AU honours Joyce Banda, other accomplished African women

The African Union/Diaspora African Forum (AU/DAF), in collaboration with the Republic of South Africa, African Union Commission and NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency on Friday, June 12, 2015, hosted an awards banquet in line with the 25th African Union Summit Theme for 2015: “Year of Women Empowerment and Development Towards Africa’s Agenda 2063.”

JB congratulates Winnie Mandela after receiving her Award

JB congratulates Winnie Mandela after receiving her Award

JB receives her Living Legend Award from South Africa's Minister International Relations... nd Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

JB receives her Living Legend Award from South Africa’s Minister International Relations… nd Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

JB and Graca Machel pose for a photograph before a swam of photojournalists

JB and Graca Machel pose for a photograph before a swam of photojournalists

JB was joined by her husband, retired Chief Justice Richard Banda

JB was joined by her husband, retired Chief Justice Richard Banda

The event, which was televised and live-streamed globally, was co-chaired by South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Mashabane and the Ambassador and Dr. Erieka Bennett.

The African Women of Excellence Award Ceremony and Dinner was held during the on-going 25th Ordinary Session of African Union Heads of States and Government at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton City, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.

According to Dr. Erieka Bennett, Head of Mission (AU) Diaspora African Forum Committee, the Award was conceived as a platform to recognize women of Africa and African descent who have contributed to the struggle for political, social and economic independence at various levels of engagement with excellence.

The presentation categories were ‘The Living Legends Award’ in recognition of the elders who have paved the way and ‘The Women of Excellence Award’.

Recipients of the ‘The Living Legends Award’ were Nigerian business magnet Dorothy Anyiam-Osigwe, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia and the first female Head of State on the continent, Joyce Banda, former President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, current AU Chairperson and Winnie Mandela, South African anti-apartheid heroine and wife of former President of South Africa, late Nelson Mandela.

Recipients of ‘Women of Excellence Award’ were Saida Agrebi of Tunisia, Nardos Bekele-Thomas of Ethiopia, Dr. Arikana Chihombori of Zimbabwe, Graca Machel of Mozambique, Justice Victoria Okobi of Nigeria, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings of Ghana, Sama Salifu of Ghana and Dr. Julieti Tuakli of Ghana.

In her acceptance speech, Malawi’s former President Banda thanked the organizers of the event for ‘recognizing’ her, observing that sometimes people selflessly work towards improving other people’s livelihoods without knowing that other people are noticing.

Said Banda: “I have learnt through my own experience that women and girls and the underprivileged need our support and encouragement if they are to break free from bonds of poverty and abuse”.

She added: “Women need economic empowerment while the girl child needs education. If a woman cannot support her family economically, children tend to drop out of school early. When a girl drops out of school, they end up in early marriage and most often die from pregnancy related complications because they are still young when they conceive.”

Former Malawi leader Banda said there is still a lot more to be done to change women’s livelihoods and she was committed to continue making her contribution towards ensuring that the marginalized of the society, especially women and children, have access to opportunities that would help them achieve their full potential in life.

Said Banda: “I will work: I will work; and work until the work is done.”

In her speech, Liberian Sirleaf said there will be more women Presidents in Africa in the next years, saying “Joyce Banda and I are not the end of the journey”.

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43 thoughts on “AU honours Joyce Banda, other accomplished African women”

  1. shaaaa! says:

    azibambo a DPP kulephera kumugwira Namaloko kuti afotokoze bwino za cashgate,mayi uyu akudziwiratu kuti inayamba ndi DIPHIPHI komanso mukuopa kuyalutsidwa.mukudziwanaaa!!!

  2. jimbo says:

    I thought JB was going back home to Malawi at the end of May. We are now half way through June and still no sight of her on the streets of Lilongwe. Who is footing the bill for her foreign tours and hotel stays since she left the Malawi after the 2014 elections? If she is using her own finances, she must be a very wealthy woman indeed. All these accolades that she is receiving here there and everywhere are actually meaningless and of no value whatsoever. I she hiding from something I wonder? Perhaps she is afraid to come back home to stand up for the women in her own country face to face. Something is definitely not right about these foreign travels and the prolonged absence of JB from her ‘beloved Malawi’.

  3. PA MALAWI says:

    We miss u mama come to rescue us,we are in exotic exile.

  4. KARU UNITED says:

    Haunted lady,those showering her with the so called awards are circles of her friends.In Malawi we at times applaud mediocrity,in the US,one is recognised as the 43rd or 44th president,if directly voted into office,not by marely completing other people’s terms,that’s why we hear very little of Gerlad Ford.

  5. JObo says:


  6. Mwala umene amisili omanga anukana unasanduka wapangodya

  7. City shooter says:

    Bingu or no Bingu, JB stands as she is and will alwez be remembered by pipoh without jealousy. Pipoh who dont politicise everything in lyf. JB is not just a politician like u’re so called leaders but she’s an activist and thats what her unique from the rest..Its for this reason that when we fail to recognise the great things our fellow Malawian did, still the world is able to do so, hence such awards. Do the job some eyes will see. Bravo! Bravo Mama!

