New African Woman Celebrates African Women of the Year 2015, as South African singer Lira dazzles on the cover

Lira on the cover of New African Woman's December/January edition

Lira on the cover of New African Woman’s December/January edition

LONDON, United Kingdom, 1 December 2015,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- While South African music sensation Lira graces the cover of New African Woman’s December/January edition, this issue is also brimming with several incredible women in the magazine’s first ever collation of African Women of the Year – a celebration of game-changing women who have helped to shape the continent in 2015 in different fields.

The list, which is by no means exhaustive and only scratches the surface as it highlights some of Africa’s women of influence, recognises women who are transcending all spheres. The broad list includes public office holders such as the African Union Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Uganda’s comedy genius Anne Kansiime, as well as rising Hollywood actress Nigeria’s Uzo Aduba, and the “iron lady” of African politics, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia who has been selected for winning her country’s battle against Ebola.

Following a recently published study by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), this issue of NAW also highlights the report’s findings, which query where the women in Africa’s boardrooms are.

NAW34_Nigeria 5WaysBy popular demand from our Nigerian readers, the magazine has a 16-page Special Focus, highlighting some of the women who are making groundbreaking moves in their chosen fields in Nigeria. The special report also takes a tour of various African fashion destinations in Lagos and explores what the commercial capital and the rest of the country has to offer to the intrepid traveller.

Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director of LADOL, Osayi Alile Oruene of WIMBIZ, and Chioma Ude of AFRIFF are just some of the influencers recognised in this issue, while red carpet regulars Toke Makinwa, Michelle Dede, Waje and Dakore Akande are celebrated for their style.

In a candid interview with editor reGina Jane Jere, the celebrated songstress and favourite South African cover girl, Lira, opens about her plans for 2016. These include the release of a new album; a no-holds-barred documentary entitled Dream Chaser which explores her ‘behind the scenes’ life; her new role as a judge on the South African version of the hit TV talent show The Voice; and she also gives us a glimpse into her lesser-known private life, where she speaks about her husband and her other passions.

“We are living in a world that we as Africans did not create, unfortunately. But this is modern life and education isLira Xmas our only bridge to getting back [to where we should be]. I invest heavily in education because I really feel that this is a long-term solution to a lot of our problems as Africans,” Lira reveals.

It is that joyous time of seasonal festivities and this issue is teeming with Christmas and New Year gifts, as well as expert advice on the do’s and don’ts of health and wellbeing in 2016.

Read the new issue here.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of New African Woman.
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About New African Woman

The award-winning bi-monthly magazine New African Woman is the only women’s publication covering the entire African continent and its Diaspora. Founded in 2009 with reGina Jane Jere at the helm, NAW Provides in-depth coverage on a diverse range of issues that truly speak to and resonate with the modern African woman worldwide.

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