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WASH in Words

The Oscars had nothing on the Wash Gala this weekend, as the glamour levels were fleeking out of control. Three hundred of the who’s who of the urban African Diaspora came together in impeccable style

The Oscars had nothing on the Wash Gala this weekend, as the glamour levels were fleeking out of control. Three hundred of the who’s who of the urban African Diaspora came together in impeccable style to raise money to transform the Continent in the most basic, but most critical way. FACE Africa’s efforts provide clean drinking water to many of the 350 million people on the Continent who lack clean water by digging wells and building infrastructure. This year’s gala raised $165,000 to support Wash In Schools.

Inspiration. Elegance. Vision.

Kanyinsola Obayan

Kudos to FACE Africa CEO & Founder, Saran Kaba Jones, who does not just get glam for the annual fundraiser, but who also spends a significant portion of the year on the Continent actually doing the work of digging wells and building infrastructure. When the Ebola crisis was at it’s peak in 2014, Saran, Ernest and other FACE Africa supporters were on the front lines providing supplies to families in need. Here we have the exemplification of being the change we wish to see.

Electric. Impactful. Spectacular.

Eurila Cave

Shoutout to all the familiar faces who could’ve spent their night doing the things that famous people do, but instead used their time and their platforms to support this important work: Jidenna, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Adrian Grenier, Adepero Oduye and others.

The WASH Gala Host Committee includes Bette Tadesse Mengesha. Abiola Oke, Samuel Gebru, Vanette Tolbert, Liz Agbor- Tabi Oton, Ernest Enebi, Kwad Acheampong, Calcie Cooper, Edward Donkor, Lola Banjo, Sara Rendtorff-Smith, Chike Azinge, Edene Kudakwashe Timbe, Funa Maduka, Weade Wallace, Rahila Danjuma, Diana Konate, Taa Wongbe, Kemah Dennis-Morial, Alice Tomdio, and Chid Liberty

We leave you with three words for Wash from Hafeeza Rashed, WASH Gala guest:

WASH Gala was…

Motivating to see such a diversity of supporters convening to support a single cause

Frustrating that monetary resources and government indifference are defining factors to whether a rural community obtains access to water

Inspiring to see a member of the diaspora embrace an active role in her home country’s development

WASH in Photos

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Photography by: Oluwaseye Olusa

Lolade Siyonbola
Lolade is an author, techie and serial entrepreneur. She is an MA candidate at Yale University where she is pursuing research on immigration, cultural identity and social health.
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