AFRIFAMU stands for African Fashion And Music Fest. It has been the dream of the founder to create a platform where both music and fashion will cross path and face each other while celebrating the glamour of African Culture. African culture is depicted in its fashion, music, food, and custom but in AFRIFAMU, we pride ourselves in portraying that culture through its great cultural designs using the popular Ankara and Atogu materials from West, South, North, East and Central Africa. This event in itself is glamorous because it brings artists, celebrities and also the international communities together under the umbrella of cultural promotion and exchange. This event also creates an opportunity for interested parties to become engage and exchange contacts as the industry needs and desires for collaboration demands. We create an arena for this exchange through bridging the gap and bringing together African designers to a place where they can meet other designers in the diaspora. The event is coined cultural diversity and exposure. AFRIFAMU in collaboration with ACAA is proud to salute the selflessness of these African men and women who serve their communities with pride.
Robert Abeku Ansah is a young and vibrant Ghanaian born on the 8th of September, 1987. He is a profound community leader, gender and youth activist, civil servant, and change agent. He is the last of ten children by his parents and had his basic and secondary education at Swedru Holy Quran Islamic School and Apam Secondary School respectively in the Central Region of Ghana.
He pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in African Studies at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana from 2008-2012. He was appointed by the Centre for African and International Studies of the same University as Teaching Assistant until September 2013. In January 2015, he enrolled for a Master of Arts degree program at the Institute for Development and Technology Management in Cape Coast, Ghana, and graduated with honors in Education, Gender and Development.
He volunteered to work at the Agona Asafo Community Library as Administrative Director and doubled as the Youth Representative on the Library Management Board from 2013-2017. Within that same period, he was the Executive Director and Founder of Save the Last Tree (SALT) foundation Ghana. The foundation, in partnership with international collaborators in UK and Germany, supports many educational programs (SDG4), healthcare delivery (SDG3), community services (SDG11), and climate action (SDG13) programs. The foundation has so far supported reading programs to improve primary school pupils in Agona Asafo. The program has also provided extra tuition support for basic school students to improve performance at basic and secondary school levels. In all, over 160 girls have received bicycles from the foundation to access secondary education instead of walking several miles from the villages to communities where there are schools. Five out of the completed number, are currently pursuing various degrees in three different public universities in Ghana.
Over three hundred students in Agona Asafo have been registered under the National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana to access free healthcare delivery. In 2015, the foundation donated an Oxygen Generator to the Agona Asafo Health Centre and is also constructing a maternity facility for the same center. In partnership with the National Forestry Commission, the foundation is collaborating and is planting 5,000 trees in the District as part of the National Greening Project to support our environmental greening project.
From 2015 to 2019, Robert Ansah was elected as the Assembly Member for the Agona Asafo electoral area of the Agona East District Assembly. As Assembly Member, he championed community participation in local governance and mobilized Chiefs, Queen mothers, Elders, and community members for rural development. He was promoted at the District Assembly as the Convener for the Development Planning Sub-Committee where he chaired the committee responsible for initiating developmental projects for the entire district.
In April 2017, Mr. Ansah was appointed by the Government of Ghana as Special Assistant to the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education at the Ministry of Education. In that capacity, he continued to contribute to higher education policy conceptualization and implementation, research, data analysis, public relations, monitoring and evaluation of Government policies and programs, etc.
He was also appointed by the Government in January 2019 as a member of a high-powered Committee on Centralized Application Processing Services (CAPS) – a platform for application and admission into universities in Ghana. The Committee included eminent Ghanaian academics and stakeholders of higher education in Ghana including Vice-Chancellors, Registrars of universities, student leaders, heads of agencies, etc.
The African Centre for Education Development, based in Nigeria, appointed him in 2020 as Director in charge of International Relations and partnerships. He has been part of the Centre’s publication and research materials that investigate and interrogate questions relating to education and its development in Africa.
He is currently a Policy Planning, Projects, Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Officer at the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (C-TVET). The Commission is an agency of the Ministry of Education mandated to regulate, promote and administer technical and vocational education and training for transformation and innovation for sustainable development in Ghana. He is currently part of a team of experts working on a National TVET Report for the Government of Ghana.
He has widely traveled and participated in many international, national, and local conferences across the world.
AFRIFAMUACAA is proud to celebrate his achievements and count him a champion of the community.
Ronnie Ato Paintsil
Ronnie Ato Paintsil (Afrikaba Ronnie) is a media practitioner expect in film production, music, artiste, and event management. He is also a social media influencer who has touched the lives of many Ghanaian youths. He is the Youth Tourism Minister Youth Empowerment Consortium, Ghana. The Deputy Majority Leaders for Agona West Municipal Youth Parliament. Resource Person for MidSouth Black Film Festival, Tennessee.
The Regional Chairman of Film Directors Guild if Ghana (Central Region) Member of the Musicians Union of Ghana, Board member of the Ananse International Film Festival, Production Manager for Eagle Sight Film Production. CEO for Afrikaba Productions ( www.africapush.com)
He has been honored severally for his service in the entertainment industry and his contribution to his community.
Media Personality of the Year 2020 at Online Coastal Radio Awards.
Central Region Media Personality 2919.
Youth Empowerment Awards 2019 citation for contribution to Youth Empowerment.
Youth Empowerment Programs:
The organizer of the Mental Toughness Seminar. An event set to help the youth discover their potentials and empower them to partake in individual and societal development.
Board member for Central Music Awards from 2015 to date.
Women In Filmmaking: Ronnie had a partnership with La Cruz studios(Ghana) and Fulton Film Company in Los Angeles headed by Mr. George Ohan where four female Filmmakers came to Ghana to train 10 young women in film during the year of return.
Rural Girls Education Awareness: with a partnership with friends, occasionally visit rural areas to create awareness on Girl Child Education and provide them with educational materials.
Drug Abuse: Regular orientation is done for young ones to resist drug abuse which is a major problem in African society.
Music Concerts: There have been musical events to help project and discover new musical talent.
Sanitation: There is a regular clean-up exercise in partnership with other organizations to promote good health.
Philanthropy:( Covid-19 ) 5000 nose masks and sanitizers were provided to the street and some rural children to help keep them safe. ( These were supported by George Ohan and friends from the USA)
Film Documentary: A Production Manager to Eagle Sight Production led by Mclord Ice Impraim to do documentaries on Physical Challenge people who are creative and contribute to national development.
Skills and Job Creation: In partnership with Adeline Baidoo who is a renowned Gospel musician, a lecturer fashion entrepreneur trained 20 young girls on bead making and Clothing.
Recruiting over 200 actors for film production in Ghana.
Publicity: Africapush.com has been a major platform that shares Tourism, Art, and Culture to enable the world to see the beauty of Africa.
