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MRS. RITA MARLEY RECEIVES ACA LIVING LEGEND AWARD IN MALAWI

On 12/1/2012  /   Under LIFESTYLE  /   By

(Lilongwe, Malawi)- Mrs. Rita Marley, singer, Pan Africanist and wife of reggae legend Bob Marley received the African International Media Summit (AIMS) Living Legends Award with President of Malawi, Her Excellency President Joyce Banda in Malawi over the weekend. The African Communications Agency (ACA) hosted AIMS for the 7th year from November 17th to 18th 2012 at the Presidents International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi.  This year’s theme was I AM AFRICAN, and Mrs. Marley got applause from the audience when she started her acceptance speech with the African Union mantra “I am African, I am the African Union”. 
The two day African Union endorsed event gathered media professionals, entrepreneurs, government officials, individuals and organisations from Africa and the Diaspora for a significant discussion about re-branding the image of Africa. Both local and major media stakeholders such as CNN, Reuters and Associated Press (AP) along with leading journalists, participated in the annual conference; discussing their roles and responsibilities in promoting a positive image of the Continent. The ACA sponsored Summit also received recognition and support from the Government of Malawi and the Diaspora Africa Forum (DAF).  Representatives from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, United States, Jamaica and Kenya attended.
Mrs. Marley, was reportedly honoured to receive the award and to be in the midst of so many likeminded people committed to promoting a positive image of Africa. In an interview with ACA, she quoted her husband’s song Africa Unite saying, “How good and how pleasant it would be to see the unification of all Africans”. She further said, “…when we Africans see ourselves in a positive light doing positive things it helps our sense of pride and unity…it is Africa’s time to shine.” Ambassador Erieka Bennett, founder of ACA said, “This was truly an honor and a treat for us all…we were inspired and blessed by the presence and warm words of both H.E. Joyce Banda and Mrs. Marley.”
With her Joyce Banda Foundation staff standing next to her, President Joyce Banda said “I accept this award on behalf of all rural men and women of Malawi.”  She went on to highlight the foundation’s work which has helped developed 110,000 women entrepreneurs, supporting 2,300 students in secondary schools and running 30 orphan care centers. 
On her way back to Ethiopia to continue work for the Bob Marley and Rita Marley Foundations, Mrs. Marley said this was her first visit to Malawi and smiled saying “I will return.”
ACA was created in 1997 by Dr. Bamanga Tukur and H.E. Dr. Erieka Bennett and was the first African advertising partner of CNN in Africa. The AIMS conference was created in 2006 and held in Ghana, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa, as part of their ongoing effort to ensure that Africa is portrayed in a positive light throughout mainstream media. For more information please visit the website, www.ACAPUBLISHING.com/aims  or call 233-302780218.

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