The Beautiful Ambassadors of HOPE represent prominent figures in our community that exuberate beauty inside and out. Our ambassadors are a true symbol of beauty as they remain on the forefront with their passion and commitment to supporting Raising HOPE's mission as well as individual efforts towards strengthening and unifying the African Diaspora.
This portion of our website will highlight the work of 10 selected individuals within our community who we believe personify our description of a Beautiful Ambassador. Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2012-2014 Beautiful Ambassadors of HOPE!
Since the start of their fashion and accessory line, Danielle and ChantelleDwomoh-Piper (aka DPiperTwins) have been blazing the fashion trail with features in WWD, Today's Black Woman Style Report, Amsterdam Newspaper and The New York Daily Newspaper, as well as appearances on the Rachael Ray Show and NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, Bronx 12 News and placements in Vogue Japan and so much more.
Their designs have also been exhibited at fashion weeks all over the world, including New York Fashion Week, Arise Magazine Fashion Week, Glitz Africa Fashion week in Ghana, Caribbean International Fashion Week, Fashion week in Los Angeles and their talent has been recognized on a wide array of media platforms in New York and beyond. Celebrities such as Chrisette Michele, Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes, Bianca Golden from ANTM, Charli Baltimore, Ramona Rizzo,Towanda Braxton and others have been spotted wearing their designs.
As part of their efforts to give back, the DPiperTwins have raised funds for several non-profit organizations. They have also done charity fashion shows for Sickle Cell Anemia organization SYNC, Nyaka Aids Orphans School and New Life Orphanage in Ghana. Annually, they use a portion of their sales to purchase toys, clothes, books and other supplies for an organization in need. Recently, they spent their birthday at New Life Orphanage home in Ghana where they gave numerous gifts to children. They hope to one day create their own non-profit organization to help further their goal of bringing smiles to the faces of people globally through the joy of fashion.
Born in Ghana, Sangu’s childhood home was a refuge for victims of torture
and violence from neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Sangu was fortunate
to have been awarded a full merit scholarship to attend the Peddie School,
a boarding school in New Jersey. He then went on to Harvard University,
where he was inspired to pursue social and economic entrepreneurship. Sangu
graduated from Harvard with highest honors in African Studies and
Economics, where he was awarded the Thomas Hoopes Prize, the Reverend Peter
Gomes Prize, the Philippe Wamba Prize, the Deshaun Hill & Harvard Stephens
and the Maurice Sedwell Prize among others.
At Harvard, Sangu co-foundedcleanacwa (formerly the African Development Initiative), which embarked ona five-year project to bring sanitation and clean water to Agyementi, avillage in Ghana. Today cleanacwa is working in underdeveloped regions to make sure that water and sanitation, basic human rights, are provided. Starting in Ghana, Sangu and his team have rallied academics, non-profits, businesses, and local government to help find and spread effective solutions for water and sanitation access.
Sangu is a passionate Pan-Africanist who has traveled to about 40 countries in Africa and is always somewhere on the continent working on his various projects and initiatives. In 2014, TED selected Sangu as a 2014 TED Global Fellow, Forbes namedhim as one of Africa’s top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs and Euromoney selectedhim as one of Africa’s Rising Stars ( “outstanding individuals and power brokers who are changing the financial, investment and business landscape in Africa”). PolicyMic named Sangu as one of 9 entrepreneurs in the millennial generation making a difference. YouthVillage named Sangu “Top 30 Most Inspirational Young People in Africa in 2014.” In 2012, the Huffington Post named Sangu “an intriguing African to watch out for” and Fortnight Journal named him “one of the promising leaders of the millennial generation.” In 2005, Sangu was featured in TIME magazine’s Tomorrow25 as one of 25 future world leaders.
Freelance Journalist , International Model and CEO
EmeliaLartey - the modern day pan African feminist . A former division 1 athlete and national track star Emelia is a true definition of a phenomenal woman and role model for young women around the world. She currently holds the title of Miss Ghana USA first runner up .
