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|| 2019 Guest Speaker ||

Hon. Eugene W. Grant

The Honorable Eugene W. Grant, as an advocate and leader, serves as the longest tenured Mayor in the 89-year history of Seat Pleasant: A smart city of excellence, Mayor Grant has successfully spearheaded the digital transformation of the city making Seat Pleasant the World's First Authentic Small Smart City. 

2019 Winners

Olesegun Adeyina

Olesegun Adeyina

Olesegun Adeyina

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 Olusegun Adeyina serves the community by participating in African-oriented organizations. He is currently the National President for the Nigerian American Public Advisory Committee USA (NAPAC USA), whose primary goal is focusing on public policy issues for the Nigerian-American community. He is also currently a Board member of the Global African Business Association (GABA) an organization that promotes business between Michigan and African Countries. 

Mr. Adeyina is also a Board member of African Missions North America (AMNA) for RCCG and Board Member of Exodus Guild who promote charitable programs for disability in Africa.

In addition, he is one of the Co-Founders and President of NRC (Nigerian Reunion Corporation). The NRC  hosts the largest gathering of young Nigerians, attracting 3000 – 6000 attendees to its “Annual Nigerian Reunion”( now known as “The Nigerian Arts, Culture, and Music Festival”) since 2000.

Rita Ampomah

Olesegun Adeyina

Olesegun Adeyina

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Rita Ampomah is a well-established businesswoman from Prince William County, Virginia. 

Since starting business in 2012, she and her husband have opened numerous shops in the area, including a restaurant and grocery stores. 

Aside from entrepreneurship, this mother of four also partakes in philanthropy, generously working with religious leaders in her church to aide families in need. 

Mrs. Ampomah has also dedicated her time to creating job opportunities for young African immigrants who seek job opportunities in the hair-care industry.

Gloria Mensah

Olesegun Adeyina

Dr. George Ego-Osuala

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Gloria Mensah is currently the Executive Director of GK Folks Foundation, a 501 (C) (3) Nonprofit. This foundation is focused on creating scholarship opportunities for African students and refugees. Mensah’s efforts include providing educational & entrepreneurial resources/opportunities for African students in diaspora to pursue their platforms, professional goals, and successfully complete their educational endeavors here in the United States. 

GK Folks Foundation's programs includes, Miss Africa Utah, Miss Africa Idaho and Miss Africa Arizona Cultural Scholarship Program. These programs create an opportunity for African immigrants and refugee students to apply and compete for scholarships from the African Scholarship fund organized by GK Folks Foundation. 


For more information on GK Folks Foundation, please follow the clickable link [right here.]

Dr. George Ego-Osuala

Dr. George Ego-Osuala

Dr. George Ego-Osuala

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Dr. George Ego-Osuala is a medical doctor with 43 years of practice experience.  

While serving 15 of those years in Nigeria, he was the medical officer in charge of General Hospital Arochukwu, a government hospital centered in his home state (Imo State, Nigeria).  

Recently, Dr. Ego-Osuala completed the construction of a 30-bed hospital in the same state, which cost a whopping $800 million naira (2.3 million USD). Commissioned by the minister of Health in Nigeria, this project of passion was done in an effort to give back to his community.  

In the US, however, his medical community service transitioned to the professional side.  He has served as Chairman of both the Association on Nigerian Physicians in the Washington Metropolitan Area and the Old Orlu Progressive Union.   


For a link to Dr. Osuala's Hopsital, please [click here.]

Nana Asare

Dr. George Ego-Osuala

Hearts Desire Decor

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 Nana Asare founded Nana’s Project after a misdiagnosis at the hospital resulted in the death of her uncle. To ensure other families would not undergo the same fate, Nana’s Project was started to remove finance and distance as obstacles to proper health care for underprivileged groups.  

The team at Nana’s Project does this by supporting hospital and clinic building in Ghana and providing medical supplies (including beds, stretchers, wheelchairs and gloves). Ms. Asare has completed her goal in creating medical access to over 100,000 people. Since 2016, Nana’s Project has provided 6 shipments of medical supplies, as well as aide to 13 hospitals. They’ve additionally been able to help 600 children in Ghana find school supplies.   


For more on Nana's Project, please [click here.]

Hearts Desire Decor

Dr. George Ego-Osuala

Hearts Desire Decor

Hearts Desire Décor is an event decoration business based in the Washington Metropolitan Area (DMV). This all-female team of decorators drew experience hands-on decor and event decor management. In building their business, they have taken on the role of training young African women to develop passion for work and entrepreneurship. Head members include Mrs. Judith B. Zambo (CEO), Mrs. Sarah Atekwane (President), Mrs. Euphemia Agwe (Financial Secretary) and Mrs. Comfort F. Njohjam (Corporate Secretary). 

