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.
The humanitarian Lady B Bless is the Executive Director of The Lady B Bless Humanitarian Foundation. Mission: is to actively and effectively engage in promoting human and social welfare, with no prejudice on human suffering on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or national divisions. Goals: is to save lives, relieve suffering, and maintain human dignity.
As an advocate for women and the girl child, Lady B Bless is the president of the Global Progressive Women Network, a membership organization, that's works to advance women-focused the organization through they valuable services, and collaborating with like-minded professionals, members can gain recognition and exposure to achieve their organization's goals.
Lady B Bless is a Managing Partner at LBB Global Consultants, an international consulting company, with over 20 years of experience in expert advice and resources to help you advance your career, start a business, and prepare for your journey to success? At LBB Global Consultants, they can help you grow and succeed as you work to achieve your professional goals. They can identify business weaknesses and challenges and determine relevant solutions, to increase the value and growth potential of a business.
Fode Kouyaté is known for his songs addressing popular issues of Guinean life. He has been actively involved in the cause of refugee camps in the past years in his country. His Consciousness awakening lyrics and constant production of positive albums led to his nomination of honorary ambassador of Afrique-Aide-Afrique by the Former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade.
In Guinea, he is known and seen as one of the biggest contemporary singers of his time. He is very popular and well known outside of Guinea and Africa. Last year, He performed at the African Fashion and Music Festival night but this year, African Community Achievement Award will be celebrating him as an African Music legend from Guinea to the world.
Momodou Bilo Krubally
Momodou Bilo Krubally commonly known amongst friends as MB was born and raised in Basse, in the Upper River Region of The Gambia. MB is a hotelier by profession with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. A family man and a passionate Community Organizer.
Amongst his many undertakings/ involvement are :
- Friends of Basse - President
- A non-profit organization giving back to the township of Basse- The Gambia
- Seattle Gambian Association- Founding Member
He leads a Community based all-volunteer non-profit organization of Gambian Community in Seattle, the Gambian Texas Association (GTA) - Founding Member
A nonprofit organization of Gambians in Dallas Texas - The GTA has since its formation in 2007 raised and donated over fifty thousand dollars to individuals and families for issues ranging from immigration, funeral, to scholarships etc
He is also a member of the Gambia Democracy Fund ( GDF) who helped raised funds and campaigned for the Opposition Coalition Parties in the historic 2016 Presidential Elections that defeated one of Africa’s most brutal Dictators in The Gambia
He raised funds for young kids in need of emergency health care
for overseas treatment in the Gambia, raised funds for the remains of young Gambians in Europe to be sent back home to their families for burial and also organized music concerts to raise awareness of the dangers of the “Backway” route of young people to Europe.
Chaste Inegbedion (Nigeria)
Chaste Inegbedion is a committed SDGs Advocate focusing on Gender Equality, Good Education, Sustainable Employment & Economic Advancement. He is deeply passionate about sustainable cities & communities with a partnership for Global Goals.
He is an advocate for Female Empowerment & Gender Equality. ‘Save Pwashikai Nideono’ was one of his most successful projects to create a buzz and raise Medical funds for a Genitally Mutilated 5-Year-Old girl to stay alive. Today, Pwashikai has been reconciled into society.
He Co-hosted Giving Tuesday, #Africa4Her and #HeforShe as a member of the YALI Network, Africa Youth Commission, Youth Action NET, UNMGCY, and AWAS.
He is a US State Department-sponsored Scholar for the GIST Women’s’ Workshop, Mandela Washington Fellowship Semi-Finalist and Africa America Institute sponsored Scholar for a Social Sector Management program at the Pan Atlantic University.
He has experience in Performance Management and Project Actualization for Entertainment Celebrities, Media Executives, Business Managers, Publishers and Civil Societies Representatives. He spearheaded #S6startUP – a platform for unearthing entrepreneurial stories by using twitter as a tool for change. Currently, #S6startUP has created 26 million impressions, 60 editions, 106 entrepreneurs and 600,000 twitter feed.
Our organization presented at the 2015 Global Child Forum in South Africa and 66th United Nations DPI NGO Conference, on Education for Global Citizenship in South Korea.” In 2018, our organization participated at the Brains and Branter at the London School of Economics, World Merit Council Summit in Morocco, 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, International Women Day Celebration at the UN, Misk Youth Forum, Wiki gaps hosted by the Swedish Embassy, Impact Africa Summit hosted by British Council and Ashoka, Wikimania 2018 hosted by Wikipedia. His organization also has a team of volunteers with a combined experience of three decades with experience in product development, content management, sales and web development with a technology background.
