2012 marks the 5th anniversary of the Maisha Gala and awards were given in 6 categories: Woman of the Year, This year’s inspiration, This year’s entrepreneur, This year’s artist, This year’s newcomer, and Maisha Pioneer Prize.
Swedish Minister for Gender Equality, Ms Sabuni, opened the ceremony that was hosted by Floid Gumbo and hip-hop artist Aaron Phiri. Attendees were treated to traditional African dancing and drumming, singing, and spoken word performances by Astrid Assefa, Maria Llerena, Buba "Robinson" Badjie, dance Kalabante, Stevie Nii Adu-Mensah, and Mary Ndiaye. The headline performers were Solo and Adama Cissokho. Solos Cissokho is a winner of the esteemed BBC World Music Award.
“The gala has clearly demonstrated how black women are contributing to Sweden, with their knowledge, experience, talents and expertise in various areas”, Opiera adds. The 2012 gala theme focused on Africa's mothers and was presented in cooperation with the African Medical and Research Foundation AMREF / Flying Doctors as part of the global campaign against maternal mortality: Stand Up for African Mothers. According to AMREF more than 200,000 women die in childbirth each year.
The winners are Woman of the Year – Margaret Gärding, This year’s inspiration – AnnaLena Tell Eriksson, This year’s entrepreneur – Adrianne George Lind, This year’s artist - Mary Ndiaye, This year’s newcomer: Josette Bushell Mingo, and Maisha Pioneer Prize: Clementina Akuyo Brown.
From 2012 the Maisha Gala will evolve into being incorporated as a central part of the newly established Maisha cultural association:
About Maisha Gala - http://www.maishagalan.se/
The goal of the Maisha Gala is to recognize the achievement of women for the Black/African community in Sweden and Africa. It works to promote the African Diaspora involvement and include the voice of women on various issues of concern to the community. The Maisha Gala is a celebration of African culture that also promotes artists and young talents and the empowerment of youth. Maisha Gala is also networking and advocacy with the thematic approach and focus on pertinent issues.
About AMREF Flying Doctors - http://amref.se/
For over fifty years AMREF has had their headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, the hub for the African Medical and Research Foundation - AMREF's - extensive and vital relief efforts. Among the approximately 600 people working in AMREF's doctors, nurses, pilots, teachers and village nurses. Almost exactly 97% of staff were born in one of the East African countries where the organization operates.
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