Female Authors - Africa
Ms. Sarisha Rameshlall Komal
Education Specialist, Author, Holistic Counsellor & Empowerment Facilitator
Ms Sarisha is making an enormous impact wherever she goes at a grassroots level where it really matters and amongst leaders and decision-makers so that this multi-pronged approach can ensure meaningful change at levels that matter. She can be best described as an eternal optimist who believes in the pure potential of excellence for all. Her focus is on motivating and inspiring individuals through very practical and sustainable means to live more fully and confidently. Her primary objective is to build the individual to build the community! This she accomplishes through Education and Counselling initiatives on holistic leadership development of the individual self for more than two decades now.
Mary Stylian Haamnaan
Mary Haamnaan is a leader with the Nigerian Girl Guides Association, we volunteer in training girls and young women to be responsible citizens and help them reach their fullest potentials. I am a graduate of public Administration and a native of Goemai from Shendam LGC of Plateau state. I love reading, dancing, traveling and making good friends.
Gender Equality and Women/Youth Empowerment
Goyit, Jiritmwa Morgak is a young woman who has shown considerable passion and commitment to issues of gender equality and women/Youth empowerment. She has also proven to be honest, hardworking and open to learning new things. Her approach to issues and the candor with which she debate or discuss matters of public interest has earned her a reputation as a principled and dodged social advocate particularly for the poor and underprivileged.
Dr. Jophia Nanker Gupar
President of Pan African Young Women
Dr. Jophia Nanker Gupar hails from Plateau State in Pankshin LGA and From Abwor/Dyis Village. She is the Founder and President of Pan African Young Women Development Initiative-PAYWODI, National Director, Nigerian National Youth Award - NNYA, Plateau State Coordinator Women 4Women and He4She, member of the National Advisory Board of National Youth Council of Nigeria-NYCN, member Rotary Club of Abuja CBD, member of BPW, an Officer of the UN Habitat Youth Network Nigeria, An Alumni of the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters Network USA.
Founder/Executive Director of Women and Girl Child Rescue and Development Initiative (WGRDI)
Bridget Dakyes is a graduate of philosophy and Religion from the Faculty of Arts, University of Jos and submitted a dissertation titled “Religious Pluralism and National Development “The Nigerian situation”. She started her humanitarian Journey at the age of 9 with her mum, Mrs. Catherine Umaru (Late) and is currently the Founder/Executive Director of Women and Girl Child Rescue and Development Initiative (WGRDI), with the Mission of raising citizens (women and girls) from local communities who will rise up to the challenges facing them at all levels in the society.
Honarable Gozie Udemezue
Attorney, Social Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Human Rights Advocate, Writer and Public Speaker
Gọzie is an Attorney, social entrepreneur, philanthropist, human rights advocate, writer and public speaker. She was born on 3rd May, 1971 in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria. She has a bachelor’s degree in law from Enugu State University of Science and Technology obtained in 1999 and also holds a Master of laws degree in Human Rights Law from University of London, obtained in December, 2015. Prior to the above in 2003, she obtained a Certificate in International human rights from the International Institute for Human Rights, Strasbourg, France.
In May 2008, she co-founded Healing Hearts Widows Support Foundation Inc. (HHWSF) with her late husband, Chief Emeka Udemezue where she leads a team of dedicated volunteers and staff to provide financial support, inspiration, mentoring, and hope to widows and their children.
Global Youth Leader, Public Speaker and Author
Isobel Muganyizi, is a Global youth Leader, Public Speaker and Author. As a world changer, she inspires others by delivering messages of hope, Love and delivernance. Isobel has been featured in the Women Empowerment Edition of "Halleluya" Magazine and has shared her story "Escape to Triumph" on various Televisions, Radios and conferences.
As an Author, she is committed to writing books of Hope and Love that demonstrate how Women are the "Treasure of God". Isobel's desire is for women to establish their distinct identity through a true intimate relationship with God. Through her Authorship, Women will find a treasured relationship that has the power to redefine and reshape generations by demonstrating the Spirit, at the highest level of relationship with God; the Bridal level.
