Appreciate Africa Network

Appreciate Africa Network


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About Us  
Appreciate Africa Network is a non-profit organization whose sole intent is to promote the values of African socio-cultural and economic contributions anywhere in the world, starting from their base of operation in China.

AAN’s Goals are:

  • To make African communities in China to reconnect with their heritage
  • Discover the beauty of Africa in its regions
  • Provide opportunities for Multi-Arts Collaboration with individuals & groups
  • Explore African Cultural Heritage to Chinese and other communities
  • Create opportunity for people to Appreciate Africa
  • Appreciate African contributions in knowledge and innovation
  • Award creative talents among diaspora Africans in China

The Network was launched in Beijing China on the 29th of June 2013 by Dr Samantha Sibanda with the aforementioned purpose. It boasts of brands such as Miss Plus Size GlobalAnedu Trust and Discover Africa Academy. In addition to these amazing Brands, we host a number of projects under these brands, such as Miss Plus Size Beijing International that has been successfully held since 2025, having seen 2 crowns already being handed over.

African Speech Night Contest is yet another of these successful projects that have been running since the inception of the organization. It has seen many countries being represented annually over the past five years, with winners from Egypt, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, only to mention a few. In addition to this, Appreciate Africa Network has an annual dinner to celebrate its achievements and to also thank its partners and sponsors. Every year sees a different artists coming in to celebrate with us and in 2017, Appreciate Africa Network, brought in the famous Dr Oliver Mtukudzi. He dazzled the crowds with his all time classics and had the opportunity to have a meet and greet with his fans in Beijing.

Above all, these projects are there to help enlighten people on the lives and beauty of Africa and this cannot be actualized without awarding Africans making a difference. Appreciate Africa Network brings in Pride of Africa Awards. These awards recognize Africans in the Asia-Pacific Region making a difference. This has been successfully running for the past 3 years and has seen many Africans from the region being recognized for their endless contributions in making Africa a force to be reckoned with.

Miss Plus Size Beauty Contest: Miss Plus International Beijing is a competition where plus size women and admirers can come together to celebrate the beauty of size in a non-judgmental environment and show that some of us do actually appreciate our curves!


Dr Samantha Sibanda
Founder and CEO
Tel: + 86 151 0151 7496

Gladmore Sibanda
Events and Hospitality Manager

Justina Obaoye
PR and Corporate Affairs Manager

Marvon Karidza
Programs and Operations Manager
Telephone: +86 188 1131 9354

Benzi Mahlangu
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Telephone: +86 131 2653 6922



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