Tourism and Festivals: Using all platforms to Promote Tourism places and Festivals across Ghana.
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology - Business Administration
Wagner College -IT
New York Film Academy - BFA - Filmmaking
NYU - NYU Tisch | Clive Davis Institute Music
Akeju is the CEO and President of Aflik TV and Prime Music Partners,Music Executive,Content Aggregator for
Amazon Prime Videos ,Tubi, Hulu, Netflix, Apple TV and many more movie distribution platforms.
Aflik TV is one of the largest producers and distributors of Nollywood films and African inspired content. He believes it is important to tell our own stories.
With the various partnerships he has cultivated with major digital platforms over the years he created Living Legend series for Amazon Prime videos.
The Living Legend series is a one on one interview with legends in different industries; a few legends he featured are multi-Grammy award-winning Engineer/Producer Commissioner Gordon with Lauren Hill and Jay-Z and Ras Denroy Morgan, father of Grammy award-winning reggae band Morgan Heritage and singer of the famous “I’ll Do Anything for You”. Africa Eats cooking show, featuring celebrities, Super Models, Movie celebrities, and influencers sharing their favorite dish with our audience; one of his latest Distributing projects is Mmofra an Educative animation for children, there are more projects to come.
Recently he became a board member for NYC Times Square billboards. His focus on the board is to work with Afrobeats, world music artists and African brands to market their projects on NYC Times Square billboards,
Abu Dhabi billboards, Los Angeles billboards, New jersey billboards, Chicago billboards, and many global media
platforms. With the position on the board, he has been instrumental in providing NYC Times Square billboard placement for afrobeats artists such as 2Baba and Wizkid, Sakodie, Diamond platnumz, Bahati, Flavour,
Rayvann, Alikiba , Eddy Kenzo, Kizz Daniel, C4 Pedro, Stefflon Don,Davido and Skales,Yemi Alade and seyi shay, R2bees,Youssou ndour, Stone Bwoy, Mzvee, Simi, Ed-Sheran and Fireboy DML, Reekado banks and
He also placed Ooni of Ife and HE Ambassador Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao on NYC Times Square billboards
Representing African Leaders.
Akeju is also the creator of Inside Nollywood and Faces of Afrobeats.
Outside of the film, Music Executive, and media Industry, Akeju’s other passion is music, he is also an Afrobeats musician.
Prince Joshua Kofi Morrison Budukuma
Best known for his ingenuity and unapologetic stands to use culture as a positive tool to empower the youth and make them believe in their natural potency, Prince Joshua Kofi Morison Budukuma, is gradually gaining traction in the community with such a message. Prince Kofi, being the last born of ten siblings, and growing up in a palace was exposed to some cultural and traditional values that he believes can foster family and community building.
Determined to empower the youth in their development, Kofi mentors and exposes them to the cultures of other countries, especially the African Diaspora. His service to communities has compelled many children to believe in their dreams and strive for more. While Prince Kofi is undeniably into the filmmaking business, he most of all cherish creating and sharing interesting stories and encouraging others to tell theirs.
Originally from Ghana, and currently residing in Los Angeles, Kofi endeavors to use his experience and exposure in the entertainment industry to tell captivating stories, shed light on the plight of less fortunate ones, and injustices in the world. He recently collaborated with United Nations Population Funds, to produce “WUMAN,” a film he wrote and directed which deals with Sex Trafficking and Female Genital Mutilations.
Prince Kofi has founded a royalty community organization known as Mysankofa (Ohen Ne Ohemma (Kings & Queens) to reinforce his message of equality and community building.
At the African Community Achievement Award committee, we are proud to call you a champion for community building.
AGBOR GILBERT EBOT.
Agbor Gilbert Ebot aka AGE is a Cameroonian award-winning film producer. His success as a filmmaker includes Before Sunrise, The Blues Kingdom, The Land of Shadow, Pink Poison, and Far.
He has paved the way for so many Cameroonian filmmakers. Emerging at a time when very little was known about the Cameroonian film industry, Gilbert saw the thicks and the thins but never gave up. Through difficult times, he succeeded in bringing other talents from neighboring Nigeria for talent exchange and to bridge the gap by combining and Co staring many Cameroonian actors on the screen to booster the face of the Cameroonian movie industry at that time.
Gilbert Ebot is the CEO and Founder of the Cameroon International Film Festival - CAMIFF
AFRIFAMUACAA, The African Community Achievement Award Committee is proud to celebrate Agbor Gilbert Ebot for his outstanding contributions towards the growth and empowerment of the Cameroonian film industry. Because of your immense contribution and sacrifice, that industry is what it is today.
Our Innovative Technology Award Recipient this year.
Brooks College: Long Beach, CA information Technology Berklee
College of Music: Boston, MA Diploma in Business
Institute of Project Management Certification in Blockchain Specialist United States Academy of Private Investigations: Los Angeles, CA. Diploma in Private Investigation, and forensic investigation.
Harvard Division of continuing education – Becoming A Leader.
The MBA program with DUCERE Global Business School and the University of East London.
Oduwa coin is using blockchain technology to bring our people together and create generational legacy wealth. Oduwa coin is digital cash. The cryptocurrency for payments, trading, crowdfunding global, is secured and efficient.
Oduwacoin is an open-source cryptocurrency. The first indigenous cryptocurrency was designed to empower people of African descent. It is the most viable alternative cryptocurrency to bitcoin, a medium of exchange wherein individual coin ownership records are stored in a decentralized ledger using cryptography. Oduwacoin runs on its own native blockchain to secure transaction records, control the creation of additional coins, and verify the transfer of coin ownership.
As for innovation from Africa now, the biggest we have in our community from Nigeria is Bright Enabulele the Co-Founder of Oduwacoin the 1st Pan African Cryptocurrency with its own native Blockchain. It has already been adopted by the ADDI(The African Diaspora Development Institute) led by Dr. Arikana and is scheduled to be the currency of Wakanda Cities in Africa and much more.
Doctor of Philosophy and Human Letters from Global Oved Die Seminary and University (GODSU), Miramar, Florida in 2018, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas A & M International University in 2008, an Associate Degree in Science from Dallas County Community College, Dallas, TX in 2005, a Diploma in Information Technology and Networking, Dallas, TX in 2000.
With its headquarters in Dallas Texas, BBF is a nongovernmental organization registered in Cameroon, Nigeria, and Ghana, that advocates for social change & equality for people in the undeveloped & disadvantaged communities in Africa, by supporting and implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-Being, Quality Education, Gender Equality #6 Clean Water and Sanitation, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduce Inequality, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions and Partnerships for the Goals.
BBF’s mission is to empower people and communities on their journey to self-reliance and prosperity. BBF saves lives of people around the globe, relieves suffering, defeats poverty, maintains human dignity and achieves social justice in African communities. BBF is actively and effectively engaged in promoting human and social welfare, with no prejudice on human suffering on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or national divisions.
