The award show, now in its 6th year, honors the new breed of African diaspora leaders, activists, artists, entrepreneurs and businesses solving the problems of today and tomorrow. The nominees have always represented a cross-section of organizations, startups, and young talents. It is one of the most sought-after award shows featuring the African Diaspora in the United States.
The initiative celebrates and accelerates innovation; creativity and enterprise amongst Africans in the Diaspora between the ages of 22 to 45. It has produced over 60 winners and over 1,550 nominees since its first edition in 2010.
There are 13 categories in all—ranging from Person of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and more—and they're judged by a sterling selection of leaders across many industries.
The African Diaspora Awards will bring together an extraordinary array of entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, actors, scholars, businesses and other exemplary African’s of the Diaspora and their friends. This event has become the “Who’s Who” of meaningful and powerful leadership in the Diaspora.
More than 500 attendees will join Applause as we celebrate and honor or champions. Past special guests and honorees have included Leymah Gbowee – Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Chinedu Echeruo – Founder of HopStop.com, Angelique Kidjo – Grammy Award Winning Singer & Activist, Lola Ogunnaike, TV Personality and entertainment journalist and Gbenga Akinnagbe – Actor, Saran Diakitè Kaba - Clean water advocate, YaYa DaCosta - Actress, Mpule Kwelagobe The first African woman 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, Flaviana Matata - fashion model among many others.