Prez Akufo-Addo awarded Star Prize for diaspora engagement promotions

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been awarded the ‘Star Prize’ for the Black History Makers Awards in a special ceremony held on the sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly. The event was the climax of a Global Africa Forum held at the Dentons Office, New York, USA in September 2023.

Presenting the award to the President, the African Union Ambassador to the USA stated that, the gesture is in furtherance of partners’ commitment to promoting the 2024 Black History Festival.

The ceremony which was the concluding session of the Global Africa Forum event curated by the Africa Prosperity Network, Africa-America Institute with contributions from the Bureau for International Development, Exchanges and Commerce (BIDEC) drew distinguished guests from various industries including AfriExim Bank, AfCFTA, UNDP, Ghana’s Ministry of Finance, Ghana’s Ministry of Education, Ghana’s Energy Ministry, amongst others.

Others include, President of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Chair of the Pan African Parliament, the CEO of Ghana Investment Promotion Center, Special SDGs Advisor to the President, the Director of Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President of Ghana, as well as other eminent figures hailing from the Caribbean and the African continent.

During the 2nd edition of the Black History Festival held in the USA in the month of February, the President of Ghana was conferred with the coveted Star Prize of the Black History Makers Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the promotion of Diaspora Engagement, Investment, and Cultural Exchanges, notably through the Year of Return and Beyond the Return Initiative by the Bureau for International Development, Exchanges, and Commerce (BIDEC). This event was under the auspices of the African Union Mission to the USA, in collaboration with esteemed partners in the USA.

The Executive Coordinator of the Festival and the President of BIDEC, Stephen Selasie Asuo, in anticipating the future with great enthusiasm, said he was thrilled to announce that the next edition of the Black History Festival and the Black History Makers Awards is scheduled to take place from the 21st to the 25th of February 2024 in the vibrant city of Columbus, Ohio, USA.

He therefore encouraged governments from the Caribbean, the Americas and Africa, businesses, institutions and individuals interested in the Global African Trade Market as well as our rich history and culture to mark their calendars and join in celebrating of the legacy of the continent that continues to shape the world.


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