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Three Cameroonian women among 2017 most influential African leaders

(c)Marriane Enow Tabi

Cameroon’s Vera Songwe, Head of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa has been named, one of the most influential African leaders of 2017.

The New African Magazine annual 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017 also listed top Cameroonian womanpreneur, Rebecca Enonchong , founder of AppsTech and A-list Cameroonian writer, Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers.

These three Cameroonian women, it should be recalled have and continue to make the country proud in their various fields.

While Vera Songwe became the first woman, ever appointed to head the Economic Commission on Africa, ECA, Rebecca Enonchong on her part is a technology entrepreneur. She was equally named as one of the“2017 100 Most Reputable People on Earth”, by Reputation Poll, a global research-based, performance-management consulting company.

Meanwhile, Cameroon’s literary gem, Imbolo Mbue, marked her place in the literary world when she won the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award for her debut novel, “Behold the Dreamers”. The novelist from the coastal resort city of Limbe in Cameroon scooped an award worth $15,000, almost nine million F CFA. The award was announced Tuesday April 4, by PEN/Faulkner Foundation chair, Susan Richards Shreve.


This year, the New African Magazine, has more than eight categories namely politics and public service, business and finance, civil society and activism, education, science-technology-innovation, media, arts and culture. At least 42 women were part of the hundred named.

Out of entries from 31 countries, 12 came from Francophone Africa with Nigeria topping the nomination list with 21 entries. South Africa came second with 14 names.

Renowned business gurus such as Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote, Tanzania’s Mohammed Dewji Angola’s Isabel dos Santos and Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais were named in the Business and Finance category.

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