African Businesswoman

EENI- School of International Business

Sub-subject Subject (Course) - African women: the fundamental pillar of the African economy. Syllabus:

This subject consists of four themes:

1- African Centre for Gender.

  1. Introduction to the African Centre for Gender (ACG) of the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  2. African Women’s Rights Observatory
  3. African Women’s Report
  4. African Gender and Development Index (AGDI)
  5. Case Study: H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - Chairperson of the African Union Commission

2- Women’s rights in Africa.

  1. Introduction to Women’s rights in Africa
  2. Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa
  3. Southern African Development Community on Gender and Development
  4. New Partnership for Africa’s Development
  5. Solemn Declaration of African Heads of States on Gender Equality

3- Top African Businesswoman.

  1. Isabel dos Santos (Angola): the richest African woman.
  2. Folorunsho Alakija (Nigeria)
  3. Cheryl Carolus (South Africa)
  4. Hajia Bola Shagaya (Nigeria)
  5. Divine Ndhlukula (Zimbabwe)
  6. Mimi Alemayehou (Ethiopia/US)
  7. Tara Fela-Durotoye (Nigeria)
  8. Minoush Abdel-Meguid (Egypt)
  9. Adenike Ogunlesi (Nigeria)
  10. Bridgette Radebe (South Africa)
  11. Sibongile Sambo (South Africa)
  12. Wendy Appelbaum (South Africa)
  13. Iman (Somalia)
  14. Dr. Amina Odidi (Nigeria - Canada)
  15. Rapelang Rabana (South Africa)
  16. Monica Katebe Musonda (Zambia)
  17. Amini Kajunju (the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  18. Folake Folarin-Coker (Nigeria)
  19. Irene Charnley (South Africa)
  20. Another influential businesswoman

4- African women awarded the Nobel Prize, Head of State or Presidents.

  1. Wangari Maathai (Kenya)
  2. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize)
  3. Leymah Gbowee (Liberia)
  4. Her Excellency, Dr Joyce Banda (Former President of Malawi)
  5. Catherine Samba-Panza (Interim President of the Central African Republic)


Subject “African Businesswoman” is studied...
  1. Doctorate in Business in Africa
  2. Masters (e-learning): International Business, Africa
  3. Course: African Economy

Languages of study: English or French Afrique Femmes Affaires Portuguese Africa Spanish Africa Empresarias

Credits of the subject “African Businesswoman”: 0.4 ECTS Credits

Sample of the subject - African Businesswoman (economic area of the African Civilisation):
H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

We Trust in Africa

Description Subject Description: African Businesswoman.

African women's (519 million) are the fundamental pillar of the economic development of Africa. According to the OECD, African women represent 70% of agriculture labour in Africa and generate 90% of all African food.

The main objective of the ACG (African centre for Gender) - Economic Commission for Africa - is to boost the empowerment of African women and to reduce gender inequality.

The African Gender and Development Index elaborated by the Economic Commission for Africa consists of:

  1. Gender Status Index (quantitative)
  2. AWPS - African Women's Progress Scoreboard (qualitative)

Countries analysed in the African Gender and Development Index: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda.

Samples - African Women

African Gender Development Index

Isabel dos Santos (Richest African Woman)

Folorunsho Alakija Nigerian Businesswoman

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Liberia

Divine Ndhlukula (Zimbabwean Businesswoman)

Mimi Alemayehou Ethiopian Businesswoman

Cheryl Carolus (South African Businesswoman)

Hajia Bola Shagaya Nigerian Businesswoman

Tara Fela-Durotoye Nigerian Businesswoman

Minoush Abdel-Meguid Egyptyan Businesswoman

Folake Folarin-Coker Nigerian Businesswoman

Related information:

  1. African Businesspeople
  2. African population

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