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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.
1. Egyptian author & feminist @monaeltahawy is a booming voice on the continent. Her declaration of faith is "Fuck the Patriarchy." She started conversations around sexual harassment in mosques and her new book The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls will be out this year.
2. For more than 10 years @Doyin_Ogunye has been at the helm of keeping the beaches of Lagos clean. She's rescued sea turtles that were about to be sold & killed & she's created a space for Nigerian children to participate in cleaning the beaches of Lagos.
3. Uganda's Dr. Stella Nyanzi is a feminist & a strong voice against Yoweri Museveni's rule. Stella was suspended from the Makerere University & is under incarceration for her Facebook post that called Museveni a pair of buttocks. She's incarcerated at Luzira Prison.
4. 19-year-old Ethiopian software engineer @betelhem_dessie is  at the forefront of tech in Ethiopia. She runs five projects and works at Ethiopia’s first Artificial Intelligence Lab, @iCog_Labs. She is interested in solving people’s problems by using simple yet effective tools.
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.
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Aderonke Rene (@Rene_noire) is the founder of @visitahospital where she pays the medical bills of Nigerians who are unable to pay their medical bills. Recently she raised ₦1.09m ($3000) in 24 hours and that money has gone into paying for operations and bills.
Zambia's Dr. Dambisa Moyo, a global economist is one of the greatest minds on the continent. Her book 'Dead Aid: Why Aid is not Working and How There is a Better Way For Africa' sparked conversation on the topic of foreign aid to the continent & how it is not helpful.
In 2018, the continent received Africa's first bobsled team photographed by Obi Grant. From Left, Akuoma Omeoga , Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere (Right). The team garnered support from the whole continent as they qualified for Nigeria's first winter Olympics.
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At the age of 30, @BogoloKenewendo was sworn in as Botswana's (@BWGovernment) Minister of Investment, Trade & Industry making her Botswana's youngest minister ever. She had worked as a trade economist in the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the Government of Ghana.
Toni Adenle (@t0nit0ne ) leads conversations for social change, including an award winning skin cancer campaign for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). In February 2019, Toni was announced as the first ever ambassador for the charity Young Women's Trust.
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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.
The continent doesn't lack any women photographers. Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali who lives in Abidjan had a series 'The Last Generation' in which she photographed the last generation of scarified people in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Identity is a subject close to her heart.
Laughter is medicine.
Ugandan comedienne Anne Kansiime (@Kansiime256) is a leading actress and comedienne on the continent. She's been referred to as 'Africa's Queen of Comedy.' Her comedy show 'Don't Mess With Kansiime' was a breakthrough after it aired on @citizentvkenya.
Gloria Oloruntobi whom many know as @Maraji_ is one of the most brilliant comedienne on the continent. Her comedy which reflects a lot of understanding of the Nigerian socio-cultural setting and nuance has gained wide acceptance on the continent and beyond.
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Liberian artist @LinaViktor is a conceptual artist, performance artist and painter based in New York. Lina adheres to the colour palette of blue, black, white & 24-karat gold to create paintings, sculptural works, photography, performance works, & installations.
@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
South Sudanese basketballer Sarah Chan (@McChany) is a 2015 record holder @FIBA women's Afro-club Champion All-Star. She was the top rebounder & top scorer. Chan founded theHome at Home Organization devoted to women empowerment advocating for education and gender equality.
Kenya's @WangariMaathai was an environmental activist & founded the @GreenBeltMovmnt in 1977 with the aim of planting trees. In 2004, she was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy & peace."
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.
Laëtitia Kandolo (@TitiaKandolo) is a Congolese stylist who's styled @rihanna & worked with @kanyewest among other celebrities. Laëtitia started her brand, @Uchawiworld in 2014, a womenswear she created. She is very much aware of her roots & returns to them via food or music
Sierra Leone's @IamIshaSesay is a top news presenter. She worked with @CNN for 13 years and left in 2018. She founded W.E Can Lead, an organisation focused on nurturing the next generation of female African leaders. Her book on Chibok girls is to be out in May 2019.
@tosinolaseinde is the founder of @themoneyafrica, a personal finance platform to teach healthy financial habits and a wealth management coaching platform. With 10 years of experience in finance, she helps others make investment decisions based on sound information.
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 2014, Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, a Nigerian physician quarantined Patrick Sawyer, who had Ebola. She stopped a viral spread of Ebola in Nigeria by insisting that Sawyer didn't leave the hospital. The film 93 Days is dedicated to her. She is remembered fondly by Nigerians.
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.
In 2017, Ghana's Nancy Abu-Bonsrah was the first black & African female neurosurgery resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The program only accepts 2-5 residents per year. She hopes to return to Ghana during her career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure
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.
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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.
Brigadier General Zakia Hussein Ahmed is the highest ranking female in the Somali Police Force after her promotion from Colonel in 2018. She was the first woman in the country's police history to attain the rank. She oversees federal police forces throughout the country.
Dr. Ola Brown (Orekunrin) is the founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, a Medical Emergency Service that specializes in air ambulance, solving the problem of distance & medical emergencies. With 20 aircrafts & 10 years of operations, critically ill patients have been saved.
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.
At 19-years-old, Halima Aden (@Kinglimaa) was the first woman to contest for Miss Minnesota USA in 2016, wearing a hijab. She's the first hijab wearing model for @Allure_magazine @VogueArabia & @BritishVogue. Aden has walked on international runways & broken boundaries.
After 130 years, in 2017, Nigeria's Imelme Umana was elected as the 1st black woman to be President of the Harvard Law Review. Umana served as its 131st President. She explores how stereotypes of black women are reproduced & reinforced in American Political discourse.
Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo, was the 1st black African woman to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013 for her book 'We Need New Names.' She won the 2011 Caine Prize for her short story 'Hitting Budapest' & is vocal about human rights abuse in Zimbabwe.
@OmogeDami is a young Nigerian feminist who started @MarketMarch, a movement that seeks to "end the normalised sexual harassment and bullying of women in markets," in Nigeria. The first protest took place in December last year Yaba & received wide support on social media.
Tsitsi Dangaremba is a Zimbabwean novelist, filmmaker & gender activist best known for her book Nervous Conditions. She wrote the story for the film Neria, which got its name from Oliver Mtukudzi's song. Neria became the highest grossing film in the history of Zimbabwe.
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.
19-years-old Sabrina Wanjiku Simader was the first female Kenyan athlete at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, S.Korea as an alpine skiier. Simader was tagged the snow leopard for her speed.  In 2016, she represented Kenya in the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
@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.
These twins from Eritrea @Heroda and @Hermon_Berhane are breaking stereotypes & barriers towards people with disabilities in the fashion industry. The twins, repeatedly rejected by agencies because of their deafness, now tell people to embrace their disabilities.
Egyptian pianist & composer of contemporary classical music Mona Ghoneim is a Professor in the Conducting & Composition Dept at the Cairo Conservatoire. She composed music for the documentary film Desert Safari & got a doctorate from the University of Music & Performing Arts.
South Africa's Pumeza Matshikiza has been described as "one of today's most exciting new operatic voices." Pumeza performed a rendition of "Freedom Come-All-Ye" at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, viewed by one billion people worldwide. She has 2 albums.
@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.
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