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Shortlist of GAB Awards Finalists released
The Judging Panel for the Gathering of Africa’s Best (GAB) Awards has released the names of the initial batch of Finalists who have made it past the first stage of the screening process. Recipients of the GAB Awards will be announced at a colourful ceremony holding at the Hilton London Paddington on Sunday 23rd October.
The list of those who made it as Finalists range from achievers in the fields of Finance, Business, Media, Entertainment, Health, Charity, Youth Empowerment, Community Engagement, and more.
The Finalists include: Mrs Evelyn Oputu – the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Bank of Industry Nigeria; Em Ekong – Director of Urban Inclusion London; Gibril Faal – Chair of the African Foundation for Development; Iyamide Thomas – Regional Care Advisor of the Sickle Cell Society UK; Music Producer - Anthony Everest; Broadcaster par excellence – Princess Deun Adedoyin-Solarin of Princess of Arize; and Chief Superintendent Wayne Chance – London’s Southwark Borough Police Commander.
Others include Richard Taylor OBE of the Damilola Taylor Trust; Actress Ellen Thomas; Dr Comfort Momoh MBE – a Public Health Specialist; colourful Media guruÂ - Dr Bisi Olatilo; Atul Bhakta – Managing Director of One World Express Inc; Dayo Olomu – Founder of dayoolomu.com; and journalist – Jasmine Dotiwala.
The GAB Awards was founded in 1999 by The Trumpet newspaper (Britain’s largest distributed Black newspaper) against the backdrop of huge negative publicity being flaunted by the UK mainstream media, among many others.
The importance and high profile of the GAB Awards has been acknowledged by the Mayor of London. In 2007, the GAB Awards was celebrated as one of the programmes of the Mayor’s Black History Month Season.
Past events have attracted the support and presence of numerous African missions and their Heads; Royalties; Celebrities from numerous areas of human endeavour; UK and African government officials and politicians; because of the lofty ideals the event represents. Past guests have included the Heads of Mission of Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Namibia, Egypt, Sierra Leone; HRH Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III – the Alaafin of Oyo, HRH Oba T.A. Akinloye, Sateru II – the Ojomu of Ajiranland, Prince Bola Ajibola, Chief & Chief (Mrs) J.K. Randle, Chief & Chief (Mrs) Oluwole Adeosun, John Fashanu, Rt.Hon. Simon Hughes, Rt. Hon. Dianne Abbott (both of the British Parliament), William Hague (then leader of the Conservative Party), Erelu Lola Ayonrinde – two-time Mayor of the London Borough of Wandsworth; Cllr Anna Mbachu (then Mayor of Waltahm Forest), John Bowis (MEP), Lloyd ‘Ragamuffin’ Honeyghan – the former undisputed and two-time World Boxing champion, but to mention a few.
Previous recipients of the GAB awards include Nelson Mandela, Professor George Kirya, Henry Annan, Anthonia Okonma of Bad Girls, Cyril Nri of The Bill, Paralympics medallist Ade Adepitan, Chief Dele Momodu, Ishola Akay (MBE), Most Rev. Father Olu Abiola (OBE), Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, Patti Boulaye, and the late Professor Thomas Adeoye Lambo.
Tickets to the event are currently on sale and must be purchased in advance of the day:
Tickets: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Regular VIP
Individual: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â£100 Â£200
Couple: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â£175 Â£300
Table of 10: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â£875 Â£1500
Tickets can be booked by calling 020 8522 6600 or 07956 385604 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.gabawards.com / www.gabawards.eventbrite.com.
There are also marketing opportunities that exist through Advertisements in the Programme of Events, Exhibition Stands, Sponsorship of the event and insertion of products and promotional materials in the Goody Bags.
And the Finalists are...
Director, Urban Inclusion
Chair, African Foundation for Development
Regional Care Advisor, Sickle Cell Society
Anthony 'Aremu Orin'
Chief Executive, Life Changers Foundation
Founder, Miss Elegant International
CEO, Princess of Arize
Managing Director, GF Drums
Make Messages Count
A Youth group
Southwark Borough Police Commander
Co-Founder, Damilola Taylor Trust and the Spirit of London Awards
Youths Against Crime not Crime Against Youth
A Youth group
Managing Director, Bank of Industry Nigeria
Executive News Editor, BBC Media Trust
Managing Director, One World Express Inc.
CEO, Biscon World TV
Female Genital Mutilation / Public Health Specialist
Leicester African Caribbean Business Association