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The BBC has announced its popular, annual 100 Women list. Taken from across all spheres of modern life – from engineering to the creative industries, from sport to business - these inspirational individuals represent the global wealth of female talent. But in a new twist the list launched today is only part of the story.  

The list has been inspired by the BBC 100 Women Challenge. New for 2017 this is a unique celebration of female talent which sees four teams of women tasked with finding solutions to everyday problems currently blighting female lives across the globe.

As audience participation is a cornerstone of the challenge, there is opportunity for other inspiring women to be included. The teams will want to hear directly from women affected by the issues they are tackling and find out what solutions may have already been tried. Viewers and listeners will be able to get involved in via social media with @BBC100Women and #100Women, online at www.bbc.com/100women .

 This year, out of the sixty women listed, seven are African. The women from the continent on include:

 Adelle Onyago - a radio and television host from Kenya seeking to empower young women through mentorship and apprenticeship programmes

Anita Nderu - a TV presenter and radio news anchor at Capital FM based in Nairobi, Kenya who is passionate about mentoring youth.

Ellen Johnson - the 24th and current President of Liberia since 2006 and the first elected female head of state in Africa.

Marieme Jamme – taught herself to read and write at the age of 16 and is now a self-made businesswoman in Senegal

Naomi Mwaura – a lead organiser of the anti-harassment protest #MyDressMyChoice, which changed the law around harassment in Kenya.

Talent Jumo - supports victims of revenge porn, giving them counselling and legal advice and fighting for sexual and reproductive health rights for women in Zimbabwe.

Tiwa Savage – a Nigerian singer, songwriter and philanthropist Tiwa Savage is an intergral member of the Afrobeats scene and plans to open a music school.

The list of 60 women can be viewed here.The complete list will then be revealed after the final challenge at the end of October.