Friday, kicked off Face2Face Africa's Pan-African Weekend, which included the Young Africans Committed to Excellence (YACE) Ted-inspired talk, the F.A.CE. List Awards on Saturday night, and a brunch on Sunday.
I moderated the YACE event that took place at the African Union, and the YACE awardees included Issam Chleuh, Jessica Matthews, Wemimo Abbey, Sangu Delle, Deneice Oppong-Yebouah, and David Sengeh.
Jessica discussed how her invention of a power-generating football and jump rope offers relief to African students that either lack electricity or are plagued with power loss.
David's contributions, on the other hand, involved creating state-of-the-art prosthetics for those in his homeland of Sierra Leone and beyond as well as galvanizing high school students in Kenya, South Africa, and Sierra Leone to create solutions to Africa's problems with his Innovate Challenge contest.
Another honorable mention is Wemimo Abbey who is our youngest 2014 YACE honoree at 22 years old. He wowed the audience with his remarkable achievements, hunger to do more, and overall passion for his people. Raised in Nigeria's slums, Wemimo would later attend New York University and is now the founder and CEO of Clean Water for Everyone, which provides clean water to nearly 50,000 people throughout four countries.
Wemimo credits his mother for investing 40 percent of her income to place him in the best schools she could afford while he was a child.
And there was also dynamic Pan-Africanist and firebrand Sangu Delle who is the co-founder of Golden Palm Investments. Delle invests in promising start-ups across the continent and has a commitment to his people that is genuine and inspiring.
Of course, one can't have all work and no play, so shortly after, we headed to a professional networking mixer, where both the DJ and the bar didn't disappoint.
Day 2, brought the incomparable F.A.C.E. List Awards, where, in addition to our YACE honorees, musical legend Femi Kuti, iconic model Alek Wek, billionaire and philanthropist Mo Ibrahim, entrepreneur Bethlehem Alemu, and NBA Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiru were presented awards.
Highlights of the night include Fela and Alek dancing to Ghanaian dance hall/reggae artist Samini, my partner in crime Sandra Appiah's gorgeous red carpet looks, the charismatic actor and F.A.C.E. List host Chris Attoh, and the live band who kept everyone on their feet.
And the perfect way to close out all of the fun was with a brunch at Madison Avenue's Carlton Hotel, where attendees conversed over live jazz and a scrumptious menu that definitely got my attention.
For all who didn't attend, better luck next year! But either way, this weekend's events won't soon be forgotten.
Enjoy the splendor of the Pan-African Weekend below:
Being interviewed on the yellow carpet.
Chris Attoh and me
Where the big event went down!
"An African City's MaameYaa Boafo
Michelle Hare from State Farm at the Jazz Brunch.
YACE honorees giving speeches at the award show.
The lovely Sandra Appiah interviewing Deniece Oppong-Yebouah.
Femi Kuti of course
F.A.C.E. List Awards attendees
Ms. Alek Wek
Jumoke Dada and I
The gorge Beauty Expert Renarda Joy (pictured in blue and turquoise) put this together.
Mr. and Mrs. Babu-Boateng
And we are out!
Senegalese Chef Extraordinaire Pierre Thiam and his wife, Umamiah.