Ambassador Nomaindya Cathleem Mfeketho making remarks after receiving Star of Africa Award

By Ajong Mbapndah L


On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, South Africa’s Ambassador to Washington DC, Nomaindiya Cathleen Mfeketo, received the Star of Africa Award for her country’s efforts in combatting the COVID -19 pandemic.

The Award was presented to Ambassador Nomaindya Cathleem Mfeketo at a Special Cultural and Business Networking Summit at The Ven at Embassy Row Hotel Washington DC, hosted by the Eurasia Center of America.

Presenting the Award to Ambassador Mfeketo, Ben Bangoura, Director of Uplifting Africa Program, extended a warm welcome and congratulations to the people of South Africa and the country’s envoy whose appointment coincided with the advent of COVID 19 in 2022.

The Coronavirus pandemic brought a profound impact on all countries, causing more than 6.5 million deaths worldwide, disrupting the health and well-being of billions, and negatively impacting the global economy and local livelihoods.

The event had a strong showing from the Washington Diplomatic Corps

“In South Africa, more than one hundred thousand lives have been lost due to COVID-19. So, we accept this Award with great humility. I would also like to recognize all those who worked tirelessly during the height of this pandemic, in particular, health workers who sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of others,” Ambassador Mfeketo said in remarks upon receiving the award.

The South African Envoy also lauded the handwork done by the scientists, the excellent cooperation between the public and private sectors, and leaders in government with special mention for President Cyril Ramaphosa for his stewardship. The Award received will ultimately get to him, Ambassador Mfeketho said.

Indonesia’s DCM Sade Bimantara and Professor Diah Ayu Maharani, DDS, PhD, Popy’s were other awardees of the evening. Both received tribute from Victor Shiblie, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Washington Diplomat, for their respective works.

Speakers at the event included the President and Founder of the Eurasia Center of America Dr. Gerry Jenco who used the occasion to emphasize his organization mission, goals, and future actions.

Attendees, over a hundred from diverse sectors and backgrounds, including diplomats, business executive, students, and the media, enjoyed an art exhibition as a part of the event.

Guests, including Ambassador Campbell of Nicaragua, were treated to an exquisite Art exhibition

Guests were treated to an exquisite Art exhibition

The -Eurasia Center was founded to educate not only the American public but also the world community about the important relationship America has with different parts of the world including the continent of Africa. The organization seeks to enhance America’s awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the European,

Ambassador Mfeketo with Ethiopian American activist Martha Guebreselasie

Asian and African countries in order to build positive relations for world peace, economic progress and development. The ECA newly created Uplifting Africa Program is designed to shed light on the positive steam on the continent considered by many as the last frontier of the development given its dynamic population growth and its immense natural resources.