The awards night recorded a high turn-out of dignitaries and attendees from the African and Irish communities in Ireland, various non-governmental organizations as well as representatives from corporate organizations who were at the event to promote their products and services.
The South African Ambassador Mr. Azwindini Jeremiah Ndou was among the dignitaries and guests speakers in attendance at the Award Ceremony who captivated the crowd with their heart moving speech.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin representative Cllr. Paddy McCartan; Mr. Georges Omokhagbor O.Alabi Minister/Political/Economics Affairs of the Nigerian Embassy; Killian Forde the Chief Executive of the Integration Centre; David Byrne, the Chief Executive (Manager High Growth Markets) Enterprise Ireland as well as Tendai Madondo, programme development officer with Christian Aid Ireland all made the night a remarkable success.
“The African Leadership and Excellence Award which is a first initiative to fill a big gap identified in the community by The African Voice Newspaper was set up to reward outstanding performance in every work of life among immigrants of African descent living in Ireland,” says the paper’s publisher and editor, Nigerian Malcolm Eremionkhale.
“At the core of its mission is Reimaging Africa by promoting a positive image of Africa and Africans, challenging stereotypes and identifying potential mentors for first and second generation migrants in Ireland,” Mr. Eremionkhale added.
In a press statement, the paper said: “There were 12 categories of awards and categories that had a high representation were presented with two winners. For Community Development we had Marie Claire Kah and Patrick Maphoso; Art and Culture - Joe Odiboh and Jean Ryan Hakizamina; Media, legal or Fashion - Okeremute O. Okeregha; Sports Patrick Akpoveta and Cedric Mahango; Entrepreneur and Business - Maud Mc Guckin; Entertainment Debsandy; Educational Excellence - Dr. Stephen Onakuse; Future Leaders - Ifrah Ahmed and Billy Banda; Social Responsibility/Charities - Mr Zéphyrin Ngaliema Mukoko; Public Sector - Mark Moses Manty; and for Life Time Achievement - Rosemary Namuli Karuga.”
The night ended on a high note with all the supporters and contributors to the African Voice Newspaper being presented with a certificate of recognition.
About The African Voice Newspaper
The African Voice is a development education newspaper set up in Ireland in June 2007 to give voice to issues affecting the African continent and Africans in the Diaspora.
It publishes news and information aimed at educating African immigrants about Ireland and the majority Irish society about Africa and Africans.
The African Voice Newspaper, published and edited by founder Malcolm Eremionkhale, a Nigerian, is a bi-weekly circulated all over Ireland, particularly in major cities and towns.
The readership of the newspaper includes African immigrants and members of mainstream Irish society.
Written by Modou S. Joof