Initiatives to address different social issues on the African continent were recently commended during the first annual African Leaders for Change Awards. The phrase glitz and glam was brought to life on November 21, 2017 during the launch of the awards at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The first of its kind award ceremony brought together African philanthropists who have elevated the lives of fellow Africans in need around the continent.
The ceremony kicked off with a collaborative performance by local and international artists on a song appropriately titled The Song For Africa. The song was written and produced by Hakim Abdulsam, known for producing Senegalese-born artist Akon’s single – Mama Africa.
The Song For Africa was released and performed for the first time at the event and featured the Princess of Africa, Yvonne Chakachaka, Nigerian artist 2 Face Idibia, JahPrayzah from Zimbabwe, one of Akon’s top producers, Hakim, and Angolan musician C4Pedro.
Artists who had featured in the song but could not attend the event, included Congolese artists FallyIpupa, legendary KoffivOlumide and Akon. The collaboration by artists was aimed at raising funds to rebuild hospitals and schools around Africa. The song was received well by the audience.
Categories and winners
During the award ceremony important issues were addressed and monumental changes celebrated. Leaders congratulated and celebrated with their Zimbabwean brothers and sisters.
Celebrations continued with winners being recognised in various categories for their charitable deeds. Categories included awards for Grassroots Humanitarian programmes, Youth Development, Saving Endangered Animals, Rebuilding Schools, Fighting Deadly Diseases and Entrepreneur Training and Development.
Winners were judged on specific criteria and benchmarks by a group of judges. Some of the winners included Amadou Gallo Fall, Vice President and managing director at NBA Africa, the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Yvonne Chakachaka, Graça Machel, Amarula and many more.
Nelson Ndaba Mandela Honourary Award
African Leaders for Change Awards rewarded Africans for their work in developing the continent, considering how far the continent has come and by whose efforts the continent had improved. A Nelson Mandela honorary award to late former President Nelson Mandela was received by his grandson Ndaba Mandela on behalf of the icon.
Guests attending the awards included TV personalities, musicians, actors, leaders in business and prominent entrepreneurs. A few familiar faces included that of Lorna Maseko, Boity Thulo, Farah Fortune, Allegro Dinkwanyane, J. Something, Weza Solange, Lebo Gunguluza, Terry Pheto, Tresor, and Chi Mhende.