Change is happening at all levels of women’s sport in Africa. Over the past year, gsport has featured leading continental changemakers who are playing their part to leave a lasting legacy for the next generation. As we mark Africa Day, today’s #gsportTop10 list honours 10 women who are leading the way.
The list includes BBC Africa’s Celestine Karoney, the first African woman in sport we featured on gsport. Her powerful story encouraged us to widen the lens and search for more positivity on the continent.
Nigeria’s Ebi Onome, the only African player, male or female, to appear in five World Cups, also makes the list, along with Sarah Ochwada, the first Black African woman to obtain her master’s in international Sports Law and South Africa’s Shilene Booysen who is playing her part to shape women’s football in South Sudan.
2020 gsport African Woman in Sport award winner, Usher Komugisha, who keeps climbing new heights, rounds off the power packed #gsportTop10 African Women’s Sport Changemakers List.
On this Africa Day, we commit to telling our own stories and playing our part to change the game for African women in sport!
#gsportTop10 African Women’s Sport Changemakers
2020 gsport African Woman in Sport finalist, Caroline Nyadiero, is playing her part to empower young girls and women in Kenya to take on leadership roles in sport. She hopes to use her platform at the Kenya Handball Federation as a stepping-stone to change the face of the game.
Celestine Karoney is approaching fifteen years in sports media. She gained valuable experience along her journey from sports intern on Kenya Television to sports reporter on BBC Africa. Her story makes essential reading for up and coming women in sports media!
Nigeria’s Ebi Onome, the first African player, male or female, to play in five FIFA World Cups. She honoured her call to play football from a young age and has aspirations to play a key role in shaping the sport.
In 2019, multi award-winning Ghanaian sports journalist Juliet Bawuah launched the African Women’s Sport Summit to help women succeed in the sport industry. In this story, she talks about her rise and her aspirations to do more to change the game.
Keisha Wiltshire Kagoro:
Keisha Wiltshire Kagoro is shattering barriers as a young girl golfer from Africa. After taking up the sport at the age of 6, the Ugandan child star has achieved incredible successes and has her eyes set on conquering the international world of golf.
Zimbabwe captain Mary-Anne Musonda is determined to play her part in turning things around for women’s cricket in Zimbabwe. Her dream is to lead the national team to a World Cup and to become one of the top 10 women’s players in the world.
Kenya’s Sarah Ochwada is the first Black African woman to hold a Masters Degree in International Sports Law. She hopes to leave a legacy that will inspire the next generation to live up to their full potential, as she reflects on her journey.
Having played her part in shaping women’s football in South Africa and taking Banyana Banyana to new heights alongside SA head coach Desiree Ellis, Shilene Booysen has now stepped up to the challenge of making a difference in South Sudan women’s football.
Tatenda Gondo is a passionate sports blogger who focusses on covering minority sports and keeps a keen eye on all things SADC sport through her Sports Rifle platform. Gondo is fearless and is always up to the challenge of fighting for athlete rights while raising the profile of the continent’s sports stars.
Seasoned sports media professional and inaugural gsport African Woman in Sport award winner Usher Komugisha is to serve on Uganda Olympic Committee Media Commission for the next four years. Komugisha’s star is on the rise and is sure to inspire young women in the industry to reach for the stars.