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2018 Amref ArtBall with Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys honoring Toyin Ojih Odutola

The 2018 Amref Health Africa ArtBall is just around the corner. Taking place on Saturday, April 28th at design space A/D/O in Brooklyn, New York, ArtBall 2018 will honor artist Toyin Ojih Odutola with Amref Health Africa Rees Visionary Award, to be presented by Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. The Rees Visionary Award, named after Amref’s late founder, surgeon and artist Dr. Tom Rees, is given to artists bringing forth critical African cultural and transcultural perspectives. Past honorees were Wangechi Mutu and El Anatsui.The evening will also feature music by DJ Cuppy, DJ TUNEZ, djTao, food by Kenyan Chef Ali Pandeyand an open bar sponsored by Yola Mezcal, Hendrick’s Gin, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Tusker Lager, andinteractive brand activations that will take guests through a day in the life of an Amref-trainedcommunity healthcare worker in Africa. Artball 2018 will feature the work for over 25+ African artists who have donated works for the Artsypowered online art auction (which will be live April 14-28. stay tuned)

For the past 3 years I’ve been honored to be on the committee for the Amref Health Africa ArtBall, it is a swinging party , but more importantly its a fundraiser to support Amref’s critical, community-driven healthcare initiatives across Sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently I spent an evening with Nice Leng’ete, Amref Health Africa FGM Program Manager and Global Anti-FGM Ambassador, who is an incredibly inspiring Maasai woman who along with Amref helped create this world renowned program to save girls from Female Genital Mutilation after she narrowly escaped it herself. We also saw a screening of My Body, My Life, a short film which follows Abigail, a young Maasai girl in Kenya as she and her friends undergo Alternative Rites of Passage – a coming-of-age ceremony developed by Amref Health Africa to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation while still including Maasai traditions as part of a girl’s transition into womanhood.  This “party” is a fun time, but also supports Nice and Amref to continue their important work.


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