AFRICA’S BEST FEMALE RAPPERS in 2018: The List Of Elite Female Rappers From The Continent


If you have seen and heard these women, you would know that female rappers will no longer be silenced.

Africa’s Hip Hop mainstream had been a stronghold for the male gender until women perfected the art of gripping a mic. Now rap music on the continent has lost its gender bias and embraced female emcees as essential to the culture.

Here is a list of the Best Female flamethrowers outdoing their male counterparts in areas such as Bars, Consistency of delivery, Awards and Recognition across the continent.

BARS are rated from the depth of the Wording, Rhyme schemes, Punchlines, Wordplay and relatable Lyricism.

CONSISTENCY OF DELIVERY considers Originality, and how often and steady the Flow, Style, Charisma and Angles or Perspective of the rapper’s delivery are. Also in consideration are the number of credible awards won or nominated by the artiste as well as influence beyond the rapper’s home nation, caliber of Events, High profile collaborations and grounding internationally.

Africa, here are the BEST FEMALE EMCEES currently…


PETRA [Kenya]

Petra Bockle, born May 14 1995, is a rapper of Kenyan and Seychellois descent. In 2018, she collaborated with A-list African acts, hip hop star Khaligraph Jones and diva Victoria Kimani. She has also performed alongside Mr. Eazi.Nadia Nakai, Petra, Cleo Ice Queen, Rosa Ree, Rouge, Bombshell,

Petra won an award for Best Female artist at the Kenya Coast Music Awards in 2012. The hard-hitting rapper, who is both a wife and mother, has also received an award for Best Female Hiphop Artist at the Pwani Celebrity Awards. She was also nominated as Best Female Artist-East Africa at the 2018 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA)



NADIA NAKAI [South Africa]

Nadia Nakai Kandava, born 18 May 1990, is one of South Africa’s top ranked rappers- and she is female! They call her Mzansi’s Nicki Minaj.

Nakai became the first female to win the mixtape 101 on ShizNiz,’s primetime hip hop show. She has collaborated with elite African hip hop stars, Cassper Nyovest and Ice Prince.

On 4 November, 2018, she was the red carpet host for MTV Africa at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards in Bilbao, Spain.




29 Year old Clementine Mulenga, also known by her rapper name Cleo Ice Queen, heads the list of a growing list of influential female acts from Zambia, earning the edge by reason of her commercial music proficiency.

Ice Queen knows how to churn out tunes that move the feet and lyrics that arouse the ear, earning the respect of her male counterparts and recognition across the continent.

It is little wonder that in 2017 she won Best Female Act at the Kwacha Music Awards, adding to the Best Female Act- Southern Africa prizes she won in 2013 and 2015 at the AFRIMMA.



ROUGE [South Africa/Congo]

Deko Barbara-Jessica Wedi is the birth name of the 26 year old South African rapper of Congo descent of The New Era Sessions fame- the album that won her Best Female Rapper at the 2017 South African Hip Hop Awards.

A short film based on the album premiered on MTV Base while her Arumtumtum video also won ‘Best Video’ at the 2018 South African Music Awards.

The gifted rapper earned 12 distinct nominations between 2017 and 18 at major events such as the South African Film and Television Awards, South African Music Awards, All Africa Music Awards and Hip Hop Awards, winning five [5].

She has also collaborated with AKA, Kwesta and Nasty C.



GIGI LAMAYNE [South Africa]

24 year old Genesis Gabriella Tina Manney, best called Gigi Lamayne, is that standout lady lyricist with a flow like poetry in motion. She was born July 7, 1994 and sixteen years later she had already signed her first professional deal.

She is credited as the youngest female recipient of the ‘Best Female Act’ Award at the South African Hip Hop Awards. She also starred as the only female on the BET Africa Hiphop Awards 2018 Cypher.



ROSA REE [Tanzania]

Rosa Ree, real name Rosary Robert, may be still under 24 but you wouldn’t know it from the way she dominates that mic. She has been called everything predatory, from lyrical beast to beat demon to rap lioness. And you could understand why if you’ve heard her drop a verse.

She has collaborated with South African rapper Em Tee and BilNass- arguably the highest ranked Tanzanian emcee at the moment.




Bwalya Chibesakunda’s showbiz name of Bombshell Grenade is so apt because it defines her persona in more ways than one.

The star is more than a model and female rapper, setting the standards for ladies and the culture with all of her gifts and assets. The flow comes so easily to her while her expertise on the beats is unrivaled, blending sensuality, aggression and pure finesse.

It’s still a shame the star hasn’t transcended her remarkable abilities to awards and collaboration.


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