Princess Asha Okojie
CEO, AFRIQTALK CONSULT
2015 FACE Honors Global Leadership Conference and Security Summit
September 28th, 2015
FACE (Festival of Arts, Culture and Expo) Honors Global Leadership Conference and Security Summit. Theme: “Bridging Skills Gap: Maximising Human Capital in a Rapidly Evolving Economy” in collaboration with African Entrepreneur Coalition, and New York Business Consultant LLC was held on the week of the 70th General Assembly, in New York on September 26th, and 27th, 2015.
FACE Honors Global Leadership Conference and Security Summit was held on September 26th at the Flatiron Hotel, to recognise individuals, organisations, corporations, and institutions whose outstanding leadership, service or activities has contributed to the promotion of culture, security, diplomacy, enterprises, and entrepreneurship in Africa and the African diaspora. The conference and award celebration, recognises Africa's influences on global economy, and cultures to promote bilateral relations for exchange of information, networking opportunities, and promote Nigeria and well being of the African immigrant community in the diaspora.
In attendance were Amb. Geoffrey Teneilable, Amb./Consul General of Nigeria, Atlanta, Amb. Howard Jetter, former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Hon.Crump, Council President City of Newark, Ugo Nwaokoro, Deputy Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Barrister Oladipo Okpeseyi, SAN, and Chairman of The Island Club, Lagos, Dr. Edwin Ndukwe, Head Communications, Chrome Group, Bob Brunner, Vice President of Arik Airlines, Barrister Tony Egbase, Principal Counsel, A.O.E Law & Associates, Mrs. Olamide Davies, CEO, MISS Africa Tri- State and delegates from Ivory Coast representing, Donatien BEUGRE, President of the Regional Counsel of San-Pedro, including, personalities, dignitaries, entrepreneurs, beauty queens, professionals, performing artists, journalists, government officials, State officials, and business executives, some of whom were recognised for their outstanding leadership and service to the community.
In his opening remarks, Amb. Teneilabe expressed enthusiasm, and commended the organisers of FACE for their effort in creating awareness, aimed at promoting cultural ties arts and bilateral trade relations between Nigeria and the United States, as well as the provision of opportunities and platform for exchange of information, ideas and interactions, between private sector investors of the two countries. Guests were entertained into the night, with performances by “Perfecta Ekpo”, “OKO The Artist”, fashion show by Allflow Couture, and media coverage by Afrik diaspo News.
The security summit, was held on September 27th at the United Nations Headquarters, Theme: “Beyond The Millennium Development Goals: The Sustainable Development Agenda and Challenge of Combating Persistent and Emerging Threats To Peace And Security In Africa”, in collaboration with African Business Round Table, with the support of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations.
The Keynote Speaker at the security summit were H.E. former, President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obansajo, attendees include, Hon Abike Dabiri Erewa, Heads of delegation of African countries, Heads of key institutions such as the African Union, Regional Economic Communities (ECOWAS, SADCC, IGADEAC, ECCAS, Mahgreb Union, Ambassadors, and securities companies. Presentations were also, made by Amb. Renee Sanders, former, United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Brian Colella, CEO, SOSB Incorporated, and Henry Morgenstern, CEO, Security Solutions International SSI, Miami.
2015 Honorees of Esteemed FACE:
1. EXEMPLARY DIPLOMATIC SERVICE OF THE YEAR
Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe
2. OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATION OF THE YEAR
Sir Emeka Offor Foundation
3. INTERNATIONAL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Barrister Anthony Egbase
4. OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN LEADERSHIP OF THE YEAR
Hon. Mildred Crump, Newark, New Jersey
5. OUTSTANDING INNOVATION ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Chief Benjamin Omale, CEO, Edi-jen Group
6. OUTSTANDING EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Shaka Ssali, Voice Of America
7. BEST ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Eva Banks, CEO Eva Banks Production
8. BEST NEW ACT OF THE YEAR
9. OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
Nigerian American Lawyers Association (NALA)
10. BEST DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Flory Ramoreboli, CEO, Allflo Couture
11. LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR
Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark, New Jersey
12. LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR
Donatien BEUGRE, CEO, TRC San- Pedro, Cote d’Ivoire, Ivory cost
Hon. Mayor Ras Baraka
City of Newark, NJ
Amb. Geoffrey Teneilabe
Amb./Consul General of Nigeria, Atlanta
Hon. MILDRED Crump
City of Newark, NJ
SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOR
Sir Emeka Offor
Chairman Group Abuja, Nigeria
SECURITY SUMMIT KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
SEPT 26- 27, 2015
Barrister Oladipo Okpeseyi
SAN and Chairman
The Island Club of Lagos, Nigeria