BEFFTA Awards Bring A Great Show To London Town Once Again On Their 8th Staging


Hosts: Dr Pauline & Dr Ellis

People from different walks of life came together to celebrate the BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) Awards over the past week. The award ceremony, held over 2 days Thursday 27 & Friday 28 October, saw a throng of nominees listed in several different categories and it suffices it to say that the ceremony was also well supported by guests and the media in attendance. This  account is according to what we saw on the second day, which we managed to attend – that is the Friday. We were also informed by a reliable source that first day was very well attended as well.

Well on the Friday, upon arrival nominees and guests had a networking session (we arrived at around 6pm and it was still on) in the bar/snack room before swarming the photo area where we saw a lot of lovely people, amazing collection of outfits – quite mixed but very many had an African touch to them. Around 7:15pm it was time for the actual proceedings of the purpose of the event to begin and that’s when host and BEFFTA founder Dr Pauline Long, and fellow host Charles Ajayi-Khiran stepped to do the onus. It was speeches and award handing-out from then on.

In her speech about the staging of the 8th BEFFTAs, Dr Long highlighted how for the first time the money for organising the event did not come from her pocket but from sponsors who chosen to support the event. She also highlighted how the aim of the BEFFTAs is to “raise and praise” not only black achievers but all within and working with the community at large.

Notable winners came from categories such as Best Fashion (Male & Female) Designers, Best Gospel Group, Best (Male & Female) Gospel Act and more. There was also a collection of honorary awards in the form of Lifetime Achievement Awards. We will provide you the full list of winners as soon as we get hold of it, and more pictures soon.

It is also worth to noet that prominent actor Dr Winston George Ellis also joined the hosting panel in place of Charles Ajayi-Khiran. We were impressed by the fact that the process of announcing award winners was quick as the winners were so many. Fairly or unfairly, names of co-nominees were not announced along with the winners’ names. speeches and performances were kept rather short, one song per performance.

The occasion was a superb get together and well presented recognition of the work the black community and it’s diaspora is doing in the UK and abroad. The downsides were just the lack of organisation as far as food was concerned and the pricey drinks. Well, you could argue that someone had to pay for the event, as it was free to attend and was held at the wonderful Rock Tower in Tufnell Park Road in London. Well done Pauline and team BEFFTA 2016. We hear that ‘the 9th staging of the BEFFTAs will be at the London Appolo Theatre’… can’t wait to see what that will look lie.

Last Updated: 29/10/2016


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