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  Journey with Juanita C. Britton, 
  Queen Mother Botwe Nana Adobea II
  Ghana, West Africa July 24-31, 2017

   

Join the Queen Mother and the Literary Empowerment Action Project (LEAP) on a tour to Ghana to participate in mini Durbur ceremony and library ribbon-cutting and dedication.  On this tour you will participate in missions and helping to host the joint symposium at Ashesi University in Berekuso. While on this tour you will also indulge in the cultural heritage of Ghana, visit slave castles, historic sites and sample authentic cuisine. This tour will include restaurant visits, beach fun, festive events and all types of merriment. Your participation will support literacy education, youth development and community engagement.  Visit LeapGlobal.org?ourtrips  to register.
 
                                                    Contact the Queen Mother at (202) 550-7060                                                                                                                        or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

   

JOIN THE LITERACY EMPOWERMENT ACTION PROJECT ON OUR NEXT TRIP TO GHANA

Calling all educators, activists, librarians, and lovers of literacy! The Literacy Empowerment Action Project wants you to LEAP to the land of Gold, Ghana, for our next service mission. LEAP for Literacy 2017 kicks off on July 25, 2017, and you're invited. From your home, Accra starts the beginning of what will surely be an unforgettable experience for all. We have an ambitious schedule with an even more perfervid undertaking as we cut the ribbon on the new library in Konko Village. One week of cultural exchanges, service, wanderlust movement, beaches, sightseeing, and merriment. Don't worry, we got everything covered; so, pack your bags, invite a friend, and meet us in Accra ready to change lives and be forever changed.

                                     For schedule and to register, visit LeapGlobal.org/ourtrips

 

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seychThe Seychelles Tourism Board has confirmed the dates of the 2016 edition of the island's Carnaval International de Victoria, the event set to continue to bring together the different cultures and people from around the world to one place.

Dubbed as the ‘carnival of carnivals’, Carnaval International de Victoria, now going in its sixth year will be held from April 22 to 24. 

“Nothing is more uniting, and nothing promotes social cohesion more than 'festivals' to which all people contribute" said Minister Alain St.Ange, the island's Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture following discussions with Claire Holder of the Notting Hill Carnival of the UK on their participation once again. Minister St.Ange announced that the Celebration of “National Unity" will be the theme of Carnival 2016 in Seychelles.

This spectacular event held over three days in the heart of the Seychelles capital Victoria was baptised under the theme ‘the melting pot of cultures’.

The carnival has since 2011 received great visibility with the representatives from top media houses coming from Europe, Middle East, Americas, Asia and the Indian Ocean.
Over the past five years, the carnival has been known to be the biggest cultural manifestation in Seychelles, bringing together the best carnivals of the world to its shores such as the Brazilian group, the Notting Hill Carnival Roadshow Company of the UK , Düsseldorf carnival of Germany, the Italy Carnival, the Indonesian Carnival to name but a few. Cultural Troupes from the Community of Nations have also descended on the islands to parade alongside with delegations of the best carnivals of the world.

The carnival celebrated its fifth anniversary last year where again top international dignitaries graced the three-day event with their presence. 

In discussions with the Seychelles Tourism Board prior to confirming the dates for the 2016 edition of the carnival Minister Alain St.Ange said that many nations have jumped on the tourism ‘bandwagon’ and tourism represents an integral and important element of broader economic and social development policy. But what differentiates one nation from another is, among other things, the quality and value derived from the attractions, both natural and man-made. The Seychelles International Carnival should therefore be designed to aim at the ‘spectacularisation’ of the culture and heritage of the Seychelles Islands because tourists often demand ‘authentic’ exhibitions of culture and lifestyles which are considerably different from their own. The Carnival should also aim to express and showcase the modernity of the Seychelles without any loss of the charm of its traditional values and history.

