London Business Recognises Community Champions

The red carpet came to Hounslow this summer as 14th June saw them host the Anne Shine Awards at the Best Western Plus Park Grand Hotel. The black tie event featured food and drink, a fashion show, comedy performances and music from DJ Budetee.

Anne Shine UK is a special events company that organises functions such as fashion shows, wedding receptions, birthday parties and fundraisers, and will cater and decorate events.  They also operate as “a philanthropic organisation working to recognise Africans born and living in the UK, creating an avenue for them to stay in touch with their roots, hold cultural events and showcase African designs.”

Begun by Anne Urhoghide in 2012, the company has become a popular event planning solution for the local African community and others in the area. Urhoghide is active in Hounslow and gives her time to several civic groups, like the Nigerian community of The Church of St. Michael & St. Martin and Age UK. She also holds regular coffee mornings and activities for the less fortunate of the town and is a “keen advocate for representing their rights in the community.”

“The thought of wanting to give back and recognising those hard working community champions, who oftentimes do not get recognised, led to the birth of the Anne Shine Awards,” she notes. Urhoghide chose winners in eight categories:

  1. Kate Anolue, Mayor of Enfield 2012-2013, Promoting the Image of Women in Politics
  2. Seema Malhotra, Feltham and Heston MP, Outstanding Contribution to the Community
  3. Dr. Alistair Soyode, BEN Television Founder/CEO, Creating a Good Image for Africans Through Media
  4. Kristina Svajone Bobs, Co-founder of Svaja Limited, Outstanding Leadership and Excellence
  5. Jennifer Bafi, Fashion Designer, Young Business Person of the Year
  6. Spice Vision, Musician, Best Nigerian Upcoming Artist
  7. Justina Mutale, International Speaker/Philanthropist, Most Influential and Inspirational Voice
  8. Stella Dimoko Korkus, Entertainment Journalist, News Personality of the Year

Urhoghide says using social media to spread the word about her event worked the best, and that “seeing the happy faces of those who received an award” made the night especially memorable. She adds that planning the night “was a rollercoaster of an experience. There were many aspects of the event which needed attention and detail,” but notes that anyone can have a successful function if they remember two things. “Plan your time wisely and make sure your gathering doesn’t clash with any other major events.”

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