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NAJEE’S NOTES: A chance to meet African royalty

When I first talked to Greg Johnson, marketing director of KJLH Radio this week, I was swamped with work as usual but when one of the most influential black leaders in the city calls you it’s a phone call you take and make time for. I’m glad I did.

He informed me that an African king would make his way to South L.A. this week. I have never met a king in my life, from Africa or anywhere else. So, I paid close attention and accepted the invitation immediately to attend the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards, which will honor American and African community leaders, international political figures, dignitaries and celebrities.

The award show takes place at the Alex Theater in Glendale Nov. 18 to recognize pioneers in the movies, music and comedy categories.

The Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards will celebrate outstanding achievements of artists from various entertainment genres with the vision to continuously blend the richness of African cultures and the beauty of America to promote peace.

This year the honorees include: His Imperial Majesty the Ooni of Ife Alayeluwa Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi-OjajaII (Hollywood and African Prestigious Leadership Award), King Mswati III of Swaziland and head of the Swazi Royal Family, King Noble Odaifio Welentsi III of Ghana, Chief Osabarima Nana Ansah Sasraku III Mamfehene and Kyidomhene of Akuapem Traditional area of Ghana, Eddie Murphy’s cast of “Coming to America,” former WBA heavyweight champion Gerrie Goetzee , John Tallichet, Vitalis Ndubuisis, Lionel C.Martin, Collins Archie Pearce, Dr. Olusola Oyemade, among others.

Alongside the honorees are confirmed presenters such as Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamin, Princess Sibahle Dlamin, Tchidi Chikere, Reginald T. Dorsey, Rotimi Akinosho, Majid Michel, Michael Adegoke and Dulo Folarin Harris.

This year’s message, tagged “The Eradication of Negative Images Associated with Africa and the Forgotten History,” will be delivered by Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, OjajaII.

The founder and Executive Producer of Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards, Tina Weisinger said, “The event stands to bridge the gap between Africa and the rest of the world. HAP Awards will blend several rich cultures from the motherland by honoring kings, queens, dignitaries, celebrities, international figures and community leaders from all facets of the motion pictures, arts, sports and the music genre. By creating this platform, our goal is to give our well-deserved honorees the acknowledgment and appreciation they deserve while spreading positive messages of peace around the world.

“In addition, it is a rare occasion to not only see kings and queens and major leaders from Africa. The HAP Awards will introduce the positive images often crutched by negative stereotype and false movie portrayals.”

The I Dream 4 All Foundation puts together a one-week celebration for the foremost monarch of the black race — the ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (OjajaII). The events include a celebrity Painting of the Ooni of Ife by the legendary artist and king of cryptorealism P\aintings Davood Roostaei, Business Round Table with the Hollywood Royalty, Education Seminar and Workshop for students with the State of California, Yoruba Indigenous Day with the African Community and a Special Session at the West Angeles Church in Los Angeles.

The Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards honor recipients who globally promote the cultures of Africa and Hollywood and celebrate outstanding achievements by African and Hollywood celebrities, musicians, comedians, sports personalities, community leaders and dignitaries.

The awards provide a platform for talented Africans to connect with the Hollywood Entertainment Industry and proceeds of this year’s event will be contributed to assist the Ife-Ife Community in West Africa, A Hat Is Not Enough, The Streets Are Not The Way Educational Project and Victims of The Hurricane Disasters in the United States.

I was hesitant initially to attend this event. I had never heard of these African kings and African royalty.

But after doing a search on Google, I realized that this is indeed African royalty who are in our city. My ancestors are from somewhere in Africa. So I’m looking forward to meeting African royalty and hopefully setting up relationships with them to so we can build bridges with our African brothers and sisters.

Thanks again Greg J. for the invite and your leadership. See you at the awards show.

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