ACBC 4TH WINTER AWARD DINNER 2013

BIOS OF AWARDEES:

  1. ACBC Person of the Year Award 2013

a). Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR)

Nigerian Politician and Diplomat

General Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigerian general, politician, and diplomat, was the first military leader in Africa to hand over power to civilian rule. He served as ruler of Nigeria (1976–79) and as president (1999–2007).

During the three years he headed the government, Obasanjo emerged as an influential statesman. He strengthened Nigeria’s ties with the United States, and in 1978 U.S. President Jimmy Carter visited the country. After Abacha’s death in 1998, Obasanjo was released and joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). When the interim leader, General Abdusalam Abubakar, pledged to hold democratic elections, Obasanjo announced his candidacy for president and in 1999 was declared the winner with some 63 percent of the vote. Nigeria’s first civilian leader in 15 years, Obasanjo sought to alleviate poverty, reduce state corruption, and establish a democratic system. Obasanjo was elected to a second term in April 2003, winning more than 60 percent of the votes cast.

1937 – Born in Abeokuta, Ogun State on the 5th of March. 1958 – He grew up in Owu, also in Ogun State, and he enlisted in the army. 1975 – He directly participate in the military coup on the 29th of July, led by Murtala Ramat Mohammed, he supported it and was named Murtala’s deputy in the new government. 1976 – When Mohammed was assassinated in an attempted coup on the 13th of February, Obasanjo replaced him as head of state, and initiated a transition to civilian rule. 1979 – Obasanjo served on the 1st of October, when he handed power to Shehu Shagari, a democratically elected civilian president; this made Obasanjo the first leader in Nigerian history to surrender power willingly. 1983 – The military seized power again. Obasanjo, being in retirement, did not participate in that coup, and did not publicly support it. 1993-1998 – Sani Abacha, Obasanjo spoke out against the human rights abuses of the regime, and was imprisoned with the claim of planning a coup. 1999 – In elections, the first in sixteen years, he decided to run for the presidency as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party. 2003 – Obasanjo was re-elected in a tumultuous election that had violent ethnic and religious overtones, his main opponent being a Muslim who drew his support mainly from the north. 2005 – On the 23rd of October, the President lost his second wife, Stella Obasanjo, First Lady of Nigeria. Obasanjo has many children, who live throughout Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 

  1. ACBC Award For Excellence 2013

a). Mr. Amadou Diagne

 

Amadou has been working in the HIV/AIDS field for 26 years. He joined Gilead Sciences, Inc. as a Medical Scientist in June 2003 and is currently Associate Director of Access Operations and Emerging Markets covering Africa. Earlier in his work at Gilead, he devoted much of his time raising HIV/AIDS awareness in disproportionately infected and affected minority and immigrant communities and also educating patients, healthcare providers, policymakers and community opinion leaders in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. From 1986 to 1996 Amadou co-founded and managed the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) AIDS Institute Virology Lab where he isolated the dual tropic virus HIV JRFL/JRCSF. In his position as a non-senate Faculty at the UCLA School of Medicine he co-authored peer reviewed articles of his research in HIV/AIDS that were published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Nature and the Journal of Virology. Amadou also presented results of his work on HIV/AIDS treatment at many conferences including the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), the International AIDS Conferences. He recently co-authored and presented posters on ART Treatment in HIV infected Pregnant Women at the NMA Conference in 2009 in Las Vegas and at the 3rd International Conference on HIV and Aging in 2012 in Baltimore. Amadou graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Bacteriology and a B.Sc. in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he spent three years working in cancer research at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research.

 

b). CLARENCE D. ARMBRISTER

 

CLARENCED.“Clay”     ARMBRISTER President,GirardCollege

 

Girard College is a boarding school for academically    capable students,grades1 through12,fromfamilieswithlimitedfinancial resources,   each   headed   by   a   single   parent   or   guardian.   Mr. Armbristerbeganhispresidencyin July2012,164yearsafterGirard Collegeopeneditsdoors.

Clarence D. “Clay” Armbrister has had a nearly thirty year career in the private and public sectors that have either been directly or tangentially involved in public finance.   In his most recent stint in the public sector, Mr. Armbrister served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. Mr. Armbrister has also served in senior positions in the higher education arena, serving up until recently as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff to the President of Johns Hopkins University–building on four years of service at Temple University where Mr. Armbrister  served  as Executive  Vice  President  and  Chief  Operating  Officer  prior  to joining the Nutter Administration.

