The Surinamese delegation in colorful Koto's in front of the UN building in NY, ready for the Gala Dinner and the Award Ceremony
Last week, at the invitation of Liesbeth Venetiaan, former First Lady of Suriname, I had the privilege of presenting my company at the United Nations for the Voices of African Mothers. VAM is a women empowerment NGO that strives to make women the future leaders needed not only in Africa but around the world. As nominee for the VAM award for women's development, Mrs. Venetian was in New York to receive it.
Mrs. Venetiaan's work as First Lady has not gone unnoticed by Nana-Fosu Randall, the founder of VAM. Following the example of the former First Lady, Nana founded "Girls in Crises", an organization that currently provides shelter, support and education for 1000 girls in Ghana.
As a Social Entrepreneur, I mentioned during the business forum that the ultimate goal of my company is healthier hair for Black women throughout the Diaspora. The Marron challenge from America's Next Natural Model, where I sponsored Johanna Huur who makes Pangi's, I highlighted as an example of how we small female entrepreneurs can support each other. After a thunderous applause I was almost tempted to miss my shoes, but the fact that I was in the company of nine First Ladies allowed me to remain modest.
During the gala dinner we not only had a delicious meal, I gazed at the splendor of the African robes of the First Ladies. The highlight was when our Surinamese First Lady was praised and her award was presented. Spontaneously the small but very pleasant delegation dressed in the most colorful Koto's started to sing. That was beautiful. I am definitely a colorful experience richer. More photos from the evening: Gala Award Dinner