After weeks of public nominations from across Africa and the Diaspora, 10 Kenyan women have been nominated for the 2017 New African Woman Awards.
They are part of 68 women nominated in under 12 categories for their contribution and positive impact in their communities in the last 12 months.
They include Tabitha Karanja, the Chief Executive of the first Kenyan-owned beer factory; founder of one of biggest PR firms in the country Gina Din-Kariuki; and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o.
Jennifer Riria has been nominated under the New Woman in Business category; Anne Wanjohi under New Woman in Science; Stella Kilonzo, New Woman in Finance; Rahab Kariuki, New Woman in Agriculture; and under the New Woman on the Rise category, Vivian Onano.
Others are sportswomen Tegla Loroupe and Vivian Cheruiyot.
The 2nd annual awards celebrating and honouring exceptional African women is organized by the pan-African bi-monthly New African Womanmagazine which covers the issues of African women on the premise that they are an indispensable element in the continent’s growth story.
Other groundbreaking African women who have been nominated for the awards include Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; her counterpart Amina J. Mohammed, the new UN Deputy Secretary-General; and South African Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya.
The winners under each category of the New African Woman Awards 2017 will be announced on 12 April at a Gala Dinner in Dakar, Senegal on the eve of the New African Woman Forum which will hold on 13 April 2017 at the Terrou-Bi Hotel.