Meet our 2017 winners

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VINCENT TSHAKA

Talent Award (Comedy) 2017

Vincent is a Kenyan Born Australian comedian who burst onto the comedy scene during the Melbourne amateur night. He has made his niche as one of the biggest comedians in the African Australians family.

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ROSEMARY KARIUKI

Community Engagement Award 2017

Rosemary is an African Woman of the Year Award Winner. She hosts countless African events and projects, including the famous African Women's Dinner Dance which attracts women across Australia to network, celebrate and dine every year.

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NOEL ZIHABAMWE

Professional Excellence Award 2017

Noel is current president of the Rwanda Community of NSW. He is also an academic and author, a rare combination of skills that have seen him rub shoulders with politicians and many great people in NSW.

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MOISEMA FOFANA

Professional Excellence Award 2017

Moisema is currently an Intensive Support Case Manager working with CORE Community Services in Sydney. He is the CEO and founder of Aus Talent and Lib Comedy, that enables the youths to showcase their hidden talents.

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ABAKER ATHUM

Professional Excellence Award 2017

Growing up in war-torn Sudan, Abaker moved to Australia in 2003 and has since made a name for himself in the music industry. He is the architecture of the Street Dreams project in St Marys NSW.

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GODE MIGERANO

Professional Excellence Award 2017

One of the few African Australians that has promoted one of Africa languages into main stream media. Gode currently works for SBS Radio managing the Swahili programme on air. He has interviewed so many African Australians.

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JOHN K-AY

Professional Excellence Award 2017

From his humble background in Burundi, John-Kay is a living testimony that Australia is a land of opportunities. He has produced and directed many eye-catching movies with the hottest one Cops Enemy that premiered 2017.

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BEATRICE JEPKEMEI

Young African Achiever Award 2017

Beatrice moved to Australia in 2013 and straight away got involved in serving her community as secretary of the Kenyans in Sydney Welfare Association. She has also studied nursing and works in various aged care facilities across NSW.

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ADAM MCCURDIE

Entrepreneurship Award 2017

Born in South Africa, Adam, is C0-Founder of Humanitix, the first not for profit ticketing company in the world dedicated to unlocking the philanthropic potential of every event and redistributing booking fees to charitable organisations around Australia.

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BANKSTOWN DISTRICT CRICKET

Friends of Africa Award 2017

BDCC supports Ugandan Cricket Association with cricket gear since 2005. This good gesture started when one of the members of the BDCC saw Uganda cricket team players sharing equipment while participating in a high profile International Cricket Council match in 2005.

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GENNAROSITY ABROAD

Projects in Africa

Gennarosity Abroad was founded  by Sydney-based Genevieve Radnan after she completed a volunteer placement in Kenya in 2010. The Foundation that has been growing year after year has created ongoing employment and education opportunities for local people in Kenya especially women and children.

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KWASI AJ NUAMAH

Professional Excellence 2017

Born in Ghana, Kwasi is an Australian actor and talk-show host. He is also a well-known MC in the African community who has hosted numerous events including the AMMA awards, musical concerts and comedy shows.

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REV. NAVA MALULA

Living Legend Award 2017

Rev. Navazu is a voice for those less fortunate than her and works tirelessly through her Organisations Nakango Vision and Agape Community Church to ensure Africans living in Australia feel integrated in their new country.

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MOSE KUTESA

Entertainment Award 2017

Moses is a youngster who has taken on the world of entertainment with a bang. He has a huge following playing the best Afro music in Sydney. Moses is known in the wider African community entertaining at numerous events.

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JULIET CHIPO MATOPE

Community Engagement Award 2017

Juliet is an African Australian originally from Zimbabwe. She works in the health sector of NSW specializing in community nursing. She has served on the executive of the African Women's Group Australia Association as Secretary.

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JULIAN MAPENZI

Professional Excellence Award 2017

Another enterprising and inspirational African Australian from Kenya. Julia hosts the famous online radio show “Down Under Radio,” in Sydney. She has hosted many outstanding African Australians during the “Authentic Women” show.

