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he excellence of Africa’s past, present and future is measured by the achievements of her people and support by her friends. Each year there are those who distinguish themselves in service and achievement to warrant recognition and since 1991, it is the Africa Achievement Awards that honor them.

 

The 2009 Honorees will join a distinguished group of individuals and organizations who have received this honor before them. 

 

Past Honorees include: President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mariam Makeba, Stevie Wonder, President William J. Clinton, President Olusegun Obasanjo, President Abdoulaye Wade,  First Lady Chief (Mrs.) Stella Obasanjo, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congressman Mervyn Dymally , Dr. Mathias Fobi, Rev. Dr. Michael B. Beckwith, Dr. Dora Nkem Akunyili, and many outstanding and highly deserving organizations: National Geographic Society Television, Western Union International, Association of Nigerian Physicians In The Americas and the National Broadcasting Company-NBC.

 

The Africa Achievement Awards in their seventeenth year are produced and presented on behalf of the Celebrate Africa Foundation by The African Times Publications, publishers of The African Times/USA national news journal, published and edited in the USA since 1989, and acknowledged as “Africa’s Influential Media Voice in America.”

 

Of the Awards and the Africa Day Celebrations, the Awards Committee Chairman, Charles C.  Anyiam stated: “The Awards have brought a public and media recognition of Africa achievers and those who do her good—America needed this awareness to be made.  

 

“The seventeen years that the African Times have presented the Awards, from a modest beginning, now have become an internationally recognized and media-covered event. 

 

“And as in the past five years, the Awards now incorporate Africa Day Celebration. This was the first-ever event that America  joined the Continent in celebrating the day, when in 1963, in Addis Ababa, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) came into being and is now followed by the African Union (AU).

 

“This gala yearly event has become a social, political and diplomatic institution, that Presidents have acknowledged and honored, and the African Union, typically honors by the presence of Keynote Speaker, the African Union Ambassador to the United States.”

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