Ambassador Thomas Kwaka also known as Big Ted has been recognized for his extraordinary contribution to the growth of the creative economy in Kenya and the diaspora.
He received the prize during the Diaspora One Voice Consortium (OVC) Investor’s Expo in the United States, which took place over three days from May 5th to 7th. The Expo which drew more than 120 patricipants, featured exhibitors, panel discussions, and presentations by major players such as academics, Kenyan MPs, senators, investors, and company owners.
Several organizations and individuals were honored during the event for their major contributions to the Kenyan and East African diaspora in a variety of sectors. Among the award winners was the World Bank, which was named Best International Agency for its African development efforts, particularly its dedication to future generations. Waya Pay, a fintech firm dedicated to remove banking barriers for immigrants worldwide, was named Best Fintech and Digital Economy. Mumbi Baskin, the outstanding businesswoman behind numerous Dallas restaurants, received the Women in Entrepreneurship award.
Dr. Robert Chiuri, President of Diaspora OVC, expressed his appreciation for the event, emphasizing its value as a venue for information sharing and collaboration within the diaspora community.
“The Diaspora Investors Expo has proven to be an invaluable platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration among the diaspora community. We are proud of the outcomes and look forward to more opportunities to bring together such exceptional minds,” Chiuri said.
The OVC will keep doing important work in the future to advance harmony and advancement among communities of Africans in the diaspora.