“Every year we spend time searching for the Soul of Seychelles through the Eyes of Carnival. We know carnivals of festivals remain a motivation of economic activity through the cultural and artistic creations and the general impact on infrastructure provisions. We also know that during carnival time our country benefits of the visitor expenditure multiplier effect in the fields of food production, catering, hospitality, hotels, crafts and souvenir production" 
Minister St.Ange said adding that cultural contacts are seen to be strong drive and magnet for world peace and the perceived roles of the Seychelles in that process is set to be more appreciated as the more and more countries use the Seychelles cultural event to showcase their own culture and develop relationships with other nations from the Community of Nations. 

The Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria continues to establish a close correlation between carnival attractions that bring together the arts, culture, history and heritage of Seychelles as it works in tandem with other countries who are proud of their own culture to showcase to the world media the unity through diversity and this immaterial of the colour of the skin, religious beliefs and political affiliation. 

“Today we know that the Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria has carved itself a unique place in the culture of Carnival, in that our carnaval invites the world to participate. There is no doubt that the Carnival has become an important feature in the calendrical cycle of tourism in Seychelles. However we also know that our carnaval needs to be more grounded in the history and culture of Seychelles, which Seychelles invites the world to experience. This we shall be working on for the coming edition in April" said Minister St.Ange as he went on to explain that tourists today want a more inter-active experience in which they are also immersed in the culture and history of the destination and are able to experience the story of the Seychellois. 

“This can be done through Carnaval and is consistent with the underlying concept of “Searching for the Soul of Seychelles through the Eyes of Carnival” which simply means that the Carnaval must be used to tell the story of Seychelles and its people through arts, design and performance of themes that are uniquely Seychellois. We are a melting pot culture in so many different ways and meaning can be given to this through the “Eyes of Carnival”. Through the carnaval the celebration of our very own diversity would resonate with the rest of the world where there are so many conflicts and ethnic tensions, the resolution of which has defeated most politicians, campaigners, institutions etc. The reality is that globalisation has turned the world into such a melting pot, that no assumptions can be made about ethnicity – everyone has a touch of somebody else in their DNA" Minister Alain St.Ange said.

The Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria remains a simple celebration of diversity and is a very important catalyst for conflict resolution and togetherness, and an instrument for telling the history of globalisation as it impacts on tourism destinations.

“You may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one…this is why we are inviting our partner countries, International Carnivals, Cultural Troupes from the Community of Nations and also from the Seychelles itself all government ministries, non-government organisations, the business community and tourism trade partners to take part in the upcoming sixth Carnaval International de Victoria" Minister Alain St.Ange said.

kittThe St Kitts Tourism Authority has announced that the world-renowned St. Kitts Music Festival takes place 25th to 27th June, 2015.

Minister of Tourism, Lindsay Grant, said he is excited about the 2015 edition of the Festival, which has become one of the most anticipated events in the Caribbean’s calendar of events.

“The St. Kitts Music Festival has grown over the years into a unique event that showcases international music stars alongside rising local and Caribbean acts,” Minister Grant said. “Promotion of the Festival has started in our various markets to encourage visitors to follow their hearts to St. Kitts, to enjoy one of the most diversified musical weekends in the Caribbean."

Minister Grant also pointed out that visitors attending the Festival can stay on to revel in the 'Biggest Party in Sport,' which is the Caribbean Premier League. With the destination being awarded the newest cricket franchise in the CPL – the St. Kitts-Nevis Patriots – St. Kitts will host all six neutral games in the CPL in July.

Last year, the Warner Park Stadium became the focus of cricket fans from around the world. CPL's unique blend of entertainment saw the CPL finals played alongside a spectacular performance from Grammy award-winning American artist, Rick Ross.

The historic Warner Park Stadium is also home to the St. Kitts Music Festival, which is now in its nineteenth consecutive year.

The Festival features a wide range of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Rock, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music.

Past artists include John Legend, Lionel Richie, T-Pain, Tyrese, Kelly Rowland, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Shaggy, Destra Garcia and Machel Montana HD.

