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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Mo’ Abudu make Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Women 2023 list

Forbes Magazine has released its list of The World’s Most Powerful Women 2023.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Mo Abudu on set for new Netflix series [Twitter/NO Iweala]

According to the magazine, the women featured on the list were determined by “money, media, impact, and spheres of influence.”

“For political leaders, we weighed gross domestic products and populations; for corporate chiefs, revenues, valuations and employee counts were critical. Media mentions and social reach were analysed for all. The result: 100 women who are shaping the policies, products and political fights that define our world,” Forbes says.

With a career spanning 30 years, including a stint at the World Bank, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, and currently the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Okonjo-Iweala has been vocal about how economies can become more inclusive when women’s unique experiences are considered in economic planning. As Director-General of the WTO, she has advocated for fisheries subsidies in developing countries especially, which she said will impact the lives of women significantly.

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Abudu is heralded in the magazine as a “media mogul and philanthropist.” As the founder of Ebony Life Media, she has been able to change the game in Nollywood, with a slate of movies that include Elesin Oba, The King's Horseman and The Wedding Party.

Abudu and Okonjo-Iweala are currently working on a docu-series, Black, Brilliant and Bold for Netflix.

Also on the list are Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and US vice president, Kamala Harris.

See the full list here.

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