The African Achievers Awards, founded in 2010, was designed to inspire achievement, and address the misconceptions of a non-achieving society, and replace those views with accolades from those who are actively and independently contributing greatly towards developing a prosperous and more fruitful Social environment bringing about solidarity and community spirit.
The 9th Edition of the prestigious Awards was held at the House of Commons, House of Parliament, United Kingdom on the 11th of July 2019 with a lecture series under the theme: “INITIATING DIASPORA INVESTMENTS FOR A DIVERSIFIED AFRICAN ECONOMY.”
Honouring and celebrating the game changers on the African continent, past honorees of the African Achievers Awards have included Arch. Bishop Desmond Tutu; Nelson Mandela Foundation; H.E. Jakaya Kikwete former President Republic of Tanzania; Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation; Kofi Annan Foundation; Justina Mutale Foundation; Dr. Justina Mutale, The African Development Bank (AFDB) General and others.
Joining the illustrious list of change agents this year was Peace Hyde, the 2018 Obama Foundation Africa Leader and founder of education nonprofit Aim Higher Africa. Receiving the award under the African Social Impact Category, Peace Hyde was honoured for her transformative and leadership role in helping African youths achieve their fullest potential through education and entrepreneurship development. Her Aim Higher Africa skills acquisition centre in the Nigerian tech hub of Yaba has so far provided training to thousands of unemployed youths equipping them with skills ranging from Design Thinking, Fashion, Social Media, Entrepreneurship development whiles providing startup funding as well.
The nonprofit has previously empowered some 4000 grassroots entrepreneurs and helped them to scale their businesses thereby providing employment opportunities for unemployed youths in impoverished communities across Ghana and Nigeria.
The African Achievers Awards has consistently honoured great Africans in Leadership, Young Achievers, Community Builders to Captains of Industries across the continent.
By Brenda Omawumi