The award event is being put together by the pan-African bi-monthly, New African Woman magazine. This award is to celebrate and honour exceptional African women who have made a positive impact and contributions in their communities, and the continent at large, in the last 12 months.
In the nominee list for the second edition for the New African Woman Awards, Nigeria and Kenya topped the list with 12 and 10 nominations respectively. Some of the Nigerians featured in the nominee list are; The new Un Deputy Secretary General, Nigeria’s Amina J.Mohammed, Nominated in two categories, Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Bella Naija Founder and CEO Uche Pedro, Hadiza Bala Usman and interestingly, Nigeria Comedy Prodigy, Emmanuela Samuel also made the nominees’ list.
The nominees were chosen in 12 categories and 68 pioneering women made the final list. A special panel will scrutinize the list and the winners of each category will be announced on the 12th and 13th of April at Dakar’s Terrou-Bi Hotel, Senegal.
Here are some of the categories:
New African Woman on the Rise (The Next Generation)
Botlhale Boikanyo (South Africa) – Spoken word child artist/actress
Emmanuella Samuel (Nigeria) – Young Comedienne
Rebeca Gyumi (Tanzania) – Anti child-marriage campaigner – Founder – Msichana Initiative Jaha Dukureh (Gambia) – Anti FGM Activist & CEO Safe Hands for Girls
Vivian Onano (Kenya) Youth Activist/ Member -UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group
Sonia Mezzour (Morocco) – SG, Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency
Warsan Shire (Somalia) – Poet
Ndeye Fatou Njie (Gambia) – CEO TiGA Swimwear
New African Woman of the Year
Amina J Mohammed (Nigeria) – Deputy Secretary General – United Nations
Fadumo Dayib (Somalia) – First female presidential candidate
Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie (Nigeria) – Author/Women’s Rights advocate
Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang (Gambia) – Minister of Women’s Affairs and Overseer Vice President’s office
Thuli Madonsela (South Africa) – Former Public Protector
Madjiguene Sock (Senegal) – President of the Women’s Investment Club/ Global Operations Partner – Dalberg