The New African Woman Awards: Kenya And Nigeria Lead Nominee List!! (See Full List Inside)


The new African Woman magazine will hold the second edition of the New African Woman Awards and Forum in Dakar Senegal on the 12th and 13th of April, this year.

Being a pan-African bi-monthly magazine, the new African Woman team use the awards to celebrate and honor exceptional African women who have made a positive impact and contributions in their communities, and the continent at large, in the past one year.

Nigeria and Kenya had the most nominees for the awards with 12 and 10 nominations respectively. South Africa, Somalia, and Gambia followed with 8, 4 and 3 nominations respectively.

Twelve categories saw 68 African women being lauded for their various achievements. A special panel will scrutinize the current list and determine the winners of each category who will then be announced on 12th of April 2017 at a gala dinner taking place in Dakar Senegal.

Thuli Madonsela New African Woman

Included in the nominee list this year are; Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the new United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya and SA’s former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.  Nigerian female Comedienne, Emmanuella Samuel, appears as the youngest nominee all round.

Check out the complete nominee list for the New African Woman Awards;

New African Woman in Business

Jennifer Riria – Kenya

Madjiguene Sock – Senegal

Dr Nathalie Beatrice Chinje – Cameroon

Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch – Morocco

Tabitha Karanja – Kenya

Phuti Mahanyele – South Africa

New African Woman in Politics

Fadumo Q. Dayib – Somalia

Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang – Gambia

Nayé Anna Bathily – Senegal

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – South Africa

Monique Mukuna – DR Congo

Amina J. Mohammed – Nigeria

Amina Mohammed New African Woman


New African Woman in Education

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka – DR Congo

Oley Dibba-Wadda – Côte d’Ivoire

Graça Machel – Mozambique

Tsitsi Masiyiwa – Zimbabwe

Unoma Ndili Okorafor – Nigeria

Rapelang Rabana – South Africa

New African Woman in Science

Anne Wanjohi – Kenya

Prof Aminata Sall Diallo – Senegal


Dr. Helena Ndume – Namibia

Jessica O. Mathews – Nigeria

Dr. Ola Orekunrin – Nigeria

Dr. Tebello Nyokong – South Africa

New African Woman in Finance

Binta Touré Ndoye – Togo

Bola Adesola – Nigeria

Lamyaa Gadelhak – Egypt

Stella Kilonzo – Kenya

Viola Llewellyn – Cameroon

Evelyne Tall-Daouda – Senegal

New African Woman in Agriculture

Mame Khary Diene – Senegal

Maria Andrade – Mozambique

Kambou Lydie Rachel – Côte d’Ivoire

Rahab Kariuki  – Kenya

Rose Funja – Tanzania

Tumusiime Rhoda Peace – Uganda

Gina-Din-Kariuki New African Woman

New African Woman in Media

Amira Yahyaoui – Tunisia

Eloïne Barry – Guinea

Gina Din-Kariuki – Kenya

Uche Pedro – Nigeria

Zain Ejiofor Asher – Nigeria

Rokhaya Diallo – Senegal

New African Woman in Sport

Caster Semenya – South Africa

Diknesh Tamiru – Ethiopia

Fatma Samoura – Senegal

Isha Tejan-Cole Johansen – Sierra Leone

Tegla Loroupe -Kenya


Vivian Cheruiyot – Kenya

New African Woman in Arts & Culture

Aïssa Dione – Senegal

Esther Mahlangu – South Africa

Lupita Nyong’o – Kenya

Olfa Terras Rambourg – Tunisia

Sophie Zinga – Senegal

Joan Okorodudu – Nigeria

New African Woman

New African Woman in Civil Society

Chief Theresa Kachindamoto – Malawi

Francine Furaha Muyumba – DR Congo

Hadiza Bala Usman – Nigeria

Salimata Lam – Mauritania

Theo Sowa – Ghana

Zainab Hawa Bangura – Sierra Leone

New African Woman on the Rise

Botlhale Boikanyo – South Africa

Emmanuella Samuel – Nigeria

Rebeca Gyumi – Tanzania

Ndeye Fatou Njie – Gambia

Vivian Onano – Kenya

Sonia Mezzour – Morocco

Warsan Shire – Somalia

Jaha Dukureh – The Gambia

New African Woman of the Year

Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie – Nigeria

Fadumo Dayib – Somalia

Fatoumatta Jallow- Tambajang – Gambia

Madjiguene Sock – Senegal

Thuli Madonsela – South Africa

Amina J. Mohammed – Nigeria


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