As a Public Speaker and Global Youth Leader, she is driven by her passion to inspire, impact, motivate and create change by expressing the true Love; Agape that God has for mankind
Specialist, Expert, Advocate and Author
Chinyere Anokwuru is the founder of Selfworth Organization For Women Development, a grassroots Non-Governmental Organization that works to eliminate the lowest form of poverty by creating employment opportunities in the fashion space 'one stitch at a time" for low income women particularly widows. Her organization focuses on training vulnerable women to sew professionally and produce embellished ready to wear handcrafted African dresses that has the ability to showcase Nigeria to a global market.
Chinyere Anokwuru is a gender and empowerment Specialist, a poverty alleviation expert, a grassroots reformer and trainer, and a multi- award winning advocate for the economic empowerment of women and the author of two books. Her organization invests in local women to help them acquire life skills and start up small businesses to help ease the conflict between work and family responsibilities - one of the many reasons for women's economic inequality and domestic violence.
Researcher and Development Practitioner
Founder and Executive Director of We Unite Foundation
Rinmicit Temlong is a Researcher and Development Practitioner. Her areas of interest are Gender, Climate Change, Conflict and Education. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies.
She is the Founder and Executive Director of We Unite Foundation and is the convener of a Mentoring Club called Mentor Monday. We Unite Foundation also has programme called 'My Safe Space.' My safe space creates safe spaces within Religious Institutions for victims of abuse (Women and Girls also boys as the case maybe) to speak up. The programme also equips the Institutions to take ownership of the programme. Also the programme involves and carries men along through the concept of Positive Masculinity. To end Violence Against Women and Girls we need to carry the Men and involve them in the process.
WE-UNITE FOUNDATION is a registered Non-Governmental Organisation which aims to promote the culture and values of human dignity addressing the challenges and evils of gender and domestic-based violence. Thereby promoting justice, equity and self-reliance as it works with women, girl-child, and people with disabilities by transforming lives and community for peaceful cohesion.
Irene Ndidi Ugbah
Executive Director of Crestville Academy
Irene Ndidi Ugbah is an educationist the Executive Director of Crestville Academy Abuja, Nigeria. She is the founder of Crestville Development Foundation a gender based NGO. She is a public speaker, girl child advocate and author.
Irene organizes an annual girls conference to commemorate the International Day of The Girl Child (IDG) every October 11th. The 2019 edition held in Umuahia, Abia state Nigeria had over 350 girls in attendance. During the school terms Irene and her team visit various secondary schools to speak to girls on taking their education seriously, sexual health etc.
Rahmat Abisola Abdullahi
Abuja Municipal Area Council
Rahmat Abisola Abdullahi is an accomplished yet emerging young female politician, businesswoman and development advocate with remarkable strides in grassroot politics most especially women political awareness and inclusion.
As the first female and current Council Secretary of Abuja Municipal Area Council, the biggest municipal area in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, she is a mentor to aspiring female politicians across Nigeria, leading by example in good governance, human development as well as advocacy for marginalized women and girls in rural communities.
Executive Director of Women Development Monitoring Initiative
Women Development Monitoring Initiative
Monitoring the involvement of women in grassroot politics
Increasing awareness on the equal rights and opportunities of women in governance and society
Northern Women in Politics Chapter Bauchi State Coordinator
Overseeing automation of processes in Northern Branches
Overseeing all the activities of the state chapter to grow it and make it vibrant.
Writing of monthly report on the activities of the chapter to the national body.
Interfacing with community leaders and stakeholders
Attracting and retaining right members to the group of high value
Gender Equality Advocate and Executive Director of Boundless Hands Africa Initiative
She is a renowned social worker with cross-cutting experience in public policy analysis, advocacy, program development/implementing and project evaluation. Her focus have been advocating for gender equality and protecting women and children from abuse and violence.
She is a ONE Champion, who is representing Lagos, selected by ONE; a global movement, campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease. She has also been selected by the UN Women Nigeria, as one of the 25 young women (Beijing Eaglets) who will lead the feminist movement in Nigeria for the next 25 years.
