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A night to remember

IN THE HOUSE: Popular actress Dona Croll

SURPRISE, BEWILDERMENT and elation were some of the emotions on display at the recent 10th Wise Women Awards (WWA) held at the Tower Guoman Hotel, London.

Over 250 people were present to witness black Christian women from across the denominational spectrum acclaimed for the work they do in the church and society.

Wise Women Award recipients included Pastor Yemisi Ashimowolo, of Kingsway International Christian Centre; Elizabeth Kangethe, a councillor and mayor of Barking and Dagenham; and Minister Lorraine Jones, who has shown extraordinary spiritual strength since the fatal stabbing of her son Dwayne Simpson.

DREAM

Other award winners included Esther Lagunju, who has overcome serious illness to achieve her dream of working as a judge and Chizomie Dyer, an ex-offender who now runs a supported housing project that helps the homeless and vulnerable.


A TRUE PROFESSIONAL: Esther Lagunju

Celebrities present at the awards, organised by Wisdom for Women International, included actress Dona Croll, Jonathon Oloyede, convenor of the Global Day of Prayer and his wife TV presenter Abbiih, musician Noel Robinson and his wife Tanya, and Premier Radio presenter Muyiwa Olarewaju and his wife Lola.

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.”


KEEPING THE FAITH: A happy Lorraine Jones

Shirley McGreal, publisher of Keep The Faith magazine, said: “It was great to witness Christian women being acknowledged for the great work that they do.

“The WWA aims to uplift, inspire and encourage. I believe that it achieved all of those aims.”

Rev Rose Husdon-Wilkin, Chaplain in the House of Commons and to the Queen, gave the keynote speech. She encouraged the women present to live purposeful lives, and to support other women as they strive to achieve success in their chosen endeavours.


MAKING THE RIGHT NOISE: Sandra Godley

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 and soulful performances.

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