Mofoluke Sloan

Titilola Caetano

Titilola Caetano

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 Mofoluke Sloan began Transforming Grace International Outreach Ministries (TGIOM) in 2008 with the original intention of helping the indigenous people Ijesaland, Nigeria. In particular, the goal was to provide those with previously untreated or self-diagnosed illnesses to basic health care. Since then, TGIOM has spread out to help other communities Nigeria and Sierra Leone. For the past 10 years, this ministry has impacted over 10,000 people. 

TGIOM brings various medical professionals to these communities annually.  They provide a wide array of medical services, such as basic medical procedures, dental and vision care and medical consultations (at no cost to the members of these communities). The team has even completed successful eye surgeries and other minor surgeries.  

Additionally, the TGIOM volunteer team in the United States collects clothes, toys and medications to donate to these communities.   


For more on TGIOM, [click here.]

Titilola Caetano

Titilola Caetano

Titilola Caetano

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 Titilola Caetano founded Vineyard International as a sub division of Vineyard of the Hope Foundation to spread its mission to Africa. Vineyard International aims to increase the well being of poorer populations by providing medical screening services and providing welfare relief items to those in need. Since 2014, the members of this ministry have served various underdeveloped countries/ communities, including those in Oyo State, Nigeria, Mrs. Caetano’s home state. Annually, they distribute non-perishable food items, clothes, shoes and medical supplies to at least 3000 people. Additionally, they have provided resources to a number of refugee camps in Africa, and have partnered with the Nigerian Red Cross.  

At home, Vineyard International serves the local community by providing kids the special needs community with meals and additional resources. 



For more about Vineyard, [click here.]

Mariama Conte

Titilola Caetano

Theodosia Shayo

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 Mariama Conteh is a Miss Guinea North America 2018 “Queen Mother” winner and a  pre-kindergarten teacher working in the District of Columbia. She enjoys giving her time and love to her young students at school, but her teaching and community service goes beyond the scope of the classroom. With aide from the Inter-African Committee, she taught children from her home country of Guinea about the consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM). She also formed Mama Conte’s Village in the DMV, where she teaches American children about African heritage, so that the spirit of and interest in Africa can continue to grow in the States. 

Theodosia Shayo

Mohammed El Hajjam

Theodosia Shayo

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 Theodosia Shayo is a prolific social activist and entrepreneur from Austin, Texas . After working as a lawyer and human rights activist in her home country of Tanzania, she came to the United States and founded Shavanthe Inc, a multicultural clothing line business with the goal of empowering women. She has also started an International Multicultural Festival to promote diversity and connect people of similar interests. Continuing her passion of bridging the gap between the USA and Africa, she co-founded the African Business and Social Alliance in 2016. There, members complete philanthropic work and inter-community connection. As a strong proponent of Women’s empowerment, she has also participated in  different women’s causes, including International Women’s Network and Women’s March on Austin. 

Mohammed El Hajjam

Mohammed El Hajjam

Mohammed El Hajjam

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Mohammed EL Hajjam is the President/CEO of AV Action a thriving Audio-Visual Company based in the DMV. On his own, he built up a mid-size business and used it to help those in his community garner their own success. For example, Mr. Hajjam has provided assistance by offering career training services to youths in the area, mentoring and supporting small AV business owners, and fostering minority business relations with decision makers in the public sector. Four years ago, he founded the Moroccan American Business Network to increase collaboration between American businesses and Moroccan upstarts.  

De Grace Foundation

Mohammed El Hajjam

Mohammed El Hajjam

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De Grace foundation is charity organization (501 3c) that is focused on providing resources and opportunities for the less privileged in Africa. In the realm of education, this organization has given out several scholarships for students in elementary school or older who were otherwise not able to complete school for financial or health reasons. Additionally, De Grace has supplied Afara Special Education Center (school for the blind) with special education materials. De Grace’s other charitable activities to these under-served communities include providing resources for orphanage homes, renovating school buildings, supplying students with food and water, shipment of medical supplies and first aid, and financial support for those struggling with hospital bills. 

Abdul Rasheed Abubakar

Juliette Mills-Lutterodt

Abdul Rasheed Abubakar

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Abdul Rasheed Abubakar is a veteran Broadcast-Journalist, Entrepreneur and Publisher of Diaspora Today Magazine, a leading voice for Africans in the Diaspora.  Through quality news reporting, his company bridges the gap between Africa and the Diaspora.

Abdul Rasheed is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer CABNCTV based in Washington District of Columbia USA.  


