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Gambian bags Pan-African Humanitarian award

Sep 26, 2016, 10:14 AM

Pan-African Humanitarian Awards Advisory Board has named Prince Ebrima Sanyang as the winner of the 2016 Pan-African Humanitarian Award for Global Impact and Community Development.

He was identified in consultation with World Leaders Forum in Dubai and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Mr Sanyang is the founder of the Africa Peace Festival, headquartered in Banjul.  He also established Prince Ebrahim’s Future Africa Foundation (PEFAF), an Africa-focused charitable foundation established in 2013.  The foundation aims to uplift and instil in the African people a spirit of self-sufficiency and self-reliance by empowering them with the tools, knowledge, skills and resources.

The Pan-African Humanitarian Award is an annual event initiated to recognise and profile men and women, leaders and peace builders creating change at the grassroots or national level in Africa.  It is also for people who have demonstrated kindness in building and supporting the less privilege in their community.

Organisers said Mr Sanyang is to receive the award based on his “outstanding leadership qualities and demonstration of excellence and innovation” in humanitarian practices and socio-economic development in Africa.

He is said to have contributed innovative ideas in developing long-term economic sustainability to impact the lives of under-privileged people around Africa.

Sanyang is to receive the award on 12 November 2016 in Dubai.  The award ceremony is to draw participation from 26 African countries, 14 humanitarian organisations from around the world, and 12 media outlets. 

The ceremony will be live stream to more than 30 million viewers across the globe.