The event, organised by African Peoples Advocacy in collaboration with the Association for African Owned Enterprises and the Centre of African Studies, proved extremely popular. The guests, who braved the disruptions and delays caused by the general strike, were so numerous that extra chairs had to be found to accommodate everybody. Mr Christian Udechukwu, Managing Director of BusinessinAfrica Events and Adviser to the African Peoples Advocacy (APA), welcomed the attendees.
The achievements of our organisation, African Peoples Advocacy (APA), so far have exceeded all our expectations: we received an invitation from the UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, when he visited the Medway Towns in April 2010.
The APA Founder and Director, Ms Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell, was congratulated by Gordon Brown for her leadership. The British Prime Minister also congratulated APA for “promoting community cohesion in Medway” through the Afro-Beat Isolation project.
In comparison with similar initiatives, the Women for Africa Awards really stood out! The organisers- Sam and Tola Onigbanjo- avoided the usual focus on entertainment, beauty etc and instead focused on the achievements of African women in a range of fields including business, education and the media.
Though there was a Nigerian focus, women were awarded from many different countries across Africa. There were too many winners for me to mention each one here but there are two women in particular who deserve a special mention.