Monalisa Okojie is an Ishan Princess from Eguare, Irrua in Edo State. She was born in Lagos and attended the St Mary’s private school in Lagos, later attending the Federal Government Girls College, Calabar. She obtained her Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Ekpoma and Barrister at Law from NLS Lagos. She acquired knowledge of precious stones from the Gemological Institute of America. Monalisa calls herself a patriotic Nigerian who represents her country wherever she goes. She is more than that, she is a global ambassador who uses her celebrity to give hope to those whose lives she touches.
Monalisa Okojie, is CEO of Nehita Inc., an exquisite design company based in Los Angeles, California. Monalisa leads a full and purpose-driven life as a wife, mother, businesswoman, and philanthropist. Her company, Nehita Inc., has provided support to many non-profit organizations in the United States and Africa. Monalisa is also the founder of an organization called Upward African Woman; a California based non-profit organization, giving hope to disadvantaged women and children. The organization tackles issues of poverty, disease, mental health and illiteracy.
As civic-minded as she is, Monalisa works tirelessly to draw attention to the poverty in Africa especially in areas that affect women and children. She is on the board of several non-profit organizations and is an active volunteer for several other philanthropic organizations in the United States and Africa. Her experience unveiled the need for more programs that provide means for African women to achieve economic independence. Over the years she has received numerous awards and recognition for her work locally and internationally.
Monalisa Okojie, known as “The Jewelry Designer to the Stars” and CEO of Nehita Jewelry unveiled her hand-beaded Sapphire Corset during Couture Fashion Week. The exclusive one-of-a-kind, creation was worn by Nema Kamar, star of the VH1 hit show, “My Life.” Celebrities from film and television attended the red-carpet runway soiree to view the new collection. Also, on hand were a number of popular entertainers from BRAVO, Netflix and Style. Monalisa’s designs were included in Malan Breton’s 2016 Collection. The show was held in New York’s Times Square District, where models and fashion industry icons converged. Glamorous haute couture creations took the runway accessorized by Nehita Jewelry.
New York Couture Fashion Week was also an occasion to introduce the stunningly beautiful Nehita Scarf Collection. Since the launch of Nehita,Inc., Ms. Okojie’s popularity as a designer has attracted those devotees of fashion from all over the world. Her designs are inspired by the beautiful floral explosions of color that sweep across the African continent, a reflection of her Nigerian heritage.
Nehita Jewelry has been featured in international magazines. Nehita Jewelry can be seen by celebrities on the occasion of Hollywood’s biggest events, including the Emmy’s, the Grammys, the Oscars, the Image Awards, the SAG Awards, and others. Her celebrity roster includes Jennifer Love Hewitt, Meagan Good, Nick Cannon, Halle Berry, Natalie Cole, Brandy, Sally Richardson, Melora Hardin, Alan Cumming, CCH Pounder, and the late Whitney Houston.
The African Community Achievement Award Committee is proud to celebrate you.
Mohamed Kante is the Founder and CEO of iNERDE Inc. A social enterprise that develops and disseminates STEM education curriculum across various African nations. Starting his career as an electrical engineer then a Technical Program Manager at DELL Technologies, he leveraged his extensive network of researchers and engineers to bring his vision of empowering the African youth to live.
NERDE Inc. was founded on the fundamental belief that access to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education can create incredible possibilities for children. Established as a US-based social enterprise with 501 (c)(3) status since 2014, iNERDE Inc. intends to fill an existing gap – the gap between the skills needed to succeed in the modern world and the skills being taught in most schools in Africa. We address Africa's pressing need for effective STEAM education through two platforms:
* Curriculum development and dissemination
* Professional development (PD) for teachers and educators.
Over the years, iNERDE developed a rigorous curriculum that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across Africa. Through programs like Decouverte, Exploration and CodeNERDE plus, students get immersed in hands-on STEAM activities and projects that nurture and develop 21st-century skills such as communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking. Also, we provide teachers/educators with the training, resources, and support they need to not only re-envision their role and effectively prepare students for their future.