Mr. Armbrister began his professional career as a lawyer in the public finance department of Saul, Ewing Remick and Saul, leaving as a partner in 1994 to begin what was thought to be a short term hiatus from the practice of law to serve as City Treasurer under then Mayor Edward G. Rendell. He went on to serve as the Managing Director of the Philadelphia School District and as an investment banker, joining PaineWebber–which subsequently became UBS–where he left as a Director in the Public Finance Department in 2003 to join Temple University.

Armbrister received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982 and his B.A. degree in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.

Armbrister is a native of Miami, Florida.  He, his wife Denise, and their family reside in the Overbrook Farms section of Philadelphia.

c). Dr. Charles ‘Diji Akinola

  

d). Mr. Edward Boateng

 

 Edward Boateng is founder of Global Media Alliance and now serves as the Executive Chairman and CEO of the GMA Group. GMA Group is made of HAPPY FM, YFM both in Accra and Takoradi, ANIGYE FM in Kumasi, GMA PR and EVENTS, ETV Ghana, and SILVERBIRD CINEMA and LIFESTYLE STORE. GMA has over 350 employees and has offices in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Accra.  Previously as the Africa Head of Turner Broadcasting System (TBS), he was part of the team that led the drive to establish brands such as CNN, Cartoon Network and Turner Classic movies into household names in Africa and across the world. He was the initiator of the Weekly Inside Africa programme magazine (currently the longest surviving program on CNN international), and founder of the CNN Multi Choice Africa Journalist Awards, now in its 17th year.

He was also part of the founding team of ETV, the first free to air private broadcaster in South Africa, and now Sub-Sahara Africa’s biggest private free to air broadcaster and established ETV Ghana. Edward helped in the development of Africa focused channels like Africa Magic on DSTV and lately set up Silverbird Cinemas in Ghana and helped to expand the business in Nigeria. Before that the cinema culture in Ghana has been dead close to 30years. He was part of the founding team of the Palms Mall in Lekki, Lagos Nigeria, and the Accra Mall. Amongst others, he has served as a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Media, as chairman of Millennium Developmental Authority (MIDA), board member of the World Economic Forum Africa Board, African Business Roundtable, and a member of President Mbeki’s first African Renaissance team which later became NEPAD.   He initiated and worked with the Freedom Forum of Washington DC, BDC Consulting, and GJA to stage the first Presidential Debate in Ghana and for that matter Africa in September 2000.

Edward has served in different capacities, both formal and informal in the public sector as an advisor in the offices of President Kufuor of Ghana, Obasanjo of Nigeria, and Presidents Mbeki and Mandela of South Africa, Governor Joe Frank of the State of Georgia in USA (as an intern) and other African institutions such as the ADB. He has worked on various public sector initiatives across Africa including the Kenyan  Peace Talks, the deregulation of the telecom and media sector in the 1990’s and media development in Africa.  He is a very well known and respected figure in Africa’s media sector. He also served as the Chairman of the Millennium Development Authority, the body set up to administer the USD547 million given to the Ghana Government by the US government from July 2006-December 2008. Mr. Edward Boateng won the African Business Leader of the Year 2013 in New York. He has MBA from Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia and is married with three children.

 

e). Ms. Jacky Appiah

Jackie Appiah is a Ghanaian actress with a career spanning from television to film and being a spokeswoman and brand ambassador. She is known as the Queen and Maestro of the movie industry in Ghana and beyond. She was born in a family of five children on December 5, 1983 to Janet Owusu and George Appiah in Canada where she had her early education at Derrydown Public School, Toronto, Ontario before moving to Ghana for high school. While in Toronto, the young and adorable Jackie showed interest in acting and she became a regular fixture in end of year school plays.

In 1995 a 12-year old Jackie moved to Ghana to stay with her older sister but never gave up on her love for acting. She took part in several school plays as she continued her education in Faith Montessori in Accra before moving to Achimota Preparatory School.  While in Achimota she was voted as the Girls’ Entertainment Prefect, which augmented her passion for the arts. During the period, she auditioned as an actor on the Hal Jackson Talent Teens Show for a chance to travel to perform at the famous Apollo Theatre. The 17 year old was broken-hearted when she emerged the first runner-up in the talent show but that didn’t discourage her from pursuing her dreams as an actor.

In 2001, just after completing Achimota Preparatory, Jackie Appiah received her breakthrough when she was invited by Edward Seddoh Junior, the writer of a new television series, ‘Things We Do for Love’ as a cast member. She had a regular role as the adorable and innocent, Enyonam Blagogee and warmed her way into the hearts of viewers across Ghana. The series which was aimed at sexual reproductive health education also earned Jackie her first TV Commercial when she starred in the Ghana Social Marketing Foundation (GSMF) commercial on protection against HIV/AIDS.

