Thandie Newton on why African women will be leading the change the continent desperately needs

She’s one of the top Hollywood actresses of African descent, and now Thandie Newton, 42 is taking her love and passion for the continent to new heights in a chat with New Africa Woman Magazine.

In the August issue of the magazine, the British actress who’s mum is from Zimbabwe shares her views on the role of women in Africa’s development and why it’s become more important than ever to empower women and youths in general. “I think traditionally people wait for permission to be empowered and I think what is changing now is that women are empowering themselves and that is really a key change in the world today. We don’t have to wait for permission.”

The mum of three also expressed frustration about some of the challenges facing the continent, some of which are generally thought to be pulling Africa back from achieving its full potential. ” I strongly believe the time will come when the potency of Africa, its fertility and its resources will bear positive fruit and put Africa as the leader on the global stage. The current situation, where the continent is losing all its resources through fighting, over oil, power or who is going to have the water, pulls Africa back and in my view it is all about Africa taking the power back and I strongly believe African women are going to be a huge part in doing so for Africa’s future.”

Thandie Newton in August edition of New Africa Woman. Photo:  Jackie Dixon for New Africa Woman

Thandie Newton in August edition of New Africa Woman. Photo: Jackie Dixon for New Africa Woman

The interview, accompanied by a photoshoot (shot at Newton’s Malibu home) features the actress in beautiful creations by some of Africa’s finest designers including the increasingly popular Maki OH and Deola Sagoe, some of which were handpicked by The Half Of A Yellow Sun actress said the magazine.

Thandie Newton in August edition of New Africa Woman. Photo:  Jackie Dixon for New

Thandie Newton in August edition of New Africa Woman. Photo: Jackie Dixon for New

See the full interview here.

 

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