LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR ELIZABETH DOWDESWELL PRESENTS THE NEPMCC AWARD
TO MOSES A. MAWA OF SILVERTRUST MEDIA AND PLANET AFRICA GROUP
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR ELIZABETH DOWDESWELL, REPRESENTATIVE OF
THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND IN CANADA’S PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
MOSES A. MAWA, OTHER HONOREES AND GUESTS AT QUEEN’S PARK
YORK REGIONAL POLICE CHIEF ERIC JOLLIFFE; MOSES A. MAWA OF SILVERTRUST,
PLANET AFRICA AND THE TRANSFORMATION INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION
WITH TORONTO POLICE DEPUTY CHIEF PETER SLOLY WITH THEIR AWARDS
PATRICIA BEBIA MAWA, PRESIDENT & EDITORIAL DIRECTOR OF PLANET AFRICA GROUP,
MARIVEL TARUC, HOST AT CBC TELEVISION AND MOSES A. MAWA, GROUP CHAIRMAN,
SILVERTRUST MEDIA, PLANET AFRICA AND THE TRANSFORMATION INSTITUTE.
PATRICIA BEBIA MAWA, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR ELIZABETH DOWDESWELL AND MOSES A. MAWA
A CROSS SECTION OF HONOREES, GUESTS, DIGNITARIES AT THE FUNCTION.
PATRICIA AND MOSES A. MAWA UPON RECEIPT OF THE AWARD FROM THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PRESENTS 2014
NEPMCC AWARD TO MOSES A. MAWA
“Mr. Mawa is also honoured for his distinguished leadership
and dedication to social justice, human rights and democracy.”
Thomas Saras, President of the Council.
Toronto, Canada. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Canada, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, has presented a 2014 National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada Medal and Award for Best Editorial, Free Expression, Long Years of Service, Concept and Visualization to Moses A. Mawa, Chairman and Publisher at Planet Africa Group. The award was presented at the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Friday, November 14th, 2014.
“Mr. Mawa is also honoured for his distinguished leadership and dedication to social justice, human rights and democracy,” says Thomas Saras, President of the Council. Other honorees included York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe, Toronto Police Deputy Chief Peter Sloly and CBC Television’s Marivel Taruc. Mr. Mawa is also the President & CEO of Silvertrust Media as well as the Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation, which are also responsible for the Transformation Awards, Diversity Expo and Magazine, Destiny and other initiatives.
“This honour is an affirmation that what we are doing is highly valued. I thank God for making this possible,” says Mr. Mawa, who has served as Executive Producer of Planet Africa Television, which has been broadcast on OMNI TV in Canada, BEN TV in Europe and NTA International since 2002 and of “Arise!”, presently aired on Vision TV. He has also served as Publisher of Planet Africa Magazine, which has been widely distributed in stores such as Chapters, Indigo, Wal-Mart, International News, Gateway and Daisy, in Canada, the United States and beyond.
“All of these achievements would not have been possible without the support of my dear wife and associate Patricia Bebia Mawa as well as our entire team of dedicated staff and associates,” says Mr. Mawa. Each year, his team produces the Diversity Expo, Transformation Awards, the Planet Africa Awards program as well as various leadership and innovation programs. In 2008, Mr. Mawa created the Crossover Mentorship Program, which engages role models to help transform the lives of youth.
In 2007, Mr. Mawa was commissioned by the Government of Ontario as producer of the Bicentenary Legacy Project, which included a documentary film, a magazine and a photo reel on the commemoration of the Bicentenary of the 1807 Abolition of the British Slave Trade Act. He is the Director and Producer of “Harambee: Pulling Together”, a documentary film funded by Rogers Media, on how the African Canadian community in Ottawa brought about positive change as a result of the Kasonde Tragedy.
Mr. Mawa holds a B.A. in Film Studies from Carleton University. He has been trained at the Canadian Screen Training Centre as a multimedia and television producer, has produced radio programs and in 2011, received the Visionary Award from the ReelWorld Film Festival for his work in creating opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds in the media. In 2010, he received the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada Award for “Professional Excellence in Media”, which makes this his second honour from the Council.