‘Things We Do for Love’ ran on TV for three years and Jackie combined her role with her  School education in General Arts at Harvard College in Accra. In 2004 she received her first movie role, a lead role in ‘Divine Love’, directed by Jayke Aernan and starring Majid Michel and Van Vicker. In 2007, her acting went beyond the shores of Ghana when she received her first role in Nigeria in ‘Sleep Walker’ starring Genevieve Nnaji and Ramsey Noah.  Jackie Appiah has since appeared in a myriad of movies  including Beyonce, The Return of Beyonce, Princess Tyra, Passion and Soul, 4play, 4play Reloaded, The King Is Mine, Perfect Picture, Death after Birth, Stigma, and Prince’s Bride.  In 2012 Jackie also reached another milestone in her career when she received a leading role in ‘Turning Point’ a Hollywood/Nollywood drama film written and directed by Niyi Towolawi, starring Jackie Appiah, K.D. Aubert, Todd Bridges, Ernie Hudson, Patience Ozokwor and others.

The acting talent of Jackie Appiah has been recognized with several honours, nominations and awards in Ghana, Africa and in the Diaspora. Her awards include African Movie Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for ‘Beyonce’ (2007), Arts Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana (ACRAG) Award for Best Actress (2007), African Movie Academy Award Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘Perfect Picture’ (2010), Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘4play’ 2010,Best Pan-African Actress (2011), and City People’s Entertainment Awards for Best Ghanaian Actress (2010).

Jackie Appiah is also the ambassador for several brands including  IPMC,UB Hair Relaxer, Class Perfumes, and Globacom Telecommunications.  She has one son. The actress always identify a group of needy to celebrity her birthday or Christmas with every year.  She does donation with what she earns for the year to a lot of organization including: korle bu Teaching Hospital, Chosen Rehab Center, Dzorwulu Special School, Osu Children’s Home and TV3 Talented Kids

 

  1. ACBC Award for Leadership 2013

a).   H.E. Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola

Governor, State of Osun, Nigeria

 

 Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, Governor of the State of Osun, Nigeria is an engineer and political activist who between 1999 and 2007 superintended the bold beginnings of the infrastructural transformation of Lagos, one of the world’s largest megacities. Ogbeni Aregbesola is widely acknowledged as an exceptional grassroots campaigner and mobilizer. A man of deep religious faith, today he stands at a critical intersection in Nigeria’s continued search for the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians of different faiths, and where his counsel is invaluable in this quest.

After serving for eight years as Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in Lagos, Aregbesola offered himself for election as Governor of his home state in 2007. His emergence in November 2010 marked a significant watershed in the twists and turns of the Nigerian transition. Following a hard-fought battle in the highly flawed 2007 elections, his struggle shifted to the courts where he eventually triumphed, three-and-a-half years into a four-year tenure. His steadfastness in pursuing his political struggles through the courts easily marks him out as a true believer in the rule of law, one of the strong pillars of democracy.

Aregbesola’s interest in politics dates back to his undergraduate days, when he served as the Speaker of the Students’ Union Parliament at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, his alma mater. This interest, which is anchored in values, again came to the fore during Nigeria’s bloody struggles against military rule in the 1990s when he emerged as a leading light of the pro-democracy movement. It continues to manifest today in his advocacy for fiscal federalism and regional integration as a means of attaining sustainable economic development and peaceful coexistence in the fractious Nigerian federation.

As Governor of Osun, he has focused on strengthening the State in the areas of agriculture, economic development, youth employment, education and security. His bold vision for the State is encapsulated in his Six Point Integral Action Plan (1. Banish poverty; 2. Banish hunger; 3. Banish unemployment; 4. Restore healthy living; 5. Promote functional education; 6. Enhance communal peace and progress) which seeks to ensure that the fruits of economic development positively impact as many lives as possible.

On assumption of office, he made it known quickly that his own administration would be government ‘unusual’. This ‘unusualness’ and innovation in governance and economic development in the State of Osun had seen to the creation of 20, 000 jobs within 100 days and the revolution in education and the agriculture sub-sector of the economy as well as other popular socio-economic and people friendly programmes.

