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New African Woman Celebrates “African Women of the Year 2015” as South African Singer Lira lands the Cover

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe




South African music star Lira is stunning on the cover of New African Woman’s December/January edition – an edition that also focuses on several amazing women for the magazine’s first ever collation of African Women of the Year; a celebration of game-changing women who have helped to shape the continent in 2015 in different fields.

The list highlights some of Africa’s women of influence and it recognizes women who are transcending all spheres.

The list includes so many amazing women from public office holders such as the African Union Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Uganda’s comedy genius Anne Kansiime, as well as rising Hollywood actress Nigeria’s Uzo Aduba, and the “iron lady” of African politics, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia who has been selected for winning her country’s battle against Ebola.


Some of the amazing features in this issue include a 16-page Special Focus, highlighting some of the women who are making groundbreaking moves in their chosen fields in Nigeria. The special report also takes a tour of various African fashion destinations in Lagos and explores what the commercial capital and the rest of the country has to offer to the intrepid traveller.

Following a recently published study by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), this issue of NAW also highlights the report’s findings, which query where the women in Africa’s boardrooms are.

Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director of LADOL, Osayi Alile Oruene of WIMBIZ, and Chioma Ude of AFRIFF are just some of the influencers recognized in this issue, while red carpet regulars Toke Makinwa, Michelle Dede, Waje and Dakore Akande are celebrated for their style.


Cover star Lira opens about her plans for 2016. These include the release of a new album; a no-holds-barred documentary entitled Dream Chaser which explores her ‘behind the scenes’ lifeher new role as a judge on the South African version of the hit TV talent show The Voice; and she also gives us a glimpse into her lesser-known private life, where she speaks about her husband and her other passions.

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Read the new issue here.

Adesola is the BellaNaija Head of Content and Digital Ventures. She is a BN stan.. Yes, things are that serious for her when it comes to She's a lover of gist, novels, music, and food. She's constantly trying not to take life for granted. She spends most of her time either keeping up with the world on the Internet or sharing some acquired knowledge about digital media. She is passionate about using her voice to speak against injustice, especially towards women. To communicate with her directly, you can hit her up on: Instagram - Twitter - @Adesola_AU


  1. Tosin

    December 1, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    my Lira…

  2. Emeka

    December 1, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    We are in trouble. I appreciate the achievements. Good job. But the nakedness. Haba.

  3. bee

    December 2, 2015 at 2:40 am

    i love Lira! Always have!

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