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The 2014 African Achievers Awards (AAA) was in partnership with the Institute of Leadership and Management and was hosted at The Presidential Bnaquet Hall, State House, Accra, Ghana on 28th February 2014. The African Achievers Awards is an annual event aimed at recognizing individuals and groups that have distinguished themselves in their area of expertise to building a greater Africa. The work being celebrated cuts across different spheres of life and is working to inspire and motivate future generations.

This year’s event drew recipients from all over the continent of Africa who are making a tremendous difference in Africa. The event which was anchored by BBC personality Savannah Nightingale and ‘Nigeria’s Got Talent Host’ Andrea Blaze Henshaw was kicked off with the singing of Ghana’s national Anthem which was led by the Ghana Group- Rythms. This ushered in a series of performances, first a speech was made on behalf of the Principal Partner African Achievers Award Tonye Rex Idaminabo by Amb. David James Egwu (Director for Public and Government communication for AAA) an Opera performance by Blessing an Opera Singer, a soul performance by the high profile singer Saiks and a poetry performance by the African Poet Sally Williams.

This year’s award categories included Business and Enterprise, Community and People, Education and training, Governance, Media and Entertainment, and Emerging Achievers. Each category drew recipients from all over the continent of Africa who are making a tremendous difference in Africa. Among these recognised were; the Mandela Rhodes Foundation whose endeavours in empowering African youth includes their Scholarship program - the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship which is more than a bursary, offering young Africans who exhibit academic prowess as well as broader leadership potential an educational opportunity of quality standard. While pursuing their chosen post-graduate degree, each Scholar benefits from access to leadership development programs, rooted in the principles underpinning the Foundation. They were awarded Charity Organisation of the Year.

Kenyan and Hollywood Actor Oliver Lithondo whose career started in broadcast journalism as correspondent with BBC and DeutcheWelle. Oliver co-produced with Alakie Mboya, a hit National Theather Stage production “The Muntu”, starring Oliver Litondo and BeldinaAuma in 1967. He also starred in the movie “Sheena: Queen of the Jungle” in 1984. In 1988 he starred in “The Lion of Africa” with Bryan Danahy and in “Ivory Hunters” starring James Earl Jones and John Lithgo. The latest movie release in 2010, “The First Grader” directed by Justin Chadwick, starring Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris. The movie was inspired by Maruge’s (played by Oliver) courage to start first grade at 84.He received an award for African Award for movie excellence.

Oliver Litondo

The media houses present to cover the event included; BBC, Bloomberg TV, Channels TV, CCTV, Wats app TV, AIT International, Vox TV among many others giving the grand success of the evening event nothing short of a prolific coverage resounding all across the globe.

Congratulations Oliver for making Kenya proud once again.

By the African Achievers Awards Team.

Thank you.

Akpah Prince

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