2018 Winners

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Titilayo Lawal

Chief Charles Ugo Eke

Kanayo O. Kanayo

"Growth and Development"  Award


Motivated by her love forhumanity, she has founded the Hope Rising Homes Corporation. This is a program that partners with schools to provide free school supplies and personal hygiene products to  students in various locations around the world, including many in Africa.   

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Kanayo O. Kanayo

Chief Charles Ugo Eke

Kanayo O. Kanayo

"Ultimate Entertainer"  Award


He has had a great hand in advancing Nollywood, (Nigerian films and TV), an industry that has provided about 5 billion dollars to the Nigerian economy as well as employing millions of people. Mr. Kanayo has also founded the Kanayo O. Kanayo Mentoring Academy to aide talented young people in persuing their dreams.

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Chief Charles Ugo Eke

Chief Charles Ugo Eke

Chief Charles Ugo Eke

"Information Awareness" Award


As CEO of Infotex Systems Inc, a company which supports computer technology of a number of companies, Mr. Eke has used his position to provide jobs for hundreds of African men and women. In addition, he has also had a hand in the Ngor Okpala Progressive Organisation and, most remarkably, the  Obama Organizing Fellowship, which helped coordinate the Obama campaign.


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Hon. Oliver Mbamara

Bishop & Pastor Taylor

Bishop & Pastor Taylor

"Cultural Ambassador" Award 


Aside from serving as a U.S. State Admin. judge and being a long standing member of the Nigerian Lawyers Association, Mr. Mbamara is a talented writer and motivational speaker. He has used these talents to train many Africans in the entertainment industry.

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Bishop & Pastor Taylor

Bishop & Pastor Taylor

Bishop & Pastor Taylor

"Heart of Gold" Award 


This powerful couple lead the Word of Faith International Outreach, which is responsible for projects such as the Harvest of Love and Prison Ministry. This program is meant to teach those in prison vocational rehab, skills, and the message of Christ. The Outreach has also provided many missions programs to help improve the lives of Africans. 

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Dr. Hyacinth Nwachukwu

Bishop & Pastor Taylor

Dr. Hyacinth Nwachukwu

"People's Champion" Award


He is truly a man of the people; Dr. Nwachukwu is actively involved in politics in both the United States and Nigeria, specifically when it involves fighting for his people's rights and standing against corrupt leadership/ selecting the right people to lead.


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Dr. La Vern Murray

Dr. La Vern Murray

Dr. La Vern Murray

"Friend of Africa" Award 


This Associate Pastor of Doxa Ministries Church takes her ministry to prisions, nursing homes and orphanages. Dr. Murray also is in liason with Comedor Education de Paz, a missions group in Guatemala, as well as the Potter's House Ministry and the Pentacostal Fellowship of Nigeria and Christian Association of Nigeria. In addition to the gospel, Dr Murray and these groups provide food and necessities for families in need wherever they go. 

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Joi John

Dr. La Vern Murray

Dr. La Vern Murray

"Excellence in Journalism" Award


Widely recognized as Nigeria's first female political blogger, she has been listed as one of Africa's most influential political pundits on social media; Ms. John has op-eds published on several local and international news websites. In 2009, she founded the Organization of African Female Entrpeneurs, which strives to help women in rural African Communities set up businesses to support their families. On top of this, she is the founder of the Miss Plus Africa Pageant System, which provides a platform for full-figured African women to participate in pageantry.

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Dr. Djamson Ayim

Dr. La Vern Murray

Dr. Djamson Ayim

"African Hope" Award


As a renowned cardiologist and first class surgeon, Dr. Ayim has brought his expertise to the table as a member of both the African Women's Cancer Awareness Association and the President ot the DMV Chapter of Ghana Physicians and Surgeons Foundation, an organization responsible for numberous medical missions and education programs in Africa. 

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Musa Mohammed

Saloumba Cherif

Saloumba Cherif

"Technology Development" Award


In his tenure as a regional technical trainer in PSAV, the world's largest Audio-Visual Company, he has hired many African men and women for his company and still strives to do so. Currently, Mr. Mohammed runs Linxerve Academy, where he trains many minorities in Information Technology and helps them find jobs.



