Inaugural Awards Ceremony For African Trailblazer

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Afri50 is a new award celebrating 50 Africans paving the way in their respective fields. It will be held in Johannesburg on 1 May, with a diverse set of nominees from all over Africa.

Africa is a continent with abundant and multi-faceted talent. Africans are blazing new trails in science and technology, finance, sports, and entrepreneurship. Africans are taking charge and leading in various fields. There are several awards and honors that exist to honor and recognize various talents at different levels of their success. Notable lists and honors include the Forbes Africa lists, the New African Magazine’s 100 most inspirational, among several others.

Afri50 is a new award that will recognize 50 African trailblazers. The inaugural awards night is set to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 1 May 2023. The awards night coincides with Workers Day, a day when workers are celebrated and recognized for their labor towards making the world a better place.


The Afri50 Award nominees include Senegalese and Bayern Munich football club star Sadio Mane who is recognized for his sporting talent which has won him various accolades and his passion for community development which has seen him build schools, hospitals among several other donations he has made to Senegal. Sadio Mane is a game changer on the pitch and in the community development space in Senegal.

Senator Dr Rasha Kelej is the CEO of Merck Foundation. She has dedicated her time and life towards ending child marriages, empowering the girl child and transforming patient care across the globe. Kelej works with more than 20 African First Ladies and her organization has made an impact in 50 countries. She was appointed to serve in the Egyptian senate.

Ambassador Dr Edd Branson is a leading citizen diplomat, a UN World habitat ambassador, African investment advocate and philanthropist. Branson received a certificate of recognition from the City of New York in the USA. In the certificate of recognition City of New York Mayor Eric Adams praised Branson for using his knowledge and resources to fund education and food distribution initiatives for underprivileged students and families in New York and around the world.

The diverse Afri50 Awards also recognized individuals from various countries including Djibouti, The Gambia, Togo, Mauritania among several other African nations. Former Zambian Vice President Dr. Nevers Mumba will be among the honored guests who will present the awards and the Afri50 certificate of recognition.


The Afri50 Awards night promises to be a gathering of Africa’s finest forward thinkers and extra ordinary talent whose endeavors have led to meaningful development and change at community, national, regional and global level while inspiring others.

The award nominees list was compiled by Dashboard Africa Research Institute and a select group of freelance journalists in a manner that ensures a high level of integrity. Award winning actress Samela Tyelbooi who plays Ayanda Majola on Generations the Legacy will be the host for the night.

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