BUSINESS

Africa’s most influential women in 2023!

Since the beginning of time women have been at the forefront of building thriving communities in Africa. On this wonderful edition with look at 10 women who have transformed the continent by building businesses that have had a positive impact in our society.

Caroline Wanga

Caroline A. Wanga is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ESSENCE VENTURES, the No. 1 media, technology, and commerce company dedicated to Black women and communities. She also serves as Chief Growth Officer for ESSENCE parent company of ESSENCE. Wanga joined Essence Ventures, parent company of ESSENCE as Chief Growth Officer in 2020 from Target Corporation, where she served as Chief Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer.


Françoise Moudouthe

A pan-African feminist, Françoise Moudouthe is passionate about advocating for women’s rights and building powerful feminist movements in Africa and beyond. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the African Women’s Development Fund in November 2020. She is also the founder of Eyala, a bilingual (French English) platform that harnesses the power of conversation to explore what it means to be an African feminist. She also sits on the boards of the Malala Fund and Womankind Worldwide. Before joining AWDF, Moudouthe worked as an independent consultant, leveraging her strategic and advocacy skills to promote gender and social justice in Africa and worldwide.


Mo Abudu

She is a media magnate, businesswoman and philanthropist from Nigeria. Mo Abudu is most recognized for being the founder and CEO of EbonynLife Media, a media and entertainment firm with some of the biggest film credits on the entire continent.


Jacqueline Asiimwe

A Ugandan human rights lawyer and philanthropy advisor. She is the current Chairperson of the East African Philanthropy Network (EAPN) and chief executive officer of CivSource Africa, a philanthropy advisory service company that she founded in 2017.

Lebo Motswenyane

Managing owner of Lucky no.8 One of the biggest projects she has at her helm along with creative companies Koi Kreative and Glen 21 Entertainment is Hey Neighbour, the three-day global music festival featuring headline acts Kendrick Lamar, H.E.R, The Chainsmokers, Major League DJs and many more.

Theresa Ayoade

Theresa is a creative entrepreneur, a marketing communications and events specialist. She is the Co- Founder and CEO of CHARTERHOUSE PRODUCTIONS, one of west Africa’s leading marketing communications, events and audio-visual production firms. Theresa has over 26 years’ experience in the management of Public, Corporate and National Events, Audio-visual and TV Productions. 


Somachi Chris-Asoluka

Somachi Chris-Asoluka is the CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the leading philanthropy empowering young African entrepreneurs across all 54 African countries. Somachi is responsible for the overall development, implementation and execution of the Foundation’s overall operations, strategic marketing and corporate communications, policy and advocacy, and TEFConnect – Africa’s largest digital
entrepreneurship ecosystem. 

Dr. Sindy Zemura Bernard


Dr. Sindy Zemura is a humanitarian, social entrepreneur and philanthropist with focus on empowering
marginalized women, girls and youths. She is the founder and CEO of SAE Foundation.

Solange Amichia


AMICHIA is the Director General of the Investment Promotion Center in Côte d’Ivoire. Solange, the function of Deputy Director General within the same organization same organization since February 2014.
Before joining CEPICI, Solange AMICHIA realized the majority of her professional career in France and in the United States. She was Senior Vice President in the Investment Bank of Société Générale (SGCIB) in
New York until 2013, she has over twenty years of experience in the investment banking industry.