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ELVIS ROP

Professional Excellence Award 2017

Elvis is of Kenyan origin, an aspiring Public Health Specialist and a humanitarian leader. He has recently graduated with a double Majors Degree in Public Health and Epidemiology from Western Sydney University.

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CLEMENT MERU

Professional Excellence Award 2017

Originally from South Sudan, Clement has gained a lot of experience working in the community sector of NSW. He has spearheaded the African Settlement program, supporting newly arrived refugees settle in Western Sydney.

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ANDREW BAKOLE

Professional Excellence 2017

Andrew was born in Nigerian. A business acumen who has dominated the music business in NSW as the CEO of the Electric Heads Music label. His passion and dedication saw him scoop the AAMA award in 2014.

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ABULLA AGWA

Professional Excellence Award 2017

Considered a veteran in the NSW community services, Abulla continues to inspire and motivate other African Australians to join this important sector. Abulla is a currently a settlement Team Leader at SydWest Multicultural Services.

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LEONIE NOBLE-DAWKINS

Humanitarian Award 2017

Leonie is a Jamaican born with a big heart of gold towards the African community. She currently supports the Let African Children Learn Association (LACLA) in Zambia through which she raises money for young girls to help fund their education, develop technology and computer skills.

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THIS LIFE FOUNDATION

Projects in Africa

This Life Foundation founded by Mercy Akongo is supporting child-headed families in Northern Uganda. Mercy also support a children`s home in Kenya called The Good Samaritan Children Home which is located in Mathare slum in Nairobi. Through her projects, Mercy has helped provide formal and informal education to orphaned children or those from poor families.

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DANIEL KAMARA

Professional Excellence 2017

Another product of Sydney that has owned the music platform in Australia and across the world.. Daniel has performed with various international artists and produced big hits that have had a huge viewership on YouTube

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TTOBIE AROWOBUSOYE

Community Engagement Award 2017

London born Yoruba woman, Ttobie has a post graduate certificate in Digital Marketing and a Master degree in Sustainability from the University of Sydney. She has served as executive on various women groups of NSW.

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MOSES NGULI

Entrepreneurship Award 2017

Moses is another enterprising African Australian who has excelled in engaging the African community as a Master of Ceremonies at various events. He is also an entrepreneur running a successful Photography business in Sydney.

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MENGEDIE FOFANAH

Community Engagement Awards 2017

Mengedie was born in Sierra Leone and moved to Australia in 2005. Over the years, he has played a pivotal role in engaging the Sierra Leone community in NSW through games, sports and other events

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ISHA KAMARA

Community Engagement Award 2017

Born in Sierra Leone, Isha is involved in promoting entertainment, fundraising, music, film and other events within the African community in Sydney. She is an established personality famous for engaging the African community in NSW.

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DJ BIG UP

Entertainment Award 2017

Born in Sierra Leone DJ Big Up is one of the most sought after DJ's in Sydney and NSW at large. With over ten years of experience, he amazes his audience with his antics that keep them grooving every weekend.  

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CHARITY OMWOYO

Professional Excellence Award 2017

Charity is an outstanding African Australian who has over ten years of experience in general nursing. She is currently one of the most experienced and reliable Renal Nurse Practitioner in Renal Home Therapies at Liverpool Hospital.

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BEATRICE AMINATA SESAY

Community Engagement Award 2017

Beatrice has worked in the Community and Welfare Sector in NSW for fifteen years and currently works in local government as a community Development Officer. A Sierra Leone community leader, a women and girls advocate.

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SydWest MULTICULTURAL SERVICES

Community Service Excellence 2017

SydWest Multicultural Services is the largest multicultural organisation in Western Sydney, a leading NGO assisting and empowering CALD communities for over 30 years. SydWest’s services & programs help the most vulnerable within the CALD population in the Blacktown and Nepean regions.

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DJ FASMWA

Entertainment Award 2017

DJ Fasmwa is one of Australia’s leading Caribbean DJs based in Sydney. He is passionate and talented and loves playing Caribbean and Afro Caribbean music. His love for Afro Beats has made him a darling for 100s of African Australians who attend his weekend gigs.

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