Check Out The African Women Who Made It Onto BBC’s 100 Women 2016

The BBC 100 women is an annual list of 100 influential and inspirational women from around the world.

The network has chosen their BBC 100 women for 2016 and the variety of achievements and struggles that are part of the story of each woman on the BBC 100 women list for 2016 make for a truly inspirational show.

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While some have built enviable businesses, others have been involved in necessary activism while some others have simply survived the worst of the worst that this world has had to offer.

Some African women made it onto the BBC 100 women list of 2016 and deservedly so. Names like Thuli Mandonsela are common enough but some of the names you may never have heard of.

BBC will create documentaries, features, and interviews about the lives of the BBC 100 Women 2016 but in the meantime, we have picked out the African women that feature on BBC 100 women.

Here are the African women on BBC 100 women list and what BBC has to say about them;

Aline Mukovi Neema


Country of Birth: DR Congo
Job: Student/activist
Age: 27

Member of a movement of young people in Eastern Congo agitating for political change.

“Despite the risks that I face in the current political system, I’m trying to push for change.”

Doaa el-Adl

Country of Birth: Egypt
Job: Cartoonist
Age: 37

One of the pioneers in a field that has long been dominated by men, she believes art can be the best medium to break taboos.

“Arab women face a choice between being a hostage of wars and conflicts and resisting.”

Egge Kande


Country of Birth: Senegal
Job: Community leader
Age: 55

Mother of six children and eight grand-children, who collaborates closely with teachers to advise young girls about issues related to girls’ education, child marriage, and teen pregnancy.

“Now I can stand on the top of the roof and say what I think, without trembling, and without crying.”

Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya


Country of Birth: Swaziland
Job: Bishop
Age: 65

The first woman to be elected bishop in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa as the diocesan bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Swaziland.

“I am going to try to represent the mother attribute of God.”

Funke-Bucknor Obruthe


Country of Birth: Nigeria
Job: Wedding planner
Age: 40

Plans every detail for glitzy and celebrity weddings in Nigeria and elsewhere, ranging from 500 to 2000 people.

“What inspires me is the need to see those around me succeed, pulling the next human being up, and not accepting failure as an option.”

Gcina Mhlope


Country of Birth: South Africa
Job: Author/poet/playwright
Age: 58

Influenced by her grandmother’s tales when she was a child, her work has been produced across the world.

“I am immensely grateful to be bathing in the timeless river of ancestral stories.”

Lucy Finch


Country of Birth: Malawi
Job: Palliative care nurse
Age: 73

Founder of Malawi’s first and only hospice.

“Palliative care is not about adding days to life but adding life to the days that remain.”

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Country of Birth: Kenya
Job: Full-time mother
Age: 22

Survivor of abduction and repeated rape by al-Shabab militants.

“I kept praying to my God and then one day this woman sneaked me out of the camp.”

Nadia Khiari


Country of Birth: Tunisia
Job: Cartoonist
Age: 43

Creator of cartoon character ‘Willis from Tunis’, a cat whose adventures reflect news in Tunisia.

“Do not forget that you are free.”

Omotade Alalade


Country of Birth: Nigeria
Job: Infertility foundation creator
Age: 30

Founder of the BeiBei Haven Foundation, which helps those who struggle with infertility, and is growing globally.

“Support and knowledge go a long way in helping women deal with infertility and baby loss.”

Paula Hawkins


Country of Birth: Zimbabwe
Job: Novelist
Age: 44

Worked as a financial journalist and rom com author before writing the best-selling thriller The Girl on the Train last year.

“Women in their 20s and 30s are confronted by hard choices which most men are not.”

Prathiba Parmar


Country of Birth: Kenya
Job: Film maker
Age: 61

Writer, director and producer of non-fiction and narrative films about women.

“If one door closes, kick open another one. Never take no for an answer.”

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Reham el-Hour

Country of Birth: Morocco
Job: Cartoonist
Age: 39

Her work as a cartoonist started as a childhood hobby, but winning an award from UNESCO in 2000 spurred her to embark on a career in newspapers.

“Stereotypes about women’s roles are slowly fading away. Art and caricature can be powerful tools for that.”

Shriti Vadera

shriti-vadera BBC 100 Women

Country of Birth: Uganda
Job: Banker
Age: 54

One of the most influential economists in the UK, sitting as chairperson of Santander UK and helping the country’s banking sector to pick its way through the challenges resulting from Brexit.

“For me, the important thing has always been a focus on getting the job done.”

Zoleka Mandela


Country of Birth: South Africa
Job: Writer/campaigner
Age: 36

Granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, whose life has been very tough – she has lost two children, survived sexual abuse, struggled with addiction and is currently receiving treatment for breast cancer.

“I think when you are emotionally broken and destroyed you look for validation in other things.”

Zulaikha Patel

zulaikha-patel BBC 100 Women

Country of Birth: South Africa
Job: Schoolgirl
Age: 13

The young South African girl who became a symbol of the fight against the policy in a high school that forced black girls to straighten their hair

“Asking me to change my hair is like asking me to erase my blackness.”

Thuli Madonsela

Thuli Nomkhosi Madonsela BBC 100 Women

Country of Birth: South Africa
Job: Advocate
Age: 54

South Africa’s Public Protector 2009-2016, she is credited with combating maladministration and corruption in the exercise of state power and control over public resources.

“As long as there is injustice somewhere there can’t be sustainable peace anywhere.”