We’re really delighted to be a brand partner at the recent Best of Africa awards night. The awards ceremony, presented by renowned comedian Eddie Kadi, took place at the London's Rosewood Hotel last month and was attended by high profile members from sport, entertainment and business.
The Best of Africa awards saw Premier League stars celebrating a lesser-known side of the African footballing community. For on-field achievement, Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah was named Player of the Year whilst Manchester City’s Yaya Touré won the Outstanding Career award, and Brighton’s Chris Hughton the Outstanding Management accolade.
Other winners included Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi for his work with Arsenal in the Community and the Arsenal Foundation, Yannick Bolassie's work through his YB3 platform and Newcastle’s Christian Atsu for his Arms Around The Child campaigning.
The Best of Africa 20XVIII awards was a celebration of the charity work of Premier League footballers of African heritage. Now in its seventh year, the event saw a host of top flight players joined by representatives from the highest echelons of the business and charity worlds.
Awards for philanthropic endeavour include Leadership, Youth Engagement and Community Action. A total of ten categories were handed to the BoA panel for discussion.
A twist was also introduced this year with the famous Boabab Award – an award for those public figures whose actions inspire others beyond their profession – was presented to Vogue Magazine's Publishing Director Vanessas Kingori (for her professional success and the ground-breaking nature of her achievements in the fashion
publishing industry) and to musician Mr Eazi, whose Pour Me Water campaign sees profits from his music going towards building wells in Africa.
Best of Africa founder, Francis Nkwain, said: “We were honoured to have so many Premier League players attend the awards and are proud of everything they have achieved. We look forward to growing the Best of Africa family and are excited to start planning next year’s celebrations!”
Full list of categories and winners:
PHILANTHROPIC ENDEAVOUR: LEADERSHIP WINNER: JEAN SSENIDE PHILANTHROPIC ENDEAVOUR: LEADERSHIP WINNER: YAYA TOURE PHILANTHROPIC ENDEAVOUR: ADVOCACY WINNER: CHRISTIAN ATSU PHILANTHROPIC ENDEAVOUR: YOUTH ENGAGEMENT - WINNER: YANNICK BOLASIE PHILANTHROPIC ENDEAVOUR: COMMUNITY ACTION WINNER: ALEX IWOBI THE BAOBAB AWARD WINNER: MR EAZI (MUSIC) VANESSA KINGORI (FASHION) OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: MANAGEMENT WINNER: CHRIS HUGHTON OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: CAREER WINNER: YAYA TOURE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: PLAYER OF THE YEAR: MOHAMED SALAH OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: YOUNG PLAYER: U21: RYAN SESSEGNON