GEM USA AWARDS 2019 SCHEDULE
EVENT ONE: GEM HONORS THE FIRST LADY OF THE GAMBIA | SEPTEMBER 20, 2019
This event is strictly by Invitation. Please use the form below to get one.
EVENT TWO: GEM HONORS OUTSTANDING TRAILBLAZERS | SEPTEMBER 23, 2019
THE 74TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY HIGH-LEVEL SIDE EVENT: “AFRICAN ICONS, CELEBRATING THE BLESSINGS OF AFRICA”
In commemoration of the current remembrance of the “year of return” for Africans in the diaspora and as part of the 400th year commemoration since the first slave ship from Africa landed in Virginia, Global Empowerment Movement (GEM) USA in collaboration with the AU Sixth Region USA, and Blessings of Africa Empowerment Foundation is proud to honor outstanding, trailblazer with our prestigious, GEM USA Award at the United Nations General Assembly Side Event, in recognition of the outstanding work of those championing and advancing the development of the community as part of celebrating the leaders and the unsung heroes on a Global Stage with the GEM USA – Blessings of Africa Iconic Leader Award.
September 23, 2019
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Roosevelt Hotel,
Madison at 45th, New York, NY 10017
All awardees are encouraged to donate and to place advert on the event brochure
Mandatory**All participants are required to get ticket to have access to the event
Special Guest of Honour
H.E. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari
First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
H.E. Prof. Sarah Agbor
(Commissioner, Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission)
Congressman Donald Payne Jr
Mr. Festus Uzoma Mbisiogu
Founder and sponsor of Uzotex Charity Foundation
Loren Michaels Harris
Founder of Power of WE Symposium
Prof. John C. Aguiyi
Director/Centre Leader, ACEPRD, University of Jos, Nigeria and the provisional chairman of the ACEs in Phytomedicine, Biotechnology and Herbal Medicines in Africa
Amb. Benaoyagha Okoyen
The Consulate-General of Nigeria in New York
Amb. Dr. Lenora Peterson
President Obama Amb.
Mr. Justin Blu
Cast of The Real World, MTV
Nelson Aluya MD, MBBS
Chairman, Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas, New Jersey and Assistant Professor of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey
Reverend Frank O. Ekejija
Philanthropist and Financier
Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakel
HRH Princess Dame Angelique “Ademiposi” Monet
Award-Winning Multi-media talent, Founder of A.F.I. World Peace Initiative, Notable Ventriloquist
Honorable Major, Dr. Iwuozo L. Obilo, MIA, MHA, FAA
Our past Distinguished Global Award Recipients are the First Lady of Nigeria, Her Excellency Dr. (Mrs.) Aisha Buhari – who was honored for Excellence in Women Empowerment and Gender Development during the United Nations General Assembly on September 2018, Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohammed, the Permanent Observer of the Africa Union to the United Nations honored for using her platform to work with displaced, vulnerable communities from Northeast Nigeria, Lucia Kaiser, a two-time Emmy Award Winner, etc
The overarching aim of the award is to draw attention to the fact that the United Nations has declared 2015-2025 as the Decade of People of African Descent. More significantly, GEM USA seeks to use the awards to eloquently celebrate the fact that People of African Descent are, indeed, excellently proving their mettle towards the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. GEM USA is particularly fixated on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 in its bid to strengthen those global partnerships that can help in the achievement of the ambitious targets of both the United Nations 2030 Agenda, and African Union 2063 Agenda.
Our journey continues towards ensuring that our awardees are totally representative of what it takes to power and drive socio-economic initiatives in line with the fulfillment of most of the Agenda 2063 and SDG goals.
Our ultimate goal is to feature the awardees (Blessings of Africa Iconic Leaders) in the next book series devoted to highlighting Champions of Change and Iconic Leaders of African Descent.