When the global pandemic reached the shores of America last year, many events had to be put off. However, vaccines and strict protocols have allowed music festivals and concerts to make a comeback. Queennak, a rising artist from New York, took advantage of the lifted ban by organizing Queennak’s 9/11 Album Release & Networking Gala, a gala and concert to remember the 9/11 tragedy, COVID-19 pandemic, and celebrate their survivors. The concert was also dedicated to her debut album.
Held at the Park banquet hall in Bronx, New York on September 11th, Queennak’s 9/11 Album Release & Networking Gala gathered a series of stars, diplomats, media personalities, and New York-based organizations. The event started with a prayer from Prophet Ernest Amoateng and his wife, Pastor Aisha, before a speech delivered to inspire the present generation, reminding them not to forget their Heavenly Father in everything they do.
Madam Isatu N. Timno, the Honorary & Goodwill Ambassador of Sierra Leone, graced the stage with a powerful speech that was written to uplift the youth and entertainers, putting the spotlight on them and uplifting them with the message that they’re the ones that can bring attention to a nation and encourage them to carry on with their work. Sierra Queens brought various African homemade food, leaving the guests satisfied throughout the night while the Formula Team poured an explosion of different alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Queennak’s sister and media personality Fatima spearheaded the organizing committee, ensuring that every task was taken care of and everyone was happy. Winstina, also Queennak’s sister, contributed as a sponsor, giving a warm speech that gave tribute to the lives lost to the 9/11 tragedy and pandemic victims and celebrated the survivors.
Throughout the event, life and art were all around as Queennak organized an exhibit to showcase her artworks, culture, and sponsored, auctioning her album with some of her paintings. The concert would not be complete without a performance from the artist herself and Queennak performed. Joining her performance was the Afro Afro Afrique company, sparking some numbers that blew away their audience.
Queennak’s 9/11 Album Release and Networking Gala would not have been as successful without its sponsors. The artist recognized Kofi G, Winstina Taylor, Eastern Kartel, and Sierra Queens as the most helpful sponsors. Each was impressed with the turnout, and the artist herself was incredibly open in her appreciation for their work. “They’re all ready to sponsor more for part two the next year,” said Queennak, “They’re calling on everyone to be a part of it.”
The day after the event, the organizers pulled together a ‘Thank You Cookout’ to show their appreciation for all the stars who participated, co-organized by Ashmia and Mr. SS. The stars praised and congratulated Queennak and her team for their hard work and making a significant impact in the Sierra Leone entertainment industry.
With a huge turnout, Queennak’s 9/11 Album Release and Networking Gala raised a massive sum from the performances, art sales, and donations from the consul. Rather than keep it to herself, Queennak will be putting the funds forward to donation. The event’s success has also given the artist and organizers enough confidence to conceptualize a second event next year.