By Ayo Omotoso
The African Women of Excellence Awards (AWEA) in Sandton, Johannesburg on Saturday night honoured women leaders across the globe, with the highlights reserved for late struggle icon Winnie Madikizeka-Mandela, the queen of soul Aretha Franklin, and Jeannette Kagame, the first lady of Rwanda.
Mrs Sally Mbanefo is the only Nigerian honoured among others. The Honourable Commissoner for Diaspora,Indigenous Art,Culture and Tourism said in her remark “I dedicate this Award to God who made it possible for me to be here and to the entire Nigerians” In her speech,She intoned Africans should continue to celebrate without borders.
The awards are an initiative hosted by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Diaspora African Forum, which recognise the contributions of women of African descent across the world. Since 2015, the AWEA has honoured game changers, rule breakers, and trailblazers, and Saturday night’s event proved to be one of the biggest ever so far.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton for the awards ceremony and networking event. More than 10 of Africa’s best and brightest women were honoured for the work that they do in business and their communities.
The women selected for awards honours represent diverse backgrounds, personal characteristics, and life experiences. They are also lifelong advocates for promoting equality for women and girls everywhere.