New African Woman Awards 2017 Winners Announced

The fearless Gambian human rights activist won New African Woman magazine’s Woman of the Year Award ( at the their Award ceremony that took place in Dakar last night. Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan was instrumental in galvanising the opposition that eventually beat long-term now exiled leader Yahya Jammeh.

Held at a glitzy Gala Dinner at the Terrou-Bi hotel in the Senegalese capital Dakar on 12 April and the Awards, now in their second edition, recognise, celebrate and honour African women who have made exceptional impact and change in their countries or communities in the past 12 months.

Nigeria’s Amina J. Mohammed – the new United Nations Deputy Secretary – took home the New African Woman in Politics and Public Office. Prior to her new post, she served as Minister of Environment. But she has played key roles in both the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), on how both agendas impact Africa – more so its women.

Winners have been selected by a special panel of judges from 68 shortlisted candidates across 12 categories. The Award for Women in Health, Science and Technology went to Namibia’s Dr Helena Ndume – a pioneering ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon, who has to date, performed over 35,000 sight-restoring surgeries on Namibians, completely free of charge.

Morocco saw serial entrepreneur Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch, take home the New African woman Award in Business. Zimbabwean philathropists and educationist Tsitsi Masiyiwa, received the New African Woman Award in Education for her work with Higherlife Foundation – a not for profit organisation she runs and offers scholarships to orphaned and vulnerable children to give them a better chance in education. Over 250,000 children have benefited from the work of Higherlife Foundation.

The much-talked about New African Woman on the Rise (The Next Generation) – a category which received the most nominations – went to the Kenyan girls rights activist and UN Women youth advisor Vivian Onano.

The New African Woman in Civil Society was given to Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, who annulled over 300 child marriages in her village in Malawi, a feat that played an important role in forcing the government to ban child marriages in the country all together.

Other winners were Nigeria’s Joan Okorodudu (New African Woman In The Arts & Culture) for her services to raising the profile of African models and fashion; Mali’s Binta Touré Ndoye (New African Woman – in Finance); Amira Yahyaoui of Tunisia (New African Woman in Media) and the former African Union Commissioner Agriculture and Rural Development Tumusiime Rhoda Peace from Uganda, is the New African Woman in Agriculture for pushing the importance of food security and adding value chain to African goods while she was at the AU.

The New African Woman in Sport went to the Senegal’s Fatma Samoura – the world football body’s Secretary General – a position she was appointed to in 2016, becoming the first African woman to hold the post.

The New African Woman Awards is followed by a Forum on 13 April, under the theme Changing The Game.

Distributed by APO on behalf of IC Publications.

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New African Woman Forum and Awards:
The second edition of New African Woman Forum and Awards ( is being held in Dakar on 12-13 April 2017 and will draw over 150 high profile, respected decision-making women who will discuss and examine key issues pertaining to the status of women across the. The Forum was preceded by an Awards gala ceremony to recognise and celebrate women achievers and excellence on the continent and in its diaspora.

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IMF Staff Concludes Visit to The Gambia

  • The mission assessed the impact of exogenous shocks that have hit the Gambian economy recently and initiated discussions on providing IMF support through a Rapid Credit Facility (RCF)
  • Economic growth in 2016 is now estimated to have reached only 2.2 percent, down from 4.3 percent in 2015, due to limited availability of foreign exchange, weak agricultural output and the effect of the political impasse on tourism during high season
  • Addressing the effects of the shocks and restoring economic stability will require concerted policy efforts as well as support from the international community

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission, led by Mr. Ulrich Jacoby, visited Banjul from March 30 to April 12, 2017. The mission assessed the impact of exogenous shocks that have hit the Gambian economy recently and initiated discussions on providing IMF support through a Rapid Credit Facility (RCF). [1]The mission also discussed with the Gambian authorities’ plans to support economic policy implementation and the possibility of establishing a Staff Monitored Program (SMP).[2] These discussions will continue in Washington next week.

At the end of the mission, Mr. Jacoby issued the following statement:

“With the transition to a new, democratically-elected government, The Gambia is at a historical turning point. Significant economic challenges lie ahead. Economic growth in 2016 is now estimated to have reached only 2.2 percent, down from 4.3 percent in 2015, due to limited availability of foreign exchange, weak agricultural output and the effect of the political impasse on tourism during high season. Headline annual inflation stands at 8.8 percent in February 2017, driven by higher food prices and the recent depreciation of the dalasi which increases the domestic price of imported goods. The situation is compounded by economic mismanagement and massive embezzlement of funds during the previous regime.

“Addressing the effects of these shocks and restoring economic stability will require concerted policy efforts as well as support from the international community. The key priority is to bring public spending in line with available resources, thereby drastically reducing domestic borrowing and interest cost. Efforts need to include reforms of public enterprises, including the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) and the National Telecom and Mobile Operators (GAMTEL/GAMCEL) to place them on a sound financial footing and limit their drain on the state budget.

“The international community has been quick to reengage with The Gambia, and development partners have indicated that substantial financial support may be forthcoming. Such financial support will assist The Gambia in its reforms, but will need to be accompanied by significant domestic efforts to ensure a return to economic growth and stability.

“The mission met with President Adama Barrow, Minister of Finance Amadou Sanneh, Central Bank Governor Amadou Colley, other government officials, development partners, and representatives of the private sector and civil society.

“The mission thanks the authorities for their openness, excellent cooperation and cordial hospitality, and looks forward to close cooperation in the period ahead.”