Emelia a recent Marist College graduate jumped into the city of big dreams with full force . With a strong background in marketing ,buisness development and public relations -Emelia launched a creative marketing firm specializing in marketing,public relations, talent management & branding .MsLartey is propelling the company to great heights around the world . With clients from Europe , Africa and the Americas -EM management evidently is the pioneer of small firms swimming amongst the big name firms on the international frontier .
Her charisma , drive and infectious spirit are traits that are synonymous with "EM" - a name most people call her . However , EM is also a college wide campaign and tour founded by EmeliaLartey to raise awareness about Epilepsy . "Epilepsy Matters" mission is to spread awareness, educate and inform the masses on an illness affects 65 million people
Some of her hobbies include playing the piano , running and yoga.
Selena Bailey Watkins is a professional dancer, fitness trainer & educator, and media personality from Yonkers, New York. She graduated at the top of her class, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Journalism Media Studies and in Dance from Rutgers University. As a producer for NY's 98.7 Kiss FM, Selena quickly learned about the fleeting entertainment industry and the importance of having tough skin in your craft. In August 2012, Selena Bailey Watkins made history as the first Antiguan-American to be crowned Miss Black USA. As an advocate for The Heart Truth campaign she teaches the importance of nurturing the human body to improve the quality of life.
Jamilla Mohammed is 22 years old and criminology major at The College of New Jersey. She is the youngest of six children and was raised nearly her entire life in a one parent home. Jamilla grew up in an underprivileged environment, yet her mom always seemed to give the little that she had to people who needed help. She never really understood these acts until she was older. Later in life her family was able to escape poverty and she believes that it was all possible because of her mother's hard work, determination and good will. With inspiration from her mother, Jamilla recently started a non- profit, "A Walk in My Shoes" to assist children in need. Her biggest motto has always been "pay it forward". Jamilla prays that she can somehow instill the notion of helping someone else through the work she plans to do in the community. She believes that if everyone acknowledged the fact that they too could make a difference, whether big or small, the world would actually be a better place.
Sandra Appiah is a proud Magna Cum Laude graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. Sandra was born in Ghana, raised in Italy and is now living in the US. She has worked at prestigious media companies such at The New York Times, HBO, MTV and is currently Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Face2FaceAFRICA (www.face2faceafrica.com), a media company with the mission of restoring Africa's image. Ms. Appiah is also the Editor in Chief of the brand new African focused magazine, F2FA (www.f2fmagazine.com), which is a vibrant multi-niche pan- African magazine expected to hit the international market next month. Extremely devoted and passionate about Africa, Ms. Appiah serves as a positive role model and a mentor to young people in the community. She is a big believer in the potential of the youth of Africa and is committed to joining the efforts of Raising HOPE to empower and provide opportunities for disadvantaged children in Ghana.
Hilda Frimpong was born in Kumasi Ghana, where she spent the first five years of her life with her family. She lived in Toronto, Canada for five years before moving to Texas where she currently resides. She graduated from Texas A&M University in August and is now pursuing a law degree. Her major was Anthropology with a Biological concentration and minor is Comparative International Studies. Her career interest is in International Affairs and Healthcare. As a proud daughter of two Ghanaian parents and the oldest of three children, she strives to be the image of an exemplary Ghanaian woman. As the reigning Miss Ghana USA, she hopes to be a great role model and uplift the Ghanaian community in all she does. Although she is a healthcare advocate, she has made it a goal to contribute to all charitable causes that empower the Ghanaian community. Hilda plans to use her year to work with different charities that concentrate on healthcare improvement in addition with working with young girls in the Ghanaian community. She firmly believes that a healthy self -image is a crucial aspect to a healthy life.
With years of communications experience, publicist Ijeoma Genevieve Mbamalu founded MUI-The PR Company (MUIPR) to strategically advise clients on how they can be successful within their distinct markets. Under her direction, MUIPR utilizes ethically driven approaches to responsibly represent brands and their interests effectively. Genevieve's MUIPR represents businesses and leaders in the entertainment, fashion, media, photography, and urban development arenas on a variety of communications activities such as: advertising, media relations, messaging, promotional writing, publicity, and sponsorship development. In addition to PR, Genevieve also has a broad background in scientific research, with specific training in research analysis, theories and methods. Her current work in the NYC Dept. of Health focuses on tobacco control. She has co- authored original empirical work in top tier journals on a number of topics related to tobacco control.
