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As we celebrate International Women’s Day here on DStv, we must say that 2018 is a great year to be a woman. Just look around you; in January, Oprah Winfrey was unanimously validated to run for presidency. Later that month, cinematographer Rachel Morisson became the first woman to ever be nominated for Best Cinematography in Oscar’s history. Following its release in February, Black Panther empowered women and redefined their place not only in cinema but across the world.

Just a few days ago at the Oscars 2018, Frances Mcdormand boldly challenged Hollywood to stand up for diversity during her acceptance speech. Meanwhile, Lupita Nyong’o continues her dominion on the red carpet (and earning quite an unbeatable reputation as the queen of imitation as well), while Tiffany Haddish continues to humour her way into everyone’s heart. The future is indeed female.

Now step into the world of television and help us celebrate these fearless female characters who have fought against all odds to go after what they want.

1. Sue - Sue na Johnnie

Catherine Kamau playing the role of Sue in Sue na Jonnie is not the kind of women you want to mess with, especially if you don't want to be on the receiving end of her envious clapbacks and sometimes punches. A street-smart badass, she will stop at nothing to get her daughter who was taken from her even if it means pretending to be someone else or gut-kicking a few people along the way. Tune in to Sue na Jonnie from Monday to Wednesday at 15:30 EAT on Maisha Magic East (158)*, also stream on DStv Now.

2. Selina – Selina

In a role that she describes as her life story, Celestine Gachuhi plays the titular role of Selina, a young woman whose resilience and strength come in handy as she fights against all odds to follow her dreams and her heart. Literally sold off as a housemaid by her evil stepmother, Selina learns to survive in the city while fighting for her star-crossed romance with her boss’ son Nelson (Pascal Tokodi). Tune in to Selina from Monday to Friday at 19:30 EAT on Maisha Magic East (158)*, also stream on DStv Now.

3. Kate – Maza

Stepping into someone else’s shoes is no easy task, just ask Angie Magio who plays Kate in Swahili telenovela Maza, the fiercest and most conniving woman on local TV. Just when you think you have seen it all, enter Kate, a woman who is willing to turn her best friend into a cat just so she can “inherit” her life. Get ready for more drama because the Lulu Hassan-produced show will make a comeback on Maisha Magic East (158)* in April.

4. Meredith Grey – Grey’s Anatomy

We can all agree that Shonda Rhimes' characters have it rough when it comes to emotions and relationships and no one has been bent and broken more than Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) in Grey’s Anatomy’s 13-year run (14 seasons). Her father wasn’t much of a parent to begin with, her mother had Alzheimers, she was brutally attacked by a patient, had a miscarriage, lost loved ones along the way including the love of her life and not forgetting she “died” and came back to life. But she fought through all the heartbreaks and chaos to become one of the strongest women on television. You can see it in her eyes.

Of course, Grey’s Anatomy would never be the same without the tough love of the resident "Nazi" Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson). Tune in to Grey's Anatomy S14 on Mondays at 20:00 CAT on M-Net (101/102), which you can also stream on DStv Now.

5. Cookie Lyon – Empire

It seems like only yesterday when Taraji P. Henson sashayed into the TV world as the sassy and ferocious Cookie Lyon whose zingers of “wisdom and wit” may have rubbed some off the wrong way. Hey Boo Boo Kitty, still as funny. Cookie is also quite the mommabear, mess with her kids and you will feel her wrath because Andre, Jamal and Hakeem are only hers to discipline and throw shoes at. Tune in to the return of Empire S4 from 29 March at 21:00 CAT on FOX (125), also available for streaming on DStv Now.

6. Annalise Keating – HTGAWM

From having a bull's eye on her back from literally everyone to losing someone she considered her son and then going in jail for it to literally fighting against the world everyday, Annalise Keating is not the kind of woman who stays down when she's kicked. She may have had her worst days, but she always rises above it to do what she does best - help people, including her own students, get away with murder. Tune in to How to Get Away with Murder S4 on Mondays at 23:00 CAT on 1Magic (103),  or stream it on DStv Now.

7. Olivia Pope - The Fixer

Olivia Pope is TV's finest fixer, a woman sharpened with steel who spends her time fixing the bad reputations of the high and mighty in Washington DC, including the President, and making even the most unforgettable scandals disappear. All this time while killing it in the fashion department with those power suits and evening couture gowns. Tune in to The Fixer S7 on Mondays at 22:00 CAT on 1Magic (103) or stream it on DStv Now.

Any fan of The Fixer knows that it would be unfair to talk about Olivia’s power grasp on DC without mentioning President Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young).

8. Siba Mtongana – Siba’s Table

South African chef Siba Mtongana is every woman's alter ego, when she's not cooking up a storm in kitchen and teaching the world how to make some of her favourite dishes on Food Network, she's gushing over her husband and kids. Tune in to Siba's Table on Sundays at 19:30 on Food Network (175), also stream it on DStv Now.

Honourable mentions from DStv

Varshita in Varshita (Eve D'Souza) - may fight for love in the most unconventional ways but you have to admire her resilience and the humour she brings to the show,  tune in to Varshita on Saturday from 20:30 EAT on Maisha Magic East (158)*, also stream it on DStv Now.

The Walking Dead’s Michonne (Danai Gurira) - her survival instincts and independence has made her one of the most powerful women on TWD.Tune in on Mondays at 22:00 CAT on FOX (125) or stream it on DStv Now, fresh from the US.

Blackish’s Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) – For killing it in the fashion department with her bohemian dress sense, raising five kids, having a career as a doctor and still being able to put up with the childish tantrums of her husband Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson). Tune in on Thursdays at 21:00 CAT on 1Magic (103),  or stream it on DStv Now.

Homeland’s Carrie Matheson (Claire Danes) - While battling the bipolar disorder, Carrie is a brilliant and bold CIA officer who is always ready to risk everything to save her country. Tune in ON Wednesdays 21 February at 22:00 CAT on M-Net (101/102) or stream on DStv Now.

The Big Bang Theory’s Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) – Mayim obtained her Ph. D in neuroscience in real life while also empowering women across the world to join STEM with her character as a neurologist on TBBT, tune on  Wednesdays at 20:00 CAT on M-Net (101/102), which you can also stream on DStv Now.

Happy International Women’s Day to all the amazing and fearless women out there fighting to make the world a better place! We see you and we celebrate you all month long.