OCTOBER 2015: Zac Goldsmith joins stars to celebrate the prestigious 7th annual BEFFTA awards 2015

Europe’s biggest award ceremony for black and ethnic minority  7th annual BEFFTA Awards UK took place during the last weekend of Black History Month 2015 at the grand venue Central Westminster attended by a host of stars from UK Europe, USA, Asia and Africa.  The Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television, Arts and Sports Awards (BEFFTA), aimed at honouring the best entertainment , showbiz, leadership and sports personalities in UK and across the globe is still making history 7 years on by being the first of its kind ceremony  bringing together diverse talent and saw the movers and shakers of the black and Asian community in large numbers under one roof.

The glitzy red carpet event welcomed Hon. Zac Goldsmith MP on Friday 30th October as chief guest of honour while on day two 31st October Chief Bimbo Roberts Folayan was the guest of honour. 107 awards were issued over the two day event and over 500 nominees given recognition certificates. Football legend Didier Drogba was honoured with a BEFFTA Humanitarian award, while Eastenders actress Ellen Thomas, and inspirational women Irene Sinclair, Anni Domingo and Justina Mutale were honoured with BEFFTA Lifetime Achievement awards. Philanthropist Lord John Bird was also honoured with a humanitarian award for his contribution to humanity through The Big issue.

One man who has been in the film and television industry for over five decades was honoured with a standing ovation. Waris Hussein received BEFFTA Lifetime Achievement award for the many years he has been a director of films and TV series. Waris is the first ever director of the much loved BBC series Dr Who.

BEFFTA founder Pauline Long said, “I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved. BEFFTA Awards has clocked 7 wonderful years cerebrating African, Caribbean and Asian personalities; raising and praising a truly talented community. It has become the annual community award of the year that thousands look forward to attending.”

Full list of BEFFTA Awards 2015 winners can be viewed here:

Entertainment Category

Music

  1. Best Female Act: Fleur East
  2. Best Male Act: Akala
  3. Best Unsigned Act: Shylo
  4. Best Gospel Act: Dot & Darryl
  5. Best International Act : Jason Derulo
  6. Best UK AfroBeats Act: Dizzy VC
  7. Best Newcomer UK AfroBeats Act: Mistony
  8. Best UK Caribbean Act: Maxi Priest
  9. Best International African Act: Jay Rox
  10. Best International Caribbean Act: Maxi Priest
  11. Best African Legend: Wambali Mkandawire
  12. Best Producer: Don Jazzy
  13. Best Video Director: Dego Visionz
  14. Best Music Video Producer: Nang TV
  15. Best Music Video DOP: Nang TV
  16. Best Music Video: Tuele(SHiiKANE)
  17. Best Record Label: Babycamp Records
  18. Best Musician: Leye Tboy Saxangel

Dance

  1. Best Dance Act: ICSN Dance Troupe
  2. Best Dance Choreographer: Sir Loui

Comedy

  1. Best Comedian: Melanie Gayle

Radio

  1. Station of the year: Newstyle Radio
  2. Radio personality of the year: Amy Osabuohien(Power xtra radio)

Newspapers/Magazines/Blogs

  1. Best Community Newspaper: Informer East Africa
  2. Magazine of the year: Diamond Celebrities
  3. Journalist of the year: Thom Chiumia
  4. Blog of the year: www.baronessj.com
  5. Best Community News Website: Nyasa Times

Events

  1. Best Events Promoter: Jay One Productions
  2. Best Event of The Year: Lift Effects
  3. Best Event Planner: Impression Unique

DJ

  1. DJ of the year: Dj Mkhukhwini

Photographers

  1. Best Events Photographer: Josh Daniels Pictures
  2. Best Fashion Photographer: Monir Ali

Fashion Designers

  1. Best Male Fashion Designer: Kwame Koranteng
  2. Best Female Fashion Designer: Dama Fashions

Stylists

  1. Best Hair Stylist: Dimps Sanghani
  2. Best Wardrobe Stylist: Style Check By Dee

Make-up Artists

  1. Best Make-up Artist: Thiaba Diallo

Fashion Choreographers

  1. Best Fashion Choreographer: Nadim Saleem

Models

  1. Best male model: Akber Rashid
  2. Best female model: Elesha Turner
  3. Best Talent Agency: Casting Dojo

Beauty Pageants

  1. Best Beauty Pageant: Miss Pride Of Africa UK
  2. Best Beauty Queen: Miss Commonwealth International
  3. Best Former Beauty Queen: Jacqueline Moyo(Miss Zimbabwe UK 2014)
  4. Best Beauty Pageant Director: Simbarashe Nyanhanga(Miss Zimbabwe UK)

Film Category

  1. Best director: Toyin Moore
  2. Best Actor: Ramsey Nouah
  3. Best Actresses: Eniola Badmus
  4. Best Supporting Actor: Ken Smart
  5. Best UK Nollywood Supporting Actress: Helen Gold Osabutey
  6. Best UK Nollywood Actress: Helen Gold Osabutey
  7. Best UK Nollywood Supporting Actor: Collins Archie-Pearce
  8. Best UK Nollywood Actor: Nonso Nwaiwu
  9. Best Newcomer Actress(UK Nollywood): Cordelia Emeh
  10. UK Nollywood Rising Star: Nnenna Ani
  11. International Rising Star: Cynthia Erivo
  12. Best International Film: Going Bomgo
  13. Best African Film: Thy Will Be Done
  14. Best UK Nollywood Film: Basira In London
  15. Best Short Film: Magda’s Lesbian Lover
  16. Best screenwriter/Scriptwriter: Tolulope Yesufu
  17. Best theatre production: West End Boys East End Girls
  18. Best Cinematographer: Nelson Spyk
  19. Best Producer: Philippa Chiedu Abraham

