Aviation: RwandAir CEO Yvonne Makolo, Air Peace COO Toyin Olajide And Ethiopian Airlines Capt. Amsale Gualu Nominated For Africa Travel 100 Awards

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The 2 leading female executives of airlines in Africa have been nominated for the prestigious Africa Awards. They were nominated alongside top female pilots and managers for the 2022 edition of the Travel 100 Awards.

Past winners of this award includes Africa’s Top female Pilot, Captain Irene Koki Mutungi of Kenya Airways and the new boss at AFCAC, Adefunke Adeyemi.

The winners of the prestigious and most coveted Africa Travel 100 Women Award will be released by the organisers in September as the voting process to unveil the 2022 awardees nears the termination date.

According to the Organisers the voting for the final list of shortlisted candidates received over 5000 votes within 24 hours of opening the platform on the 22nd of August 2022.

The award which is the second edition is scheduled hold at the 18th Akwaaba African Travel Market on October 31st – 1st November, 2022 at Eko Hotels Convention Centre, Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos.

Organiser of the event, Mr Ikechi Uko noted that: ““First held in 2017, the Africa Travel 100 Women Awards recognizes African Women who have excelled in the area of Travel and Tourism. Some of the past winners who serve as Judges have sent in their nominations. Every African Woman in Travel and Tourism Business qualifies for these Awards. There was the initial shortlist of 30 excellent African Women chosen by some of the Judges.
More names were added until the final Short list of 168 Women.

Past winners were not eligible but they had the power to nominate someone else who was listed in 2017.”

The 2nd edition of the Award will again recognise Africa Women who have excelled in the area of Tourism Leadership, Travel & Tours, Aviation, Hospitality, Conservation & Advocacy, Youth, Media, and World Travelers.

In September 2017 over 100 Travel Professionals from all of tourism and travel converged in Lagos, Nigeria for the first edition of the Africa Travel 100 Women Awards.

The winners came from over 20 countries. It was the first time African Women in Aviation, Hospitality, Tourism and Leadership had come together to network and fraternise at an event of such magnitude.

The event at the 13th Akwaaba African Travel Market created a lot of relationships and partnerships that still stands till today bringing Africans much closer.

The Organisers are of the view that the best way to bring Africa out of the 2 years of the pandemic experience is to rebuild old partnerships and build new ones.

READ: Tourism: Organisers Release 33 More Nominees For the 2022 Edition Of Africa Travel 100 Women Awards

The reunion will bring together winners of the 2017 edition and expected new winners of the 2022 edition.

This year’s nominations and voting processes was done between May and August 2022.

Some of the past winners will serve as Judges that will select the eventual winners for the 2022 Edition.

At the event on the 31st of October there will be a B2B session for Travel Professionals.

Winners from all over Africa will be in attendance, bringing together Women Professionals in Tourism and Travels for the 2nd time.

The 168 Nominees for this year’s Africa Travel 100 Women Award include:


