By: Ampem Gyeke-Darko
International Peace and Interfaith Harmony expert, Saeed Khan Felahi has been nominated to be awarded in the category, “Pan-African Humanitarian Friend of Africa Award on Peace Advocacy and Global Impact.”
The activist is the first Indian to be designated for this prestigious award. The November 2017 edition of the summit/awards is the third to observe.
Saeed is an international peace and interfaith harmony expert with a specialty in human rights and public advocacy with over 25 years of experience.
He has been managing civil society and public programs with multidisciplinary organizations such as Amnesty International, UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, UN Water, WSSCC, Control Arms.
He would receive this award at the “Pan African Humanitarian Friend of Africa Award on Peace Advocacy and Global Impact,” summit scheduled to place in Tanzania on November 18 & 19, this year.
The Pan African Humanitarian Summit/Awards is an annual event envisioned to spot and give proper recognition through the conferment of awards of excellence and distinction to individuals and organizations who have distinguished themselves as luminous examples for societies.
In the conferment letter www.newsafrikaonline.com chanced on, the award organizers wrote, “this award category is for the bravest and most daring as well as the most strategically sound and forward-looking friend of Africa with measurable achievements in humanitarian practices, peace advocacy and socio-economic development in Africa.”
The humanitarian summit which is under the theme, ‘Peace is Possible’ will draw the participation of 200 highly recognized leaders, governments, business and humanity from 25 African countries and 3 other non African countries.
They shall also highlight on the barriers to peace in Africa and device holistic and multi-dimensional approach to sustainable peace and development on the continent.
Saeed Khan Falahi told News Afrika Online’s Ampem Gyeke-Darko he was overwhelmed and feels honored to be the first Indian to be nominated for this prestigious award.
In previous related events, Saeed was honored by the King of Jordan in 2014, he was also an awardee of King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Award, and took the second prize. He was the first Indian social activist to receive that prestigious award.
As a reminder, several famous personalities have already received this award. In this case, former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and John Kufuor of Ghana; the former President of ECOWAS, Kadre Désiré Ouédraogo; the President of the Women’s Network in Parliament; and the youngest Member of Parliament for Cape Verde, Grace Sanches.
Princess Sikhanyiso of Swaziland and Ambassador Béatrice Ndung’u, founder of Kenya’s first online radio, also had the honor of receiving the prestigious award.