Braam Jordaan To Receive Silver Award in the Order of the Baobab from President of South Africa
Braam Jordaan, a Deaf South African who is known around the world for his creative talents and advocacy work, will receive a silver award in the Order of the Baobab from South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Jordaan received a letter from the president inviting him to attend the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria with one guest, with all expenses covered by the president’s office. The awards ceremony will be on April 25.
The award is to recognize Jordaan’s “brilliant efforts at raising awareness on the importance of sign language and the human rights of deaf people around the world through [his] colorful spectrum of films and books.”
Jordaan is currently the CEO of Convo Communications Canada. He was a representative for the World Federation of the Deaf and the WFD Youth Section and have done work with the UN.
He is a talented animator and received many awards for his story, “The Rubbish Monster.” His other creative work include Sipho the Lion for a WFD event in South Africa, an animated signing rabbit character for a sign language dictionary in Toronto, and animation work for the “Gallaudet” short film.
Jordaan has also done important advocacy work in responding to the fake interpreter fiasco in South Africa and pushing the Obama White House to caption their videos.
Congratulations to Jordaan for the honor.