1. Dr. Memunatu Pratt – Minister of Tourism Sierra Leone
2. Lindiwe Sisulu – Minister of Tourism, South Africa
3. Amb. Dr. Pindi Chana, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania
4. Ms. Winnie Muchanyuka – CEO, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (Zimbabwe)
5. Nomasonto Ndlovu – COO, South African Tourism (South Africa)
6. Hon. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf – Lagos State Honorable Commissioner for Tourism, (Nigeria)
7. Ariella Kageruka – Head of Tourism & Conservation, Rwanda
8. Agatha Forsac Iyok – Cameroon International Tourism Fair (Cameroon)
9. Ms. Glorious Tumwesigye – Head of Women in Tourism (Advocacy for community inclusiveness for sustainability) KTIF Uganda
10. Dr Keziah Odemba – Director of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya
11. Fiona Ngesa – Acting Director, Market Development, Kenya Tourism Board
12. Angela Njehia – Director, Tierranjani Africa, 1st accredited food waste consultant in Africa and a Champion for Sustainable Tourism, (Kenya)
13. Dr. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku – Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information & Culture, (Nigeria)
14. Roberta Dawson-Amoah – Marketing Director, Ghana Tourism Authority‎ (Ghana)
15. Jane Karanja – CEO Terra Madre, Community Based Tourism, (Kenya)
16. Mrs. Pearl Hoareau Kakooza – President, Uganda Tourism Association, (Uganda)
17. Lyse Nancy Irakenuye – CEO, Explore Burundi (Burundi)
18. Yar Mayendit – Chairperson Association of Tourism, South Sudan
19. Alice Jada – Operations Manager Tourism, South Sudan
20. Ms Sthembiso Dlamini – CEO, Gauteng Tourism Authority (South Africa)
21. Naledi K. Khabo – CEO, Africa Tourism Association, South Africa
22. Mrs. Delphine Brew- Hammond – Organiser Miss Tourism Ghana (Ghana)
23. Mary Kalikawe – Chairperson of the Association of Women in Tourism in Tanzania, AWOTTA (Tanzania)
24. Lelise Dhugaa – Oromia Tourism Commissioner (Ethiopia)
25. Netumbo Nashandi – Chairperson, Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations (Namibia)
26. Ruth Nyabadza – Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (Zimbabwe)
27. Ruth Banguka Kayongo – Ministry of Tourism, Uganda
28. Mandisa Magwaxaza – Director SATSA South Africa
29. Nelly Mukazayiire – CEO, Rwanda Convention Bureau (Rwanda)
30. Sonto Mayise – Acting Chief Convention Bureau of Durban (South Africa)
31. Abimbola Akinajo – MD, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA (Nigeria)
32. Nzitonda Anastasie – Advisor of Minister of Tourism in Cooperation & Investment (DRC Congo)
33. Claire Mugabi – Marketing Manager Uganda Tourism Board (Uganda)
34. Lindi Mthethwa, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, Minor Hotels Africa Group


35. Yvonne Makolo – CEO RwandAir
36. Jennifer Bamuturaki – CEO, Uganda Airlines
37. Ms Nothando Mathe-Mokone – Marketing & Communications, SAA South Africa
38. Captain Ruth Adebanwo – Chief Pilot Ibom Air Nigeria
39. Captain Amsale Gualu – Ethiopian Airlines
40. Captain Ruth Karauri – Kenya Airways
41. Captain Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo – Qatar Airways (Nigeria)
42. Toyin Olajide – COO, Air Peace Airlines, Nigeria
43. Ewemade Atake – Manager Industry Solutions, Africa and Middle East (AME), IATA, Nigeria
44. Anna Mwakasege – Captain, Air Tanzania
45. Mahlet Kebede – Head Ethiopian Holidays, Ethiopia
46. Sefia Emuejevoke – CEO GHI Assets & Sky logistics Nigeria
47. Nkechi Onyenso – CEO Pathfinders Nigeria
48. Rose Kiseli – Area Manager, Kenya Airways (Kenya)
49. Zenebework Gebretsadik – A/VP HR, Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia)
50. Tigist Eshetu – Ethiopian Airlines Area Manager India (Ethiopia)
51. Pauline Maru – Key Account Manager, KLM
52. Besa Mumba – Proflight Pilot, Zambia
53. Espérance Munezero – Kenya Airways, Chief representative (Burundi)


54. Ms. Noli Mowebe – Hospitality Industry Expert (Zambia)
55. Mrs Maiden Alex Ibru – Director, Ikeja Hotels (Nigeria)
56. Lydia Dentewo – Group General Manager, Lake Bogoria Hotel and Spa, Kenya
57. Rita Opiah – General Manager, Park Inn by Radisson, Lagos (Nigeria)
58. Grace Acheampong – Manager, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja (Ghana)
59. Mrs. Susan Muhwezi – Chairlady, Uganda Hotel Owner’s Association
60. Sarah Kirenga – CEO, Rwanda Hospitality Association
61. Nicole Ansoni – Owner, Ainca Steak House, Rwanda
62. Aluel Majier Gai – MD, Afrotech Hotels, South Sudan
63. Faith Benita Francis – International Sales, Tsogo Sun South Africa
64. Zoula Natacha Florentine – Director of Sales, Radisson Blu Mbamou Palace Hotel, Brazaville
65. Fortune Gowera – Makamanzi – Sales & Commercial Services Manager, Rainbow Tourism Group(RSA) – Zimbabwe
66. Hayat Blell – General Manager of Sunset beach Hotel Gambia
67. Leah Assenga – Founder, Kitamu Africa, Arusha Tanzania
68. Salome Danjuma – Director of Sales Wheat Baker Hotel (Nigeria)
69. Chimpo Mandela – CEO, Cresta Hotels Zimbabwe
70. Iyadunni Gbadebo – Director of Sales Eko Hotel and Suites (Nigeria)
71. Esperanza Adjei – Alisa Hotel (Ghana)
72. Arjaa Shah – Deputy Corporate General Manager, Tribe Hotels Group, Kenya
73. Ms. Noli Mowebe Hospitality Industry Expert – Zambia
74. Nzolatima Laiticia Assistant and Secretary of Tourism (Hospitality) Congo
75. Maimuna Mohammed – Corporate Account Manager, Heritage Hotels, Kenya
76. Tana Forsuelo – Wavecrest Nigeria
77. Funmi Kazeem President Hotel Owners Forum Abuja HOFA Nigeria
78. Dupe Olusola Chief Executive Officer Transcorp Hotels Plc Nigeria
79. Abimbola Ogunlusi – MD, Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja (Nigeria)


