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 naw@icpublications.com. 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 

Her work in the private, civic and development sectors spans over three decades. She has served as Minister of Environment in Nigeria, and as Special Adviser to former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, a role where she was instrumental in shaping the current Sustainable Development Goals. But since taking up the post of UN Deputy Secretary-General in February, the soft-spoken yet astute mother of six has been the world’s second topmost diplomat and as such, has become one of the most well-known African faces and influencers this year. Amid growing uncertainty in the world today, her authority on global issues including poverty elimination, women’s rights, climate change and governance, is undoubtedly crucial, and will be under scrutiny in her new role.



reGina Jane

reGina Jane Jere is a Zambian-born London-based journalist and founding Editor of the New African Woman magazine the sister-publication of the New African magazine of which she was the Deputy Editor for over a decade. The mother of two juggles a wide-range of editorial and managerial duties, but she has particular passion on women’s health, education, rights and empowerment. She is also a former Zambian correspondent for Agence France Presse, and a former Africa Researcher at Index on Censorship. She writes extensively on a wide range of issues, from politics to women’s rights, media and free speech to beauty and fashion

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