TV Category

  1. Best Actress: Ellen Thomas
  2. Best Actor:  Chucky Venn
  3. Best TV Station: Vox Africa
  4. Best TV Show: The Buzz
  5. Best TV personality: Ngozi Thompson
  6. Best presenter: Makhosi Musambasi
  7. Best Webseries: Brothers With No Game
  8. Best online TV: SBTV

ART Category

  1. Best Spoken Word Artist/Poets: Vivian Timothy
  2. Best Art Director: Reuben Joseph
  3. Best Author: Jenice Revers

BEFFTA UK Special Awards 2015

  1. BEFFTA YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD : Sophia Joseph
  2. BEFFTA YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD: Gabrielle Joseph
  3. BEFFTA YOUNG ACHIEVER: Asanda Jezile
  4. BEFFTA LEADERSHIP AWARD: Ronke Alli Udofia
  5. BEFFTA LEADERSHIP AWARD: June Douglas
  6. BEFFTA LEADERSHIP AWARD: Usha Oliver
  7. BEFFTA LEADERSHIP AWARD: Dr Comfort Momoh MBE
  8. BEFFTA LEADERSHIP AWARD: Stefan Brown
  9. BEFFTA LEADERSHIP AWARD: First Lady Pastor Mel Makore
  10. BEFFTA LEADERSHIP AWARD: Dr Nkem Ezeilo
  11. BEFFTA LEADERSHIP AWARD: Gertrude Chirambo
  12. BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD: Pily Mirazi
  13. BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD: Ayan De First
  14. BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD: Jacqueline Wabara
  15. BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD: Lydia Tett Olet
  16. BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD: Riyike Alayande
  17. BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD: Luyanda Jezile
  18. BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD: Prudence Jezile
  19. BEFFTA  EXCELLENCE AWARD: Ben Gray
  20. BEFFTA SPORTS LEADERSHIP AWARD: Larry Ekundayo
  21. BEFFTA SPORTS LEADERSHIP AWARD: Olusegun Ajose
  22. BEFFTA HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Didier Drogba
  23. BEFFTA HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Sir John Bird
  24. BEFFTA HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Sebastian Adu Gyamfi Bloom
  25. BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON: Apache Indian
  26. BEFFTA WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Sandra Nelson
  27. BEFFTA MAN OF THE YEAR: Dr Abbey Akinoshun
  28. BEFFTA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Waris Hussein
  29. BEFFTA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Justina Mutale
  30. BEFFTA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Ellen Thomas
  31. BEFFTA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Anni Domingo

BEFFTA Awards 2012 winners announced in a star-studded ceremony in London

The prestigious 4th annual BEFFTA awards UK took place in London on 27th October at  a glittering red carpet  award ceremony attended by personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and Arts. Among the stars on the night were Sir Trevor McDonald,  Lemar, Catwalk professor, footballer Fabrice Muamba, singer and xfactor star Starboy Nathan and more.

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE  received a standing ovation from the 3000 audience as he received the BEFFTA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.

Winners of BEFFTA awards UK  include film director Obi Emelonye, musician Lady Leshurr and many more.

Full winners list is below:

Entertainment Category

Music

  1. Best Female Act: Lady Leshurr
  2. Best Male Act: Valentine
  3. Best Gospel Act: London Community Gospel Choir
  4. Best International Act: Ruff Kid
  5. Best UK AfroBeats Act: May7ven
  6. Best UK Caribbean Act: Sandra Cross
  7. Best International Afrobeats Act: Juliana Kanyomozi
  8. Best International Caribbean Act: Sean Paul
  9. Best Producer:Victizzle
  10. Best Video Director: Sesan

Dance

  1. Best Dance Act: CEO Dancers
  2. Best Dance Choreographer: Tony Adigun

Comedy

  1. Best Comedian: Eddie Kadi

Radio

  1. Station of the year: Colourful Radio
  2. Radio personality of the year: Julie Ann Ryan

Newspapers/Magazines/Blogs

  1. Best Community Newspaper: The Vision
  2. Magazine of the year: Afro Pulp
  3. Journalist of the year: Belinda Otas
  4. Blog of the year: We Plug Good Music

Events

  1. Best Events Promoter: Femtej Kreations media

DJ

  1. DJ of the year: DJ Unbeetable

Photographers

  1. Best Photographer: Sync Photography

Fashion Designers

  1. Best Male Fashion Designer: Zekaryas Solomon
  2. Best Female Fashion Designer: Linda Mirembe

Stylists

  1. Best Hair Stylist: Edee Beau
  2. Best Wardrobe Stylist: Erica Matthews

Make-up Artists

  1. Best Make-up Artist: Kristy Prince

Fashion Choreographers

  1. Best Fashion Choreographer:Yvonne Simon

Models

  1. Best male model: Salisu Abdullai
  2. Best female model: Lisette Mibo
  3. Best Modelling Agency: Demus Castings

Beauty Pageants

  1. Best Beauty Pageant: Black Africa
  2. Best Beauty Queen: Miss Congo UK 2012
  3. Best Former Beauty Queen: Shirley Dee
  4. Best Beauty Pageant Director: Jacqueline Wabara

