Here we go again!
Last year to celebrate March which is women’s month, we curated
beautiful pieces of poetry that celebrate woman in all her forms.
This year, we want to put some faces to those descriptions of ‘Phenomenal Woman’. From politics to the arts and philantropy, our March Heroines are from every walk of life and every corner of the continent.
Beautiful, Bold African Trailblazers
‘Brains, not breasts fly planes’ Name: Christine Country: Cameroon Profession: Aircraft pilot Christine Bonbankal Njeuma became Cameroon’s first ever airliner female pilot in 2002 when she was recruited by the defunct national carrier, Camair – today, Camair-Co.
‘What we should be teaching young girls: To take up space’ Name:Zozibini @zozitunzi .Country: South Africa Profession: Beauty Queen (Miss Universe 2019)/ GBV Activist 26 year-old South African Zozibini Tunzi is Miss Universe 2019 after being previously crowned Miss South Africa 2019. She’s not the first black woman to do so, but definitely the first to do so with Afro textured hair.
‘Just knowing that other people are in your situation and are making it through is great support.’ Name: Rebecca Country: Cameroon Profession: Tech Entrepeneur She is founder and CEO of AppsTech, a leading global provider of enterprise application solutions.
‘strength, resilience and power are all learned and accumulated over time.’ Name: Sahle-Work Country: Ethiopia Profession: Diplomat In October 2018, 68 year old she became Ethiopia’s first woman president and the only serving female head of state in Africa.
‘Technology and Education are the most powerful instruments to change people’s life.’ Name: Yvonne @bantu_princess Country: Cameroon Profession: Corporate Executive She became General Manager of Amazon Web services in Switzerland in August 2019.
‘No, my religion is not why you are doing this.’ Name: Alaa @alaamurabit Country: Libya Profession: Physician, Peace Advocate 30 year old medical doctor, Canadian Meritorious Service Cross recipient, one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates appointed by the #UN Secretary General, and a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth.
“La technologie est le meilleur égaliseur qui soit” Name: Arielle @ariellekitio Country: #Cameroon Profession: Software Engineer/ Startupper A Next Einstein Ambassador for Cameroon and ranked among the top 4% of the prestigious US Department TechWomen program, 26 year old Arielle Kitio uses Tech in creative ways to solve everyday problems.
‘You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you…’ Name: Lupita @lupitanyongo Country: Kenya Profession: Actress/Writer The first Kenyan to win an Academy Award
‘Success means achieving everything you strive for and then more…’ Name: Vera Country: Cameroon Profession: Economist Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
‘At the beginning, my biggest challenge was believing in myself.’ Name: Ola Country: Nigeria Profession: Healthcare entrepeneur Founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, West Africa’s first Air Ambulance Service.
Name: Stephanie Country: Cameroon Profession: Actress/ Philanthropist
Aya Chebbi is a Pan-African activist, Tunisian diplomat and feminist. She became the first appointed African Union Envoy on Youth in November 2018
Name: Brenda @Brenda Formin Country: Cameroon Profession: Youth advocate 23-year-old Cameroonian Girl Child Advocate, Founder and Social Entrepreneur who is passionate about advocacy and youth empowerment.Name: Brenda @Brenda Formin Country: Cameroon Profession: Youth advocate Brenda Formin is a 23-year-old Cameroonian Girl Child Advocate, Founder and Social Entrepreneur who is passionate about advocacy and youth empowerment.
‘chess is a lot like my life…’ Name: Phiona @queenofkatwe Country: Uganda Profession: Chess Player An international chess player from Uganda and her story is like no other…
‘I did it because I loved it, and I enjoyed it, and I did not know where it was going to take me.’ Name: Imbolo Mbue Country: Cameroon Occupation: Novelist/Short Story writer 38 year old Cameroonian novelist and short-story writer
“Nobody asks a man when he takes a position if he’s competent to do the job. They just assume that he can do the job.” Name: Fatma Samoura Country: Senegal Profession: Diplomat/ FIFA SG the first female secretary-general of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.
“It is our right to live in a better country!” Name: Edith twitter@kahwalla, @Kah.walla Country: Cameroon Profession: Politician, entrepreneur & social activist
Name: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Twitter: @ChimamandaReal IG: @chimananda_adichie Country: Nigeria Profession: Novelist, Short story writer, non-fiction writer
“Give it to those who solve problems,women!” Name: Janet Twitter: @fofangjanet Country: Cameroonian Profession: social entrepreneur, educator, technologist Co-founder of the Tassah Academy in Cameroon, 2016 ABIE Richard Newton Educator award winner.
“Sight-restoring Surgeries upon 35000 Africans free of charge” Name: Helena Twitter @HelenaNdume Country: Namibia Profession: Ophthalmologist An ophthalmologist whose life’s work has been the treatment of blindness and eye-related illnesses, both in Namibia and throughout the developing world.
To find out more about our March Heroines