AAI Annual Awards Gala

Thank you to the honorees, sponsors and supporters of AAI who all made this event possible. 

As always, the Awards Gala emphasized AAI’s focus on improving education in and about Africa. This year, we also commemorated the spirit of Interdependence.  As the global pandemic has demonstrated, the strength and power of our global relationships are crucial in times of crisis and achievement.  Every nation’s value, relevance, and success are intimately linked to, and fortified by, its connections to other nations, individuals, and institutions, regardless of industry, sector, or time zone.

Our 2021 honorees exemplify the spirit of collaboration and represent the innovation and resilience that are borne of Interdependence.  This year, we recognized:

  • The People of the Republic of Malawi, to be accepted by His Excellency Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi
  • World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, to be accepted by Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa
  • The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), to be accepted by Dr. John N. Nkengasong, MSc, PhD, Africa CDC Director
  • Ablade Glover, Artist, Educator and AAI Alumnus

The National Achievement Award: The People of the Republic of Malawi

Accepted by: His Excellency Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi

Introduction by: Amb. Michelle Gavin

With Remarks From: Derrick Johnson – President & CEO, NAACP

Humble Lukanda – AAI Trustee & Founder, Life Line Financial Group

L. Muthoni Wanyeki – Regional Director, Open Society Foundations

Global Health Solutions Champion: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)

Accepted by: Dr. John N. Nkengasong MSc, PhD, Africa CDC Director

Introduction by: Rebecca Lowell Edwards

With Remarks From: Mark Suzman – CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kuseni Dlamini – Chairman, Aspen Pharmacare Holdings, Ltd.

Reeta Roy – President & CEO, Mastercard Foundation

Global Health Equity Award: WHO Regional Office for Africa

Accepted by: Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa

Introduction by: Khumo Shongwe, AAI Trustees

Remarks by: Prof. Rose Gana Fomban Leke – Chair, African Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication

Prof. Peter Piot – Handa Professor Global Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Mark Suzman – CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ablade Glover, Artist, Educator and AAI Alumnus

Accepted by: Ablade Glover, Artist, Educator and AAI Alumnus

Introduction by: Humble Lukanga, AAI Trustee

Remarks by: Nat Nunoo-Amarteifio – Architectural Historian and former Mayor of Accra

Dr. Naa Djama Glover Osafo – Paediatrician

Wiz Kudowor – Artist

Additionally, we marked the 60th anniversary of the landmark African Scholarship Program of American Universities (ASPAU), and explored the impact of other crucial AAI initiatives.

We hope you enjoyed our 37th Annual Awards Gala us as we celebrated the many ways in which global partnerships have helped us all find moments of positivity in the face of adversity. 

For more information please contact AAI’s Chief Development Officer, Jourden Warren, via email at jwarren@aaionline.org or by phone at (646) 645-7286.

Sponsors

Partners

Donors

R. Miller Adams – Malaak Compton-Rock – Terry Considine – Carol Gram Deane – Rebecca Lowell Edwards – Robert Higgins – Peter & Marie Laugharn – Ghebre Selassie Mehreteab – Justin Meretab – Sara Meretab – Donald F. McHenry – Almaz Negash – Ed & Anne-Marie Resor – Amb. Robin Sanders – Anthony Stringer – Cyrus & Peg Vance – Jourden & Dorian Warren – Daniel & Sara Wofford.

About This Year’s Event

This year’s AAI Awards Gala will be hosted virtually to ensure the health and safety of all attendees and comply with local, state, and federal health guidelines.  AAI’s global network of partners and supporters will have two opportunities to stream the event, at 1 p.m. EST/5 p.m. GMT and 6 p.m. EST/10 p.m. GMT.

About the AAI Awards Gala

Since 1984, the AAI Annual Awards Gala has served as New York City’s most anticipated Africa-centered event.  Held during the United Nations General Assembly, the Gala convenes Heads of State, diplomats, domestic and international government officials, philanthropists, business leaders, journalists, and scholars to showcase African excellence.

View the 2020 Annual Awards Gala