AFSAAP and one of its former Vice-Presidents have been recognised at the annual “Celebrate African Australians” awards at Parliament House, Canberra. The ceremony aims to highlight the contributions of African Australians to the broader community. AFSAAP received the ‘Friend of Africa’ award, intended to “showcase Australian organisations, businesses and individuals providing wonderful services and assistance to African Australians.” Dr Alec Thornton, current Vice-President of AFSAAP, received the award on behalf of the organisation from SBS news presenter Kathy Novak.
The awards also recognised the personal contribution of former AFSAAP Vice-President Apollo Nsubuga-Kyobe, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame. This follows the “Living Legends Award” that Apollo received from the same organisation in 2012. His contribution was recognised by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, who presented him with his award.