AHG Award for Notable Work Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Justice in Herbalism

AHG Award for Notable Work Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Justice in Herbalism. Herbalists Working Together for a Better Future!

Each year, the AHG gives out two awards to deserving members of the herbal community. Learn more about the AHG Award for Notable Work Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Justice in Herbalism below. To learn about the Community Service Award, click here.

We are currently updating our award criteria and applications. Please look for the updated applications in July.

The AHG Award for Notable Work Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Justice in Herbalism is an annual award from the American Herbalists Guild to recognize outstanding accomplishments in herbal medicine that address health care needs, and strengthen herbal traditions, heritage, and wisdom within diverse communities. Above all, this award recognizes communities speaking with their own voices and on their own behalf. Past recipients Michelle Steinberg (Consultas Naturistas), Atava Garcia Swiecicki (Ancestral Apothecary), Shabina Lafleur-Gangji, and Linda Black Elk.

The recipient of AHG Award for Notable Work Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Justice in Herbalism is recognized with a plaque award at the Annual General Meeting of the American Herbalists Guild, at the Annual Symposium. In addition, the recipient will receive funding in the form of a cash award to further their community efforts. Funding is made possible by donations and contributions received from the AHG Annual Silent Auction Benefit.

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About the 2019 Winner: Olatokunboh Obasi and the Well of Indigenous Wisdom

We are pleased to announce Olatokunboh Obasi as the winner of the AHG Award for Notable Work Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Justice. Ola was chosen for this award based on her work in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. We are deeply inspired by Ola’s work. Not only did she offer free clinics to those in need following the hurricane, but also her ongoing work in her community focuses on education, empowerment, and sharing of indigenous traditions and wisdom. Ola’s work truly encompasses community roots, serving and empowering, as well as building capacity and increasing individual and collective wisdom, skills and traditions of marginalized groups. We are thrilled for Ola to accept this award.

Ola began to learn the art of healing at the age of 9 and is of indigenous East and West African lineages. Her roots are grounded in Africa. She holds an MS in Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, is a board certified nutritionist, a doula, and a certified dance and yoga instructor in the Sivananda tradition.

Though her accomplishments are many, Ola says that education is where her heart lies. She has taught at universities, herbalism schools, churches, community organizations and conferences. Ola’s family and teenage children are part of the community effort at Omaroti, and assist her in making many of the herbal formulas. Ola is truly the embodiment of all that this award stands for.