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Your First Look at the Shortlist of Nominees for New African Woman Awards 2016



Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 12.47.54 PMThe first edition of the New African Woman Forum Awards sets out to honour extraordinary women who have made significant achievements in their countries and communities. The awards are given across 11 categories: Business; Politics and Public Office; Education; Science, Technology and Innovation; Finance and Banking; Media; Sport; Arts and Culture; Civil Society; Rising Star; and New African Woman of the Year.

The shortlist announced today recognises over 60 remarkable women who have made significant contributions in their respective fields. The winners, as voted by New African Woman magazine’s readers, will be announced during the Awards ceremony on Thursday, 10th March in London.

The inaugural New African Forum and awards will take place in London two days after the International Women’s Day (IWD), held this year under the theme: “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.

Leila Ben Hassen, chair of the NAWF judging panel said that the global theme for IWD is a call to action for parity to close the gender gap, which is squarely aligned with the NAW Forum theme, designed to celebrate women’s leadership and excellence on the continent.

The New African Woman Forum brings together over 150 leaders from business, academia and civil society, as well as key decision makers from the public and private sector. It will also offer a unique platform to meet, network and share the success stories, experiences and challenges of the African Women who are changing the game on the continent. My co-judges and I look forward to discovering more about these incredible women of Africa and selecting this year’s winners”, she said.

The judging panel comprises Leila Ben Hassen, General Manager, IC Publications; reGina Jane Jere, Editor New African Woman; Onike Nicol-Houra, Principal Business Development Officer at African Development Bank; Amadou Mahtar Ba, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman AllAfrica Global Media and Member of UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment; and Dr Nkosana Moyo, Executive Chairman for the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS).

Read the full list of New African Women Awards Nominees below:

• Clare Akamanzi (Rwanda)
• Marie Diongoye Konaté (Côte d’Ivoire)
• Olajumoke Adenowo (Nigeria)
• Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch (Morocco)
• Sibongile Sambo (South Africa)
• Swaady Martin (Côte d’Ivoire)

• Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (Mauritius)
• Amina J. Mohammed (Nigeria)
• Bineta Diop (Senegal)
• Fatima Haram Acyl (Chad)
• Jeanine Mabunda Lioko Mudiayi (DR Congo)
• Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (South Africa)
• Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (South Africa)

• Bruktawit Tigabu (Ethiopia)
• Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson (Ghana)
• Maureen Maisha Auma (Kenya)
• Naadiya Moosajee (South Africa)
• Noella Coursaris Musunka (DR Congo)
• Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg (Kenya)

• Chinwe Ohajuruka (Nigeria)
• Habiba Bouhamed Chaabouni (Tunisia)
• Jamila Abass (Kenya)
• Sara Menker (Ethiopia)
• Thérèse Izay Kirongozi (DR Congo)
• Winnifred Selby (Ghana)

• Arunma Oteh (Nigeria)
• Hela Cheikhrouhou (Tunisia)
• Najwa El Iraki (Morocco)
• Omokehinde Ojomuyide (Nigeria)
• Sipho S. Moyo (Zimbabwe)
• Viola Llewellyn (Cameroon)
• Viviane Bakayoko (DR Congo)

• Dounia Ben Mohamed (Tunisia)
• Eloïne Barry (Guinea)
• Lerato Mbele (South Africa)
• Mo Abudu (Nigeria)
• Mona Eltahawy (Egypt)
• Yvonne Ndege (Kenya)

• Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia)
• Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria)
• Cathy Phiri (Zambia)
• Genzebe Dibaba Keneni (Ethiopia)
• Habiba Ghribi (Tunisia)
• Neku Atawodi (Nigeria)

• Amma Asante (Ghana)
• Bibi Bakare-Yusuf (Nigeria)
• Bisi Silva (Nigeria)
• Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)
• Ellah Wakatama-Allfrey (Zimbabwe)
• Nike Davies-Okundaye (Nigeria)
• Uzo Aduba (Nigeria)

• Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode (Nigeria)
• Debbie Ariyo (Nigeria)
• Elizabeth Nyamayaro (Zimbabwe)
• Kaleba Ngoie Kasongo (DR Congo)
• Leyla Hussein and Nimco Ali (Somalia)
• Obiageli Ezekwesili (Nigeria)
• Toyin Saraki (Nigeria)
• Zainab Hawa Bangura (Sierra Leone)

• Amy Jadesimi (Nigeria)
• Anne Kansiime (Uganda)
• Hannah Wanjie Ryder (Kenya)
• NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)
• Vivian Onano (Kenya)
• Zuriel Oduwole (Nigeria)

The New African Woman of the Year Award will be announced at the Gala Dinner.
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  1. BongzZulu_RSA

    March 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I like the politics and publics office.. big ups to both Mama Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Mama Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

  2. BongzZulu_RSA

    March 4, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Also , maximum respect to Lerato Mbele , Naadiya Moosajee ,Sibongile Sambo and many many other strong, beautiful women who are doing tremendous work in their various fields. There’s many of them who are unsung heroines!!

  3. Nancy

    March 4, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Is Zuriel a woman? why not ‘New African Female awards’ instead?

    Congrats to all the nominees , Especially my Beautiful Woman – Chimamanda , love her so much.

    • Olufunlola Bello

      March 5, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Hello Nancy, I like your question is Zuriel a woman. I have followed this girl on social media for one year now and she is short of amazing. Sometimes in life, there is no category to describe someone remarkable, so they lump them as best as they can. I went to the Library last week and spent an hour looking at a dictionary under the words Amazing, Remarkable, Unusual, Exceptional, and to my surprise there was no picture of Zuriel there. That’s what I mean. She is just different, so I guess a “Woman Magazine” would just do for now. By the way, ELLE magazine had her last year as one of 3 women who changed the world, and she is just 12. See what I mean 🙂

    • Bee

      March 7, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      Same way Olympic events are categorised WOMEN even though the participants are 10- or 14-year old females. Absolutely nothing wrong with the terminology.

  4. Tosin

    March 7, 2016 at 8:32 am

    shout out s’awon babes mi.
    Ms Oteh and all a dem

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