African Diaspora Award 2012

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It was indeed “Too Big to Miss”. African Diaspora Award 2012 ceremony was filled with meaningful messages, love sharing and laughs to celebrate African men and women excelling outside their respective country and the African continent. Fashion, entertainment, scholars, entrepreneurship, no one was forgotten.

The Applause Africa initiative took place last saturday December 8th at the School of visual Art on 23 street, Chelsea, NYC. It was very nice to see all these distinguished men and women answering the call. The guests came alone, in groups or as couples but it did not matter since the mingling made us all part of the same big group of people. Many of the awarded guests expressed the uniqueness of the event and shared that the award they had just received, was in fact their first. They seemed very much validated by their own. It was an uplifting experience one could feel all around the SVA room.

The  honorees included Farai Simoyi as the designer of the year, Dr. Mahmood Mamdani for the scholar of the year, Flaviana Matata as the Face of Africa, Les Nubians as the musicians of the year, the Whitaker group as the company of the year, Angelique Kidjo for lifetime achievement, Liya Kebede for humanitarian of the year award and many others.

The hosts drove my abs crazy, I mean they were hilarious. Ebbe Bassey  from Nigeria and Sduduzo Kambili from South Africa should be hosting every African and non-African event. Wow! Great Times!

The wonderful Host

The wonderful Hosts

Opening performans by Les Nubians

Opening performance by Les Nubians

Honoree Gbenga Akinnagbe- Actor of the year

Honoree Gbenga Akinnagbe- Actor of the year

Honoree Tony Okungbowa receing his award by Robert Brunner

Honoree Tony Okungbowa receiving his award by Robert Brunner

Honoree Tony Okungbowa- Creative artist of the year award

Honoree Tony Okungbowa- Creative artist of the year award

Honoree Eddie Bergman- Advocate of the year awad

Honoree Eddie Bergman- Advocate of the year

Solo Nnanna presenting honoree Krista Krieger for the friend of Africa Award

Solo Nnanna presenting honoree Krista Krieger for the friend of Africa Award

Aminat Ayinde presenting Farai Simoyi

Aminat Ayinde presenting Farai Simoyi

Honoree Farai Simoye- Designer of the year

Honoree Farai Simoye- Designer of the year

Mora McLean presenting Angelique Kidjo

Mora McLean presenting Angelique Kidjo

Honoree Angelique Kidjo- Lifetime Achievement Award

Honoree Angelique Kidjo- Lifetime Achievement Award

Bez performs

Bez performs

Honoree Dr. Mahmoud Mamdani- Scholar of the year

Honoree Dr. Mahmoud Mamdani- Scholar of the year

Honoree Flaviana Matata- Face of Africa

Honoree Flaviana Matata- Face of Africa

Flaviana Matata delivering her speech

Flaviana Matata delivering her speech

Honoree Les Nubians- Musicians of the year

Honoree Les Nubians- Musicians of the year

Honoree Lola Ogunnaike- Person of the year

Honoree Lola Ogunnaike- Person of the year

The team

The Applause Africa team

Below are picture of crowd who came out beautifully dressed to support, enjoy, applause and laugh. They certainly add a great deal to the overwhelming success of this event.

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Bobbi Digi of Island Voice Inc

Bobbi Digi of Island Voice Inc

Solo Nnanna of Royalty Lifestyle

Solo Nnanna of Royalty Lifestyle

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Les Nubians and Moi

Les Nubians and Moi

Robert Brunner of Arik Air

Robert Brunner of Arik Air

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Kaissa and Moi

Kaissa and Moi

Nana Poku of 54Kingdoms

Nana Poku of 54Kingdoms

All Flo -shoe designer

All Flo -shoe designer

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Aren’t we looking sharp???……….lol that’s right!

The pictures stop there but the fun continued all night. The after party at Stitch Bar gathered many more people and the night got even hotter…. We ate, we cheered and danced on sounds of world music.

Can’t wait for the African Diaspora Award 2012. Bravo Applause Africa!

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