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John Legend honored at the Africare Gala in Washington D.C.

So I am in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. for a couple of events! First was The Africare Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner held at the Hilton Washington Hotel.

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John Legend at the Africare VIP reception

Of course I was thrilled that I would be meeting and dining with Who’s Who’s of Africans in the diaspora and celebrating six-time Grammy winning singer, John Legend & his Show Me work in Africa. And what a night it was!

Just in case you are wondering, “what has John Legend done for Africa?”….check this out!

What is so inspiring about the Show Me Campaign is that, in partnership with the Millennium Promise is working with the western Tanzanian village of Mbola, to empower more than 30,000 people with sustainable solutions to end extreme poverty.

John’s organization is helping folks in the Tanzanian village of Mbola to secure safe water points, improve agricultural techniques, build local medical clinics, provide free meals for school children, prevent malaria with insecticide treated bed nets as well as provide anti-retroviral drugs for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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John Legend at his dinner table

So more than 2,000 international, government and corporate leaders gather in Washington, DC, for what has become the largest annual event for Africa in the United States.

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With Busila Bokolo, Executive Director of The Spain – U.S Chamber of Commerce.

At the dinner were Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson; Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Acting Administrator COO and Executive Secretary of USAID, Alonzo Fulgam; former editor-in chief of Essence Magazine, Susan Taylor; and Beninese Grammy Award-winning singer Angelique Kidjo…

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John Legend with Dorothy Height

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Rocking with Angelique Kidjo

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Julius Coles [President of Africare], John Legend & Frank Fountain [Board Chairman of Africare]

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Darius Mans, incoming President of Africare

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With my Liberian peeps, super-duper Publicist, ElJay Shields [PR for designer Korto Momolu]

Kudos to John for his work in Africa!

Photo: Tony Brown & Michael James

farai – who has written posts on Farai Today.

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  • Bisila Bokoko

    Love your blog Farai, amazing job!!! It was so great to see you at the AFRICARE Gala Dinner!!!

  • Saran

    great photos. i heart john :-)

  • farai

    Hi Bisila,

    It was lovely to meet you too! You were amazing in your gown! Look forward to continued communication with you! Let me know also how I can be involved/help with what you do!


  • farai

    Hi Saran,

    Thanks doll, it was great to see you and share at table with you at the Africare gala! Cannot wait for the FaceAfrica Gala coming up in 2010!

    Yes, John Legend is amazing!