Gathering of Africa’s Best(GAB), the yearly Award ceremony for Africa’s best assets in human, economic, political and social resources is holding on Sunday October 23 this year.
The Chief Executive of GAB Award, Mr Femi Okutubo speaking to EMNnews said the year’s Award will mark another milestone in the history of the award which has pioneered the recognition of Africa’s best talents and society motivators and community icons in the United Kingdom and beyond.
The Award debuted in 1999 and has ever remained consistent, held to celebrate the African community in Europe and the entire world, especially best talents in the diaspora who have impacted on black community.
The Judging Panel for the Awards during the week released the names of the initial batch of finalists who have made it past to the first stage of the screening process.
The final recipients will be announced at the colourful ceremony holding at the Hilton London Paddington in Central London on Sunday 23rd October.
This year’s Award recipients will be drawn from several professional fields including Finance, Business, Media, Entertainment, Health, Charity, Youth Empowerment, Community Engagement, and many more.
Beneficiaries of the year’s Award include Mrs Evelyn Oputu – the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Bank of Industry Nigeria; E M Ekong – Director of Urban Inclusion London; Gibril Faal – Chair of the African Foundation for Development; Iyamide Thomas – Regional Care Advisor of the Sickle Cell Society UK; Music Producer – Anthony Everest; Broadcaster par excellence – Princess Deun Adedoyin-Solarin, showbiz impresario and Television presenter of Princess of Arize; and Chief Superintendent Wayne Chance – London’s Southwark Borough Police Commander.
Others nominations include Richard Taylor OBE of the Damilola Taylor Trust; Actress Ellen Thomas; Dr Comfort Momoh MBE – a Public Health Specialist; colourful Media guruÂ – Dr Bisi Olatilo; Atul Bhakta – Managing Director of One World Express Inc; Dayo Olomu – Founder of dayoolomu.com; and journalist – Jasmine Dotiwala.
The GAB Awards was founded in 1999 by United Kingdom based ‘The Trumpet’ newspaper against the backdrop of huge negative publicity with which African affairs are treated in the UK’s mainstream media, subjecting Africa into punching bag of British media blacklisting and portraying African and maltreatment, among many others.
The Award assumed a higher dimension in 2009 when it was dedicated to the celebration of Ghana’s 50th Year Independence Anniversary, honouring the new dawn of Ghana which had an amazing bounce back from long years of economic retardation. The celebration was bedecked in Ghana’s colour with all areas of businees world in Ghana and Europe partaking in felicitation with the Ghana Embassy.
Last year, the venue was bedecked with all African nations celebrating 50 years of anniversary marching up with Nigeria’s landmark 50th year anniversary celebration. “This year’s Award will even prove a better event with many side attractions already put in place”, said Mr Okutubo.
The importance and high profile of the GAB Awards has been acknowledged by the Mayor of London. In 2007, the GAB Awards was celebrated as one of the programmes of the Mayor’s Black History Month Season.
Previous recipients of the GAB awards include Nelson Mandela, Professor George Kirya, Henry Annan, Anthonia Okonma of Bad Girls, Cyril Nri of The Bill, Paralympics medallist Ade Adepitan, Chief Dele Momodu, Ishola Akay (MBE), Most Rev. Father Olu Abiola (OBE), Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, Patti Boulaye, and the late Professor Thomas Adeoye Lambo.
Tickets to the event are currently on sale and must be purchased in advance of the day:
Tickets: Regular VIP
Individual: £100 Â£200
Couple: £175 Â£300
Table of 10: £875 Â£1500
There are also marketing opportunities that exist through Advertisements in the Programme of Events, Exhibition Stands, Sponsorship of the event and insertion of products and promotional materials in the Goody Bags.