From July 10 -12 in New York City, Face2Face Africa kicks off its 4th Pan African Weekend (PAW) created to highlight the individuals and ideas that are transforming society, and celebrate the pioneers, trailblazers, and leaders who have paved the way for the next generation. From attending master classes and a networking mixer to an awards gala, after-party and brunch, attendees can expect an action packed 3-day agenda.
The event kicks-off on July 10Â with the “Young Africans Committed to Excellenceâ€ (YACE) master class which provides an engaging platform for the YACE fellows to discuss their work, achievements, and vision for Africa in front of an audience.
OnÂ Saturday, July 11, guests will enjoy a night of cocktails, entertainment, and awards at the ESPACEÂ ballroom in Times Square, N.Y. According to a statement released by Face2Face, this year the organization will honor several individuals with fascinating stories to tell. Here is a snapshot of the extraordinary journeys and commitments of a few 2015 honorees:
Humanitarian AwardÂ recipients: BorisÂ Kodjoe andÂ Nicole Ari Parker, actorsÂ and founders of Sophie’s Voice Foundation. The power couple founded the organization in honor of their daughter Sophie, who was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth. Sophie’s Voice is a leading organization that supports global health and wellness initiatives in multicultural communities, and educates families on the importance of building healthy lifestylesÂ worldwide.
Entrepreneur AwardÂ recipient: Ashish J. ThakkerÂ is another inspirational honoree. He escaped the Rwandan Genocide and established his first business at the age of 15 with a $5,000 loan. From its genesis as a small IT business in Uganda, Mr. Thakker’s Mara Group has grown into a globally recognized multi-sector conglomerate that has earned him the title of Africa’s youngest billionaire.
Trailblazer AwardÂ recipient: Fumbi ChimaÂ has had to break through the thickest of glass ceilings toÂ riseÂ to the upper echelons of corporate America, as the chief information officer at Walmart Asia. In doing so, Ms. Chima has cleared a path for young women of color in technology and business.
Leadership AwardÂ recipient: Amadou Gallo FallÂ is currently spearheading the development of basketball on the continent of Africa, as the managing director of NBA Africa.
A portion of the proceeds from the evening will also go towards F2FA EduTech program, a program to bring modern technology and IT solutions to schools across Africa.