Rising Zimbabwean star, Nicolle Ndiweni, has been voted the Female Youth Leader of the Year in the 2015 Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts Awards (BEFFTA).
Ndiweni, who contested recent British elections under the Labour Party and was elected Hucknall councilor in Ashfield District Council, beat several other BEFFTA nominees including Zimbabwean community organizer Cynthia Masiyiwa Mukoko, to land the coveted award on Friday evening.
She told VOA Studio 7 on Sunday, “I'd like to thank everybody who supported me worldwide, I am truly humbled by the support and recognition that I have received. Moreover I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate the BEFFTA organisers, especially Pauline Long, for the remarkable work they do within the black community.
Nicole Ndiweni has won the 2015 BEFFTA Youth Leader of the Year Award (Photo: Nicolle Ndiweni)
“A lot of people are held back by fear, lack of confidence and doubt. I say go for it, be bold, work hard, work smart and seize opportunities that come your way with both hands.”
Ndiweni was born in Zimbabwe’s Karoi town, Mashonaland West province, where her father, Douglas Ndiweni, was once the boss of the local authority. She is also in the fashion industry.
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 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 and provides a networking platform for industry personalities.