New African is an English-language monthly news magazine based in London.[2] Published since 1966, it is read by many people across the African continent and the African diaspora. It claims to be the oldest pan-African monthly in English, as well as "the bestselling pan-African magazine". It is published by IC Publications, which also publishes African Banker, New African Woman and African Business (ISSN 0141-3929).[3]

New African
EditorAnver Versi
CategoriesNews magazine
Circulation40,218 / month (2012) [1]
PublisherIC Publications
Founded1966; 57 years ago (1966)
CompanyIC Publications
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon


The magazine was founded in 1966 under the name African Development. In 1977 it was renamed New African Development, a name that it retained until the following year. In 1978 it was rebranded New African.[4]

Event productionEdit

COMESA Investment ForumEdit

IC Publishing and specifically New African magazine served as the host and promoter of a number of trade and investment fairs and/or conferences on behalf of COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa). In particular, the COMESA Investment Forum meetings held in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have involved a high amount of pro-Chinese programming and media content.[citation needed] Of note, the financial "arm" of COMESA that manages COMESA's trade agreements and investment portfolios is the Preferential Trade Area Bank (PTA Bank), of which the sole non-African member and largest non-regional shareholding state is China.[citation needed]

AFRICASEA Business ForumEdit

IC Publishing is also the organizer and promoter of the Africa and Southeast Asia Business Forum, an annual business conference focused on Sino-African trade relationships. Of note, the primary financial supporter and endorser of the AFRICASEA Forum is BRICS.

Other languagesEdit

In 2007 IC Publications launched a French-language edition of the New African entitled Le Magazine De l'Afrique ("The Magazine of Africa"), which features content relating to Francophone Africa.[5]

List of editorsEdit

  • 1970 March–July: Editor director - Richard Hall, Editor - Alan Rake
  • 1970 August: Editor - Alan Rake
  • 1977 January: Managing editor - Alan Rake, Editor - Sam Uba, Publisher - Afif Ben Yedder
  • 1978 January–April: Executive director - David Coetzee, Managing editor - Alan Rake
  • 1978 May: Editor-in-chief - Peter Enahoro
  • 1980 January–October: Editor-publisher - Peter Enahoro
  • 1980 November: Editor-in-chief - M. Mlamali Adam
  • 1981 February: Acting editor-in-chief - Alan Rake, Deputy Editor - Baffour Ankomah
  • 1995 January: Editor-in-chief - Alan Rake, Deputy editor - Baffour Ankomah
  • 1999 July/August: Editor - Baffour Ankomah
  • 2018 July/August: Editor - Anver Versi


  1. ^ IC Publications 2012 ABC audit shows a rise of 6.4% (
  2. ^ Tokunbo Ojo (2016). "Framing of the Sino–Africa relationship in diasporic/pan-African news magazines". Chinese Journal of Communication. 9 (1): 38–55. doi:10.1080/17544750.2015.1049628. S2CID 142831334.
  3. ^ "New African". New African Magazine. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  4. ^ "History of the Group", IC Publications.
  5. ^ "New African, Le Magazine de l'Afrique".

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