By Rubens Mukunzi
On Jan. 24, 2018, Karibu News will be honored with the Community Leader Media Award by the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York (NFJC). We are thankful for this award which recognizes our work as Western New York’s multicultural and multilingual publication.
The NFJC is a human relations organization dedicated to overcoming racism, bias and bigotry by building a just and inclusive community through education, advocacy and engagement.
At the 65th annual Community Leader Award celebration, held at the Buffalo Convention Center, the NFJC will honor local organizations and individuals for their exemplary acts and deeds of services to the cause of promoting sisterhood and brotherhood in our local community.
The NFJC award is another great honor recognizing the value of our work for the community. In fall of 2016, our publication won the grand prize at 43North’s business competition, The Pitch, which focused on local minority and women-owned business owners. In February of last year, New York African Studies Association awarded Karibu News the Distinguished Local Organization/Community Service Award. We’ve been humbled to receive these honors, and several others, in the last years.
This most recent award will mark only the beginning of what we expect to be a very proud 2018 for this publication. Karibu News will soon celebrate its third year anniversary, and since we started in 2015, our goal has been to help integrate and educate the refugee and immigrant communities of WNY. We also continue to inform the area’s population as a whole about the cultural and religious backgrounds and lifestyles of the dozens of ethnic groups living in the region.
On this occasion, it’s my pleasure to thank all the individuals and different organizations who have helped Karibu News succeed and remain a voice for our community. I want to thank the Karibu News team and all contributors, advertisers, volunteers, and advisors for your effort and commitment. After almost three years, Karibu News has proven its commitment to being a community builder and a driver of positive social impact in our neighborhoods.
We will continue to be a voice and bridge for our community, and I wish you happy holidays and a happy new year.