AAI 38th Annual Awards Gala

Thank you to everyone who joined us!

The Africa-America Institute was delighted to announce our 38th Annual Awards Gala, which took place on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 at 6pm at Cipriani 42nd St, 110 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017.

Since its inception in 1984, the AAI Awards Gala is the most anticipated African-centered event in New York City and convenes a host of distinguished notables including heads of state, diplomats, government officials, business and civil society leaders, scholars, journalists, and other prominent figures for an unforgettable evening. Hosted by marketing executive, entrepreneur, and author, Bozoma Saint John, this year’s awards ceremony centered around the theme of “Africa in the World” and honored an illustrious group of leaders across industries who have used their platforms to advance and affect substantive change locally, nationally, and globally in their respective areas.

About the AAI Awards Gala

Held annually during the United Nations General Assembly, the Annual Awards Gala is held to support AAI as it strives to enrich the social fabric of humanity by connecting students and leaders across sectors, facilitating access to reliable information about Africa, and transforming the way we understand Africa and its worldwide diaspora. For the past six decades, AAI has provided over 23,000 scholarships and fellowships to African Students. Proceeds from the Annual Awards Gala will fund AAI’s programs and initiatives including AAI Scholarships, its School Services Program, and the State of Education on Africa Conference.

2022 Awards Gala Sponsors


Catalyst Sponsor

Innovation Sponsor


Scholars Sponsors

Ghebre Selassie Mehreteab

Custom Sponsorships


Media Partners

Gala Photos – view the full gallery here.