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Links between Africa and the Middle East are being reinforced through the location of the 2018 Aviation Africa event, which will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel City Stars in Cairo, April 17-18.

Hosted by EgyptAir and under the auspices of the Minister of Civil Aviation, HE Sherif Fathy, the event includes a two-day top-level summit, an exhibition featuring 70 exhibitors, and a meet-the-buyer programme.

The conference programme is being driven by an advisory board made up of no fewer than 10 airline chief executives as well as representatives of key sectors such as MRO, cargo operations, airports, safety and business aviation.

"The value of the advisory board has been priceless," said Alan Peaford, MBE, who will be chairing the conference. "We are really getting into the nitty gritty of what is important for the airlines and the whole aviation industry and I think we will be going into some new areas of thinking. With involvement in the programme from organisations like AfRAA, IATA, ACI, and ICAO I am confident there will be a line-up of speakers and panellists that will be both impressive and drive the discussions forward."

Heading the agenda will be security. Minister Fathy backed the need to have the subject as a major theme. "Security – especially cyber security – is one of the biggest threats to aviation." he said.

Former EgyptAir Maintenance and Engineering chairman Hisham Nasser, who is now recognised as a leading advisor on MRO will be one of the speakers addressing how the maintenance industry must change. "From physical security to the protection of paperwork and records, the industry needs to be focused." he said.

Speakers will be coming from across Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Chris Zweigenthal, chief executive of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa will be leading airlines from the south of the continent. Speakers from the main associations, from the African Development Bank, major manufacturers and the innovators of the latest technology developments will also be addressing the conference.

The Summit will be looking into the region’s infrastructure to understand what is needed and how it can be funded; "Of course the old thorny issue of Open Skies will arise, but with several airline panels from legacy flag carriers to new LCCs, I don’t think there is consensus. We could really get to grips with why it is taking so long … and if it will ever happen," Peaford said.

Mark Brown, managing director of Times Aerospace who are the main organiser of the event said the exhibition was already at 60% sold with nearly six months to go.

"With 10 airline CEOs as partners on the event, we have been promised great support from those companies to bring along key personnel. The exhibitors are excited and so are we. Having the backing of the Minister and the support of the whole EgyptAir group as our main sponsor has been fantastic. There are government to government invitations being sent out and I am convinced we will be seeing a great turnout."

The Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel City Stars, close to Cairo’s international airport on April 17-18 2018. Further details on exhibition space, sponsorship and programme can be found at

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Sable Soldiers: The African American Experience at Home & Overseas During WWI
Multi-Media Lecture & Online Exhibit Available for Schools, Libraries & Historical Societies
Providence, RI – 2017 is the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into “The Great War” and in honor of this year’s Veterans Day, the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is pleased to present a public presentation with a historic web narrative entitled, “Sable Soldiers: The African American Experience at Home & Overseas During WWI.”
The intention of the Sable Soldiers is to introduce the public to a part of history that has not received its due recognition and study; the African American experience during WWI.  
The inspiration for this project comes from Keith Stokes grandfather and great uncles, George Nicholas Barclay and Dr. M. Alonzo Van Horne of Newport, Rhode Island who amassed news clippings, books and documents from the Great War era that reflect the African American involvement both overseas and at home. Additional inspiration comes from Lt Charles Henry Barclay who served as an officer for the 372nd Regiment in the Battle of the Argonne Forrest in 1918. 
Featured sections in the online narrative include the historical events of late 19th and early 20th century America that led up to and would shape African American experiences before, during and after the Great War including, The Progressive Era, Great Southern American Migration, and Fight for Equality at Home and Over Seas. Also included is an interactive page of images from original scrapbook items collected between 1900 and 1930 depicting the important events that would shape African heritage citizens and a nation. For more information on bringing this lecture to your school or organization, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit



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civilmcrmThe Mississippi Civil Rights Museum shares the stories of a Mississippi movement that changed the world. The museum opened this December to promote a greater understanding of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and its impact by highlighting the strength and sacrifices of its people. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum focuses on the period 1945 to 1976 when Mississippi was ground zero for the Civil Rights Movement nationwide.

