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04/03/2016 00:00:00
by Showbiz Reporter
Caine Prize winner ... NoViolet Bulawayo

FOUR Zimbabwean Women have been nominated for the inaugural New African Woman Forum and Awards to be held in London on the 10th of March.

Sipho S Moyo, Ellah Wakatama-Allfrey, Elizabeth Nyamayaro and NoViolet Bulawayo have been nominated in the Finance and Banking, Arts and Culture ,Civil Society and Rising Star categories of the prestigious awards to be held under the theme "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality".

Dr. Sipho Moyo is the Director of the Cabinet and Chief of Staff in the Office of the President (African Development Bank). She holds a Masters in Development Economics (1989) and a PhD in Financial Economics (1994), both from Howard University, Washington DC, USA. She has over 22 years of experience in international development.

Ellah Wakatama-Allfrey is an accomplished Zimbabwe-born editor and literary critic. She is a former Deputy Editor of Granta and former Senior Editor at Jonathan Cape, Random House.

Elizabeth Nyamayaro is Senior Advisor to Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She has been at the forefront of Africa's development agenda for more than a decade, helping to improve the lives of under-served populations. 

Top editor ... Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

NoViolet Bulawayo is a Zimbabwean author and a former Stanford University fellow. She one of the only two Zimbabweans to have won the prestigious Caine Prize of Literature and her novel We Need New Names was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

The four, who have been shortlisted for the awards after being voted by New African Woman magazine's readers, will be part of over 60 remarkable women to be honoured for making significant contributions in their respective fields.
Announcing the nominees Thursday, the chairperson the NAWF adjudication panel Leila Ben Hassen, they are happy to introduce the awards which recognise African women.

“The New African Woman Forum brings together over 150 leaders from business, academia and civil society, as well as key decision makers from the public and private sector,” she said.

“It will also offer a unique platform to meet, network and share the success stories, experiences and challenges of the African Women who are changing the game on the continent”.


“My co-judges and I look forward to discovering more about these incredible women of Africa and selecting this year's winners,” she said. 

At least 150 decision making woman are going to attend this first edition of New African Woman Forum and Awards where they will discuss and examine key issues pertaining to the status of women across the continent.

The Forum is also going to come up with a comprehensive plan of action to present as a contribution towards the African Union's Agenda 2063 vision. 

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