African Leadership and Excellence Awards 2012

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In a glamorous event organized by the African Voice Newspaper, Africans in Ireland were celebrated for their achievements and contributions to the Irish society on the 27th of October 2012 at the inaugural ceremony of the African Leadership and Excellence Awards 2012 hosted at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin. The awards night which recorded a high turn-out of dignitaries and attendees from the African and Irish communities in Ireland, various non-governmental organizations as well as representatives from corporate organizations who were at the event to promote their products and services.

The South African Ambassador Mr. Azwindini Jeremiah Ndou was among the dignitaries and guests speakers in attendance at the Award Ceremony who captivated the crowd with their heart moving speech. The Lord Mayor of Dublin representative Cllr. Paddy McCartan; Mr. Georges Omokhagbor O.Alabi Minister/Political/Economics Affairs of the Nigerian Embassy; Killian Forde the Chief Executive of the Integration Centre; David Byrne, the Chief Executive (Manager High Growth Markets) Enterprise Ireland as well as Tendai Madondo, programme development officer with Christian Aid Ireland all made the night a remarkable success.

The African Leadership and Excellence Award which is a first initiative to fill a big gap identified in the community by the African Voice Newspaper was set up to reward outstanding performance in every work of life among immigrants of African descent living in Ireland. At the core of its mission is Reimaging Africa by promoting a positive image of Africa and Africans, challenging stereotypes and identifying potential mentors for first and second generation migrants in Ireland.

There were 12 categories of awards and categories that had a high representation were presented with two winners. For Community Development we had Marie Claire Kah and Patrick Maphoso; Art and Culture Joe Odiboh and Jean Ryan Hakizamina, Media, legal or Fashion Okeremute O. Okeregha; Sports Patrick Akpoveta and Cedric Mahango, Entrepreneur and Business Maud Mc Guckin; Entertainment Debsandy; Educational Excellence Dr. Stephen Onakuse; Future Leaders Ifrah Ahmed and Billy Banda, Social Responsibility/ Charities Mr Z├ęphyrin Ngaliema Mukoko; Public Sector Mark Moses Manty and for Life Time Achievement Rosemary Namuli Karuga. The night ended on a high note with all the supporters and contributors to the African Voice Newspaper being presented with a certificate of recognition.

(This post is courtesy of The African Voice newspaper)

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Professor Thomas M. Cooney (B.Comm, MBA, PhD, MMII, MCIM, FIMCA)

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