BBF seeks to see African underserved and underprivileged communities full of hope, restored, empowered, self-sustained, where social justice is practiced, and poverty prevails. An Africa where Human Rights is practiced and Dignity is attributed to all.
BBF seeks a world of hope, tolerance, and social justice where poverty prevails. We carry out health outreach programs, health training, workshops, empowerment, general rehabilitation, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster/ emergency relief management, mental health management for refugees, IDPs, and other vulnerable, fight against hunger campaigns, and clean water projects in African communities.
The organization’s objectives are.
- To strive and achieve lasting improvement in the quality of life of Refugees, Prisoners, Orphans, widows, disabled, and the less privileged in rural communities
-To enable the vulnerable such as children, families, Prisoners, orphans, the Disabled, Refugees, and communities to meet their basic needs.
-To provide economic and social development in less privileged rural communities.
-To rehabilitate and set up empowerment programs/Center for the Refugees, IDPs, Political Prisoners, and other vulnerable.
-To promote and establish educational and vocational programs for IDPs, Refugees, and other vulnerable in the North and Southwest provinces of Cameroon and the Refugees camps in Nigeria and Ghana.
- To provide clean water and sanitation to rural communities to reduce the spread of cholera epidemic and other diseases.
-To organize workshops, conferences, and educational activities for youth and adults to promote leadership development.
-To organize medical outreaches, conferences, and training in the less privileged rural communities
BBF advocates for clean drinking water for all, access to education, and more.
She is the Director of Programs/Owner of Unique center.
Unique Center is a residential Facility (Group Home) that serves HCS Clients.
HCS is a Medicaid waiver program that supplies services and supports to Texans with an intellectual disability (ID) or a related condition so that they can live in the community. HCS services are intended to supplement rather than replace services received from other programs, Who can get HCS. We are proud to celebrate this brave Woman and her team for standing up for social change.
NATHALIE BEASNAEL (CHAD)
Nathalie Beasnael, a mother of two, is based in Los Angeles, CA. She speaks five languages fluently (English, French, Spanish, Twi, and Ngambaye) and is a great communicator. Nathalie uses her extensive background and skills to meet the needs of those in her communities. Originally, from Chad, she has lived in Ghana, Spain, England, and the United States giving her a diverse education and life experiences.
Currently, Nathalie works as a Recovery Nurse at Surgical Institute in Beverly Hills working closely with Dr. Tarek Smiley. She is licensed and certified as follows: Registered Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Licensed Esthetician, AHA First Aid, and BLS/CPR Certification. Los Angeles Fire Department (Hospital Fire and Life Safety Certified), Tracheostomy Certification, and Ventilator Certification. She has clinical experience as a Surgical Nurse at California Surgical Institute and as a Charge Nurse at Grand Valley Healthcare.
Nathalie also has many years of experience in the cosmetics and skincare industry, which inspired her, along with a friend, to found N and M Cosmetics in 2019.
Nathalie is a social entrepreneur, a seasoned humanitarian and philanthropist, and an emerging leader in the medical and entertainment industry. She is the founder of the Health4peace non-profit. A 501c 3 provides specific and basic medical supplies to three hospitals in the rural areas of Senegal, Chad, and South Africa. Nathalie holds a board position as Director of International Affairs with Upward African Woman.
She is also the founder of Beasneal's “We Are Not the Same” A show about our differences. It sheds a light on current issues as well as historical events that shape and impact our lives. “Beasnael” in the host’s native dialect means, “We are not the same”.
Nathalie is a recurring guest host on “IMpact with Pamela Anchang” on NPR’s KPFK Radio 90.7. She is also a Spokeswoman for CoquetteKouture in Inglewood, CA, and has been featured on local television news.
Her previous endeavors include “The Nathalie B Show,” focusing on informative, educational, thought-provoking conversations. Red Carpet Hosting and interviewing (E TV, HAPAWARDS, Nollywood, Ankara Festival, Afrifamu and Afrimma, African Union).
Nathalie has been a featured actor in three films, along with “extra” roles in various television projects, and has provided voiceover work for a documentary.
KING NAT (IVORY COAST)
Meet our next award recipient from Ivory Coast
A.T. King Nat Jr., born in Africa, a descendant of Chief of the AKAN people is a Goodwill Ambassador of African cultures & traditions and a representative of the MORONU KINGDOM of the Ivory Coast in West Africa. As a young child, King Nat acquired a deep knowledge of African cultures and traditions from his grandfather “NANA SUO AMOA KPANGNY TANOH KOTOBRE” whose name means “Biggest and Wisest Man”. He was Chief of the AGBOSSU VILLAGE in the Ivory Coast which has 5000 Inhabitants.
King Nat. Jr. lives by five principles: Innovation, Creativity, Originality, Authenticity, and Traditionalism. His main passion is to work on any historical project. He graduated from New York Film Academy as a Filmmaker/Director and TV Producer. He is also a multi-talented artist and designer who has shown some of his abstract artwork around the world in his unique design creation called BAKA Design which is a unique art form for recycling the environment to save the earth and regenerate the rain forest. His art and design work is available to anyone upon request.
King Nat. Jr. was hired in 2000-2001 as one of the youngest International Consultants. He worked for Disney animation television on “The Legend of Tarzan” and was acknowledged by on screen-credit. At that time KING and his wife Helen realized their love for entertainment and made a permanent move to Hollywood. King Nat. Jr. has traveled extensively around the world defending Humanitarian causes.
A.T. King Nat Jr. create the first multi-cultural radio show programming on KXMX 1190 am radio in Glendale California which was broadcast in 3 languages for the first time in radio broadcasting history in English, French, and Spanish. He has appeared in many TV shows, radio shows, films, and magazines. He has also appeared on “Ali an American Hero” on Fox TV with Will Smith, a voice-over as a “Masai Warrior” plus commercials. King Nat Jr. is a member of SAG/AFTRA/AEA, the Black Journalist Association in Southern California and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. His latest work as a stand for Danny Glover in “Dream Girls” has given him recognition in Hollywood as a humanitarian, Executive Producer, Producer & Host. He’s always ready to attend a Celebrity event and can perform a 10 min libation (“call of the ancestors”) as an opening ceremony for your event at your cost.
King Nat studied business administration first before changing to film and television. King is also the CEO of the non-profit organization www.childrenofthefutureinternational.org, Producer/Host of www.UniversalVoice.tv, CEO of NatsLimo.com, International Group Security Corp, Abusuan Entertainment & Trading, BAKA Design, King African Art & “IFC” Intl Family Center. King Nat Jr. is your connection between Hollywood and Africa.