Benefiting from feedback from statewide community meetings, an advisory scholars group, and the MCRM Advisory Commission, the firm Hilferty & Associates designed the exhibit plan for the nation’s first state-operated civil rights museum. Visitors will see a miniature chess set molded from bread by a Freedom Rider at Parchman prison and the front doors of the Bryant store in Money, Mississippi, that Emmett Till walked through in the summer of 1955. They will hear the stories and music of activists jailed during the movement and reflect on the consequences African Americans faced when “crossing the line” in Jim Crow Mississippi.

The story of the African American Mississippian’s struggle for freedom and justice will be told through seven thematic galleries and mini theaters encircling a central gallery entitled “This Little Light of Mine.”  This inspirational space will carry the theme of the entire museum—that throughout Mississippi, ordinary people engaged in an extraordinary struggle to make real America’s promise of equal rights for all. A stunning sculpture and music honoring civil rights veterans will be the focus of this dramatic light-filled central space.

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During the international year of tourism, The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) and Africa Travel Association (ATA) are proud to present the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda on August 28th-31st. In collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board, CCA and ATA designed this conference to set the tone for how tourism can be utilized as an engine for economic growth and job creation through innovative business models, new technologies and strategic partnerships. The conference will also provide a platform to network and explore new tourism markets and products including the promotion and preservation of Africa’s rich cultural heritage and wildlife. 


                                                                        Africa Travel Association
                                                           A Division of Corporate Council on Africa
                                                 Annual World Tourism Conference – Kigali, Rwanda

                                                                            28-31 August 2017

                                                                                       (The agenda below is subject to change.)

7:00 am – 5:00 pm | Registration

8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Site Visits

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Professional Development & Capacity Building

2:00pm - 5:00 pm | Special Sessions for Tourism Boards & Authorities

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm | Council of Tourism Ministers (By Invitation Only)

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Reception  

7:30 am – 5:00 pm | Registration/Exhibit hall Open   

9:00 am – 9:45 pm | Opening Ceremony  
Welcome Remarks

Keynote Address       
Plenary: 10:00 am -11:30 am | Unlocking Africa’s Tourism Potential    
What are the challenges and opportunities to unlocking the sector’s economic potential across different regions on the continent?  

11:30 am -11:45 am | Coffee Break          

Breakout: 11:45 am -1:00 pm | The Evolution of Online Travel               
In today’s globally digital world, how do companies and countries put themselves on the online map?
How is online booking changing tourism and trends in the region? How can companies adapt and
take advantage of the rise in online booking, mobile payments etc.?

Breakout: 11:45 am -1:00 pm | Financing Tourism Development
Countries such as Nigeria, Kenya and Morocco have experienced continued economic growth, creating demand from institutional investors as well as major tourism and hospitality brands that see expansion into the region as a source of future growth. This panel will examine how countries are positioning themselves to attract private sector investment in the tourism sector; what alternative sources of funding are available for private sector investors; and how companies and governments can harness funding for human resource development, transportation infrastructure, real estate development and more.  

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Lunch
Plenary 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm | On Location! Africa in the Movies        
Discussion with movie production professionals around selecting movie locations in Africa; experiences and challenges; what countries need to do to package/position themselves for location consideration.
Breakout: 3:20 pm – 4:35 pm | The Business of Conservation 
As demand for new and sustainable tourism investment continues to rise, there is also increasing awareness of the need to conserve the natural, social and cultural assets of destinations. A healthy environment upholds the competitive advantage of a destination. Panelists will examine opportunities in conservation investment and how principles of sustainable investment are being applied across capital markets. (Safaris, eco-tourism, biodiversity).

Breakout: 3:20 pm – 4:35 pm | Safety and Risk Management in Tourism                         
What are African governments’ approach to raising security measures to increase tourism? How do companies protect their guests and the industry from safety threats such as Ebola? How do they protect customers, staff, reputation and assets? How do companies manage this risk to their brand and reputation?

