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WISE WOMAN AWARD 2014 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Pastor Yemisi Ashimowolo, the first lady of Kingsway International Christian Centre, one of the largest churches in Europe, Councillor Elizabeth Kangethe, Mayor of Barking and Dagenham and Minister Lorraine Jones, who has shown a huge capacity for forgiveness and compassion following the death of her son from a fatal stabbing in February 2014 were amongst the award recipients at the 10th Wise Women Awards held at the Tower Guoman Hotel, London recently

Over 250 people attended the Wise Women Awards. This annual event, jointly organised by Wisdom for Women International and Keep The Faith magazine to celebrate the work Christian women carry out in the church and wider society ,attracted leading Christians including Jonathon Oloyede, convenor of the Global Day of Prayer and his wife Abbiih Oloyede, presenter of Womenz World, musician Noel Robinson and his wife Tanya, and Premier Radio presenter Muyiwa Olarewaju and his wife Lola.

A total of 15 awards were presented during the inspiring awards ceremony for achievement in various fields including media, missions, community, business and much more.

Pastor Marjorie Esomowei , founder of Wisdom for Women International and the Wise Women awards said, “Every year I look forward to the Wise Women awards and 2014 was no exception. It’s a good thing to acknowledge the work and achievements of the unsung heroines in our churches, and this year’s award winners were, as always, worthy recipients.”

Shirley McGreal, publisher of Keep The Faith magazine “It was great to witness women, the heartbeat of many of our churches, being acknowledged for the great work that they do not just in the church, but in the wider community. The aim of the awards is to uplift, inspire and encourage. I believe that it achieved all those aims.”

The gathered audience enjoyed a keynote address from Rev Rose Husdon-Wilkin, Chaplain in the House of Commons and Queens Chaplain. She encouraged the women present to live purposeful lives, and to support other women as they strive to achieve success in their chosen endeavours

Comedienne Angie Le Mar made the audience laugh with her humourous stories as she jointly hosted with Priscilla Nkwipo of BEN TV, and MOBO award winning group Raymond & Co brought the audience to their feet with their energetic soulful performances.

The 2014 Wise Women Award winners were as follows:-

SADE ELLIOTT, founder of Gospel Arts ProductionExceptional Young Woman Award

LILIETH CARDOZA, Built on the Rock Ministries – Woman in Ministry Award

CATHERINE MSONI, Divine Rescue, Southwark – Woman in Missions Award

CLAIRE ELEVIQUE, Jesus House, London – Woman in Media Award

YETUNDE ADEOLA, African Caribbean Forum, Kent – Woman in Community Award sponsored by Rainbow Medical Services

ESTHER LAGUNJU, Judge, London – Professional Christian Woman Award sponsored by Obaseki Solicitors

SANDRA GODLEY, Gospel Artist, Coventry – Woman In Music Award

DR NESLYN WATSON-DRUEE CBE, Beacon Organisational Development – Woman In Business Award, sponsored by Dial A Carer,

CHIZUMIE DYER, Temple of Truth, Nottingham – Life Transformation Award

CORALIE PINDER, Fostering and Adoption, Leicester – NAOMI AWARDS, sponsored by Be Clear on Cancer Campaign

COUNCILLOR ELIZABETH KENGETHE, Mayor of Barking and Dagenham – Wisdom For Women International Inspirational Woman Award

PASTOR YEMISI ASHIMOWOLO, Kingsway International Christian Centre – Wisdom For Women International Woman Of Distinction Award

DAWN GAYLETriumphant Church Exceptional Woman Award

NANCY LAGGAHTriumphant Church Exceptional Woman Award

MINISTER LORRAINE JONESKeep The Faith Woman Of The Year Award

 

NOMINEES FOR THE 2014 WISE WOMEN AWARDS UK ANNOUNCED

Christian women from a range of churches including the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Church of God in Christ, Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), Built on the Rock church, and the New Testament Church of God are featured in the list of nominees for the 10th annual Wise Women Awards, taking place on March 29th, at the Guoman Tower Hotel, St Katherine’s Way, London E1W 1LD.

The Wise Women Awards is the leading UK event celebrating the work and achievements of African and African-Caribbean Christian women in the church and wider society. The event is jointly hosted by Wisdom for Women International and Keep The Faith magazine.

The list of nominees for the 2014 Wise Women Awards includes Andrea Encinas, founder of British Gospel Arts, business woman Dr Yana Johnson, Pastor Adepeju Oluyemi, of KICC and gospel artist Sandra Godley.

Other nominees include Esther Lagunda, who’s overcome major health issues to become one of the youngest black women to be appointed as a judge here in the UK; Catherine Msoni, whose charity, Divine Rescue, works with the homeless, substance abusive victims, sex workers, former prison inmates and the disadvantaged; Janet Wolfe, who has established a ministry for Christian singles and Chizumie Dyer, an ex-offender who now runs a home for ex-offenders and is a minister of the gospel.