Additionally, among iNERDE’s many successes, we built and trained with local collaborators, the first Malian robotic team AKA “TEAM MALI” to participate in FIRST Global’s international robotics competition held in Washington DC in 2017. “TEAM MALI” was awarded a silver medal for Engineering Design
Mohamed has been recognized by FORTUNE.COM as a “hero of the FORTUNE 500” for having performed remarkable acts of goodness. In addition, he has received multiple awards from various institutions across North America and West Africa, as well as citations from the State of Massachusetts. Mohamed is an esteemed keynote speaker for colleges and universities, as well as a mentor to several student-led ventures. While his mission to inspire others has taken him around the world, Mohamed is proud to call Boston his home and We at AFRIFAMUACAA are proud to celebrate him.
Dr. Nicoline Ambe
Dr. Nicoline Ambe is an International Speaker, Educator and #1 Best Selling Author of several books. She has taught in several elementary schools, colleges, and universities across Canada and the United States for the past two decades. Dr. Ambe has made numerous public television and radio appearances, including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. Born in a small African country with limited to no educational resources, Dr. Ambe fought her way to the top of the academic ladder and obtained four academic degrees before the age of 30.
Her primary mission is to help parents raise high achievers by creating an environment in which their children can thrive academically. Through teaching and speaking, Dr. Ambe has helped many parents develop great relationships with their children, resulting in academic excellence. She believes that with the right structure and support at home, every single child has the potential to excel in school and life.
She has given several keynotes and presentations to large and small audiences at conferences, school districts, schools, and churches to share her message of educational excellence, parent involvement, and teacher excellence.
We are proud to celebrate you as a wonderful educator and as you exit and venture into the business world, we thought it would be nice to crown your years as a great teacher who has inspired many with this humble award.
Mountaga Keita is a Guinean born Inventor, founder and CEO of Tulip Industries Limited since 2014.
He has revolutionized lately the African high tech Industry by innovating a world-class and multi Award-winning interactive green kiosks, which target public and private sector, Government, education, health and security segments.
He was a laureate of the 2017 Guinean digital week. recognized in Rwanda by the African Innovation summit as one of the 50 best innovations in Africa for 2018.
In late 2018 he received from the African Intellectual property organization the prestigious world intellectual property organization WIPO, Global Medal for the contribution of his innovations to his country's socio-economic development.
And recently he received three distinguish Awards at the Geneva International Invention fair. The French Invention Association Gold Medal, the European Inventors Association Award, and the Geneva fair Gold Medal, the European Inventors Association Award, and the Geneva fair Gold Medal in the technology category.
Before 2014, Mountaga Keita was a US banker and international project manager based in Washington DC. He has more than 10 years of experience in advising investors concerning investment-related matters.
For many years he was a senior personal banker at Bank of America Corp. In the state of Maryland and manger at SunTrust Bank Inc. in Washington DC.
Mr. Keita has represented numerous high net worth investors and government officials in international investment and trade matters ranging from strategic consulting, financing and the management of legal risk to the negotiation of an investment project agreement. Mr. Keita was educated in the USA holding two graduate degrees, masters of science in contract management and procurement, masters of business administration and Diploma in Negotiation at Harvard Law School with much of his work involving investment, negotiations, and management.
Mr. Keita has advised numerous foreign investors particularly international investors and business developers, concerning the legal and political risk of contemplated investment in areas of high yield and risky project, where the local law poses potential problems for foreign investors, and the means of mitigating such risks, He has also advised various foreign official concerning the attraction of foreign investment and the treatment of foreign investment under international law. He has assisted the various local enterprise to attract foreign investment in such sectors as construction, oil and gas, mining, telecommunication, heavy industry, infrastructure, wastes management, and tourism.
FOREIGN INVESTMENT AGREEMENT. Mr. Keita has advised and represented foreign investors and foreign officials in the negotiation and administration of numerous foreign investment agreement. These agreements have included petroleum development agreement, concession agreement, mining development of tourism project, and agreement for the construction and operation of industrial facilities. Keita has also worked with investment advisory firms, investment banking firms and private equity firms to arrange to finance for the foreign investment project in various sectors including oil and gas, telecommunication, heavy industry, and tourism.
Mr. Keita partners have included such foreign investors as Coudert Brothers, LLP Washington, CCC, pioneer steel building Canada bon villa Barbados as well several small companies.
ISATU N. TIMBO
HONORARY CONSUL OF SIERRA LEONE TO LOS ANGELES.
Mrs. Isatu Timbo is a Registered Nurse, a successful business owner of Giddas Home Health Services, Inc., a philanthropist, and Sierra Leone’s Goodwill Ambassador to the United States who takes her post very seriously, making great personal sacrifices to benefit countless numbers of Sierra Leoneans.
