The 2019 edition of the African Diaspora Awards took place on Friday 15 March at a dinner
gala at Mayfair Hotel where various individuals and organisations were honoured for their
contributions on the continent.
The awards were headline sponsored by Brand South Africa and co-sponsor WorldRemit in association with CMG Media International, publishers of The African Diaspora magazine. Brand South Africa is a movement that promotes a positive brand image for South Africa around the world and was established in 2002. Their main objective is to market South Africa through the brand’s campaign and creating opportunities that lead to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
The awards ceremony which was hosted by BBC Africa’s Lukwesa Burak attracted a full
house that included some of the leading lights within the African diaspora in the UK from
the community and business world.
The keynote speakers were the UK Country Head for Brand South Africa Pumela Salela and
Dr Ismail Ahmed, the founder of WorldRemit and they both spoke about the need for Africa
to continue making inroads towards being self-sufficient by providing solutions for their own
problems and promote regional integration.
Among those honoured was luxury designer and entrepreneur Alexander Amosu who runs
Lux Afrique, a lifestyle and concierge service. Amosu has also designed various exclusive
luxury phone designs for Motorola, BlackBerry, Samsung and Apple. His various business
interests include entertainment, publishing (OK! Magazine)as well as a cigar company, an
unprecedented feat for an African owned business in the UK. The honour was in recognition
of his exploits in business and contributions to the community.
Other notable recipients included the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) which
pushes African interventions for sustainable development of the African continent. HIV &
sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust for their work in supporting people living with
HIV and amplifying their voices by helping people achieve safe sexual health. Afrobeats
Events Promoter in the UK Adesegun Adeosun Jr who runs SMADE ENTERTAINMENT was
also honoured for his promotion of music and culture, having hosted successful events for
Ice Prince, Davido, Wizkid and Olamide.
Sony Music’s Taponeswa Mavunga who is the Head of Publicity at Columbia Records UK and
is credited for her influence in promoting Afrobeats movement in the UK was also
recognised. Inspirational entrepreneur and Communications expert Mavis Amankwah was
also honoured for her thought provoking content and diversified skills which lead to a
greater platform and prominence for issues directly affecting Africans ad the world.
Michael Berhane was also honoured in recognition of his work withpeople of colorintech.com
in creating a platform for people of colour in the technology industry. Ghanaian star Fuse ODG was
also recognised for his contributions back home which include building schools and organising festivals and has been one of the supporters of the Year of the Return initiative.
Tutu Foundation chairman Clive Conway has overseen growth at the foundation which has
run projects that include a mediation service for the NHS and working with disenfranchised
youths in Northen Ireland and improving police and youth relations. Aya Consulting founder
Muna Lobe, Agnes Gitau of GBS Africa, Vanessa Amadii-Ogbonna and Glam Africa founder
Chioma Onwutalobi were also among those honored.
The African Diaspora Awards are a brainchild of Conrad Mwanza and continue to grow in
leaps and bounds since their inception and continue to push their vision forward with
partnerships such as the 2019 edition’s Brand South Africa which is a brand that seeks to
market South Africa in the diaspora and attract foreign direct investment.