ADVISORY: The Africa-America Institute to Honor US-Africa Private Sector at Spectacular 2016 Annual Awards Gala

September 20, 2016   /  FILED UNDER

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During the opening week of the United Nations General Assembly, The Africa-America Institute will celebrate and recognize the extraordinary dedication and pioneering achievements of US and African leaders at the AAI 2016 Annual Awards Gala on Tuesday, September 20, at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City.

This year’s theme is “Education: The Key to Africa’s Economic Growth”.  Distinguished U.S. and African leaders and top diplomats will gather for the evening affair. The gala will begin with a reception at 7:30PM, followed by dinner and awards ceremony at 8:30PM.


“The Awards Gala will recognize the extraordinary and unparalleled commitment of individuals and African countries for their collective contributions in promoting workforce development, economic growth and prosperity across the African continent,” said Kofi Appenteng, Chairperson of AAI’s Board of Trustees.




  • Aliko Dangote, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group
  • Ali Moshiri, President, Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company
  • Stephen Hayes, CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa
  • Sunil Benimadhu, Chief Executive of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius



  • H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Republic of Liberia
  • H.E.Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger
  • H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria
  • H.E. Manuel Domingos Vicente, Vice President of the Republic of Angola
  • H.E. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, Vice President of the Republic of Botswana
  • H.E. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Botswana
  • H.E. Shaw Kgathi, Minister of Defense, Justice and Security of Botswana
  • The Honorable Marjon V. Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Liberia
  • The Honorable Julia Duncan Cassell, Minister of Gender, Republic of Liberia
  • Andrew Young, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Mayor of Atlanta, and civil rights activist
  • Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist
  • Vladimir Duthiers, CBS News correspondent
  • Dikembe Mutombo, retired NBA basketball player and founder, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation
  • Ndaba Mandela, Founder, Africa Rising Foundation
  • Kweku Mandela Amuah, Founder, Africa Rising Foundation
  • Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the United States Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs
  • Linda Etim, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa, USAID
  • Florizelle B. Liser, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa
  • Austin Demby, ‎Director, PEPFAR, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • The Honorable Madame Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union Commission
  • The Honorable Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chair, African Union Commission
  • Ambassador Tete Antonio, Permanent Observer of the African Union Observer Mission to the UN, African Union Commission :


Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – Press Call Time: 6:30PM          

7:00-8:30PM – Red Carpet Arrivals [AAI Gala Honorees & VIPs]

8:30 PM – Dinner and Awards Ceremony



Cipriani 25 Broadway, 25 Broadway, New York City


MEDIA CONTACT: Shanta Bryant Gyan tel. +1-202-412-4603 •

MORE INFO: Visit the AAI Gala Page for more details on the awards gala.

Follow us on Twitter at @AAIAfrica and Facebook at for gala news and highlights. The event hashtag is #AAIGala.


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