The Education Africa Global Awards: Legacy Project
The inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award was presented in 2006 at a function in New York hosted by Brendan McDonagh, CEO of HSBC Bank USA. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 Michael Geoghegan, then Group CEO of HSBC Plc and his wife Jania Geoghegan, then Chairman of Education Africa Global Ambassadors and Friends of Education Africa, hosted a fundraising gala dinner in London. In 2010 and 2013, the gala dinner was again held in New York, this time hosted by Dan Fisher, President of Education Africa Inc.
These events are significant to Education Africa, as they allowed us to pay tribute to those who share our passion for education. Over the years, Education Africa has presented the following Awards:
The Education Africa Life Time Achievement Award for Africa which helps to engender an awareness of the dire need for educating impoverished Africans and bringing them closer to a quality and relevant education that can assist Africa to participate in the global economy. The Award is presented to an individual who has helped to alert the rest of the world to some of the problems that face some of the poorest African nations.
Congratulations to the following winners:
Past mayor of New York City, The Honourable David Dinkins was recognized for his ongoing commitment to the development of sub-Saharan Africa and his support of US trade with Africa. Past President Bill Clinton sent a personal letter of congratulations to Mayor Dinkins.
Sir Bob Geldof was recognized for his unwavering commitment over the past 23 years to the needs of the poorest people on the African continent. Former President Nelson Mandela sent a personal letter to Sir Bob Geldof and was one of the many leading figures to pay homage to him.
KBE Sir Richard Branson received the Award in recognition of his continued, outstanding contribution to the upliftment of disadvantaged and vulnerable people of Africa.
Desmond Tutu is best known for his vigorous activism in the apartheid era for which he was awarded
the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. His contribution to the reconstruction of South Africa post 1994 and
his commitment to a vast number of charities throughout Africa, make him a worthy recipient of this
Jonathan Jansen was presented with the Award in recognition of his extraordinary leadership in integrating the University of the Free State after it threatened to implode with racial tension, and for his continued work towards the transformation of education in South Africa.
The Education Africa Gala Awards Dinner
We always combine the gala dinner with some festivities which include performances by one of the Education Africa Marimba Hub Bands, and some of South Africa’s exceptional artists such as PJ Powers, Zolani Mkiva and the Soprani. At the 2010 event, we were privileged to have international music sensation Gloria Gaynor perform her hit single “I will survive”. She was accompanied by the Thokoza School Marimba Band – a truly magical performance! In 2013 Roberta Flack performed at the dinner, and she was accompanied by the Aqua Vista Primary School Marimba Band.
In addition, we conclude the function with a charity auction which is always hotly contested and well supported. In the past we have auctioned off some incredible artwork and sculptures from South African artists and in 2009 we introduced our Make a Face/Transform a Life charity auction where celebrities from throughout the world design and hand paint Venetian masks in support of Education Africa’s ongoing project work.