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Women are one of the essential driving force of African economy, and this will positively change the future of the African continent. Women entrepreneurs are moving the world as they are going in every part ranging from oil and gas, manufacturing industries, education and so much. These women are also great employers of labour thereby eradicating the joblessness of the African countries.

Successful Women Entrepreneurs You Should Learn From

  1. Folorunsho Alakija – Nigeria: the business magnet started her career as a secretary in a Merchant Bank in Nigeria. Alakija is known as Africa’s second wealthiest woman, estimated by Forbes to be worth $2.1 billion. She is the founder of Famfa Oil and she also has lots of investments in real estate.
  2. Isabel do Santos – Angola: she is the richest woman on the African continent. Isabel accumulated her wealth in oil, diamonds, communications and banking sectors. Her net worth is estimated around $3.3 billion.
  3. Njeri Rionge – Kenya: Njeri Rionge is one of the women pioneer investors in the IT sector in Africa, having co-founded Wananchi Online, East Africa’s first mass market internet service provider which has grown to become the region’s leading internet company.
  4. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu – Ethiopia: she is the founder of SoleRebels which was established, in 2004. It is an eco-friendly footwear Manufacturing company which has created hundreds of jobs for the Ethiopian people. Her footwear company is the largest in Africa. She is named by Forbes as one of 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa, and one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
  5. Hajia Bola Shagaya – Nigeria: Hajia Bola Shagaya is the founder and CEO of Bolmus Group International which deals in oil, real estate, banking and communications. She started by working in the banking sector of the Central Bank of Nigeria before starting her first business in 1983.

Top 10 African Opportunities For Women Entrepreneurs

Women In Africa 54 (WIA): this is set up for African women entrepreneurs with a strong potential to shape the Africa of tomorrow. Each year, the WIA 54 Award recognizes 54 women entrepreneurs from each of the 54 African countries in the continent.


  • Innovative product, service or technology and a strong human impact.
  • The business must be created or managed by an African woman citizen.

How to apply

Every year the Women In Africa, WIA 54 opens an online application portal for women all over the world to register on and 54 women are then selected at the end and awarded.

African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC):  this entrepreneurship program is open to female entrepreneurs who wants to expand their business and networks by learning from world experts. AWEC is an innovative 12-month leadership and business management building program that is transforming lives of hundreds of women across the African continent.


  • Citizens of any African country, currently living there and founders of non-profit/NGO ventures.
  • The woman applicant must be proficient in verbal and written English language and must have regular access to the Internet through a computer or tablet.

How to apply

The application is conducted online and participants are expected to spend an average of 4 to 6 hours per week participating in AWEC activities for the 12 month duration.

African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP): this program assists women entrepreneurs across Africa by transforming their small and medium business through economic developments in their communities. Every year, the program accepts 30 African women entrepreneurs for a three week activity and they go to the United States to attend professional development meetings and network with other participants.


African women entrepreneurs from all African countries with a business that is established and is ready to grow with adequate mentoring.

How to apply

There is no set application for AWEP as participants are selected annually by the staff at U.S. Embassies across Africa based on their entrepreneurial accomplishments and potential.

Eisenhower Fellowships Women’s Leadership program: seeks driven, talented women leaders who are diverse, dynamic doers with vision and are between the ages of 32-45 years. The program is a 6-weeks activity with fellowships of over 1,600 influential active individuals. Applicants must have passion and exhibit leadership skills.


  • Participants must be between the ages of 32-45 years.
  • Applicants must have a track record of achievement in the field of leadership and must be passionate about change and the ability to execute projects.

How to apply

The application for the Eisenhower Fellowship Women’s Leadership Program is conducted online.

Swedish Institute She Entrepreneurs Program for Women in MENA Region: the program is open to young women entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa region. Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions include Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, or Yemen. The program is taken in Sweden.


  • Participants must be from one of the MENA countries listed above.
  • Participants must be between the ages of 20 and 36 years old.
  • Must have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English.

How to Apply

The application for the Swedish Institute She Entrepreneurs Program for Women in MENA Region is carried out online.

Women are taking the world to another greater level as there are no industries that they have not covered. They are also great employers of labour that is why different programs are been set up to help these women achieve their aim and goals.