AAI Awards Gala

Hilton New York

September 25, 2013


Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

The Africa-America Institute will host a spectacular 60th Anniversary Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 25 at the New York Hilton in New York City. The theme of this year’s 60th Anniversary Awards Gala is “Unlocking Africa’s Greatest Asset for 60 Years.”

Held annually during the opening week of the United Nations General Assembly, distinguished U.S. and African leaders and top diplomats will gather for one of the most high profile events celebrating African achievement in New York City.


Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

African Union

Organization of African Unity

AAI Institutional Legacy Award

H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chair of the African Union Commission, will accept the award on behalf of the African Union.

Tony Elumelu

Tony Elumelu

Nigerian entrepreneur, philanthropist and Chairman of Heirs Holdings Limited and Founder, Tony O.Elumelu Foundation

AAI Leadership Award in Business and Philanthropy

Dr. Yumkella

Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella

Special Representative of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

AAI Distinguished Alumnus Award

Chevron Logo


2013 AAI Corporate Award for its corporate responsibility initiatives across Africa



The Gala program will feature a “Conversation on Africa’s Past, Present and Future”. Invited speakers are Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chair of the African Union H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, President of Ghana H.E. John Dramani Mahama (Confirmed), President of Namibia H.E. Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba; President of Nigeria H.E. Goodluck Jonathan, and President of South Africa H.E. Jacob Zuma; and President of Tanzania H.E. Jakaya Kikwete (Confirmed).


Evening Program

5:45pm–6:15pm: Press Briefing

6:00pm–7:00pm: Cocktail Reception

7:00pm: Dinner and Awards Ceremony