Thursday, 9 March 2017

SO KOKO Life Topics | Learning HERSTORY

8 African Women who impacted History with 'Her' Stories

Isabel dos Santos (Angola)
Quote: You wake up in the morning and work, do something. It will take alot of time but the more things happen, the more things are built.

They say if you want to hold someone's interest show them money (well maybe they don't say that but they might as well, whoever 'they' are) Well will $3bn hold your attention? Here is the richest woman in Africa, the youngest billionaire in Africa currently. Though her vast accumulation of wealth is saturated with reports of input from her father, as the eldest daughter of Angola's president. Either way this not to her discredit, despite the controversy. Here's why, to acquire wealth and maintain wealth are two different things. the latter requiring a great discipline and acumen. Despite her wealthy background, this Kings College educated woman's first foray into business was in garbage collection and selling chicken eggs at age 6. It's one thing to have and another to know what do with it. She has large stakes in a number of sectors from Banking to Telecommunications.

Dambisa Moyo (Zambia)
Quote: A short term efficacious intervention may have few discernible, sustainable long-term benefits

Acclaimed for her internationally published book, Dead Aid : Why is Aid is Not Working and How There is Better Way, Dambisa advises on financial development for developing countries rather than simply relying on foreign aid. Boldly confronting, an idea we've probably all battled with once or twice, that billions of dollars in aid sent from the West , wealthier countries to develop has helped to actually reduce poverty and increase growth, to which Bill Gates criticized as 'promoting evil'. WOW! 

We love a bit of controversy, especially when rocking the boat in the right direction. The former Goldman Sachs consultant, World Bank Economist stands for innovative ways for Africa to finance developments, promoting micro-finance initiatives. 

Joyce Banda (Malawi)
Quote: Leadership is about falling in love with the people you serve and the people falling in love with you

'She will never be president'..Yet she managed to revive the Malawian Economy with her debut year as president. Though only serving a two-year term before being voted out, her advocacy for women and children through her foundation has been praised around the world. Once the victim of abuse, Joyce took beauty for ashes using this as motivation to go into politics. 

 But that too had it's own obstacles, with another woman deeming a presidential ambition as 'fooling herself' a mere market woman selling fritters', Joyce took this all in her stride,becoming the first female president of Malawi and Southern Africa and second female president in Africa. - Yep, She did that!

Anna Tibaijuka (Tanzania)
Quote: I considered it my duty to work hard and perform highly and impressively to demonstrate that African women, given a chance, can also deliver

Advocating women's rights to land, inheritance and social services and the promotion of high standards of female education in Tanzania and Africa, Anna Tibaijuka is everything but the stereotypical ' African Politician'. She was one of the highest ranking African women in the UN until her resignation for office in Tanzania. A far less controversial figure than the other women listed, the widowed mother of four has juggled family life and an extensive political career without dropping the ball..or dirty laundry.

Best known as the former Executive director of UN HABITAT,  Anna is an example for women, all people- her professionalism has aided her longevity.

Folorunsho Alakija (Nigeria)
Quotes: Exercise patience and have courage. Courage is fear that has its prayers

This household name is noted for famously unseating Oprah as the richest woman of African Descent in the world in 2004. Nigerians and Africans around the world took pride in this fact. One of 52 children, yes 52 , (we mean it, 52) children was able to pave her own path, a year after studying tailoring in the UK, she started her fashion house, Supreme Stitches becoming the best designer in the country - Well, She did that. Spotting a need, this business tycoon catered to Nigeria's elite women including the wife of former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, who would award Folorunsho's company an oil prospecting license

She is an established self-made billionaire in oil fashion and printing 


Yaa Asantewa (Ghana) 
Quote: If you men of Asante will not got forward, we will. I will call upon my fellow women, we will fight.

There should be no discussion of African history, Women's History ,War or Bravery. without at least a nod to the Commander in Chief , Queen Mother Nana Yaa Asantewa. She boldly confronted the injustice during the British Colonialism.  She led an army of 5,000 in the Ashanti-British War. Also know as the War of the Golden Stool, the symbol of the Asante nation. Though she died in exile her dream of , now modern day Ghana, would be realised 36 years later, on 6th March. Happy independence once again Ghana, dont miss this extraordinary woman's effort's and courage in your celebrations.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Africa’s first woman president (Liberia)
Quotes: If your dreams do not scare you, they're not big enough

YEP She DID say that!  At age, 67, she made the presidential run-off. The first female president in Africa, the first and current of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and like the other women in this post, not a shy of a Forbes list or another. She has helped to reduce the national debt, as she said she would, improved health services and boldly asked the world for help to combat theEbola Crisis.

Though faced with controversy, lack of support, stints in jail and THE EBOLA CRISIS,  Africa's Iron Lady has ploughed through enabling Liberia its first sustained course of economic growth in decades.

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (Nigeria) 

Quote: As for the changes against me, I am unconcerned, I am beyond their timid lying

The Kuti name connotates legendary, not least of all Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. Fela himself sang about his educated mother.The first woman reportedly to have drive in Nigeria, Activist Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, who dropped her English names Frances Thomas while studying in England, note the dates, was fierce. She boldly stood in her beliefs for women's rights and the progression of society, regardless of any established or traditional authority, King or British colonel.

When the Oba Alake Sir Ladapo Ademola imposed taxes on the women, she mobilized 1000s of women in protest which not only eradicated the decree, but abdicated the king from his throne. Yep She Did That.

For the purpose of this post, we could only skim through the achievements of these amazing women,with so many stories to be told. We implore you to absorb their stories, how do they inform yours, how will your own differ? Be encourages, be bold for change

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