MIPAD Hosts Recognition & Awards Ceremony, Unveils 2020 Global List


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The Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) Recognition and Awards Ceremony recorded massive success on Sunday, Oct 4th as outstanding personalities and high achievers of African descent around the world were recognized for their positive contributions to the world.

The ceremony was part of MIPAD’s annual Recognition Week following the opening of the 75th United Nation’s General Assembly. This year’s week was a virtual world-whirl tour of EXCELLENCE featuring insightful global discussions, leadership and personal development training before the official unveiling of the global list of 100 honorees in the Global Reckoning, 100 Under 40 & Climate Action Editions as a response to the paramount issues of our time; widening inequalities and climate change.

Speaking at the recognition ceremony, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed that “the organization of this recognition directly falls under one of the three pillars of the International Decade for people of African Descent; Recognition, Justice and development. As we approach the mid-term of the international decade, we will need to do more to build up on our achievements so far, collating more awareness for social impact led by a global network of influencers such as yourself is much needed. The global anti-racism protests this year has made it clear that communities must be able to stand up against racism and racial discrimination, participate in shaping decisions that affects them and be able to air their views” she added.

“At the time we started this journey, we knew that having influence as a person of African descent is meaningless until it is connected to support the protection of human rights and dignity of our people. Fast forward to 2020, many of our honorees are on the fore front of leveraging their influence to support the current global racial and gender equality movement”, said Founder and CEO of MIPAD, Kamil Olufowobi.

“Naomi Osaka (Class of 2019), Michael B. Jordan, Colin Kaepernick (Class of 2018), Lewis Hamilton, Beyoncé (Class of 2017) to name a few are some of our past honorees exemplifying what it means to be a true MIPADian”, he noted.

One of the participants, Robinson Lynn, Executive Director, Momentum Education stated that “the MIPAD community is a support system that is phenomenal and my participation is one of the great honors of my life.”

The ceremony had in attendance prominent individuals including top tier executives, participants alongside guest speakers; Johnita P. Due, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, CNN, and Dr. Randall Pinkett- Author Black Faces in White Places.

Congratulations to the class of 2020 honorees for their positive contributions and service towards the advancement for people of African descent worldwide.


For congratulatory ads, sponsorship & speaking opportunity, please contact

  • - Kamil Olufowobi, CEO, +234 806 305 1991 (Lagos)
  • - Tope Esan, COO, +1 (917) 541 8394 (New York)
  • - Johanna LeBlanc, Global Director, +1 (317) 665-7246 (Washington D.C.)
  • - Wayne Malcolm, +44 79 5668 7841 (London)
  • - Nina Silva, Country Director, Brazil,, +55 19 98257-9333 (São Paulo)
  • About MIPAD
    Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), is a global civil society initiative in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, focusing on the 1st pillar of the decade; RECOGNITION.

    MIPAD publishes unique global 100 lists that identifies high achievers of African descent worldwide, pairing those based across the Diaspora with their counterparts inside Africa, across various verticals, and will be released annually until 2024.

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    African Media Agency