Celebration of African Australians NSW

Our activities and projects run across NSW. We would like to hear from you and let us know how we can be of relevance in your region

Email: celebrateafricanaustralians@gmail.com

Phone: 0466 884 295

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ABN 30 589 053 959

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MEET OUR NSW CHAMPIONS

SUCCESS isn't about how much money you make, it is about the DIFFERENCE you make in people's lives." Michelle Obama

Profiles in no particular order or preference

Born in Zimbabwe, Dr Dube, is an inspirational academic and activist with a PhD in Linguistics from Macquarie University. She has taught at various universities and is currently a Board member on various youth oriented organisations.

Champion Award 2019

Born in Kenya, Abdallah is founder of the flourishing Ameru Coffee business that imports and supplies premium coffee beans in Sydney since 2014. He has called Australia home for the last 20 years and his business direction is an inspiration to many.

Entrepreneurship Award 2019

Born and bred in South Africa, Sipho is a senior financial technology professional in Sydney. Sipho has also been heavily involved in creating a space for African men and women to open up about mental health related issues and therefore help raise awareness.

Community Engagement 2019

Saskia is Jamaican with a strong passion in supporting all things that promote the unity of Africans and the diaspora. She is a professional photographer/cinematographer who has worked on numerous community projects including Africultures. 

Professional Excellence 2019

Angelica is a Nigerian Australian psychology student at Macquarie University, who promotes community participation for Africans in Australia and promotes mental health education. She is the co-founder of AfricansCan mentoring progra.

Community Engagement Award 2019

Originally from Zimbabwe, this young couple started their own business Dee Pee Styles in 2018 with a dream of conquering the Australian market. The business has expanded and now has clients from all walks of life. 

Entrepreneurship Award 2019

Ghanaian Born Mathew is an experienced business professional with over 13 years in corporate Australia. He holds a double degree in Law & Business (Marketing). He is the founder and senior business development manager of Sydney Budget Services. 

Professional Excellence Award 2019

Born in Kenya, Julie has a Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, Bachelor of Commerce and over ten years industry experience. She is currently a HR and Finance Team Lead and helps international students settle into Australia.

Professional Excellence Award 2019

Dr Stephanie is a Jamaican-Australian of African descent. She is a singer, songwriter, pastor and a Public Health Epidemiologist currently working for the NSW Ministry of Health. She runs a weekly radio program aired on DownUnder Radio.

Community Engagement Award 2019

Born in Zimbabwe, Cynthia is Sydney based founder and CEO of Embrace for Every Curl, a natural hair product line that encourages women to embrace their natural hair. She also an active member of the wider African community in NSW.

Entrepreneurship Award 2019

Born in Kenya, Caroline has a Masters of Science in Information Technology, a field she has dominated for over 20 years taking on various roles. She also an active member of the Kenyan and wider African community.

Professional Excellence Award 2019

Ashraf came to Australia from Egypt. He then received a University of Newcastle scholarship to complete his PhD. Abdelbaky has championed inclusiveness, provided many initiatives to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities in Newcastle.

Community Engagement Award 2019

Biola has established herself as a formidable professional worker in the finance sector. She is also a community champion who has done so many inspirational interviews including one with Shazzie Dee in March 2019 talking about leadership qualities.

Community Engagement Award 2019

Holla is a Youth Ambassadors and Projects Officer at the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network. A champion for young people, Holla is a graduate of Bachelor of Law and Theology at ACU. She has a skincare business called Ayia Skincare.

Champion Award 2019

Elizabeth has over a decade of experience in financial services across marketing, operations, strategy, project management and customer remediation. She is Vice President and also Secretary of African Professionals Australia NSW (APA).

Professional Excellence Award 2019

Martha is a palliative pediatrician, a champion for terminally ill children who has conducted extensive research in pediatric care with 26 years of medical experience. She has a Masters of Medicine (Pediatrics) - University of Melbourne

Champion Award 2018

A “Born musician “ in KweKwe, Zimbabwe, Simba is the director and lead singer of Echoes of African Music. With a very strong passion for music, Simba also teaches traditional African Instruments to children..