Private Roundtable: 3:20 pm – 4:35 pm | (Tourism Boards) 
Roundtable: 4:50 pm – 5:50 pm Spotlight on East Africa
7:30 am – 5:00 pm | Registration/Exhibit hall Open

8:00 am – 9:00 am | Annual ATA Membership Meeting
Plenary: 9:00 am – 10:30 am Connecting the Continent: The Infrastructure of Tourism                 
What significant investments are being made in logistics, transportation and real estate? On the government side, what policies (open skies, visa) are being made to support private sector efforts and tourism infrastructure development?         
Special Presentation: 10:30 am - 10:40 am                
10:40 am – 11:00 am | Coffee Break  
Breakout: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm  | The Business Traveler               
Business travel spending is expected to grow by 2.1% in 2016 to USD$12.6 billion, and rise by 3.6% to USD $18 billion in 2026. Business tourists are less cost-sensitive than leisure tourists, spending on average twice as much per day. Their purchase decisions are influenced primarily by their ability to use time efficiently within business travel schedules. How can destinations attract business travelers? What are the competitive trends and how can countries meet business travelers’ needs for both efficiency and relaxation?
Breakout: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Bridging the Hospitality Skills Gap 
Tourism and hospitality education is key in fueling the growth of the Tourism sector in Africa. Currently, the sector faces a major skills gap in business management and operations and customer service. How are schools partnering with the private sector to ensure a well-trained hospitality workforce? How are some major players in the industry utilizing in-house training to bridge the gap? How can African governments create an enabling environment for strengthening the workforce in the tourism industry by setting high standards for the industry?

Special Presentation: 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Lunch
Breakout: 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm | Education: A Sizeable Market for Tourism
Educational tourism is one of the fastest growing areas of the travel and tourism and one that is too often overlooked by tourism professionals and marketers is “educational tourism.” Often educational tourism is called by other names, such as career enhancement, studying abroad, job development or self-actualization experiences. In India, education tourism accounts for 1/3 of its total revenue. How are African countries and universities positioning themselves to attract consumers in higher education?
Breakout: 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm | Lifestyle Tourism: Leveraging Africa’s Diversity 
Outside of traditional tour packages, what can countries offer to increase traffic? How can African destinations attract music festivals, culinary festivals, fashion events and Diaspora travel?     
Roundtable: 3:30pm – 4:45 pm Spotlight on Southern Africa

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Seated Dinner

7:30 am – 5:00 pm | Registration/Exhibit hall Open   
Plenary: 9:00 am – 10:30 am | Marketing Africa               
Panelists will share best practices on how to sell Africa to foreign markets. What are the mechanisms needed to increase tourism in various regions on the continent? How do you fund such efforts? Plenary will include new media voices including digital influencers.
10:30 am – 11:00 am | Coffee Break 
Breakout: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm Business Models Transforming the Tourism Industry          
How are companies and entrepreneur’s new business models shaping the future of tourism on the continent and worldwide?  

Roundtable: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Spotlight on North Africa 
Closing Luncheon: 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm | Destination Rwanda
Facilitated by: Rwanda Development Board

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ron mAs a part of the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement will take place on Sunday, the "18th of June", 2017. Also known as the National Day of the Remembrance of the Maafa in America, the theme for the annual day, "A Time to Heal, A Time to Pray", focuses on the need for healing from the scars of America's dark legacy of enslavement.

The National Juneteenth Memorial Maafa Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Lincoln Park Emancipation Memorial. The memorial is located across the street from Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, Rev., Dr. Diane Dixon-Proctor, 1301 N. Carolina Avenue, N.E., Washington, DC, beginning at 12:00noon.


The following day, on the "19th of June"Juneteenth Independence Day, the National Juneteenth Prayer Breakfast will take place at the National Press Club, beginning at 8:30am.

"As the descendants of Americans of African descent, our ancestors were brought to America in chains. This should never be forgotten," states Rev. Dr. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC), sponsors of the annual WASHINGTON JUNTEENTH National Holiday Observance"Millions lost their lives during the middle passage, not to mention the thousands killed from lynching and murders before and after the Civil War. One ponders as to why so little attention has been given to our own history of death and destruction in America."


History reveals that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were slave owners. However, not all of the founding fathers were slave owners. John Adams, the second president of the United States, did not own any slaves.

The US Capitol and the White House were built through the uncompensated labor of the ancestors of Americans of African descent during the tyranny of enslavement. In a letter to President Donald Trump, Dr. Myers urges him to recognize the Americans of African descent who built the White House while hosting a Juneteenth celebration this year.

"In response, we have embraced the term 'Maafa', a Kiswahili term meaning 'disaster' or 'terrible occurrence', to tell our own story about our enslavement and the sustained attempt to dehumanize us," continues Dr. Myers.

