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Top 3 young and powerful African Women inspiring change

With theme of this year’s international day of the woman being ‘Inspiring Change’, FabAfriq is reflecting and  acknowledging these three African power women who have so far been greatly  Inspiring change by taking the place of the African woman to whole different levels. These women are not just building industries and reforming societies but are also rewriting history and transforming the African continent.  Meet Angola’s Isabel Dos Santos, first ever African woman Billionaire, Omotola Jalade, top leading lady in African Entertainment and Liberia’s Korto Momolu who is one of the biggest fashion designers from Africa.

 

Isabel Dos Santos; Angolan Investor.

Isabel Dos Santos who is the daughter of Angola’s President, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos is Africa’s richest woman. She is also one of the continent’s most powerful businesswomen and is the first ever African woman Billionaire. Through her various holding companies, she controls a 25% stake in Angolan mobile telecom operator Unitel, a 25% stake in Angola’s Banco BIC, 25% of ZON Optimus, a listed Portuguese cable TV company, and just under 20% of Banco BPI, one of Portugal’s largest publicly traded banks. She is also partnering with Sonae, Portugal’s largest retailer, to launch 5 new food hypermarkets in Angola in 2014. Forbes magazine named her the most powerful woman in Africa.

 

Omotala Jalade Ekeinde, Africa’s number one leading lady in Entertainment.

Recently listed in Times Magazine 100 most influential people alongside Hollywood A list celebrities like Beyonce and Michelle Obama, 36year old Nigerian beauty  Omotala Jalade has appeared in almost 300 Nollywood movies with over 40 award.  Omotola is the first African celebrity to have a million likes on her facebook fan page. The Actress who is a wife and mother of four children has proven that African women have the power to build successful careers and still manage homes which is very inspirational.

 

Korto Momolu

Liberia’s Korto Momolu left Liberia in 1990 due to the civil war and settled in Canada where she studied fashion design at the L’Academies des Couturiers Design Institute in Ottawa, Ontario. She later moved to USA where she continued her education in the renowned Parson School of design. She followed her passion and won a place on the 5th season of the prestigious Project Runway show. She emerged as 1st runner up of the show where she presented her vibrant and colorful spring 2009 collection during New York Fashion Week; she was highlighted as top 5 designers to watch. After Project Runway show, November 13th was named-Korto Momolu Day inLittle Rock,Arkansas where she currently lives. Korto has been featured in Essence magazine, LA Times, Ladybrille.com, InStyle.com among others. She has also appeared on Monique show, Wendy Williams show, CNN International African Voices.

 

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