Mwape Peer Awards was established in 2010 by Ruth and James Mwape, of New Jersey, USA. This non-profit initiative was part of the couple’s plan to give back to the people by providing a platform to recognize those individuals who, without the benefit of visibility or influence, made a difference through their creativity, energy and sheer tenacity. Initially the prestigious awards were initially given to the Zambian unsung heroes and heroines only, but in 2014, it was opened up to all Africans in and outside Africa.
The 2010 inaugural awards ceremonies were held at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Washington D.C. Central/White House on Rhode Island Avenue on October 20th. The carefully chosen date, also marked James and Ruth’s 20th Wedding Anniversary.
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To promote acknowledgement and recognition of the outstanding efforts by Africans at home and the diaspora.
The Awards ceremony was held on Saturday September 21st, at Scavello’s On The Island in City Island, New York.
Award winners are chosen by the Selection Committee of fellow peers in each category.
No, anyone can attend. A $100 single and $180 couple donation gets you an admission ticket, which includes dinner dance and open bar, plus optional giveaways.
As awards sponsors, James and Ruth do not nominate anyone or participate in the selection process.
Invitation letters are sent to those willing to attend the Awards ceremony at their own expense who needs a US visa to enter the US. The US Consulate makes the final determination as to who gets a visa or not.
No. Blind nominations are not allowed. You will need some information and permission from the prospective nominee to fully complete the nomination.
Yes, media organizations are always welcome.