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TERRY PHETO

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

Terry Pheto is a South African actress and producer who's best known for her role in the Oscar-winning movie, Tsotsi.

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AÏSSA MAÏGA

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

Aïssa Maïga is a Senegalese-born French actress. She moved to France when she was 9 and has been acting since the ‘90s. In 2007, she became the first black woman to be nominated for a César Award, France’s highest acting honor, for her performance in Bamako as a disillusioned bar singer. Maga is a major player both on-screen and in style. Vogue sites her as their “French girl style crush” and says Maïga has “never once disappointed.” Outside of being a style staple, she has also been the ambassador of AMREF for several years. AMREF is an African non-governmental organization dedicated to training medical personnel involved in caring for mothers and children.

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RUTH NEGGA

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

Ruth Negga is an Ethiopian-Irish, Oscar-nominated actress who had her breakthrough performance in the 2016 movie, Loving. The film, based on the real-life story of Richard and Mildred Loving, follows her character’s fight to legalize interracial marriage in 1950s America. She has been acting for years, appearing in the movies, World War Z, Warcraft: The Beginning, The Samaritan and the AMC T.V series, Preachers. Since 2004, Negga has been honing her craft and built a robust TV career.  She was supposed to have a pivotal scene in the 2013 film 12 Years a Slave, as an escaped slave named Celeste, but her scenes were edited out of the film, much to her disappointment.  The actress has landed herself on countless “Best Dressed” lists from Harper’s Bazaar to Vogue and is set to have a bright career in Hollywood. —MB

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YVONNE ORJI

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

MAKHO NDLOVU

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

AMMARA BROWN

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

NADIA ROSE

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ILWAD ELMAN

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