Beginning in the year 2000, during the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, the "18th of June" has now been set aside as the date for the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement, also known as the National Day of the Remembrance of the Maafa in America.

The day was established in recognition of former Congressman Tony Hall's efforts to pass a congressional apology for slavery. Dr. Myers, who worked closely with Congressman Hall, learned first hand that America's slave legacy was still a very contemptuous issue for many Americans, who would rather ignore history then embrace the truth.

"Introduced twice by Congressman Hall, the last time on Juneteenth Independence Day, the '19th of June', 2000, we just recently, in July of 2008, received an apology for slavery by U.S. House of Representatives," states Dr. Myers. "This again demonstrates the need for America to be healed from the legacy of enslavement."

In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation for an Apology For Slavery and Jim Crow sponsored by Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN). Similar apology for slavery legislation that was passed in the U.S. Senate sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) in 2009, but failed in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Myers hopes that legislation will be passed, with both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate concurring in the future.

In January of 2008, New Jersey passed apology for slavery legislation. In 2007, four sates passed similar legislation, including Virginia, Alabama, Maryland and North Carolina. 45 states, most recently Utah, officially recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance. Dr. Myers, who was appointed National Advisory Chairman of America's Black Holocaust Museum by the museum's founder, the late Dr. James Cameron, a lynching survivor, was encouraged by the Senate apology for lynching during the week of Juneteenth in 2005.

"Dr. Cameron taught me the importance of forgiveness, patience and reconciliation by his remarkable life," states Dr. Myers. "It led to a Senate apology for lynching. Congress continues to demonstrate sensitivity to issues surrounding the legacy of enslavement in America and we pray they will continue to do so."

As the leader of the "Modern Juneteenth Movement" in America, Dr. Myers knows that more can be done to encourage reconciliation and healing during the observance of Juneteenth during any other time of the year. Calling for the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday Observance, like Flag Day or Patriot Day. Dr. Myers invited President Donald Trump to support the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance and the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement.

Despite the refusal of the U.S. Postal Service to issue a postage stamp to commemorate Juneteenth, after many years of a petition drive sending thousands of signatures to the White House and the USPS, Dr. Myers hopes that new efforts will promote even a greater recognition of the need for reconciliation and healing from the legacy of enslavement.

"We now observe the World Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement with a prayer service at the historic '1st African Landing Marker' at the Fort Monroe National Monument, on the '20th of August', during 1st African Landing Day in Hampton, VA," states Dr. Myers. "This commemorates the date the first slave ship, the White Lion, landed in Virginia at Old Point Comfort, today's Fort Monroe, from the shores of West Africa. This occurred on the '20th of August', 1619, with the arrival of twenty Angolans, America's first Middle Passage."

"Please join us in prayer and make the '18th of June' a monumental day of remembrance and healing of our Maafa in America," states Dr. Myers. "We must continue to seek God in prayer for the healing of the nation from the legacy of enslavement."


For information on the National Juneteenth Prayer Breakfast, the National Juneteenth Memorial Maafa Wreath Laying Ceremony, the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement, the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-392-2016, 662-247-1471, or e-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or web sites: and




  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  to register.
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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.

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world flagsRepresentatives from countries of Africa and the African Diaspora have been invited to participate in the “Parade of Flags” ceremony during the 2016 African Diaspora World Tourism (ADWT) Awards & Travel Expo. The “Parade of Flags” is in recognition of the United Nations’ declaration of the International Decade of People of African Descent.

According to the UN Proclamation: “The International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 68/237 and to be observed from 2015 to 2024, provides a solid framework for the United Nations, Member States, civil society and all other relevant actors to join together with people of African descent and take effective measures for the implementation of the programme of activities in the spirit of recognition, justice and development.”

“Our plans are to have representatives of Embassies, Consulates and Tourism Offices carrying their country’s flags in possession,” says Kitty J. Pope, the founder/director and executive producer of the ADWT-Awards and Travel Expo event. “We strongly feel that the “Parade of Flags” would serve as a tribute of commemoration of International Decade of People of African Descent as well as a symbol of the promotion of world peace and multiculturalism.

