WORLD AFRO DAY® AWARDS 2018

LOVE HAIR.
LOVE EXCELLENCE

Celebrating Afro excellence in all areas of society; encouraging normalisation and aspiration towards Afro hair, culture, and identity.









THE AWARDS
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WORLD AFRO DAY® AWARDS 2018

THE EVENT

The 1st World Afro Day Awards is on Saturday 15th of September 2018. 

 
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Join us as we celebrate Afro excellence in all areas of society. Afro hair, culture and identity, will be a showcase for the world.

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Awards on the night include TV Advert of the Year, Afro Star Youth Award plus: 

TV Presenter Award
Nominees: Afua Hirch, David Olusoga, Dr Zoe Williams

Social Impact Award
Nominees: Lekia Lee, Vinna Best, Selma Nicholls

Afro Pioneer Award
Nominees: Anastasia Chikezie, Morris Roots, Khembe Clarke
 

Special guests

Miss Universe GB, Dee-Ann Kentish Rogers
Celebrity Hairstylist Charlotte Mensah
5 News Claudia-Liza Armah
Hair Guru and influencer Benny Harlem & Family


Afro Achiever's Panel - Audience Q&A

Hosted by Comedian Judi Love and Profession Jonathan Wilson


Location

Church House Westminster
Great Smith St
SW1P 3NZ

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WORLD AFRO DAY® AWARDS 2018

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 Celebrate Afro excellence in all areas of society. Afro hair, culture and identity, a showcase for the world.

 





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WORLD AFRO DAY® AWARDS 2018   

THE AFRO AWARDS
COLLECTIVE

The Afro Awards Collective is a group of professionals from across the creative industries and business, who care about the representation of people of African descent in advertising, the media and society as a whole. The Collective form the judging panel for the World Afro Day Awards, which is the first global ceremony celebrating achievement of people with Afro/textured, natural hair. The event will showcase success, across society encouraging the normalisation and aspiration towards the Afro hair standard.


MEET THE PANEL

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Michelle de leon

Michelle De Leon is founder of World Afro Day (WAD): a global day of change, education and celebration of Afro hair, culture and identity. With over 20 years TV industry experience and a career at ITV.  Michelle has worked on the production of numerous shows including Good Morning Britain. Michelle lead the inaugural World Afro Day in 2017, which successfully launched on September 15th and achieved over 2.5 million coverage views. WAD has been endorsed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the London Mayor's Office and she has recently been invited to speak at the United Nations in Geneva.

 
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AkuA Gyamfi

Akua Gyamfi has more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, which includes working for magazines RWD and i-D, and assisting at London and Paris fashion week for Matthew Williamson, Jonathan Saunders and Giles. Gyamfi spent time at the BBC where she worked at the BBC Writersroom, working with director Mark 1 to write, direct and produce anti-knife and gun crime short film, After Effects. In 2012, Akua launched The British Blacklist, which serves as an online portal celebrating the work of creatives from screen, stage, sound and literature.

 
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TREVOR ROBINSON, OBE

Trevor Robinson, OBE is a creative director and founder of Quiet Storm, the London-based advertising agency and production company. A dedicated philanthropist, he heads a drive to encourage the UK's creative industries to embrace those, who like him, come from ethnic minority backgrounds. In 1995 Robinson set up Quiet Storm, the UK's first and only joint creative agency and production company, being recognised members of both the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) and APA. The agency's client list includes MTV and HMV, as well as campaigns for Operation Black Vote and Mayoral conferences for the Greater London Authority. Robinson was awarded an OBE by the Queen for his services to UK advertising

 
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NENE PARsotam

Nene is a Senior Art Director and Digital Designer having worked in the creative advertising industry for the past 14 years. She has worked with some of the largest brands in the world including Wall Street Journal, Disney and L’Oréal.  where she created and crafted digital and online advertising campaigns. Currently, Nene co-founded and runs VINE Creatives a branding agency for the African diaspora and businesses with an African focus, and also runs and co-founded ethnic diversity creative career initiative Stripes, which aims to get more BAME talent into the creative advertising industry.

 
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Eryca freemantle

Eryca Freemantle has over 30 years industry experience and is well-known in the global circles of health, beauty and makeup.  As a former ambassador for Professional Beauty GCC and international contributor to Professional Beauty and Scratch magazines she is in demand across the globe. Eryca  works with professional brands 1:2:1 to elevate their position within the beauty industry and is a former advisor on the panel for London College of Fashion and was selected as an advisor to the British Government on the 2015 ‘Body Confidence’ campaign. Through a number of campaigns, Eryca encourages the beauty industry to take a broader and more inclusive strategic position by ‘Embracing all Tones of Women’.
 

 

 
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Tim Campbell, MBE

As a small business owner, founder of his own entrepreneurial social enterprise charity - Bright Ideas Trust - and co-author of one of Amazon’s Top 10 rated business books ‘What’s Your Bright Idea?’, Tim has come a long way since coming to the public's attention as the first winner of the BBC TV show The Apprentice.  A passionate supporter of talent, Tim has been an apprenticeship ambassador for the UK Government and currently sits on the City of London Education Board.  Awarded an MBE for Enterprise in 2012, Tim has been described as the ‘the human face of business’ by one broadsheet newspaper.

 
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Michelle Matterson

Michelle Matterson began and developed her media career primarily at the BBC spanning nearly 20 years in production, development, commissioning and talent. Her editorial credits include, Why Stephen? - Black Britain, and the BBC 2 comedy series, Blouse & Skirt. Michelle’s has also worked for Channel 4 and Carlton Television. In December 2013,  Michelle joined Shiver, ITV Studios as Talent Executive. She has one of the best ‘black books’ in the business and has responsibility for bringing in top industry editorial talent to work and share their creative ideas.  Michelle currently runs PREM Talent & My First Job in TV - finding the best talent for off and on screen talent.

 
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PROFESSOR JONATHAN WILSON

Professor Wilson is a multi award-winning Academic and Partner of the Business and Brand Strategy firm, Dragonfly Black. He has spent the past 20 years specialising in what he calls the ABCDs of Business and Culture: Advertising, Branding, Communications, and Digital. Professor Wilson has published over 200 pieces of work, which have led to over 100 conference-speaking engagements across the globe. In 2017/18 he was the only UK academic to receive a LinkedIn Top Voices Award and feature in their advertising campaigns. His work is cited frequently in places such as the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Huffington Post.