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Celebrating African Women Leaders: Answers to WIFN Quiz

Thank you to those of who took the time to play in our WIFN quiz, we hope you learnt something new about these inspirational African women!

Well done to our winner, Melissa Dyer … Below are the answers to the quiz, in case you were wondering!

Leader of the African Union, she is one of her country’s longest serving ministers.  She has been named a popular successor to her ex-husband as the president of the country.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma


This Grammy award winner, despite having lost her citizenship of her country because of her political activist, introduced the world to South African music.

Miriam Makeba


This Kenyan woman won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts to fight environmental degradation in her country.  She established the well-respected Green Belt Movement in 1977, and also champions human rights.

Professor Wangari Maathai


Africa’s first woman president is a Harvard-educated Nobel Peace Prize winner.  She is lauded for her non-violent struggle for the safety of women.  She became President in 2006.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf


Head of Akwa Group, a distributor of petroleum products, and founder of Aksal Group, a Moroccan giant in luxury goods, retail, department stores, and shopping malls, her company has a 50% stake in Morocco Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in Africa. She holds the exclusive licence to sell high-end fashion brands such as Zara, Gap, and Massimo Duti in Morocco.

Salwa Akhannouch



Wealthiest woman in Africa, worth $3.3bn, she accumulated her wealth in oil, diamonds, communications and banking. She is the chairwoman of Unitel SA, one of the country’s largest mobile network companies, valued at more than $5 billion.

Isabel do Santos

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