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African Association's Humanitarian Awards Announced

Sept. 5, 2006 – Gov. Charles W. Turnbull is among the six recipients of this year's African Humanitarian Awards by the African Association of St.Thomas and St. John. Association President Solomon Kabuka announced that the awards would be given out on Oct. 14, at the Frenchman's Reef. He explained that the award is bestowed on individuals who have made significant contributions to societies in Africa and the African Diaspora, especially in fostering the cultural, social and general interests of Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora.
Others to be honored include career diplomat Ambassador Terrance Todman; Deputy Vice Chancellor and Dean of Faculties of Management Studies and Law at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa Dr. Pumela Msweli-Mbanga; President of the African Family Union on St.Croix and agriculturalist Dr. Lawrence Lewis; Pastor George Phillips of the Assembly of God on St. Thomas; and Director of Shipping Registry in the British Virgin Islands Capt. Sallah Baboucar.
According to a press release from the African Association, Turnbull is being honored for "his leadership and actions in government, education, history and culture," and Todman is being recognized for "excellent leadership and valuable actions in the diplomatic service over four decades, and spanning four continents. Kabuka cited Msweli-Mbanga for her "valuable contributions in the private sector as an entrepreneur, and a specialist in business performance, black economic empowerment and mergers and acquisitions, plus her leadership in academia," and Lewis, who has served in Ghana and the Caribbean, is being recognized for "his leadership in agriculture, government, community development, the African Family Union." Phillips was selected for the award because of "his leadership in the ministry and other social undertakings, where he has proved to be a shining example of concern and service to the human race." Baboucar was recognized for "his decades of contribution in the marine industry on the African continent and here in the Caribbean."
Tickets for the event can be obtained by calling 776-0397.

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