A.T. King Nat Jr. has been a great contributor to his native country of the Ivory Coast “Cote D’ Ivoire”. He has served in the capacity of the honorary interim consul for the Ivory Coast at the time of the crisis here in Los Angeles; Twice organizing special elections for the Ivory Coast in Los Angeles by donating his personal residence.
King Nat Jr. also served as the cultural Affairs Attaché for the Ivory Coast consulate in Los Angeles. He was appointed as President of the Ivory Coast census for the “STATE of California”. When serving as interim consul for two years; King Nat Jr. expedited all the people’s cultural adaptation needs such as visas etc.
PAMELA AND CHARLES ANCHANG
Pamela Asobo Anchang, Managing Editor, The Immigrant Magazine, TV/Radio Host, IMpact on KPFK 90.7 FM Pamela Asobo Anchang was born in Cameroon, Africa. Founder and Managing Editor of The Immigrant Magazine since 2003, Pamela is an ardent advocate for humane immigration reform and the movement to restore the misplaced dignity of immigrants. She has been profiled by The Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio (NPR), The Africa Channel, and VOA/Voice of America. The Immigrant Magazine is recognized by immigrant organizations, political leaders, immigrant advocates, and influencers as the legitimate inclusive voice for immigrants. Pamela is on a mission to change the negative perception of immigrants through her work by projecting the voices of marginalized immigrants in the USA as well as profiling immigrant achievers and celebrities. Today Pamela is the creator and host of IMpact With Pamela Anchang on KPFK Pacifica Radio. IMpact is not only a radio show it is also a televised show whose mission is to bridge and bring America together through storytelling and meaningful dialog with one another. The televised version is distributed on the Immigrant Magazine’s YouTube channel TIMTV Voice of Immigrants in America Pamela is married to Charles Anchang, Entrepreneur and CEO of The Immigrant Magazine. They have 3 children together. Find out more about Pamela Anchang: https://www.facebook.com/pamela.asoboanchang, https://www.facebook.com/TheImmigrantMagazine/https://twitter.com/theimmigrantmaghttps://www.instagram.com/pamanchang/www.immigrantmagazine.com
Charles Anchang, Co-Publisher, The Immigrant Magazine Inc., VP of ODUWA Blockchain Solutions Charles Anchang is a business development expert with seasoned media and marketing skills. He is Co-Publisher of The Immigrant Magazine Inc. and The Immigrant Magazine Television, Voice of Immigrants on YouTube, and co-founded African Nights Los Angeles, an entertainment hub that served the African diaspora’s entertainment needs for over 20years. These businesses have served immigrant communities in the US, Fortune 5 corporations such as Walt Disney, Fox Studios, Moneygram International, as well as a diverse range of institutions serving the immigrant community including, the LAPD, the LAFD, Pan African Film Festival, Polish Film Festival, Indian Film Festival LA, The City of Los Angeles and a plethora of advocacy groups. Charles is also the co-founder and VP of ODUWA Blockchain Solutions which is the creator of Oduwacoin, the 1st Pan-African Cryptocurrency with its own native Blockchain, serving as a viable alternative to Bitcoin for people of African descent and indigenous people of the world. Charles has great mastery of opportunities provided by Fintech today and is passionate about assisting the common man to integrate the global digital economy through Blockchain. Charles has a vision is to generate at least ten thousand millionaires of African descent and indigenous communities around the world through Oduwacoin mass adoption. He believes the world will be a better place when everyone including people of African descent will have equal rights, human respect, and a fair chance to participate in the global economy. Charles knows that a great intention with good strategy, focus, and a genuine desire to give service to humanity will lead to immense success, but it must be achieved with joy and happiness. Charles is married to Pamela Asobo Anchang, Managing Editor/Co-Publisher of The Immigrant Magazine Inc. They have 3children together.
She is a Humanitarian and Philanthropist who wanted to turn her passion for love, kindness, and compassion into a business venture that would make the world a better place. Jennifer founded the Miss Africa Texas Scholarship Pageant. As the Founder / CEO of the Miss Africa Texas Scholarship Pageant since 2009, She has been providing scholarship money to young ladies and helping them to boost their self confidence by encouraging them to pursue education while believing in themselves and daring into their God’s given purposes. Also encouraging them to become a future proactive woman, who represents the world in different walks of life.
Jennifer Is ;
- An ambassador of the City of Frisco inclusion Committee.
- President of The African Community of Frisco Texas.
- Advisory Board member of the Frisco Education Foundation.
- Coproducer of the “BigUp Show” on CRTV. A unique show to improve the movie industry presentation in Cameroon and provide jobs to many youths in Cameroon.
-She is the author of the book Finding Your Inner Purpose.
Professionally, Ms. Jennifer is a Registered Nurse who has worn many hats over the past 16years of her career.
Jennifer is a true Humanitarian and Philanthropist, she is big on giving back to her community with a keen eye on the growth and empowerment of the African youth through Education, arts, and entertainment
DAVID VANDY (SIERRA LEONE)
From high school, David had started chorographical performances with youths training them in dance and drama. In 1978 David started mainstream theatre with the Sierra Magnamex Theatre and was the lead actor in the stage plays ‘Pikin wae norto me born’ (An adopted child- Joe blo) and “Marry me or I’ll die”. In 1982 David became a founding member of one of Sierra Leone’s top theatre groups known as the Kailondo Theatre and played several major roles in box office plays like “Cry of the Country Virgin”, ‘IF GOD NA BIN MORTAL MAN”, (If God Was Human) “BAD DREAM NA SALONE” “ENDLESS LOVE” and many more. In 1997 David produced his first full-length movie in Sierra Leone called “LOVE AND TRADITION” that was aired on National Television – Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service TV and at the Roxy cinema. In 1990 David entered Broadcast Journalism at the first FM radio station in Sierra Leone; Atlantic Broadcasting Corporation – ABC FM94 and trained by BBC experts Jackie Chambers and Martin Davies – His program was the Atlantic Night Watch. He became the first Sierra Leonean to work after midnight in Sierra Leone till 2am. In 1993 he was invited to work for the National Radio/Television SLBS Radio/TV and started the program Star Parade, leading to the five days a week program called the Wicky Wacky Show. It became one of the biggest Radio shows in Sierra Leone. He then transitioned into Television and started the popular show “Musical Mix” and Cultural Heritage and created the first Television Comedy Sitcom – Dee Vee Production – WAN POT.
