Women trailblazers who were the 'firsts'

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With International Women’s day approaching so fast, we thought you’d love to hear stories of women who were trailblazers in their fields as we celebrate the life of Katherine Johnson - the black woman whose calculations put the first man on the Moon. The following are women pioneers who made a huge impact in the world:- 

Lupita Nyong’o

The first Kenyan to win an Oscar. She won an Oscar for best supporting actress in Steve McQueen’s 12 years a slave in 2016.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

She was the first female politician to be elected as a Head of State in Africa. She was elected as the 24th Liberian President in 2006 and reigned till 2018 when she handed over to former Ballon D’Or winner George Weah.

Brigid Kosgey

Broke the Boston Marathon record and the first black woman to beat Paula Radcliffe’s 2:15:25 record to run 2:14:04 in 2019. Kosgei says she was inspired by World Champion and record holder Eliud Kipchoge. She won the race the next day after Kipchoge ran a marathon under two hours.

Oprah Winfrey

The first black woman to become a billionaire and is currently worth more than 2 billion Dollars today. She is also the  first black woman to own and produce her own talk show in the United States.

Wangari Mathai

The first African Woman to receive a Nobel Peace prize "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace".  Though she died, she is still considered a hero for her activism and efforts to conserve the environment.

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    Chuwai | March 06, 2020 04:08

    Great piece,we want more women in politics

    Birungi | March 03, 2020 12:32

    It`s really inspiring wawooo!

    Mukenye | March 02, 2020 19:49

    Am pround of being in a piecefull country.Thanks

    mercyline | March 01, 2020 14:59

    I have watched Hidden Figures three times and its very interesting every time I watch.Women in STEM let's move the world.Viva!

    Richard | February 28, 2020 14:03


    Immaculate | February 28, 2020 12:07

    Wow....really stunning

    mbabazi | February 28, 2020 08:40

    so loving and interesting......looking forward in foot stepping in their shoes.

    KAMUWANDA | February 28, 2020 08:22

    am so happy to be part of fuzu Team

    STELLA | February 28, 2020 07:02

    Am encouraged. God bless you and the many more to come.

    Livingstone | February 28, 2020 05:10


    peter | February 27, 2020 19:03

    Wow great piece. I too celebrate my mum who was the first African woman to give birth to Peaceman ,, others give birth to peace but She gave birth to a legend.

    Kirui | February 27, 2020 17:07

    This are the real women we are proud of. Cheers to these great women.

    BENARD | February 27, 2020 16:56

    Great article

    Hesbon | February 27, 2020 16:29

    very interesting artical.....i have really liked it

    Onyari | February 27, 2020 13:31

    wonderful women we want more from them

    ELIZABETH | February 27, 2020 11:39

    Heroine of a kind

    Paul | February 27, 2020 11:34

    Like that one of Brigid's.she was encouraged by a fellow Kenyan while most Kenyans are inspired by persons from abroad especcially at international level.I think we should embrace this character

    tyrus | February 27, 2020 11:00

    great women in the society am motivated

    OUMA | February 27, 2020 10:49

    Great women indeed.

    Sarah | February 27, 2020 10:17

    Harriet Tubman. From slavery to freedom an rescused many.

    Justina | February 27, 2020 09:58

    well done my fellow women

    Nakibira | February 27, 2020 09:11


    Kennedy | February 27, 2020 08:41

    Great work

    Hellen | February 27, 2020 08:17

    these were really great women under this planet. I congratulate them for the good job.

    ODONG | February 27, 2020 07:44

    Nice and wonderful message about trailblazers women ,am Bernard odong an acholi by tribe ,age 32,Ugandan by nationality ,occupation am a driver... I love to hear about trailblazers women because what they did encourages me so much and make me know that women are very important in this world of ours and we have to protect and respect them

    Muhigirwa | February 27, 2020 07:37

    Thanks for this piece of information, however, the research is shallow. Most global happenings that affect daily family lives were inventions of black women, who most often than not were sidelined and never given the credit which went to their deputies that were white as heroes. Present more on black achievements than you depict here.

    Michael | February 27, 2020 07:12

    Waooo..this is great and many other more for their tremendous contributions..

    nkata | February 27, 2020 07:02

    wow! and Even my mother Nakiganda harriet Nambi a ugandan lady to produce me

    Joan | February 27, 2020 06:51

    Very inspiring.

    Jamesnoah | February 27, 2020 06:26

    we will always remember you

    Linda | February 27, 2020 06:22

    Thank you so much for the highlights above. Good motivation for us women that we can still make a big difference in society.

    HENRY | February 27, 2020 04:47

    Eagerly waiting for international women's day to celebrate my mum for she was the first woman I saw when she gave birth to me 29 years ago, the only woman I cherish most, the only woman who loves me truely as her elder son.

    Titus | February 27, 2020 04:28

    So empowering

    JOAN | February 27, 2020 03:34

    I wil will be first African woman too to do smth

    ANYANGO | February 27, 2020 02:43

    interesting ......i love this article.

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