EVENTS|AFRICAN ENTERPRISE AWARDS CELEBRATE HIGH ACHIEVERS EXCELLENTLY

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.

Washington MainA few words from the chairman of the Association For African Owned Enterprises – Washington Kapapiro:

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

Homestrings

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Renaissance Personnel

YOUNG BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR

Ashish Thakkar – Mara Group

MEDIA HOUSE OF THE YEAR

The Voice

AFRICAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Shaka Zulu

“OUT OF AFRICA” COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Eco Bank

REMITTANCE SERVICE OF THE YEAR

Western Union

AFRICAN CHARITY OF THE YEAR

Africa Justice Foundation

“FRIEND OF AFRICA” AWARD

Africa Research Institute

COMPANY OF THE YEAR

SAB Miller

AFRICAN BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Elsie Owusu OBE

AFRICAN BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR

Avi Lasarow

LIFETIME OF ENTERPRISE AWARDS

Lord Sheikh

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