For the past ten years, she has provided tremendous much-needed assistance to the nation of Sierra Leone by shipping containers of medical supplies to various hospitals and health centers to her home country.
In order to facilitate these shipments of supplies which included beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, oxygen cylinders, pressure cuffs, stethoscopes as well as medication, Mrs. Timbo established the New Hope Horizon Foundation. Her invaluable support of the government’s health care initiatives under the spearhead of the former First Lady Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, she was appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for ABLE International for the West African Continent and an international diplomat appointed by the former leader of Sierra Leone, His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma. ABLE International is a non-profit charitable organization that assists in the implementation of social betterment programs in communities throughout the world.
As a philanthropist, aside from her main mandate of sending medical and school supplies to Sierra Leone, Mrs. Timbo sponsored Muslims to go to Mecca to perform the Hajj and shipped tons of bags of rice and other commodities to families in the Kalangba, Gbendembu Gowahun and Rokulan metropolises.
In 2014, after learning of the Ebola breakout in Sierra Leone, her compassion for her people was ignited and her heart and soul were gripped with pain by the many people dying. She worked tirelessly calling various organizations and medical institutions asking for help and medical supplies.
When Mrs. Timbo connected with the Houston Methodist Hospital, she found a group of kindred spirits who supported her cause by providing the much-needed supplies. The supplies were shipped in a 40-foot container before the end of 2014. Unfortunately, the amount of help rendered amounted to only 12% of the consignment sent. Out of the goodness of her heart, Mrs. Timbo used her own resources to pay the balance of the shipment. She never gives up on her people.
In 2015, Mrs. Timbo was honored for her selfless humanitarian work at the First Annual Vigor International Awards in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The culmination of this event was that she was crowned as the 2015 Vigor Awards Ambassador. In 2016, she proudly represented Sierra Leone at the 36th Annual Anaheim Black History Parade in Orange County, California, and the 24th Annual Pan African Film and Art Festival, the largest and most prestigious Black film festival in America and the largest Black History Month event in the United States.
In her determination to help the Ebola widows, Mrs. Timbo worked endless hours planning a fundraising gala which was held in the last quarter of 2016 along with the support of a team of elected officials, celebrities, and dedicated volunteers to ensure the widows would not be forgotten and will be self-sufficient to maintain a decent livelihood to take care of their families.
Mrs. Timbo has continued her philanthropic work with the present government under the leadership of His Excellency, President Julius Maada Bio. In collaboration with the office of the first lady, Mrs. Fatima Bio, Mrs. Isatu is currently working with her many partners in establishing a tourist clinic in Sierra Leone in 2020.
Mrs. Timbo, a proud mother of two beautiful daughters, resides in Southern California but her heart will always belong to Sierra Leone.
AT AFRIFAMU ACAA 2020, WE PROUDLY CELEBRATE YOU
Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté
Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté is a Public Health Doctor, Pediatrician, Specialist in Reproductive Health, Specialist in Health Services Management and "Communications for Behavioral Change.", Health Service Management Trainer, Expert in the fight against female genital mutilation, child marriage and other traditional practices affecting the health of women and children
He is the Executive Director of the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC), an African and international nongovernmental organization, affiliated to the United Nations and the African Union and trainer for the African Union. He carries out coordination, animation, and supervision of the activities of the Inter-African Committee; he is also responsible for the collaboration, coordination, and animation of the partnership between the Inter-African Committee and the United Nations, the African Union and other multilateral and unilateral partners and civil society.
Dr. Morrissande defended his Doctorate thesis in Medicine on postoperative complications of inguinal hernias in 1977 and he was the principal researcher of the National Survey on Female Genital Mutilation in Guinea (1997).
He was responsible for Care, Coordination, Animation, Supervision and Evaluation of Health Activities in the Conakry 3 Territory, Establishment of the program of the fight against harmful traditional practices including female genital mutilation and child marriage in Guinea and Africa
He has been a Speaker on the Advocacy Program to the European Parliament for the Vote on the Resolution on Female Genital Mutilation and also a General Rapporteur of the first National Health Conference in Guinea.
