Planet Africa awards honour achievers
Published Saturday, October 25, 2008 6:31PM EDT
Fifteen African-Canadians are being honoured at the fifth annual Planet Africa awards.
The awards recognize achievements in the fields of business, science and technology, academics and humanitarian work.
Pat Francis began a church in her basement about 13 years ago. Now, the Kingdom Covenant Centre has more than 3,000 worshippers.
Francis will be given the Nelson Mandela humanitarian award.
She is building the Covenant Gardens Orphanage in Durban to help South African children whose parents died of AIDS.
"We're going to have 100 children," Francis told CTV Toronto. "We're going to have house mothers -- the children will go to school. And in addition to that, we are going to start a farming project to provide cash crops. "
South Africa-born Lorraine Klassen will be receiving an entertainment award for promoting African music in Canada.
Klassen has been a mainstay of the Montreal jazz scene for 20 years, but has taken her brand of South African township jazz right across the country.
She has a new album out -- "Africa Calling" -- and will be performing at the gala to be held at the International Centre on Airport Road.
Here are some other honorees:
- Professional excellence - Daniel Monehin, vice-president of finance at Mastercard
- Rising star - Kwame Jackson, star on The Apprentice
- Leadership - Muazu B. Aliyu, chief servant and executive governor of Niger
- Marcus Garvey memorial award - Gavin Fearon, president, Tropicana Community Services and associated dean, York University
- Sports and athletics - Alexander Henry, taekwondo champion
- Science and technology - Dr. Henry Ukpeh, pediatrician in Trail, B.C.
- Lifetime achievement - Mary Anne Chambers, MPP, Scarborough East
- Enterprise - Devon Sheriff, owner of a Toronto No Frills superstore in Toronto
- Development - Nola Kianza, vice-president, Canadian Council on Africa
- African Renaissance - Munyonzwe Hamalengwa, human rights activist and teacher
- Volunteer of the year - community organizer Ned Blair
- Academic achievement - Agostinho Neto, president of the Angolan Youth Association
- Heritage - Music Africa and the Afrofest annual event
With a report from CTV Toronto's Karlene Nation