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The first issue of Forbes Africa magazine which went on sale October 1st, highlights the 20 most powerful women on the continent, ranging from positions in politics, telecoms, finance, mining and aeronautics.

In order from one – 10, they are:
1.Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia;

2.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweal, minister of finance in Nigeria;

3.Joyce Banda, vice-president of Malawi;

4.Gill Marcus, governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa;

5.Joyce Mujuru, vice-president of Zimbabwe;

6.Diezani Allison-Madueke, minister of petroleum resources in Nigeria;

7.Isabel Dos Santos, an Angolan businesswoman

8.Maria Ramos, CEO of Absa bank;

9.Mamphele Ramphele, former director of the World Bank

10.Linah Mohohlo, governor of the Bank of Botswana.

Positions 11 – 20 went to:

11. Nicky-Newton King, deputy CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange;

12.Wangari Mathaai, the first African women to receive a Nobel Peace Prize(R.l.P)

13.Siza Mzimela, CEO of South African Airways

14.Nonkululeko Nyembezi Heita, CEO of Arcelor Mittal in South Africa

15.Graça Machel, chancellor of the University of Cape Town

16.Pinky Moholi, CEO of Telkom

17.Hynd Bouhia, former director of the Casablanca Stock Exchange

18.Bridgette Radebe, chairperson of Mmakau Mining

19.Irene Charnley, non-executive director of the MTN group

20.Monhla Hlahla, CEO of Airports Company South Africa.

The honour to Wangari Mathaai, Kenyan environmentalist and political activist, comes posthumously as she died in Nairobi at age 71 on 25 September 2011 after a long battle with cancer.

She was the first East African women to receive a doctorate in anatomy and the first environmentalist to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for her initiatives in promoting sustainable development, democracy and peace

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