Adenike Jennifer Emiola Iyiola
Founder/President of Nigerian Professional Working Women (NPWW)
From the beginning, she has always been passionate about women empowerment, professionally, politically and socially. She believes in a strong and collaborative power of professional women, and in making a positive impact on the future of our great country Nigeria. As a result, she decided to invite women of like-mind to form the Nigerian Professional Working Women (NPWW).
Nigeria Professional Working Women, is a great opportunity for all of us professional women, to finally realize our dreams, improve on our already achieved goals, and to be a positive force in shaping the future of our nation.
Abiodun Omowunmi Essiet
Abiodun Essiet Initiative for Girls
A young female politician and women leader of Nigeria Women Trust Fund, she was the first woman in her ward to contest for the office of a councilor since 1995 when the council was created. She is a gender activist, a community development expert and an agent for social change. She has trained over 40 women in the grassroot on budget tracking, provided skill acquisition for over 100 women and free medical outreach for over 500 people in rural communities.
She is the National Director on Women, Gender and Development Affairs of African Youth for Development Commission, AYDEC Nigeria. A resource consultant for European Center for Electoral Support in Nigeria. She won the award of best Head of State for Model ECOWAS Summit 2018 in Ghana and was appointed the Chairperson of the local Organising committee for Model ECOWAS Summit 2020 which will take place in Nigeria.
Professor Joy Onyesoh
Transformational Coach, Author, Founder of Joy Onyesoh Foundation and She Speaks Campaign
Dr. Joy Onyesoh is the International President of the oldest women’s peace organization in the world established in 1914- Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She also has a personal foundation - Joy Onyesoh Foundation through which she carries out philanthropic activities and propagates the Ministry of the Lord. Joy is an inspirational speaker, international best-selling author, trainer, personal development coach and researcher. She is a passionate, self-motivated individual with a drive to succeed, having excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Joy is a woman of many parts, highly efficient, methodical and with a proactive approach to performance.
Her slogan is “Too Focused to Give Up”, and this drives her passion in making a difference in the lives of others. Joy’s purpose is to inspire others to find their life’s purpose and live an impactful life. She creates opportunities for women and girls to find and own their voice.
Chief Ugo Nnachi
Administrator, State Government, Women Affairs and Social Development
Ugo Nnachi belongs to a new generation of Nigerian women who have excelled in their chosen career through the unique attributes of hard work, perseverance and determination. Ugo Nnachi is a Public Sector administrator with over 27 years of experience.
She served in the public service and precisely with Ebonyi State Government and reached at the apex of her public service career as the first female Head of Service of Ebonyi State before retiring in May 2015.
Ugo is a great mobilizer. She mobilized women to form several organizations for the upliftment of their communities and continues to fight for the rights of women till date.
Bernice Mmabogosi Phele
Founder and Director Women Empowerment Social and Spiritual Relief Outreach
She is Founder and Director of the organization namely Oreokame Women Empowerment Social and Spiritual Relief Outreach. The organizations were formed from the Story of Hagar and Ishmael together with Jeremiah 09:17-22, which is a vision that I had since I was 9years old. Bernice combines her wealth of leadership expertise with spiritual understanding life-transforming messages that empower and instigate. Seasoned with humor, compassion, revelatory insight, and personal candor. She open minds and touch women hearts with biblical-based principle of inner healing and personal empowerment.
Looking at her education background in Economics, breaking barriers to entry into the government, Solid Waste Management and Recycling qualifications and Currently studying towards a qualification on Local Economic Development qualification which is actually the physical part of what she is called for and her completed study in Theology and Ministry, Bernice translates hard-hitting spiritual insights into everyday language that empower individuals to transform their lives.
