Events, Woman of the Month

‘Ladybrille Woman’ Alumni Gelila Bekele, Nana Keita and Busie Matsiko-Andan Show Full Support With Attendance at Saran Kaba Jones’ 3rd Annual Face Africa Gala

Where there is a gathering of beautiful, intelligent and driven women, you are sure to find a Ladybrille woman in that mix. On March 22nd, 2012, not one but three ‘Ladybrille Woman’ almuni showed up, in full force, to support a fellow Ladybrille woman, Saran Kaba Jones, at Kaba Jones’ annual Face Africa Event! All ladies looked gorgeous at the successful event.  Enjoy pictures courtesy of Face Africa and Busie Matsiko-Andan.

Revisit our interviews with our brilliant women below:

-Uduak Oduok

Read the press release from Face Africa:

NEW YORK, NY – FACE Africa, the clean water and women’s empowerment non-profit held it’s 3rd Annual Gala at the St. Regis New York on Thursday, March 22nd. The event was a tremendous success serving as FACE Africa’s largest fund-raiser thus far, raising close to $150,000 for clean water projects in Liberia. “We were delighted and honored to have had fantastic support this year from our amazing sponsors and attendees,” says Saran Kaba Jones, FACE Africa’s Founder and Executive Director.

The Gala got of to an auspicious start with a cocktail reception and contemporary art auction featuring notables like Ashley Bush, Oluchi and Luca Orlandi, Claudia Chan, Stephen Byrd and Heidi Albertsen. The evening continued with dinner and program hosted by the spirited and committed entertainment journalist Quddus who started a special auction to build wells by donating $10,000. Honoree Lisa Lovatt-Smith, founder of OrphanAid Africa who transformed her life from Vogue editor, author and style expert to tireless advocate tackling the Ghanaian orphan crisis echoed the theme of the evening stating “Give them water and give them love and we will be just fine” in a heartfelt and moving speech.

This year’s Gala serves as the jumpstart to FACE Africa’s County by County initiative to fund clean water and women empowerment programs in every Liberian county beginning with Rivercess, one of Liberia’s most urgently underdeveloped counties.

March 22 was World Water Day and the perfect time to reflect FACE Africa’s success, build on the promise of Thirsty for a Change and uphold the organization’s commitment to Liberia’s future. The night would not have been possible without generous sponsors like Chevron, Kenneth Jay Lane, Proctor and Gamble, Voss Water, Uber, and Eaton Vance Investment Managers.

The enchanted evening concluded with a post-Gala after party featuring DJ Jamie Biden at New York Meatpacking District hotspot SL.

L-R: Top Model Gelila Bekele and Supermodel Nana Keita

L-R: Busie Matsiko-Andan with Carl Nelson, Founder ‘Drums Along the Hudson,’ a Native American Annual Festival in NYC attracting over 10,000 people each year.

L-R: Supermodel Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi, Luca Orlandi, Saran Kaba Jones

Honoree Lisa Lovatt-Smith, Former Vogue Editor and Founder of Orphan Aid Africa

Host Quddus (Entertainment Journalist) with Honoree Lisa Lovatt-Smith


Ladybrille Woman

A running feature for 12 years on, The ‘Ladybrille Woman of the Month’ celebrates women in business and leadership, who empower themselves and others through their contributions and actions in their local and international communities. In 2014, the feature expanded to include a podcast show. If you would like to nominate a woman to be celebrated, please email [email protected].

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