Atlanta – Celebrity Nollywood Actress Oge Okoye looked dashing in an Estella Couture gown as she stepped out on stage to present awards to recipients at the recently hosted 2nd Annual African Awards, USA. The African Awards is an annual award organized to showcase and recognize the enormous talents of people of African descent who have made positive and selfless contributions in their local community and abroad.
Oge and Sierra Leone Actor Nominee Mohamed Bah
Award winners at the event include; Educator of the Year: Nathaniel Nyok, African Publication of the Year: Dr. Mike Okeke, African Actor: Majid Michel, Medical Personnel: Dr. Yvonne Smith, Fashion Designer: Afua Sam, Upcoming Artist: Filon Jay, Best DJ: Samuel Conteh, Sport Personality: Osi Umenyiro, Diplomatic Personality: Mr. Joe Beasley and the Humanitarian Recipient: Carter Center. Trendy Africa Magazine was nominated in the category of ‘Publication of the year’.
Presenters at the awards included Yewande and Dr. Lisa Gilkes. From M.T.V. and B.E.T. to the historic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Yewande’s socially charged music has taken center stage with the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, and India Arie, but it is her work as an award-winning lecturer, activist and honorary U. S. Cultural Ambassador that has become perhaps her greatest achievement. Since 2006, her humanitarian organization, The Change Rocks Foundation, has empowered some of the world’s most vulnerable children by using music to promote education, leadership, health awareness and sustainable skills from Africa to the Americas.
Doctor Lisa Perry Gilkes, MD is a medical phenomenon. Dr. Gilkes is an otolaryngologist, specializing in the facial plastic surgery, head and neck surgery, and the treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders In Adults and Children, and she treats sleep disorders such as Sleep Apnea. I can’t think of anyone more qualified to present our Medical Personnel of the Year Award. Abigal Thomas; the event facilitator, explained that the a portion of the proceeds will benefit Hope of Africa Organization – an organization that provide resources to orphans and the underprivileged in West Africa via medical supplies, education scholarship funds, school supplies, etc.
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