Dr. Arikana Chihombori is known internationally for her efforts to improve healthcare systems, particularly in countries in Africa, and to promote women’s rights around the globe. Nearly 20 years ago, at a conference organized by then Africa Resources, Presidents Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe presented the noted philanthropist with her first major award.

Since that time, Dr. Chihombori has continued to receive prestigious honors and has been selected to deliver remarks at notable conferences globally.

In February 2012, Dr. Chihombori was appointed to the Chair of the African Union African Diaspora Health Initiative by H.E. Ambassador Amina Ali, African Union Permanent Ambassador to the United States. The initiative was created in response to the  shortage of healthcare workers in Africa due to migration. This Initiative was approved by all African Heads of State as well as all African Ministers of Health. In this role Dr. Chihombori is tasked with the responsibility of galvanizing African healthcare workers and friends of Africa to participate in the development of healthcare systems in Africa. She has played a leading role in encouraging others to commit to improving the health and human rights of people around the globe.

In September 2013, Dr. Chihombori was one of four women who represented Africa at the International Conference on Women’s Rights, hosted by the Government of Argentina in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. She delivered a moving speech on the topic, “Violence against Women and its Worldwide Effects.” At this conference, Dr. Chihombori shared the stage with two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Rigoberto Menchu of Guatamala and Alfonso Perez Esquivel of Argentina.


Among Dr. Chihombori’s numerous awards are the following:

Bridge Builders Award, African Communications Agency, Lilongwe, Malawi, June 2013.

Renaissance Award, Planet Africa- Toronto Canada, November 2013.

The Axel C Hansen, MD, Distinguished Physician Award, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennesse, October 2013.

Fisk University Society of Philanthropist Award, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, October 2013.

Gold Circle Plus Award, Meharry Medical College, July 2012.

African Personality of the Year, December, 2011.

April 2911: ”Change Agent Award”  from African Communications Agency, Durban South Africa

America’s Top Family Doctor, Consumers Research Council of America, 2009.

Outstanding Practitioner Award, Pan Africa, Nashville, Tennessee, 2004.

Achievement Award, Bristol Myers Squibb Company (presented at the 1995 American Academy of Family Medicine Scientific Assembly).

Excellence Award, Tennessee Managed Care Network, Nashville, Tennessee, November 1994.