The Malawi Achievers award red carpet event which took place at the CSN International Exhibition and Conference Centre in Birmingham recently saw youthful Malawian James Woods-Nkhutabasa being given a rising star award. Woods-Nkhutabasa did not receive the award in person as his official duties took him outside the UK such that he could not manage to make it to the event. Instead, Mvelani CEO Dumisani Kapanga received the award on his behalf.
According to the organizing committee of the event, the awards were given to individuals who are making a positive difference to the Malawi community in the UK and also to those individuals with varying potential to live their dreams and further their ambitions so they can put Malawi on the global stage.
Woods-Nkhutabasa is heavily involved in global issues concerning wildlife protection, education, bringing investors to the continent and is a highly sought after advisor on issues concerning Africa development and policy by leading international organisations. He is regular guest at international forums, travels Africa extensively to work with governments, private sector and NGO’s. Woods-Nkhutabasa is also a regular Africa affairs analyst on international media platforms.
In an interview, Woods-Nkhutabasa said he was excited to have been honored with the award.
“I am absolutely honoured and humbled to have been considered for the award and to have won it. This all came as a surprise to me as I was not aware that I was being considered to receive this award recognizing Malawians who are turning observations into obligations,” said the soft-spoken Nkhutabasa.
“My life has been dedicated to creating a better Africa, a better Malawi and be the voice that makes this a reality. I would like to thank the Malawi Achievers Awards for being a shining star that inspires all of us to do great and recognizes those achievements. I would also like to thank those who nominated me but most importantly this award is not for James Woods-Nkhutabasa but for every Malawian with a dream to transform our nation and people.”
Woods-Nkhutabasa last year received a Young African Achiever award—an award given to a young African bringing forward development and change to the African continent. He was awarded alongside African heavyweights such as the African Union Chairperson H.E. Dlamini Zuma and the then President of Tanzania, H.E. Jakaya Kikwete.
James Woods is the founder of an independent advisory consulting firm providing services on Sub-Saharan Africa in areas of governmental relations, investor relations, geo-political risk, strategic communications, media, reputation and crisis management. Has an extensive knowledge of working with media and leading figures in government and private sector. He also serves as the Malawi Country Director at the UK based Business Council for Africa (BCA).
Holds B.A. Hons in Politics, Philosophy and History. Masters in Social Policy and Development from London School of Economics and Political Science, Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Finance (HABA & SOAS) and certificate in future of Work in Africa: Innovations for Youth Employment (Ashoka Changemakers).