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BADGOOD TRENDING
Of the 219 Chibok girls taken by the
Islamist extremist terrorist group Boko
Haram two years ago, one was...
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  1. 1. BADGOOD TRENDING Of the 219 Chibok girls taken by the Islamist extremist terrorist group Boko Haram two years ago, one was found alive and well by patrolling Nigerian troops in Sambisa Forest. Amina Ali Nkeki (19) was rescued with her four- month-old baby after it is believed she had been in the company of a suspected member of Boko Haram. [Source: BBC] Chibok girl found Scottish golf course Muirfield has lost its status as a British Open venue after a vote to no longer accept female members was taken. [Source: Times Live] Muirfield loses status Amnesty International has given its 2016 Ambassador of Conscience award to Grammy-winning artist, Angélique Kidjo, along with Y’en a Marre from Senegal, Le Balai Citoyen from Burkina Faso and Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) from the DRC who have shown “exceptional courage” in the fight against inhumanity. [Source: The Guardian] Angélique Kidjo wins The World Economic Forum on Africa which took place in May for the first time in Kigali, Rwanda, has acknowledged five female innovators in its Africa Top Women Innovators Challenge 2016. Winners include Audrey Cheng, Moringa School Coding Academy, Kenya; Larissa Uwase, CARL GROUP, Rwanda; Nneile Nkholise, iMED Tech Group, South Africa; Lilian Makoi Rabi, bimaAFYA, Tanzania and Natalie Bitature, Musana Carts, Uganda. A woman in an African country is more likely to have an abortion than a woman in any other country in the world, according to the Guttmacher Institute. In Africa, between 1990 and 1994, abortions were at 4.6 million each year but that this almost doubled to 8.3 million in the 2010-2014 period. [Source: IOL] African women and abortions WEF LAUDS FEMALE INNOVATORS The design overhaul of the United States of America’s $5, $10 and $20 bills is receiving a lot of global attention, most notably with humanitarian and slave abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, replacing the face of Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 note. The country’s seventh president owned dozens of slaves while Tubman, by contrast, is said to have embarked on 13 missions to rescue enslaved family and friends and helped them find work once they had been freed. Other changes to the design of the Land of the Free’s currency include depictions of antislavery campaigner, Susan B. Anthony, along with women’s rights activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott on the back of the $10 note. Suffrages Alice Paul and Sojourner Truth will also feature. On the back of the $5 note, contraltos Marian Anderson will appear alongside Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1939, a refusal by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to allow Anderson to perform at Constitution Hall saw Roosevelt, who was the then-first lady, resign from the DAR. With the help of Roosevelt, Anderson eventually sang at a Lincoln Memorial concert that attracted a crowd of 75,000 people. Roosevelt and Anderson will be joined on the $5 bill by revolutionist Dr Martin Luther King Jr. [Source: The New York Times] OPPENHEIMER DIAMOND Mint-Fresh: Women On Dollar Bills A 14.62 carat diamond ring sold for a record price of $57.54 million at a Christie’s auction in mid-May. The ring, named the Oppen- heimer Blue, is an exceptionally rare fancy vivid blue diamond that was once owned by mining magnate Philip Oppenheimer. It is the most expensive polished stone ever sold at an auction and was snapped up by an anonymous buyer in 20 minutes. [Source: The Citizen] 8 | FORBESWOMANAFRICA JUNE / JULY 2016 For more on our coverage of WEF on Africa, turn to page12. NEW WOMEN’S MEDIA NETWORK The Graça Machel Trust recently announced the launch of Women in Media Network (WIMN), an initiative that will see the collaboration of women journalists deliver unified messaging on issues affecting Africa’s women and children. “We need to give more space in media for women to tell their own stories in their own way and to include the views expressed by the children of Africa... There is a fundamental need to grow generations of children and young people who can affirm and assert a brighter and more positive future for themselves,” says Graça Machel, also a prominent educationist.

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