Film Category

  1. Best director: Obi Emelonye
  2. Best Actor: Ken Smart
  3. Best Actresses: Anita Bellamy
  4. Best Film: Last Flight to Abuja
  5. Best screenwriter/Scriptwriter :  Maxine Chantel
  6. Best theatre production :Belong by Bola Agbaje

TV Category

  1. Best Actress: Chizzy Akudolu
  2. Best Actor: Wale Ojo
  3. Best TV Station: VOX Africa
  4. Best TV Show: Meet The Adebanjos
  5. Best TV personality: Femi Amusan
  6. Best presenter: Fernand Frimpong Jnr
  7. Best Webseries: All About The McKenzies
  8. Best online TV: Factory 78

ART Category

  1. Best Spoken Word Artist/Poets – Oneness Sankara
  2. Best Art Director: Ola Shobowale

BEFFTA UK Special Awards 2012

  1. BEFFTA YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD: J-SOL
  2. BEFFTA INSPIRATION AWARD: Alim Kamara
  3. BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD: General Saint
  4. BEFFTA FILM ICON: Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
  5. BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON: Lorna Sutara Gayle
  6. BEFFTA MEDIA ICON: Princess ‘Deun Adedoyin-Solarin
  7. BEFFTA CREATIVE PERSONALITY: Charlotte Mensah
  8. BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD: Dj Abrantee Boateng
  9. BEFFTA LEADERSHIP AWARD: Dayo Olomu
  10. BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD: Catwalk Professor
  11. BEFFTA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Sir Trevor McDonald OBE

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BEFFTA Awards 2010 in the press

BBC announces the return of the prestigious BEFFTA awards:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/northampton/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8901000/8901253.stm

http://www.theafronews.eu/community-nominations_open_for_beffta_awards_2561.html

http://www.nollywooduncut.com/hot-nollywood-news/291-beffta-awards-2010-press-launch

http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/befftas-looking-inspire

Latest Press Release: 23rd October 2011

*BEFFTA awards 2011 winners announced*

Thank you for nominating and voting in the BEFFTA awards UK 2011.

Black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film fashion, television and arts were celebrated at the Light House on 22nd October where the winners were announced. Congratulations to all nominees and winners.

Entertainment Category

Music

  1. Best Female Act: Dionne Reid
  2. Best Male Act: Wretch 32
  3. Best Gospel Act: Faith Child
  4. Best International Act: Simply Chrysolite
  5. Best Female UK based Afro/Caribbean Act: Cythia Mare
  6. Best Male UK based Afro/Caribbean Act: Myco Chris
  7. Best Producer: SHABACH

Dance

  1. Best Dance Act: Dan-Kira
  2. Best Dance Choreographer: Tony Adigun

Comedy

  1. Best Comedian : Don’t Jealous Me

Radio

  1. Station of the year: East African Voice
  2. Radio personality of the year: Patricia Benjamin

Newspapers/Magazines/Blogs

  1. Best Community Newspaper: The Voice
  2. Magazine of the year: In-spired lifestyle magazine
  3. Journalist of the year: Ayo Johnson
  4. Blog of the year:Miss Jestina George

Events

  1. Best Events Promoter:Fashion finest

DJ

  1. DJ of the year : Dj Dego Ranking

Photographers

  1. Best Photographer: Idelic media and creative photography

Fashion Category:

Fashion Designers

  1. Best Female Fashion Designer: Bestow Elan
  2. Best male Fashion Designer : Kitoko

Stylists

  1. Best Hair Stylist: Eugene Davis
  2. Best Wardrobe Stylist: Tanesha Westcarr

Make-up Artists

  1. Best Make-up Artist:  Mink London

Fashion Choreographers

  1. Best Fashion Choreographer:  Catwalk Professor

Models

  1. Best male model: Dwain Stephens
  2. Best female model:Nana Afua Antwi
  3. Best Modelling Agency: Mahogany Models

Beauty Pageants

  1. Best Beauty Pageant :Miss Ghana UK
  2. Best Beauty Queen; Victoria Mtonga
  3. Best Former Beauty Queen:Sasha Shantel
  4. Best Beauty Pageant Director: Jacqueline Matovu

Film Category

  1. Best Film director Obi Emelonye
  2. Best Actor : Edward Kagutuzi
  3. Best Actresses: Fatima Jabbe
  4. Best Film: The Mirror Boy
  5. Best screenwriter: Anne Akin
  6. Best theatre production: Conversations With Love

TV Category

  1. Best Actress: Segilola Scott
  2. Best Actor : Jimmy Akingbola
  3. Best TV Station: OH TV
  4. Best TV Show :The Magazine Show(BEN TV)
  5. Best TV personality : Effua Daniels
  6. Best presenter: Adesope Olajide
  7. Best Webseries: Meet The Adebanjos
  8. Best online TV: Factory 78 TV

ART Category

  1. Best Spoken Word Artist/Poet: Dean Atta
  2. Best Art Director : Sam Davis

BEFFTA UK Special Awards 2011

  1. BEFFTA YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD: AKAI
  2. BEFFTA INSPIRATION AWARD: MARK DEAN
  3. BEFFTA FASHION ICON: SOLA OYEBADE
  4. BEFFTA BEAUTY ICON: KAREN SALANDY
  5. BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON: DJ ABASS
  6. BEFFTA MEDIA ICON: JANELLE OSWALD
  7. BEFFTA CREATIVE PERSONALITY: ANGELA PLUMMER
  8. BEFFTA CHARITY PERSONALITY: KEITH HEART FOUNDATION
  9. BEFFTA FEMALE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: BARBARA BLAKE
  10. BEFFTA MALE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: ADEBAYO JONES

Latest Press Release: 19th September 2011

Stars attand the 3rd annual BEFFTA awards UK at Hilton Park Lane

After two successful years of BEFFTA awards in the UK and one year in the US, BEFFTA awards UK is back with a prestigious press and nomination launch that took place at Hilton Park Lane on 16th of September 2011 where the nominations were revealed.

