The New African has just published its 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017. The list co-written and edited by our Editor reGina Jane Jere, is the magazine’s most diverse to-date. It is also the first time the popular listing has achieved a near 50/50 ratio with 42 women out of the 100 making the final cut. For the past two years, the release of this list has coincided with the New African Woman’s own Women of the Year – but due to the sheer increase in the female nomination and entries onto our sister publication, we are celebrating these game-changing women as part of our annual New African Women of the Year too. As this is not an exhaustive list, we are encouraging your additions. Who made a difference, impact in your country, community or even life in any sphere or sector? Email names and a brief reason as to why, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We take this as a public vote and publish the broader list as we clock off 2017, – a year we all agree has been yet another tumultuous one on many levels, pertaining to the rights and wellbeing of women.
Below are profiles of these formidable ground breakers from the continent as well as its Diasapora, and brief details on how they made their mark in 2017.
Amina J. Mohammed – Nigeria
UN Deputy SG – The world’s second highest diplomat