Source: ETN

Social Media Week Lagos 2015 Will Debut A 24,000 sq ft Interactive Campus & Host Key Stakeholders and Digital Influencers From Around The World As They Explore The Impact of Social Media and Mobile Across Africa

lagosSocial Media Week Lagos (SMW Lagos) co-produced by Dragon Africa and AFRIKA21 returns to Lagos, Nigeria for a third year February 23 – 27, 2015.  SMW Lagos was launched in 2013 with Lagos being the first African city to host the international conference.  To date over 15,000 people have participated in the now annual conference and more than 400,000 people have engaged with SMW Lagos content online.

 

#SMWLagos is part of the larger Social Media Week global conference, now in it’s 7th year and hosted in 21 cities around the world.  The global theme for the February 2015 edition of Social Media Week sponsored by Microsoft. is Upwardly Mobile: The Rise Of The Connected Class.

“The Connected Class is represented by those with access and connectivity. Today there are 3 billion of us. By 2022 there will be 6 billion. Through the exploration of the Upwardly Mobile theme we want to ask the fundamental question: how can all humans achieve more in a connected world?”  Toby Daniels, Founder/Executive Director, Social Media Week.

Informed by the global theme, SMW Lagos will explore locally the theme “Upwardly Mobile: The Rise of A Connected Africa.” Africa is the fastest growing mobile technology market and the largest mobile market after Asia. The SMW Lagos 2015 theme sets the stage for thought provoking and insightful discussions on the impact of mobile across Africa and what a connected continent of 1 Billion people means for the global economy and the world at large.

“As the western world begins to explore and move toward being a mobile-first society across Africa mobile has always been our first-screen.  From mobile payments to health screenings via mobile devices, there is much the world can learn from Africa.

 Our devices not only enable us to stay connected to each other and the world, but they also enable us to solve local problems.  As we rapidly move towards putting devices in the hands of every Africa, the outcomes will surely be tremendous” – Ngozi Odita, Co-Founder/Executive Director, SMW Lagos.

SMW Lagos 2015 will be held at Landmark Center, a state of the art event space in Lagos, Nigeria. The Landmark Centre is located on the grounds of Landmark Village, a spectacular beachfront location extending over 9.4 acres in Victoria Island.  The capacity and capabilities of Landmark Centre will enable SMW Lagos to carry out its new “campus venue” model and host more than 25,000 people over the course of 5 days as well as enhance the conferences program offerings to include digital installations, co-working spaces, executive meeting rooms, exhibitions and a pop up marketplace.  The conference explore a wide range of topics including business, entertainment, education, technology and politics.  SMW Lagos is free and open to the public.

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SMW Lagos invites Lagosians and the world to join the conversation and contribute to the week’s programming by hosting their own events, talks, panel sessions and workshops.  Individuals and organizations can get involved by submitting their idea here.  Event submissions open October 8, 2014.  Deadline for submissions is December 5, 2014.  

For more information on SMW Lagos and how to get involved, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  For the latest news and updates visit SocialMediaWeek.org or follow SMW Lagos on Twitter via @SMWLagos or on Facebook.

The SMW Lagos branding image of the Lagos skyline was provided by ‘a whitespace’ and photographed by Folarin Shasanya

About Dragon Africa

Established by Obi Asika and Dragon Associates founder Charlie Methven, Dragon Africa uses its wealth of knowledge and understanding of Africa and Europe, with extensive contacts in the media, government, and financial centres, to address challenges and maximise opportunities for African companies seeking a cutting edge advantage in London and other major financial centres

About Afrika21

AFRIKA21 was conceptualized as a media and production outfit that could take a multidisciplinary approach to promoting a new vision of Africa in the 21st Century. AFRIKA21 produces online content, multimedia events and public programming with the expressed purpose of reframing the conversation around Africa, creating awareness of the opportunities that exist on the continent and encouraging collaboration.

About Social Media Week

Social Media Week, powered globally by Microsoft, is a worldwide event exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. Our mission is to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information.

