On June 15, <a href="http://face2faceafrica.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Face2Face Africa</strong></a>, a premier media and events company, hosted a night of excellence, honoring leaders of the African diaspora at The Times Center in the heart of New York City. The <a href="http://www.facelistawards.com" target="_blank"><strong>F.A.C.E. List Awards</strong></a>, sponsored by State Farm and Arik Airlines and hosted by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-j-henderson/" target="_blank"><strong>Eric J. Henderson</strong></a> of the Huffington Post (pictured, left), was a star-studded event that included performances and a special giveaways.
Pan-African leaders who received awards includ<strong>ed Carlos Lopes, Ph.D., </strong>executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa; <strong>Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, </strong>CEO and founder of the <a href="http://www.ama-awards.com/" target="_blank"><strong>African Movie Academy Awards </strong></a>(AMAA);<strong> George Ntim, </strong>founder and president of the African Development Foundation;<strong> Korto Momolu, </strong>Bravo TV’s <strong><em>Project Runway</em></strong> contestant and award-winning designer;<strong> Aziz G. Adetimirin, </strong>founder of <a href="http://www.tnj.com/" target="_blank"><strong>The Network Journal</strong></a>; and award-winning actress <strong>Jackie Appiah. </strong>
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Ghanaian actress and producer Lydia Forson presents an award.
Honoree Peace Anyiam-Osigwe was recognized for her impact in the global film industry as founder of the African Movie Academy Awards.
George Ntim, founder and president of the African Development Foundation, was honored for his work with fiscal development and advocacy in Africa.
Designer and Bravo TV's "Project Runway" alum Korto Momolu, was honored for her work in the fashion industry.
Face2Face Africa co-founder and chairman Isaac Boateng addresses the audience.
Michelle D. Hare, multicultural business development specialist at State Farm, prepares to present an award.
Honoree Aziz G. Adetimirin, founder of The Network Journal, was honored for his more than 20 years of highlighting business leaders of color.
Carlos Lopes, Ph.D., executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, was honored for his work in Africa.
Award-winning actress Jackie Appiah was honored for her excellence in the global film industry.
A trumpet player from Akroft & Co Live shows off his skills.
Face2Face Africa co-founder and COO, Sandra Appiah, addresses the audience.
African gospel singer Yaw Osei-Owusu performs.
Nadia Sasso, 24, was chosen, out of seven finalists, for the Young Africans Committed to Excellence Award (Y.A.C.E.) for her work with her foundation Yehri Wi Cry.
Popular Nigerian entertainer, DJ Universe, and MUI PR founder, Ijeoma Genevieve Mbamalu, joins Ellen Osei of Raising Hope Foundation and F2FA co-founder Sandra Appiah on stage. Proceeds from the event went to the organization, which aims to raise awareness and funds for African orphans.
Singer Nicole Ortiz performed a tribute to the honorees at the event.
Singer Peter Jericho, left, performed during the event.
Face2Face Africa chairman, Isaac Boateng, and COO Sandra Appiah join actress Jackie Appiah on the purple carpet.
Nadia Sasso, Y.A.C.E. award winner, is joined by supporters on the purple carpet.
BlackEnterprise.com producer Janell Hazelwood joins actress Jackie Appiah after her purple-carpet interview.
Ghanaian-American singer Jay Ghartey was one of seven Y.A.C.E. award finalists.
BlackEnterprise.com producer Janell Hazelwood was also a Y.A.C.E. award finalist.
Y.A.C.E. award finalist and executive director at The Royalty Lifestyle Group, Solo Nnanna, left, is joined by Arik Airlines' Kobina Brew-Hammond and guest.