The African Awards 2017 keynote speaker is Representative Ilhan Omar of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Recently elected as the Minnesota House Representative for District 60B, she is the highest-elected Somali-American public official in the United States.

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Awards Gala: Saturday, October 14, 2017


The African Awards are designed to recognize outstanding African individuals, groups or businesses that have made an impact in the African immigrant community and the community at large in the United States.

About the Awards

You can be a mountain or lean on one.

— African Proverb


The African Awards are a celebration of our community. Your nominations are subject to a set of criteria evaluated by a panel of judges who reflect the community and represent this standard of excellence. We encourage you to review these criteria before submitting a nomination.

Nomination Criteria