After the 1997 coup, he joined the Radio Democracy FM 98.1 in Lungi – his efforts along with others at this station successfully helped to inform the nation and confuse the rebels about the activities going on at that time, till the war was won by the ruling party. On Jan 6, 1999, he was in the radio station 98.1 when the rebels attacked the country again and were the only voice that was heard in Sierra Leone for several weeks on radio as the rebels ravaged the country, with all other radio stations down. His efforts did not go unnoticed, and the United Nations invited him to join the peace-keeping radio that was set up in Sierra Leone starting out as a newsreader, producer and eventually rose to the rank of Programs coordinator of the station. During this time, he also pursued a higher level of education at the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, where he paid for himself out of his pocket for his education. At FBC He was the public relations officer of the dynamic Davidson Nicol Hall and later completed with a Diploma in African Studies, in the year 2002. After the war, he got an appointment as the General Manager of SKY RADIO FM 106.6 a private radio station in Freetown. From there on David traveled to the United States, where he continued to put into practice the skills he had learned.
David Buakei Vandy was invited to the Voice of America in the year 2006 to start a brand-new program called the ‘AFRICAN BEAT” The African Beat Show is currently one of the biggest shows on the international airwaves, interviewing international superstars from the continent of Africa. At the Voice of America, due to his hard work and persistence in promoting multiple cultures, David has been presented with the SUPERIOR ACCOMPLISHMENT AWARD.
In 2009 David founded the Sierra Theatre Productions, the first Sierra Leonean theatre group to perform at the prestigious John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and the Smithsonian Museum for African American Arts and Culture acting and Directing Plays like TRUE FRIENDSHIP, THE LONG-AWAITED RETURN, LOVE CRIMES, AND LET ME DIE ALONE. In 2010 He founded the African Gospel Musical contest which is now the African Gospel Network. A competition that has helped multiple gospel artists gain recognition worldwide with winners such as JOSEPHINE ATANGA (Cameroon) MILLICENT RHODES (Sierra Leone), REBECCA A WRIGHT (Sierra Leone), ALEX GREENE (Liberia), and MILKA KAKETE (Tanzania)
David is a Master of Ceremonies of multiple events and has touched the lives of multiple people around him; he is also a professional Stand-up-comedian and is known to have people laughing in their seats. David is a man who is very devoted to God and has served multiple church ministries. He was a part of the Chantilly Wesleyan choir that produced the album “NEVER GIVE UP” in 2008. David Vandy was Ordained as a full Minister of the Gospel and is now the Asst Pastor at The Glory of God Sanctuary in Woodbridge, VA. He is also the Founder/Director of an Online Christian Radio/Television – VANDY CHRISTIAN NETWORK on YouTube and Facebook – www.vandychristiannetwork.com
- He serves on the board of directors of The Sierra Leone Association of Artists and Musicians.
- A member of the board of Save the Nation Non-Profit Foundation
- A member of the Sierra Leone Progressive Union
- Served as Chairman of the 50th Independence planning committee of the Embassy of Sierra Leone.
- David is the recipient of multiple awards, namely: Save Sierra Leone Foundations Top 100 humanitarian recipient.
- Gems of Sierra Leone recipient award SLMTV humanitarian award for his contribution to the music industry
- Ambassador’s Award – Embassy of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone - - Association of Artists and Musicians Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the Sierra Leone Entertainment Industry.
AFRIFAMUACAA is also proud to celebrate the achievements of this African Community Champion.
The African vocal diva, Micheline Ewang is a born and raised Cameroon songwriter and singer now based in Washington Dc USA. Her music is a subtle blend of African roots, jazz, and gospel, along with the modern feeling of acoustic soul music, which she mostly composes herself.
She had the opportunity to take part in a wider array of cultural activities, immersing herself thoroughly in both Cameroon and Afro-American scenes.
The 2000s saw her working as a singer, storytelling writer, dancer in a popular multicultural group, in Douala, a dance festival producer including collaboration with the French Cultural Center (Douala), Maison Des Jeunes et de la Culture, Balmayo Cameroon.
After moving to the US in 2008, she devoted more time expanding her African music beyond the Cameroonian concepts to which she was accustomed. Survivor of domestic violence, Micheline decided to give more meaning to her music, by traveling to different countries like Guinea Conakry invited by the first lady, Morocco under the patronage of the king, Australia, Paris for the Rotary club, etc., Also In dc, she performed for many festivals Like the Lily Festival, Art soiree, Taste of Africa, Cameroon, etc.
Her encounter with the group Akoma drummers Washington DC will mark the debut of an artistic career by becoming the Lead singer of the band, leading to the ability to record a full album Dissongo. She performed twice at Strathmore for the anniversary of Martin Luther Jr, The freedom fighter.
Micheline is a believer in love, in humans, in dance, and in the future. she sings with sincerity; her lyrics are strongly inspired by everyday life.
STAGE PERFORMANCE –
Taste of Africa June 30thPanafeast Festival Sep 2013
- ACCDF (All Cameroonians Festivals) October 2013
- Martin Luther King celebration January 20th Strathmore
Bethesda MD - World Music at the Best with Armand Ntep Feb 19th Bethesda MD
- Cameroon's Youth Day and African American Youth Black History CELEBRATION Fev 19th Washington Dc
- Château auvers sur oise paris
- King palace in Morocco
-Guinnee konakry for Africa Femme performante hosted by Alpha Condé
-Twice in Congo hosted by olive Kabila
- Cameroon in collaboration with the pygmies and symphony (classic)
- Mali, Congo Brazza, and many other African countries with her project of healing through art under her Micheline Ewang Foundation
September 2021 at the 4th Annual Award African festival PG County
- Album released life's performance with Henri Dikongue and Samy Diko
- March 29th MD Collabo with symphony orchestra the USA. Collaboration with the pygmies of Baka Cameroon.
Dexter Brains was born in Africa Originally from Southern Cameroons - Ambazonia, The CEO and Founder of Brains Concept Studios LLC. From childhood growing up he always wanted to be the light of his community, he digs into people’s imagination to bring to reality which is the reason why he began to open his brains as wide as he could. Dexter speaks speak 5 languages, English, French, Spanish, Batibo, and pidgin. He understands a good amount of Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, and Portuguese
He admires new ideas, Creativity, Originality. Growing up in Southern Cameroons then later moving to French Cameroon thought him so many ways to handle challenges within his sphere. He worked for so many small studios back home and finally had to go for some advanced studies at itchsoffa Plutch Produktion, A German production school that used to exist back then in Yaoundé. his career picked up when he traveled to Dubai in 2012
In Dubai, he was hired as the Media Control manager for MCI Dubai in Al Quoze. Later Promoted to the CTA. He worked for MCI throughout his stay in Dubai and was later sent to further his studies in audiovisual, and that’s where he gained advanced knowledge on the hands-on tools of Cinematics, and production in general.
Moved to the US in 2015 where the peak of my career took its right form and shape. The first personal production ever in the US was in 2016-2017 THE PATRIOTS, and then some hundreds of other productions came on the table. Been around 75% of the different states of the US exclusively for production. Today, he is a Professional Videographer, Director, Editor, VFX artist who does master 90% of the industry standard Mirrorless cameras, etc, and some major CINEMA cameras like RED, Black Magic, ARRI.