 

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http://www.cp-africa.com/2014/10/21/smwlagos-africas-largest-tech-new-media-event-brings-thousands-lagos/

creole-festival-2012Jah Cure, Elvis Crespo and Flavour Band are among the headliners for the 18th World Creole Music Festival, set for Oct. 24-26 in Roseau, Dominica's capital city.

The event will bring together musicians from Nigeria, West Africa, Jamaica, Haiti, Guadeloupe and Martinique, among other countries, festival organizers say.

Dominica will be represented by bands such as Midnight Groovers and Triple Kay International.

Midnight Groovers will receive the Creole Icon award this year in an event presented by the government of Dominica to promote the country's culture.

In 1973, Exile One popularized the Dominica-born musical genre known as "cadence-lypso," a mix of calypso and cadence rampas.

The island of Dominica is home to 72,000 people, including 2,000 Carib Indians who represent the Caribbean's only remaining pre-Columbian population.

 
Source: Repeating Islands

ataugandaThe Africa Travel Association (ATA) has announced that a high-level tourism delegation from the Uganda Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities under the auspices of Honorable Minister Maria Mutagamba will participate in a North America promotional road show with stops in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York, and Toronto (Canada) in early September. The road show is part of the promotions for ATA’s 39th Annual World Congress in Kampala scheduled for November 11-16, 2014.

The goal of the promotional road show is to build business relationships and linkages between American tour operators, travel specialists, media and the Ugandan tourism industry. The road show offers event participants the opportunity to gather information about ATA’s 39th Annual World Congress in Kampala, including official airline specials from Brussels Airlines, accommodations, pre-and post-country tours, as well as program highlights.

 

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The tour will stop in the following cities: 

Los Angeles:                 September 2nd, 6:00 pm

 

Atlanta:                       September 3rd, 6:00 pm

Washington, D.C.:       September 4th, 6:00 pm

 

New York:                   September 8th, 6:00 pm

Toronto:                       September 10, 6:00 pm

 

Each city stop features an evening networking reception hosted by ATA and local chapter members, including tour operators, in which travel industry professionals will have the opportunity to learn about ATA’s 39th Annual World Congress and the Destination Uganda. In select cities Brussels Airlines, Official Congress Airline, will also raffle off tickets to attendees to win tickets to attend the Congress.

 

 

harriet-jacobs north-carolina-state-archives smallerThe theme for this year's conference is "I Resolved Never to Be Conquered": Women and the Underground Railroad. This sentiment penned by freedom seeker Harriet Jacobs, shows her determination, "though one of God's most powerless creatures," to retain control over herself and her body despite her enslaved status. The conference's focus on women recognizes NTF program's new organizational link with the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Monument, and will explore that while Tubman has been the dominant image of women and the Underground Railroad, her involvement is part of a larger story of women's participation in the movement, as freedom seekers and as operatives.

 

The five-day conference in will include renowned speakers, panel discussions, an exhibit hall, and tours of local museums and historic sites. There will also be an opportunity to tour Canada on Sunday, July 20th. So be sure to have your passports or enhanced driver's licenses ready!
 

Registration is available through the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) at: http://asalh.net/ugrr.html                                                                                                            

 

Photo: Harriet Jacobs by Keith White

 

Conference Hotel:

DoubleTree- Fort Shelby

525 West Lafayette Blvd.        

Detroit, MI 48226     

Phone: 1.800.HILTONS

Conference Room Rate: $100/night + tax (single or double occupancy)    

Group Code:NUR 

The first-ever African Diaspora World Tourism Awards and Travel Exo in 2013 was indeed a week-end to remember.  People from all over the world enjoyed a week-end of culture, events and cuisine. The awards ceremony, which is being dubbed as the "Oscar's of Black Culture and Heritage Tourism" was the icing on the cake where people came all dressed in their finery. 

