Visit Rwanda was presented with the award in recognition of its partnership with Arsenal Football Club as the Official Tourism partner. The innovative collaboration is enabling tourists and investors to discover the uniqueness of Rwanda as a travel and business destination. The partnership also includes coaching clinics for aspiring Rwandan footballers where they learn from some of the world’s best coaching staff.
The Best of Africa Awards, held annually in London, brings together some of the most influential members of the African diaspora living and working in the United Kingdom to highlight the positive contribution they have made at home and abroad. Now in their ninth year, this is the first time the ‘Partnership Category’ has been recognized by the Best of Africa Awards.
Speaking at the ceremony on behalf of Visit Rwanda, Emmanuel Ruhumuliza, Partnerships Manager at the Rwanda High Commission in the UK, said: “We are very proud to receive this award and more so, as Africans, it’s something very special for us to celebrate together.”
A total of ten awards were given at the event.
Members of the African diaspora and other initiatives honored include:
Eniola Aluka, professional footballer, for her work on leadership projects and improving access to water in Rwanda
Fuse ODG, musician, for his philanthropic work building schools in Ghana
Anita Asante, professional footballer, for her work giving back to the community and inspiring young people
Wilfried Zaha, professional footballer, for his philanthropic work in Côte d’Ivoire and his support of women’s football at Crystal Palace Football Club
Diamond Platnumz, musician, for his work to make music more accessible to young people in East Africa
Nuno Espírito Santo, Coach of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, for his outstanding year as their manager
Radhi Jhaidi, Coach at Southampton FC, for his outstanding achievements in coaching and mentorship
Afro Nation, the biggest urban beach festival in Europe (Portugal) and Africa (Ghana) celebrating African music, for its outstanding events
Stormzy, rapper and musician, for his outstanding contribution as a musical artist
Luol Deng, NBA player, for his excellence in sport
Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary-General and General Delegate for Africa, for her role as a history maker – the first-ever African Muslim woman to hold the role of Secretary-General at FIFA.