By Charles Nwagbara

Organisers of the Voice Achievers’ Award, have picked August 18 to 20, 2022, as date for this year’s Business Summit and awards ceremony.

The ceremony is returning to Africa, after the 2021 held in Dubai, the United Arabs Emirate.

According to the president of the awards, Pastor Ambassador Elvis Iruh “The Gambia Voice Business Summit and Awards 2022′ will take center stage at the friendly city of Banjul, through the patronage of The Gambia First lady, Her Excellency, Dr Mrs. Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow.

The theme for this year’s event is “The Future of Africa through participation-Telling our own stories”.

The event which will be hosted at Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Center, Banjul, brings together, African diaspora from around the world, Africa partners and friends and international investors to a yearly interface aimed at African development. The annual business summit culminates with recognition award to prominent Africans, friends of Africa, Organizations and Institutions that have contributed to the advancement of Africa.

Since the inception of the event, it has been held in Europe but in 2020, the ceremony was held on African soil for the first time in Nairobi Kenya. In 2021, the Voice Achievers partners in the Arab world insisted that the event be held in Dubai.

The award has recognized over 250 distinguished Africans and friends of Africa since inception in 2012. Some past awardees are Her Excellency, Mrs. Constancia Mangue Nsue de Obiang, the First Lady of Equatorial Guinea (2016), Her Excellency, Mrs. Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda (2017), Her Excellency, Mrs. Isaura Nyusi, First lady of Mozambique (2019) and last year, Her Excellency, Dr. Mrs. Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow, the First lady of the Sierra Leone (2021). Other high profile awardees includes former President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia (2012); Mrs Fatou Bensouda, the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (2012) andFormer President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone among many others.

The award, is the brain child of  The Voice magazine based in The Netherlands since August 12, 1999.

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