African sports personalities awarded for outstanding contributions

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The African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) will today honour the African footballers who have contributed immensely to the development of the sports and the communities in Africa. The event is said to emphasize, support and promote what footballers and what they have done for African development.

It is no secret that African footballers send a lot of money back home; support entire communities and make investments in peace building, health, education and the environment. George Weah, Nwankwo Kanu and Didier Drogba, are especially famous, amongst other African football elites, for their humanitarian activities.

The categories of the Awards according to the BBC are as follow;

Peace Award: best efforts in peace building and reconciliation

Health Award: best or most innovative health or rehabilitation project

Youth Award: quality and innovation in youth development and advancement

People’s Choice Award: as voted for by the general public

Green Award: best and most innovative environmentally sustainable project

Education Award: highest impact or most pioneering educational project

Foundation Award: best and most innovative football foundation

Diversity Award: greatest contribution to the promotion of diversity

Mentoring Award: commitment to cultivating and nurturing African talent

Enterprise Award: most exciting business investment or project in Africa

Partnership Award: international individual or organisation contributing to African development through football

Lifetime Achievement Award: recognition of an individual’s legacy of outstanding contribution to African development and football

Among the judging panel for the awards is former France World Cup-winning skipper Marcel Desailly, of Ghanaian descent.

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