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Top 20 “young power” women in US entertainers; Africa’s top 20 intellectuals

Forbes magazine recently published its selection of the world’s most powerful women, including a sub-list called the “20 youngest power women” such as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Serena Williams and Danica Patrick.

In the U.S., most young women judged to be in power were entertainers, sports stars or supermodels.

In response to this somewhat typical (if not also dispiriting) celebration of American celebrity elite, Nigerian writer Mfonobong Nsehe decided to put together for Forbes his own list of the top 20 young power women of Africa.

Ory Okolloh

They are mostly activists, writers, thinkers and entrepreneurs like Kenyan Ory Okollah, founder of the crowd-sourcing website Ushahidi, which allows citizens, journalists and eyewitnesses all over the world to report and/or track incidences of violence through the web, mobile E-mail, SMS, and Twitter.

Others on the list of Africa’s top 20 young power women include Nigerian writer Chimanda Adichie, controversial Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo and Ethiopian shoemaker-businesswoman (founder of Sole Rebels) Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu.

Yeah, but can they dance and sing?


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.