The exclusive Connaught rooms in London saw an array of highly successful entrepreneurs, dignitaries and Ambassadors gather for the inaugural African Enterprise Awards.
The combined dinner gala and ceremony was an elegant affair which served to celebrate high achievers from various sectors with an aim to highlight the leading African professionals and organisations.
Representatives from charities; Melqosh Mission International, Save the Rhino Foundation and The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (UK) took to the stage to each speak about their respective campaigns. Guests were also treated to a spoken word performance from Kimberley Kasirowore and music from the Koras Players, followed by UK Afrobeats artist May7ven.
The event was organised by the AAOE Committee.
“Our selection committee has worked around the clock to ensure we have nominees who are worthy and befitting of the honour of winning each category. We conducted an exhaustive assurance and due diligent process, ensuring all our nominees are credible, authentic and deserving of their place. We consulted Companies House, online research and contacted his or her peers to ensure we got an accurate assessment of each candidate.
Today, I am proud to say that each nominee has passed our most strict and stringent appraise; and having their name listed as nominees is truly a badge of honour for each and every one of our nominees.
But unfortunately there can only be one winner. Our winners (sic) have been decided upon by our independent Panel of Judges. Our judges were selected for their experience and expertise in their fields. Most of our judges themselves are award winners. They know and have experienced success themselves; and their professional pedigree makes them credible judges to determine worthy winners.
I would like to extend a special thanks to all my team whose work has made it possible. Through this journey I received a lot of support from friends and peers. I would like to thank you all for your support and shared wisdom. It has been truly appreciated.
Finally I would like to thank you or guests for coming out to join us on this trademark occasion – where Africans from all corners of Africa, come together as one, to celebrate their excellence in enterprise here in the UK.”
The Association for African Owned Enterprises (AAOE) is a non-profit organization formed to serve as a representative for businesses owned, directed or serving the African community and individual professionals. For more information or to become a member please visit the website. http://www.aaoe.org.uk
Thanks note from Nasilele Ailola (CEO of Holistic Visions and Editor of NVLife Magazine)
“ What an awesome display of excellency and superb enterprise among our Africans and representatives. The event was of an extremely high standard and the ambience created was of warmth and elegance. We look forward to next year’s event – thank you so much for the invitation. On behalf of ‘What When Where Events, holistic visions and nvlifemagazine, we would like to extend our thanks and best regards in bringing forth next year’s African Enterprise Awards.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!!!
AFRICAN JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Yvonne Ndege – Al-jazeera
AFRICAN PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Eddie Kadi – Comedian
COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Barbara Kasumu – Elevation Networks
BUSINESS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Tony Ofori – Bank of America Merrill Lynch
AFRICAN FINANCIER OF THE YEAR
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
YOUNG BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Ashish Thakkar – Mara Group
MEDIA HOUSE OF THE YEAR
AFRICAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
“OUT OF AFRICA” COMPANY OF THE YEAR
REMITTANCE SERVICE OF THE YEAR
AFRICAN CHARITY OF THE YEAR
Africa Justice Foundation
“FRIEND OF AFRICA” AWARD
Africa Research Institute
COMPANY OF THE YEAR
AFRICAN BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Elsie Owusu OBE
AFRICAN BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR
LIFETIME OF ENTERPRISE AWARDS