African Awards Leadership announced finalists via email and social media. The publisher of Mshale wrote “Out of the hundreds of nominations received, the judges this week selected the finalists for each category that had valid and qualified nominations.”

The three judge panel consists of the chairman of the African Awards Judges' Panel, South African born and raised Dr. Leon Rodrigues, President and CEO of Global Horizons and former Chief Diversity Officer of the Minnesota State University System & Colleges (MNSCU).

He was assisted by fellow judges Miata Getaweh, HR Manager at Accessibility and Godson Sowah, a CPA and Manager at Ernst & Young. One of the familiar faces nominated for the Award this year is Mr. Isaak Rooble, Director of the Somali American National Institute and chair of the Somali American Annual Community Dinner.

When he learned the news that he was one of the finalist, Mr. Rooble shared it with his friends via social media where more than hundred (100) of his Facebook friends congratulated and pledged to vote for him.

To help Isaak win the award, you can vote via text between 7am to 7pm by Sept 28 th . To vote, Text the word GRIOT to 24578 using your cellphone.