 

 Scenes from 2013 African Diaspora World Tourism Awards and Travel Expo:

 

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                                                            Mayor Omar Neal of Nashville, Tennesee with friend attendee

 

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Dr. Babs Onabanjo with delegate from Nigeria

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Dr. Ron Myers, leader of Juneteenth Movement inducted in Hall of Fame

 

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Teen singing sensations Alayse perform at Africana Extravaganza

 

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                                                                  Program consultants Diane Cameron and Sharon Parris-Chambers
                                                                           announcing recipients of awards at ceremony!
 
 

 

Dr. Longdummers longA Memorial toast was held for the late Dr. Richard A. Long who passed shortly after New Years Day. The services was on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Clark Atlanta University Galleries in Atlanta. The event was attended by a hosts of relatives, friends, associates and colleagues. The bio from the memorial services is as follows:

Richard A. Long, recognized as a major cultural historian, was the Atticus Haygood Professor Emeritus of Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Temple University; did doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania; was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Paris; and received his doctoral degree at the University of Poitiers. He began his teaching career as a graduate assistant at Temple. Subsequently, he taught at West Virginia State College. He spent a decade and a half as a teacher at Morgan State College (now University) followed by two years at Hampton Institute (now University), where he was also Director of the College Museum. While completing his doctoral work, he also worked as a lecturer at the University of Poitiers. Upon returning

to the United States, he taught English and French for the Hampton Institute and directed its College Museum. He became a Professor of English in 1968 at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), where he was founder of theAfrican American Studies program. From 1971 to 1973 he was visiting lecturer at Harvard University. He was a U.S. committee member at the Second World Black and

African Festival of Arts and Culture in Lagos, Nigeria, from 1971 to 1977, and acted as a consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He lectured widely in West, Central and South Africa, the Caribbean, India and Southeast Asia. He began an association with Emory University in 1973 as adjunct professor and became Atticus.

longs audienceHaygood Professor in 1987. His writings include Black Americana (1985), The Black Traditlong speakerion in American Dance (1989), African Americans: A Portrait (1993), Grown Deep: Essays on the Harlem Renaissance (1998), One More Time: Harlem Renaissance History and Historicism (2007), and Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration (2008), He edited Negritude: Essays and Studies (1967) (with Albert Berrian) and Afro-American Writing: Prose and Poetry (1972, 1991) (with Eugenia Collier) and Black Writers and the American Civil War (1989). He founded the Triennial Symposium on African Art, Atlanta University’s Annual Conference at the Center for African and African American Studies, and the New World Festivals of the African Diaspora. His most recent activities included serving on the Board of Directors of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art; the Board of Directors of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta as a life member. He served on the Board of the Society of Dance History Scholars with the designation as an Honorary Fellow of the organization. He also was an active member of the National Planning Committee of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival. Dr. Long continued to lecture widely on a variety of topics and served as a consultant to many cultural organizations and institutions. Dr. Long’s Papers are deposited at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. He is survived by his brother, Curtis W. Long (San Diego, CA), and a host of nephews, nieces, family and friends from around the nation.long cover Photos: Susan Ross

CEO Chief Tunde Adetunji with His Excellency Jean Ping 1Since its inception, Southern Polytechnic State University and African Heritage Foundation (AHF) collaboration has led numerous landmark events, as a means of creating a steady bridge between several African nations and Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU). One notable event held last February was the Celebrate Africa: Journey through the Ages Exhibition. The AHC at SPSU has played host to many noteworthy African dignitaries, including the under-secretary general, special advisor to Africa. Beyond showcasing the talents of many African inspired artworks, the event also played as a catalyst for many interested African nation representatives to make their presence known in the U.S.A.

Opportunities are out there, one just needs to see them! Gilbert Parker once said, “Love knows no distance; it has no continent; its eyes are for the stars.” Another way of looking at it is, the distance between opportunities isn’t a hindrance, and it’s merely just a number. One could say that the AHF’s president Chief Ambassador Tunde Adetunji, certainly holds to these philosophy and sentiments. Dakar, Senegal has now become the nearest and closet African nation to Marietta, Georgia in terms of Technology transfer, brain gain, human resources and capacity building for sustainable development of emerging market of Africa nations even though is located 4,361miles away.

