Face2Face Africa Honors Marcus Samuelsson at 2016 FACE List Awards

The FACE awards, which celebrates Pan-African achievements, will be held on Saturday July 9th in New York. (Courtesy photos)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, June 13th, 2016

New York (TADIAS) — Renowned Ethiopian American Chef, Restaurateur and Author Marcus Samuelsson is one of the honorees for this year’s FACE List Awards. The annual awards ceremony, which celebrates African role models from the around the world, will be held on Saturday July 9th in New York City.

“Face2face Africa is excited to announce our incredible honorees for this year’s FACE List Awards, the most prestigious celebration of Pan-African achievement,” the organization said in a press release. In addition to Samuelsson, who will be recognized with the Global Ambassador Award, other recipients of the 5th Annual FACE List Awards include Editor-In-Chief of Essence Magazine Vanessa De Luca (Media Award) as well as Grammy award-winning Artist and Humanitarian Wyclef Jean (Pioneer Award for Impact in Music), and Rosa Whitaker, Founder, CEO and President of The Whitaker Group, who will be receiving the Trailblazer Award.

Besides Marcus Samuelsson the only other Ethiopian-born individual to make the Face2face Africa list is Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, who received the Entrepreneur Award in 2014 for her pioneering work as Founder and CEO of the international footwear brand SoleRebels.

“Dubbed the Pan-African achievement honors, The F.A.C.E. List Awards celebrate the icons and heroes of today who have paved the way for the younger generation and impacted the discourse on pan-Africa’s image, its future, and potential,” Face2Face said in a press release. “As the capstone event of the Pan-African weekend, the awards gala brings the business community together for an unforgettable celebration of the success stories emerging within the Pan-African community each year.”

“Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised, and currently residing in New York City, Marcus Samuelsson is a citizen of the world,” the announcement adds. “He learned to love and appreciate local food at a young age and has taken that love to opening up Red Rooster, a vibrant eatery in the heart of Harlem. Samuelsson is also the youngest chef to ever receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times, was the winner of “Top Chef Masters” Season 2, and also served as the guest chef for the Obama administration’s first State Dinner.”

“In the 5th-year anniversary of Face2face Africa, this year’s honorees are a group of inspirational heroes with uniquely fascinating stories to tell,” the press release stated. “They have made a tremendous impact in their respective fields and have left a legacy that will forever shape and influence the Pan-African community.”

If You Go:
2016 FACE List Awards
Saturday July 9th
ESPACE Ballroom
635 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 967-7003
Pre-reception/Red-Carpet will commence at 6:30 p.m.
Promptly followed by dinner and the awards show.
Guests will enjoy a delectable full-course dinner.
The Pan-African Weekend is Presented by Prudential Financial Inc.
Tickets, Group Registration, and Advertising are available.
For more info: E-mail info@f2fafrica.com.

Face2Face Africa Honors Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Alek Wek, Femi Kuti

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