Christian women from across the denominational spectrum are featured in the list of nominees for the 2015 Wise Women Awards, the UK’s annual leading event celebrating the achievements of African and African Caribbean Christian women in the church and wider society.
The event is jointly organised by Wisdom for Women International and Keep The Faith magazine. Nominees for the 11th Wise Women Awards include: Madeleine Kerzner, Associate Pastor of Kingdom Worship Movement; choir director Karen Gibson; TV presenter Esther Olufunmi, and Elizabeth Sarpong, first lady of growing church denomination, Calvary Charismatic Baptist Church.
Other nominees include: Alison Johnson, who leads the successful WOW women’s ministry at Rhema Church, Croydon; businesswoman Petal L Miller; Rev Dr Marcia Neveu, head of Asantoa Foundation Ministries, a successful mission organisation, and Juanita Johnson, a former teenage mother, who now runs a successful business.
Pastor Marjorie Esomowei, president of Wisdom for Women International (WWI), co-pastor of Triumphant Church International and founder of the Wise Women Awards, stated: “Every year, the Wise Women Awards brings to the fore unknown women doing great things, and 2015 is no different. There are women from across the country represented in the list of nominees, whose contributions are having an impact on the lives of others. I am glad the WWA plays a part in bringing such women to the attention of the wider Christian community.”
Shirley McGreal, publisher of Keep The Faith magazine, stated: “Britain’s Christian women are actively engaged in all spheres of the Church and society, whether it’s in positions of leadership, supporting the vulnerable or running their own businesses. It’s great that the WWA not only brings such women to the fore, but celebrates their achievements and shares them with the wider world.”
The nominees in the nine Wise Women Award categories were chosen, from nominations sent in by the public, by the five following judges:
• Pastor Celia Apeagyei-Collins, founder and president of The Rehoboth Foundation
• Bunmi Folarin, lead business analyst at BP Oil
• Sanchia Alasia, councillor for Barking and Dagenham, Albion Ward
• Caroline Marsh, successful businesswoman and mystery guest on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire series
• Joan Myers OBE, paediatric nurse consultant, voted one of the 50 most inspirational leaders in the NHS by the Health Service Journal
The winners of each category will be announced at the Wise Women Awards ceremony taking place on March 14 at the London Hilton Metropole Hotel, 225 Edgware Road, London W2 1JU.
Nominees and guests at the Wise Women Awards will enjoy a three-course meal; entertainment from saxophonist Millicent Stephenson, Italian gospel singer Rita Ciccarelli and Isabella Ogo-Uzodike, and comedian Anthony ‘Pass Da Mic’ King. Juliet Fletcher and Priscilla Nwikpo of BEN TV are the hosts.
Visit www.wisewomenawards.org for more details.
THE 2015 WISE WOMEN AWARDS NOMINEES ARE:
CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP AWARD
Carol Akiwumi, Money4Youth, London
Chipema Chitambala, BUPA, Essex
Petal L Miller, PLM Extra Tuition, London
WOMAN IN MISSIONS
Victoria Adekoya, Fullness of God Evangelical Ministries, Northampton
Sharon Barbour, Wesleyan Christian Centre, London
Rev Dr Marcia Neveu, Asantoa Foundation Ministries, West Midlands
CHRISTIAN WOMAN SERVING IN MEDIA
Holly Marie-Cato, H Cato, London
Natalie Clue, Beauty Pulse, London
Esther Olufunmi, Questions in the Heart, London
WOMAN IN THE COMMUNITY AWARD
Aysha Julie, The Gifted, Waltham Cross, Herts
Yvette McDonald, Just-Be, Bromley, Kent
Donia Narh, ACES Project, London
Merna Ellis, Panzy’s Catering/Ruby’s Restaurant, Luton, Beds
Rev Esther Manu, Immanuel Gospel Church, London
Pastor Florence Sutherland, Anchor Foster Care, Kent
WOMAN IN MUSIC AWARD
Karen Gibson, choir director, London
Diana Hamilton, Diana Hamilton Ministries, Kent
Madeleine Kerzner, Kingdom Worship Movement, London
WOMAN IN MINISTRY
Alison Johnson, WOW Ministry, Rhema Church London, Croydon, Surrey
Mary Phillip, Bristol Central SDA Church, Bristol
Elizabeth Sarpong, Calvary Charismatic Baptist Church, London
LIFE TURNAROUND AWARD
Simone Hudson, SDA Church, London
Juanita Johnson, Juanita Johnson Marketing, Birmingham
Ehinor Otaigbe, Wonderfully Made Woman, Manchester
WOMAN IN BUSINESS
Audrey James, Restore Counselling Services, Gloucester
Petal L Miller, PLM Extra Tuition, London