• Carmel Britto

Women 4 Africa Awards 2017

Last Saturday 20th May, Kensington Town Hall came to life as men and women from all over the globe came together to attend the 6th Women 4 Africa Awards.

The Women 4 Africa awards is the biggest of its kind here in the UK, setting out each year to recognise 100 African Women for their commitment to excellence and the impact which they are having within their chosen fields or areas of expertise thus shining a spotlight not just on the women and the work they do but on their contributions to enacting change as well.

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It was a highly glamorous affair with an array of African attire and fabulous evening gowns adorning the red carpet as the UK's whose, who from within various African communities turned up in true African style to celebrate this years Women 4 Africa finalists. From former Mayors, prominent officials, CEO's of major companies and charities to social Media celebrities, Nollywoods finest and we'll known socialites the night offered up an amazing guest list of over 600 attendees.

This outstanding list of Women 4 Africa finalists served to highlight the incredible work being done by African women globally. All sides of the continent were very well represented with the line up consisting of women young and old, from a number of African countries ranging from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, DR of Congo to Malawi all being recognised as leaders, humanitarians, role models, career women to name but a few.

It was indeed an honour to be recognised among this prestigious line up as a finalist for Role Model of the Year for the work that I do to empower Mothers in business to build their confidence, create financial freedom and live a balanced, effortless life on their own terms.

As one after the other the Women 4 Africa winners were announced we listened to their stories, shared in their victories and it was clear to see that the calibre of women being recognised was indeed phenomenal. Among the winners I was proud to say that 3 out of the 6 amazing women I had nominated for awards won in their categories and it was my pleasure to be there on the night to celebrate these very well deserved wins with them.

Whilst I did not win Role Model of the year, I was elated when Phinnah Ikeji, CEO Ten 2 Teens, the woman that I had nominated, won the award instead.

Phinnah Ikeji, Role Model of the year 2017

Anaya Kamara Hairdresser of the year 2017

Morenike Ajeyi Career Women of the Year

I congratulate all my fellow finalists and this year's winners on their achievements, they all are exceptional women in their own right doing outstanding things, reminding us that the ordinary woman can do extraordinary things when they set their minds to it.

Congratulations to Tola Onigbanjo and her husband Sam Onigbanjo the co founders of The Women 4 Africa award, you have once again executed an amazing job and delivered on so many levels. They have worked consistently to build this globally recognised platform upon which African women can be recognised, celebrated and awarded for their outstanding deeds and for that I celebrate your awesomeness.

Photo credit Bayo Oyekan

My highlights from being on the red carpet at Women 4 Africa awards 2017

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