Opposition leader Raila Odinga was feted in London with the Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts (BEFFTA) award for global leadership in recognition for his struggle for better governance.
Raila stated that the world lauded the peace deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta and the African Union praised the deal as unique and they would like to use as a template for resolution of conflicts in other African countries.
The Opposition leader stated: “Most African countries have disputes that last the life of parliament. We have perpetual conflicts in these countries. We decided that we did not want to be prompted by any foreigner to tell us how to resolve our issues.”
He added: “We decided that we are going we swallow our pride for the sake of unity for the people of Kenya. This award is not for Odinga, it's for the people of Kenya.”
BEFFTA Awards is a special awards ceremony honouring the best personalities in showbiz, entertainment, sports and leadership in the black and ethnic communities in the UK, USA, Africa, Caribbean, Canada and globally.
Notably, the awards ceremony founded by Dr Pauline Long, is the first of its kind rewarding under one roof outstanding achievements and contributions from Africans, Caribbeans and Asians in entertainment, film, fashion, television, arts, sports, leadership, philanthropy and entrepreneurship.
Dr Long stated that the awards aimed at inspiring black and ethnic personalities worldwide to achieve at the highest levels and provide a networking platform for industry personalities.
The unity pact between President Kenyatta and Raila experienced challenges after allies of the former Prime Minister launched a scathing attack on Deputy President William Ruto, branding him Kenya’s enemy number one.
Raila’s lieutenants came out guns blazing alleging that the DP’s grudge-bearing and vindictive character, bad record in office and his tolerance of graft were the biggest impediments to his State House ambitions.
Speaking at Raila’s Capitol Hill Square offices, the legislators sensationally linked the DP to an alleged threat of eviction of communities from Rift Valley if his 2022 presidential hopes are not accomplished.