The Planet Africa Awards Gala Was A Great Success

Keynote Address By Dr. Bernice King, Daughter Of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Marks The 50th Anniversary Of Her Father’s “I Have A Dream” Speech
And the 10th Anniversary Of The Planet Africa Awards Program

Toronto, Canada. The 2013 Planet Africa Awards, a glittering red carpet affair held at the International Centre in Toronto, Canada on November 2nd, was a great success. Themed ‘Celebrating The Dream’, the keynote address was by Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Now CEO of the King Centre in Atlanta, USA, she received the Legend Award in honour of her father. The event marked the 10th Anniversary of the awards; the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s historic 'I Have A Dream' speech; and the 50th Anniversary of the African Union.

Since 2004, the Planet Africa Awards program has identified and recognized, leadership and excellence, which produce role models. Presented by Silvertrust Media and Planet Africa Group, the awards honour individuals, organizations, businesses and agencies that make a profound difference in the lives of people of African heritage globally. Ministers, Senators, Members of Parliament, Police Chiefs and other leaders attend the event. Guests came from across Canada, the United States, South Africa, Ethiopia, England and beyond. The event was hosted by esteemed television personality Namugenyi Kiwanuka, formerly of Much Music, CNN, BBC as well as other media and MC Bonde of G98.7 FM.

Known internationally as one of the most powerful, motivating and life-changing orators on the circuit of speakers today, Bernice leaves her audiences standing and challenged to transform their world. The youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice first spoke spoke in her mother's stead at the United Nations at age 17. She has since spoken at the White House and other high profile places.

This year, Development Award was presented to Rob Meikle, Chief Information Officer for the City of Toronto and Founder of the Impact Centre. The Marcus Garvey Memorial Award was received by Fergie Jenkins, the first Canadian to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Fitzroy Gordon, Founder & CEO of G98.7 FM received the Media Award. Joel Dikgole, Chief Executive Officer of the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority, an agency of the South African government, received the Leadership Award.

Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, received the Professional Excellence Award. Dr. Arikana Chihombori, Chair, African Union's African Diaspora Health Initiative (AU-ADHI) received the Rennaissance Award. Rowan Barrett, Assistant General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Senior Men's Team at Canada Basketball, received the Sports Award and Habiba Cooper Diallo, one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 for innovation and leadership, received the Academic Achievement Award.

The Enterprise Award was presented to Ayo Alabi, President & CEO of Jodal Health Care and the African Guitar Summit got the Entertainment Award. The Heritage Award was received for the Jamaican Canadian Association by Audrey Campbell, its President. The Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award was presented to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The Science & Technology Award was presented to Dr. Adekunle G. Ahmed, Forensic Psychiatrist, Royal Ottawa Healthcare Group and Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa. Sean Mauricette or Subliminal received the Volunteer Award and Dele Ajayi a.k.a. Blacko Blaze, received the Rising Star Award.

Sponsors, including those who enabled youth to attend the gala include Dream Maker Realty, MoneyGram, Royal Bank of Canada, Sterling Dental, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Radisson Plaza Hotel, Lewis Law Professional, Johnson Babalola Law Office, Grand Victorian Convention Centre, G98.7 FM, The AppLabb, OMNI Television and Silvertrust Media. Past recipients include Kevin Williams, President & Managing Director of General Motors Canada; Nobel Prize Winner, Professor Wole Soyinka; Nuclear Scientist, Dr. Sylvester Osamusali and YWCA International President, Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro.

About Planet Africa Group

Since 2004, the Planet Africa Awards program has recognized leadership and excellence, which produce role models. It is a part of Planet Africa Network (Group), which includes television programming, magazine and other initiatives that make a difference in the lives of people of African background worldwide. Categories include Leadership, Excellence, Science and Technology, Development, Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award, Media, Entertainment, Renaissance, Rising Star, Enterprise, Sports, Heritage, Academic Achievement, Marcus Garvey Memorial Award, Volunteer and Lifetime Achievement. Nominations accepted until July.

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Info: Tomike Salami, Associate Coordinator, Planet Africa Awards
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