Freetown Mayor Aki-Sawyerr named among top 100 most influential Women in the World

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 November 2020:

The BBC has today published its list of top 100 most inspirational and influential women in the World., and Sierra Leone’s capital city –  Freetown’s Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr is among those named in the leadership category of the BBC 100 Women in 2020, for her work in leading the “FreetownTheTreeTown Campaign”.

Those named by the BBC are women who made the headlines or influenced important stories, as well as those who have inspiring stories to tell.

Making the top 100 most influential women in the world also, are women who have achieved something significant, as well as influenced society in ways that would not make the news.

This year’s list is extra special as it highlights women leading change during turbulent times.

Freetown Mayor Aki-Sawyerr is named alongside other inspiring women, including – Sanna Marin, who leads Finland’s all-female coalition government; Sarah Gilbert, who heads the Oxford University research into a coronavirus vaccine; and Angelique Kidjo, 4-time Grammy winner from Benin.

This recognition closely follows two other awards – 100 Most Reputable Africans in 2020 and 100 Most Influential African Women in 2020 – received by the Mayor in 2020.

Congratulations to Her Worship the Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr for being named as one of BBC’s 100 Women in 2020. You have indeed inspired and influenced positive change in our city.

You can read the full list below:


  1. Yeah. The right honourable Hindolo Gevao. The rising and shinning star in the SLPP party. A potential SLPP party leader to bring respect, discipline and sanity to the now silent and passive SLPP party in hibernation. God bless Mayor Yvonne Aki Sawyer and the right Honourable Hindolo Gevao. Amen and Amen.

  2. If I had the constitutional power, I would make Mayor Aki-Sawyer President of Sierra Leone faster than the speed of sound. Her progressive outlook makes her the brightest star in the APC firmament, a figure who knows how to fight a good fight for her city, even when she keeps being hamstrung here and there. She is to Freetown what the late legendary boxer, Mohammad Ali was to boxing – always able to defeat opponents who are stronger than him through intricate tactical moves.

    Given the resources, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr will transform Freetown to a city comparable to any in the developed world – well planned and complete with a sewage system and public toilets. May the Almighty continue to grant her wisdom and exceptional strength.

    As much as I hate both APC and SLPP, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr (APC), Sylvia Blyden (APC) and Right Honourable Ngevao (SLPP) are the three politicians that I admire and love. To them it is all about Sierra Leone.

  3. Good to hear it! Despite the countless roadblocks and the insufferable insults she had to face from the SLPP criminal cabal, worldwide recognition and acclaim have not eluded her.The Old soldier and his cronies should take notes and acknowledge that you cannot keep a good woman down – their insensible,improbable plan to wrestled Freetown from a resourceful,pragmatic,energetic individual like Madam Sawyer will never ever succeed;For who has ever seen a group of delusional,illogical political dummies that have ever succeeded in accomplishing anything of substance and great merit? What say those voices coming from State House about the Mayor’s well deserved accolade? Has our little old soldier without a mission called and congratulated her?

    I am quite sure he didn’t because these are the most narrow-minded,spiteful bunch of score-settlers that have ever ruled our beloved Sierra Leone.(lol) As hard as this may seem,the notorious unproductive SLPP should now summon the courage to wear badges of humility and emulate the credible pace setting abilities of the Madam Sawyer;Who in their right minds wouldn’t applaud a leader that is an example to her team and nation tirelessly leading from the front,seeing goals and high standards and exceeding them?

    You want investors to run to Sierra Leone like huge scraps of metal towards a giant magnet? Follow in Madam Sawyers footsteps – lead by example.The prideful,boastful rhetoric and rampant tribalism will not suffice – you’ve got to earn recognition through sacrifice and hard work.(lol)

  4. This Lady is a perfect example of CLASS AND INTEGRITY. I personally believe that her respect is grounded in her spirituality combined with her love for humanity and patriotism. For her, politics is secondary. Everything about her is just natural and normal based on the fact that she has very high esteem and confidence in herself.
    May the Almighty continue to bless guide and protect her with wisdom and understanding.

  5. Fantastic and honourable stuff. I feel good reading about this achievement. What an outstanding honour and integrity to our charismatic and hard working IRON LADY. I’m not surprised at all. Congratulations to her worship, the Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki Sawyer. You are the best, a star and the best of the best. God bless her worship, the Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki Sawyer. May God’s light shine upon you at all times for fighting not only for the people of your municipality, but for all Sierra Leoneans in general. Amen and Amen. Yeah.

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