African women continue to be discriminated against due to male-dominated societies that prefer that their women stay home and take care of children. In fact, many African communities still do not believe in women empowerment. Even with all the challenges, though, women in Africa have become major contributors to the continent’s growth and success. Here are 5 of the continent’s most-successful businesswomen.
1. Khanyi Dhlomo, South Africa
Khanyi Dholomo is a successful businesswoman operating out of South Africa. As the owner of Ndalo Media, a media house, she publishes popular magazines, such as Destiny Magazine and Destiny Man. The 41-year-old entrepreneur also runs other successful business ventures, including Ndalo Luxury Ventures and Luminance Boutique Store.
2. Ndidi Nwuneli, Nigeria
Ndidi Mwuneli runs nonprofit organization LEAP Africa, which offers corporate coaching services to small and medium enterprises. She is also a co-founder of AACE Foods, a food processing company in Nigeria. The 41-year-old social entrepreneur was honored with the Member of Federal Republic title by Nigeria’s president in 2004.
3. Ory Okolloh, Kenya
Writer, Entrepreneur and Political Activist
Ory Okolloh is the founder of Ushahidi, a crowdsourcing platform that allows undercover journalists, bloggers, and whistleblowers to publish their exposés globally. She is also a graduate of Harvard School of Law and a renowned political activist and writer.
Okolloh works as the director of investments at Omidyar Network, which is a philanthropic investment firm.
4. Isis Nyong’o, Kenya
Managing Director, InMobi Africa
A former employee of Google, Isis Nyong’o now serves as the vice president and managing director of InMobi Africa, the largest independent mobile advertising company in the world. She is also a board member at Asphalt & Ink. Many refer to Nyong’o as one of the most-successful businesswomen in Africa.
5. Tabitha Karanja, Kenyan
Founder, Keroche Breweries LTD
Tabitha Karanja is one of the most-celebrated businesswomen in Kenya and Africa overall. She is the chief executive officer of Keroche Breweries Limited, the only multi-billion alcohol manufacturer in Kenya run by a non-multi-national company. Karanja has won several accolades, including the Transformational Business Award of 2015.