Ghana’s Anita Erskine has been listed among the top hundred most influential African women for 2020 by leading African PR and Rating firm, Avance Media in its second annual publication on Africa’s most prominent women. The list also features trailblazers such as Graça Machel, Founder of Graca Machel Trust, global African music powerhouses Yemi Alade and Anjelique Kidjo and H.E Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations among others.
“The list is focused on women who are leading various initiatives across the continent and ultimately highlights them as role models for the younger generation. These extraordinary 100 Women came highly recommended by their peers on the continent of Africa, who used their incredibly consistent achievements in their respective fields as a major criteria for nomination.” says Prince Akpah, Managing Director of Avance Media.
The list, which has a representation of the most powerful African women from 34 countries were chosen from various career backgrounds including diplomacy, politics, activism, entrepreneurship, business leadership and entertainment. Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana recorded the highest number of women with 20, 11 & 9 representatives respectively. The 2020 list features a record of 75 new entrants with some of the leading names such as Halima Dangote, Ugandan Activist Stella Nyanzi, Olympic Committee Member, Lydia Nsekera and the only 2 female finance ministers in Africa, Vera Daves De Sousa (Angola) & Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed (Nigeria). The youngest African to make the 2020 list is 24-year-old Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Emma Theofelus.
Anita Erskine is a Strategic Communications Specialist and Broadcast Journalist from Ghana. A Compère, TV Producer, Actress and Communications Trainer, Erskine is also an ardent advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, Girls’ Education and Women in Leadership. She has driven this purpose by using her Media platforms and engagements to reach millions of Women across the continent of Africa and through her self – funded scholarship scheme, Women’s Elevation Fund. Since 1998, when she began her Broadcast Journalism career as a lifestyle TV On Air Personality, Anita has developed a robust portfolio which also includes Strategic Communications in the Telecommunications, Food Processing, Non – Governmental Organizations, Governments and Diplomatic Missions. Anita, who, this year will Host the Jack Ma Foundation’s philanthropic flagship – the Africa Netpreneur Prize – has recently also lent her voice and personality to the national behavioral change campaign in the fight against Covid-19 driven by WaterAid and the global call to Covid – 19 safety call to action steered by Impact (Ed) International.
“To be recognized as one of the 2020 100 Most Influential African Women is to be asked to keep fighting for what I believe in! The Outstanding Trailblazing Women on this list, are each the reason I changed my career path. I wanted to focus on the authentic stories of the Women and others, whose lives and efforts enforce change! It is an extremely complimentary and humbling moment that has refueled my desire to never waver in my quest to help the continent understand and appreciate the critical role Women play in the socio – economic advancement of Africa.” says Anita Erskine.
Anita shares this powerful Pan African limelight with Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation,, Lalla Moulaye Ezzedine, Chairman, Bank of Africa Côte d’Ivoire, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang (Prof), Chancellor, Women’s University in Africa and Vice – Presidential Candidate of the NDC, Patricia Obo-Nai, CEO, Vodafone Ghana, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka , Executive Director, UN Women, H.E Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia, Uche Pedro, Founder of BELLANAIJA and Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh, Regional Head of IBM Africa amongst many others.