Governor Aregbesola is a rising star in the Nigerian political firmament whose views have become increasingly relevant in the search for a peaceful resolution of the Nigerian crisis of statehood and nationhood. A man of Spartan disposition to material possessions, he continues to stand in the vanguard of Nigeria’s quest for leadership that delivers “life more abundant” to the common people.

b). Wilfred H. Muskens

Deputy Secretary for International Business Development

Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED)

Wilfred Muskens has served the Commonwealth for almost fourteen years at the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), starting in 1999 at the Governor’s Action Team, and since 2005 as an Executive Director in the Office for International Business Development. In 2007, Wilfred was appointed as Deputy Secretary for International Business Development.

In his role as Deputy Secretary, Wilfred leads a professional team of international economic development specialists that contribute to the growth and strength of the commonwealth’s economy by providing value-added international trade services to Pennsylvania’s businesses and universities, and by attracting foreign business investment to the state. In addition to 17 staff members in Harrisburg, the team includes 15 trade specialists employed by ten Regional Export Network partners, and more than 50 trade and/or investment staff employed through 29 international contractors across the globe.

Wilfred’s previous experience with the Commonwealth includes serving as Executive Director of the Center for Direct Investment and Director of Foreign Investment for the Governor’s Action Team. In this capacity, Muskens oversaw more than $700 million in capital investment and the creation and retention of more than 8,000 jobs by foreign-owned companies such as German energy giant Conergy, South Korean-based dental implant manufacturer Osstem, Australian medical device company Unilife, Spanish wind energy company Gamesa, and French energy company Alstom Grid. He organized and participated in trade missions with four Pennsylvania Governors (Ridge, Schweiker, Rendell, Corbett).

Before coming to DCED, Wilfred was a Project Manager and Public Relations Consultant for several organizations in Europe, where he oversaw new investment projects, proposed sites for companies considering expansion, and developed communications and economic development strategies with a particular focus on aerospace, subcontracting and industrial maintenance. Wilfred spent his youth in the Netherlands, earning Master’s Degrees from Bordeaux University in France and Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His undergraduate degree was also from Utrecht University but included a full year as an exchange student at Hull University in the United Kingdom. Wilfred’s native language is Dutch, but he is fluent in French, English and German. He is married to Emilie and has three young daughters and a son.

c).Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell

“Politics is an open ended opportunity to make life better for others.”

 

Jannie L. Blackwell, a six term councilperson born and reared in Philadelphia, is a seasoned advocate for social change with a thirty year reputation for serving community members and the poor and underprivileged in the City of Philadelphia, making her a leader in our City with her own vision.  Jannie L. Blackwell is a graduate of Cheyney University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a graduate of St. Joseph’s University where she received a Master of Arts in Education. Councilwoman Blackwell began her political career by serving as Special Assistant to the Governor, assigned to the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  She resigned with her husband, then State Representative Lucien E. Blackwell, when he ran for and was elected to City Council.

In addition to serving as delegate to the National Convention for four presidential elections, she served as Administrative Assistant to two Lucien E. Blackwell campaigns for Mayor, four for City Council and three for the U.S. Congress.  She also served in this capacity during his fifteen year tenure in City Council, before succeeding him.        Since taking office in 1992, Jannie has emerged as a strong contender and powerbroker in the local political arena.  Elected among her peers as Majority Leader in 2000, Councilwoman Blackwell is a behind the scenes consensus builder and problem solver. A stellar politician who understands the making of solid policy, Councilwoman Blackwell has introduced significant legislation during her previous five Council terms.

In addition to her role as Majority Leader from 2000 -2008, Blackwell is also Chair of the Committee on Education and the Chair of the Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless.  She is a member of the Committee of the Whole, Committee on Finance, Committee on Public Property and Public Works, Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, Committee on Public Safety, Committee on Environment, and Committee on the Disabled and Special Needs.  She currently serves as a board member for Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, since 2005. Councilwoman Blackwell is also a Co-Founder and Commissioner on the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs and founder of the not-for-profit 501© 3 organization, Echoes of Africa.