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Saloumba Cherif

Saloumba Cherif

Saloumba Cherif

"Growth and Enrichment" Award


Mr. Cherif has a passion for assisting those less fortunate than him. This passion lead him to co-found the Hope of Guinea in 2010. This is a nonprofit organization that invests in the education of underprivileged children in Guinea.  He is also the current president of the Association of Guineans in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia, where his duties range from helping Guinean immigrants join American society to assisting members in need of healthcare and housing. 


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Djessou Conteh

Saloumba Cherif

Djessou Conteh

"Ultimate Healer" Award 


She is not only the Senior Project Officer of the African Committee (USA), a non-profit organization that fights to end female genital mutilation, but she is also the founder of Vacances Excision, an organization that holds events to raise awareness for FGM. In addition, she makes it her duty to teach young girls the importance of saying no to FGM, and she volunteers her time with NGOs, lawmakers and religious leaders to put an end to such harmful traditions. 

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Shelia Hawkins-Bucklew

Shelia Hawkins-Bucklew

Shelia Hawkins-Bucklew

"Innovative Entrepenurship" Award


She is a propronent and astute believer of equality and women's rights.  In 2014, Se launched Hawkins-Buckley Handcrafted Jewelry Designs. She partnered with Hawa Liman a Nigerian Fashion Designer to host their creative Entrepeneurship Bootcamp. Her goal: to  empower women through jewelry. 


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Sade Oshinubi-Dada

Shelia Hawkins-Bucklew

Shelia Hawkins-Bucklew

 "Excellence in Activism" Award


She is a chairwoman of the board of the United people for African congress, an non-profit organization in DC. It is committed to building bridges and providing a voice to the millions of ethnic Africans living in the Unites States. The goal is to ensure that they have representation in policy making on every government level, from local to federal. She is also a government affairs counsel at a trade association where she works on broadband deployment to ensure Africans have access to internet and other social benefits.

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Kofo Adeyina

Shelia Hawkins-Bucklew

Kofo Adeyina

"Good Will Ambassador" Award


She is a founding member of Nigerians in Diaspora Michigan Chapter and a founding member and Vice President of The Nigerian Reunian Corportation, which has hosted the largest community of young Nigerians over the last 20 years. As a strong believer of giving back, she has completed to projects in her Alma Mater, Government Girls College Gboko: equipping the school clinic with better supplies and providing solar generated boreholes that provide running water to dorms. 

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Pastor Shina Enitan

Dr. Joy Nicole Martinez

Dr. Joy Nicole Martinez

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Dr. Joy Nicole Martinez

Dr. Joy Nicole Martinez

Dr. Joy Nicole Martinez

 "Empowerment" Award


She is the Founder and CEO of Alchemist Agency, a non-profit, NGO management and leadership development consulting firm with a focus on health care facilities.  She sits on the board of renowned organizations such as Franklin Foundation for Innovation and Wisdom to Believe Foundation. 

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Dr. Michael Mireku

Dr. Joy Nicole Martinez

Dr. Michael Mireku

"Health Educator" Award


As an adjunct professor for schools such as Virginia Commonwealth University and Howard University, he became a great mentor to many African/ minority students in the School of Pharmacy. In May of 2018, Dr. Myreku began his own wholesale Pharmacy Equipment business in Ghana, his home country.  Currently however, he is involved in Ghanaian politics in an effort to improve life for his people.

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ODUNA (Offa Descendants Union of North America)

ODUNA (Offa Descendants Union of North America)

ODUNA (Offa Descendants Union of North America)

"Community Healer" Award


This is an organization established with the sole aim of making an impact in Offa communities both in the disaspora and those back home in Offa, Kwara State, Nigeria. Not only have its members been awarding scholarships to high-school and college students back home, but they have also supported the local hospital for four years, carrying out a  number of dental, general and cataract surgeries. 

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Sandra Asomugha

ODUNA (Offa Descendants Union of North America)

ODUNA (Offa Descendants Union of North America)

"Young at Heart" Award


In an effort to end the cycle through healthy living in African countries, she began the Health to Wealth Initiative in July 2015. In doing so, she has completed many humanitarian missions, including providing hygienic supplies, water and clothing to motherless children and internally displaced people. In December 2017, she conducted a free health fair in the health center of an African village, where people could be examined for conditions ranging from malaria to blood pressure.