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Lorna Sutara Gayle also known by many as Lorna Gee has been honoured with a special award BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON for her wonderful contribution in film and entertainment for several years. The star and founder of Sutara Academy of Performing Arts which uplifts and inspires young talent in London will pick her special BEFFTA award in the presence of an international audience at the 4th annual BEFFTA awards on 27th October.
The dynamic artistic director , singer and actress born in Brixton South London remain synonymous with the British Reggae genre of Lovers Rock music. The multi-talented performer begun her foray into music at a very young age. During the late 1970′s, Lorna was a pioneering female presence on male-dominated sound system such as Saxon and Coxsone.
Lorna had her first hit with the catchy tune, Three Weeks Gone – Mi Giro in 1982. However, it was the 1985 smash hit ‘Gotta Find a Way’ that placed her at the top of the Reggae charts for 6 weeks for which she received recognition with two BBC radio London Reggae Awards for Best Female Artist 1985 and 1986.
More recently she returned to her passion which was acting. She spent three years at one of UK’s top drama schools Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art graduating at age 40! Since then, Lorna appeared alongside Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in the Batman movie ‘Dark Knight’ and has also been seen in popular TV series This is England 86′ Silk and Ashes to Ashes, Torchwood, Eastenders and The Bill. Lorna’s theatre credits include Blest Be The Tie and Sugar Mummies – Royal Court Theatre. Nation – National Theatre and The Crucible – Royal Shakespeare Company.
After an overwhelming public nominations for Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts(BEFFTA) UK awards 2012, the final nominations decided by BEFFTA Members will be revealed at the official press and nomination launch on 26th September. The nomination announcing event will be held in Mayfair part of London and attended by various press, industry personalities including previous BEFFTA winners and nominees.
BEFFTA awards UK is back in London for the 4th year to celebrate and recognise the achievements of hard-working and extremely talented personalities for their contributions in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts. Amongst the nominations categories are musicians, fashion designers, models, promoters, music producers, comedians, radio stations, TV stations, poets, Dj’s, beauty pageants, music video directors, models, journalists, magazines, newspapers, blogs, make-up artists, hair stylists, wardrobe stylists and more.
Evie Santos is the official BEFFTA TV red carpet presenter at the 4th annual BEFFTA UK awards. The talented and vibrant presenter will be rubbing shoulders with stars in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts at the prestigious award ceremony in London on 27th October. Evie recently presented for Africa Fashion Week London. She is also a news reader for London Christian radio and a journalist at Flawless Women magazine.
BEFFTA UK public nominations close on 14th September.
Europe’s award ceremony that celebrates the achievements of black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts (BEFFTA) is back for the 4th year in London and is set to take place on the 27th of October at The Hippodrome.
The prestigious awards ceremony will be hosted by award-winning UK king of comedy, TV and radio personality Eddie Kadi with BEFFTA founder Pauline Long as co-host. Fresh from hosting London Olympics basket ball games, Eddie is looking forward to hosting the special award ceremony. Asked how he felt about the gig, Eddie Kadi said, “I’m so excited about hosting the BEFFTA awards, it is going to be a memorable night.” Meanwhile BEFFTA founder Pauline Long said, “to have a person of such calibre hosting such a prestigious night is an honour and to co-host with Eddie Kadi is even a much bigger honour, I only hope I will cope with the comedy.”
BEFFTA UK awards final nomination list will be announced on 26th September at the official nomination launch in Mayfair, London.
The public nominations will close on 14th September.
Premier online media and news portal CaribDirect has joined BEFFTA(Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) UK awards as one of it’s media partners.
CaribDirect links the Caribbean family globally by providing a one stop shop for entertainment, news, views, politics and more.
Apart from covering red carpet news at the 4th annual BEFFTA awards, CaribDirect will have access all areas at the award ceremony bringing the public news on BEFFTA nominations and more exciting news pre and post the prestigious ceremony celebrating the achievements of black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.
The BEFFTA team is thrilled to have them as one of their valued media partners.
BEFFTA UK awards is set to take place in London on 27th October. Meanwhile dates for BEFFTA USA, Canada, Caribbean and Africa are to be announced soon.
If you wish to join BEFFTA as a media partner, please contact the team at email@example.com
BEFFTA Member David Ajala is making big moves in the Hollywood film industry. The British actor well known for his roles in ‘Payback Season’ and ‘The Dark Knight’ has been cast in Hollywood movie Fast and Furious 6 and is currently filming in London alongside stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Jackson and Michelle Rodriguez.
The award-winning talented actor who received excellent reviews for his lead role in ‘Payback Season’ has officially joined the huge franchise of Fast and Furious. “I’m completely humbled and thrilled to be part of it,” said David
David Ajala plays Kelvin in ‘Offender’ in cinema’s now. Fast and Furious is scheduled for May 2013 release.