BEFFTA awards is the premier award ceremony that celebrates the achievements of both the known and the unsung hard working black and ethnic minority personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts worldwide under one roof. Among the guests at the launch were supermodels, photographers, film makers, actors, musicians, Djs, promoters, producers, Fashion designers, actors, make – up artists and more.

Specially invited guests on the evening of the launch included the recently celebrated veteran entertainer and British popular soap Eastenders actress Ellen Thomas and Choice FM founder Neil Kenlock who have been great role models for the black community in the UK. The flamboyant double BEFFTA award winning model trainer and the official swimwear model trainer for Sandstorm boutique’s Miss World 2011 fashion show said, “I’m excited about the 3rd annual BEFFTA awards, the award ceremony has laid great foundation for what I am now and I’m so grateful”.

The public nominated in June and July while the panel of BEFFTA members carried on with their research and nomination until September when they came up with the final list. BEFFTA founder Pauline Long said, “the nomination process is usually lengthy and involves intense research but it’s all worth it, you only have to look at the individuals nominated to see that we are a community of very talented and creative people. A lot of the people that have been nominated work very hard behind the scenes and are very talented, these people need recognition for their contribution in the industry and that’s what BEFFTA is about”.

BEFFTA awards voting is expected to begin on 1st October with the main red carpet awards night taking place on 22nd of October at the prestigious Light House.

Even though the public nominations are closed, the public can still nominate in the following categories by sending in names and information about the individual being nominated:

BEFFTA Special Awards (Nominations for this category are still on going. Send your nomination with full details of nominee..ie email, website or links with profiles to nominations@beffta.com This special category is not for public voting the winners will be decided by the panel of BEFFTA members. Winners will be announced on 22nd October at the Light House)

  1. BEFFTA YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD
  2. BEFFTA INSPIRATION AWARD
  3. BEFFTA FASHION ICON
  4. BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON
  5. BEFFTA CREATIVE PERSONALITY
  6. BEFFTA FEMALE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
  7. BEFFTA MALE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

BEFFTA UK 2011 NOMINEES

Entertainment Category

Music

  1. Best Female Act: Dionne Reid, Kadija Kamara, Cherri v, Makeida, Shiikane, 4flava, Ayanna, Lioness, Alexandra Burke, RD, Lil simz, Wyen Solo, Bumi Thomas, Destinee Superstar, Yolanda Brown, Mz Bratt
  2. Best Male Act: Jermaine Riley, Wretch 32, DEM TWO, Dretonio, YJ, Tinchy Strider, Sway, R.I.O, PW, Pepstar, Lock Essien, Marvylous
  3. Best Gospel Act: Chuka Royalty, Aaron T Aaron, Rebecca, Diana Hamilton, Sonnie Badu, Uche Ugwu, Four Kornerz, Ejiro, Rudo Zamchiya, , Faith Child, Remi Odumesi, Myco Cris, Coco Dupree, Meleke
  4. Best International Act: Zone Fam, D’ banj, Fally Ipupa, Tu Face Idibia, Menoosha, Simply Chrysolite, Tim Godfrey, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Menoosha, Wiz Kid, Teargas, Tiwa Savage, LeToya Luckett
  5. Best Female UK based Afro/Caribbean Act: Cythia Mare, Tracy Chanda, Simply Chrystolite, Zita K, Bumi Thomas, Tipsy,
  6. Best Male UK based Afro/Caribbean Act: Lil P, Mo Eazy, King David, Myco Chris, Lekan Shobiyi, Tu Short, Hyper Hype, 2Kriss, Prince Ade, Lanre Japlin
  7. Best Producer: Best Touch, Lekan Shobiyi, SHABACH(Beautiful Soundz), master Kraft, Labrinth, The Real Mr Smith, J Weathers, Pepstar

Dance

  1. Best Dance Act: Dan-Kira, Akai, Flawless, Diversity, Definitives, Rhimes Lecointe, Boy Blue Entertainment
  2. Best Dance Choreographer: , Kwame Knight, Douggie Dan-Kira, Glenn Hudson, Kenrick ‘H20′ Sandy, Tony Adigun, Johnson(Kid Royal), Anthony Kaye

Comedy

  1. Best Comedian: Obonjo comedian, Don’t Jealous Me, Adot, Eddie Kadi, Funmbi, Kat Francois, Miss London, Slim Comedian, Prince Abdi, Joycely Jee Essien, Lateef Lovejoy

Radio

  1. Station of the year: Voice of Africa, East African Voice, Inspiration FM, Unique FM, Playvybz, Bang Radio, Zimonline Radio, Colourful Radio, Flames radio, Premier Gospel Radio, Rinse FM, UCB Radio
  2. Radio personality of the year: Patricia Benjamin , Deoba Authentic, EzraTshisha Sibanda, Oyinka Awojobi, Karla Williams, Betty Makoni, Kojo, DJ Abrantee, Eddie Kadi, Kat Boyce,

