100Women West Africa list features 100 women who are from diverse backgrounds, sectors and countries. These women are making an impact in their communities and the world in their own unique way. Leaving their mark in all walks of life including politics, business, philanthropy, technology and finance, creating solutions for some of the world’s biggest problems and leaving lasting legacies along the way.
African women leaders are resilient, influential and changing their societies and the world and also wield significant power.
This list was done by 100women.ng, which is a nonprofit organization that improves, empower and educate women in Africa to reach their highest potential in business, home and their personal lives. It is an arm of the BRYNE Foundation. BRYNE is an acronym for Bringing-up Resilient Young Nigeria Entrepreneurs.
Some Sierra Leoneans were featured in the list. Below are the names of the GoWomen who were featured.
List of Sierra Leoneans featured
Mary Ann Kai Kai
Dr. Yakama Jones
Dr. Fatu Forna Sesay
- Vickie Remoe: Vickie Remoe is a writer and TV producer. The Vickie Remoe Show is a cross between ‘The Oprah Show’ and Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ with a clear and direct focus on African business and travel. She is the Managing Director at VRC Marketing Company. Ms. Remoe holds a B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College and an M.S. Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University. Moved by the spate of gender-based violence in Sierra Leone, she founded Sister Circles, a not for profit that creates safe spaces for women and girls to engage in open and blame-free dialogue on gender-based violence; customary, structural, sexual, or domestic abuse. Ms. Remoe’s mission is to challenge and change attitudes, and behaviours that perpetuate gender inequality in West Africa
- Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr: Yvonne is a finance professional with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, risk management and project management in the public and private sectors. Yvonne is passionate about the development of Sierra Leone. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MSc in Politics of the World Economy (London School of Economics) and a BSc Hons in Economics (Fourah Bay College). Yvonne Aki-Sawyer is a Sierra Leonean politician, and the current mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
- Edleen Elba: She is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and Human Resources Analyst; a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and American Academy of Project Management. My career as a Management Accountant and Human Resources generalist spans over 13 years in the private and public sectors, seven of which were in Senior Management. My areas of expertise are Strategic HR Management, Risk Management, Financial Management and Business Development. She also owns and manages a nine-year-old human resources management company called JobSearch. We provide recruitment, skills development and human resources management services.
- Mary Ann Kai Kai: Madam Wokie is a Sierra Leone based fashion brand created by Mary-Ann Kaikai in 2009 to design exclusive yet stylish, durable and affordable African-inspired garments and accessories. The brand name is inspired by Mary-Ann’s maternal great-grandmother, Madam Wokie Massaquoi, one of the few female Paramount Chief’s is post-colonial Sierra Leone. She was a beautiful, strong and stylish lady who loved expressing herself through fashion. Madam Wokie specialises in producing African inspired ready-to-wear and bespoke pieces. The brand fuses heritage Sierra Leonean aesthetics with elegant modern designs. Having started off with a ready-to-wear line, the brand has now expanded to include bespoke tailoring, fashion consultancy, bags, jewellery, footwear and fabrics. Since 2009 Madam Wokie has become well known in the Sierra Leonean community- both at home and abroad. The brand has also established itself beyond the Sierra Leonean community and has been featured on various international fashion shows and magazines.
To find out about the other Sierra Leoneans and other West African women featured in the list click on the link below.