A Celebration of African Art, Fashion and Music
$30,000 Raised for Global Educational Fellowships
The Malaika Foundation and the College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska, UNL, celebrated a successful Gala to Support Global Education, September 27th, 2013 with 500 guests attending. The 2013 Malaika Award for Global Education was awarded to Mr. J. Joe Ricketts, Founder, CEO and Benefactor of Opportunity Education that provides educational supplies to 1,200 schools in 11 countries in Africa and Asia. Fifteen hundred teachers and one half million children have benefitted. Special guests included the First Lady of the United Republic of Tanzania, Mrs. Salwa Kikwete and the Tanzanian Ambassador to the United States, Liberata Mulamula.
Students in the College of Education and Human Sciences, CEHS, University of Nebraska were assigned key responsibilities for the Gala. CEHS students in the Nutrition and Health Sciences Department served seven authentic African foods and students in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design modeled impressive African inspired dresses — one has already received a national award. Charles Ahovissi and the African Culture Connection welcomed the guests with traditional dancing and drumming. Ronnie Woodward and Russ Moravec, world classs Nebraska livestock auctioneers, managed the sales of African art—a total of 50 items, including paintings, carvings and costumes donated by Dr. Natalie Hahn, founder of the Malaika Foundation. The $30,000 proceeds will finance global educational fellowships for undergraduates in the College of Education and Human Sciences, UNL.