Africa Travel 100 Women: The Leaders, Pioneers and innovators of Tourism and Travel

travel has released the list of the African Travel 100 Women Awards as part of the Women in Tourism Program. Nominations for the award officially opened on the 12th of July for the world to nominate best female promoters of travel and tourism in Africa, the pioneers, the leaders and the stars. The nominations ended on The 22nd of July. The women in tourism recognition will take place at the 13th AKWAABA African Travel Market at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos on the 11th of September 2017.
The travel 100 list include:


1. HE Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
2. Catherine Afeku, Hon. Minster, Tourism Ghana
3. Arlette Soudan Nonault, Minister of Tourism, Congo Brazaville
4. Tokozile Xasa South Africa Tourism Minister
5. Belise Kariza Chief Tourism Officer, RDB
6. Anastancia Ndlovu, Deputy Minister of Tourism Zimbabwe
7. Devota Mdachi, CEO Tanzania Tourism
8. Betty Radier CEO Kenya Tourism Board
9. Jacinta Mbithi, Marketing Director, KTB
10. Elcia Grandcourt Regional Director of UNWTO for Africa
11. Desta Meghoo, AU Diaspora Office
12. Eiman Kheir, CIDO AU Addis Ababa
13. Jackie Capeheart, Asst. Minister of Tourism Liberia
14. Fatou Mas Jobe, Former Minister of Tourism Gambia
15. Sherin Francis CEO Seychelles Tourism Board
16. Senator Florence Ita Giwa, Female Band Leader Carnival Calabar
17. Nike Davies Okundaye, Nike Art Gallery Nigeria
18. Fatima Garbati, NATOP Nigeria
19. Magaret Fabiyi, WEBISCO Tourism

20. Julie Dabaly Scot, Tour Operator Kenya
21. Monique Swart Founder ABTA,South Africa
22. Carmen Nibigira, Travel Expert East Africa
23. Akporiaye  Susan, NANTA VP Nigeria
24. Ngozi Ngoka, CEO, Zigona Travel and Tours Ltd , Zonal VP South East FTAN Nigeria
25. Fifi Rurangwa, Wakanow East Africa
26. Rita Ikechi-Uko, Co founder Akwaaba African Travel Market
27. Shadrene Howard, Founder, Liberia National Tourism Association
28. Stella Obinwa,Regional Director Africa for Dubai Tourism
29. Lisa Sebogodi, Batsumi Travels South Africa
30. Judy Kepher Gona Sustainable Tourism Kenya
31. Mai Bright Urey, Acting Head, Liberia National Tourism Association (LINTA)
32. Waturi Wa Matu African Legend of Tourism
33. Bunny Bhoola, Africa Link, SATSA South Africa
34. Stella Appeteng Apstar Travel Agency
35. Glory Brisbane, Stellar Tours Ghana
36. Zainab Ansell, Zara Tanzania adventures
37. Chiquita Afuluenu Johnson, Tour Consultant Liberia
38. Zodwa Mkandla, MD, Traverse,Zimbabwe
39. Mukhthelwa Kachie Nzama, Travel Blogger www.travelwithkatchie. com
40. Farzana Dhanji ARYAN Tours and Blogger
41. Nneka Isaac – Moses, Goge Africa

42. Angela Andrews Njie, West African Tours Gambia
43. Chiamaka Obuekwe , CEO, Social Prefect Tours. Youth Tour Operator
44. Sonto Mbanambi, Syavava Tours, South Africa

45. Praise Mazhandu, Head Domestic & Africa Zimbabwe Tourism Authority
46. Juanita M. Yiah, Director of Tourism, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism Liberia
47. Evelyn Mahlaba,Head Africa for SAT
48. Emem Affia, Carnival Calabar Director
49. Ida Jeng Njie Gambia Tourism Authority
50. Sophia Zirebwa, Executive Director, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority
51. Fatima Bashir Regional .Marketing ManagerKenya Tourism Board
52. Esmare Steinhofel, Regional Director, ICCA
53. Gifty Kwansa, Ghana Tourism Authority
54. Lindiwe Rakherebe, CEO Albert Luthuli, Convention Center Durban South Africa
55. Bontle Madiba SAT
56. Mputle Dikobe, Gauteng Tourism South Africa
57. Lumka Dlomo, Jo’burg Tourism South Africa
58. Safia Ali Uganda Tourism Board

59. Lilly Ajarova, Ngamba Chimp Sanctuary , Uganda

60. Duduzile Cynthia Myeni, Chairman South African Airways
61. Captain Irene Koki Mutungi, Kenya Airways 1st B787 Female captain in Africa
62. Sally Osure Head IATA East Africa
63. IATA Africa, Funke Adeyemi, Nigerian
64. Iyabo Sosina secretary AFCAC Nigerian
65. Mrs Ify Megwa CPU Nigeria Civil Aviation Agency
66. Chinyere Kalu, First Female Pilot in Nigeria
67. Siza Mzimela, Founder, Fly Blue Crane, Ex. SAA/SA Express CEO. First Female Airline CEO
68. Hon. Cecilia Dapaah, Minister For Aviation, Ghana .
69. Rahel Assefa VP Ethiopian Airlines
70. Hanna Atnafu, Manager, Corporate Communications, Ethiopian Airlines
71. Victoria Takyi, Marketing,Africa World Airlines Ghana