The 2016 ADWT-Awards event, the 2nd historical awards event that takes place in Atlanta, Ga. (USA) on this August 26-28 recognizes destinations, historic sites and tourism leaders of influence in the global African Diaspora as well as Africa. In addition to honoring influential leaders, the noteworthy event that also includes a Travel Expo, serves to highlight the cultural heritage of people of African descent from around the globe.

UNEmbassies, Consulates and Tourism Boards of various countries with significant populations of people of African descent are invited to participate in the “Parade of Flags” which include African countries in addition to countries of the global African Diaspora. In support of the UN’s International Decade of People of African Descent, countries of the African Diaspora and Africa are asked to highlight structures, sites, trails, people and all things related to black cultural heritage in the promotion of tourism to their perspective countries.

Embassy and Tourism officials of the various countries of Africa and the African Diaspora are also invited to participate in the Pan African and African Travel Forum and Travel Expo that will take place in the morning and afternoon on Saturday, August 27th before the awards gala that evening.

The support and participation of the embassies, consulates and tourism boards for the 2016 African Diaspora World Tourism Awards and Travel Expo is very much needed and appreciated. If this event is anything like the inaugural event where dignitaries, officials and professionals from around the world attended, it promises to be an enormous success!

1The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba, Dr. Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, will make a monumental historic visit to the United States of America in June where he will visit several states with his entourage. The Ooni of Ife’s visit to the United States has a goal of fostering the relationships of citizens of the Tropic Africa, the source (Ile-Ife) and to attract foreign investors to the source for economic development of all Yoruba land region and environs. Upon his visit, HIM, Oba, Dr. Adeyeye will be reaching out to leaders and officials of the US and the Diaspora regarding business development in in terms of cultural and heritage tourism.

Since his coronation on December 7, 2015 in Ile-Ife (The Land of Expansion), the source, HIM commenced plans to fulfill his vision of all Yoruba indigenes both home and diaspora and to economically develop Ile-Ife and other Oduduwa states. During HIM’s short period on the throne of Ooni, his campaign is mainly focused on peace, love, unity and progress, and as well economic development of Yoruba land as he belief they are all children of Oduduwa. Ooni of Ife, Oba, Dr. Adeyeye has contributed tremendously to the growth and economic development of Nigeria most especially, Ile-Ife his origin, and HIM continues to focus on creating jobs for the unemployed in the Nigeria. Since inception of HIM stall to the throne of Ooni of Ife, he has been able to harmonize the relationships between all the Yoruba Royal fathers/leaders and with the federal government of Nigeria.

2Ooni of Ife, Oba, Dr. Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi’s official visit to the United States is designed to bridge the gaps among the Yoruba at home and in diaspora, and also to identify with children of Oduduwa among the Africans-Americans in the United States. His campaign for development of Ile-Ife is promoting Ife-Ife as the origin and cradle of the blacks and a major tourist center in Africa; hence, Ife will be a great source of revenue for the state (Osun State) and for Nigeria as a whole. Ife-Ife is endowed with a lot of agricultural commodities, solid minerals, ancient arts and sculptures, and as well rich in culture and tradition. As an indication that there are investment opportunities in Ile-Ife, the Ooni of Ife, HIM, Oba, Dr. Adeyeye’s has completed two major projects: Ife Grand Resort and his castle in Ile-Ife.

During his official US visit, Dr. Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi will be in the country for almost the entire month of June. The opening press conference and Empowerment Summit will be at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. While in New York, he will visit Columbia University and the Museum of African Diasporian Art. From June 16-18th is the Awards Leadership Gala at Gaylord Hotels in Maryland. The King will visit Washington, DC from June 21-23 for a State Dept. and White House Reception and later a forum and reception at the US Congress Capitol Hill. For more information on the Ooni of Ife official US visit, visit

                                  Nomination Categories for 2016 ADWT-AWARDS             

                                               African Diaspora World Tourism Awards

                                                                     August 26-28, 2016

2016 Award Nominations are open for Leaders and Professionals who have made Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Black History and Cultural Heritage that has Positively Affected Tourism   

(Nominations are due by June 30, 2016. Email suggestions for awards to

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 Categories are as follows:

 The Top Awards of the Year are in Three Categories:

1) ADWT-Awards Tourism Leader of the Year

2) ADWT-Awards Site of the Year

3) ADWT-Awards Heritage Trail of the Year

4) ADWT-Awards Cultural Heritage Leader of the Year


Other Awards Categories Include:


Honorary African Diaspora World Tourism Awards

These ten awards are our top awards in honor of outstanding trailblazers who have helped to clear the path for black cultural heritage tourism development.