Decorated by the Ministry of Health of Egypt (1987), Decorated (Honoris causa) at the University of Lomalinda, California (1994), United States Peace Corps High Certificate of Appreciation (1998), World Bank Award for Excellence (winner of the Development Marketplace, 2000), Award of High Distinction by the Inter-African Committee (2000), President of the Fourth International Conference on Female Genital Mutilation (Dakar, 1997), Initiator of the program of deposit of the knives of the excision by excisers and Guinean women (Kouroussa, Kérouané, Conakry, Mamou, Labé, Dalaba, Pita, Kissidougou, N'Zérékoré) and African (Niger, Mali, Togo, Benin, Ethiopia), Speaker on the Advocacy Program to the European Parliament for the Vote on the Resolution on Female Genital Mutilation, (2001) Participant and keynote speaker at the International Conference on Female Genital Mutilation (Berne, Switzerland, 2001), Rapporteur of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW, United Nations, New York March 2004), Initiator of the International Day Tolerance Zero to Female Genital Mutilation
He is the Designer and co-author of the implementation of the Resolution of United Nations General Assembly Prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation Worldwide (Resolution 67/146, Decorated by the Association of Guinean Women in the United States of America, NEBEYI Award from the Mothers and Children's Association of Guinea in France (AMEG), Special Prize of the 11th Night of Excellence of the Guinean woman, High Distinction from the Government of Angola, 2015, Prize '' Succeed Diaspora Guinea '' 2017, Lifetime Award, New York 2018 Break Silence, Solidarity Awards / Vital Voices and now AFRIFAMUACAA is proud to celebrate this HONORABLE gentleman of African excellence who has excelled so well in his healthcare career especially as a champion for women and children in both rural and urban areas.
Adrienne Bambou Diagne
Adrienne Bambou Diagne is the CEO of International Ventures and Trade, a company that works closely with U.S. investors, the African Diaspora in the United States and African entrepreneurs. International Ventures and Trade is a consulting company, offering services for International Businesses specifically companies based in Africa looking for partnerships in the USA. They have extensive knowledge of the African market having worked in over 20 African countries as a businessperson as well as a volunteer for Doctors without Borders. She is now the consulting agent for several business owners worldwide. Public Relations & Event Planner Consultant.
Adrienne is now engaged in a new crusade: bring back African Community at the same shine that the continent had before at the international level, promoting African Women and all Women around the world, being a bridge between all different social and cultural communities.
As an Ambassador Promoting Africa, She has been involved in the following activities:
- Global Independence Day Ambassador 2012 for Africa
- VIP African Ambassador at 2012 Broadway International Film Festival Los Angeles
- Coordinator for African Countries, AGOA, ECOWAS, African Union at the Salon de la Cote d'Ivoire 2012.
- Guest at the meeting held by Congress Women Karen Bass and Mr. Brown (president Obama's African and Military adviser 2008-2012)
-Keynote speaker for Women and Business in Africa. Keynote speaker for Senegal.
- President of Friends of the African Union for Africa and Los Angeles.
- Speaker at the ATIGS, African Trade, and Investment Summit.
- Speaker at the PADWA, Pan-African Diaspora Women Association.
- Attended Doing Business with Africa, at the White House.
the languages spoke French, Wolof, English, Spanish, Some Swahili and Kirundi
International Translator and Interpreter. Woloff, French.
Midwifery School Senegal. Registered Midwife in the Minister of Health, SENEGAL
Physical and Mental Development of Children. Clermont-Ferrand. FRANCE
Anesthesiology. Clermont-Ferrand. FRANCE
Information Education and Communication. Doctors Without Borders. FRANCE
Training of Trainers and Trainees. Doctors Without Borders. FRANCE
HIV/AIDS and STIs/STDs, Institut Fournier and WHO, Paris. FRANCE
Mental Health Advocate with the African Health Coalition, Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA.
Business Entrepreneurship, C.E.N.T.R.O. Los Angeles. CALIFORNIA
C.E.R.T. Ongoing Training. Los Angeles Firefighters. CALIFORNIA
She has trained a total of 1000 plus trainees worldwide.
- Head of the list (Major de Promotion) Midwifery School Senegal
-Nobel Peace Prize (Prix Nobel de la Paix) in 1999 as a member of Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres)
-21 awards with the Board of Equalization, Congress and we at AFRICAN COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, we are proud to celebrate her as an asset to the African Community in Los Angeles and Africa as a whole.
Dr. Kester Ezuma
Dr. Kester Ezuma is a noble and charismatic soul who inspires the people of all color, ethnicity, and diversity. In 2013, Dr. Kester Ezuma, a thoughtful leader, nation builder, and visionary founded The Infinite Foundation which was incorporated under the law of the State of California in 2016. It is where people who have humanitarian needs and the friends who assist underserved, minority, homeless share life together.