Newspapers/Magazines/Blogs

  1. Best Community Newspaper: Afro News, The Voice, Trumphet, Testify
  2. Magazine of the year: New African Woman, FAB Magazine, Nollywooduncut, Flavour, In-spired lifestyle magazine, Hotminute Magazine, Black Hair Magazine, Tropics Magazine, check out Magazine , Crux, Women Confidential, fashion finest, Afro Pulp, Lime Magazine, Oh yes, Urban World
  3. Journalist of the year: Topi Lyambila, Henry Bonsu, Ayo Johnson, Stephen Ogongo, Janelle Oswald, Charlene White, Annika Allen, Lukwesa Burak, Jumoke Fashola, Precious Williams, Rageh Omar
  4. Blog of the year: Shadders.net, belindaotas.com, Africa fashion guide, Soul Culture, msafropolitan, Deeper than twitter, Bella Naija, Art Hustle, Beesuarez, Miss Jestina George, Mo-am network, Not Just ok, pappzd, The Norte Blog, Africa Batik

Events

  1. Best Events Promoter: Effycom Productions, Mahogany International, Vintage Star, Triforce promotions, Vorte Avant Garde, Talented and Young, IUC Entertainment, Fashion finest, DJA Media, Bigga Fish, K Benson Entertainment, Akwaaba Promotions, Tukdel entertainment, Ultimate praise, Smade, Akwaaba Promotions

DJ

  1. DJ of the year: Dj Longers, Dj Unbeetable, Dj Dubwise, Dj Ace and Vis, Dj Dubwise, Dj xclusive, Dj Dego Ranking, Dj 279, Dj Abass, Dj Shimpundu, Dj Shuges, Dj Steve Sutherland, Dj twin b, Dj Candice McKenzie

Photographers

  1. Best Photographer: Ernest Simons, David Mbiyu, Kenneth Asia, Idelic media and creative photography, Adeyinka Adepitan, Akpe Ododoru, Creative Piece, Femi Touch

Fashion Category:

Fashion Designers

  1. Best Female Fashion Designer: Kamondi Couture, Sandstorm Boutique, Yaa Taa Couture Bags , Adopted Culture Couture, Tina Lobondi, Kirette Couture, Laurette Lope(Glamelle Boutik), Aj Clothing, Bestow Elan, Chichia London, Leah African design, Jose Hendo, Anita Quansah, Ayikai couture, Ester Ndongala,
  2. Best male Fashion Designer: Kitoko, Maze Couture, Alexander Amosu, Fabio designs, Zekaryas Solomon, Usher Shegs

Stylists

  1. Best Hair Stylist: Dionne Smith, Edee Beau, Angela Plummer, Didisa, Junior Green, Eugene Davis, Sandra Webb
  2. Best Wardrobe Stylist: Crystal Deroche, Christelle Kedi, Shanah-Marie Francis, Tanesha West Carr, Eboni Burrowes, Samantha Watson

Make-up Artists

  1. Best Make-up Artist: Sheeba Raye, Edee Beau, Barbara Mensah, Alicia Samuels, Mink London, Sophia Latoya, Lola Maja, Karen Salandy, Dimple Patel Make Up, Cre8tive Makeup, Facequizite, Didisa

Fashion Choreographers

  1. Best Fashion Choreographer: Kwame Knight, Catwalk Professor, Maxine Griffiths, Reuben Joseph

Models

  1. Best male model: Ibukun Jegede, Prince Nkay, Anthony Kaye, Dwain Stephens, Jason Daniel Best, Zebulun, Delisser, Julius Reuben, Ebrima Sey,
  2. Best Female model: Samira Hashi, Nana Afua Antwi, Robyn Henry, Rissikat Bade, Halima Ali, Samantha Watson, Gisela Wanjiru Greiner, Tamar Oluwaseun, Abie Koroma, Shanelle Banton, April Alexander, Rachel Tukdel, Lisette Mibo, Sasha Shantel, Sophie Latoya
  3. Best Modelling Agency: Demus castings, Mahogany Models, Mora Moda

Beauty Pageants

  1. Best Beauty Pageant: Miss Nubian UK, Miss West Africa UK, Miss Congo UK, Queen of Zambia UK, Miss Uganda UK, Miss Ghana UK, Miss Jamaica UK, Miss African Spirit, Miss Elegant International, Miss Central Africa UK
  2. Best Beauty Queen; Miss Congo 2011, Victoria Okafor, Rissikat Bade, Victoria Matonga, Nzala Chimuka
  3. Best Former Beauty Queen: Nicola Sackey, Flavia Mbazima, Amelia Lola, Sasha Shantel, Laurette Lopo, Maria Namiiro
  4. Best Beauty Pageant Director: Jacqueline Wabara, Nana Tamakloe, Ethel Elaka, Jacqueline Matovu, June Daley, Marvis Osei, Michelle Adams, Justina Mutale

