What an inspirational celebration of International Women’s Day from CNN Africa, as they ask 12 African influencers including Angelique Kidjo, Tiwa Savage, DJ Cuppy and more to share their favourite quotes from other African women who’ve inspired them.

Singer/songwriter Angelique Kidjo quotes Wangari Maathai’s “You cannot enslave a mind that knows itself” while Nigerian songstress Tiwa Savage opts for Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee’s “You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.”

Check out all the powerful and inspirational quotes shared by some of Africa’s powerful and inspirational women.

Happy #IWD2017

Angelique Kidjo

To mark International Women’s Day 2017 we asked African influencers what their favorite quote from another African woman was, and why it has made such an impact on their lives. Singer songwriter @angeliquekidjo is up first, quoting Nobel Peace Prize winner the late Wangari Maathai. #CNNAfrica #IWD2017

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Tiwa Savage

To mark International Women’s Day we asked 12 African influencers, including superstar @tiwasavage, what their favorite quote from another African woman was. #CNNAfrica #IWD2017

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DJ Cuppy

“I can take hardship. I can sleep on a cold floor anytime, but I can also sleep on a feather bed.” See which African woman @cuppymusic is quoting in her CNN Africa International Women’s Day video. #CNNAfrica #IWD2017

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Nicole Amarteifio

Producer Nicole Amarteifio quoted @lupitanyongo when we asked her what her favorite quote from another African woman was, watch the video to see why. #CNNAfrica #IWD2017

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Jane Michael Ekanem

Fashion entrepreneur @janemichaelekanem quoted Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie when we asked what her favorite quote from an African woman was. #CNNAfrica #IWD2017

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Fafa Gilbert

On International Women’s Day chef @ndudu_by_fafa is sharing her favorite quote from an African women with us, she’s chosen powerful words from Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. #CNNAfrica #IWD2017

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Kaluhi Adagala

Kenyan food blogger @kaluhiskitchen shares her favorite quote from an African woman with us on International Women’s Day. #IWD2017 Find out more about the series here: http://cnn.it/2ndL7ub #CNNAfrica

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Maame Adjei

 

We asked African influencers including actor and producer @msadjei what their favorite quote from an African woman was, to mark International Women’s Day. #CNNAfrica #IWD2017

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Zain Verjee

“In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground.” Akoma CEO @zain_verjee quotes the late Wangari Maathai on International Women’s Day. Find out more about the series here: http://cnn.it/2ndL7ub #IWD2017 #CNNAfrica

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