[1] The RCF ( ) is a lending arrangement that provides rapid financial support in a single, up-front payout for low-income countries facing urgent financing needs.

[2] An SMP is an informal agreement between country authorities and Fund staff, whereby the latter agree to monitor the implementation of the authorities’ economic program. SMPs do not entail financial assistance or endorsement by the IMF Executive Board.

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Africa in pictures : Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone, officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea to the north-east, Liberia to the south-east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south-west. Sierra Leone has a tropical climate, with a diverse environment ranging from savannah to rainforests. Sierra Leone has a total area of 71,740 km2 (27,699 sq mi) and a population of 7,075,641 (based on 2015 national census).

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Daily life in Freetown, Sierra Leone by UNMEERPhoto by UNMEER

Sierra Leone is officially comprises of four geographical regions: the Northern Province, Eastern Province, Southern Province and the Western Area, which are subdivided into fourteen districts.
Freetown (population 1,050,301), located in the Western Area, is the capital, largest city and its economic and political centre. Bo (population 306,000), is the second largest city, and is located in the Southern Province, about 160 miles from Freetown. Kenema (population 200,354), located in the Eastern Province, is the third largest city and is about 190 miles from Freetown. Koidu Town (population 128,074), located in the Eastern Province, is the fourth largest city, and is about 275 miles from Freetown. Makeni (population 126,058), located in the Northern Province, is the fifth largest of Sierra Leone”s five major cities, and is about 85 miles from Frertown.




Sierra Leone is a constitutional republic with a directly elected president and a unicameral legislature. Sierra Leone became an independent Nation on 27 April 1961 from Britain, led by Sir Milton Margai, who was elected by landslide as the first prime minister of the new nation under parliamentary government.

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The current constitution of Sierra Leone was adopted in 1991 during the presidency of Joseph Saidu Momoh, though it has been amended several times. Since independent to present, Sierra Leone politics has been dominated by two major political parties; the Sierra Leone People’s party (SLPP) and the All People’s congress (APC). The current president of SIerra Leone is Ernest Bai Koroma, a member of the APC party, who was elected in 2007 and won reelection for his final term as president in 2012.

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From 1991 to 2002, the Sierra Leone civil war was fought and devastated the country. This proxy war left more than 50,000 people dead, much of the country’s infrastructure destroyed, and over two million people displaced as refugees in neighbouring countries. In January 2002, then Sierra Leone’s president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, fulfilled his campaign promise by ending the civil war, with help by the British Government, ECOWAS and the United Nations.
More recently, the 2014 Ebola outbreak overburdened the weak healthcare infrastructure, leading to more deaths from medical neglect than Ebola itself. It created a humanitarian crisis situation and a negative spiral of weaker economic growth. The country has an extremely low life expectancy at 57.8 years.

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About sixteen ethnic groups inhabit Sierra Leone, each with its own language and customs. The two largest and most influential are the Temne and the Mende people. The Temne are predominantly found in the north of the country, while the Mende are predominant in the south-east. Although English is the official language spoken at schools and government administration, the Krio language is the most widely spoken language across Sierra Leone and is spoken by 97% of the country’s population. The Krio language unites all the different ethnic groups in the country, especially in their trade and social interaction with each other.

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Sierra Leone is a predominantly Muslim country, though with an influential Christian minority. Sierra Leone is regarded as one of the most religiously tolerant nations in the world. Muslims and Christians collaborate and interact with each other peacefully. Religious violence is extremely rare in the country. In politics, the overwhelming majority of Sierra Leoneans vote for a candidate without regard to whether the candidate is a Muslim or a Christian.

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Sierra Leone has relied on mining, especially diamonds, for its economic base. It is also among the largest producers of titanium and bauxite, a major producer of gold, and has one of the world’s largest deposits of rutile. Sierra Leone is home to the third-largest natural harbour in the world. Despite exploitation of this natural wealth, 70% of its people live in poverty. Sierra Leone is a member of many international organisations, including the United Nations, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Mano River Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, the African Development Bank, and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

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Africa in pictures : Seychelles

Seychelles, is an archipelago and country in the Indian Ocean. The 115-island country, whose capital is Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometres (932 mi) east of mainland East Africa. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros, Mayotte (region of France), Madagascar, Réunion (region of France) and Mauritius to the south. With a population of roughly 92,000, it has the smallest population of any sovereign African country; however, it does have a larger population than the British overseas territory Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

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Market Street, Victoria by sky#walkerPhoto by sky#walker

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Court of Appeal, Victoria by D-StanleyPhoto by D-Stanley

Seychelles is a member of the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the United Nations. After proclamation of independence from the United Kingdom in 1976, Seychelles has developed from a largely agricultural society to a market-based diversified economy, with agriculture being supplanted by rapidly rising service and public sectors as well as tourism.





Since 1976, per capita output has increased nearly sevenfold. In recent years, the government has encouraged foreign investment in order to upgrade these sectors. Today, Seychelles boasts the highest nominal per capita GDP in Africa, excluding the French regions. It is one of only a handful of countries in Africa with high Human Development Index. Despite the country’s newfound economic prosperity, poverty remains widespread due to very high level of income inequality, one of the highest in the world, and low wealth distribution.

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From the harbour, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles by jmhullotPhoto by jmhullot

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Vendors and produce, Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, Victoria, Seychelles by soseychellesPhoto by soseychelles

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Inner Harbour by D-StanleyPhoto by D-Stanley

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