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The Africa-America Institute’ 38th Annual Awards Gala

September 20, 2022 @ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Africa-America Institute (AAI) – the premier U.S.-based international organization connecting Africa to America through education, training and dialogue – announced its 38th Annual Awards Gala celebrating the vast contributions of Africa and its worldwide diaspora. Returning to an in-person format, the Awards Gala will take place at Cipriani 42nd St. in New York City, on September 20th at 6 P.M.

Launched in 1984, the AAI Awards Gala is the most anticipated African-centered event convened in New York City. Held during the week of the United Nations General Assembly, the Gala brings together a host of distinguished notables including heads of state, diplomats, government officials, business and civil society leaders, scholars, journalists and other leading figures for an unforgettable evening.

Hosted by marketing executive, entrepreneur and author Bozoma Saint John, this year’s awards will center around the theme of “Africa in the World.” During the ceremony, AAI will honor an illustrious group of leaders across industries who have used their platforms to advance and affect substantive change locally, nationally and globally in their respective areas.

The 2022 Awards and Honorees include:

National Achievement Award
The Republic of Botswana to be accepted by His Excellency Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi

Science and Technology Leadership Award
Solomon Assefa – Vice President of IBM Research, Africa & Emerging Market Solutions

Ambassador of African Film Award
Mahen Bonetti – Founder of the African American Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) and Executive Director of the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF)

Distinguished Alumnae Award
Betty Wambui Kibaara – Director of the Food Initiative at the Rockefeller Foundation

For the past six decades, AAI has provided over 23,000 scholarships and fellowships to African students. The Annual Awards Gala raises funds to support AAI programs and initiatives.


September 20, 2022
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Cipriani 42nd Street
New York, NY United States
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