By Lamin Cham
Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang, the minister for Women’s Affairs, overseeing the Vice presidency has made it to the final list of nominees for the second edition of The New African Woman magazine’s awards popularly-received New African Woman Forum (NAW Forum) to be held in Dakar, Senegal, on the 12th and 13 of April.
Mrs Tambajang who is locally and internationally credited as Gambia’s doyen of democratic change, is among several high profile names on the continent such as the new UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, Somalia’s first female presidential candidate Fadumo Dayib, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the South African Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya and her fellow countrywoman, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, in the list.
The nominees for the much-anticipated New African Woman Awards 2017 were been announced following weeks of public nominations from across the continent and its Diaspora.
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.
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.