Community Engagement Award 2018

Authored “The Five Anchors of Cyber Resilience”, a contemporary strategy book that absorbs the complexity associated with cyber security and passes on practical guidance to business leaders. The  book instantly became an Amazon Best Seller.

Professional Excellence Award 2018

Simba is a Zimbabwean native with a Master of Applied Finance and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He is a co-founder and Chair of Ignition Impact, an angel investor network focused on facilitating small private equity and debt investments.

Community Support (OAA Study)

She is Kenyan born and has a PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Wollongong. Rhoda’s research was on salt reduction for overall health especially blood pressure and she continues to work towards that in her current employment

Academic Excellence Award 2018

Originally from Sierra Leone, Fatmanta is Young Australian of the year award winner. She has a Medical Science degree from Macquarie University. She is also a Member and sponsor of Kanga Schools in Sierra Leone

Academic Excellence Award 2018

She is founder of Beauties With Brain, an organisation helping girls in Sierra Leone to achieve a bright future. Juliet also works with the NSW Youth Development Program as youth ambassador for MYAN and volunteers for the Salvation Army.

Humanitarian Award 2018

An award-winning filmmaker and social worker born in Sierra Leone. She has written, directed and produced short films in various genres. Her film ‘I am Black and Beautiful’ won Best Short Documentary at the Montreal Black Film Festival.

Professional Excellence Award 2018

South Sudanese Arom is a self-driven and inspirational character with high determination to succeed in anything she does. She is an entrepreneur/ event organizer & promoter. She owns Legacy X Nightclub & Caribbean Vibes. 

Young African Achiever 2018

Born in Accra Ghana, Issaka began his professional Kick boxing career in 2006 while representing Ghana. He later on took on Boxing when he arrived in Sydney in 2014 and since then he has owned the ring with outstanding results.

Professional Excellence Award 2018

Born Ethiopia Lily is a leading fashion designer with creative photo shoots and fashion show with models. In all her work, she promotes African fashion and designs in New South Wales and other states.

African Culture Promotion Award '18

Newly elected President of Rwandan Community of New South Wales; He is also an entrepreneur helping his community and others to strive for success. Board Member of New Hope International Ministries (NHIM).

Professional Excellence Award 2018

Vincent is a Kenyan Born Australian comedian who burst onto the comedy scene during the Melbourne amateur night. He has made his niche as one of the biggest comedians in the African Australians family.

Talent Award (Comedy) 2017

Rosemary is an African Woman of the Year Award Winner. She hosts countless African events and projects, including the famous African Women's Dinner Dance which attracts women across Australia to network, celebrate and dine every year.

Community Engagement Award 2017

Nigerian born with a passion for promoting African fashion, craft and culture, Ola holds a Master degree in International Relations. She is past Vice President of the Nigerian Association and runs her own Africa shop No.1 African Choice.

Entrepreneurship Award 2018

Moses is a youngster who has taken on the world of entertainment with a bang. He has a huge following playing the best Afro music in Sydney. Moses is known in the wider African community entertaining at numerous events.

Entertainment Award 2017

Mercy currently runs a charity, `This Life Foundation` which is supporting child-headed families in Northern Uganda. Mercy also supports a children`s home in Kenya called The Good Samaritan Children Home in Mathare slum in Nairobi.

Champion Award 2018

Growing up in war-torn Sudan, Abaker moved to Australia in 2003 and has since made a name for himself in the music industry. He is the architecture of the Street Dreams project in St Marys NSW.

Professional Excellence Award 2017

Experito is a talented Sydney-based youngster whose work in visual designs won him top accolades at Kogarah High school. He has the ability to paint and draw famous Australian and African landscapes with excellent immigration and contemplation.

Yong Talent Award 2015

Edith is one of the champions of women in NSW and has started her own company Ida Events. She engages African Australians through hosting events mainly targeting women like at the African Women's Dinner Dance.

Community Engagement Award 2019

Jennifer is the brain behind Glow Healthcare Agency, a Nursing agency founded in NSW 2016. GHA is a trusted provider of healthcare services located in Sydney and is managed by a team of experienced staff nursing and management.

Professional Excellence Award 2016

Born in Sierra Leonne, Bampia has made his passion for music known in Australia. He is a guest DJ in various states and embraces all occasions from birthday parties to massive gatherings.