Film Category

  1. Best Film director: Obi Emelonye, Lonzo Nzekwe, Otunba Abiola Asalulola, Verona Spence and Dalian Adofo, Adam Deacon, Noel Clarke
  2. Best Actor: Phoenix James, TY Bankinson, Jordan Pitt, Ashly Chin, Adam Deacon, Ashley Walters, Femi Oyeniran, Jumayn Hunter, Sam Sarpong, Idris Elba, Osita Iheme, Will Smith
  3. Best Actresses: Ann Akin, Fatima Jabbe, Genevive Nnaji, Omotola, Wunmi Mosaku, Kyla Frye, Thandie Newton
  4. Best Film: The Mirror Boy, Anchor Baby, Natashe De Prodigal, Ancestral Voices Esoteric African knowledge, Anuvahood
  5. Best screenwriter: Tyler Perry, Anne Akin, Adam Deacon, Lonzo Nzekwe, Noel Clarke, Obi Emelonye
  6. Best theatre production: Life After Death, Conversations With Love, Love is a loosing game, Lion king, Fela, Estate Walls

TV Category

  1. Best Actress: Ellen Thomas, Segilola Scott, Bunmi Mojekwu, Wunmi Mosaku, Yetunde Oduwole, Andrea Ama Abaogye, Moji Bamtefa
  2. Best Actor: David Ajala, Wale Ojo, Arinze Kene, Tolu Charles Ogunmefun, Daniel Kaluuya, Jimmy Akingbola, Daniel Anthony
  3. Best TV Station: OH TV, HI TV, BEN TV, BET, OBE, VOX AFRICA
  4. Best TV Show: Meet The Adebanjos(OH TV), The Sporah Show(BEN TV), Telling Tales(OH TV), The Magazine Show(BEN TV), Afrika Rising(Oh TV), The Afro Buzz(VOX Africa), Shoot The Messenger(VOX Africa), The Wendy Williams Show(BET), The Monique Show(BET), Wahala show(VOX AFRICA)
  5. Best TV personality: Shoggy Tosh, Lola Ogunbadejo, Mansour Bellow, Charlene White, Henry Bonsu, Adesope Olijide, Effua Daniels, Angelica Bell, Princess Deun Adedoyin,
  6. Best presenter: Lola Ogunbadejo, Shoggy Tosh, Adesope Olajide, Effua Daniels, Reggie Yates, Femi Amusan, Liz Yemoja, Melvin O’doom, Rickie Haywood, James Sherwood, Miquita Oliver, Sama Ndango, Mansour Bellow
  7. Best Webseries: Meet The Adebanjos, Breach drama, Don’t Jealous Me(DJM), The Sama Ndango Show
  8. Best online TV: Factory 78 TV, SB TV, UPSHOT TV, xposure TV

ART Category

  1. Best Spoken Word Artist/Poets: Lyrical Healer, Dean Atta, Dumi Senda, Deanner Rodger
  2. Best Art Director: Kwame Knight, Ann Akin, Sam Davis, Ola Shobowale, Christelle Kedi


Latest Press Release: 31st December 2010

BEFFTA AWARDS 2011 DATE ANNOUNCED AT CHRISTMAS RECEPTION

The unique award ceremony that celebrates black and ethnic minority personality in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts (BEFFTA awards) announced their 2011 date at their exclusive Christmas reception at Hilton Park Lane on 4th December 2010. The 3rd annual BEFFTA awards date was revealed as 22nd October 2011 in the private and intimate gathering hosted by BEFFTA awards founder Pauline Long.  In a very moving speech she said, “We are so grateful for the immense support that we have received from the community despite the fact that we are only moving in to our second year. We are hoping to deliver better shows with your support.”

Pauline Long congratulated all winners and nominees of BEFFTA awards for their wonderful contribution in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.

BEFFTA Christmas reception was attended by a host of notable personalities in the industry and celebrities including Holby City actor Jimmy Akingbola, art director Greta Mendez, Mahogany models CEO Sola Oyebade, model Prince Nkay, Stedman Pearson of the popular 80’s pop group ‘Five Star’, bigbrother star Makosi, Nollywooduncut.com publisher Dele Onabowu, Jazz sensation Anthony Everest and his award-winning fashion designer sibling Asake Oge amongst others.

Meanwhile BEFFTA TV show will officially launch in January on SKY Channel.

BEFFTA awards 2011 public nominations are open. Send your nominations to nominations@beffta.com and for general inquiries email info@beffta.com

Website: www.beffta.com/news

Press Release: 31st October 2010

Second Annual BEFFTA Award Winners Announced

Stars and guests graced the 2nd annual BEFFTA awards at Central Hall Westminster to celebrate the achievements of black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion television and arts. Among the winners on the night were Hayley Cassidy, Lil P, Bang radio, Wunmi Mosaku, Shoggy Tosh and more.

BEFFTA special awards categories were presented to choice FM founder Neil Kenlock, Media and radio personality Sherry Dixon, TV personality and entertainer Angie Le Mar, Femi Oguns, Olutunji Ebun-Cole and creative director Maxine Griffith.

The red carpet was graced by several personalities from showbiz and the many guests that attended the glitzy award ceremony.

Asked about what she thought of the award ceremony, Pauline Long founder of BEFFTA awards said, ” We are proud to have made it to the second year and grateful for the immense support from the general public. All the nominees and winners deserved to be celebrated on the night for their contribution in their chosen fields of work”.

Meanwhile BEFFTA TV show is set to officially launch in January on SKY. The weekly TV show will highlight and promote black and ethnic personalities in film, fashion, television and arts all year round.

