Trendy Notes: Arise Magazine Unleashes 100 Power Women List


Arise Magazine has secured its place in the global hemisphere as the bible for fashion-conscious constituents who are subscribing to a particular African dialect.



Hailed as the Diaspora’s version of Vogue Magazine, Arise Magazine consistently propels the image and celebrates the instinctive calling of globally fueled ambassadors who have conquered their genre in such a way that inspires recognition.

This mission has incited the very first Arise 100: Dynamic Women list which was drafted to call attention to a group of women who have managed to influence the state of affairs in modern Africa to date.

The list is a colorful symphony that captures the needlepoint of the cultural circumference that links the most dynamic women who enrich the continent with their ingenuity and venerable dedication.

From singer Angelique Kidjo to Vogie Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani, the roster of contemporaries runs the gamut and is impressively receipted.

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Check out the list of ARISE 100: Dynamic Women, in alphabetical order:

Ahdaf Soueif, writer and activist, Egypt/UK

Alek Wek, model and campaigner, South Sudan

Angelina Jolie, actress, US

Angélique Kidjo, singer and campaigner, Benin

Ann McCreath, KikoRomeo designer, founder of FAFA and Fashion for Peace, Kenya

Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, former UN Deputy Secretary-General, Tanzania

Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of Health, Senegal

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, activist and writer, Somalia/Netherlands/US

Ayo Obe, Vice Chair, National Crisis Group, Nigeria

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, founder, soleRebels, Ethiopia

Bridgette Radebe, President, South African Mining Development Association, SA

Buika, singer, Spain/Equatorial Guinea

Candice Swanepoel, model, SA

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, journalist, US

Charlize Theron, actress, SA /US

Cherie Blair, lawyer, UK

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author, Nigeria/US

Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé, former Prime Minister, Mali

Dambisa Moyo, economist, Zambia/US

Deola Sagoe, fashion designer, Nigeria

Diezani Alison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria

Dorothy K Gordon, Director General, Advanced Information Technology Institute, Ghana

Dr Eleni Gabre-Madhin, founder, Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, Ethiopia

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia

Elsie Kanza, Director, World Economic Forum, Tanzania

Eva Muraya, co-founder and CEO, Color Creations Group, Kenya

Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Gambia

Folake Folarin-Coker, fashion designer, Tiffany Amber, Nigeria

Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-chief, Vogue Italia, Italy

Genevieve Nnaji, actress, Nigeria

Genevieve Sangudi, Managing Director, Carlyle Group Africa, Tanzania

Graça Machel, advocate for human rights, Mozambique

Hajia Bola Shagaya, founder and CEO, Bolmus Group International, Nigeria

Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, model, Tunisia

Hon Aicha Bah Diallo, Chair of the Forum for African Women Educationalists, Kenya

Ida Odinga, Founder, Ida Odinga Trust, women’s health campaigner, Kenya

Iman, model, campaigner and entrepreneur, Somalia/US

Irene Charnley, CEO, Smile Telecoms, SA

Isabel dos Santos, investor and businesswoman, Angola

Isis Nyong’o, Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, InMobi, Kenya/US

Dr Johnnetta B Cole, Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, US

Jonitha Gugu Msibi, Senior Partner, Ernst & Young, SA

Joy Phumaphi, Vice President, Human Development Network, World Bank, Botswana

Joyce Banda, President, Malawi

Juliet Ehimuan, Google Nigeria Country Manager, Nigeria

Kanya King, founder, Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, UK

Kerryn Greenberg, Curator (International Art), Tate Modern, SA/UK

Laurence Chauvin Buthaud, designer and founder, LaurenceAirline,

France/Côte d’Ivoire

Leigh Blake, founder, ACT V, UK

Leymah Gbowee, peace activist, Liberia

Lira, musician, SA

Lisa Folawiyo, founder and Creative Director, Jewel by Lisa, Nigeria.

Liya Kebede, model, Ethiopia

Maggie Aderin-Pocock, space scientist and BBC presenter, Nigeria/UK

Maria Ramos, CEO, Absa Group, Portugal/SA

Mariam Doumbia, vocalist, Mali

Melinda Gates, philanthropist, US

Minoush Abdel-Meguid, co-founder, Union Capital, Egypt

Monhla Hlahla, Chair, IDC, SA

Mphatheleni Makaulule, founder, Mupo Foundation, SA

Dr Mphu Ramatlapeng, former Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Lesotho

Nadiyah Spencer, Director of Sourcing and Production, SUNO, US/Kenya

Dr Natasha Sauven, paediatrician, Sierra Leone/UK

Ngozi Edozien, Director, Actis West Africa, Nigeria

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, Nigeria

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union, SA

Nombulelo ‘Pinky ‘ Moholi, CEO, Telkom SA LTD, SA

Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, CEO, ArcelorMittal South Africa, SA

Odile Sankara, activist and comedian, Burkina Faso

Oluchi Orlandi, model, Nigeria

Oprah Winfrey, media mogul, US

Ory Okolloh, Google Policy Manager for Africa, Kenya

Oumou Sangaré, musician, Mali

Phuti Malabie, CEO, Shanduka Group, SA

Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, speaker, Ugandan Parliament, Uganda

Rosalind Kainyah, Vice President, External Affairs & CSR, Tullow Oil, Ghana/UK

Rungano Nyoni, filmmaker, Zambia/UK

Sarah Brown, campaigner, UK

Serkalem Fasil, journalist, US/Ethiopia

Sharon Wauchob, Creative Director, Edun, Ireland

Sophie Okonedo, actress, UK

Stella Kilonzo, Chief Executive, Capital Markets Authority, Kenya

Susan ‘Santie’ Botha, Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University, SA

Tebello Nyokong, scientist, Lesotho

Teresa Heinz Kerry, businesswoman and philanthropist, US

Thandie Newton, actress, UK/Zimbabwe

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem, US

Thuli Madonsela, public protector, SA

Thyla van der Merwe, Association of South African Women in Science and Engineering, SA

Tirunesh Dibaba, runner, Ethiopia

Tsega Gebreyes, Managing Partner, Satya Capital, Ethiopia/UK

Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs & Emergency Relief Coordinator, UK

Vivienne Westwood, designer, UK

Wanuri Kahiu, film director, Kenya

Waris Dirie, model, author, campaigner, Somalia

Wendy Ackerman, retail tycoon, SA

Wendy Luhabe, social entrepreneur, SA

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, politician, SA

Yvonne Chaka Chaka, singer, SA

Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Sierra Leone