80. Faith Wathome – Head of Hospitality, WRC and Tour Operator, Kenya
81. Joyce Mbote – Owner – Asili Adventures and Safaris & Enkorok Mara Camp, Kenya
82. Olatunde-Lamidi Wonuola – CEO, Diamonds and Pearls Travel, Nigeria
83. Nike Macaulay – COO, Wakanow, Nigeria
84. Angela Martha Diamantino – KAMDD Angola
85. Samrawit Moges Beyene – CEO, Travel Ethiopia
86. Alisa Asamoah – President TOUGHA, Ghana
87. Denise Nijimbere – Tour Operator’s Supervisor, National Department of Tourism, Burundi
88. Ms Khomotso Kelsall – Magkale, South Africa
89. Odion Chigbofue – Director, Tour Brokers International, Nigeria
90. Fatima Vazir – Director, Jeffery Travel, Congo DRC.
91. Ndilimeke Imbili – Xceptional Toursm Services, Namibia
92. Dr. Latasha Blanton – The Real South Africa, SA
93. Leina Lemomo – Msafiri Travels, Tanzania
94. Chief Mrs Mobisola Shobayo – CEO, Super Travels Nigeria
95. Vera Luyanga of Luciano travel and Tours (Zambia)
96. Charity Chewe of Winning Travel and Tours (Zambia)
97. Miss Jamie Mumba of Gate away Travel (Zambia)
98. Liliane Rubengebenge – GM, Fantastic Travel & Tours, (Burundi)
99. Gift Preye Solomon (GPS) – CEO Dubaigetaway Travels (Nigeria)
100. Cecile Mambo Doumbe of CMD Tours (Cameroon)
101. Khosi Tyobeka – Zimase Travels (South Africa)
102. Adejoke Adetilehin – Tripholics Travels (Nigeria)
103. Stellamaris Miriti – CEO, Stejos Tours (Kenya)
104. Christiane CODJO TOSSOU – Owner/Manager Cristal Tours, T.O.B Président and Benin Chamber of Commerce Vice-president (Benin Republic)
105. Mmatsatsi Ramawela – CEO Gecko Sands & Former CEO Tourism Business Council South Africa
106. Mrs Ozioma Ukachukwu – CEO, Goodnews Travel Nigeria
107. Hulisani Thabela – Destination Marketer/ Travel & Tourism Speaker South Africa
108. Ann Cheptumo – C.E.O. Acheche Tours & Events Management. Kenya
109. Bonita Mutoni – Owner, Uberluxe Safaris, Rwanda
110. Ms. Nahla Moufid Escapade Travel – Zambia
111. Irenemical Mollel – Director of Operations, Experiential Travel Africa, Tanzania
112. Beatrice Kimath, Director, Kilibeyond Safaris, Tanzania
113. Ms. Hibo Bacha Hassan – CEO, BACHA Travel Agency, Zambia
114. Fathiya Abdul, Managing Director, Lady Tour Guide, Tanzania
115. Patricia Obiageri Ozioma – CEO Smoothwaka Nigeria
116. Modupe Durotolorun – Travel Consultant • Admod Travel Agency Nigeria
117. Alice Manupa, Director, African Queen Safaris, Tanzania
118. Abisoye Abati Nigeria – Tourism Consultant • Keras Tours limited
119. Louise Uwizey, Owner, Star Travel, Rwanda
120. Lola Adefope COO HRG Nigeria
121. Virgo Immaculate Ssepembwa Munting – MD, Gorilla Tours, Uganda
122. Ridwana Suleman – Corporate Travel Consultant, BCD Travels, South Africa
123. Tayo Adesokan – Assistant Fleet Manager at BHN Logistic Nigeria
125. Chioma Obi – Travel Consultant. Jands Travel Network Nigeria
126. Adejumoke Ijifusi – Victoriasid Travels & Tours
127. Gbemisola Oduyebo – Founder/MD at Appu Travels Limited Nigeria
128. Gerty Ogbeche – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Marshal Nigeria
129. Joke Salami – Booking Officer • Multichoice Nigeria Limited Nigeria
130. Queen Mpeku, Government Account Manager, Gran Melia, Tanzania
131. Balqees Olubunmi Olaniyi – CEO Olabaf Travels Nigeria
132. Tusekile Mwakalundwa – Country Manager, Rustic Pathways, Tanzania
133. Yasmin Johnson – Discover Cape Town (South Africa)
134. Ime Udo – NATOP President Nigeria
135. Ebi Seimodei – ITPN VP Nigeria
136. Victoria Siphiwe Mamvura-Gava Namibia
137. Nana Efua Boatemaa – Travel Consultant, JOLLY ROVERS LTD. GHANA
138. Petty Mtei – Travel Sales Expert Tanzania


