As a young and ambitious Nigerian lady, I am always motivated when I see other women achieve great success. They inspire me to be better, charge a course that makes me focused and they make me keep my eyes on the goals I have set. Today Wednesday 22nd May 2013 is one of my happiest days for a mentor who has inspired me greatly; Forbes released its annual list of The World’s Most Powerful Women.
According to Forbes, the list is made up of 100 women who made the most impact. They include top politicians and CEOs, activist billionaires and celebrities.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance minister also makes the power list. The 58 year old Harvard-educated finance minister, who has spent one year in office after a failed bid for the World Bank presidency, moves down from the 81st position to the 83rd.
Joyce Banda, President of Malawi is up from the 71st position to the 47th and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia also makes the list. She is at the 87th position, down 5 from last year.
On the international level, Angela Makel, a German chancellor and a member of the 27-member European Union retains the number one slot.
Dilma Rousseff (President of Brazil), Melinda Gates (Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation),Michelle Obama (FLOTUS – First Lady of the United States) and Hilary Clinton round up the first five list. Ranking 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.
And the most powerful global celebrities are musician/actress Beyonce Knowles Carter, media mogulOprah Winfrey, actress Angelina Jolie, actress Sofia Vergara, musician Lady Gaga, TV personalityEllen DeGeneres, musician Shakira Mebarak, author J.K Rowling and supermodel Gisele Bundchen.