By Eric Elezuo
The 2017 edition of the annual African Achievers Awards is billed to take place at the United Kingdom House of Parliament on Thursday, November 30, 2017, with the theme: “GIRL CHILD’S RIGHT TO EDUCATION: A CASE FOR AFRICA”.
The African Achievers Awards is a forum that has consistently honoured great African Achievers ranging from African Leaders, Young Achievers, Community Builders to Captains of Industries across the continent. The Awards ceremony, which is always grand and elegant, has fast become established as one of the biggest gatherings of influential and global African Achievers on the continent.
Among past Honorees are Arch. Bishop Desmond Tutu, former President of the Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Jakaya Kikwete; University Chancellor and sports woman, Dr. Margaret Blick Kigozi, a former Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority, who currently works as a consultant at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Chairman and Founder of Channels Television, Mr. John Momoh; Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, Kofi Annan Foundation, Justina Mutale Foundation, The African Development Bank (AFDB); International Gospel Songstress, Sinach, Dr. Mathews Phosa, Moggesukkel Foundation, former Chairperson of the African Union Commission H.E. (Dr.) Dlamini Zuma and many more.
Now in its seventh edition, this year’s ceremony which includes a seminar and awards ceremony is hosted by Rt. Hon. Diane Abbott, the United Kingdom Shadow Home Secretary, and will be chaired by former Mayor of the London Borough of Hackney and Chairperson African Achievers Awards Board, Susan Fajana Thomas.
The discussion session, which will provide an overview of the state of girl child education in Africa, will be supervised by the CEO Afruca, Debbie Ariyo Obe while Dr. Josephine Ojiambo Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General will give the Key note address.
According to the Founder/Principal Partner, African Achievers Awards, Rex Idaminabo, the seventh edition shall focus on Girls right to Education; a case for Africa. He noted that despite progress in education, there are many reasons that prevent girls from going to school among which are poverty, pregnancy, school-based violence, child marriage and discriminatory gender norms are some of the major obstacles to girls’ education worldwide.
The Principal Partner also disclosed that one of the high points of this years awards will be the presentation of honours awards to Africans making a difference in their different fields.
Other Speakers at the highly motivated occasion will include top policy makers from the Commonwealth, UNICEF and other top world oriented agencies.
The 2017 event is supported by three International NGO’s namely SFT Foundation Trust, AFRUCA Children’s Charity and Justina Mutale Foundation.