  8. warder wamkulu says:

    Chilundu mwakolekap pa phewa munabera kwa mayi sirleaf jonhnson ngati simukafunda Ku Maula ndi mwayi.Maunyolo abisiratu pa KIA.

  9. BigMan says:

    While the other three winners went home after collecting their award, abiti Mtila stayed in exile fearing arrest for cashgate crimes and common theft.

  10. Vincent Kammanya says:

    Peter Chisi you must be young as indicated by your comment. JB legancy has been there before she came into frontline politics in 2003. Check!!!!!

  11. Ndepele says:

    Yanganani khongo kutali chifukwa simuzikonda izi a dpp JOYCE BANDA IS GREAT LOVELY MAMA.

  12. Peter Chisi says:

    This is interesting the fact is Late Bingu Mutharika MHSRP felt necessary to uplift a woman in the name of JB in promoting women in Malawi which even in Late Kamuzu MHSRP did not they called Mbumba za Kamuzu end of story…Globally people are able to see JB because of the desicion which late Bingu did ……..Which inonicaly people on 20 May 2014 rejected at the General Election truth has to be told ……JB did not live to its billing as a President which i believe other woman are capable of will do in future…….Late Bingu legacy lives on and on

  13. gift luciuos says:

    Bravo mrs, jb we miss you.

  14. mussa says:

    I just like this lady she’s exceptional. All the best in life Joyce.

  15. nthandalanda says:

    Nanga mfuna umboni wanji? Mama, You Will rule forever. Love You mama. Good luck, mama!

  16. angoni says:

    Congratulations. On the other hand we need you back home. Atcheya anamangidwa. Gape alipoyu anamangidwa. Nanu mudzamangidwa. Koma upezeni mtima

  17. Nalimata says:

    Congratulations! She is really good at this level. A gender and NGO icon. But she is not material enough for presidency. That’s why we (all Malawians) booted her out as she was wasting our time big time. Imagine every single presidential decision was being dictated from the west during her time. Oooo what a pupet she is.

  18. Namaloko says:

    It sounds nice to award the best cashgater of the century. Indeed she is a living legend of the cashgaters. Keep on showering her with honours and awards so that she can forget a littlle bit about the cashgate, jetgate, maizegate, oilgate, ng’ombegate, mphwiyogate,nacgate, lockgate, mdfgate,……………………..gate.
    We are preparing to honour her with a Gate award when she comes back home.
    Zabwino zonse Abiti Namaloko. Another award is waiting for you here at home.

  19. Matey U .Mopiiya says:

    Congratulations Mai Joyce Banda ,Did Petrer Arthur Mutharika ,First lady ,Minister of foreign affairs George Chaponda attend the ceremony?and why didn’t MBCtv feature the article,
    Politics aside these are things which puts Malawi on the map and DPP government should have publicized this occasion.
    Once again Bravo JB.

  20. Sibusiso Mugemezulu says:

    prison waiting for you.

  21. Congratulation mai joyce banda mwaaaaaah

  22. NYAU says:

    Kuno Ndiye Chibisaliro Chinamunjelera Moti Safuna Kubwera

  23. But it’s not in the news here RSA, the news here is Angelina Jollie so what Nyasa Times. Nyasa Times get over it Joyce Banda will never be the president again.

  24. These are leaders Malawians rejects because of nepotism system of Voting. Shame on us.

  25. point of order says:

    Is Joice Banda being honoured for her role as a former leader for Malawi or is it because of Joyce Banda foundation? As far as am concerned she failed miserably as a leader. Clueless. She is on the run chifukwa cha cashgate. I wonder whether these awards are objective

  26. Big brain says:

    Adzibwela pls why is she running away

  27. viyazi tembo says:


  28. Zomera says:

    Congratulations…We are proud of you Mama

  29. thinktankmalawi says:

    You apply for those awards…don’t be fooled. ….award of shame or what?

  30. bob says:

    Kodi nduna ija yaphokoso kwambili yokonda kuombera manja ndi kuvinila a President siyikomoka ikaona kuti

  31. Kadakwiza says:

    Joyce Banda is the best

  32. nambewe says:

    Congrats amayi no weapon fashioned against u shall prosper. Aja anakubelani mavoti they have started fighting against each other athu otembeleledwa. You shall aways be my leader osati zinazi. Love you amayi

  33. arkmm says:

    this is about women not politicians. women love accolades, some very useless. zapamtondo Izi shouldn’t be taken seriously but serious minds. I don’t believe some one I’m this world could call Joyce Banda a “living legend”, like seriously??? ok, I will agree if it continues like “living legend of mediocrity”.

  34. Mulukunuwa maluku says:

    Bravo jb proud malawian

  35. opportunist says:

    JB for life .I love u mama.

  36. Jozza says:

    Bwanji nanga achina Kaliati ndi azawo aphokosowa sakuwadziwa kunjako.

  37. pasimaro says:

    Une kumva kukoma! Mai xodala JB

  38. Congrats amayi!!!

  39. Malawiano says:

    ena choncho mtima kuwawa…….koma mumva m’bebe….JB FOR LIFE

  40. Gift Kayipa says:

    Zabwino izi

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