Full list of BEFFTA awards winners:

Music
1. Best Female Act: Hayley Cassidy
2. Best Male Act: Mo Eazy
3. Best Gospel Act: DTWG
4. Best International Act: STY.LIST
5. Best Female UK based Afro/Caribbean Act: Ruth Brown
6. Best Male UK based Afro/Caribbean Act: Lil P
Dance
1. Best Dance Act: Boy Blue Entertainment
2. Best Dance Choreographer: Greta Mendez
Comedy
1. Best Comedian: Eddie Kadi
2. Best Comedy Entertainment personality: Angie Lemar
Radio
1. Station of the year: Bang Radio
2. Best Radio Personality: Sherry Dixon
Newspapers and Magazines
1. Best Community Newspaper: The Afro News
2. Magazine of the year: New African Woman
3. Journalist of the year: Janelle Oswald
Events
1. Best Events Presenter: Alafair Celestine
1. Best Events Promoter: Effycom Productions(Ethel Gondwe)
DJs
1. DJ of the year: Candice McKenzie
Photographers
1. Best Photographer: Kenneth Asia
Fashion Category:
Fashion Designers
1. Best Male Fashion Designer : Adebayo Jones
2. Best Female Fashion Designer: Asakeoge Couture
Stylists
1. Best Hair Stylist: Wayne Shorter-Campbell
2. Best Wardrobe Stylist: Rachel Ofili
Best Make-up Artist
1. Best Make-up Artist: David Ayo-Gorgeous
Fashion Choreographers
1. Best Fashion Choreographer: Catwalk Proffesor
Models
1. Best male model: Prince Nkay
2. Best female model: Kyla Frye
3. Best Modelling Agency: IntStyles Models and artist management
Beauty Pageants
1. Best Beauty Pageant: Miss Southern Africa UK
2. Best Beauty Queen: Fernanda Kanyando(Miss Southern Africa UK)
3. Best Former Beauty Queen: Flavia Mbazimba(Miss Zambia UK)
4. Best Beauty Pageant Director: Justina Mutale
Film Category
1. Best Film director: Fabien Soazandry
2. Best Actor: Jimmy Akingbola
3. Best Actresses: Wunmi Mosaku
4. Best Film The Monologue
TV Category
1. Best Actress: Wunmi Mosaku
2. Best Actor: Jimmy Akingbola
3. Best TV Station: BEN TV
4. Best TV Show: Tosh Mag TV
5. Best TV personality: Shoggy Tosh
6. Best TV presenter: Sporah Njau
ART Category
1. Best Spoken Word Artist/Poets: Taiwo Tony Rotimi
2. Best Art Director: Greta Mendez

BEFFTA CREATIVE PERSONALITY: Maxine Griffith
BEFFTA YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD: Olutunji Ebun-Cole
BEFFTA INSPIRATION AWARD: Femi Oguns
BEFFTA FASHION ICON : Yemi Osunkoya
BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON: Angie Le Mar
BEFFTA FEMALE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Sherry Dixon
BEFFTA MALE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Neil Kenlock


16 October 2010: Stars set to grace BEFFTA awards 2010 at Central Hall Westminster

The second annual prestigious (Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts)BEFFTA awards is set to take place in the Black History Month at Central Hall Westminster on 30th October with a host of African, Caribbean and Asian personalities within entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts in attendance. The glamorous and black tie unique award ceremony that celebrates the achievements of both unknown and known black and ethnic minority personalities in entertainment and arts promises another historic event which is also aimed at promoting and creating awareness of unrecognised great talent. Entertainment on the night includes a creative dance hair show by international celebrity hairstylist Verona white, performances by Stedman of Five Star, talented singer Hayley Cassidy and many more.

As a way of ensuring continued promotion of talent within black and ethnic minority communities BEFFTA awards has also introduced BEFFTA TV show which will debut on SKY TV in October with Pauline Long as the main presenter and regular guest presenters. Some of the clips of the BEFFTA TV show promoting 2010 nominees can be found on BEFFTA youtube channel www.youtube.com/befftaawards

BEFFTA 2010 nominees were nominated by the public and the final decision made by a panel of BEFFTA Members. Among the nominees in entertainment category include Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Sofia Hayat, Lil P, Victizzle, Shady Blue and more. The fashion category includes Naomi Campbell, Asakeoge Couture, Maxine Griffith, Catwalk Professor and other notable and new names in the industry. Nominees in TV category include Angelica Bell, Shoggy Tosh and Sporah of The Sporah Show. Jimmy Akingbola made it to the list for the first time while film director Noel Clarke made it to the list for the second year through public nominations. Journalist of the year nominees include Janelle Oswald and Stephen Ogongo. Other nomination categories include Djs, actors, fashion designers, radio and TV personalities, beauty pageants, makeup artist, wardrobe stylists, film directors.

For full list of BEFFTA 2010 nominees and how to text vote visit www.beffta.com/news

BEFFTA TICKETS INFORMATION:

VIP tickets are limited and on request only, email info@beffta.com

Standard tickets cost £20 and can be purchased online or at the door. www.beffta.com/news

Latest Press Release

17th September 2010: The Second Annual BEFFTA awards launches exclusively in London

London’s Mayfair venue Babbles was lit with full glamour and elegance as top black and ethnic personalities within entertainment, film, fashion television and arts gathered to celebrate the red carpet VIP launch of the 2nd annual BEFFTA(Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts) awards. Among the special guests were Stedman of Five Stars, Fame academy star Audley Anderson, Junior Giscombe, radio personality Sherry Dixon and Lord Paul Johnson.

