Seven African Women Amongst 100 Women Challenge

27th September 2017 BY Kaoutar Hrari

Seven inspirational and innovative African women representing six different African countries are listed to take part in BBC 100 Women 2017 challenge; still, the number might increase.

Initial list of BBC 100 Women Challenge

The BBC 100 Women Challenge is dedicated to female figures with prominent and inspirational influences. In fact, this challenge brings “together some of the best and brightest women in their field to work”, says Fiona Crack, Editor of 100 Women. Actually, the aim of the challenge is to find “solutions to four issues which are holding women back across the world”, adds Fiona Crack.

In its fifth edition, 100 Women Challenge lists seven female African talents with significant influence in their fields. Also, the other participants represent different countries (40 names are yet to be listed) such as Brazil, Afghanistan, India, US, Iraq, Qatar…etc.

The listed seven African talents have different backgrounds:

Seven African women listed in BBC 100 Women Challenge


Anita Nderu, TV presenter and radio news anchor from Kenya;

Tiwa Savage, singer, songwriter and philanthropist from Nigeria.


Marieme Jamme, a self-made businesswoman, founder of iamtheCODE, from Senegal.


Chaima Lahsini, feminist, human rights activist and journalism from Rabat, Morocco.


Human rights

Adelle Onyango, radio and TV host from Kenya;

Naomi Mwaura, founder of FloNe Initiative and Communication Associate at ITDP African from Kenya;

Talent Jumo, founder and director of Katswe Sistahood from Zimbabwe.



Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 1st elected female head of state in Africa, current President of Liberia;

In fact, for a period of a month (October 2nd – October 28th), the participants will share their experiences and innovate in the four following challenges:

– The glass ceiling

– Female Illiteracy

– Street Harassment

– Sexism in sport

Each challenge will be based in four different cities: San Francisco, Delhi, London (in cooperation with a team in Nairobi) and Rio, respectively;

Actually, the challenge is not an event held to “talk about issues”, says Fiona Crack, rather “it’s doing something about them”. Moreover, the participants of each challenge will have a week only to make use of their experiences and to come up with a solution prototype.

100 Women Challenge will reveal the remaining names of the participants during the week.

Looking forward to more participants representing more African countries.