The Global African Awards (GAA) has announced dates for the virtual edition of this year’s awards gala set for 24 March 2021.
The annual event of the GAA, sponsored by Brand South Africa, will be streamed live across the globe on the Global African Awards’ social media pages and broadcast partners.
“The Global African Awards exist to celebrate the key players within the African diaspora communities. It is our privilege to recognize the trailblazers in our midst who are rewriting African success stories in the world,” said GAA founder and Chairman Conrad Mwanza.
“Our vision remains undeterred, even during challenging times as we have experienced recently. We invite all of Africa and the world to join us on the 24th as we host the virtual event in celebration of African high achievement in the world.”
“As always, our list of recipients cuts across fields of expertise and spheres of influence worldwide, united by the bond of the motherland; Africa.”
The 2021 edition will see honorary awards rolled out to some of the hardworking and innovative African leaders and community builders.
Ghanaian President Papa Owusu-Ankomah headlines the honorary recipients’ list for the West African country’s highly successful Year of the Return initiative.
Officially launched in 2018 to encourage African diasporans to retrace their roots to the continent, the initiative was a roaring success. The objective was to encourage African diasporans to come back and rebuild the continent, visit and invest.
The people of Ghana will be honored for spearheading the initiative and sustaining a massive campaign to celebrate African pride.
Josina Machel will be honored for her work in advocating for an end to gender-based violence (GBV). The human rights activist plays a leading role in empowering survivors of GBV through her Kuhluka Movement and Protect Her Life project, among others.
Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfFTCA), Wamkela Mene, is also in line for the honors. Mene’s ascendancy in the largest free trade area in the world thrust the South African into the hot seat with a responsibility to make the 54-member bloc a success.
Philanthropist Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa, Njeri Muhia, Noella Courvaris Musunka, and Patrick Atherton also lead the way along with many other leading lights for the virtual event.
The GAA awards ceremony recognizes and honors the achievements of African leaders around the world in different categories.
The awards continue their partnership with Brand South Africa, following a fruitful collaboration for the last edition held in London.
“Our brand exists to celebrate and promote our country’s prospects and interests globally. We can secure the future through massive collaboration and innovation and, that is why we are happy to partner with GAA,” said Pumela Salela, the Brand South Africa Country Head for the United Kingdom.
“Let us pick it up from where we left with our last edition as we honor the movers and shakers from our continent. We urge everyone to follow proceedings virtually as we ride this global pandemic out, with a hope to link up once again at the next one.”
Brand South Africa is a movement that promotes a positive brand image for South Africa around the world.
Their main objective is to market South Africa through campaigns and creating opportunities that lead to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
GAA has grown since its inception and continues to expand with plans for extending the annual editions to Rwanda, Ghana, the USA and, other territories at an advanced stage.