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There were many opportunities for rejoicing and laughter, as award winners gave poignant acceptance speeches. Some winners were in total shock, as the recognition of their efforts were brought to light: Evangelist Gladys Ogbiede broke into spontaneous praise, as she danced her way to accept the Mission award; Katherine Gray could not believe what she was hearing, as she accepted the Business Award, and Lurine Cato began her acceptance speech for her Premier Gospel Music award in song, and boldly stated that gospel music WILL make it into the charts.


A standing ovation added to the sentiment of the evening, as guest of honour, Doreen Lawrence OBE, was welcomed on stage to receive the Keep the Faith Woman of the Year Award. Her acceptance speech was moving and encouraging for all those who heard, as she humbly commended all of the night’s winners, and expounded on how inspired she was by them all.


After a sincere vote of thanks and a poignant close from Pastor Marjorie, guests were left with hearts full of motivation for achieving more for their community, and with one question burning in their minds: How will they possibly be able to top this for next year?


The award winners were:


Young Woman’s Award - Barbara Soetan Mission Award - Evangelist Gladys Ogbiede Naomi Award (sponsored by Dial A Carer) - Una Chandler Woman in the Community Award - Carmen Anderson Business Award (sponsored by Obaseki Solicitors) - Katherine Gray Life Turnaround Award (sponsored by MercyShips) - Beverly Levy Smith Premier Gospel Music Award - Lurine Cato Media Award - Leah Charles-King Woman in Christian Leadership (sponsored by Saladmaster) Pastor Celia Apeagyei-Collins TCI Exceptional Woman Award - Mrs Comfort Beckley Keep The Faith Woman of the Year Award - Doreen Lawrence OBE


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