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First World Afro Day Awards to honour Benny Harlem

WORLD AFRO DAY: The UN backed celebration will be marked with a special awards ceremony this year

THE FIRST World Afro Day Awards, a focal point for the 2018 World Afro Day celebrations, are set to take place this Saturday (September 15).

The awards are the first global ceremony to recognise the success and beauty of Afro hair in society.

Benny Harlem, a Guinness World Record Holder and internet sensation, will be honoured with an International Icon Award at the event.

After the its inaugural year in 2017, the organisers behind World Afro Day are continues to work so that the date is an international force.

Its founder, Michelle De Leon’s recent invitation to the United Nations, strongly raised the topic of hair discrimination.

Leon said: “Several families have had to take legal action this year, both in the UK and abroad, just for the right, for their children to go to school with Afro hair or African hairstyles. The world is in serious need of reform, for Afro hair to be treated as normal and equal to other hair types. The World Afro Day Awards will be part of this change.”

The United Nations high commissioner for human rights will continue to endorse World Afro Day in 2018.
This year’s hosts include professor Jonathan Wilson and Judi Love.

Awards on the night include TV advert of the year, Afro star youth award.

Afua Hirsch, David Olusoga, Dr. Zoe Williams are all nominated in the TV presenter category; Lekia Lee, Shirvina Best, Selma Nicholls in the social impact award category and Anastasia Chikezie, Morris Roots, Khembe Clarke in the afro pioneer category.

Miss Universe GB, Dee-Ann Kentish Rogers, will be one of the special guests at the event, as will award-winning Celebrity Hairstylist Charlotte Mensah and award-winning artist and songwriter Lurine Cato.

There will also be an afro achievers panel and Q&A held on the night.

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