Nigerian women are among the women nominated at this year’s New African Women award.Congratulations to all these amazing women who were picked from various categories.This nomination also included the young comedian Emmanuella Samuel who was nominated as New African Women on the Rise the Next Generation,Joan Okorodudu New African Woman in Arts and Culture, Bola Adesola MD/CEO Nigeria and West Africa Standard Chartered Bank  Women in Finance,New African Woman Health ,Science and innovation Dr, Ola Orekunrin MD Flying Doctors and New African women in Politics  Amina J.Mohammed Deputy Secretary General of United Nations.Check out the categories below.
Following weeks of public nominations from across the continent and its Diaspora, the final nominees for the much-anticipated New African Woman Awards2017 have been announced. Chosen in 12 categories, 68 groundbreaking women have made the final list which will now be adjudicated by a special panel of judges, and the winners in each category will be announced on 12 April at a Gala Dinner in Dakar, Senegal.
The new UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, Somalia’s first female presidential candidate Fadumo Dayib, Gambia’s doyen of democratic change, Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the South African Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya and her fellow countrywoman, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, are some of the names that made the final list from over two thousand nominations received.
Organised by the pan-African bi-monthly, New African Woman magazine, the Awards – which celebrate and honour exceptional African women who have made a positive impact and contributions in their communities, and the continent at large, in the past 12 months – take place on the eve of the New African Woman Forum, which takes place at Dakar’s Terrou-Bi Hotel on 13 April .
The New African Woman Awards and Forum, first held in London in March last year, under the theme “Changing The Game”, were born from the ethos that launched New African Woman magazine nine years ago: to boldly and positively highlight, share and represent African women’s issues, on the premise that women are an indispensable element in Africa’s growth story, and to celebrate the women contributing to that change.
Below is the full list:

New African Woman in Business

 Jennifer Riria (Kenya – CEO Kenya Women Holding
Madjiguene Sock (Senegal) – Global Operations Partner at Dalberg/ President of the Women’s Investment Club
Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch(Morocco) – CEO – Aksal Group
Tabitha Karanja (Kenya) – Founder and CEO – Keroche Breweries
Phuti Mahanyele (South Africa) – Executive Chairperson – Sigma Capital
Nathalie Beatrice Chinje(Cameroon) – Founder and Director of UPbeat Marketing

New African Woman in Politics/Public Office

Fadumo Dayib (Somalia) – First female presidential candidate
Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang (Gambia) – Minister of Women’s Affairs and Overseer Vice President’ s office
Nayé A. Bathily (Senegal) – Head of the Global Parliamentary Unit at the World Bank
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (South Africa) – Executive Director of UN Women
Monique Mukuna ( DRCongo) – Independent Presidential Candidate
Amina J Mohammed (Nigeria) – Deputy Secretary – General of UN

New African Woman in Education

 Noella Coursaris Musunka, (DRCongo) –Founder of Malaika
Oley Dibba-Wadda (Ivory Coast) –Executive Secretary of ADEA
Graça Machel (Mozambique) –Graca Machel Trust
Tsitsi Masiyiwa (Zimbabwe) – Highlife Foundation
Unoma Ndili Okorafor (Nigeria) –Founder – Working to Advance Science and Technology Education For African Women (WAAW)
Rapelang Rabana (South Africa) –Rekindle Learning
Unoma Okafor

New African Woman in Health, Science & Innovation

 Anne Wanjuhi Njoroge (Kenya) – Founder & CEO of The Web Tekies LTD and RootEd Africa
Dr Helena Ndume – (Namibia) –Philanthropist ophthalmologist – Laureate UN Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize
Prof Aminata Sall Diallo (Senegal) –CEO for the APEES
Jessica O.Mathews (Nigeria) –CO-Founder Uncharted play
Dr Ola Orekunrin (Nigeria) –Founder/MD Flying Doctors Nigeria
Dr Tebello Nyokong (South Africa) –Director of the Nanotechnology Innovation Centre
Dr Ola Orekunrin

New African Woman in Finance

 Viola Llewellyn (Cameroon) – President of Ovamba Solutions Inc.
 Binta Touré Ndoye(Togo) – General Manager Oragroup SA
Eveline Tall (Senegal) – Former Deputy CEO – Ecobank Group
Bola Adesola (Nigeria) – MD/CEO Nigeria and West Africa – Standard Chartered Bank
Stella Kilonzo (Kenya) – Division Chief, Capital Markets Development – African Development Bank
Lamyaa Gadelhak, (Egypt) – Associate – Helmy, Hamza and Partners

New African Woman in Agriculture

Dr. Maria Andrade (Cape Verde) – 2016 World Food Prize Laureate
Rahab Karanja Kariuki (Kenya) – MD Agriculture and Climate Risk Enterprise Ltd (ACRE AFRICA)
Khary Diene (Senegal) – Founder/CEO Bioessence Laboratories
Rose Funja (Tanzania) – Co-founder of AgrInfo
Tumusiime Rhoda Peace (Uganda) – Former AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture
Kambou Lydie Rachel (Ivory Coast) – President – Bounkani Shea Produce Co-operative Society

New African Woman in Media

Amira Yahyaoui (Tunisia) – Blogger & Activist
Eloine Barry (Guinea) – CEO of African Media Agency
Gina Din Kariuki (Kenya) – Founder Gina Din Corporate Communications
Uche Eze Pedro (Nigeria) – Founder of BellaNaija
Zain Ejiofor Asher (Nigeria) – Anchor (CNN)
Rokhaya Diallo (Senegal) – Journalist/Activist

Uche Eze Pedro Bella Naija

New African Woman in Sport

 Caster Semenya (South Africa) – Athlete, Olympic Gold Medalist
Fatma Samoura (Senegal) – First female FIFA Secretary General
Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone) – President of the Sierra Leone Football Association
Tegla Loroupe (Kenya) – Marathon icon – Ambassador: The Refugee Olympic Team
Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya) – Athlete,  Olympic Gold Medalist
Diknesh Tamiru (Ethiopia) – Tennis Player

New African Woman in Arts and Culture

 Esther Mahlangu (South Africa) – Legendary Ndebele Artist
Lupita Nyong’o (Kenya) – Actress
Olfa Terras Rambourg (Tunisia) – President – Rambourg Foundation
Sophie Zinga (Senegal) – Fashion Designer
Joan Okorodudu – (Nigeria) – Founder of ISIS Models/Nigeria’s Next Super Model
Aissa Dione (Senegal) – Painter and textile designer

Joan Okorodudu CEO Isis Models

New African Woman in Civil Society

 Chief Theresa Kachindamoto (Malawi) – Child Marriage Activist
Francine Muyumba (DRCongo) – Activist Youth Leader
Hadiza Bala Usman (Nigeria) – MD Nigerian Ports Authority/Co-founder #BringBackOurGirls
Salimata Lam (Mauritania) – Anti modern slavery activist – SOS Esclaves
 Theo Sowa (Ghana) – CEO African Women’s Development Fund
Zainab Hawa Bangura (Sierra Leone)
UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict

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

 (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

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