1) Outstanding Tour Operator Award: - This award is in honor of Freddy and Jake Henderson of the USA, the first black tour operators in the US to start taking groups to Africa. It goes to tour operators and travel agents who have worked hard taking travelers to Africa and places of the African Diaspora while educating them about black culture and heritage. 

2) Outstanding Scholar:  This award is in honor of Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio Ben-Jochannan, an Ethiopian, prominent Afro-centric scholars who devoted much of his life to highlighting the indigenous origins of African civilizations. The award goes to educators to bring awareness and knowledge about different aspects (some unknown) of black culture and heritage to students and the general public. 

3) Outstanding Researcher:  This award is named in honor of Cheikh Anta Diop, a noted Senegalese historian in the development of the 'Afro-centric' view and the theory that the ancient Egyptians were black Africans. This award is for scholars who have done extensive research in origins and theories related to black culture and heritage. 

4) Outstanding Professor/Lecturer: This award is in honor of Dr. John Henri Clark, an American scholar, educator and the founder and first president of the African Heritage Studies Association who obtained his doctorate degree at the age of 78. This award goes to professors and lecturers who have done superb jobs educating college students and the public about the rich heritage and culture of the people of African descent. 

5) Outstanding African Diaspora Heritage Trail:  This award is in honor of Dr. David Allen and Dr. Ewart Brown of Bermuda who put in place the African Diaspora Heritage Trails conference and reignited interest in preserving and visiting black cultural heritage sites. It goes to destinations that have done much work toward preserving, sustaining and enhancing their black heritage trails. 

6) Outstanding Museum or Cultural Center:  This award is in honor of the USA's iconic world sports hero Muhamed Ali and his wife Lonnie for his legacy, and for both of them working together to establish one of the foremost cultural heritage centers in the world. This award goes to cultural centers that have continuously enhanced their programs and worked toward bringing black heritage and culture to the forefront in their communities and beyond. Gombey Dancers of Bermuda

7) Outstanding Carnivals/ Festivals/Events:  This award is named in honor of Claudia Jones, London-based civil rights activist and founder of the Nottingham Carnival in the United Kingdom. The award goes to the best recently debuting festival and/or progressive festival that represents the richness and celebratory aspects of black culture and heritage while influencing tourism. 

8) Outstanding Travel Book: This award is in honor of Victor Hugo Green, an American postal worker and civic leader who, during the time of segregation, created the first travel guidebook for people of color in the United States that later became known as the Green Book. This award is for authors and editors of books on black travel, and culture and heritage tourism in the African Diaspora. 

9) Outstanding Leadership and Good Governance Award:  This award is in honor of Nigerian Governor Godswill Akpabio, who has contributed tirelessly to infrastructure to support tourism and tourism development. This award goes to civic, political and governmental officials who have done the same and also worked to pass laws and legislation in support of tourism initiatives that can lead to the acknowledgement and promotion of black cultural and heritage tourism. 

10) Outstanding Cultural Heritage Tourism Educator:  This award is in honor of Dr. Edward W. Robinson, Jr., an American attorney, historian, author and professor, who created the 'African Genesis Theory,' which serves to reunite African-Americans with their true ancestral beginnings and their accomplishments. His work spun many study groups to Africa. This award goes to leaders who have conducted educational and research tours in black culture and heritage for students and young people. 


African Diaspora World Tourism VIP Award

This awards category recognizes VIP Officials of distinction who have contributed to cultural heritage tourism development.

1) African Tourism Ministers of Distinction: This award goes to African ministers of tourism or tourism directors who have done much toward promoting their country on the world stage as well as their culture and heritage in such a way as to significantly influence tourism. 

2) Caribbean Tourism Ministers of DistinctionThis award goes to Caribbean minister of tourisms or tourism directors who have done much toward promoting their country on the world stage and also their culture and heritage. 

3) Tourism Executives of Distinction: - This award goes to tourism professionals who have made efforts and inroads in the tourism industry in such a way that has enhanced the development and promotion of black travel and black cultural heritage tourism. 

