The glamorous and spectacular second annual Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards dinner gala and cultural showcase was indeed the highlight of the year.
The star studded event, held at the Lighthouse in Poole of 29 November had over 300 attendees including local and countrywide celebrities such as Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel, The High Sheriff Phillip Warr, The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Stuart Bartholomew, The Lady Mayor of Poole, and DEMA CEO Nanzy Sebata.
Other special guests in attendance were AFC Bournemouth Ladies Coach Alvin Gunputh, Television Chef Sarah Ali Choudhury, the Chief of Dorset Police, the Fire Chief, 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Rafique Choudhury, Nathalie Sherring, Erika Bryant, Rex Webb, Eva Erdmann, Eva Muhumuza, Sayma Ahmed, and NHS Equality Diversity Manager Dave Corbin.
17 deserving individuals and business were recipients of the prestigious DEMA Award. Award recepients had an opportunity to share their gratitude through speech upon receiving the award.
2019 Unsung Hero Award winner Rita El Gazali was moved to tears when the Unsung Hero announcement video played on the big screen.
As always Rita hid her hard work behind her team of staff, showing the ulttimate spirit of an unsung hero by asking them to come on stage and share the limelight with her.
Rita El Gazali – Unsung Hero 2019
This years cultural showcase included Dacem Chinese Dance troupe who lit up the stage with their captivating colors and intricate performances bringing the entire venue to a resounding uproar of cheers. Filipino Dancers showcased traditional Phillipines celebration dances which showcased the amazing talent and showmanship of the communities of ethnic minorities in Dorset.
Tyler Robles was this years opening act, his world-class rendition of Beyonce’s I was here moved the entire audience. Watch the tyler Robles perfoming at DEMA2019 as the opening act.
DEMA2019 Opening Act
Watch the amazing Tyler Robles in his element.
Some images from the DEMA2019 Red Carpet Experience
“The event was a true showase of culture with such a rivetting performance by Flamenco Dancers, Dacem Chinese dance Troupe and that amazing young man Tyler Robles.“
said Sayma Ahmed of the Dema Jury.
“And this why we support such initiatives, you should see how proud we are of the entire class of 2019 nominees and it will allow every to see that ethnic minorities are here to be a part of dorset, we have the same goal of helping shape the future of our County. Here is living proof of the positive contributions to society we bring. On behalf of the jury and DEMA community Congatulations to all the winners. You have done us proud“
Flamenco dancers received a full standing ovation for their performance.
The 2nd annual Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards were made possible through funding and support from the following well-wishers. Adriel Care Limited, Bournemouth University, AFC Bournemouth, Bostico International, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, BCP Council, Global Healthcare Solutions, Sarah Ali Choudhury, World of Juice, Edith Healthcare, M and M Nutrition, Africa Caribbean Luncheon Club, Dorset NHS Trusts, and our 2019 nominated charity – Tyler’s Friends.
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DEMA2019 Award Winners
Rita El Gazali
Sharon Muiruri Coyne
Arts & Culture Award
Mr Lee’s Noodles
Dorset Polish Centre
Vinne Ribeiro (V Design)
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“We continually welcome opportunities for engagement and are hoping to create more opportunities for ethnic minority youth (18-25 year olds) to get into business and employment. “
Angela Akrata – DEMA Chief Communcations Officer