Abidemi Adewumi Aderinto
Happiness Coach and Cognitive Behavior Therapist
Abidemi Adewumi Aderinto, is a graduate of Political Science University of Lagos, 1990. Also known as Blissfulabi. I believe that each of us is a wonderful and unique person. And I work with individuals to realize their best self, and to live their best life: one rich in fulfillment, happiness, and harmony using the power of their emotions.
am a certified EQ, CBT and Happiness coach. Over the years I have worked with people to help them gain emotional clarity and balance. Then set up my organisation Blissful Unlearnings after I learned how to be authentic( talk about late blooming) and gotten my certifications in Emotional Intelligence, therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and coaching in happiness.
I decided to help people align with their authentic selves.
We have done this through series of trainings, classes and seminars.
Dr. Ela Manga
Medical Practitioner and Founder
Dr Ela Manga is a medical practitioner who is committed to bringing heart back into medicine. Ela runs a thriving practice in the beautiful Muldersdrift area where she specialises in bringing mindfulness back into medicine and inspiring conscious living as a way of restoring and supporting health and wellbeing. She is an expert in the field of energy management and optimal wellbeing, and uses modern medicine as a framework to delve deeper into the root causes of illness by drawing on safe and natural healing systems. Through this methodology, she supports both individuals and teams in healing the effects of stress and burnout.
Her journey to developing a unique approach to mastering energy began with her practice which she ran in a bustling suburb of northern Johannesburg. Working with mostly young families and people just starting out in their careers inspired her need to practice medicine in a way that was more individualised, holistic and heart-centred. She also recognises the importance of working with her patients as partners in creating and sustaining wellness.
Dr. Lul Abdiwahid
Founder of Pure Pearl Foundation
Dr. Lul Abdiwahid is the founder and CEO of Pure Pearl Foundation. The foundation was founded in 2016 and has its main office in Mombasa city. Pure Pearl’s main objective is to transform the lives of vulnerable women, youth and children in Africa through Relief and sustainable economic development projects. Dr. Lul’s inspiration to establish a charitable organization was triggered by the conflict that exists between the cultural believes and prosperity of women and youths in the local communities. She witnessed first-hand the effects of harmful practices on victims of female genital mutilation, gender based violence, child marriages and the general women struggle for basic human rights.
This experience drove her to think of effective ways to solve this problem. A law degree from the UK was a great starting point; she joined the Kenya School of Law and got admitted to the Bar. After which she set up Abdiwahid and Associates law firm. Through her practice, she handled over 100 pro bono cases on gender inequality, discrimination and gender based violence.
Onyinyechi Joy Nwosu
Founder of Vivacious Development Initiative (VIDI)
Onyinyechi Joy Nwosu is a women and child rights advocate. She is a child development and safety consultant. A victim of adolescent mistakes, Onyinyechi has carved a niche for herself in mentoring girls to become confident ladies, with minimal developmental mistakes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. Onyinyechi is the founder of Vivacious Development Initiative (VIDI), a gender and child-focused not-for-profit organization that is based in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. VIDI: - Seeks and provides empowerment opportunities for rural women. - Provides mentorship/skills acquisition opportunities for girl children. - Is a lead campaigner against sexual assault and all forms of violence against women/girls (VAWG) and children - Provides emotional support for victims of sexual/gender-based violence. - Is an advocate for the realization of the rights of women and children. - Partners schools, religious organizations, and community leaders in empowering children with age-inappropriate sexuality education. Onyinyechi has two published books to her name: ▶️ 'Guide for Parents on Preventing Child Sexual Abuse’, ▶️ 'My Precious Gift: Safety Guidelines for Children on Sexual Abuse'; and a few others yet unpublished. She is a public speaker and the creator of The Voice Facebook community, venue for the oncoming massive campaign against sexual/gender-based violence.
Eva Nkoulou Ella
Co-Founder and Executive Director of
SHE PHOENIX FEMME PHOENIX
Hello, my name is Eva Arissani, I am the Founder and Director of Transcentral Pty Ltd, a company specializing in language services and coaching programmes (translation, interpreting, voice over, corporate trainings, coaching programmes etc.); I am the Co-Founder & Executive Director of She Phoenix Femme Phoenix(SPFP) , an NPO which aims at empowering and inspiring the Girl Child, teenage girls, young women, at advocating for their rights to a better life, at raising awareness about a daunting range of obstacles they are facing on a daily basis (such as child marriages, abuse, lack of self-esteem, peer pressure, teenage pregnancy, etc.), striving to reduce underage pregnancies and violence against girls, young women, children, advocating to keep girls in school, I am also the Published Author of New Moi New Life : Five Ways to Build a New You and Live an Extraordinary Life, a motivational book, aimed at creating a spiritual awakening that would encourage the reader to willingly make the necessary changes and move towards a fulfilling life. I am currently writing my second book which will be published this year.