4) Cultural Heritage Preservationists of Distinction:  This award goes to persons who have taken it upon themselves to start initiatives, campaigns and/or fundraisers for historic sites in order to rebuild, enhance, preserve and protect a site that may otherwise have completely deteriorated or gone unrecognized. 

5) Cultural Heritage Tour Operator of Distinction:  This awards go to travel agents and tour operators who have excelled in promoting black cultural heritage tourism and tourism to Africa and its diaspora. 

6) Travel Association of Distinction: This award goes to an association or organization that has promoted black travel and cultural tourism, and has educated the public about of cultural tourism. 

7) Slavery Reconciliation and Healing Leader of Distinction: This awards goes to leaders who have worked hard to heal and commemorate the legacy of slavery in the United States.

8) Spiritual Traditions Preservationist of Distinction: This award goes to leaders who have helped to educate people about and keeping alive African spirituality and cultural traditons.

9) Carnival, Event or Festival of Distinction: This award goes to leaders who have presented unique festivals that have helped to promote tourism and bring people of the together for unity.

10) Museum or Cultural Center of Distinction: This award goes to a museum that has best showcased black life, heritage and history in a way that educates the public, and promotes and sustains African Diaspora cultural heritage.

African Diaspora World Tourism Flame Keepers Awards

These awards are for media, the culture arts, organizations and institutions.

Flame Keepers in Media

1) Tourism Radio and Broadcast Award: This award is for founders and hosts of radio and broadcast programs about black culture and heritage in Africa and the places of the African Diaspora, thereby promoting visitation and tourism. 

2) Print Publication: This award is for magazines and print publications that have done much toward promoting black travel, and black cultural and heritage tourism. 

3) Online Publication:- The award is for websites and online media that have done much toward promoting black travel, and black cultural and heritage tourism. 

4) Travel Social Media and Bloggers:  This award goes to travel-related social networks and blogs that have created unique platforms that have significantly generated interactions among travel enthusiasts and professionals that have also brought awareness to and influenced black culture and heritage tourism. 

5) Travel Writer/Photo-Journalist:  - This award goes to the writers and photo-journalists who have published extensively and have done much toward educating the public about black culture and heritage sites while also promoting tourism. 

6) Film or Documentary: This award goes to broadcasts or film about black culture and heritage that serves to stimulate tourism. 

7) Resource Guide: This award goes to online and print media sources that have served as guides with information in the fields of black heritage, culture and history which will assist in the promotion of African Diaspora Tourism.

Flame Keepers in Cultural Arts


8) Culture Exhibit: This award goes to cultural exhibits that explain, showcase and educate the public on ome important aspect of the African Diaspora cultural heritage and history. 

9) Cultural Performances:  This award goes to dance and musical performance groups who serve to educate the public about the richness and uniqueness of African cultural heritage while providing entertainment. 

10) Cultural Visual Artist: This award goes to artists including painters, sculptures and crafters whose work depict or represent some aspect of black culture and has sparked public interest enough to impact visitation numbers. 

11) Artistic Designers: - This goes to artists who have done great works of art in designing statues, busts, or symbolic structures depicting some aspect of black cultural heritage for historic sites in African Diaspora Tourism.

Flame Keepers - Organizations


12) Tourism Organization/Associations: This award goes to a tourism-related organiation that has contributed significantly to the enhancement, promotion or preservation of black cultural sites and the stimulation of travel.

13) Official Tourism Boards and Corporations: This award goes to the country's or city's official tourism boards that have done much toward enhancing and promoting black culture and heritage trails and sites in their destinations. 

14) Affiliate Organizations for Tourism: This award goes to non-tourism organizations that have significantly supported black culture and heritage tourism related initiatives, centers, campaigns and conferences.

Flame Keepers - Institutions

15) Art Gallery:  This award goes to art galleries that have exemplary paintings, sculptures and art displays depicting black culture, heritage and life styles that have generated traffic in their galleries and thereby contributing to tourism. 

16) Cultural Heritage Museum / Cultural Center: This award goes to museums that have shown creative, ingenuity and uniqueness in educating the public about black cultural heritage and inspiring visitation. 

17) African Diaspora Tourism Educational Institution: This award goes to colleges and institutions of higher learning that have contributed to black culture and heritage in such a way as to stimulate tourism including accomplishments such as the creation of tours, innovation cultural centers, study abroad programs and notable black studies departments.

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