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#DEMA2019 Awards Gala & Cultural Showcase

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.

Unsung Hero Rita El Gazali
Rita El Gazali – Unsung Hero 2019

Cultural Showcase

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

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Sayma Ahmed (DEMA Juror)
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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

Unsung Hero

Nawar Saadi

Young Achiever

Jamie Handitye

Young Achiever

Kara Glover

Young Achiever

Sharon Muiruri Coyne

Innovation Award

Louise Boston-Mammah

Educational Excellence

Kim West

Arts & Culture Award

Mr Lee’s Noodles

Business Award

Angela Ngwenya

Female Entreprenuer

Wojciech Guzman

Male Entreprenuer

Rivaaz Restaurant

Restaurant Award

Dorset Polish Centre

Community Organistaion

Salimata Badji-Knight

Community Champion

Ricardas Mongela

Sports Leadership

Vinne Ribeiro (V Design)

Hairdresser Award

Simple Barbers

Barbershop Award

Ade Bamgboye

People’s Choice

Fatima Adjilani

People’s Choice

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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

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