While rooted in the Blackwell tradition of empowering the underserved, Jannie has crafted her own vision for the Third Councilmanic District that focuses on increasing affordable housing and creating economic opportunity for her constituent base whose demographics are continually expanding.  She has likewise enhanced her district by increasing commercial development and homeownership opportunities.  As a former Commissioner on the Philadelphia Housing Authority Board, she is proud of the blight removal and new housing construction across the City.  The Lucien E. Blackwell Homes, located in and around 46th Street and Brown Streets in West Philadelphia totals over 1,000 new homes available for rental and homeownership!  Several thousand more rental and homeownership opportunities in West Philadelphia include but are not limited to the Marshall Sheppard Village, Presbyterian Homes, Lex Street, Union Hill Homes, Chaka Fattah Homes, Lucien E. Blackwell Homes, Bernice Elza Homes and Jannie’s place.  Councilwoman has partnered with a number of organizations to increase the availability of new housing.  These partners increase housing opportunities by the thousands and include: include the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the People’s Emergency Center, Habitat for Humanity, 1260 Housing, Drexel and Penn Universities, Pennrose Properties, Inc., Neighborhood Restorations, TJ Properties, West Philadelphia Real Estate (WPRE), The Lomax Companies, Orens Brothers, and Guy Loren.

Councilwoman Blackwell’s economic plan incorporates her vision for increasing affordable housing and job and business development.  Her leadership and hands-on approach with business leaders, public and private institutions, community groups, town watch leaders, block captains, and other elected officials, has continued to allow this economic development plan to come to fruition, culminating in over 3 billion dollars in public and private investment.

Councilwoman Blackwell has made a life-long commitment to move her community forward, and will always work to foster an end to homelessness, neighborhood blight and poor public education through using the tools of public policy, legislation and public engagement.  Her overall vision is to improve the quality of life for all – regardless of race, class, gender, or socio-economic status.  She continues to believe that there is a solution to every problem.

d). Mr. Don Patrick Saleski:

Don Patrick Saleski – Currently a business owner PRN LLC in Cherry Hill NJ and Hockey Hall of Fame.He was known in the NHL as “Big Bird” thanks to the popularity of Sesame Street, which had become a huge success when Don Saleski began his career with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1972. As legend had it, as the Flyers skated around in their pre-game warm up, a small fan commented that Saleski looked like the big yellow bird with the elephant friend that no one could see, which of course a teammate overheard. The nickname was born.

Saleski was drafted 6th by the Flyers, (64th overall) in the 1969 Amateur Draft from the Regina Pats; (the draft would also see the Flyers take Bobby Clarke in the first round). His first full season with the Flyers was in 1972-73 when he scored 21 points in his rookie campaign. Known as a defensive forward, he broke out in only his second year with the team, scoring 40 points in 77 games and winning the Stanley Cup. Saleski and the Flyers were back in the finals once again the next season and took home a second straight Cup. The 1975-76 season saw Saleski finish with career highs in assists with 26, points with 47 and the first of three straight years with 20 or more goals.

Saleski was traded during the 1978-79 season to the Colorado Rockies. Head coach Don Cherry and Saleski didn’t see eye to eye on several issues and Big Bird’s stay in Colorado was rocky, to say the least.

In 1980, Don Saleski retired from hockey and entered the business world. Bobby Clarke said of Saleski: “The success he had was due to willingness to work, to put an effort toward what he wanted, and to just about do anything to achieve it.”

 

e). Patience Lehrman:

Patience Lehrman is a 2012 recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest civilian award in the United States.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Immigrant-Philadelphia-Citizens-Medal-Patience-Lehrman-191416371.html.  She is the National Director of Project SHINE, an immigrant integration initiative headquartered at the Intergenerational Center at Temple University. Over the past decade, Mrs. Lehrman has developed and led a wide-range of initiatives with local and national organizations serving youths, low-income adults and immigrants/refugees. As a leader in community service, workforce development and immigrant integration, Mrs. Lehrman received a designation by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for her efforts in promoting immigrant integration. She is a first generation immigrant from Cameroon, West-Africa and in 2012 was one of 12 community leaders across the country invited to speak with President Obama about her work.

She is a strong advocate for immigrant and refugee rights and has testified before Philadelphia City Council and the Pennsylvania State Legislature against anti-immigration legislation. She frequently presents at conferences sponsored by national organizations such as the National Partnership for New Americans, American Society on Aging, Generations United, and AARP. She has also given presentations at universities and community organizations across the country, and in 2011 was selected as the U.S. representative to speak at a global conference in Hamburg, Germany about the benefits of promoting immigrant integration through multi-sector collaboration. She holds three Master’s degrees from Temple University and is a mother of two children.

 

  1. ACBC Award For Services:

 

a).  Mr. AKWASI AGYEMAN

Akwasi Agyeman, is a Ghanaian Business Entrepreneur and a shareholding partner of Global Media Alliance where he is the Managing Director responsible for all Commercial Operations.

He holds a Bachelor degree in Social Sciences and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Ghana. He also holds an MBA in Marketing and Information Systems from Tulane University in Louisiana, USA where he was an MBA Merit Scholarship Recipient.