He is young, humble and passionate about Africa. Isaac O. Babu-Boateng is a leader and a visionary. With a Bachelor degree in Finance and Banking and a minor in Accounting, Mr. Boateng has worked as a Project Manager in Urban Planning, managing multi- million dollar development projects. He is now executing his entrepreneurial ambitions as the co-founder and visionary behind Face2FAce Africa. A proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, He is a big believer in the potential of each individual and is committed to being an example to his peers. Mr. Babu-Boateng's ultimate goal is to see the image of Africa fully restored within the global community and is working tirelessly to implement effective methods as the Executive Director at Face2Face Africa, a media company that is working to address the negative portrayals of Africa through media.
MC/producer/songwriter M3nsa rightly ranks top of the list of contributors to Ghana's rising place on the global music map currently. His music career, dating back to the mid-90s testifies to this starting with a massive production role for the country's then most prominent urban musician Reggie Rockstone. Living in the Diaspora, M3nsa has continued to fly the nation's flag simply by excelling in the various artistic disciplines that he is involved with.
He has produced music, collaborated and/or performed with a line-up of artists as distinguished himself: Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) Baba Maal, Damon Albarn (Gorillaz), Tony Allen, Amadou and Mariam and long time conspirator and fellow Ghanaian Wanlov the Kubolor are just some of the names.
Off stage too, M3nsa's successes as an educator in the technical skills of music production are equally significant. In this role he has spearheaded leading theatrical productions, workshops school curriculums and various charities
Ehinomen "Hollywood Hino" Ehikhamenor is an accomplished professional boxer, personal trainer, licensed boxing trainer, model, and reality TV star. Of note, he was a finalist in Season 4 of "The Contender", a boxing tournament/reality series produced by Mark Burnett. Mr. Ehikhamenor has built a loyal and established base of followers here in New York City over the years from his boxing career, modeling, and event promotions. He currently trains a star-studded roster of personal clients, including athletes, recording artists, and other personalities. Mr. Ehikhamenor has appeared on two VH1 shows, currently featured on "Lala's Full Court Life". Hino holds professional boxer and trainer/seconds licenses in the state of New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
DJ UNIVERSE is one of the elite premium AFROBEATS DJ in AMERICA. Also Known as the worlds most expensive Dj and the AFRO Don, his charm and charisma have wowed audiences from all over the world. As the ambassador of AFROBEATS Music in the United States his innovative DJING style and AFROBEATS remixes has converted many people into AFROBEATS music lovers worldwide.
Since capturing and taking over the New York metropolitan area in 2010, this DJ, producer, and remixer UNIVERSE has made a name for himself as the go-to DJ for uber high profile African events around NEW YORK CITY. Over the last 5 years, UNIVERSE has worked tirelessly perfecting his craft producing, remixing, scoring, sourcing music and touring clubs and events worldwide. His unwavering passion for discovering new music has allowed him to remain one step ahead of the curve, and his fans have taken notice.
His constant presence in the MANHATTAN NEW YORK event club scene has generated buzz and allowed him to become the DJ of choice among top celebrities and A-list clientele. Some of his latest events include the New York City Annual African Restaurant Week, The Annual African Diaspora Awards, the Annual Super Luxury WHITE Party & New York City Annual New Years' Eve AFROBEATS Party.
When UNIVERSE is not playing international high-profile events or touring the world, he consults as a music supervisor for major African diaspora brands such as; the miss Ghana USA Pageant, the Miss Africa TRI-State Beauty Pageant, the African Diaspora Awards, the Shared Interested Gala and more.
Aminat Ayinde is a Nigerian-American Model that is widely known from her debut on America's Next Top Model-Cycle 12, where she placed 2nd Aminat is now continuing her career as an international super model, she has also taken time out of her busy schedule to give back to the African community. Aminat is passionate about advocating for Africa's future, the children, and is in full support of Raising HOPE's mission.