In 2013, Mr. Mawa and his wife Patricia received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals, marking the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne as Queen of England and Canada’s Head of State. The duo was referred to as ‘Power Couple’ in a CNN worldwide broadcast in July 2013. Mr. Mawa was honoured by the Toronto Police with the “Excellence in Community Service Award” in 2009 and he received the 2011 BBPA Harry Jerome Media Award. He is also profiled in Who’s Who in Black Canada.
Info: Nicole Abbaticchio, Associate Coordinator, Silvertrust Media
Toronto, Canada. The 2014 Planet Africa Awards, a glittering red carpet affair held at the Grand Victorian Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada on November 8th, was a tremendous success. The theme of this year’s event was ‘The Power of Persistence’, reflecting the resilience and tenacity of the recipients, as well as other inspiring historic achievers in the past. Recipients and guests came from Africa, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, the United States and other parts of the world.
VIPs in attendance included His Worship Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of the City of Markham; Eric Jolliffe, York Regional Police Chief; Jennifer Evans, Peel Regional Police Chief; Honourable Jean Augustine, Ontario Fairness Commissioner; Nyameko Goso, Consul General of South Africa; George Ramocan, Consul General of Jamaica; Honourable Brad Butt, Member of Parliament; Honourable Kyle Seeback, Member of Parliament; Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Associate Minister of Finance and many others.
This year, the Planet Africa Media Award was presented to Marci Ien, Co-Host, Canada AM on CTV; Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award to Dr. Don Kilby,Founder, Canada Africa Community Health Alliance. John Momoh,Chairman & CEO of Channels Television in Africa received the Leadership Award. The Enterprise Award went to Wale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive of oil and gas giant Oando PLC.; the Heritage Award to Frances-Anne Solomon,Filmmaker, Writer, Curator and Producer and the Development Award to Liben Gebremikael, Executive Director, TAIBU Community Health Centre.
The Science and Technology Award was presented to Dr. Victor Obasuyi, Optometrist;Marcus Garvey Memorial Award to Rosemary Sadlier, President, Ontario Black History Society; Lifetime Achievement Award to Bishop Canute Blake,Mentor, Visionary & Humanitarian and Frank Walwyn, Lawyer &Partner, WeirFoulds LLP, received the Professional Excellence Award.Lanre Tunji Ajayi,President, Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada (SCDAC) received the Visionary Award; the Volunteer Award went toMoses Pratt, President, Global Community Alliance and the Renaissance Award to Dwayne Morgan,Poet, Spoken Word Artist & Motivational Speaker.
The Rising Star Award went to Vanessa Morgan and Celina Mziray for achievements in fashion, music, acting and Amazing Race Canada; the Entertainment Award to Eddie Bullen, Pianist, Songwriter, Arranger and Producer. The Academic Achievement Award was presented to Yemisi Ogunjimi, High Achiever, Accountant and Singer. The Master of Ceremonies was television personality and dietician Beverly Edwards-Haines. The official red carpet hosts were MC Bonde, Host of the African Groove Show on G98.7 FM and Karlyn Percil Mercieca, author and motivational speaker.
The Presenting Sponsors of the 2014 Planet Africa Awards were Ethiopian Airlines and Sterling Dental. Multidimensional real estate and wealth management company Dreammaker Corporation was the platinum sponsor. Other sponsors, including those who enabled youth to attend the gala: Royal Bank of Canada, PwC, Jodal Healthcare, First Fridays, Safecare Medical Center, the Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation, G98.7 FM, FEVA TV, OMNI Television and Diversity Magazine.
About Planet Africa Group
Since 2004, the Planet Africa Awards program has recognized leadership and excellence, producing role models especially for our youth. It is presented by Silvertrust Communications and Planet Africa Group. The awardshonour individuals, organizations, businesses and agencies that make a profound difference in the lives of people of African heritage and improves communities where they live globally. The PlanetAfrica organisation includes a television program that is broadcast across Canada, Europe and Africa, a full gloss magazine and other initiatives. Award nominations are accepted until July of each year.
Info: Nicole Abbaticchio, Associate Coordinator, Planet Africa Awards