Today we celebrate the International Women's Day. Women from the continent are hardly given the respect and honour they deserve. We will celebrate women across the continent and what they've done and how they have influenced the world around them.
24 year-old Zimbabwean Stephanie Travers is the 2019 PETRONAS Trackside Fluid Engineer,. She beat over 7,000 applicants and will work with five-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, providing Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport.
Kenyan athlete Catherine Ndereba twice won the marathon at the World Championships in Athletics in 2003 & 2007, won the Boston Marathon 4 times, won the Olympic Silver twice in 2004 & 2008 and broke the World Record in 2001 running 2:18:47 at the Chicago Marathon.
@winniemandela was the exemplification of the Zulu saying: "Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo, you strike a woman, you strike a rock." A strong anti-apartheid activist who demanded for economic equality for the blacks among other freedoms, Mama Winnie was equally Mama Africa
Music on the continent would never be the same without female musicians. Nigerian musician Aṣa whose lyrics are at once poetic, prophetic & filled with introspection burst into the continent with her album Aṣa which had tracks like Fire on the Mountain.
Nigerian artist Peju Alatise (@pejutheartist) is nothing other than an outstanding artist. She showcased her art installation entry 'Flying girls' at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 in which she addressed discrimination against the girl child. Peju's works are magical.
@fofangjanet is a Cameroonian electrical engineer who started the NextGen centre in Yaoundé. She teaches girls the basics of artificial intelligence. Fofang started her school in Cameroon with 800 students, 60% being female. She seeks to increase the number of girls in tech.
South African actress @ThusoMbedu was the only African nominated for the The 2017 45th International Emmy Awards Nominees & the 46th International Emmy Awards prize in 2018. Thuso won the best actress for the12th South African Film and Television Awards for her work Is'Thunzi
Christine Eyene is a Cameroonian who founded the Yaoundé Photo Network. She's an art historian, critic and curator at @eyonart. She was appointed as the artistic director of the 4th International Biennial of Casablanca in 2018.
South Africa's Prof. @ThuliMadonsela3 an advocate, served as Public Protector from October 2009 to October 2016 & led an investigation, which found gross irregulaties in the use of public funds to make upgrades to former President Jacob Zuma’s rural Nkandla homestead.
In 2008, Ethiopia's 8 time World Champion @tirudibaba became the first woman to win Olympic gold medals in both the 5000m & 10,000m. She's the World Record holder of 5,000m & 15km. In 2012 she won another gold medal for 10,000m making her the first woman to retain her title.
'We Should All Be Feminists,' this is probably the strongest declaration in support of the equality of women. Nigeria's @ChimamandaReal is not just a novelist but a strong feminist who's been pushing for equal opportunities for women. Her novels have been globally received.
Somali poet @warsan_shire won the inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize in 2013 . Her book 'Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth' was published in 2011 is a Bestselling Book of Poetry. and in 2014 she was appointed as the first Young Poet Laureate for London.
Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) was born in Somalia & fled the civil war with her family when she was 8 years old. In 2016, Ilhan became the first Somali-American, Muslim legislator in the United States. Her courage in the US Congress has been inspiring to women on the continent.
Cameroon-born academic Dr Olivette Otele (@OlivetteOtele) became the first black woman professor of history in the UK, at Bath Spa University. She specialises in collective memory and geopolitics, particularly as related to the colonial histories of Britain and France.
Dr. Mumba Chalwe (@mumbaCK) is Zambia's first & only woman in urology, a health advocate & co-founder of Stiletto Ink, a local lifestyle & wellness organisation that focuses on adult sexual & reproductive well being. She wants her accomplishments to inspire other women.
Her voice is a blend of experiences. @somimusic is a Rwandan-Ugandan jazz vocalist whose album Petite Afrique tells the story of African immigrants. Somi is developing an original jazz opera about the life and legacy of South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba.
@thando_hopa is a South African lawyer, model and activist who became the new face of Audi Q2 compact SUV in 2017. Hopa has been vocal about the treatment of people with albinism, using her experiences to raise awareness on albinism, which is still profoundly misunderstood.
Jennifer Makumbi is a Ugandan author whose book KINTU, a novel based on Buganda oral history & myth, was widely received in Uganda & the continent. In 2018 she received the $165,000 Windham Campbell Prize & won the @cwwriters Short Story Prize in 2014 for Africa & the globe.
@wanuri Kahiu is a Kenyan filmmaker whose film Rafiki was banned in Kenya, is the first Kenyan feature film to debut at the Cannes Festival. In 2014, Wanuri shot a documentary with Ger Duany "GER: To Be Separate." Ger was finding his mother whom he'd not seen in 18 years.
Zimbabwean writer @NovuyoRTshuma is the author of House of Stones, a book that explores the Gukurahundi massacres carried out by the Zimbabwe National Army from 1983 to 1987. Her book was listed by the Oprah Magazine as one of the top 10 books to read during winter.
@RobtelNeajai is a Liberian academic, activist & author. She writes anti-corruption books for kids. Gbagba, her 1st book is used by schools in Liberia & Ghana & is under review by education boards in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Niger & Rwanda. The sequel, Jaadeh!, is out.
@MaazaMengiste is one of the greatest writers on the continent. Her 1st book, Beneath the Lion's Gaze was selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books. Her novel, The Shadow King, will be published Fall 2019. Both books explore Ethiopia's history.
In 2011, Oumou Sangaré won a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. The Malian Wassoulou musician is an advocate for women's rights, opposes child marriage & polygamy. She launched a car, the "Oum Sang", manufactured by a Chinese firm. She's a 2003 @FAO ambassador.