By Amin Kef
Someone once asked the question why is it that Ambassador Anthony Navo Jr frequently keeps winning prestigious awards, to which an appropriate answer was given, “he is indeed worthy of bagging them for the simple fact that the dynamic and pragmatic young and enterprising Sierra Leonean continues to passionately and meaningfully contribute to national development, empowering young people, rebranding the country and is above all a living testimony of a successful, innovative entrepreneur who had and continues to positively impact lives.”
This time around the Advisory Board of the African Achievers Awards has proudly intimated Ambassador Anthony Navo Jrn that he has been nominated as a distinguished recipient of the 11th Edition of the African Achievers Award as ‘‘Africa Media Entrepreneur of the Year’’, for his outstanding contribution to the Media Entrepreneurial space in Sierra Leone in particular and Africa in general and outstanding innovative stride towards the promotion of the African Common Agenda.
The result-oriented Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire received an invitation from the organizers as a Special Guest at the 2021 African Achievers Awards Reception scheduled to hold at the Kensington Palace, England, on the 9th and 10th December, 2021; (International Summit and Award reception respectively) where he will be formally presented with a most distinguished honour.
Indisputably, the name Junior Navo, as he is popularly called, is a household name in this country. He is the Founder and Chairman of the African Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire which comprises radio and television stations as well as a newspaper. Through his investments, Ambassador Navo has offered jobs to many young people in and out of the country. Just recently, arrangements were finalized for AYV to be linked to DStv on Channel 399 and as at now its programmes on that channel could be watched in all African countries, with the exception of Nigeria and Ghana which will soon be onboard.
Ambassador Navo is also a renowned member of the All Walks of Life (AWOL) , considered to be one of the elitist social clubs in the country. The organization, over the years, through its annual award events had recognized and honour distinguished personalities and outstanding institutions for accomplishing certain feats in life and impacting society positively. AWOL has also been involved in humanitarian work by extending philanthropic gestures to deserving individuals, institutions and deepening national development.
It must be noted that the African Achievers Awards is one of Africa’s most prestigious awarding bodies which honours great African Achievers- including African Leaders, Young Achievers, Community Builders to Captains of Industries- whose works have had a meaningful impact on building the Africa of our dream. The theme for this year’s ceremony is; ‘‘Mobilizing Diaspora Investment for a diversified African Economy’’.
The Awards ceremony over the years has been established as one of the biggest gatherings of influential and global African Achievers on the continent and has been rated by Forbes Magazine as one of the most prestigious award Ceremonies on the African continent.
Some of the notable individuals and organizations that have been honored at the prestigious Awards Ceremony include Arch. Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (Former African Union Chairperson), H.E. Jakaya Kikwete (former President of the Republic of Tanzania), Dr Josephine Ojiambo (Deputy Secretary-General of Commonwealth), Dr. Margaret Blick Kigozi (University Chancellor and Sports Woman who is currently working as a Consultant at United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). She formerly served as the Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority among others.
This will be the 11th Edition of the African Achievers Award and will be held at the Kensington Palace, England, on the 9th and 10th December 2021 where Ambassador Anthony Navo Jrn will be formally presented with one of the most distinguished awards in modern times.
In a snap chat with Ambassador Navo, he said he is extremely elated more especially as well meaning individuals are recognizing the good things he has done and continues to do. “I am going to dedicate this award to the country because it is not only a win for me but for the whole country,” he ended by saying.