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Education Africa Global Awards

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 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.

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