He is also a very good Gimble operator and a stunning drone pilot
Programs he operates extremely well are Photoshop, Illustrator, After effects, Premier Pro, Element 3d, Blender, Iclone 7 and above, Unreal Engine, and of course MS
Dexter has continued to support many families in southern Cameroons, especially the IDPs. He is an ardent lover of community advancement and because of that reason, he uses his talent.
Dr. Grace Kicha
Dr. Grace Kicha is a Cameroonian. She was born in Douala and most of her life as a gospel musician and teacher of the Word was birth in Douala.
She is a mother of 5. 4boys and 1 girl. She is a community builder who has touched many lives in Cameroon and abroad. A mother of many spiritual children.
Dr Grace Kicha is pastoring at All Nations Prayer Worship Center Los Angeles with her amazing husband Rev. Dr. Abraham kicha. Her partnership with her husband has yielded lots of community development projects in Cameroon such as:
.Mercy Seat Community Center Belo- kom
. Kumba Sewing Center for women
.Destiny Higher Institute of Theology and Development Studies Douala where she is the Academic Dean
She is also an Online social media Inspirational teacher on various societal issues.
She has Three Gospel albums in the market.
. Nominee of Rhythm of the Gospel Music Award 2016 in four categories for the album "My Witness"
.Nominee and first runner winner of the Maranatha Award of Best Gospel Minister of the year 2021- Almighty God.
At AFRIFAMUACAA, we pride ourselves in celebrating people like her for an amazing work she does for her community.
ATANGCHO TEDDY NDIYOB
The unfairness of death is most poignant when a talented person's life comes to a stop before he receives his just rewards in life. Death's irrevocable intervention in such cases has created the rationale for this posthumous award which at this time is considered a great way to honor the passing of a community servant whose qualities as a person remain unarguably valiant and gallantry.
This wonderful community leader was born to Gabriel and Justina Neh Ndiyob in Bafut, Cameroon. He attended St. Joseph’s Primary school Mambu Bafut and after that, he went to Sacred Heart College, Mankong Bamenda from 1967 to 1972. After graduating from CCAST Bambili he went to Yaounde in 1974.
Atangcho Migrated to Los Angeles, California in 1981 and studied Business Administration at California State University, Dominguez Hills where he earned his MBA.
Atangcho worked as a health care administrator for over 20 years. During his free time, he was often involved in many philanthropic projects. He was an ardent leader in the Cameroonian Community in Los Angeles. He was very involved in the Bafut community and Bafut Culture. Atangcho was a board member of You Can Health Services. He was the pioneer chairman of AFRIFAMUACAA, The African Community Achievement Award.
He contributed so much to the growth of our organization that we see his death as a great loss to the Cameroonian community in Los Angeles and The AFRIFAMUACAA team.
It is with sadness that we celebrate his departure and at the same great joy to have had such a humble personality to lead our team for three years.
We are proud to be honoring him with an HONORARY CHAIRMAN OF COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD.
Mory Kanté was born on March 29, 1950, in the heart of Mandingo country, in a small village in southern Guinea, Albadaria, near Kissidougou. His father, El Hadj Djély Fodé Kanté, was already a very old man and Mory is one of the youngest of her 38 children. The Kanté family is a famous family of griots, poets, singers, historians, and journalists at the same time, true living memories whose role has been since the dawn of time to tell in music the endless epics of families and peoples. Mory's parents are both griots, a hereditary function, and his maternal grandfather was a powerful leader of griots at the head of about sixty of them. The destiny of the child is therefore quite natural to become a "jaly", a Mandinka term for "griot".
Raised first by his Malian mother Fatoumata Kamissoko, Mory goes to French school.
At the age of 7, his family sent him to Bamako, the capital of Mali, to his aunt, Maman Ba Kamissoko, another famous cherry. Until the age of about 15, he is initiated into traditional rituals, singing, and the balafon. He takes part in many family celebrations, in official ceremonies during which he forges a solid experience as a musician and singer.
During the 1960s, the very young Republic of Mali received many musical influences: Zairian rumba, Cuban salsa, Anglo-Saxon pop, and rock. The young Mory was passionate about this new electrified music at a very young age and learned the guitar. With a very rich traditional experience, he turned to certain modernity far removed from his family setting. In 1968, he left school to join the Institute of Arts in Bamako. But in 1969, he ceased his training and played in various orchestras, an equivalent notion of the Western “group”. He forged his first notoriety by making Malians dance all night long in open-air balls, the apollos.
In 1971, Mory was 21 years old. He was spotted by the saxophonist Tidiani Koné who offered him to join his group, the Rail Band of Bamako, the famous orchestra of the hotel de la gare. Mory accepts and takes a place in the orchestra whose singer is none other than the Malian, Salif Keïta.
It was in Los Angeles, on the label of black American Gérard Chess, Ebony, that Mory Kanté recorded his first album in 1981, Courougnègnè. The artist refines his happy mixtures between tradition and modernity, between traditional and electric instruments. Already well known in West Africa, Mory became a star across the continent. The musical bridge he creates between Africa and the West is generally well-received. In the wake of this success, he staged a large ballet for the French cultural center in Abidjan.
Mory Kanté died on May 22, 2020, at the age of 70, hospitalized in Conakry. His death was announced to AFP by his son Balla Kanté. After his death, several political and cultural personalities from around the world pay tribute to him. Guinean President Alpha Condé declares that “African culture is in mourning”. Senegalese President Macky Sall believes that "Africa has just lost one of its worthy sons". while Umaro Sissoco Embaló indicates that “Africa has lost an icon”, the world began mourning and celebrating his lifetime achievements.
This music icon received many awards and Recognition Like the Grand Prix des musiques du monde de la SACEM while he was alive; and although he is no longer with us, his music lives and AFRIFAMUACCA is proud to celebrate him with a Tribute Award to commemorate his contribution to the African Music all over the world.
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Born in Lower Guinea, Lamine was born to a merchant father and a household mother from the family of Guirassy Kounda de Boké. After studying at Yimbaya high school in Conakry, he continued his graduate studies at the Montpellier high school of journalism in France.
A graduate of the Montpellier France Graduate School of Journalism, Lamine Guirassy chooses to work as a journalist in France, the Antilles, Guadeloupe, and to lend a hand to RTG.
A promise was made to his paternal grandmother Hadja Daloba Fofana, the journalist who set up the Hadafo media group in honor of his grandmother in 2008.
Already in 2007, it gradually launched its radios, notably Espace FM (2008), Sweet FM (2010), Kalac Radio (2019), and Espace TV, Kalac TV.
In 2011, according to a list published in the magazine New Afrique in its June issue, he was ranked among the 100 most influential Africans in the media category.
Lamine Guirassy was also the winner of the award for best African journalist of the year in 2017.
