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ESSENCE Now, star Makho Ndlovu and acclaimed comedian NaMÓ to Host the 7th African Diaspora Awards in New York city

NEW YORK, November 1, 2017 – The Applause Africa announced today that the multi-talented, celebrity reporter and host of ESSENCE Now, Makho Ndlovu and acclaimed comedian and actor, NaMÓ will host the 7th Annual

NEW YORK, November 1, 2017 – The Applause Africa announced today that the multi-talented, celebrity reporter and host of ESSENCE Now, Makho Ndlovu and acclaimed comedian and actor, NaMÓ will host the 7th Annual African Diaspora Awards at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 2017.


As ADA tradition dictates, NaMO and Makho will open the show and reinforce the 2017 ADA theme “Building Unity“. Applause Africa’s African Diaspora Awards (ADA) joins the global community in fostering awareness of unity and promoting harmonious relations among communities in the United States and Africa. By finding ways of coordinating our efforts to a sense of being part of something greater than just our own community, we will be able us to work together and affirm our oneness and “unity.”


Many of us have accomplished quite a lot individually, in our respective host states, however, we have not done very much together. Therefore, this awards ceremony provides a platform on which all of our individual accomplishments can be merged, in order to harness the power of togetherness for even greater purposes of achieving PEACE, UNITY, social and economic DEVELOPMENT in order to build a more vibrant society.

“We are thrilled to be working with Makho and NaMO as Co-hosts of the 2017 African Diaspora Awards (ADA), both of whom are very experienced with the ADA process, recognized across the diaspora communities and together represent “power in unity” as they are nationals of different African Countries. Makho’s spirit and passion for live theatre and TV makes her the perfect host, and we can’t wait to see the energy she brings to NYC on ADA night!” said Debo Folorunsho, Founder and CEO of Applause Africa and African Diaspora Awards, in a statement.


“We’re equally excited to be working with NaMÓ, a charming Professional MC, who was ADA 2016 Voice of God backstage and is also a fan of live theatre. He’s also an actor and comedian, and is a true champion of the arts,” said Thione Niang, African Diaspora Awards board of judges.


“A woman that is making waves and uplifting her community, who better than Makho Ndlovu to host this year’s African Diaspora Awards?” said Bette Tadesse, the chair of African Diaspora Awards 2017 Host committee. “With her extensive repertoire, charisma and unparalleled dedication to live set, we are thrilled to have her join us for this prestigious event.”


NaMO said, “I enjoy performing on stage, and I enjoy it even more, when I get to do so in a room full of extraordinary Africans and friends of Africa who have broken barriers and are uplifting influences in our communities. Truly Iconic, legendary people that I look up to and having that pressure of having to make them laugh and enjoy their evening, is a challenge I will welcome any day! Thank you Applause Africa for the opportunity!


“I’m honored to Co-host the ADA this year! I love the message of Unity and I love Debo Folorunsho, his vision and talented team. I was blessed to co-present one award in 2013 and now very excited to be part of this amazing night, to honor the strong and powerful diasporan leaders of our generation. Let’s make history as we come together as change makers, innovators, leaders and champions of Africa and in support of each other,” Makho said in a press release announcing her co-hosting selection.






About Makho Ndlovu: Makho Ndlovu hails from Zimbabwe and is a celebrity reporter and blogger based in New York City. This media personality made a name for herself as the go-to lady for all things entertainment. She is currently the host of EssenceNow. Ndlovu is also co-owner of a boutique in Indianapolis called Makho’s Closet. Makho has rubbed shoulders with the biggest stars in the United States and continues to make great strides in her career as an entertainment correspondent.





About NaMÓ: NaMÓ is an African’s African and a true gentleman’s gentleman… when hosting an event, acting, or just doing stand-up comedy, he seeks out his listeners and/or the audience with his mind. Not only is NaMÓ a Nollywood actor but he also appears in comedic skits and commercials in the US. Acting, hosting events and stand-up comedy are what he considers his “element in three parts”… but any opportunity to fuse as many of his skills as possible in a single performance is his motivation.



About African Diaspora Awards
The African Diaspora Awards is a special initiative that aims to celebrate exemplary individuals who have made a significant difference in the African community in the United States. The African Diaspora Awards aims to identify and celebrate notable Africans that have genuinely excelled in various spheres of life, as well as individuals in society who have contributed to the advancement of Africans in the Diaspora and Africa as a whole.


As a new breed of African leaders now seek closer ties with the Diaspora, fully aware of the need to build lasting partnerships between the African Diaspora and the African continent through sustained dialogue and resilient collaboration with the governments and peoples of different regions of the world, home to the African Diaspora; Applause Africa is strategically positioned to empower the Diaspora to effectively engage in the conversation.


About ADA207 Theme “BuildingUnity”


Many of us have accomplished quite a lot individually, in our respective host states, however, we have not done very much together. Therefore, this awards ceremony provides a platform on which all of our individual accomplishments can be merged, in order to harness the power of togetherness for even greater purposes of achieving PEACE, UNITY, social and economic DEVELOPMENT in order to build a more vibrant society. ADA is proposing that we stop agonizing and start organizing to put a stop to tribalism, racism, neo-colonialism and oppression of all people, globally. BUILDING UNITY is a larger-than-life theme that helps us celebrate our uniqueness and strengthens our ties to each other in the Diaspora. We are all connected by something, and it’s our diversity that builds a strong and vibrant diaspora community.

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