For a link to his news network, please visit the following link: 

[Click Here]

Dr. Danladi Idrisa

Juliette Mills-Lutterodt

Abdul Rasheed Abubakar

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 Danladi Saleh Idrisa is a medical doctor and a trained humanitarian officer. He works as a humanitarian program analyst with the United Nations Population Fund in Yobe State, implementing USAID-funded projects. In 2014, he counseled and offered psycho-social support to parents of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram militants. . Dr. Danladi has also implemented and coordinated several projects for NGOs and other international agencies, in which he has built capacity among community members to overcome trauma and other psycho-social issues.

Juliette Mills-Lutterodt

Juliette Mills-Lutterodt

Juliette Mills-Lutterodt

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 Juliette Mills-Lutterodt is a mother, wife and director and entrepreneur.  After surviving breast cancer and chemotherapy, she founded Pink for Africa, which creates public awareness and education about risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and overcoming the negativity or stigma surrounding breast cancer in African women. She also works with Her Jul’s Collection, which manufactures Italian leather handbags with a blend of multi-cultural designs to them.  


For more information on Pink for Africa, please visit the following link: 

[Click here]

H.R.M Nnenna Ani

H.R.M Nnenna Ani

Juliette Mills-Lutterodt

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Her Royal Majesty Dr. Nnenna Ani is an award winning Nigerian Actress from the UK. She is the current president of Nollywood Entertainment and Leadership Awards.  Nnenna starred in many top Nollywood productions, she is known for her Lead role in the Award winning movie Oga Detective as Nino Brown (Directed by Francis Uwadi) and the movie Blood Type.

Matthew Reeds

H.R.M Nnenna Ani

Bacchus Roberts

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 Matthew Reeds a philanthropist and community service leader from Baltimore, Maryland. As a sibling to someone with special needs and frustrated by the lack and utter neglect of citywide resources, Matthew Reeds started the Reeds Autism and Sarcoidosis Fund, a Baltimore based non-for-profit that brings social, financial, and political awareness to autism and sarcoidosis. It is a Baltimore based non-for profit that brings social, financial, and political awareness to autism and sarcoidosis. The Reeds Autism and Sarcoidosis Fund understands the necessity to partner with global leaders while identifying high-impact solutions that can effectively alleviate health disparities while providing individuals the opportunity to live vibrant, productive lives.

Bacchus Roberts

H.R.M Nnenna Ani

Bacchus Roberts

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D. Baccus Roberts is a Health Safety and Environment Manager from Liberia. He has spent his time promoting development of youths in his country and donations to slum communities. 

Additionally, he has made it a responsibility to clean up his community by clearing plastic waste that polluted local waterways and re-purposing them as yard tiles. To continue this work, Mr. Roberts has also started a pilot program to train young people in Monrovia, Liberia about ways of protecting the environment and recycling.  


For more information about Mr. Roberts. click the following link: 

[Click Here]

Cindy Tawiah

Salome Nyokabi Munyaka

Salome Nyokabi Munyaka

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More information about the work of Ms. Tawiah  can be found at the following clickable links:

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Salome Nyokabi Munyaka

Salome Nyokabi Munyaka

Salome Nyokabi Munyaka

Salome Nyokabi Munyaka has championed in promoting the Girl Child education for the Kenyan Community living in the diaspora. Currently, she runs the Miss Kenya USA Pageant that creates a platform to support young women in their pursue of education, as well as their passions for fighting social issues such as drug abuse and domestic violence.  

Nkiruka Elizabeth Ucheya

Salome Nyokabi Munyaka

Nkiruka Elizabeth Ucheya

More information about Mrs. Ucheya can be found here : [Click to go to a new Website.]

More information about the work of Mrs. Ucheya can be found here : [Click to go to a new Website.]

H.R.H Sam Ihekwoaba

H.R.H Sam Ihekwoaba

Nkiruka Elizabeth Ucheya

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His Royal Highness Sam Ihekwoaba is the traditional community leader of  Ihitta Ogada in Imostate, Nigeria.  He serves his people, both at home and in the Diaspora, supporting and empowering the less fortunate. He has sponsored and financed medical missions to people in the area, secured jobs for youths and widows, and has helped resource businesses. He continues to work towards building a better community for those around hi

H.R.H Sam Ihekwoaba

Pearl Thrinny

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Pearl Thrinny

H.R.H Sam Ihekwoaba

Pearl Thrinny

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 Pearl Thrinny has a passion for giving back to the people of Ghana. During a visit to Africa, she observed the poor condition of the people living there and decided to act. In 2015, Ms. Thrinny got involved in helping to build a better health care system within her African community. Since then, she has been sending medical supplies and clothes to two different hospitals in Ghana every year.
She is motivated to continue send more to other African countries to help improve health care and living conditions.