The African Union/Diaspora African Forum announces its

4th African Women of Excellence Awards Gala Dinner

to be held in Sandton City-Johannesburg, South Africa on the 29th-30th of September 2018 at the Michelangelo Hotel, Sandton City.


This year's overarching theme is a tribute to one of our first Iconic recipients of the Living Legends Award, ''Mama'' Winnie Madikizela Mandela,  Ruth Perry and the 'Queen of Soul', Aretha Franklin.


The African Women of Excellence Awards this year will convene, an inspirational breakfast meeting and an awards dinner gala. The dinner gala will held on the 29th of September, 2018, 6pm.  And the breakfast meeting will be held on the 30th of September, 2018, 8am. Thereafter, there will be a brief ceremony at the burial ground of ''Mama'' Winnie Madikizela Mandela.


For MORE information on this event, please contact us at

africanwomenofexcellence2018@gmail.com.



AFRICAN WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2018-- DINNER GALA & SISTERS' CHAT IN JOHANNESBURG-SOUTH AFRICA

DIRECTORATE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION

PRESS RELEASE No: 05/ 27th AU SUMMIT

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the African Union Commission and the African Diaspora Forum Kigali, Rwanda, 10 July 2016: The African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Diaspora Forum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 10 July at the margins of the 27th AU Summit at the Kigali Convention Centre.

The objective of the MOU is to strengthen co-operation between the Parties to facilitate mutual cooperation and implementation of the agenda of the African Union (AU) on the Diaspora.

The Parties seek to work together towards the realization of the AU Diaspora declaration with emphasis on women, youth and elders, through concrete initiatives and programs. In so doing, the two parties may make arrangements for the sharing of knowledge and marshalling of resources to realize the stated objectives.

Present during the signing ceremony, was Ms. Jennifer Chiriga, Chief of Staff of the AUC, Mr. Ahmed El-Basheer A. El-Madani the Ag. Director, Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO), AUC and H.E. Ambassador Dr. Erieka Bennett, Founder and Head of Mission of the Accra-based African Diaspora Forum.

Nana Rita Marley, Ms. Xernona Clayton and Her Excellency Joy Ogwu , along with eleven Women of Excellence recipients,  received

African Women of Excellence Awards

 Saturday, September 12, 2015 in New York City, New York.

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In conjunction with this Milestone for Women declaration, The African Women Movements  celebrated the Champions for Women's Human Rights honoring Rwanda President H.E. Paul Kagame and H.E. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Kigala, Rwanda.

​The 4th African Women of Excellence Awards (AWEA), recognition of contributions from African Women towards the development of Africa, welcomed nine new Awardees on Saturday, September 30th in Johannesburg, South Africa. Joining the group of esteemed AWEA Awardees were the following:


TITLE
NAMEOCCUPATIONCOUNTRY
H. E.
Amina Mohammed
Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.
Kenya
Hon. Speaker
Baleka Mbete
Speaker of the National Assembly.
South Africa.
Dr
Clarice Ford-Kulah
College Professor, Writer, Producer and Philanthropist.
Liberia
H. E. (Mrs.)
Jeannette Kagame
First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda and the Chairman and Founder of Imbuto Foundation.
Rwanda.
Ms.
Oshunbumi Fernandez-West
C.E.O (Odunde, Inc).
U.S.A.
Dr
Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun
Chairperson (United Africa Group).
Namibia.
Dr  (Mrs.)
Sally Mbanefo
Honorable Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism—Anambra State.
Nigeria.
H.E. (Mrs.)
Samira Bawumia
Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana, and Founder of the Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects (SEHP).
Ghana.
Dr.
Toni Luck
African Legacy Trust.
South Africa.


The AWEA Dinner, convened by the African Union Commission and the Diaspora African Forum (DAF) was Co-Chaired by Deputy Chairperson of the African Union, H.E. Ambassador Kwesi Quartey and DAF Head of Mission, H.E. Ambassador Erieka Bennett. Opening remarks were presented by previous AWEA Awardee, H.E. Dr. Dlamini Nkosazana Zuma, Minister for National Planning Commission for Planning & Evaluation-South-Africa, while UNDP South African Representative, Mrs. Nardos Bekele-Thomas also provided remarks setting the tone for the following day's special event, SISTERS KEEPERS TALK (SKT).


On Sunday, Mrs. Xernona Clayton, AWEA Living Legend, gave a riveting keynote address at the SKT, energizing the audience including the nine AWEA Awardees amongst an intergenerational Pan African audience of women from all sectors of society.


A panel discussion allowed for experience sharing, networking, and opening the doors for mentoring between committed African women working for economic, social, cultural and political equity for women in Africa and the Diaspora. AWEA's greatest success, in addition to recognizing and encouraging Awardees, is the opportunity to motivate other African women to realize their visions of progress for Africa and to reaffirm their contributions, great and small.

 For further information please contact the AWEA Committee on +233 302 780 923.

Email: africanwomenofexcellence2018@gmail.com