He has several years’ experience in Project Management, Banking, Relationship Management, Crisis Communications, PR and Media Relations across Africa and has worked in senior level capacities with Ecobank, Merchant Bank, Stanbic Bank in South Africa. Prior to joining GMA as a founding partner in Ghana, Akwasi was a Business Analyst for Entergy Inc. in New Orleans, USA.

Akwasi is also a notable social activist and has been involved in a lot of Community enhancement programs. He is an active member of the Ghana Planeteers Movement, an environmentally focused NGO that implements sensitization campaigns and periodically undertakes clean-up exercises in communities. He has also self-financed educational scholarships for two students to complete their secondary education. As well, he is a leading member of the Denkyira Development Association, a grouping of concerned and passionate individuals who initiate social and developmental programs to improve the well-being and livelihoods of the people of Denkyira in Ghana.

He is currently the Vice President of the Ghana Independent Broadcasting Association (GIBA), Board Member of Silverbird Entertainment Ghana Limited, Board Member, GMA Holding Company, and Board Member, etv Ghana.

He has also, in the past, held leadership positions in several organisations. He was the President of the Union Social Club, Member of the  Denkyira Odwira Festival Anniversary Planning Committee, Board Member, Graphic Communications Group Limited( 2006-2009), President, Tulane African Students Association (TASA), New Orleans (2002) and General Secretary, Graduate Student Association of Ghana ( 1996). Akwasi was recently awarded at the Radio and TV Personality awards for his outstanding contribution to Media Excellence in Ghana. He is a devout Christian and a devoted Family man with three children.

 

b). Ms. Loretta Winters:

 

Loretta is the president of the Gloucester County NAACP Branch 2345 and is constantly focused on civil and human rights. Under Loretta’s vision and leadership her Branch won the 2011 NAACP State’s Unit Award and 2011 Youth Council Hands Down Membership Award. She has implemented the foundation for ongoing training for her executive board; started the first NAACP College Foundation at the Gloucester County College in honor of Freeholder Dr. Warren Wallace; and under her leadership the first State of New Jersey NAACP High School Unit was formed.  She also has a monthly radio spot on WNJC 1360; was successful in getting Dr. Irene Hill-Smith nominated as a finalist to the NJ Hall of Fame; and has partnered with local hospitals and businesses for the betterment of the community and civil rights for all.  She is also in the process of starting a Cable Television Show “Issues” to discuss hot topics and is presently looking for a headquarters for the GC NAACP to call home.

 

Loretta is also a Advisory Board Member State Human Relations Council, the New Jersey Black Political Caucus, and a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.   She is a former councilwoman and vice president of council for Monroe Township, NJ.  In fact she is the only minority female to serve in this capacity…ever.  As council she has served the community on several boards such as the Planning, Education, Municipal Alliance, Administration, Finance and Economics…… just to name a few. Loretta has assisted many churches and organizations throughout her life and has been honored by having an 8 ½ acre recreational park named after her “Winters’ Cove”.  In addition, Congressman Robert Andrews named December 15thLoretta Winters’ Day throughout the 1st Congressional District as an honor to her for her commitment to community.

 

Loretta served as a manager in the Finance Department for the Claridge Casino for 21 years.  She was responsible for the casino and hotel portfolio consisting of tens of millions of dollars and received many accolades during her tenure.  She is presently the CEO and President of Lorman Construction Solutions and the District Registrar for the Deptford Township Schools. In 2003 Loretta received a gubernatorial appointment to manage the transition of the Motor Vehicle Commission from private to public sector.  She was also appointed by the governor to serve on the New Jersey Development Authority for Small Businesses, Minorities and Women’s Enterprise.

 

She was named by the Gloucester County Times as one of the ten most Influential Minority Leaders and in 2007 received the South Jersey Courier Post Newspaper Champion of Diversity Award. She has received many proclamations from Fraternities, Sororities, Senators, Congressman, Assemblymen and Governors for her work as a civil rights trailblazer and community leader. She studied Finance at Temple University and believes that education is the key to the future.  She is married with a blended family of 7 beautiful children and 13 grandchildren.

 

c). Ms. Rosetta Carrington Lue:

Rosetta Carrington Lue currently serves as the Senior Advisor and Chief Customer Service Officer to the City of Philadelphia’s Managing Director. She was appointed by the City of Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael A. Nutter in May 2008 to serve as the Director of the Philly311 Contact Center, a multi-channel platform for citizens to connect with the Philadelphia City government.

