LONDON—A Zimbabwean,Nicollae Ndiweni, who won in the recent British general elections, has been nominated for the Female Youth Leader of The Year Award in the 2015 Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts Awards (BEFFTA).
She told VOA that “it came as a surprise I guess I have done a lot of things but it’s good to be acknowledged … It’s really good for people to appreciate the things you do for the community.”
She said, “I am also not the only Zimbabwean so it’s great to see other Zimbabweans doing really well in the community.”
Ndiweni said she is grateful for the support from the black community, local people and the whole world.
“I am really grateful for a lot of Zimbabwean support and African support,” she said noting that it will be wonderful to win the award.
Voting for the nominees ends Monday. Nominees for the Female Youth Leader of The Year Award category are Ndiweni; Sherica D Spence; Stella Fasusi-Olomu; Rex Idaminabo; Jamal Edwards MBE; Natasha Benjamin; James Woods; Warren W Ryan; Cynthia Masiyiwa; Joshua Robertson; Jerome Harvey-Agyei; Bianca Miller; Prophet Taku;. Vivian Liz Onano; Jerome Cowans; Caroline Namugabi and Darren Robinson. If you wish to vote for your favourite nominee visit: www.beffta.com/voting.
BEFFTA Awards is a distinctly special awards ceremony honouring the best showbiz and entertainment personalities in the black and ethnic communities in the UK, USA, Africa, Caribbean, Canada and globally. BEFFTA Awards is the first of its kind rewarding under one roof outstanding achievements and contributions from Africans, Caribbeans and Asians in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.
This international prestigious ceremony celebrates an all round accomplishments of a hard working community within entertainment and showbiz especially the unknown talent that need exposure. The awards ceremony founded by Pauline Long also aims to inspire black and ethnic personalities worldwide to achieve at the highest levels. It provides a networking platform for industry personalities.
Ndiweni, who contested the elections under the Labour Party and is now Hucknall councilor in Ashfield District Council, speaks to Studio 7 about her nomination.
Ndiweni, who was almost an underdog in the elections, was born in Zimbabwe’s Karoi town, Mashonaland West province, where her father, Douglas Ndiweni, was once the boss of the local authority.
The councilor says she ventured into politics after she was driven by her desire to help less privileged members of society.
Ndiweni joined the Labour Party after realizing the party’s values and principles dovetailed with her Christian beliefs.
The single lady is proud of her father, mother, sister and brother and local people who gave her a lot of support in the run up to the general election widely won by the Conservative Party. – voa