He has traveled far and wide around the globe, having lived in Turkey, Poland, France, Germany, and Switzerland, he also speaks German. Dr. Kester quickly grew a new way of sharing life together in community with people who would otherwise be shut away in their visions, but his ideology attracted many people both youths and adults to pursue their dreams with hope. Time after time, he traveled, speaking about his own life-changing experience and coming to know people with a great desire for surviving. He was responsible as a leader for a group of friends in a small Turkish community from 1998 to 2001. He devoted time to counseling and assisting in their personal journey and traveling in search of better life openings and he consistently encourages and fosters sustainable human development projects for Nigerians and all Africans.
Dr. Ezuma is a motivated and very optimistic director or officer in numerous ventures, specializing in youth development, sports marketing, International soccer management, and cultural cohabitation promotion. He has become a leader in consciousness-raising about the suffering of all who are marginalized. He is recognized for his compelling vision of what it means to live a fully human life and for his social and spiritual leadership in building a compassionate society. He is a motivated and very optimistic director and officer in numerous ventures, specializing in Youth development, sports marketing, International soccer management, and cultural cohabitation promotion. He contributes to his community by helping the poor, supporting better living for the disabled, homeless and advocate for youths and minority rights. He strongly believes that empowering the youths in Nigeria and Africa, in general, will make a huge difference to the continent. His quest for youth’s development, humanitarian work and helping the needy was the principal factor that motivated him to establish a non-profit Organization (The Infinite Foundation Inc).
As a certified Sports Consultant, Dr. Kester has in the past decade-plus and presently involved in different activities including Soccer Clubs Organizational and Operational Assessments, International Sports Tournaments, Training Camps and Festivals Organization, Overseas Tour Planning, International Sports Networking, Career Counseling, Cultural Event Organization and social Entertainments promotions.
Dr. Kester is the founding President of a faith-based Christian group, Infinite Christian Network (ICN). He is also the founding President of Coal City USA and Professional Africans in the Diaspora Association (PADA) respectively. Other initiatives of Dr. Kester Ezuma include Infinite Media USA, Infinite Sports Academy, Infinite Global Entertainment, Infinite Music Production and Infinite Fashion Inc.
Dr. Kester has received numerous certifications and recognitions in leadership and humanitarian including the PEACE AMBASSADOR Award by Foundation for Integrity in Governance in Africa (FIGA) in 2017 and the HUMANITARIAN AWARDS by Nollywood and African Film Critics Awards (NAFCA) in Los Angeles, 2017. At AFRIFAMUACAA, we are proud to celebrate Dr. Kester for his endless and selfless commitment to his community leadership.
Anita Eyong is a Cameroonian, born with a selfless nature who’s calling to serve others is known to all around her. In 2016, she decided to begin her active journey in serving the less privileged while in the United States of America. She began looking into where she could volunteer to serve others. Her husband introduced her to a community church Called NEW ROCK OF BAPTIST COMMUNITY CHURCH and ever since her life has never been the same. she is involved with an outreach program (food ministry) in the community where every Wednesday they distribute groceries and more. She has been an active member and a volunteer for almost 3years.
Anita and her team have carried out four successfully shipments of containers filled with clothes, shoes, etc mostly nonperishable. They also organized a workshop in Douala, this last summer with the main goal to teach/educate, share ideas on some of the challenges African Youths face on a daily basis and propose solutions and also looking for ways to help Cameroonian youths by getting them out of the streets to become self-sufficient. It has always been one of her greatest desires in life to be able to provide resources and help the community, inviting guest speakers from different places to speak on issues that affect the African youths and developing pathways to growth and sustainability. Anita also paid some families rent as a way of community sharing. She and her team went to MASIMBOM in Foumbot, the Eastern part of Cameroon, to contribute and distribute food items like rice, Maggie, salt, cooking oil, etc. They had planned this giveaway with the aim of feeding at least 2,000people in the year 2019. These individuals were informed through surveys, interviews and also visiting the chiefs or heads of the villages to inform them about her team and the intentions.
Some of the kids in those villages have never seen the four walls of a classroom because their parents cannot afford the fees, books nor medical aid. Most of these villages are inaccessible with cars, because of the road conditions but she is happy her team could do all they can to get to the people in need. It’s hard to describe the struggles these people are going through. Kids never owned a toy, good clothes or shoes, sometimes even food to eat, some go to school with thawed uniforms and no shoes, and some of them walk miles to school. Her team took care of 1year old blessing’s medical bill who became very sick when her mum got killed by a stray bullet while traveling between Muyuka and Kumba due to the ongoing struggle in the Engish speaking regions of Cameroon. Anita is calling on more people to get involved in community building through giving.
