Sylvia Banda: President of the Pan African Women Entrepreneurs (AWEP) ZAMBIA

Apart from being a renowned entrepreneur, Sylvia Banda is a social activist who is passionate about agriculture and food culture in Zambia especially. In 2005, she founded Sylva Food Solutions (SFS) to promote local Zambian food, organise local farmers into cooperatives and introduce more innovative agricultural techniques whose benefits are felt in other African countries such as Mozambique. So far, almost 10,000 farmers in all 10 Zambian provinces have been trained and benefitted from this initiative. Among numerous educational programs she has set up is the Sylva Catering Training College, set up in 1997 and currently being expanded into a university.

Get her Zambian Cookbook which contains user-friendly recipes from all 10 Zambian provinces here (

Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei: Co-founders of She Leads Africa NIGERIA, GHANA

In 2014, Yasmin Belo Osagie and Afua Osei founded She Leads Africa, a self-proclaimed community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams. With engaging online content, workshops and networking events all over Africa and in the diaspora, they aim to become the #1 destination for smart and ambitious young women with great ideas. She Leads Africa has since become an internationally recognised organisation that serves to propel African women in business, leadership and development, all the while building a strong, warm and driven community all over Africa and the diaspora. They continually hold entrepreneurship classes and workshops all around Africa and the diaspora and serve as an accelerator tailored for women-led startups in Africa. Join She Leads Africa ( to get advice, find a network and see what other ‘motherland moguls’ are up to.

Saran Kaba Jones  LIBERIA

Jones is a social entrepreneur and clean water advocate from Liberia. She founded Face Africa, a non-profit organization that provides access to clean and safe drinking water for rural communities in Liberia. Face Africa was at the forefront of Ebola response efforts in Riverless Country, Liberia where they contributed to raising awareness and conducting community engagement programs. She has been listed by Forbes as one of the 20 youngest Power Women in Africa and is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Dr. Dambisa Moyo ZAMBIA

Every student of African politics, governance and economics should know this name. She is a Zambian-born author, international economist and public speaker. Moyo has written three New York Times bestselling books: Dead Aid (2009), How the West Was Lost (2011) and Winner Take All (2012). Her seminal TED talk “Is China The New Idol for Emerging Economies?” has inspired a lot of debate in global economic affairs. She was also named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and one of TIME’s most influential people in 2009


Dr. Ruth Oniang’o KENYA

Dr Oniang’o, with a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Nairobi is a highly influential figure in Kenya championing the need for better nutrition. She is the founder and leader of the Rural Outreach Programme, a Kenya based non-governmental organization that supports resource-poor farmer groups which has been awarded and recognised by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation. The organisation has helped over 430,000 people and 36 million companies to date. She has also taught at Tufts University, the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and founded the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development ( in 2001 to which she currently serves as editor.

The AKIRACHIX women (Judith Owigar, Linda Kamau, Marie Githinji, and Angela Odour) KENYA

It’s not up for debate that technology is the future of development and these women knowing that founded Akirachix in 2012 with a commitment to ensuring that the poorest young women in Nairobi have access to information and communications technology. The problem with getting more women in tech is that there aren’t more women in tech and so they aim to inspire and develop a successful force of women in technology and their programs are developed to reach young women at different levels, those in Primary School, High School and University, those working (and those who wish to work) in technology.

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