Global Innovators to be Honored at African Diaspora Awards in New York City

Honorees and international leaders will gather to highlight excellence in industries

Emmy-nominated media personality Ojinika Obiekwe will co-host this year's African Diaspora Awards in New York. (Image:

Applause Africa, a media brand for progressive Africans in the diaspora, will host the African Diaspora Awards (ADA) Nov. 30 in New York City. The event will celebrate and honor entrepreneurial, philanthropic and leadership achievements of global leaders at Lincoln Center in New York City.

This year, more than a dozen of Africa’s innovators living abroad will be selected after a three-week voting process conducted by Applause’s board of judges and an independent audit committee comprised of other African leaders. “At Applause Africa, we strongly believe that it is important to celebrate leaders of today in order to inspire leaders of tomorrow,” says Michael Ikotun, co-founder of Applause.

“Our successful and outstanding record of accomplishment is a testament of our quest to highlight the efforts of deserving role models in the African community and serves as the passion behind the African Diaspora Awards,” added Applause co-founder Debo Folorunsho.

Leaders who have been honored in the past include Ethiopian model and maternal health advocate Liya Kebede; TV personality and journalist Lola Ogunnaike; tech innovator and iROKO Partners CEO Jason Njoku; activist and Grammy award winner Angelique Kidjo; actor and resident DJ at The Ellen De Generes Show, Tony Okungbowa; Grammy nominated singers Les Nubians; and Face Africa founder Saran Kaba Jones.

Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee will deliver a keynote address on the “The Power of Our Voice,” the ADA theme this year. Emmy-nominated media professional Ojinika Obiekwe, along with actor Mohamed Dione III, will join Gbowee as hosts of the show.

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