Special Report: Get to Know the Women Running Africa

An in-depth look at the women who hold high-ranking posts in Africa - from the continents’ first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to bank governors like South Africa’s Gill Marcus, the first woman to hold the position in that country.
(l to r) Catherine Samba-Panza, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
(l to r) Catherine Samba-Panza, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
ALL, South Africa - Sept. 5, 2014 - PRLog -- Sept. 4, 2014 -- Johannesburg | Lagos | New York: At the recent US-Africa summit more than 50 African heads of state were hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. It was a significant event – the first time ever so many African presidents were invited to the White House. Of those in attendance, there were only 2 women heads of state – Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from Liberia, and Central African Republic’s interim president, Catherine Panza.

With a population of over 1 billion, Africa is the second-largest and second most populous continent in the world. Of the total number of people, more than half are female, with an estimated 56% between the age of 15-64. Many of them are at the frontlines of leading their respective country’s, some as elected officials.

Who are they? has put together the first-ever comprehensive list to bring you the names and faces of the women running Africa, breaking it down into their various portfolios, and highlighting some of the most influential – including Nigeria’s finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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