you may, or may not, know, Africa is a continent comprising of fifty-five 55) countries spread across its northern, southern, central, eastern, and western regions; each having seven (7), five (5), seven (7), twenty (20), and seventeen (16) countries respectively. Nigeria is the most populous African country with 206 million. For countries that make up each region, please click here.
This information is necessary to help visualize the magnitude of people we are attempting to highlight. It is impossible to include every strong woman of the continent. As previously stated, in our initial blog of the Series, several strong women are unknown.
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In my research, I found a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) interactive of Women in African History. I love the interactives; I hope you do too. Unfortunately, this interactive only lists one woman per country highlighted. Click on any picture to view details of the highlighted woman.
We know that there are more Strong Women of Africa than the referenced interactive showcased. But I would rather not burden you with the encyclopedic information of these Strong Women of Africa. As you read, if you know or have heard of any Strong Woman, kindly include her in the comment.
The above highlights Historic Strong Women of Africa. This link, courtesy of Forbes, showcases modern notable Strong Women of Africa. Again, the list might not be exhaustive. Include other known names you’ve either read about, heard, or known in the comments.
African Women, like their global counterparts have defied several odds to attain their current pinnacles. From the first African female Head of State, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia (there has since been other African female Heads of States), to Asnath Mahapa, the first African woman to become a pilot in South Africa, to Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first African woman to head the World Trade Organization (WTO), African Women continue to graciously stamp their footprints on the sands of time. Yet, there’s still more Strong African Women needed to rise up and/or pass the baton on. I salute your courage and thank you for paving the way.
Thanks for reading.