Africans Rising to Award Activists, calls for nominations into the contest

By Ndiema Salach                                                            Africans Rising, a Pan African movement of people working for Unity, Justice, Peace and Dignity in the continent has placed an open call for nominations into its annual Activism Awards.

The Africans Rising Activism Awards recognizes, supports and connects African grassroots activists and movements in a global network of Africans engaging in non-violent actions to promote positive social change in their communities.

The nominations will be held virtually from Oct 31 to Nov 13, 2022 via its website: www.africansrising.org/ActivismAwards

This year, the Awards will recognize and honor African activism in three spectrums which are Activist of the Year, Movement of the Year and the Artistic Activist of the Year.

“Activism or movement work is a thankless job. Activists risk their lives every day to ensure that the right thing is done, that corruption is stopped, women’s rights are protected, people get the basic necessities of life et al. We want to say that we see you, we dig you”, said Hardi Yakubu, Africans Rising Interim Movement Co-coordinator at the launch.

Launched in 2017, Africans Rising has provided space for progressive African civil society leaders and groups engaged in various civic struggles to convene, connect, collaborate, share knowledge and build solidarity among people and across issues.

The Awards were first presented in 2020 with the last category in the broad spectrums, Artistic Activist of the Year category introduced this year to provide a platform for showcasing the creative talents of African artists.

In each category, two final nominees will be chosen to represent North Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, and the Diaspora, from a total of 36 nominees.

Activists willing to participate in the awards have been called upon to visit the Africans Rising website on https://africansrising.org/activismawards/ for more details on the eligibility criteria.

Last year, Wilson Atumeyi from Nigeria was voted as the Africans Risings Activity of the year 2020 for the preceding year, Youth for Parliament of Zambia voted Movement of the Year while Joice Zau from Angola bagged the Artistic Activist of the Year Award.

While the Awards were presented both in-person and virtually during a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, this year’s winners will be feted in an event that will be held virtually while those who may not attend in person will follow it virtually.

The Movement recently held a huge conference in Arusha, Tanzania where several issues were discussed, among them creating a borderless African continent with a single currency.