By Abang Mercy
CNN set out on a hunt to find the women who excelled in their professions in 2014 and fifteen women emerged leading women of the year as it comes to a close.
“We wanted to know which women you felt deserved an accolade for their achievements this year and turned to our readers, partners, and organizations we’ve worked with this year to find out.” The company said in a statement.
The women with the most votes have been crowned Leading Women of 2014 and three Nigerian made the list this year.
They are; Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh — The Nigerian doctor who died this year after overseeing the treatment of Ebola patient Patrick Sawyer. Her efforts prevented the wider spread of Ebola in the country.
Hadiza Bala Usman — Activist and initiator of the protest movement asking for the release of 200 schoolgirls girls abducted in Borno State, Nigeria which spread worldwide.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — The Nigerian writer has authored three novels and is heralded for drawing attention to African literature throughout her award-winning career. This year, she was nominated for Forbes’ Africa ‘Person of the Year’ Award as well as ‘Personality of the Year’ in the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.
The outstanding women were nominated for their work in the fields of Science and Technology, Health, Politics, Philanthropy, Business and Arts.