The founder and CEO of African Women in Europe, Joy Wanjiru Zenz, will be honoured with the Global African Award on 14 November/Photo: Joy Zenz

Joy Wanjiru Zenz honoured with the Global African Award 2021

The founder and CEO of African Women in Europe, Joy Wanjiru Zenz, will be honoured with the Global African Award on 14 November.

The Kenyan-born, Germany-based entrepreneur will be bestowed with the honour at the annual Global African Award (GAA) Gala Dinner to be held at the Southern Sun Elangeni, Durban, in South Africa.

Ms Zenz, who is also the CEO of African Market in Europe, is being awarded for “excellence in leadership” and in recognition of her “work and contributions towards the development of an equal African global trade economy”.

“The GAA Board and Panel note the positive impact of your work which demonstrates the will to empower and advance women,” the letter announcing the award said.

Other awardees of the 2021 GAA include Thami Ngubeni, South African producer, writer, presenter and actor; Makosi Musambasi, a Zimbabwean and Founder of Africa Media Inc; Nomfundo Mcoyi, multi-faceted South African entrepreneur and CEO of Icebolethu Group; and the US-based Dr Amanda Ota, Founder and CEO of Afrilink STEM Foundation.

The award event, holding ahead of the 2021 Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF), will be attended by a diverse guest list, including heads of states, diplomats, business leaders, philanthropist and other key stakeholders.

“The Global African Awards celebrate, recognise and honour the achievement of future African leaders from Africa and the African Diaspora Community,” the GAA says.

“We celebrate the diversity and multiculturism on shared principles that promote the development of Africa. We want to highlight the positive contributions of the African diaspora community to Africa and the World.”

Past winners of the GAA include President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, Wamkele Mene, Secretary General, African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat and Carolyn Stein, founder of 67 blankets for Mandela Day.

Vivian Asamoah

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