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PATRICIA NZOLANTIMA

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Known as the "Congolese Working Lady," Patricia Nzolantima has experienced entrepreneurial success in Africa and abroad. She started CommunicArt Agency—a marketing agency specifically for the representation of Pan-African consumers in 2008. She later merged the company with South Africa's EXP-Agency, creating EXP-CommunicArt, making it one of the leading marketing agencies in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also the founder of International Working Lady magazine, a publication focused on women making a difference in their careers and countries.


Nzolantima is dedicated to empowering African women and recognizing their struggles. She started Kinshasa Rose, a city wide initiative to combat breast cancer in the Congo. To financially assist women in pursuit of their careers, she started Tomorrow's Elite, a scholarship program, and Women of the Future, a microcredit program,.

Nzolantima says that when she was a little girl, she wanted to be a "grand dame," a lady who "inspires her community, who makes change happen." She has certainly earned that title.

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Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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