Chaplain Goshwe Simi-Simji
Founder/Executive Director Simji Girl-Child Empt Initiative& Orphanage/Simji Integrated Academy (SIA)
Simi Simji, has been working with Women and Girl Children in the attainment of various skills in many states and town in Nigeria with their Head office and Orphanage in Jos Plateau State Nigeria.
This target groups include Orphaned Girl Children, Out of School Girls, Slow learners and those living with different forms of Disabilities. Women displaced due to various Ethnic, Farmer/ Herders, Fulani, Boko Haram Crisis in Nigeria. Part of the work done is with the Internally Displaced Persons in Riyom, Gwol/ Barkin Ladi, Jos South and Bassa Local Government Areas in Plateau State.
Politican Chikus Kumle
Politician, Entrepreneur, and Founder of "She Can Lead"
Chikas Kumle is a Politician, Entreprenuer, A Beijing+25 Eaglet at the UN Women and founder ‘She Can Lead;a group that advocates, encourages and supports young women to take on leadership roles.
Chikas Kumle has been globally acclaimed as one among the influential and inspirational young women of African origin hence been recognized among the Top 20 Global Women of Excellence 2020.
Auguster Asantewa Boateng
Communications Professional, Executive Director, SHEMedia Consult, Executive Producer/Host, Power House Series, Executive Producer, Power House Magazine, Founder, Butterfly Effect Global, Gender Activist
Auguster Asantewa Boateng is a journalist, a communications professional and an award winning social entrepreneur. She is a gender activist and the Executive Director of SHE MEDIA Group, a media, communication and advocacy organization established with the aim of providing gender based content and programs geared towards a holistic empowerment and self development of women and girls.
As a trained journalist and a goal driven professional, Auguster brings her progressive experience in communication, gender advocacy and writing skills to the initiatives she undertake under her company.
Dr. Auguster Asantewa Boateng
Social Entrepreneur, Executive Director, Consultant, Expert
A Social entrepreneur, Founder and Executive Director of Fondation Lance d’Afrique Burundi, Dr Florence NISABWE is passionate about social entrepreneurship and women empowerment. She believes that helping women to achieve economic empowerment can inspire community development and provide answers to the challenges that our societies face, and that women can foster global change.
Dr Nisabwe is an independent expert and consultant on social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, project management and good governance. Since her childhood, Dr Florence NISABWE has always wanted to assist people to improve their socio-economic conditions. She knows, based on her experience that giving back to her community improves her sense of well-being, as well as keeps her connected to her local Burundian community.
Founder, Chief Executive Office, Community Advocate
Lucy Wairimu is the Founder and Chief Executive Director of One Touch One Life Organization, World Greatness Civility Award winner UK, Guarding Light Award Winner from Every Girl Wins Institute USA. Lucy has been featured in local and international media for her great work. Her Organization was founded in the year 2009 June and was officially registered as a non- profit with NGO’S Coordination Board Kenya. The main objective of the organization is to improve access to basic needs for vulnerable children and widows in Kenya. Her organization principal objectives are giving compassion care and comprehensive service to orphans, widows and vulnerable children. Her organization holds charitable events geared to improve the living standards of the less fortunate in the society and engages members of One Touch and incorporates to community service.
Mary Jacinta Ogbeh
CEO of Hope Foundation Group, Inc.
Mary Jacinta Ogbeh Founder and CEO of Hope Foundation Group Inc. USA, and Hope Foundation Goodwill, Nigeria. She is a lover of Music and hails from Benue State, Nigeria.
