Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first woman and the first African to serve as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, and Mo Abudu, the Nigerian media mogul and founder of EbonyLife Media, have been named among Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. Okonjo-Iweala holds the 87th spot, while Abudu graces the 98th spot on this illustrious list.
Abudu’s inclusion comes on the heels of EbonyLife’s epoch-making deal with Netflix, marking the first time an African media company signed a multi-title film and TV agreement with the streaming giant. This recognition is a testament to EbonyLife Media’s incredible team, celebrating African storytelling and creativity.
In their Twitter posts, both women expressed their honor at being included in the list. Okonjo-Iweala congratulated all the women on the list working hard to make a difference and gave a special shoutout to Abudu. Abudu, in turn, expressed her gratitude to Okonjo-Iweala for her kind words and acknowledged the impact of other African women on the list, including Mpumi Madisa, CEO of Bidvest, and Tanzanian President Samia Hassan.
According to Forbes, the 2023 Power List was determined by four main metrics: money, media, impact, and spheres of influence. The result: 100 women who are shaping the policies, products, and political fights that define our world. Here’s to more inspiring women joining the ranks of Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women in the future.