Mpule Kwelagobe, First African Miss Universe, to Host F.A.C.E List Awards!

The inaugural Fascinating Africans Committed to Excellence (F.A.C.E. List) Awards is shaping up to be one of the events of 2011 you do not want to miss. Event organizers add to the already exciting lineup events and African stars, the first African Miss Universe, Mpule Kwelagobe. Kwelagobe will be hosting the event which will honor outstanding Africans who are committed to being proper ambassadors to the continent of Africa through their work. The event takes place on March 26th 2011 at the Broad Street Ballroom in New York City; and you really should get a ticket if you will be in New York and check the event out.

Kwelagobe is a New York City based television host and media personality. She has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CNN, hosted the Aloha Hawaii Parade on CBS, Back-to-Back Music Videos on VH-1, and served as a correspondent for a CNN International special on HIV/AIDS.

In 1999, she became the first woman to represent Botswana at the Miss Universe pageant, and she won, becoming the first black African woman to win an international pageant. For over a decade Mpule has served as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. In this capacity, she has addressed members of the United States Congress, the United
Nations World Youth Summit, the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Least Developed Countries Conference, and twice hosted the official United Nations World AIDS day event.

A compelling Masters of Ceremonies and highly sought after speaker, Mpule has moderated during the congressional Black Caucus; over the past decade, she has also inspired and motivated thousands of students worldwide to pursue their goals through pursuit of higher education, discipline, and hard word.

“I am excited to host the inaugural F.A.C.E List Awards, which is dedicated to honoring Africans committed to excellence in their respective fields, thereby helping restore Africa’s image as a continent of rich history and heritage, cultural diversity and
sustainability, abundant tradition, dance, music, art and accomplishments,” said Mpule Kwelagobe regarding hosting the inaugural event.

This year’s honorees include Angelique Kidjo (Entertainment), Lilian Blankson (BET International), Ngo Okafor (Boxer/Model/Actor), Bisila Bokoko (Executive Director- Spain/U.S. Chambers of Commerce), and Edward Armah (Fashion).

Special Guests of honor include Ghanaian actresses Jackie Appiah and Nadia Buari, singer Awilo Longomba, media personality Lola Ogunnaike, Fifi Soumah, and many more. Performances will be provided by Kaissa and Janelia. The event will be rounded off with a fashion show by African designers Cote Minou and Aya Morrison, and event produced by Adiree.

The event is an exclusive Black Tie and Purple Carpet event. Tickets are ONLY SOLD ONLINE at

Photocredit: Peter Hurley/Flair Magazine

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  1. I.J. says:

    OMG… I remember when Mpule won the Miss Universe contest! It’s so good to see her in the media again. She really represented us well.

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