The 5th annual Nigerian Events Awards (NEA) UK was celebrated last bank Holiday Sunday with a posh Blue Themed Awards Dinner and Dance at the Hilton Hotel in the posh Docklands area of London.
15 Awards including a Special Recognition Award were handed out to deserving entrepreneurs working in the UK based Events Industry.
Co founder Baroness Jummy Ariyo said in her opening remarks “It has been a great five years. It has been a long challenging journey but we made it to 5 years. We are grateful to God for how far he has brought us and for the achievement of the NEAs in rewarding the hard work of the men and women behind our various events and socual gatherings, and for bringing together various individuals and businesses who have now become the Events Industry”
The event which was hosted by multi awards winning Posh MC and ably assisted by pretty and vivacious Goldiva Ola, saw a big turn out of folks from the UK events and entertainment worlds and selected top members of the Nigerian community including the CEO Naija FM Uche “Godfather” Kent, the newly elected Chairman of the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK) Dr Boma Douglas an his wife June, the former CANUK Chairman Chief Bimbo Roberts-Folayan and his wife Dunni, Pastor Godday and Pastor Mrs Yemisi Okosun of RCCG Good News Haven, Thamesmead London, Mrs Ronke Alli Udofia and former Mayor of Hackney, Cllr Susan Fajana Thomas.
Also gracing the occassion was media guru Titi Aboyade Cole “Podium”, Ayan De First and top entertainer Feyisara who performed two of his tracks including blockbuster “Eko”.
The top MC spot was clinched by Dazzling Daizi for the third year running while Osa Jatt was the year’s outstanding DJ.
The outstanding Event of the Year was the matchless International Achievements Recognition Awards gala Night by Bola Imuaphe and Ayo Shonoiki, creator of the Chillout with Tawa evenings won the Outstanding Event Planner Award,
Comedian MC Marc grabbed the Outstanding Comedian Award while the top live band Award went to Moelogo. PoshnSparkles Events won the Outstanding Venue Decorator award and the Outstanding Aso Ebi & Events Fashion Designer Award went to “MO Cute Stitches”
The star studded event was sponsored by Purple Premium, developers of WSoodbury Estrate, Lekki Lagos and Ade’s Cash & Carry, London.
The umbrella association for the of UK-Nigerian Events Industry ANEP UK was also launched at the awards dinner.
In her launching statement, NEA UK co Founder Lady Vanessa Oluwole said, after 5 years of the existence of the Nigerian Events Industry in the UK, we felt it was time for us to form an association that will officially bring all our members together under one umbrella. ANEP UK will also be the body representing members and looking after members needs especially in the areas of legal and financial advisory services, training, mentorship and collaborations.
Entertainment of the evening was provided by celebrity DJ Kashif Da Flash.
Performances were given by UK based artiste Tosyne Tee and also newcomers D Mic and Montana B.