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The Voice Achievers award 2016 honours distinguished Africans & friends of Africa

Over thirty Africans and friends of Africa were among those recognized at the 7th edition of The Voice Achievers Award 2016 in Almere, The Netherlands on 21st October 2016.

Carting home the highest honour of the night is Her Excellency, Rev. Dr. Naa (Princess) Asie Ocansey who bagged the African Humanitarian Award for 2016 for her various contributions towards Africa’s unity, peace and development. She was accompanied to the occasion by her close friend and associate, Her Excellency, Princess Dr. Mohiba Khali Shawky Ibrahim of the African Arab league based in Dubai, United Arab Emirate.

Princess Ocansey was also the Award guest speaker where she touched on the essence of African unity; and she passionately called on all Africans to work together to unity Africa as one unit which former Ghana President, Late Kwame Nkrumah fought for all his life. “We cannot make meaningful gains as Africans without unity, no one else will do it for us, civilization started from Africa and spread to the rest of the world and yet we are being told how to organize ourselves, we must do something about it”, she declares

In appreciation of her continued promotion of a sustainable Health Care delivery, infrastructural development, skill acquisition for the less privileged, advancing the good course of the African continent at large, The Voice Achievers Award honored her with the most prestigious African Award in Central Europe.

The other personality’s recognized at this year’s award included Mr Ben Zwinkels who received the African Business Personality Award and Prof. Ozumba Benjamin Chukwuma awarded the African Leadership Award while Councillor Collins Nweke received the African Political Figure Award. Others include His Royal Majesty, Obi Emmanuel Onyike Efeizomor 11 (JP) OON, The Obi of Owa Kingdom received the African Traditional Icon Award.

The Voice Achievers Award recognizes Africans and friends of Africa of outstanding achievement. Winners must have had a positive impact on their communities and host countries. This year’s award ceremony is part of the Voice magazine’s 17th year anniversary.

Pastor Elvis Iruh, the publisher of the Voice and founder of the Voice Achievers Award said the two-day event was well packaged to meet the yearnings of the public. There was an empowerment/training day to expose African businesses and services to the European business community. While the second day witnessed a world class gala/award dinner, African culture, music and dance. All of these year’s event was sponsored by Vlisco Hollandis Company in Helmond, The Netherlands

Pastor Elvis Iruh was also acknowledged and celebrated for his 26 years practice as a journalist at the occasion.

Other winners at the Voice Achievers Award 2016

His Excellency, Ambassador J.P. Karabaranga of Republic of Rwanda – African Ambassador Award

His Excellency, S.E. Carmelo NVOCO-NCÁ of Equatorial Guinea – Outstanding African Ambassador Award

Honourable Kenneth Gbandi – Diaspora Man of the Year

Africa Night Productions – African Entertainment Award

Mrs. Audrey Chicot – African Business Excellence Award

Eliane Becks Nininahazwe – African Inspirational Award

Géke Lagerburg-Schutte of 4Gambia Foundation – African Foundation Award

Mr Vincent Uchenna Anyanwu – African Diaspora Business Award

Sophie Schouwenaar – African Image Maker Award

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – African Acting Award

Jan Pulland – African Diaspora Community Award

African Young Professional Network (AYP) – African Special Recognition Award

Muriel Blijd – African Gospel Music Award

Tania Christina Monteiro – African Top Model Award

Lucky Osamudiamen Aghedo – African Business Support Award

Azubike Osabeyi, aka DON ZUBI – African Music Promoter Award

Cecilia Eben Bleeker – Diaspora Woman of the Year

Chief Ransome Ifeanyichukwu Ezeike – The Voice Appreciation Award

Rev. Darlington Jacobs – African Writer Award

Hon. Michael Diden – African Future Award

Mr Kayode Obembe – Africa Property Distinction Award

Dauvia Nijenhuis – African Fashion Designer Award

Beatrace Angut Oola – African Fashion Promoter Award

Dr Andrews Omovototu Elueni (KSC) – African Entrepreneurship Award

Hon Sir Ezehi MD. Igbas KSJI – African Community Service Award

Apostle Maigida Ameh – Spiritual Leadership Award

Apostle Godspower Udjor – African Motivational Award

Barrister Vincent Osas Uwadiae – African Public Service Award

Major Gen. Frank Osokogu (Rtd) – African Distinguished Career Award

Mr Tony Abolo – African Media Award

At the close of the award ceremony, it was officially announced that for the first time, the next Voice Achievers Award will take place in Equatorial Guinea, Africa. Details will follow in due course.
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Courtesy: The Voice Magazine Management.



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