The BEFFTA Awards is a distinctly special awards ceremony honouring the best showbiz and entertainment personalities in the black and ethnic communities in the UK, USA and globally. BEFFTA Awards is the first of its kind rewarding under one roof outstanding achievements and contributions from Africans, Caribbeans and Asians in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts. This international prestigious ceremony celebrates an all-round accomplishment of a hard working community within entertainment and showbiz, especially the unknown talent that need exposure. The awards ceremony founded by Pauline Long also aims to inspire black and ethnic personalities worldwide to achieve at the highest levels. This year, the award ceremony will take place in London on 22nd October 2011, and online voting for all nominees is currently taking place until the 14th October.
Milton Keynes resident Michelle, works from home arranging the annual Miss African Spirit pageant as well as other smaller events to do with the pageant throughout the year. As a single parent of two, she employs very strict time management policies to enable her to achieve a good work-life balance. In addition, Michelle also works as a part-time singer/entertainer, and is a recording artist under the stage name Sahara C. The pageant held its first event at Jurys Inn, Central Milton Keynes in May 2010, and Michelle is currently planning towards the 3rd annual pageant for summer 2012. With a strict policy ensuring that the business is based around Milton Keynes, using local suppliers such as events companies, hotels, photographers and videographers, Michelle is committed to ‘keeping it local’.
Michelle said, “These nominations means a lot to me and my business. Not only would winning bring recognition to the African Spirit pageant and contribute to the growth of the business and hopefully impact my future ability to provide employment for others as well as continue to buy services from local businesses, but on a personal level it will also serve as recognition of the hard work that I put in in trying to get the annual event organised, almost singlehandedly – and all from my home office, with the many restrictions of time and funding. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those that nominated, your support it greatly appreciated and gratefully received. I appeal to Milton Keynes residents for your support in voting for me.”
The voting period of the 2011 BEFFTA awards runs from 1st – 14th October 2011, and voting is free of charge and being operated online at http://www.beffta.com/
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Miss African Spirit is a UK beauty pageant whose goal of the pageant is to instil a sense of pride in women of African heritage by promoting their culture and identity within the wider community, & provide a positive image with which to identify.