October 14, 2016
Congratulations to our Edmonton Principal Sam Oboh on receiving a Leadership Award from Excellence Magazine (formerly Planet Africa Magazine) for their 2016 Excellence Awards! The Excellence Awards program is the new brand name replacing the Planet Africa Awards initiative, which was established in 2004. Since 2004, the red carpet awards gala has honored achievers and brought together people of African origin and others of goodwill, to celebrate leadership and excellence. Headliners and Keynote speakers have included, Dr. Bernice King, CEO of the King Centre and daughter of Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior; legendary South African singer, Yvonne Chaka Chaka; and Dr. Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey.
Sam Oboh – President, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Samuel Óghale Oboh, is the 76th President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the first Canadian of African descent to lead the 109-year-old scientific organization. Born in Nigeria and licensed in Alberta, Canada and Texas, USA, Oboh worked in South Africa and Botswana before migrating with his family to Canada in 2003.
A passionate adherent to innovative design and excellence, Oboh is a principal at Canada’s leading design firm, Kasian. With an expansive career spanning over 24 years in both private and public sectors, he has worked on several projects, including the high profile Alberta Legislature Centre Redevelopment project, where he led the capturing of the spirit of Alberta’s most significant heritage site. An advocate for integrating practice with academia, he is a regular Studio Critic and Reviewer at the University of Calgary and has served as adjunct lecturer at various universities in South Africa, Nigeria and Canada, including University of Pretoria, University of Toronto and Carleton University in Ottawa.
A 2015 Honoree of the Australian Institute of Architects and recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ Presidential Medal, Oboh combines practicing architecture with his diplomatic appointment as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Botswana in Western Canada. He was named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture magazine. He receives the 2016 Leadership Award, presented by Afroglobal Television’s Excellence Awards program.