The 10th African Achievers Awards Honourees were announced on Saturday, 5th of December 2020 via an exclusive broadcast. Under the theme, “Harnessing Technology for Africa’s advancement ”.
The African Achievers Awards has consistently honoured great African Achievers from African Leaders, Young Achievers, Community Builders to Captains of Industries across the continent.
The Awards ceremony has fast become established as one of the biggest gatherings of influential and global African Achievers on the continent. The AAA ceremony has been rated as one of the most prestigious award Ceremonies on the African continent.
Re-imagined to accommodate the absence of a live audience, this year’s 10th Anniversary was a Virtual event due to the Global pandemic.
The ceremony commenced with an opening remark by the AAA Chairperson Susan Fajana Thomas -(Former Civic Mayor of London Borough of Hackney), other Speakers include; The Vice President of Liberia H.E. Senator Jewel C. Taylor, Rt. Hon. Diane Abbott MP (The First Black Woman to be elected into the British Parliament) H.E. Hon.Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya (He is the current Governor of Kakamega County, Kenya), Rep. Kim Schofield (Member of the Georgia House of Representatives representing the 60th district) ,Ms. Regina Amadi-Njoku founder of other Half (She served as an Assistant Director General, Regional Director for Africa at the International Labour Organization I.L.O) Mrs. Ebi Elezeanyi, Hon. Habsana Jallow (former ECOWAS Parliamentarian) and Dr.Rex Idaminabo, CEO African Achievers Awards.
The majority of this year’s African Achievers Awards winners were announced during a special Online stream of the Awards Presentation.
Life time Achievers Award Aare Afe Babalola CON,OFR,SAN (Founder AFE Babalola University)
Community Impact Jewel Star Fish Foundation
Diaspora Impact African Fashion week London
Organisation of the Year African International Documentary Film Foundation
Excellence in Leadership H.E Hon Wycliffe Oparanya (Governor of Kakamega)
Excellence in Leadership Dr. Patricia N. Lavarley (Deputy Minister Of Finance Sierra-Leone) Excellence in Leadership Ms. Regina Amadi – Njoku (Former Asst.DG ILO)
Excellence in Leadership Dr William Muhairwe (Uganda)
Excellence in tech/Mobility product Creation Timothy Adebayo Nunu (Nigeria)
Social Advocacy Hon.Vera Kamtule (Deputy Minister of Labour Malawi)
Excellence in Business Leadership Mr. Amadou Gigo (CEO GIGO construction)
Social Justice & human rights Farida Nabourema (Tog0)
Excellence in Public office Hajia Salamatu B. Goga Foreign Affairs Minister Republic of Niger.
Corporate Governance Paul Alaje (SPM Professional)
Excellence in Public Office Olivia Mchaju Liwewe Vice Chairperson to the SADC Commissioner, Malawi Electoral Commission.
Excellence in Business Leadership Mr. Mohammed Jah (Gambia)
African Journalist of the Year Philip Ihaza
Excellence in Public Service Mr. Elias Shoniyin (Former Deputy Minister Liberia)
Social impact Category Mr. Madi Jobarteh (Gambia)
Special recognition award Pst. Ferd Amaechi
Special recognition award Prophetess Dawa Kamanga (Malawi)
Special recognition award Jacques Papenfus (Meggesukkel Reconciliation Centre S. Africa)
Corporate Governance Mr. Vincent M. Rague (Kenya) Community Development Mrs. Binta Jammeh Sidibe Executive Director Association of promoting Girls and Women Advancement Gambia.
Special Recognition Ayan De First
Excellence in Banking & Finance Gabriel Eshiague (MD LAPO MICRO)
Corporate Excellence George Spilsbury Williams ( Rokel Commercial Bank)
Excellence in Public office Hon. Halifa Sallah (Gambian Parliament)
AFRICAN ACHIEVERS AWARDS AMBASSADORS
Honoured for their exceptional Service to the Continent and to our Organisation
- Olayinka Koomson
- Prince Akpah
- Bakare Mubarak.
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Quotes from some honourees.
‘Its a rare privilege to be given this opportunity to be part of this occasion which honours the best African Achievers of 2020, those who are game changers in our generation and are making a difference where it matters in our local community. I am humbled to be a part of this occasion.’
H.E SENATOR. JEWEL C. TAYLOR VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA
‘’ I feel touched by the fact that an international organization of African Achievers Award’s credibility can recognize and honor my exemplary performance as a public servant and moreso a Governor of one of the counties that was voted as number one in development in a recent opinion poll by a reputable pollster in Kenya, Infotrack International. Lastly, allow me to thank the organizers of this event for bringing together the biggest gathering of influential and global African achievers on the continent’’.
H.E HON FCPA WYCLIFFE AMBETSA OPARANYA, EGH, CGJ, CHAIRMAN, COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS,
GOVERNOR, KAKAMEGA COUNTY, Kenya.
‘’ I thank the Chairperson and the Board of Trustees of the African Achievers Award for finding me worthy of this monumental honor, and for the privilege to join the other eminent past recipients of this prestigious Award. My passion and vision is that Africa should become an innovation powerhouse that harnesses the full value of digital technologies to achieve world-class education delivery, and digital agricultural revolution. Today’s award is a welcome motivation for me to do more, and this I shall do. I very much look forward to working with all of you as we continue our efforts to harness and maximize digital technologies for the development of our continent’’.
AARE AFE BABALOLA, OFR, CON, SAN, LL.D (LOND.), FNAILS, FNSE FCI.ARB, FOUNDER AND CHANCELLOR, AFE BABALOLA UNIVERSITY, NIGERIA.
‘Africa must invest in building technical capacity of its work force to be relevant for the future’.
HON.VERA KAMTULE DEPUTY MINISTER OF LABOUR.
‘This Award is appropriate because it comes at a time when many African countries are increasingly focused on strengthening institutions and improving governance to better manage our economies, attract investment and improve the lives of their citizens. For this, I am incredibly grateful to the African Achievers Award organization for shining a bright light on this important subject.’
VINCENT RAGUE IS THE CHAIRMAN OF FSD AFRICA,CO-FOUNDER OF CATALYST PRINCIPAL PARTNERS.
‘I am extremely humbled and overwhelmed that for some reason God has decided to surprise me by becoming one of the participants of the 10th African Achievers Award. This has brightened up the end of 2020 for me in a special way and I am grateful to the distinguished Africa Achievers Award Committee Members’
OLIVIA MCHAJU LIWEWE.
VICE CHAIRPERSON: SADC MEDIATION REFERENCE GROUP(MRG)
COMMISSIONER : MALAWI ELECTORAL COMMISSION (MEC).