He is a Fervent host of the program Les grandes gueules the most listened to in Guinea with more than 5,000,000 listeners.
“Never has a show disturbed so much, never has a show been loved and criticized so much like the GGs. To host such a show like this one, you must be bold, be neutral. Not having friends to avoid falling into the traps. It's complicated at first. A lot of criticism has been involved. To question a minister, to criticize a regime, were really sacrileges in a country like Guinea. "
Through his courageous Journalistic skills, Lamine has won many awards for standing up for true journalism and defending the rights of the masses.
2017: 100 personalities from New African magazine, having marked the year.
2018: Second most influential person in West Africa
2019: African Economic Intelligence Prize in Dakar CAVIE 2019.
2020: Best Private Press Patron of French-speaking West Africa
2021: Media man 2020 during the first editions of the Media Awards Guinea.
In 2022, The Award Committee of the African Community Achievement Award is glad to celebrate Lamine for bravery and upright journalism in Africa.
Mr. Deven Patel, the CEO, President, and Cofounder of Global Institute of Stem Cell Therapy and Research (GIOSTAR) with headquarter in San Diego, California, U.S.A. GIOSTAR was formed with the vision to provide affordable stem cell-based therapies to the masses around the world suffering from degenerative or genetic diseases and unable to afford today’s high cost of treatment.
GIOSTAR was one of the first institutes in the world that received USA-FDA approval in April 2020 to treat Covid19 patients with stem cells under FDA’s compassionate use (expanded access program).
GIOSTAR is in process of opening dedicated stem cell treatment hospitals worldwide in many different countries including the USA, India, China, Thailand, Dubai, Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, Cambodia, Turkey, Colombia, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, and the Bahamas. Honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi has inaugurated GIOSTAR’s state-of-the-art, world’s first, dedicated stem cell treatment hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat State, India in July 2011. GIOSTAR has built four private stem cell treatment hospitals in India and three in Mexico. GIOSTAR under the leadership of Mr. Patel is in charge of developing a stem cell transplant program for four different State Governments in India with a total population of approx. 155 million. GIOSTAR, in collaboration with the Government of Gujarat, India, the world's largest state-of-the-art Stem Cell Treatment Hospital is taking shape in Surat Civil Hospital Campus. The four State Governments in India with help of GIOSTAR’s stem cell science are preparing to treat the large, poor populations in India suffering from sickle cell anemia and thalassemia. GIOSTAR is in negotiations with several countries' public and private sectors to start stem cell transplant programs at ten different locations. GIOSTAR is involved in helping a few world Governments to develop stem cell program policies in their respective countries.
Under the leadership of Mr. Patel, GIOSTAR is in process of taking 6 companies public build upon GIOSTAR stem cell advanced stem cell technology platform.
As a Cofounder of African Dream Big Corporation established in 2021, with the vision of nation-building starting with Guinea and other African countries, we are planning to develop infrastructure and real estate projects, advanced healthcare and education system for masses, innovative agriculture practices, AI-related technology implementation, and import quality manufacturing sector.
Mr. Patel has served as the CEO, President, and Board of Directors in highly comprehensive industries such as Healthcare, Stem Cell Research, Architectural, General Construction, Alternative Energy, and Multifaceted Internet industries. Mr. Patel has served as the President of the Federation of India Associations San Diego (FIA-SD) Mr. Patel has also served in key positions of several public and private organizations such as GIOSTAR Foundation, Asian and Pacific American Coalition (APAC), Asian Business Association, Cambridge Companies, Reality Changers, Global Organization of People of Indian Origin. He has also served as Vice President of the newly formed San Diego United Lion’s Club.
Mr. Patel has served as the founding President of Asian and Pacific American Coalition (APAC) representing San Diego API communities from nine Asian countries and spearheaded its efforts in 2011 at San Diego City Hall to create the new 9th City Council District in the City of San Diego to be an Asian Pacific American influenced district, first time in the history of San Diego through the redistricting process.
Mr. Patel’s life work has been honored by several prestigious awards around the globe. He was honored with USA Congressional Recognition for his efforts in spreading the advancement of stem cell science around the world. He was also bestowed upon Asian Heritage Award for his business leadership in the field of stem cell science.
As he embarks on this wonderful journey with the African big dream corporation, AFRIFAMUACAAA wishes him nothing but the best. Once again, we are proud of you for all these wonderful achievements and we look forward to celebrating you on the 6th.
BENIE-Nasayon Kouyate of Guinean origin, Ms. Benie Kouyate was born in the United States of America in March 1984 and twin to Beni Diogo Kouyaté. Daughter of Ben SALIAH Kouyaté and Mariame Lamarana Diallo.
Madame Benie Kouyate is divorced and a mother of four children including 3 girls and a boy. Grew up in Conakry in GUINEA until age 18, Madame BENIE would return to the USA in 2002 and completed her Diploma in Nursing at Washtenaw Community College in Michigan in 2010.
She is a Peace Activist/Advocate, Businesswoman, and a Nurse by profession in the United States. Ms. Benie Kouyate is an enlightened woman who goes unnoticed in her humanitarian activities because her vision is to serve and support the impoverished.
She is more concerned about the future of children as well as their well-being. Through her apolitical and non-profit organization, BENIE Foundation Inc, she has been working to structure and organize the fight against sexual abuse and mitigates for peace since 2018.
As Founder and president of Benie FOUNDATION based in the United States of America, Benie Kouyate is an example of a proud African woman. BENIE FOUNDATION INC has been providing humanitarian services in
GUINEA, Mali, and Burkina Faso since 2019.
In 2020, BENIE FOUNDATION INC Collaborated with over 40 other nonprofit organizations to Raise Awareness about the negative impact of digital technology on children's education. This was completed in All 3 countries by educational conferences and sensibilization through a door-to-door by volunteer members.
Through its Ben SALIAH Kouyaté Grants project established in 2020, Benie Kouyaté has paid tuitions and provided school supplies for underprivileged children during the start of the school year in all the 3 countries mentioned above.
Two orphanages in GUINEA (Les Enfants Déshéritée de Bambeto and La Voie Des Sans Voix de Hafia) have benefited from rental aid through the generosity of Mrs. BENIE Kouyaté.
In September 2021, BENIE Foundation Inc received the award nomination of OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE ON SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION by CYBERSPACE FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL.
Salif Keita was born on August 25, 1949 in Djoliba, Mali. Salif Keita is a direct descendant of Sunjata Keita, who founded the Malian Empire in 1240, however, because he was born with albinism, a sign of extreme bad luck in Mandinka culture, he was ostracized by his family and left home as a teenager. He soon joined up with the Super Rail Band de Bamako, a government-sponsored Afro-pop orchestra, and garnered national acclaim. His choice to become a musician was taboo, as members of the royal caste are forbidden from becoming musicians, a profession generally reserved for the lower jeli (griot) caste.