Entertainment Award 2018

With a hat-trick of recognition, Kenyan born Consolata boasts numerous academic and social work achievements. She has a Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree (Psychology) and also boasts of numerous local and international scholarships.

Champion Award 2019

Charity is an outstanding African Australian who has over ten years of experience in general nursing. She is currently one of the most experienced and reliable Renal Nurse Practitioner in Renal Home Therapies at Liverpool Hospital.

Professional Excellence Award 2017

Beatrice has worked in the Community and Welfare Sector in NSW for fifteen years and currently works in local government as a community Development Officer. A Sierra Leone community leader, a women and girls advocate.

Community Engagement Award 2017

Considered a veteran in the NSW community services, Abulla continues to inspire and motivate other African Australians to join this important sector. Abulla is a currently a settlement Team Leader at SydWest Multicultural Services.

Professional Excellence Award 2017

She helps ignite transformation of managers into purposeful leaders. She is founder and director of Make it Happen initiative, an award winning humanitarian organization. She has a Masters in International Law. And she is author of IGNITE 

Professional Excellence 2019

Born in Nigeria, Kevin has owned the entertainment industry in NSW. Through his brand ‘The Box’ entertainment, Kevin has become an inspiration to many African Australians. His passion, determination and dedication can never go unnoticed.

Champion Award 2018

Born in Rwanda, Khadijah has been a youth ambassador for the African Women group since 2012. She is a mentor for the Rwandan youth group and a founding member of the African Council of Arts and Culture (ACAC).

Community Engagement Award 2015

Kenyan-born Mutuanene is author of a book entitled 'The Weather-Proof Salesman' available at amazon.com or the bookpal publishers. In the book he cites the issues newly arrived migrants face settling in any country and how to cope with them.

Professional Excellence Award 2015

The Rwanda Community NSW is one of the most vibrant among the African communities in Australia. They are remarkable for organizing events and projects that bring their members together and also connect with members from other communities.

Community Service Excellence 2019

Sheila is a Kenyan born Australian, a clinical governance & policy specialist in the health and aged care sector.  She holds a Master of Public Health, Master Information Systems and Bachelor of Biology. 2007 Rotary Ambassadorial Award recipient.

Champion Award 2019

Brigette is Executive Manager of Engagement at University of Technology Sydney where she has raised over $7m for scholarships, research and aspiration building programs for Indigenous Australians. She chairs Youth Committee of Rotary Club of Sydney.

Champion Award 2019

Born in Nigeria, Yemi is an engineer and self-made millionaire entrepreneur. She manages 3 successful businesses of which one is global and recently authored her first book  titled ‘Did You Get The Memo’

Champion Award 2019

Osman is an outstanding African Australian in NSW whose determination and professional excellence has been an inspiration to many youngsters. He is also an academic achiever with vast expertise as evidenced in his works.

Professional Excellence 2019

Yvonne is a passionate public relations professional with a strong track record in developing strategic campaigns across a number of industries, including publishing, film, education, technology and the not-for-profit sector.

Professional Excellence Award  2019

The Nigerian born Doctor is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Academic Workforce at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University (WSU). Dr Ogunsiji is the Founder of African Women’s Health and Support Organisation (AWHASO),

Champion Award 2019

Born in Kenya, Wanyika is an Afro-Creative artist whose mission is to use the universal language of creativity to transcend limitations of thought, inspire and create change. She is co-founder of Sydney based '2 Sydney Stylists' 

Entrepreneurship Award 2019

Jonas is a Zimbabwean born information and communications technology professional with more than 13 years working experience in Australia. He holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Business Management and Information Technology.

Professional Excellence Award 2019

Thobe is Originally from Zimbabwe, a community worker with minors and women, and yet an established entrepreneur. She is co-founder of Inspiring Women Globally that focuses on crafting innovative opportunities for the voiceless.

Community Engagement Award 2019

Born in Lagos Nigeria, Christian has an extensive modelling portfolio with a variety of experience. He represented Africa as Mr Nigeria at the 2019 Pageant. He also manages Progress Records that gives a platform to upcoming artists in the community.

