AFRUCA took home the award for the Best Community Organisation at the inaugural African Diaspora Awards (ADA) held on the 2nd of May 2013 at the InterContinental hotel in Westminster in London.
The African Diaspora Awards provides a platform for recognising and honouring high achievers from within the UK African Community in fields of business, sport, entertainment, philanthropy, popular arts and culture. According to the organisers, “these awards celebrate diversity and multiculturalism and the achievements of the contemporary and historical African diaspora community in the UK. The African diaspora in the UK has, over the past decade, achieved greater recognition for their positive contribution to Africa’s development as well as to that of the United Kingdom”.
“It is exciting to be recognised as it serves as a good motivation for AFRUCA staff and volunteers as we continue to promote the rights and the welfare of African children in the UK. It is also good publicity which not only raises our organisation’s profile but most especially makes the community aware of the work that AFRUCA does”, said James Titi-Lartey, Head of Finance and Operations at AFRUCA.
There were 7 categories of awards in the area of Business, Community, Television, Media, Education/Academia, Future Leader Award, Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award and Philanthropist of the Year. Also, Thandi Modise, Premier of the North West Province in South Africa and National Executive Committee member of the ANC was honoured with a special recognition award for the ‘Advancement of Peace and Women Affairs in Africa’.
“We are delighted to have received this award and we congratulate all nominees and winners as well…kudos to the organisers for an extremely well organised event” said Debbie Ariyo OBE, AFRUCA Founder and Executive Director.
The ADA was well attended by the African diaspora community in the UK and attracted a host of speakers and dignitaries who presented awards at the InterContinental hotel in Westminster.