AAI Awards Gala


September 22, 2014


Gotham Hall
1356 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

The Africa-America Institute will host its 30th Annual Awards Gala on Monday, September 22 at Gotham Hall in New York City. The theme of this year’s Awards Gala is “Powering Africa’s Future through Regional and Global Partnerships”.
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.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka gala page


Special Musical Tribute to 20 Years of South African Democracy by Legendary South African Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka



Alassane_Ouattara thumbnailH.E. ALASSANE OUATTARA

President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire

AAI 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award


Vivienne_Yeda_-_Director_GeneralVivienne Yeda

Director-General, East African Development Bank (EADB)

AAI 2014 Business Leader Award


Thandika_MkandawireProfessor Thandika Mkandawire

Chair of African Development, London School of Economics (LSE)

AAI 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Jay Ireland -milken GEGeneral Electric

Jay Ireland, President and CEO of GE Africa, will accept the award on behalf of GE

AAI 2014 Corporate Responsibility Award

Honorary Co-Chairs:

The Honorable George Monyemangene, South African Consul General; Ambassador Alice Dear of A.M. Dear & Associates; Somi, A Rwandan Singer & Songwriter; Malaak Compton-Rock of The Angelrock Project; Nuno Santo, Global Marketing Director at Pfizer; Actor Jeffrey Wright; and South African Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka


Evening Program

6:00pm–7:00pm: Cocktail Reception

7:00pm: Dinner and Awards Ceremony