Leadership in Africa is taking a different dimension. We have seen the rise of accomplished women taking up prominent positions and using it to influence lives positively across the continent. As some consider it an opportunity to rub shoulders with their male counterparts, others have also used it to inspire young women who look up to role models. Even though the roles they take can be very challenging they have also proven to be up to the task and their accomplishments have become a model to which others are carving their career path.
During my routine research on influential African women for my rating company Avance Media, I have taken notice of how women are making the continent proud whiles delivering excellently in their roles across both governmental and non-governmental organisations, the world over. Mention can and should be made of Amina J Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and her colleagues who head other departments in the distinguished global establishment.
In my recent publication on the female Health Ministers leading the fight against Covid-19 in Africa, I also developed an interest in looking out for other women ministers across the continent. My curiosity in the finance sector grew stronger when I got to identify how male-dominated it is and how only two women have the opportunity to head this sector which is very prominent in every economy around the world.
In Africa, one of the most respected positions is that of Finance Ministers, who are put in charge of various economic activities across the country. Their performance affects the ratings of the economy and how comfortable citizens get to live.
The first female African Finance minister, Marie-Christine Mboukou, from the Central African Republic was appointed in 1975, and the second was Ellen Sirleaf Johnson from Liberia who was appointed in 1979. She actually went on to later become president of her nation. She is currently one of the most influential leaders in Africa.
For the past years, we can count only about 30 women who have been given this opportunity to serve as ministers of finance across the continent and for the past decade, successive Nigerian Federal Governments have reserved this position for women.
Beyond their roles, Vera Daves De Sousa (35) and Zainab Ahmed (59) from Angola and Nigeria respectively remain the only female finance ministers across on a continent of over a billion citizens. They are huge inspirations for young women taking up roles in the finance industry across the continent.
In Angola, Vera Daves De Sousa received her appointment as the only female country’s Minister of Finance at age 35. She previously served as Secretary of State for Finance and Treasury and became the first woman ever to lead Angola’s Finance ministry. She is now tasked with reviving an oil-based economy suffering its worst recession since the civil war ended in 2002.
She also previously served in the Markets and Capitals Commission and but gained visibility as a regular economic commentator on several media programs.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Vera disclosed her determination to reduce the presence of the state and diversify the economy as the country still hugely relies on revenue from crude oil export.
She was born in Luanda and has a degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Angola (UCAN). She also has several certificates in finance, management and leadership and is the co-author of a book on Public Finance.
As the minister of the largest economy in Africa, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed is the fourth female finance minister of Nigeria, the only country to have reserved this position for women in the last decade. As the Minister responsible for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab is responsible for everything related to the economy of the most populated country in sub-Saharan Africa.
An accountant by training, Zainab started her career working for the Ministry of Finance in Kaduna State before leaving to pursue other interests. She has served the Nigerian republic in other high ranking positions including being the Managing Director of Kaduna Investment Company Ltd, Chief Finance Officer of the Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTEL) and Executive Secretary and National Coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).
Zainab holds a B.Sc. in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Mrs Ahmed is a Fellow of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and Fellow, Institute of Certified Company Commercial Accountants of Nigeria among other professional organizations.
Below is a list of all time ministers of finance in Africa
1. Ângela Viegas Santiago – São Tomé and Príncipe
2. Antoinette Sayeh – Liberia
3. Ayaovi Demba Tignonkpa – Togo
4. Bintou Sango – Burkina Faso
5. Bouaré Fily Sissoko – Mali
6. Christine Georges Diguibaye – Chad
7. Cristina Duart – Cape Verde
8. Denise Sinankwa – Burundi
9. Edith Nawakwi – Zambia
10. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Liberia
11. Kemi Adeosun – Nigeria
12. Lamia Zribi – Tunisia
13. Luísa Diogo – Mozambique
14. Malado Kaba – Guinea
15. Mamphono Khaketla – Lesotho
16. Margaret Keita – The Gambia
17. Margaret Mwanakatwe – Zambia
18. Maria do Carmo Silveira – São Tomé and Príncipe
19. Maria Kiwanuka – Uganda
20. Maria Tebús – São Tomé and Príncipe
21. Marie-Christine Mboukou – Central African Republic
22. Nenadi Usman – Nigeria
23. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala – Nigeria
24. Rosine Sori-Coulibaly – Burkina Faso
25. Saada Salum – Tanzania
26. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila – Namibia
27. Syda Bbumba – Uganda
28. Vonintsalama Andriambololona – Madagascar
29. Zakia Meghji – Tanzania
Sancho Agress 5-Year Deal With Man Utd
Man Utd have agreed on personal terms with top target Jadon Sancho, according to reports.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side allegedly plans to sign the 20-year-old on a five-year deal worth £140,000-per-week.
