Pride of Africa Asia-Pacific Awards are an annual event hosted by the APPRECIATE AFRICA NETWORK. Their main purpose is to 'APPRECIATE' African individuals who are making remarkable contributions in the society through their different areas of expertise and services in the African community. These awards are also to motivate others to act.
Who is the brain behind this noble cause?
Appreciate Africa Network was founded by Zimbabwean born Dr Samantha T. Sibanda about 5 years ago.She was recently among the top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent CLASS 2018.(MIPAD2018).This comes after a declaration by the United Nations proclaiming 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent.MIPAD recognises high achievers of African descent all around the world in spirit of recognition,justice and development of Africa.Dr Samantha is just at the right place because of her hard-work and love for people and development.
According to Dr Samantha, the network was founded to educate and create awareness about the beauty of Africa and its diversity. Her driving force was the prejudice and discrimination she was facing while studying in China. When faced with a situation meant to crumble you think beyond your challenge.
Appreciate Africa Network organises events meant to educate people about Africa.The coming together of people through events organised by Appreciate Africa Network help create a community of people who appreciate and embrace each other's diversity.
The 3rd Pride of Africa Asia-Pacific Awards were held on the 16th of June at Marriot Hotel in Beijing. The event was really colorful just is expected where Africans are. In attendance were diplomats representing different countries in Africa and other dignitaries from other non-African countries.Including guest of honor Ambassador of Zimbabwe to China, Honorable Chikawa.
Among the winners was the Ambassador of Cape Verde to China, Tania Romualdo. She won the Woman of The Year Award for her outstanding openness and helpfulness to many people. She was unanimously voted by the people.
There were more the 25 categories and all nominees were awarded with certificates by Dr Samantha.
The Community Champion Award went to Zimbabwean Ms Rugare Marian Moyo for her work in the community. She is the founder of Women of Virtue which is a christian based organisation. She holds different events around that are meant to empower women and gives them opportunity to speak up and interact with others from different African and non-African countries.
Award for CREATIVITY AND ENTERPRISE went to KAIRO, a brand founded by Akio an international student from Zambia.
Sportsperson of The Year was a foreign student from Botswana.
Community Organisation of The Year ,FAAJHOUSE Nigerian owned.
Outstanding Community Service ,SEVEN'S COLLECTION.
MUSIC AND AFRICA
In between awards, guest were entertained by different African groups. They included the upcoming musician from Zimbabwe who just launched his album in Beijing Trevor Sibanda.
The young and vibrant dancing crew.
Traditional music from Uganda.
FASHION AND BEAUTY IN AFRICA.
The most beautiful smile of the night was from this beautiful young African Princess.
0ther outstanding awards.
The whole idea is to get inspired and do more. It's not only about awards but about having people at heart. An event like this is a call for all stakeholders to come together and make it work in Africa. Africa has the brains as exhibited at this event. More needs to be done ensure this success benefits back in Africa.