IN EARLY NOVEMBER, I co-hosted the 10th Anniversary of the Planet Africa awards in Toronto, Canada with MC Bonde, an award winning radio DJ. The keynote speaker was Dr. Bernice King, who accepted the Legend award for her father, the civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her speech left me in tears but it also reminded me that I live in a time where I have the tools and above all the freedom to accomplish anything I set my mind to.
Planet Africa was created by the husband and wife team, Moses and Patricia Bebia-Mawa, who wanted to highlight deserving individuals and businesses that make a difference in the lives of people of African heritage around the world. And they have done just that through their media group which extends into television and publishing.
The award show also honoured Tewolde Gebremariam, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, who began his career in the airline’s cargo department in 1985 and has led the airline to become a multiaward winning carrier that has been named “Best Airline in Africa” and “Best Staff Service in Africa”. Joel Dikgole, the CEO of South Africa’s Wholesale & Retail Sector Education & Training Authority was also honoured. He was given the leadership award for his work with the agency and for the role he played in implementing the International Leadership Development Program. Doctors Without Borders was awarded a humanitarian award for the group’s medical relief work.
As we close the chapter on another year, it was a privilege to be a part of an event that honoured those in the community who have accomplished so much on behalf of so many. In this issue of TABJ, we travel to Kenya and speak to James Mworia, one of the youngest leaders on the continent, who just in his mid-30s is a lawyer, an accountant and a CFA. Mworia is also the chief executive officer of Centum Investments, which we also feature in our business in action section. Mworia was named by Forbes magazine as one of the top 10 youngest power men in Africa yet he is remarkably approachable and extremely humble. Rex Taylor writes about a corner of Kenya which has captured his heart and Sean Rogers writes about the aftermath of the Westgate terrorist attack. Staying in Kenya, we spotlight the country’s economic and social initiative, Kenya Vision 2030.
I hope you enjoy this issue and as always thank you to the TABJ team for their hard work. Whatever holiday you celebrate, I wish you a safe and joyful time with your friends and family and wish you a 2014 full of adventure and happiness.