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Mia Mottley, Cedella Marley among seven AFUWI 2021 awardees

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 11:11 AM
Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley (right), Cedella Marley, CEO of TUFF Gong International (contributed photos)

Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Cedella Marley, CEO of TUFF Gong International, are among seven distinguished recipients to receive awards at the 24th annual  'The Legacy Continues' Gala Awards of  the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI).

The virtual event, scheduled for February 21, 2021, is the Foundation’s premier annual fund raiser which provides scholarships for students of the five campuses of The University of the West Indies (UWI) in Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, Antigua and the Open Campus.

Mottley will receive 'The Legacy Award' and Marley 'The Chancellor’s Award For Excellence in Global Leadership'.

The other awardees are:

Arlene Isaacs- Lowe, global head of CSR, and president of Moody’s Foundation – 'The Vice Chancellor’s Achievement Award';
Dr Jermaine Omar McCalpin, chair, African and African American Studies Research Interests, New Jersey City University -'The Pelican Award;;
David Mullings, founder, chairman and CEO, Blue Major Capital Partners- 'The Chancellor’s Award For Excellence in Business Leadership';
Amanda Seales, actress, activist,  – 'The Caribbean Luminary Award'; and
WBLS and Dahved Levy 'The Trailblazer Award For Excellence in Community Engagement'.

The awardees celebrate Caribbean heritage and their individual contributions in varied sectors including politics and nation building, music, acting, media, entrepreneurship, business, academia and education.

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI said “each year the AFUWI has the privilege of saying thank you on behalf of the people in the Caribbean and the Diaspora, to a select group of distinguished persons of Caribbean descent or heritage who are blazing a trail of excellence in the United States of America.  We acknowledge and honour them as eminent standard bearers for a region that has contributed much to the development of the USA in a range of spheres.”

“As large as America is, our Caribbean immigrants continuously punch way above the weight of the small island nations of their birth or heritage and we share in the pride of their accomplishments”, Beckles declared.

For the past 23 years the AFUWI awards have been hosted in New York City where the AFUWI is headquartered.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be a completely virtual production.

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