Visit Rwanda scoops Honorary Best of Africa Award for unique partnership with Arsenal

On 9 October 2019 at 09:09

Visit Rwanda has received an Honorary Award for Partnership for ‘a unique and transformational partnership by an African brand’ by the Best of Africa Awards. The award was announced at a star-studded ceremony held at Rosewood Hotel in London on Sunday, 6 October 2019.

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.

Emmanuel Ruhumuliza, Partnerships Manager at the Rwanda High Commission in the UK received the award on behalf of Visit Rwanda