New African Woman - review

African Update – 28/11/10

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Simphiwe Dana, the goddess of African Cool

She exudes authenticity and her music is affectionately described as one of the purest sounds on the African soil. Born in poverty in a rural area of South Africa, the award winning singer is a triumph worth celebrating and proof that where you come from does not determine where you are going or whom you choose to become. Her love for Xhosa heritage which permeates her music is not only enviable but also represents values which Africa’s music-hyped young generations should be encouraged to emulate. Talking about her music Dana declares: “my music has travelled the world but it starts here in Africa. I call my music soul music, from and African perspective”


A special Black History month: Proud  ambassadors of their homeland

To commemorate the October Black History Month (UK) in a very unique way, the New African Woman brought together some of UK’s famous African Women for a symbolic photo shoot to celebrate not only their African roots but also share their inspiring roads to success in their wide ranging professions.

Among the successful names and successful stories: Dame Betty  Asafu-Adjaye ( Ghana-founder of the UK Mission Dine Club-offering hot meals, activities, outings and companionship to elderly); Ellen Thomas (Sierra Leone-actress and patron of the Way out Arts Foundation-a charity based organization in Sierra Leone intended to work and provide relief to war affected children); Joy Carter (Nigeria-actress and militant of non racisms); Sarah Guesten Marr (Liberia- motivational speaker and cultural artist); Belinda Ruth Owusu (Ghana-actress), Pauline Long (Kenya-philanthropist and entrepreneur); Jumoke Fashola (Nigeria-broadcaster, journalist and jazz singer); Nana Asante (Ghana-singer); Randa Shelby (Eritrea- philanthropist and reigning Miss East Africa); Ashley Avorgah (Ghana-international make-up artist and founder of  Ashley de la Mode).

A model cause:

Congolese Model Noella Coursaris Musunka is trailblazing her home country DR Congo helping to building schools and providing relief for children and women.

Born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, she left the country at the age of five, after the father’s death to live and study in Europe. When she first returned to DR Congo, at the age of 19 she experienced the challenges facing Congolese Women and children in Congo. Vowing to make a difference, Noella founded George Malaika Foundation in order to help the vulnerable in her country. She has also addressed UNICEF and the Congolese Parliament and trying to bring worldwide awareness on the current situation of women and children in DR Congo.


Women supporting women; and it works!

The African women’s development fund was founded 10 years ago by Bisi Adeleye Fayemi of Nigeria, Joanna Foster of Ghana and Hilda Tadria, Uganda. The AWDF is the first African women grant-making fund founded, run and advised by African women themselves. It serves as a strategic philanthropic resource that supports human rights and development initiatives aimed at promoting women’s equality, by mobilizing financial resources to support local, national and regional initiatives led by women. Since its foundation in 2001, the AWDF has provided $4.7 million in grants in over 800 African Women organizations in 42 countries of the continent. And the story goes on!

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

She is perhaps the most loved and respected African music super star. UN goodwill ambassador for Africa and women’s right champion, Yvonne has become much more than a music symbol due to her latest documentary “ The motherland Tour: A journey of African women”. The movie highlights the plight and progress of ordinary African women all over the continent and it is the moving account of her journeys and encounters throughout Africa.

The film promotes health and human rights for Africa and it emphasizes the challenges and critical need for support.


Nollywood greats

Stella Damasus: beyond beauty

“We can make movies that portray us as strong, confident, independent, hardworking and resourceful women”

Stella Damasus is one of Nollywood’s biggest and most popular female actresses. She believes women must rise up and correct the sexual objectification of women which is widely promoted in Nigerian movie industry. Apart being a successful movie star, Stella is the CEO of the Gig Factor Entertainment Consultants, an events consulting firm which specializes in sound re-enforcement, stage designs, lighting and multi-media productions. She is also the founder of the Stella Damasus Archives a production company intended to influence the Nigerian film and television industry.

As a mother, movie star and business woman, Stella is another example of  a successful story.

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Book of the month

Xoliswa Ndoyiya: Ukutya Kwasekhaya

Xoliswa Ndoyiya: Ukutya KwasekhayaTastes from Nelson Mandela’s kitchen

A collection of recipes by Nelson Mandela's personal chef, this book contains the food served to visiting heads of state, celebrities, politicians for more than 20 years. Featuring some of the favourite former South African president's favourite meals including samp and beans, farm chicken, tripe, this book also features paella, peri-peri chicken, prawn curry, and myriad of other delights. With simple, delicious and nourishing recipes, it will interest those who wish to prepare meals that are both elegant and healthy.More

New arrivals

New titles in our library 12/2016

Our library has aquired a number of new and interesting books. Here is the list of the latest titles.

  • Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith
  • Fashion Cities Africa by Hannah Azieb Pool
  • Frantz Fanon: Toward a Revolutionary Humanismby Christopher Lee
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Robinson, James A., Acemoglu, Daron
  • Shakespeare in Swahililand: Adventures With the Ever-Living Poet by Edward Wilson-Lee
  • A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present by Richard J. Reid
  • Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture by Sarah Van Beurden
  • Children in Slavery through the Ages by by Gwyn CampbellSuzanne MiersJoseph C. Miller
  • Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Disease Control by Tamara Giles-Vernick
  • Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos by Gary  Stewart
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 1: Africa, the Indian Ocean World, and the Medieval North Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 2: The Modern Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Cahier d'un Retour Au Pays Natal by Aimé Cesaire
  • Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange and Competition in South Africa, 1820-1948 by Karen Elizabeth  Flint
  • Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Policies by Antoni Verger
  • Black Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry by Matthew M. Heaton

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