With German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister, Theresa May and France’s Christine Lagarde on the top list of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the world, Ethiopian President, Sahle-Work Zewde has been picked as 2018 most powerful woman in Africa.
Sahle-Work Zewde, 68 was appointed on Thursday, October 25, 2018 and the appointment made her the first female leader of the East African country.
The appointment also made her the 23rd woman to be either acting, appointed, or elected President in Africa since 1975 making this a monumental moment for women across the whole continent.
Right now, she is the only female head of state currently in office on the continent. This right makes Sahle-Work Zewde the most powerful African woman in 2018.
She was chosen unanimously after the former president Mulatu Teshome’s abrupt resignation.
Prior to her appointment, she was a top official with the United Nations (UN), and the special representative of the United Nations secretary general to the African Union(AU).
She also previously headed up the organization’s Nairobi office as undersecretary general.
Apart from the seasoned diplomat, other black women featured on the 2018 list include media mogul, Oprah Winfrey (20th position), entertainer, Beyonce (50th) and world champion tennis player Serena Williams (79).
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