Ambassadors, international innovators and native leaders flocked to the ballroom of The Mayflower Lodge on Friday for the African Union Ambassadors Ball, celebrating those that have led the cost in working to empower and strengthen relations throughout the African Diaspora.
With drinks, a scrumptious meal and reside leisure, the occasion honored those that have paved the way in which in creating alternatives all through the African Diaspora, together with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Angelique Kidjo, Ambassador Susan Rice and Randall Robinson, posthumously.
“[Thank you to the honorees] for the contributions you’ve made to the whole widespread good and to values of worldwide cooperation and solidarity between our nations,” stated Her Excellency Hilda Suka-Mafufdze, who serves as ambassador for the African Union (AU).
Haydé Adams, host of Voice of America’s “Straight Speak Africa,” served because the night’s mistress of ceremonies.
Journalist, discuss present host and commentator Roland Martin introduced the award for activist, creator, lawyer and TransAfrica founder Robinson, who died in March of this yr.
“We had actual life superheroes strolling amongst us. People combating the great struggle and unwilling to take ‘no’ for a solution,” Martin stated, contemplating Robinson’s life. Martin introduced the AU Lifetime Achievement Tribute to the late chief’s widow Hazel Ross-Robinson.
“Thanks very a lot to the African Union Ambassadors for the choice to honor my beloved protector, husband and pal Randall Robinson. First, the Group of African Unity, after which the African Union, have been held within the highest regard by my husband. That’s as a result of the guiding ethos of your group match so completely with the principals, beliefs, and aspirations that guided my husband’s life,” she stated.
In a passionate speech, Ross-Robinson emphasised her husband’s dedication to the African Diaspora.
“My husband was unwaveringly dedicated to work for and with African nations and the individuals of the African world,” Ross-Robinson stated.
Rice, who acquired the AU Kofi Annan Award, mentioned her longtime dedication to supporting these on the continent of Africa.
“I used to be proud to assist launch and maintain signature initiatives just like the Younger African Leaders initiative, Energy Africa and Feed the Future; in addition to to host one other historic U.S.- African Leaders Summit, and to assist President Obama’s historic handle to the African Union in Addis Ababa in 2015,” Rice advised the gang.
When her duties transitioned from worldwide to nationwide affairs, Rice stated she by no means stopped desirous about working to strengthen alternatives for African Individuals and others who face disparities.
“As President Biden’s home coverage adviser, my focus duly shifted from the worldwide, to the nationwide,” she stated. “As I served all Individuals, I had the privilege of prioritizing problems with racial justice and fairness, to assist broaden healthcare entry and protection, to extend instructional alternative and affordability, and create jobs and enhance financial alternatives.”
Along with dancing and celebration, the ball additionally supplied a name to motion for visitors to proceed supporting efforts throughout the African Diaspora.
“There’s nonetheless quite a lot of work to be performed,” stated a consultant for Kidjoe, a singer, songwriter and actress, who acquired the AU World Citizen Award. “We invite individuals to study extra in regards to the work that we do, and to hitch us on this unbelievable work.”