In support of the International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by United Nation’s General Assembly resolution 68/237, to be observed from 2015 to 2024, the Most Influential People of African Descent MIPAD will on March 25, 2017, officially launch the MIPAD initiative and unveiling of the global list of MIPAD honorees tagged, “MIPAD 100 under 40” in Lagos.
The event which will coincide with the UN commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade will feature special guest speakers that include Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, alongside UN officials in Nigeria. Also, the Awards Dinner in honor of the participants, ‘MIPAD Class of 2017’ is slated to hold on the September 26, 2017 in New York City after the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly. Barrack Obama, former U.S. President and António Guterres, current UN Secretary-General, are expected to be invited as keynote speakers. MIPAD is a civil society initiative that identifies and ranks high achievers of African descent in public and private sectors from all around the world as a progressive network of relevant actors to join together in the spirit of recognition, justice and development of Africa, its people on the continent and across its Diaspora.