9 Kenyan women on track to bag coveted awards in the New African Women Awards

AWA was founded last year to celebrate and honor exemplary African women, who are promoting peace in conflict-inflicted areas and contributing to the increased resources and productivity in their nations.

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Gina Din-Kariuki, founder of Gina Din Group has been nominated  alongside CNN anchor Zain Ejiofor Asher of Nigeria, blogger and activist Amira Yahyaoui of Tunisia and Guinea’s Eloine Barry who is the CEO of African Media Agency in the media category for this year's New African Woman Awards.

“My nomination is testament to the high regard for Kenya’s communication industry,” Kariuki said.

Nine other Kenyan women have also been nominated in different categories and stand to win awards in this year’s New African Woman Awards.

They include; Keroche Breweries CEO Tabitha Karanja, CEO of Kenya Women Holding Jennifer Riria, Stella Kilonzo of African Development Bank and Founder of The Web Tekies,  Anne Wanjuhi Njoroge.

Reigning 5,000m Olympic champion Vivian Cheruiyot and Oscar award winning actress Lupita Nyon’go have also been nominated in the sports and media category respectively.

Others nominated are former athlete and peace ambassador Tegla Loroupe and activist Vivian Onano.

The 2016 New African Woman of the Year award went to Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, who is the Special Envoy on Gender at the African Development Bank.  She has contributed extensively to gender equality and woman empowerment in banks and several other institutions.

Kenyan, Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg won the 2016 New African Woman in the Education category. She is the Founder and past Executive Director of Akili Dada, an award-winning leadership incubator with a mission to contribute to nurturing transformative leadership in girls and young women.

African Women Association (AWA) was founded last year by Carol Nyazika and Lisa Chiriseri and seeks to celebrate and honor exemplary African women, who are promoting peace in conflict-inflicted areas and contributing to the increased resources and productivity in their nations.

Business and enterprise, arts, education, politics, science and media are just but a few categories African women are nominated under depending on their contribution.

AWA tends to honor outstanding and established African women. There is no voting system; the team carefully chose honorees from submitted names who are visionary and role models in different sectors.

AWA tends to honour outstanding and established African women. There is no voting system; the team carefully chose honourees from submitted names who are visionary and role models in different sectors.

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