A range of emotions – ranging from joy, surprise, shock and pride (the healthy kind!) – were on display at the 11th Wise Women Awards ceremony, held at the London Metropole Hotel, in central London.
The event, jointly hosted by Wisdom for Women International and Keep The Faith magazine, celebrated the achievements of the unsung heroines within the Black Christian community: women, who in doing so, show themselves to be living examples of God’s love in action.
Well-known faces that joined the celebrations this year included: music artist Noel Robinson and his wife, Tanya; gospel presenter/radio station owners Dave (Dave P) & Helen Paul: comedian Angie Le Mar; inspirational speaker Sherry Ann Dixon, and Pastor Yemi Adedeji, Director of One People Commission.
The Wise Women Awards proved to be a night to remember, with comedy from Anthony ‘Pass Da Mic’ King; inspirational singing from Italian gospel singer Rita Ciccarelli, and from Isabella Ogo-Uzodike; heartfelt musicianship from saxophonist Millicent Stephenson, and an uplifting speech from Dionne Gravesande. The Awards ceremony was jointly hosted by Juliet Fletcher and BEN TV host, Priscilla Nwikpo.
Winners included: Gloucester-based businesswoman Audrey James, who won the Woman in Business Award; TV presenter Esther Olufunmi, who was the recipient of the Woman in Media Award; Karen Gibson, who directed the Lewes Sings Gospel Choir to victory in the BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year competition, and winner of the Woman in Music Award, and former Keep The Faith writer, Gladys Famoriyo, who was awarded the Inspirational Woman of the Year Award.
The Keep The Faith Woman of the Year Award was presented to history maker, Cecilia Anim, who is the first Black woman to be appointed President of the Royal College of Nursing, the representative body for Britain’s nurses and health workers.
WWA founder, Pastor Marjorie Esomowei, stated, “I love this event. It’s an honour to acknowledge some of the great work Christian women are doing. I can’t wait to meet next year’s winners.”
Shirley McGreal, Keep The Faith publisher said, “Christian women contribute greatly to the success of Britain’s Black Church community and Keep The Faith is glad to jointly host WWA and to celebrate their achievements.”
WWA AWARD WINNERS 2015
Cecilia Anim – Keep the Faith Woman of the Year Award
Gladys Famoriyo – Inspirational Woman of the Year Award
Audrey James – Woman in Business Award, sponsored by Dial A Carer
Yvette McDonald – Woman in the Community Award, sponsored by Rainbow Medical Services Ltd
Esther Olufunmi – Woman in Media Award
Juanita Jay Johnson – Life Transformation Award
Pastor Esther Manu – Naomi Award
Karen Gibson – Woman in Music Award
Chipema Chitambala – Christian Leadership Award, sponsored by Obaseki Solicitors
Alison Johnson – Woman in Ministry Award
Rev Dr Marcia Neveu – Woman in Missions Award
Ronke Olukoya – TCI Exceptional Woman Award
Sperire Paurosi – TCI Exceptional Woman Award