Since Rosetta joined the City in 2008, she created the Customer Service Leadership Academy, an in-house training program for city employees; the Neighborhood Liaison Program, a community empowerment program within Philly311; the Citizens Engagement Academy, a curriculum of presentations to teach and encourage citizens to become civically active; and Customer Service Officers program, a program trains and advises senior management staff on strategies to achieve customer services goals and performance objectives within their organizations.

For her community programs, the City of Philadelphia has been designated a Citizen’s Engaged Community by the Public Technology Institute from 2010-2012. Rosetta also oversaw the implementation and launch of the Philly311 Mobile App which received City Paper’s 2012 Big Vision Award in the category of Government and Politics. She is currently spearheading the efforts to implement a new City of Philadelphia 311 Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.

Prior to working for the City, Rosetta served as Vice President of Client Services for TeleManagement Group Services and Assistant General Manager for the City of Lakeland, among other executive-level positions within the private sector. Rosetta graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association Southeastern Philadelphia in addition to various other charitable and community advisory boards.

d). Mr. Uche Anusionwu:

Uche Anusionwu – Vice President, PNC Corporate Banking

As a Vice President in PNC’s Corporate Banking Group, Uche Anusionwu’s responsibilities include the origination, assessment, structuring, execution and post-transaction monitoring of senior credit facilities for middle market companies with revenues in excess of $100 million.

Prior to joining PNC, Uche was an Assistant Vice President at Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo) where he handled cash flow lending assignments in support of various industry groups including healthcare, telecommunications and private equity sponsors.

He has an MBA from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.  His undergraduate studies were also completed at Temple University (Finance, Summa Cum Laude). He resides in Philadelphia with his wife Audra.

e). Ms. Youma Ba:

 

Miss Youma Ba holds a degree of Management and Accounting from Senegal. She has been an independent business owner in Philadelphia since 1995. She owns the Kilimandjaro Restaurant, which she opened in 2005 in University City.

 

Youma Ba is also a community leader and activist. Since 2011, she is the vice president of the Fulani women’s section of the Sheik Umar Tall organization of Philadelphia. She is equally the secretary of finance of the Senegalese association of Philadelphia. As a politically engaged woman, Youma also heads the Women’s caucus of APR/Yaakaar, president Macky Sall’s political party. In the larger African community, Youma Ba is also in charge of external relations in the Federal Bureau of APR Yaakaar. Youma is also chairwoman of marketing for the African Caribbean Business Council (ACBC).

 

Among the many recognitions she has received for her leadership in the community, we can mention the Service Award for Celebrate Senegal in 2010. Youma Ba also received the Women of Courage Award by Palm Solution in 2011. Miss Youma Ba has demonstrated a strong leadership role in Philadelphia as someone who leads by exemple. She is a business woman who is putting black entreprise on the city’s map while empowering  black women in the city of Philadelphia. Youma  Ba is actively promoting democracy and good gouvernance in Africa with the African communities in the city and has been instrumental in leading Senegalese women in Philadelphia for a peacefull presidential election outcome in Senegal last march. Youma has become a citizen of the city of Philadelphia thanks to her ability to unite African women of the diaspora around health issues, political empowerment and the development of the mother land.

 

f). Ms. Yvonne O’garro:

Hailing from Kingstown, St. Vincent, Yvonne O’Garro migrated to America over 30 years ago in pursuit of the classic American dream. She first resided in New York City for a brief period of time then relocated to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA. Achieving her goals of financial success and home ownership were hampered by the responsibilities of being a single mother but she remained steadfast. Yvonne supported both herself and her son, whose academic and professional achievements are a direct result of Ms. O’Garro’s hard work, yet managed to send remittances to family members back home in Saint Vincent. Shuttling her son, Jabari, to numerous Boy Scout meetings, music lessons, school activities, etc. required a great amount of energy and time management skills. These traits became even more useful in 1996 when Yvonne became involved an organization for fellow Vincentians. Founded by Mr. Kenrick Mitchell to promote activism and camaraderie amongst the Delaware Valley’s Vincentian community, the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Organization of Pennsylvania is one of Yvonne’s most cherished organizations.

She has served a number of executive roles of the SVGOP including Committee Member, Corresponding Secretary, Vice President, and is currently the Public Relations Officer. On behalf of the organization, Ms. O’Garro has volunteered for various causes such as the People’s Emergency Center, which provides meals and social services to the poor, and also Team Jamaica Bickle which supports Jamaican contestants in the famous Penn Relays. She represents Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in other organizations including the Mayor’s Commission on Caribbean and African Immigration, The Daughters of the British Commonwealth, and many other groups in the Delaware Valley.

