Annual AAI Awards Gala

33rd Annual AAI
Awards Gala

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The Mandarin Oriental
80 Columbus Circle, New York

The Africa-America Institute held its Annual Awards Gala on Tuesday, September 19 at The Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle, New York.

Held annually during the United Nations General Assembly, the Annual Awards Gala is one of the most anticipated Africa-focused events in New York City. The Awards Gala brings together distinguished guests including African Heads of State and diplomats, international and senior U.S. government officials, business and civil society leaders, educators, journalists, philanthropists and other prominent figures who are working towards advancing economic and development progress in Africa.

Since its first Annual Awards Dinner in 1984, AAI has honored individuals who are working to fulfill AAI’s mission of increasing Africa’s human capacity for development  and promoting engagement between the African continent and America.


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This year’s awards included:


The National Achievement Award presented to  H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on behalf of the People of the Republic of Ghana.





The Leadership in African Media & Arts Award, presented to Nicole Amarteifio, Creator, Director and Producer of the critically acclaimed television series, An African City.






The African Business Leader Award presented to Mr. Jim Ovia, Chairman, Managing Director and CEO of Zenith Bank.







The Award for Innovation and Technology, presented to Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer, Uber