According to The Transfer Window Podcast, United have reached an agreement over Sancho’s wages.
Journalist Ian McGarry said: “Sancho has agreed in principle in the last few weeks a five year contract with Manchester United which will pay him initially around £140,000-per-week.
“But increasing to around £200,000-per-week over the course of that deal.
“The player’s agent Emeka Obasi has recently been busy doing other deals notably [Bukayo] Saka’s new deal at Arsenal.
“But he is still hopeful that United will be able to agree a fee with Borussia Dortmund. ”
The Reds have stepped up their pursuit of the winger after Dortmund urged him to make a decision over his future.
Solskjaer’s side are said to have agreed personal terms, but still have to negotiate a transfer fee.
Dortmund have valued their star man at a whopping £115million.
But United are reportedly not willing to pay over £50million for the England ace.
‘Why I Killed Them’ : Rawlings Finally Opens Up On Execution of Former Heads of State, Others
Former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings has revealed in a fresh interview why he superintended the killings of some prominent people in Ghana, including two former Heads of State.
Speaking to seasoned journalist Kwaku Sakyi Addo on the newly opened Asaase Radio, the former ruthless president who was also a soldier said most of the killings he ordered were done with a heavy heart but he had no option because of the circumstances as he claimed they were highly corrupt which unavoidably affected the mass ordinary Ghanaians.
“It is not an easy decision to sign a death warrant, is it? Some but not all; I mean some of the obvious ones to do with…robbery and killing etc. I don’t hesitate with that”, he told Kwaku Sakyi-Addo.
“But at the same time, there is a time that I feel I’m going to execute a saint because of the possibility of regret they will be going through before they die. And I wish I could let them off, but if I do there will be a perpetuation of whatever cost”, he further added.
He went on thus: “A few too many people have been shot in cold by my brother Larry Gbevlo Lartey, for instance, my friend Squadron Kojo Lee; it was difficult to allow [execution] it, and I remember even when it was done, a lot of people thought I have helped him to escape, to leave the country… People didn’t believe he [Kojo Lee] was actually executed.”
“There was another gentleman who just kept Killing people for rituals in his village. You can probably go and ask Victor Smith whether that man was a murderous character. He was the only one executed outside Accra; we had to execute him in his village,” Mr. Rawlings concluded.
Manchester United Star Nemanja Matic Signs New 3-Year-Deal With Club
Nemanja Matic has signed a new Manchester United contract which will keep him at the club until 2023 after blossoming in a midfield three with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes since the restart of the season paused by Coronavirus.
Matic an important player for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side during their current unbeaten run has now extended his contract.
“I am very happy that I will continue to be part of this great club. As a player, I still have a lot more to give and achieve in my career and to do that with Manchester United will be a huge honour,” Matic said on Monday.
“This is a really exciting team to be part of, we have a good balance of youth and experience within the squad and there is great comradery amongst the group.
“This is a key part of the season and we are playing well. We will continue to fight to finish the season on a high and make our amazing supporters proud.”
Solskjaer , coach of the club has revealed his delight at seeing Matic sign the deal.
“I am delighted that Nemanja has signed a new contract, I know his experience, professionalism and leadership will be invaluable to this young talented group,” Solskjaer said.
“We have great strength in midfield and Nemanja’s attributes are a key part of that. Nemanja has been here for three seasons now and really understands the values of playing for Manchester United.
“He remains hugely ambitious and determined which will be vital as we look to achieve our aims over the coming years.”
Matic has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season. He has made 114 appearances since arriving in 2017, from Chelsea.
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