Ms. O’Garro has received numerous commendations over the years from the SVGOP, The Barbados Society of Pennsylvania, Inc. and the Caribbean-US Beauty Pageant, and was recently voted Employee of the Year at Inglis House; where she is highly regarded. Ms. O’Garro is a hard-working and fun loving person, proud of her country and can seldom be seen without her “Vincy flag”. One of her life’s proudest moments was her instrumental role in getting the flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines erected on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Her most prized possession is her son, Jabari O’Garro, an up-and-coming businessman who she refers to as, “My Hero”.

 

  1. ACBC Award for Entrepreneurship:

a). Oba Oluwagbohun Olatunji Adebayo (Onisango of Sango):

He was born into the family of Adebayo in the early fifties by Late Chief H. O. and Mrs. E. A. Adebayo.  He began is elementary school at Methodist Primary school Ota. Secondary at Egbado High School Igbogila and lately Iganmode Grammar School Ota between 1968 – 1972.  He attended West African Portland Cement Co. Training School for Technical Training on Industrial Process Control Engineering. Worked briefly with Guinness Nigeria Ltd. as a Technician before he enrolled at Yaba College where he came out with Higher National Certificate on Industrial Process Control Engineering.  He later joined Rank Xerox Nig. Ltd. in 1977 as Service Engineer and left in 1982 as Assistance Service Manager.

 

He set up a Private Company in 1982 OLAADEX NIG LTD. which is fully in Civil Engineering Constructions.  The company since inception had handled so many projects from Local Government, State, Federal Government and some Private Companies.  Among the projects executed are, Classrooms, Bridges, Roads, Hospitals, Coastal Erosion Control Works, Ecological Projects.  Construction of Dams. Presently the company is handling Ikorodu Dam project awarded by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources also a 45klm Road is under construction in Sokoto State, which was awarded by the State Government.

 

SKY LIMIT INVESTMENT LTD.: Though young but expanding into a big company within the West African sub-region, the presence of the company is being felt in Togo, Ghana and Burkina Faso. The company is not Development of Agricultural Products which will enhance food production across the West African sub-region.  Also we have a vision to move across African Nation. The immediate Program of expansion is to invest in Ethiopia and Angola.

 

Oba Oluwagbohun Olatunji Adebanyo was crowned as the Onisango of Sango near Abeokuta on the 11th of March 2006.  After the town has seen his ability to lead them. Indeed, Oba Oluwagbohun Olatunji Adebanyo is a man of vision and proven integrity.

  

b). Chief Stanley Dike:

Chief Stanley I. Dike, Sr., CFE

President and CEO

Sidway Consultants, Inc.

Former Secretary General, African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC), Philadelphia, PA

 

Chief Stanley I. Dike, Sr. CFE is the President and CEO of Sidway Consultants, Inc., a prime accounting firm based in Philadelphia, PA which offers Auditing, Accounting & Bookkeeping, Fraud Investigation, Tax Services and Homeland Security. Over 17 years of accounting and auditing experience including eight years of accounting and financial analysis experience; Conduct fraud examinations; special projects and investigations focusing on the quality of work and customer service; and grounded in prudent business ethics.

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Stanley works to ensure that the vision of Sidway drives the daily operating activities.  Stanley through his firm has served as auditors to Fortune 1000 corporations and other private sector entities.

 

Stanley is from Orlu LGA of Imo State, Nigeria.  Stanley has degree in Accounting/Taxation.  Stanley is involved in many non-profit organizations such:  founding member/Trustee AU; Secretary General ORA Philadelphia, PA.  Stanley has professional affiliations with, CFE – Member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; and The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Philadelphia, PA and Peoples Club of Nigeria International.  National Financial Secretary, Orlu Regional Assembly, Inc. USA (ORAUSA).  Ex-President Orlu Regional Association, Inc.  (ORA Philly).  Global Commandant and President, International Chaplaincy Corps Network, Inc. USA (ICCN).  Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Amike United, Inc. USA.  Stanley served as Assistant Treasurer to the Delaware Valley Science and Engineering Fairs, Inc. (DVSF). During his tenure, DVSF successfully hosted the 50th International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) at Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA (May 02 – 08, 1999).Stanley is a Certified Fraud Examiner licensed in Pennsylvania. Connect to Stanley on LinkedIn or Facebook

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