Meet the ACF Community Service Award (Auszeichnung) 2013 Recipients
ACF, an advisory forum for the African community in Hamburg, was launched to articulate the needs of the African community in Hamburg and to formulate, promote self-help projects and initiatives, as well as act as the multicultural platform for peaceful coexistence among all migrant groups in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg. On Saturday the 25th May 2013, the institution is celebrating its one year anniversary and the African Day 2013 in Hamburg to report to the community of their achievements in the last one year.
Further activities lined up for the anniversary include lectures and symposia, a live TV debate, a community roundtable talk, art & cultural exhibitions, an interfaith worship and the ACF community service award. ACF want to use the Award to thank those who supported the immigrant community in Hamburg in the past years, especially immigrants of African descent. The individuals and organizations selected for the award and the justification of the judges include:
Bahram Habib, Arbeitsgemeinschaft selbstständiger Migranten e.V. (ASM) Hamburg
Over the years he has been in the forefront of promoting Ausbildung for immigrants, including the African immigrants in Hamburg through the Arbeitsgemeinschaft selbstständiger Migranten e.V. (ASM). He has not only helped many African get Ausbildungsplatz but also helped them get placement in companies for their internship. He has equally help a number of African firms obtain the dual Ausbildung certificates which will enable them to offer practical jobs and tanning for fellow Africans. For his tireless push for the development of the immigrant community in Hamburg economically and educationally he was selected as a recipient.
Frau Fransiska Amaregbu (Social Secretary Okigiew Pregressive Union)
Balimaya Ton Hamburg e.V. (Mali)
Balimaya Ton Hamburg e.V. (Mali): Is one of the most effective and most organized ethnic/cultural organizations in Hamburg. Apart from having a well documented program of over the years, they have been equally active in providing services to African women, especially mothers. They also have been consistent in organizing African women’s conference involving; Cameron, Senegal, Gambia, Nigeria etc.. in an annual conference where the problems of African women and their children are discussed. For their active multi-cultural social and cultural engagements, ACF selected the union as a recipient.
ACC & interkulturelles Leben ( Pix. L, below: Pastor Prince Ossai Okeke)
Nigerian Community Football Club Germany (NCG FC)
Nigerian Community Germany Football Club, a nonprofit organization. It is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural football club, featuring players from Nigerians, Ghana, Togo, Germans and other nationalities in Hamburg. NCG FC Hamburg is a member of Hamburg Sport Bund (HSB), Hamburger Football Verband (HFV) both affiliate to German Football Federation (DFB) NCG FC is one of the first Immigrant organization to achieve this feat. NCG FC supporters club include past African international and professional footballers and international prominent personalities including Olaf Scholz, the Governor of Hamburg. For promoting inter African relationship and using sport as a tool of integration we are saying thank you NCG FC.
“Ayo bleibt MIT uns”
Elombo Bolayela MdBB (SPD Abgeordneter der Bremischen Bürgerschaft)
Dr. Karamba Diaby, SPD-Bundestagskandidat 2013 im Wahlkreis 72 – Halle (Saale)
Dr. Karamba Diaby: Germany is about to make a historic leap into the future. You do not need to be an apostle of any political party or be interested in politics to appreciate the enormity of what is about to happen. For the first time in history of Germany an African immigrant is about to be elected into the Germany Bundestag come September 2013. This feat though happening in far away Halle Salle does not come easy; it is based on hard work, clear vision and consistency that will have a powerful positive political, economic and socio-cultural effect for the rest of us. He has since been active as a motivational speaker, a motivator and epitome of integration and collective visible progress. For his strong contributions to the immigrant’s community and the Africans in particular, ACF wishes to thank him with community service award as “Flame Keepers”.
Senator Dietrich Wersich a.D. (Hamburg CDU Parliamentary Leader)
Senator Dietrich Wersich a.D. was appointed in May 2006 the Stadtrat of the newly formed Behörde für Soziales, Familie, Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz. In April 2008 he was made the Senator für Gesundheit und Soziales under the schwarz-grünen governement the controlling ministry for Integration. He was not only positively disposed to the concerns of immigrants in Hamburg including the Africans he went further to initiate the first integrationsbeirat as it know today. He identified with the community by attending their various events and churches to inform the community of the various possibilities open to them in the city of Hamburg thereby laying the foundation for active participation of the community. He was equally personally present at the median inauguration of ACF on the 25th May 2012. For his positive disposition and support for the community ACF wish to say thanks to Senator Dietrich Wersich a.D. with the community service award 2013. Senator Dietrich Wersich was represented by Frau Bettina Machaczek, Mitglied im CDU-Landesvorstand und Beauftragte für Integration sowie in der letzten Legislaturperiode integrationspolitische Sprecherin der CDU-Bürgerschaftsfraktion
Kweku Douglas “The Eye of the community”
The image of the changing community has always been captured by him, in churches, African events, seen on social media, web pages and print and online Magazine, without any mentioning of this name. He has extended these services to most African Organizations including the ACF to cover and project all images on seminars, workshops and other events. From the pre-inaugural era of ACF to date, he had offered his services at no cost. For his positive disposition and support for the work of ACF and the community, ACF wishes to say thanks to Kweku Douglas as “The Eye of the community” with this recognition.
Love Newkirk (Artist & Moderator Afrika Outlook Hamburg)
Love Newkirk is known for her talents as singer-songwriter, TV and stage moderator. She is the co-producer and moderator of an Afro-European TV segment “African out Look” where the African community tells their stories. The TV program won recently the Fink TV Prize organized by Hamburg Media School in co-operation with Hamburg 1. She had also moderated in the past many pro-African events like African Queen German, Black History Month and Afro-Gospel without financial gain in the support of the community. For her positive disposition and support for the community. ACF wishes to say thanks to Love Newkirk with this recognition. Johanna von Sachsen Coburg (Moderator Africa Outlook stood in for Love Newkirk.(Pix, R: Love Newkirk)
Tàimakoo e.V. – Verein zur Völkerverständigung
Tàimakoo e.V Club stands for different cultures and exchange of values that connects them. Among other things, they offer German courses, as well as an international woman café and open children’s studio for after school interactions. Tàimakoo came highly recommended by rganizations from notable Daycare centre, in the Phoenix area of Harburg and the District Office (Bezikamts) Harburg. For their engagement for Women and children, ACF wishes to say thanks with the community” with this recognition.
African Heritage Community desk