Mary, had her B.Science in Biochemistry from the University of Jos, Nigeria in 2006, served in Eket, Akwa-Ibom State in 2007 before relocating to the United States.
Fatima Abdullahi Suleiman
Executive Director, Islamic Counseling Initiative in Northern Nigeria (ICIN)
Fatima Abdullahi Suleiman is the Executive Director, Islamic Counseling Initiative in Northern Nigeria (ICIN). She holds an M.A in Law and Diplomacy, B.A. Combined Honors in Mass Communication and English Language, Bayero University of Kano, and is currently a Phd student in Law and Diplomacy University of Jos. She is an alumnus of National Institute of Management, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. She holds a Diploma in Mass Communication, Diploma in Word Processing, excel, Corel draw and Desktop Publishing and S.S.C.E Certificate from Baptist High School.
An entrepreneur with a track record of mentoring of young women in entrepreneurship with an establishment of ‘ICIN LEARNING CENTRE, building capacity of over 500 young women since 2008. Supporting young women in better livelihood and leadership skills. An advocate of interfaith mediation and women’s inclusion in governance and peace process. A member of the Community Voices for Peace and Pluralism Africa, a forum for women mediators headed by Alice Nderitu.
Betchin Daniel Jwan
Executive Director of Lime to Lemonade Initiative
Betchin Daniel Jwan is the Executive Director of Lime To Lemonade Initiative, a non profit organisation that runs a support program for victims and survivors of domestic and teen dating violence. Being a survivor herself, she identifies with the plight of women and girls who are spot-lit as victims of domestic violence.
Because of her passionate to help end violence against women and children, she supports causes, campaigns, advocacies, awareness raising activities and programs that help reduce the rate of violence against women and children . Her great desire and hope is to see women and children grow up in a world without violence.
Consultant, Educator, Public Speaker, Change Agent and Advocate
Patience Ottoh is a Leadership Development Consultant who helps emerging leaders and Professionals discover and refine the leadership potentials within them, for positive reputation, profitable business growth, administrative excellence and global transformation.
She is a certified Educator, Public Speaker, certified Change Agent; certified Advocate of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and a certified Leader.
Professor Karine Ndjoke loset
Professor of Analutical Chemistry and General Manager of BEBUC
Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in a family of five girls Karine Ndjoko Ioset learned rather early on how to fight against stereotypes, discrimination and injustice. Her mother, married at the age of 17 years old, was cast aside by her in-laws. For them, she brought bad luck as she had failed to deliver a son five times. The violent disputes between the two families, during her early childhood, defined her role models who proudly stood-up for women’s rights with infinite love and care: her grandmother, aunt and mother.
Karine Ndjoko Ioset is a circulating brain between Switzerland, Germany and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She is a Professor of analytical chemistry (University of Lubumbashi) and General Manager of the Excellence Scholarship Program named BEBUC (Bourse d’Excellence Bringmann aux Universités Congolaises), a partnership involving the University of Würzburg (Germany), 14 Congolese universities and 11 schools.
Humanitarian and Media Consultant
Yil Fomwul-Gonsum is a humanitarian worker and media consultant with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Film Arts from the University of Jos. Her passion for social change and community development led her to found a non-profit organization called Saphira Global Center which focuses on creating opportunities and working to improve the lives of vulnerable women in her society. One of Yil’s key area of focus has been the provision of relieve materials for widows and working on better lives for rural women in selected communities. She is an outspoken social activist on Good Governance, Girl Child Education and Human Rights. One of her recent projects was collaborating and accessing a grant from the MacArthur Foundation to produce a short film on AntiCorruption. On Human Rights, she was one of the organizers that got mostly women and young people to peacefully protest the killings of her people in some rural areas of Plateau state. Away from social activism, Yil Fomwul-Gonsum is a media consultant who has worked as a Project Coordinator on How I Made My First Million, one of the first major sitcoms produced by Ebonylife TV when they birthed and has recently worked on In Love and Ashes, a TV series set in Northern Nigeria at the height of insurgency attacks. The series was produced by a local Nigerian company in collaboration with an international company from Australia.