Irish-based Malawian artist Pop Dogg has won the African Leadership Excellence Award. The award is given to excellent individual performers and organisations that have contributed immensely to the development of Ireland and the African continent.
Doggâ€™s real name is Ibrahim Hadji.
The event took place at Pavilion Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin on September 8, 2012.
The award was organised by Royal Power Media Limited to demonstrate that Africans are capable of excellence by always celebrating the very best African events and brightest African people.
Cathal King, mayor of South Dublin City Council, Kenyan Ambassador to Ireland Catherine Muigai Mwangi, her Nigerian counterpart Felix Yussuf Pwol, Benedict Amobi, Nigerian Ambassador to Stockholm, Sweden were some of the guest of honours at the ceremony.
â€œIt is a huge achievement and a great honour to receive such a prominent award.
â€œNo other Malawian artist has received or been honoured with an award of this calibre outside our country, it is history in the making and thereâ€™s more to come,â€ said Pop Dogg in an interview.
Pop Dogg has made big waves in Ireland musically due to his involvement in fund-raising events in aid of Agape Orphanage Care Centre in Lilongwe and Likulezi HIV and Aids project in Phalombe.
Last year, he scooped two medals at the Ireland African Music Awards.