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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.
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.
African women and
WEF LAUDS FEMALE
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]
Mint-Fresh: Women On
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.
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