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Forbes ranks Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iwela as 87th World Most Powerful Woman, Most Powerful Woman in Africa

Forbes ranks Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iwela as 87th World Most Powerful Woman, Most Powerful Woman in Africa


The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been ranked as the most powerful woman in Africa on Forbes.

In its 20th annual ranking released on Tuesday, Forbes showcased a diverse array of influential figures, spanning CEOs, entertainers, politicians, philanthropists, and policymakers.


According to the rankings, Ms Okonjo-Iweala, a prominent Nigerian, is positioned at 87th place in the Most Powerful Women in the world list, surpassing Mpumi Madisa, a South African businesswoman at 88th.

Joining this distinguished list are Tanzanian President, Samia Hassan at the 93rd spot and Nigerian media mogul and philanthropist, Mo Abudu at 98th.

The most powerful woman in the world for 2023 was bestowed upon Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission for impactful policy and budgetary decisions that wield significant influence, shaping the lives of 450 million people across Europe.


Christine Lagarde holds the second position as the European Central Bank President, steering Europe’s monetary policy during a period of elevated inflation.

Following closely is U.S. Vice President, Kamala Harris in third place, with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni securing the fourth spot.


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