2016 Africa Day Gala
We went to the 2016 African Ambassadors Group Africa Day Annual Gala at the J. W. Marriott Hotel.
We snapped Rev. Jesse Jackson with the gala's keynote speaker, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art director Johnnetta Betsch Cole.
An African arts exhibition and information booths for each country were on display during the open bar cocktail reception. Here, gala emcees FOX 5 anchor Maureen Umeh and Voice of America Africa 54 anchor Vincent Makori with The African Sun Times correspondent Adam Ouologuem.
Gala co-chairs Ambassador of the Republic of Niger H.E. Hassana Alidou and Ambassador of the Republic of Benin H.E. Omar Arouna.
Bijoot founder and CEO Christelle Gorma with VOA's Mariama Diallo.
During the dinner program, guests enjoyed a comedy performance by Anna Mwalagho and music by Djomion and The Uklos of Benin.