December 1st 2018 | Schomburg Center, New York City


African Renaissance: Choose your Tribe #ADA2018

The annual African Diaspora Awards, taking place on December 1, 2018, is SAiD's groundbreaking effort to celebrate exemplary individuals who have made a significant difference in the African community in the United States. ADA aims to recognize notable Africans in the Diaspora that have excelled in various spheres of life and honor civic leaders who have contributed to the advancement of Africans both on the continent and abroad.

As Africans, we have been living in tribes for thousands of years and continue to do so. While a tribe is historically defined as an ethnic group, we define it as a group of like-minded individuals who add value to each other's lives through mutual support, empowerment, and companionship. This year, SAiD is pushing forward the vision of a new Africa that is strengthened and enriched by the continent's most central value: community.

Under the theme, “African Renaissance: Choose your Tribe,” the 2018 ADAs will inspire our fellow diaspora leaders, innovators and influencers to choose who they will surround themselves with, who they will invest in, and who will invest in them.

What makes the 2018 ADA Annual Gathering different?
(1.) Relationships: Make meaningful connections with other attendees through interactive sessions and unstructured VIP reception before the awards. Inspiration (2.) Be a part of insightful conversations with Africa: in Diaspora’s new thinkers, disruptors, and changemakers and develop the new ideas that will move the continent forward. (3.) Action: Experience the continent’s rich cultural heritage in the form of music, dance, poetry, and art. (4.) Celebrate Africa’s leading enterprises at the Awards and meet its most promising early- stage entrepreneurs.
Develop Relationship Capital
Cultivate genuine relationships with high-caliber attendees, develop trust and build your reputation. African Renaissance: Choose your Tribe #ADA2018 DECEMBER 1ST, 2018. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, New York

Past Winners

Last year's honorees were: ImeIme Umana President of Harvard Law Review, Person of the Year; Jaha Dukureh Human rights activist, Humanitarian of the Year; Richelieu Dennis Founder, Sundial Brands & Shea Moisture, Entrepreneur of the Year; Ethiopia Habtemariam President of Motown Records, Mark of Excellence Award; Cece Olisa Entrepreneur, Bloggers and Influencer, Face of Change; Christina Sass Cofounder and President at Andela, Friends of Africa; Darlene and Lizzy Okpo, Designers of the Year; Elizabeth Natasha Ngonzi CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, Advocate of the Year; Famond Konneh Bronx Borough Director, NYC (CAU), Community Service of the Year; Ugo Nwaokoro Deputy Mayor of the City of Newark, New Jersey, Governance and Civic Leadership Award; Dr. Constance Iloh Education Scholar and Professor, Scholar of the Year; Christian Epps, Creative Person of the Year; Cellulant, Ken Njoroge and Bolaji Akinboro, Company of the Year. A special tribute was paid to the late Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin who championed health and well-being through his humanitarian work with the United Nations.

Distinguished honorees from previous years have included Leymah Gbowee Nobel Peace Prize Winner; Chinedu Echeruo Founder of; Angelique Kidjo Grammy Award Winning Singer & Activist; Lola Ogunnaike TV Personality and entertainment journalist; Jessica Matthews Venture capitalist and CEO/Co-Founder of Uncharted Power; Luvvie Ajayi New York Times best-selling author, speaker, and digital strategist; Georgie Baddiel Model and activist; Gbenga Akinnagbe Actor; Saran Diakitè Kaba Clean water advocate; YaYa DaCosta Actress; Mpule Kwelagobe First African to be crowned Miss Universe, Les Nubians Grammy-nominated French duo; Kemi Adetiba Film director; Atti Worku Education and community advocate; Chid Liberty Entrepreneur; Nicole Amarteifio Film director; and Flaviana Matata Fashion model.

Saturday, December 1st 2018

5:00pm - Opening

Press Call Time / Arrives / Security

6:00PM - Set intentions that energize you

Red Carpet and VIP Reception

7:00pm - VIP Registration Open

House Opens / House Band enter stage

7: 30pm - Show Begins

Host jives with audience, gives opening remarks


Schomburg Center
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037

+1(415) 871-7615

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