Dr. Dureke has been dubbed the “Oprah of Africa”, and as the “Moxie Motivator” by the Prince George’s The Gazette newspaper; as “making the Gambia proud for Empowering the Youth” by Ambassador Sheikh Omar Faye of the Gambia; appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of Gambia in a 2015 recognition of her humanitarian and philanthropic work around the world; and called the “Great Daughter of Africa” by Ambassador Lt. General Joseph Henry Smith of Ghana.
She was recognized as a “Genius for the work you do with students” by Professor G.O. Babawale, Dean of Student Affairs, University of Lagos Nigeria (UNILAG); named a “Community Warrior” by Anne Reese Carswell, Associate Director, Nyumburu Cultural Center, University of Maryland College Park (UMCP); and seen as a “Crusader and the Most Powerful Woman in the World” by Towanda Livingston, Director, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), Small, Local and Minority Business Enterprise (SLMBE). and as a “Leader, Mentor, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” by Vanessa Cabrera and Spencer Wallace, Premiere Financial Alliance (PFA) Leadership, and named “The best trainer and speaker that the Embassy has ever had” by the Embassy of Sierra Leone, Washington DC.
“It is not possible to find the words to THANK you for taking the time you took out of your busy schedule to attend our event. The guests were moved by your words and there was not a person that left the building without feeling inspired by you. We are humbled by your kindness, your powerful speech, your passion and your humility. I feel that we need a women’s retreat to soak in all the good stuff you have to say and share. Thank you, thank you, thank you…from each one of us personally, from our project change family, and every child and women whose lives will be changed because of you.”
Founder & President of Project Change
Dear Ambassador Dr. Dureke:
On behalf of Indiana County NAACP, I extends sincere thanks and appreciation to you for the wonderful and inspiring presentation you presented at the Branch’s 34th Annual and First Virtual Freedom Fund Banquet: Marshaling in a New Era on. It was well-received by a diverse audience and provided rejuvenating words of encouragement for continuing the work needed to be completed during the coming era, especially amidst a likely new reality. Your presentation helped with achieving a successful program.
Dr. Carolyn Princes, President
Indiana County PA NAACP
“Ambassador Dr. Dureke, thanks for a wonderful job on the hands-on training, everyone was impacted, the certificates are state of the art and very beautiful. I pray we all utilize the training tenets and live up to the expectations of the mission. You are a true WETATian. Best regards.”
Minister Counselor/Head of Chancery
Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone
“…I remember our life-changing conversation and your investment of time and energy. I will never forget the impact of your words on my life and business since then. Thanks to your investment, I was able to stay on my feet, breaking records on the publication I write for, I won a pitch for a $10k investment for my record label in Atlanta. I was able to afford my own condo in Baltimore and I even gained a full-ride Scholarship for my grad program in Harbin, China for a semester (where I am messaging you from now)…”
Mic Check Entertainment LLC.
“Good Evening Dr. Dureke,
I am James Poindexter. I was a participant on the webinar you gave today at 5pm for Prince George’s Community College. I wanted to express my gratitude for your message today. I often feel as though the path I have taken may not be the best one for me because of the failures I experienced. Thanks to you, I want to learn ways to frame my experiences into more positive outlooks. I also wanted to express my interest in WETATi’s entrepreneurship competition and programs. I would like to learn more about the world of entrepreneurship and how to step into the process of creating my own opportunities.”
PGCC Entrepreneurship Webinar Participant
“You are a trailblazer, a monument, and a national treasure for Africans in the Diaspora.”
Lt. Col. Larry B. Rentz, Sr. who has made history as the University of Maryland’s first ROTC African American Program Director in the school’s history recently presented his own historic MacArthur Excellence Award to Ambassador Dr. Margaret Dureke following her well received keynote speech for Black History Month at the Nyumburu Cultural Center, University of Maryland, College Park. When presenting the award, Lt. Col. Rentz said:
“I was moved by your speech and I read your accomplishments, and you are a woman of excellence.”
“I found the session great and energy I haven’t seen before. This session was raw. It didn’t hold back. It struck a nerve that most speakers do not hit. Dr. Dureke connected as though she was a family member offering guidance”
“A very engaging book”
“I finished reading your book “How to Succeed Against All Odds” – AWESOME, I was truly blessed and inspired in a whole new dimension of my life.”