BEFFTA founder Pauline Long announced BEFFTA UK 2012 nominations live on SKY Channel 182 BEN TV – The Magazine Show. Pauline Long said the team was back in London this year to celebrate the best African/Caribbean achievers in entertainment, film, fashion, television and art. As the public nominate, the BEFFTA Members will be nominating too and drawing up the final list to be announced live on television.
Personalities nominated for BEFFTA awards include musicians, promoters, djs, models, designers, poets, television personalties, film directors, photographers, radio personalities, beauty pageant directors and more
The public nominations will close on 14th September. Full nomination category list is can be found here: http://www.beffta.com/news/?page_id=7
As the London Olympics open, the global Black Entertainment Film Fashion and TV awards(BEFFTA) is back in London for the 4th year. The prestigious and unique red carpet award ceremony celebrating both known and unknown talented personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, TV and arts has officially opened the public nominations.
Members of the public are encouraged to nominate personalities from various showbiz sectors including musicians, Dj’s, promoters, fashion designers, models, TV stations, TV personalities, beauty queens, beauty pageant directors, comedians, film directors, music producers, actors, actresses, poets/spoken word artists, journalists, bloggers, fashion choreographers, radio stations, radio personalities, presenters and more.
The 4th Annual BEFFTA UK is set to take place on 27th October at the Hippodrome, Golders Green with special guests from Canada, USA, Australia, Africa, Caribbean and Europe.
“Like every year we are hoping to open opportunities to hard-working and talented African/Caribbean personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts. The BEFFTA team has been carrying out research on potential nominees but it is now time to invite the public to join in and send us their nominees. Being nominated is an honour and we at BEFFTA feel it is important to reward and recognise talent,” said BEFFTA founder Pauline Long
The public nominations will close on 14th September 2012. BEFFTA UK awards final nomination list will be decided by a special panel of eight BEFFTA Members.
As the public nominations opens up, BEFFTA awards which is Europe’s biggest award ceremony for African/Caribbean personalities invites sponsorship and partnership from individuals and organisations.
Full nomination categories can be found here: http://www.beffta.com/news/?page_id=7
Send your nominations to:
To join BEFFTA team as a sponsor or partner contact:
Having premiered at one of the biggest high profile gathering at Troxy in London, the much talked about movie LAST FLIGHT TO ABUJA is showing at several cinemas across London from today. The movie directed by the multi-award winning Mirror Boy director Obi Emelonye has made history by being the first Nollywood movie to be showing in Odeon cinemas , Vue cinemas, picture house and other cinemas across London with fans requesting for it to show in cinemas outside London too.
LAST FLIGHT TO ABUJA has a strong cast which includes Uru Eke, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Jim Iyke, Anthony Manjaro and Hotel Rwanda star Hakeem Kae-Kazeem.
Last Flight to Abuja is about a group of Nigerian travellers flying to Abuja not knowing it could be their last journey. As the aircraft hits serious problems at 30,000 feet the strangers’ stories are told through a series of flashbacks that explain why each of them chose to travel on that struggling plane. But does one of them hold their secret to their survival?
There is a special treat for fans who go down to Odean Greenwich today as they will be able to meet and greet the movie writer, director and producer Obi Emelonye.
“This is a great movie with a very talented cast. A lot of work and resources has gone into it. It would be great for the community to support it to become a UK box office hit. Yes we can do it”, said BEFFTA founder Pauline Long
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The Last Flight to Abuja movie crew and marketing team are still in shock by the sad news of the recent crashes of the Allied Air and Dana Air planes in Ghana and Nigeria respectively that has claimed over 160 lives.
“Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow regarding this news, and our thoughts remain with the families of the bereaved and the two nations that have now been plunged into mourning”, explained the movie producer and director Obi Emelonye
Last Flight to Abuja is a movie inspired by the several air disasters that took place in Nigeria in 2006 and with these latest crashes, the issue of air safety in Nigeria, highlighted by the film, remain very important.
“Our first instinct in the light of the plane crashes was to postpone the premiere of the movie as a mark of respect to the people that have lost their lives and their families. But we have carefully considered things and have decided to go on with the premiere, and for Last Flight to Abuja to be dedicated to their memory, but of more importance, we are now considering using this film as a powerful advocacy tool to highlight and influence in our own little way the issues of air safety in Nigeria and Africa at large”, said Obi.
Last Flight To Abuja red carpet arrivals from 6.30pm to 8.45pm.
- The evening commences at 7pm with an exclusive VIP Cocktail Reception together with presentations and interviews attended by a galaxy of top UK based African heritage film, television & music entertainment stars plus influencers from the worlds of fashion, media, sport and politics from the international cultural arenas.
- The Premiere begins at 9pm and concludes with a Q&A with the stars and filmmakers. Directly preceding the Premiere there will be a minutes silence to honour the memory of the victims of the Allied Air crash in Ghana and the Dana Air crash in Lagos that both took place on 3rd June. The evening ends by 12.30am
- Limited Tickets for this exclusive event are nearly sold out and available on 02070605056 / 07741638500 J2 Konsults or Femtej Kreations 07878202481