Professional Excellence Award 2019

Commonly known as Trendy B, The Nigerian Born Blessing has owned the fashion industry for over a decade with more than 10,000 designs to her brand. “I was born to cloth the world” she says. She has a documentary about her screening at Miami 2020. 

Champion Award 2019

Liliane is Rwandan woman who works at University of NSW as a Project Officer in ASPIRE Program. Her passion is to help others enrich their lives by promoting education, self-development, and self-reliance. She has a Master of Environmental Management

Champion Award 2019

Kenyan born Isaac is the current chairman of United Kenyans in Australia Cultural Association that brings Kenyans together through cultural activities and projects. He has a diploma in Community Services that he has used to inspire many others

Professional Excellence Award 2019

Born in Kenya, Esther is an academician and entrepreneur. She is a gem in making African ornaments and runs her own shop in Bankstown. She is also a vibrant member of the wider African community who promotes networking.

Community Engagement Award 2019

Born in Zimbabwe, Emeldah is an Oncology and Palliative nurse at Sydney Adventist Hospital. She is involved with educating and emotionally supporting patients and their families through the stress of the diagnosis and treatment.

Professional Excellence Award  2019

Born of Zambia/Zimbabwe parents, Amanda is business owner of Amanda Mavunga Architects. She is manager of Airport design at Sydney domestic and International Airport. She also mentors women in business and young girls on education.

Champion Award 2018

Goodson has a great and very real affection for the people of Africa living in NSW. He is known for empowering and assisting asylum seekers, refugees and also African Students who come to Australia.

Community Engagement Award 2018

She is a Zimbabwean/Australian inter-disciplinary artist. With a lot of experience in writing, performance directing and producing. Alongside her personal practice, Moreblessing engages in a advocacy and consultancy work.

Professional Excellence Award 2018

CEO and Founder of Aussie Books for Zim, a charity that helps set up libraries  in remote rural schools in Zimbabwe. Alfred is based in Wollongong and is an inspirational mentor and leader for all Australians.

Humanitarian Award 2018

He is Kenyan born and has a Bachelor of Accounting. Stanley is one of the founders of Kenyans in Sydney Welfare Association (KISWA) and serves as secretary of the Association. He also works with GLAPD Int.

Community Engagement Award 2018

Her desire is to see people both raised up and empowered within the African communities in NSW. She is a champion of women and an advocate for women rights. She is also a mentor for young girls living in NSW.

Community Engagement Award 2018

Divine is a pioneer MC, DJ, radio personality originally from Cameroon & Nigeria. He is a well-known figure in the music industry and has recently released his album for 2018 with smash hits like Mammy Yoyo.

Community Engagement Award 2018

Nonnie is a finance and risk professional. A qualified CPA, with a Masters of Commerce specializing in Accounting from Macquarie University. She is also past president of African Professionals of Australia NSW (APA ). 

Professional Excellence Award 2018

Originally from Kenya, Abigail has a deep passion for visual arts, photography and film and hopes to become a Photojournalist or a Film Director in the near future. Her love for photography is always evident and can not go unnoticed.

Young African Achiever 2018

Born in Kenya, Florence is a common face in the wider African community known for helping others especially mothers. She has previously served on the executive committee of Kenyans In Sydney Welfare Association (KISWA).

Community Engagement Award 2018

Born and bred in Ugandan, Ken is former Chairman of National Australia Bank’s African Australian Inclusion Program (AAIP) in NSW and works at NAB in the Financial Markets domain. He is current President of APA .

Champion Award 2018

Tino is an Actor/Model proudly born and bred in Nigeria. With such a strong passion in film, Tino has already starred in various movies including Survive or Die (supporting Role) Australia,  Chaos of the gods (Lead) Nigeria,  and many others

Professional Excellence Award 2018

Born in Ghana, Kwasi is an Australian actor and talk-show host. He is also a well-known MC in the African community who has hosted numerous events including the AMMA awards, musical concerts and comedy shows.

Professional Excellence 2017

Rev. Navazu is a voice for those less fortunate than her and works tirelessly through her Organisations Nakango Vision and Agape Community Church to ensure Africans living in Australia feel integrated in their new country.