Last year’s winners Jasmia Robinson, international fashion choreographer Catwalk Professor, actor David Ajala, Sola oyebade of Mahogany models were among the vibrant guests. The award ceremony that celebrates the achievements of the known and gives exposure to the unknown hardworking personalities was well received by the huge number of guests that graced the launch eager to find out who made it to final nomination list. Asked what she thought about the 2010 nominees, founder of Pauline Long explained, “the public nominated overwhelmingly for their favourite stars but it was down to the panel of BEFFTA members to decide who makes it to the final list, once again this year we have definitely discovered some great talent that needed recognition and we hope the public will continue to support them”. Voting is expected to begin on 24th September.

This year’s BEFFTA awards night will take place at Central Hall Westminster, London in the Black History Month on 30th October. The prestigious red carpet event is expected to be star-studded with a comeback performance from Stedman of Five star and other talented artists. Meanwhile international celebrity hairstylist Verona white will treat the audience to an exclusive creative and well choreographed hair and dance show.

Nominees list:  http://www.beffta.com/news/?page_id=7

For tickets visit www.beffta.com/news

Voting begins on 24th September.

For more information email: info@beffta.com


Latest Press Release

16th August 2010 : BEFFTA awards 2010 is back

Public nominations for BEFFTA UK Awards; the prestigious awards ceremony that celebrates and rewards the achievements of the known and unknown black and ethnic minority personalities within entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts is now officially open to the public.

The second annual BEFFTA awards night is confirmed to take place in the Black History Month on 30th October at the prestigious Central Hall Westminster, The Great Hall. Meanwhile, BEFFTA Awards will debut in USA in February 2010 during the Black History Month. “The awards ceremony has been established to recognise and reward hard working individuals from Asian, African and Caribbean community who put in a lot in entertainment, film, fashion, television and art but don’t get much recognition”, Founder of BEFFTA Pauline Long explained

Even though the nominations are partially based on the public nominating, the final nomination list will be decided by BEFFTA members and the official press launch on 1st September. BEFFTA Members consists of a panel of twenty professionals from the world of entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.

This full red carpet glamorous event is set to be an amazing night with hardworking individuals from the industry celebrating their achievements in the heart of Europe’s busiest city, London.

Meanwhile this year’ celebration has included a competition for designers within black and ethnic minority communities. The competition called BEFFTA DESIGNERS PRIZE which is sponsored by international celebrity hairstylist Verona white will see the best designer walk away with cash prize on the 30th October. Designers will include, shoe designers, clothes designers, handbags and accessories designers and more.

Send in your nominations to: nominations@beffta.com

For more information on BEFFTA 2010 nominations and categories, visit:

http://www.beffta.com/news/?page_id=7

For more information on BEFFTA DESIGNERS PRIZE email: info@beffta.com


17th October 2009 : Star-Studded BEFFTA Awards makes History

The 1st Annual BEFFTA Awards took place during Black History Month on 17th October 2009 at the luxurious London Hilton Metropole and was attended by a host of stars within the UK black community.  The Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts Awards (BEFFTA), aimed at honouring the best entertainment and showbiz personalities in UK and across the globe made history by being the first of its kind ceremony and saw the movers and shakers of the black community come out in large number.
The glitzy red carpet event  celebrating the achievements of stars from the black African and Caribbean community hosted by Richard Blackwood and comedian Miss London attracted stars both nationally and internationally including Face of Sleek brand Noella Coursaris, Angie Le Mar, Miss England Rachel Christie, Andy Abrahams (X-Factor) , Choice FM DJ Abrantee, Lee Jasper,  fashion entrepreneur Samata Angel, international makeup artist Eryca Freemantle, Playvybz Radio Crew, MTV comedian  Kojo, Mobo winner Yolanda Brown amongst others .
BEFFTA award winners voted for by the general public included Mahogany Model Management founder Sola Oyebade, Noel Clarke, Dizzee Rascal and Rudolf Walker, who was honoured with the lifetime achievement award whilst comedian Kojo won the BEFFTA Inspiration Award. With glamour being the word of the evening BEFFTA Awards were handed out to leading musicians,  designers, comedians, radio personalities, television personalities, actors, actresses and a host of other categories within the arts. Other winners on the night included model Jasmia Robinson,  X-Factor sensation Leona Lewis and top model Ibukun Jegede.
The event went well but not without hiccups and teething problems, with 48 nomination categories one or two things were bound to go the other way. The designers category was mostly affected with three names forgotten to be mentioned, Threadneedles tailors designer George Dyer, Designer Gavin Pierre Medford and Caz Longe. However Caz Longe won the category. Highlights of the night included muscle bound Tiny Iron -Britains biggest  biceps entertaining the crowd over his pronunciation of nominees names and Sola Oyebade scooping two awards on the night. BEFFTA Awards is here to stay and grow with the support of the community.  They  certainly put smiles on many faces on the night as winning an award in such a prestigious ceremony is a big deal.  The award ceremony fulfilled it’s  first promise by awarding and honouring the best within the black community. The next promise to fulfil is support worthy causes and events within the black community.
Founder Pauline Long said, “BEFFTA Awards has been greatly received and supported by the community including the critics who have pledged support for BEFFTA 2010. Being in London’s most prestigious venue, Hilton Metropole, the award ceremony was as glitzy as expected, I have never seen so much glamour in one night under one roof. It was an honour to be part of it. Plans are already under way for BEFFTA Awards 2010. we hope to deliver a great show”.

Full list of BEFFTA Awards winners can be viewed here: http://www.beffta.com/