Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) in collaboration with WarnerMedia News & Sports is set to amplify global black narratives during MIPAD’s annual Recognition Week following the opening of the 76th United Nations General Assembly, Oct 1st – 4th, 2021 in New York City.


“We are thrilled to partner with MIPAD in recognition of the remaining three years of the UN’s proclaimed International Decade of People of African Descent to support the contributions of people of African descent worldwide,” said Johnita Due, SVP and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for WarnerMedia News and Sports, which includes brands such as CNN Original Series and CNN Films, Turner Sports + BleacherReport.


“We’re looking forward to tapping into its network of Black achievers across the world, and are particularly excited to begin the relationship this year when MIPAD is engaged in activities relating to the UN Year of the Creative Economy.”


With the declaration of 2021 as the International Year of Creative Economy by the United Nations, MIPAD’s Recognition Week 2021 will celebrate high achievers of African descent who are using creativity to uplift and change the narratives for people of African descent worldwide.


The 2021 UN Year of Creative Economy puts the ‘orange economy’ front and centre at a time when we need creative solutions for the world’s challenges says Marisa Henderson, Chief of the Creative Economy Programme at UNCTAD, the UN agency serving as the lead to drive the observations of the UN Year of Creative Economy.


“In continuation of our efforts to highlight and showcase the positive contributions made by people of African descent worldwide, RW2021 will feature the release of two global 100 lists – the Creative 100 and the 100 Under 40 lists,” says Kamil Olufowobi, CEO, MIPAD. He went on to explain, “MIPAD’s collaboration with United Nations and a leading global media company like WarnerMedia sets the stage for us to further amplify global black narratives to showcase the many untold stories of our struggles and triumphs in every corner of the world, sometimes in unexpected places and high positions.


This year’s Recognition Week will be a virtual world-whirl tour of EXCELLENCE broadcasting live from New York City featuring insightful global discussions, leadership development training, talent acquisition fair, film screening, and awards ceremony.  Finalists in the global 100 lists will be officially announced during Recognition & Awards Ceremony, Sunday, Oct 3rd, 2021.


  • To learn more about the framework for the selection of the 2021 global lists, please click HERE
  • To learn more about the UN International Year of Creative Economy, please click HERE
  • To learn more about the African Union (AU) Year of the Arts, Culture & Heritage, please click HERE
  • To nominate the 100 Under 40 and 100 CREATIVES of African Descent Worldwide (Across Diaspora/Inside Africa), please visit mipad.org/nominate

To get jobs & opportunities in the Creative Economy, please visit www.mipad.org/talent

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