At AFRIFAMUACAA, we are very proud to celebrate Anita Eyong as our youngest community servant who has to beat all the odds to become an instrument of change for her community and generation.
Selassie hails from the West African nation of Ghana and considers himself a strong advocate of the Pan-African Movement. He carries a calabash with him at all times to remind people around him of his roots…Africa. He has been dubbed “The Calabash Mafia” is social circles.
Selassie Ahorlu is a Control Systems Engineer in the Oil and Gas industry. In addition to his career as an engineer, Selassie is the founder of Afropolitan LA, the LA chapter of Afropolitan Cities. Afropolitan Cities is the largest nation-wide Diaspora professional and social networking organization of its kind with a network of over 60K professionals and close to 300 Diaspora businesses across 8 cities. The aim of the organization is to bridge the cultural divide in order to unleash the full potential of the African Diaspora while spreading African culture around the world.
The movement is for progressives & cultural enthusiasts living in the LA and seeking to connect, socialize and collaborate with other like-minded individuals.
The Afropolitan mission is to unleash the full potential of the African Diaspora by bridging the Diaspora divide through cultural experiences that enable ethnic groups in the Diaspora to learn about each other. Its goal is to build a united and dynamic global Diaspora network, connect and empower Diaspora communities, businesses and professionals around the world for opportunity creation and socio-economic development.
Loveth Ebede is a new breath of fresh air in Nollywood and she`s in a class of her own when it comes to her love for acting and entertainment in general. Her introduction into the big-screen movie professionally happened 6 years ago and ever since, the Diva has featured in over 13 movies, playing both lead and supporting roles. Among the movies are; BloodStone, WideFire, FrozenFlames, American Mama & Family, Professor Dicks, The Web, Burning Love, Seeking Asylum and Double Wahala, etc.
The Edo State-born Actress/Producer since coming into the limelight in the entertainment industry has been pushing the buttons in other areas in the industry. Among those buttons is her daring desire to bring a childhood dream of owning an entertainment media platform which according to her has been her personal dream to have some level of control over media reports about some of African celebrities who are been publicize in a negative light without spending time to do what she called, investigative Journalism.
Loveth Ebede is today, proudly seating as the Chief Executive & publisher of Afrik Glamour Magazine online publication with an enviable audience from different African countries and the United States.
She is passionate about changing the face of Nollywood, moving forward with ideas to help create, communicate and inspire change. She is currently working on a group forum where Nollywood actors/actresses can discuss and share ideas on improvements in the Nollywood film industry. She co-founded The Nollywood Center USA with fellow actors, dedicated to training current and potential actors and actresses in the US.
Loveth has also founded a special edition magazine called “Who Is Who In Nollywood USA”, which is a collection of all Nollywood actors/actresses based in America. she`s working with great hands in today`s modern and digital media industry who are on top of their game to bring this enviable project to light. The magazine is scheduled to be released bi-yearly.
Besides being an actress, producer, and editor in chief for her print magazine, Loveth is also the president and founder of the Afrik Glamour Foundation where she works closely with various communities to meet the needs of orphans, widows and more people in need. Her foundation provides food, clothing, pay school fees and provide shelter assistance.
With a mission not only to improve on the visibility and engagements in her skilled entertainment but also to contribute to the eradication of poverty in Africa, AFRIFAMUAACAA, the African Fashion and Music Festival in Association with The African Community Achievement Award is pleased to nominate and celebrate Loveth Ebede as one of our prospective award recipients for 2020.
Jalia Nagawa Walusimbi (UGANDA)
Jalia Nagawa Walusimbi was born and grew up in Busiika village, Luwero district in Uganda to Bitaamisi Namatovu and Hajji Asumani Muwanga. she attended Kibuli primary and secondary school. As a child, she loved singing and performing Miriam Makeba songs and other popular songs. she is married to a businessman/ political activist abbey Kigozi Walusimbi for the last 28 years and a mother of 5. she is a trained and certified food handler licensed to prepare and serve food and beverages at restaurants and established hotels in the united states.
