The New African magazine, based in London honoured some outstanding African women who have made significant contributions within their fields in Africa and beyond. These are the New African Women. Below is a selection of some of the awardees. Visit the link at the end for a full list.
Olajumoke Adenowo, 47 (Nigerian)
New African Woman in Business
Referred to as the face of architecture in the Nigeria, Adenowo directly pushes for gender equality on her radio show ‘Voice of Change’. Ms. Adenowo was also nominated at the All Africa Business Leaders Awards in the West Africa Business Women of the Year category.
Winifred Selby, 20 (Ghana)
New African Woman in Science, Technology & Innovation
Selby is the co-founder of the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative (producing 60 to 100 bicycles a month). She is an outstanding leader and social entrepreneur dedicating her life to the economic empowerment of young people, notably women. She primarily employs women who train each other. She is also a winner of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award.
Mo Abudu, 51 (Nigeria)
New African Woman Award for Media
Abudu is the first African woman to launch a Pan-Africa TV channel. She launched her media career with the creation of her own talk show ‘Moments with Mo’ and soon after she launched her TV channel, EbonyLifeTV. She has been honoured as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year by Women Week in New York’ and listed as ‘One of the 25 Most Powerful in Global TV’ by the Hollywood Reporter.
Obiageli Ezekwesili, 52 (Nigeria)
New African Woman Award in Civil Society
Ezekwesili, a former World Bank Vice President and co-founder of Transparency International, plays several roles in social activism and has been a vocal denouncer of social ills and human injustice. She has been consistent and zealous in campaigning for the release of the abducted Chibok girls and although the girls are still missing, Ezekwesili strongly believes that they can and will be rescued.
SOURCE: Ventures Africa