139. Mrs. Lona Nalurit – Director for Environmental Agreement Ministry of wildlife, South Sudan
140. Ms Sindile Xulu – CEO Tourism Investment Africa 360, South Africa
141. Ms Bulelwa Msengi – Park Manager Bontebok National Park, South Africa
142. Maria Baryamujura – Sustainable Rural Tourism/ COBATI, Uganda
143. Winnie Kiiru – Elephant Conservationist & Chairperson Wildlife Research Institute, Naivasha, Kenya.
144. Dr. Esther Munyiri – Director, for Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre, East Africa, Kenya
145. Caroline Olory – Conservator of Park, Old Oyo National Park & First Female CP in West Africa. Nigeria
146. Gladys Kosgei – Marketing Manager, Kenya Wildlife Services (Kenya)
147. Elizabeth Mwakajila – Director, Mrembo Safaris (Tanzania)
148. Francisca Masika – Director, Nature Responsible, (Tanzania)
149. Laura Tete – Assistant Director of Wildlife, South Sudan
150. Ebele Enemchukwu – Former Mrs.Nigeria|Mrs.Tourism U.N
151. Yaa Ashantewa Ngidi – Institute of Afrikology, South Africa
152. Aniefok Anne Udoh – Legal Counsel INTEL Nigeria
153. Janet Tayo Faremi CEO/MD Ambassador Stores Nigeria
154. Francisca Masika – Director, Nature Responsible, Tanzania
155. Mercy Onyango – Ecotourism Kenya


156. Elizabeth Sasu – CEO, GH-Aviation Publication, Ghana
157. Mrs Gaye Clara – CEO, Raf’Prod, Senegal
158. Peace Anyim-Osigwe, CEO, African Movie Academy Awards, AMAA- Nigeria
159. Charlotte Beauvoisin – Diary of a Muzungu, Uganda
160. Ursula Brown – Managing Editor Cape Info (South Africa)
161. Justina Okpanku – Just Tours Media (Nigeria)
162. Mandisa Magwaxaza – Founder at Molo Mhambi (South Africa)
163. Joy Ogbeboh – MamaJ Aviation, Nigeria


164. Funke Ogunkoya-Futi aka Sassy Funke – (Nigeria)
165. Aminat Akanbi – Triplister Tours (Nigeria)
166. Mariam Iyiola – Travel Lover / TravelWithMariam Nigeria


167. Jessica Nabongo – First Black Woman to travel to every country in the world, Uganda/American
168. Boipelo Tladinyane Hlubi – Solo Traveler South Africa



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