At the prestigious 74th UN General Assembly in New York, which took place from 28th September to 3rd October, an important event took place on the sidelines - the MIPAD (Global Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent) Recognition Week for the Class of 2019. Amongst this year’s honorees were two outstanding and inspirational women entrepreneurs from the Lionesses of Africa community, Nkemdilim Begho and Dr Ola Orekunrin, recognised in the Class of 2019 Business and Entrepreneurship Category.
The 74th UN General Assembly was a fitting backdrop for MIPAD to officially recognize its 2019 Most Influential People of African Descent. It provided the opportunity to host an event to celebrate MIPAD’s global 100 list, acknowledging the positive contributions made by 100 outstanding individuals under 40, pairing those based outside Africa in the Diaspora with their counterparts inside Africa across four categories: Politics & Governance, Business & Entrepreneurship, Media & Culture, and Humanitarian & Religious. Two women entrepreneurs from the Lionesses of Africa community were recognised at the event - Nkemdilim Begho, founder & managing director of Future Software Resources and Dr Ola Orekunrin, founder & managing director Flying Doctors Nigeria.
MIPAD’s mission is to build a progressive global network of civil society actors to join together and support the implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015 - 2024, as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/237 and now officially recognized by the African Union (AU).
Please join us in congratulating the 2019 MIPAD honorees for their contributions to societies around the world, for their resilience and strength in the face of adversity,
Commenting on this year’s MIPAD week, Kamil Olufowobi, CEO, Most Influential 100, said: “The theme for 2019 MIPAD Recognition Week is "SOCIAL IMPACT" What is the social impact that your life story is creating? What social cause(s) are you most passionate about? We are excited to align all MIPAD honorees with tracking their social impact footprint because influence can only be understood when it is manifested in making real change and impact in society.”