The Black Entertainment Film Television & Arts Awards were founded by broadcaster and philanthropist Pauline Long in 2009 in the city of London UK. According to Ms Long she came up with the idea of the BEFFTAs to give back to the society by honoring and celebrating unsung heroes and talented achievers within the Black ,Asian and Ethnic minorities communities often overlooked or even ignored by the mainstream UK establishment.
Declaring the event open, one of the top most influential Nigerians in the UK Dr Dayo Olomu congratulated all nominees for their can do attitude which has led to them being recognised by an organisation such as BEFFTA. He urged them and the entire ethnic minorities community to continue to seek power by applying their acquired knowledge in their daily lives and to be actively in public policy making activities and processes.
Guest speaker at the occasion was the former Chairman of the Central Associations of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK) Chief Bimbo Roberts-Folayan, a past BEFFTA Award Recipient who called on all Blacks, Asians and Ethnic minorities to work together, collaborate more and support our individual and collective aspirations and to also work with the mainstream. “Together”, he added, “we will make the United Kingdom (perhaps the world’s most ethnically diverse country), the best place for us all to live”
Among several UK-Nigerians and Africans honoured at the star studded event include
NollywoodUK Actresses Helen Osabutey Best Actress
Kwame Korateng (Ghana) Best Fashion Designer
Charles Venn (Nigeria) Best TV Actor
Ken Smart (Nigeria) Best Actor
Tolu Yesufu (Nigeria) Best Scriptwriter
Ellen Thomas (Sierra Leone) Best TV Actress
Josh Daniels (Nigeria) Best Photographer
24 year old Stella Olomu bagged the Youth Leadership Award
Philanthropist and Human Rights Activist Justina Mutale was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding work in the global community and Nurses and NHS Workers rights activist Dr Abbey Akinoshun was Awarded as Man of the Year .
Royal Drummer Ayan De First was awarded for Cultural Heritage Promotion while Top Black UK Lawyer Ronke Alli-Udofia and Community Leader June Douglas both received Leadership Awards.
Also honoured was 80s music icon Maxi Priest who was presented an Entertainment Icon Award.
International footballer Didier Drogba was honoured with a Lifetime Humanitarian Award
The Blogger of the Year Award came to Baronessj.com.
Story by Jummy Ariyo
Pictures by Riyike Alayande & Josh Daniels