Ambassador Tunde’s ambition and passion to strengthen ties between the African nations and SPSU is a mission accomplished which should be highly commended. As far back as the centennial Olympics 96 the pioneering and visionary initiative of the Africa Heritage foundation have successfully launched and establish:AFRICA iN ATLANTA, project, AFRICA WORLD MUSEUM& CENTER, AFRICA OPEN FOR BUSINESS , USAFRICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE , AFRICA HERITAGE DIASPORA RADIO &TELEVISION,AFRICA HERITAGE CENTER AT UNIVESITY , AFRAICA TRAVEL&TOURS AND AFRICA HORIZON MOVEMENT.

There are many aspects to his vision, to leave an indelible relationship amongst the Marietta, Georgia area and the many regions throughout the continent of Africa. One such example came a few month ago as the AHF welcomed fifteen Mayors and top government officials ,community leaders and decision makers representing various communities and local governments in Senegal to tour and learn more about the Africa Heritage Center instituted by the UN undersecretary general last February at SPSU campus.

CEO Chief Adetunju with   President Abdoulaye Wade of SenegalTheir main interest for the visit include: 1) establishing technological project ventures between the U.S. and Senegal, 2) fostering a stronger student exchange program, 3) creating attention/tourism between our two countries 4) a potential for a considerable more developing projects in the works to bridge the gap and build the bridge between the state of Georgia and Senegal. Beyond the items listed above the discussions at last weekend’s fact-finding-tour brought the focus to bringing more French speaking Dakar students to SPSU’s campus. Bringing these students abroad is an avenue to experience new opportunities and have an impact in the U.S.A relationship with the international communities.

These students also have an opportunity to take full advantage of many athletic programs that SPSU has to offer, mutually beneficial, as SPSU has a highly ranked soccer program and is always looking for more international talent. In many cases, free scholarships are available as great incentive. Invitation has also been extended to the CEO of AHC at SPSU, Chief Tunde Adetunji by four Chinese major universities whose main focus are in Agriculture, Mining & Technology, art & Culture, and university of Science & technology can also benefit from what AHF and SPSU has to offer. SPSU is a technology based university and has a thriving African heritage student body and technical input needed for many ongoing projects in the African regions and beyond.

Building and maintaining lines of communication between the two areas helps both involved. Opportunities are abound for Senegal and several other African countries in the U.S A. and if AHF/SPSU gets the chance to help create awareness and growth in African community both in Atlanta and the African continents, can have unforeseen advancements, bright future and progress.senegal mayors

 

Top photo: Chief Tunde Adetunji with former African Union Commison Chairman Dr. Jean Ping

Middle photo: Chief Adetunji with former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade

Bottom photo: Chief Adetunji with Senegalese Mayors

cheif_awrd_afr_daybetty_and_tundeThe 2012 Africa Day Celebration in Atlanta was quite a success and people came out to partake in the celebration despite the sweltering heat. The Sixth Annual Africa Day put on by Chief Tunde Adetunji and the Africa Heritage Foundation (AHF) is the grassroots festive event that informs, acknowledges and promotes worldwide potential business opportunities, ideas and values of Africa as a continent of possibilities to Atlanta as well as the global community. The celebration embraced Africa’s vibrant culture and heritage and also facilitated networking opportunities. This year’s celebration was held with the theme“Africa Matters, Africa is the Future”.  

The occasion was marked with the presentation of the ‘Outstanding Georgian Citizen Awards to Dr. Neil Schulman, a medical professor at Atlanta's Emory University and Dr. Betty Siegel, President Emertius of Atlanta's Kennesaw State University. They were recognized for their outstanding achievement and commitment to excellence in their distinguished professions. They both presented exhilarating speeches endorsing the mission, visions and goals of the Africa Heritage Foundation.