Asked about President Obama’s efforts to bridge the Diaspora gap, H.E. Dr. Erieka Bennett, Ambassador of the (AU) Diaspora African Forum remarked, “I am personally thrilled to see the descendants of enslaved Africans work together with their continental brothers and sisters to dispel the stories that have kept our people apart. President Obama is a descendant. We are thankful to see him engage Africa in a meaningful way.” The Bridge Builders Awards celebrate the legacy of President Obama and the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit through our honorees.
The African Diaspora Bridge Builder Awards Honorees
Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa (Bernadette Paolo, Esq., President & CEO)
African Diaspora Network/ ADN (Almaz Negash, Founder & President)
Africare (Dr. Darius Mans, President)
Constituency for Africa/ CFA (Melvin P. Foote, President)
Diaspora Africa Women’s Network/ DAWN (Semhar Araia, Founder & Executive Director)
Rita Marley Foundation (Nana Rita Marley OD, Founder)
The Nigerian House Committee on Diaspora Affairs (Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairperson)
TransAfrica (Danny Glover, Chairman of the Board)
Brother Akbar Muhammad
Princess Naa Asie Okansey
Dr. Chika A. Onyeani
Ms. Jeannie B. Scott
Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan (Posthumously)
Ambassador Dr. Bamanga Tukur
J. Eric Wright
H. E. Dr. Nkosazana Diamini Zuma
The celebration is supported by the (AU) Diaspora African Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The AU Diaspora African Foundation supports communication and understanding among all African descendants through education, exchange programs, activities and conferencing.
The African Diaspora Bridge Builders Awards
Honoring The African Diaspora’s most prominent ‘Bridge Builders’ who have made contributions in the areas of development, strengthening relationships and providing opportunities for returning Africans.
August 4, 2014
Silent Auction, 5:30PM
Dinner and Awards, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
The Washington Marriott at Metro Center
775 12th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. For interviews with H.E. Dr. Erieka Bennett, Ambassador of the (AU) Diaspora African Forum please contact email@example.com.
About the African Union (AU) Diaspora African Forum
The (AU) Diaspora African Forum is an African Union endorsed non-governmental organization which was established on the 1st of July, 2007. The Mission was born as a result of the recommendations of the African Union ad hoc Ministerial Committee that, the AU should invite and encourage the full participation of Africans in the Diaspora in the building of the African Union, in its capacity as an important part of the continent. The (AU) Diaspora African Forum Mission is the first diplomatic mission of its kind to be established in Africa and has its headquarters located in Accra, Ghana on the premises of the historic W.E.B. Dubois Centre. The mission is opened to all willing individuals and organizations who share in the vision and goals of the (AU) Diaspora African Forum Mission.
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