72. Babra Adrosso,Uganda Tourism Association
73. Charity Githinji, Tour Operator, Tandaza Tanzania
74. Farma Njie, Discovery Tours, Gambia
75. Uloma Egbuna, MD/CEO, Tour Brokers International, Lagos, Nigeria
76. Olanma Ojukwu, MD, GOTA Voyage, Benin Republic
77. Nancy Sam Quartey, MD/CEO, Staple Travel and Tours, Accra, Ghana
78. Annie Uwase Anuarite First Female driver guide Rwanda

79. Rosemary Mugambi,Director Marketing Serena Hotels.Kenya
80. Denise Benzinge-Omany Serena Hotels Rwanda
81. Vickie Muyanga, Radisson Blu Kenya
82. Anne Murungi, Kempinski Hotel Kenya
83. Abby Sarr, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Kairaba Beach Hotel, Banjul, Gambia
84. Elaine Okeke – Martin Spa & Wellness Association of Africa(SWAA)
85. Jennifer Beattie , Director Sun International
86. Florence Njau, GM Utali College Kenya
87. Mrs. Jean Byamugisha, CEO, Uganda Hotels Association
88. Simone Kuhn, Carlson Rezidor Africa
89. Ida Cham , Yabouy Gambia
90. Jeanette Moloto, Director of Sales, Marriott International Africa
91. Mrs. Awa Gueye Sow, CEO, Tashman Lodge, Senegal
92. Victoria Obiakor, Director Sales Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel Ghana
93. Ubongabasi Nseobot, Sales & Marketing Manager, Southern Sun, Ikoyi, Nigeria
94. Violet Rukande,Zimbabwe Hospitality Association
95. Sharon Stead, CEO, Camp Amanlihala Zimbabwe
96. Nev Jiwani, Managing Director, Go Places, Kenya
97. Bertha Degraft Johnson, Golden Tulip Hotel, Ghana.
98. Thabani Ndlovu Hilton Hotel

Others include:

Pastor Mrs. Omolaja Lawal, CEO God’s Power Travels Limited Lagos

Mrs. Marigold Mingles of Ridge Royal Hotel

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  • I am so honoured to be on this list of amazing African women who work tirelessly to elevate and promote the travel and tourism industry!

  • Theophania

    Very proud to see women develop and spearhead this nascent yet interesting sector. Thumbs up for tourism, travel and hospitality.

  • What was the criteria if muont kilimanjaro tour operators didnt make it in the top 10 the highest mountain in africa then where are you headed if not the roof if aftica

  • mnkondo wallace

    I appreciate Zainab Ansel,the owner of Zara tours,she is doing well in tour operator in Tanzania.

  • Mohammed Yousuf

    I vote for Zainab Ansell

  • Loula

    I am voting for Zainab Ansell

  • Loula

    I would like to vote for Zain an Anzell Zara

  • Gorretie

    This is very inspiring but for Uganda, I am surprised because one of our pioneer in Community Tourism was left out. Would like to know about the criteria for the nomination. Her Name is Maria Baryamujyura of Community Based Tourism (COBAT)

  • Mama Zara is amazing woman she’s not only a successful business woman she’s also one of the most nicest person I ever met she has done so much for orphanage children she hav also help them with their education gave them a home and make sure that they feel safe and happy she has done so much for the Massai Village open a new school for children if you going to choose anybody then it’s Mama Zara she really deserve it

  • Malesela Chuene

    Congratulations ladies. Well deserved recognition.

  • Yes Mrs. Marigold Mingle is absolutely fantastic in hotel managing. Very effective in the hospitality industry in Ghana. She is my choice.

  • Tonny yayo

    Voting for zainab ansell.She is a big hearted woman who through her hard work and devotion to tourism has created job opportunities to many people.Through her charity maasai kids now go school.

  • Thanks you to everybody . I am very honored to be present on this list of 100 women leaders in Tourism In Africa. Congratulations to all thèse fantastic women

  • Elizabeth Abatan

    thank God for GOTA for putting BENIN REPUBLIC into world attention through tourism.we love you and proud of you.

  • I am Humbled and honored to be among these Amazing African Amazons. Respect and Congratulations.
    I salute Ikechi Uko for the amazing job he has been doing for past almost 2 decades for the African tourism. I can only promise to support your initiative as we share the same vision for Africa.
    As Akwaaba opens for business this afternoon, i wish all the participants great meetings, deliberation and successful business partnership.
    Let us promote our continent for our people by ourselves. Africans must discover Africa. #DiscoverDestinationAfrica

  • I am honored to be among the winners of the top 100 Women leaders pioneers and innovators as well as promoters of Tourism and travel in Africa. I had every intention of being in attendance and simply missed my flight. However, i wish to Thank Amb Iketchi for recognizing Women in Africa Tourism and Travel as they play a significant role in this industry, I also wish to thank ATQ News for this recognition, I wish all the participants at Akwaba a successful African Show and say congratulations to all the Women winners, have wonderful celebrations and continuation of Akwaba. May God bless you all.

  • Congratulation to all of you!!!

    To see all these women as a winner gives me power and confidence to stand on their shoes to say everything is possible in women life. May I say; you are African’s roll model generation now and yet unborn.

    Once again congratulations!!!! Stay blessed.

    Mekedes Haile Mekuria
    African Women Development Organization,Ethiopia

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