Salif Keita’s first group was called the Super Rail Band. After performing in the Super Rail Band for six years, Salif Keita left to join the rival band, Les Ambassadeurs, with whom he fled Mali in the mid-1970s to escape political unrest. They changed their name to Les AmbassadeursInternationaux while living in Cote d'Ivoire, and proceeded to gain international recognition.
Keita left the group in 1984 and moved to Paris to embark on a successful solo career. In 1991, Salif Keita became the first African band leader to be nominated for a Grammy award with the album Amen which featured Carlos Santana on several tracks and was produced by late Joe Zawinul.
Salif Keita moved home to Mali in 2001 and has subsequently released three albums, including 2010s critically acclaimed La Difference, an album that explores the issues faced by people with albinism and other potential societal outcasts. Keita also started a foundation, the Salif Keita Global Foundation, which advocates for the rights (and basic safety) of Albinos, particularly in Africa, where they are often targets for human sacrifice. The organization is headed by his wife, Malian American Coumba Makalou.
In 2012, Salif Keita released the critically acclaimed album Tale. Simple guitar and voice tapes from Salif lay the foundations for the album's melodies and harmonies. Rhythmical motifs are woven in and out by local musicians. Salif was joined in the studio by special guests Manu Dibango and his awesome sax-chorus, and Bobby McFerrin, who improvised a soft melody on the simbi over Salif's beat-boxing. The Grammy Award-winning artist, Esperanza Spalding, featured on the song "Cherie s'en va" - a dedication to young girls who leave home to marry. And British prodigy Roots Manuva's flow is captured on "C'est bon,c'est bon", a Lee Perry-type production filled with warp-speed, rock-steady infra-bass, and soulful backing vocals.
In 2019, Salif Keita released his last album titled “Un Autre Blanc” (Another White) which included several collaborations with legendary African and international artists as special guests such as Angelique Kidjo, Alpha Blondy, Yemi Alade, and more. He launched the album with a free concert in a small village in Mali, where a 5-year-old child with albinism was murdered for her organs in a ritual crime the same year. The event was attended by more than 100,000 people including advocates and celebrities from across the world.
Learn more about the Salif Keita Global Foundation INC:
Amen – 1991 Salif Keita Became First African Band Leader to be nominated for best world album at Grammys
The Best of Salif Keita - 2002
Moffou- 2002 Grammy-nominated
M’Bemba- 2005 Grammy-nominated
La Difference – 2009 Winner "Victoires de la Musique"
Un Autre Blanc- 2019
Rahmatou Keita (Niger)
Born in Niger, the award winner, Rahmatou keïta is the daughter of the sahel. she is a descendant of its oldest dynasty, the one of sundjata keïta as she puts it. She is one of the true essences of the Sahelian countries:
she is Fulani, Songhay, and Mandigo. After studying philosophy and linguistics in Paris, she started her career in France. Before becoming a movie director, she made a name for herself as a journalist for European tv channels.
With the team of the tv magazine “l’assiette anglaise”, on French television France 2, they won the prestigious “7d’or” award. in 1993, she decided to devote her time to her true passions: writing and directing. she went on to direct documentary films. she directs short films and created the tv series femmes d’Afrique (women from Africa) (26 x 26 minutes episodes – 1993-1997), screened on national channels in Africa. With friends, Rahmatou keïta started Sonrhay empire productions, to produce films “off” beaten tracks. in 2005, her first feature film al'lèèssi..., about the pioneers of African cinema, was selected at the Cannes film festival and won the sojourner truth award. al’lèèssi… received several awards such as the best documentary award at Montreal, fifai and won the public award at Geneva.
A committed militant of the African social cause, Rahmatou Keïta is a founding member of the Pan African Association for Culture (ASPAC) and takes an active part in the dialogue of cultures and civilizations. Zin’naariyâ! (The Wedding Ring) is her latest film.
DIALLO SAOUSSY GALICE Jr. (GUINEAN)
From community engagement to entrepreneurship, music, poetry, working with non-profit organizations, social leadership, working in manufacturing in the United States to general manager of the first private broadcasting network in Guinea, Diallo Sanoussy Gallice Jr. has done it all. As he often quotes: "We should not take as a scapegoat the social conditions in which we grew up as an excuse for neglecting education". Born in the slum of Boussoura, a small shady town located in Conakry capital of Guinea, for Diallo Sanoussy Gallice Jr. the status quo is unacceptable, we have all the necessary tools to do and promote excellence. Diallo Sanoussy is the executive officer of Guinean Abroad, an online platform that offers an insight into how Guineans live abroad, the president of Guinean Youth Alliance, He is a consultant, a website administrator, an artist, and a community philanthropist.
Diallo Sanoussy has developed and worked with many programs with his community in mind like
“The Going Home Initiative” is an initiative that deals exclusively with sustainable development issues related to the diaspora and its participation in the development of Africa. An institutional TV magazine that encourages, facilitates the return of the African diaspora back home and talks about its socio-economic contribution to the development of Guinea and Africa in general.
“In My Reading” is a project which aims to improve education through reading. In 2017 under the nomination of Conakry World Book Capital by UNESCO, he traveled to West Africa Guinea to present the project.
• Wrote and composed one of the anthems of Conakry World Book Capital titled “Dans Ma Lecture”
• Toured in more than 10 schools and Universities presenting and discussing methods to improve learning through reading
• Presented « In My Reading » Project at the National Broadcasting Network of Guinea RTG
Have produced the show in more than 15 states in the United States
• Have conducted over 100 interviews with Guineans and Africans including the Ambassador of Guinea in North America and multiple Guinean community representative
• Have hosted more than 50 talk-show with guests on social issues such as female genital mutilation, domestic violence, immigration, financial education, human rights, gender inequality, mental illness, single parenting, women empowerment, police brutality, racism, and other forms of discrimination
• Have hosted over 10 Special Covid-19 shows related to the pandemic with an expert in Infection Prevention and Control Gaelle Diallo and so in the United States, London, and Africa.
• Have technically assisted the Embassy of Guinea in Washington DC to broadcast the celebration of the 63rd Independence of Guinea Live on all social media platforms
• Have organized more than three tourist circuits for the diaspora who intend to visit Guinea through a partnership with Miranass Tourisme
• Have worked with Single Saturday 224, a dating Service to connect diaspora who are looking for partners to get married.
• Have worked to sponsor and promote other organizations such as Google Developer Group Ratoma, Acts of Simple Kindness, One Child One Chance, Hope of Guinea, Corona Ntondy, La Fraternité, Autism Bird, etc. …
Has offered a total of over 100 scholarships to 50 different students, which represent over $36,000 on school fees, uniforms, and materials for the students and he has also offered scholarships to study abroad.