Pastor Marjorie Esomowei of Wisdom For Women International (WWI) and founder of the Wise Women Awards stated, “The Wise Women Awards celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and we’re excited about the wide selection of nominees that we’ve received.

Not only does the list bring to the fore some of the unsung heroines within Britain’s African and African-Caribbean Christian community,  it also highlights the broad range of work and activities Christian women are involved in that’s making a difference in people’s lives.”

Shirley McGreal, publisher of Keep The Faith magazine stated, “The list of nominees for the 2014 demonstrates the fortitude, ingenuity and resourcefulness of Christian women within Britain’s African and Caribbean communities to respond to the needs  of the people they serve with good works.  I’m excited that they are being recognised through this event and am looking forward to the awards ceremony on March 29th.”

 The 2014 Wise Women Award nominees are:

EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG WOMAN category

Kanika Mayi, Waltham Forest Council, London
Kika Ashanika, Pure Hearts, London
Sade Elliott, Gospel Arts Production, West Midlands

WOMAN IN MINISTRY category

Lillieth Cardoza, Built on the Rock Ministries, London
Grace Sola-Oludoyi, Royal Connections, London
Janet Wolfe, Single Lyfe, London

WOMAN IN MISSION category

Joan St Louis, Church of God in Christ, London
Christine Msioni, Divine Rescue, London
Pastor Adepeju Oluyomi, Haven of Rest, Essex

WOMAN IN MEDIA category

Tola Adepegba, Premier Gospel, London
Claire Elevique Jesus House, London
Katrina Morris, Heaven Sent Consultancy

WOMAN IN THE COMMUNITY category

Yetunde Adeola, African Caribbean Forum, Kent,
Councillor Elizabeth Kangethe, Mayor of London Borough Barking and Dagenham,
Donia Narh, Aces Youth Project, London

PROFESSIONAL CHRISTIAN WOMAN category

Linda Nnene, City of Norwich, School, Norwich,
Kaniki Mayi, Waltham Forest Council, London,
Esther Lagunda, Judge, Princess Courts, London

WOMAN IN MUSIC category

Sandra Godley, Gospel Artist, London
Lorraine Wright, UCGY, London
Andrea Encinas, British Gospel Arts, London

WOMAN IN BUSINESS category

Rowena Henry, Paul Henry Architects, London
Dr Yana Johnson, Yana Cosmetics, London
Dr Neslyn Watson-Drew, Beacon Organisational Development, Surrey

LIFE TURNAROUND AWARD category

Audrey Howell, Wesleyan Holiness church, Bristol
Jemma Regis, Author, Herts
Chizumie Dyer, Temple of Truth, Nottingham

NAOMI AWARD category

Carolie Pinder, Leicester City Council Fostering & Adoption Service, Leicester
Nancy George, World In Need, East Sussex
Annie Ingram, New Testament Church Of God – Epainos Ministries, London

The nominees in the 10 Wise Women Award categories were chosen from nominations sent in by the public.  The responsibility for choosing who should make the final list of nominees in each category was decided by a panel of judges comprising:

  • Charmaine Noble-McLean, Director of Content, Premier Media Group
  • Angela Sarkis, CBE, Charity Consultant
  • Bumni Folarin, Lead Business Analyst, BP Oil International
  • Sharon Pennant, CEO of Council of Black Led Churches, West Midlands
  • Dionne Gravesade, Head of Church Advocacy, Christian Aid
  • Diahanne Rhiney, CEO of 15 degrees and award winning business woman

The winners of each category will be announced at the Wise Women Awards ceremony taking place on March 29, at the Guoman Tower Hotel, St Katherine’s Way, London E1W 1LD.

Nominees and guests at the Wise Women Awards will enjoy a three course meal, live music from Raymond and Co, a motivational talk from a special guest and an inspiring and uplifting awards ceremony.  Leading comedienne and TV presenter Angie Le Mar will be the host.

ADDITIONAL NOTES 

  • The Wise Women Awards was founded by Pastor Marjorie esomowei, co-pastor of Triumphant Church International in Tottenham, north London in 2005.
  • Past recipients of a Wise Women Award include Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Shauna Muamba, Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkins, Christine Ohuruogu, Elizabeth Forbes-Stobbe, Juliet Fletcher, Lurine Cato, Pastor Yvonne Brooks, Kim Bacchus, and Pastor Celia Apeaygei Collins.
  • Tickets are £65 in advance, £60 for groups of five or more. (This special ticket offer ends on March 10th) Phone 020 8800 6001 for more details

For more details of the Wise Women Awards visit www.wisewomenawards.org

* For more information about Keep The Faith magazine visit www.keepthefaith.co.uk

* Sponsors for the Wise Women Awards are Dial A Carer and the Be Clear on Cancer Campaign

Wise Women Awards 2014

10th Wise Women Awards (UK)

 

Nominations Start 9th December 2013 and Nominations end February 16th 2014

10th Anniversary Wise Women Awards Ceremony will be held on the 29th  of March 2014

Venue

The Tower Guoman Hotel
St. Katharine’s Way, London
 E1W 1LD

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