Jalia is Ugandan/American recording artist-(nja kuyimba album 1994) songwriter, actress-(love collision 2012) entertainer and businesswoman-(jaliz cuisine of east Africa restaurant). She has performed with renown band and groups like tabley, peterson matovu and the tames, shamita, soukous stars, huit kilo, nana chaku, dodo munoko, and black pearls. she has participated at the Bantufest annual festival as a stage play actor in 2018 & 2019.
She is a businesswoman, social activist, and a performing artist. Jalia is a prominent member/leader in the Ugandan community in California USA. she is so passionate about helping/working with fellow community members in humanitarian and social work. She is popularly known in her community as Aunty Jalia.
Her contribution to the building of her Ugandan community in California is respected and applauded by many. As a humanitarian at heart, AFRIFAMUACAA 2020 is glad to list her amongst the African Community Achievement Award recipients representing Uganda.
Emile Kangue is a superstar makossa musician from Cameroon who began his hit career with the former Group Black Style.
Émile Emile Kangue, born in Édéa, is a Cameroonian singer, composer and bass player. He is one of the pioneers of the musical genre makossa, in particular, because of his membership in the former Cameroonian group Black Style, alongside other figures of the makossa such as Nkotti François and Toto Guillaume.
In 1980, as a solo artist, Émile Kangue released the album Dikom Lam La Moto (My dear friend) which he enjoyed great popular success, even beyond the city of Douala. The title sold more than 50,000 copies and earned the artist a gold record.
This success also earned the performer the opportunity to receive a gold disc from stylist Paco Rabanne. In the 1980s, Émile Kangue released the album Douala Infos, in which he used many rising stars of the Cameroonian music of the time for the choirs of different pieces, such as Sissi Dipoko, Charlotte Mbango and Penda Dalle with whom he had collaborated a few years earlier. For the arrangements of some of his music, Mr. Kangue calls on one of the most esteemed African guitarists of his time, Toto Guillaume, who is one of his former companions in the group Black Styl. This is how the media coverage of titles like Sumwa Mulema, Diba Di Titi Etom , or even Halom, which is one of his rare compositions written in Bassa, made them essential songs of the Cameroonian cultural landscape of the 1980s.
In early 2016, on the occasion of his 50 years of a musical career, Emile Kangue released his new album "Massa Chop Chop" which was also a hit.
AFRIFAMU being the African Fashion and Music festival in collaboration with the African Community Achievement Award ACAA is glad to announce to Emile Kangue’s Fans of all ages in and around California that This makossa legend will be given a legendary lifetime music achievement award at the 3rd annual AFRIFAMUACAA on March 1st, 2020. He will also be performing live on the 29th of February which is the night before the award night. Get ready for a great time as we prepare to celebrate a man who has blessed us with his musical career throughout various generations.
Oumou Cherif is the CEO and Founder of Children Education Alliance, a platform dedicated to uplift underserved African children in pursuit of quality education. The Guinean-native, Boston-based youth advocate Oumou holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing, as well as a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management.
Throughout the years, Oumou has dedicated her life to activism. Her involvement includes partnerships with the Student Immigrant Movement, Brazilian Immigrant Center and Progressive Organization for the Women of Africa. With a strong background in community outreach and advocacy, Oumou recently joined the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Community Engagement Division with a fervor to diverse communities of Massachusetts through educational trainings that aims at teaching residents their rights, and establish a bridge between citizens and the Attorney General's office, so that all residents have access to AGO’s resources, services, and educational materials. A firm believer in education, Oumou’s commitment is mostly centered on providing essential learning tools to school-aged children in Guinea, Kindia, whom she refers to as “future leaders.”
Oumou created Children Education Alliance, Inc. (CEA), a 501c3 nonprofit organization that assists underprivileged African children in pursuit of quality education by providing notebooks and pencils in primary schools. Since the creation of CEA in early 2012, the organization has impacted more than 4000 lives through the provision of basic learning tools such as notebooks and pencils, something so simple, but a necessity. CEA's work has been featured on Boston WEBN local TV series "Every Women Has a Story" and Boston's daily newspaper "The Bay State Banner." In 2014, Oumou received the African Youth Excellence award in Public Service Award in recognition of her commitment to improving the lives of underserved African children. She has also received a Massachusetts State Citation from Massachusetts State Representative, Dan Donahue, and Senator Michael Moore.
Recently, Oumou was amongst 50 black women recognized by “I Am African & I Can,” which celebrates courageous and accomplished black women internationally.
AFRIFAMUACAA is excited to celebrate such an accomplished woman. Looking at all the things she and her organization have done, we say congratulations and we look forward to celebrating you.