Living Legend Award 2017

N'valaye is a professional boxer who kick started his career in 2008 as an amateur boxer before turning professional in 2016. He has hosted various fitness boot camps for African Australians and promoted many upcoming youngsters in the profession.

Professional Excellence Award 2019

Moses is another enterprising African Australian who has excelled in engaging the African community as a Master of Ceremonies at various events. He is also an entrepreneur running a successful Photography business in Sydney.

Entrepreneurship Award 2017

Juliet is an African Australian originally from Zimbabwe. She works in the health sector of NSW specializing in community nursing. She has served on the executive of the African Women's Group Australia Association as Secretary.

Community Engagement Award 2017

King is another African Australian who has not disappointed in the music industry as a singer, songwriter and producer. He has made his presence felt in almost every state and territory in Australia hosting big live concerts.

Community Engagement Award 2019

J A Y is a dynamic and virtuoso Gospel singer and songwriter. He is also a creative audio-visual designer, sound engineer, and the CEO of ‘Last Stop Media Production (LST). Through his profession, he engages the community at all fronts.

Top Achiever Award 2018

Hudu is the man behind the famous successful brand of African Feeling Restaurant in Sydney, Newtown that is a meeting place for Africans over the years. He is famous for his African cuisines that have been an attractions to all people including non-Africans.

Entrepreneurship Award 2018

Elvis is of Kenyan origin, an aspiring Public Health Specialist and a humanitarian leader. He has recently graduated with a double Majors Degree in Public Health and Epidemiology from Western Sydney University.

Professional Excellence Award 2017

Another uprising singer, songwriter and music producer who has taken over the music industry in style. Currency has produced hit songs that currently have a massive following on the YouTube. His budding profession is already glittering.

Young African Achiever 2019

Originally from South Sudan, Clement has gained a lot of experience working in the community sector of NSW. He has spearheaded the African Settlement program, supporting newly arrived refugees settle in Western Sydney.

Professional Excellence Award 2017

Beatrice moved to Australia in 2013 and straight away got involved in serving her community as secretary of the Kenyans in Sydney Welfare Association. She has also studied nursing and works in various aged care facilities across NSW.

Young African Achiever Award 2017

Born in South Africa, Adam, is C0-Founder of Humanitix, the first not for profit ticketing company in the world dedicated to unlocking the philanthropic potential of every event and redistributing booking fees to charitable organisations around Australia.

Entrepreneurship Award 2017

Originally from Accra, Ghana, Afro Child a strong passion for music, a career he started at a tender age. He is one of those promising talents  to look out for in Sydney and has created his own original fusion of Afrobeat music.

Community Engagement Award 2015

Mamello is a proud African, born and raised in Lesotho. In 2015 she started a small business called La Mondz La Mondz that produces handmade 100% natural skin care and hair products specifically made for African skin and African hair

Entrepreneurship Award 2016

With over 15 years’ experience in Event Management, Melanie has managed and marketed hundreds of events including: product and venue launches, fashion shows, business award events, charity fundraisers, festivals, live music events and more.

Community Engagement Award 2016

Rouz promotes African culture and designs through her African shop ‘Dress Afrique’ that she manages in Sydney. She is also one of those kind hearted African Australians who has helped new arrivals establish themselves in NSW.

Professional Excellence Award 2015

Ugandan born Susan is a Sydney-based Actress, Model, Fashion designer and stylist. She manages a fashion label ‘Suzan Mutesi’ which symbolizes structure and class and gives women of all body types the ability to feel confident, comfortable and beautiful.

Champion Award 2019

Joseph has served as an executive member of African Professional Australia. A versatile community leader with a Bachelors Degree in Business majoring in Financial Economics from Massey University Auckland.

Champion Award 2019

Judah is a Chartered Accountant and Tax Advisor with a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Taxation Law from UNSW. A panel member for the Young Chartered Accountants in NSW and also a committee member for the Diversity and Inclusion Group.

Professional Excellence

Sarah is a Mental Health Allied Practitioner based in Sydney. She was born to a Guinean father and Sierra Leona mother. She is a Senior Counselor, Team Leader, Facilitator and Mentor. Sarah is an active member of the community and good at mobilization.

Community Engagement 2019