2021 Awards recap

2021 Winners

Delroy Constantine Simms is the founder of Think Doctor Publications and Think Doctor Psychological Assessments. He is also the owner of www.thinkdoctorpublications.com/keepbooksfree. Delroy has published numerous books and in passionate about encouraging literacy in the Black Diaspora.

Marlon aka The Dandy. Caribbean born, raised in USA and now a world traveler with a specific interest in Africa, where I am developing a transformative mobile application. Marlon has a background in digital marketing and content creation as well as fashion. His interest in fashion and art as well as experiences in Dubai made him into a fashion entrepreneur where he started his personal brand, Lea Claude Caribe. His Fashion line has been recognized on multiple occasions for unique bespoke creations that can only be described as dandyesque.

Rukiya is a teaching and learning research scholar with 16+ years of experience in subject area teaching and academic advising of K-12 to university level students. The past six years have been dedicated to accessibility for university students with learning disabilities. She is also effectual in transferring pedagogical knowledge and practical experience of early literacy, special education, and ESOL/ELL strategies to pre-service teachers and seasoned faculty.

Marcie is a mother of three and has five grandkids. She is an Air Force veteran, Chef and Master Cosmetologist. Marcie made history being by the first female military contractor in the GCC to perform work as an Aircrew Life Support Engineer. Though a challenge for all soldiers in the UAE Army, she gained major respect from the male-dominated career to work with a woman. She is also an avid chef that is well known for her baked goods since 2008.

DJ Sir Lennox, having already had great musical influences growing up in the Reggae capital of the world, Jamaica, Sir Lennox migrated to London, England, in his mid-twenties, where he lived for over a decade.
In the U.K., Sir Lennox developed a passion for entertaining a live audience through varied genres of music and his witty humour. His career highlight was being invited to play at the Rototom Sun splash in Benicassim, Spain, in 2012. He has DJed in Europe, USA, the Caribbean and the Middle East, where he now resides.
DJ Lennox Dancehall, Soca, Afrobeat’s, Reggae, R&B, Funk and Hip Hop in his live sets through the clever timing of old and new musical selections.

Kimberly Carey is the CEO/FOUNDER of by Nicole-THE BRAND. In her spare time, she enjoys salsa dancing, learning new languages, and learning about self-improvement and love.

Donovan Patterson is currently a Deputy Principal in Abu Dhabi, where he has been residing for ten years. He is the Founder/CEO of Performance Coach Plus, as an NLP Life Coach and Sports Coach – using Artificial Intelligence to improve athlete performance. He is also a published co-author and the host of QUARANTEEN talk, empowering youth all around the world.

Tia Takes the World is a travel brand dedicated to sharing budget-friendly travel tips and the impact that living abroad has had on her life. Tia has a personality that inspires many that follow her to take action and reach their goals, albeit travel, personal, or through work. Tia wants to change the narrative that travel is for the rich, famous and non melanated through her comedic spirit, relatable pictures, and inspiring videos.

Kimberly Carey is the CEO/FOUNDER of by Nicole-THE BRAND. In her spare time, she enjoys salsa dancing, learning new languages, and learning about self-improvement and love.

MKO is the founder and concept creator for AFN. He is an Influencer, art enthusiast with a professional background in H.R., paralegal and event planning. In addition to this, MKO is an RnB/Afro-pop singer-songwriter whose passion is to promote Afro-pop music and art. MKO has built himself into a well-curated brand regionally, in Africa and beyond. Appearing on stage, screen and in corporate circles – he is one of those rare charismatic artists that possess business savvy and star power.

Rayon is an industrious and creative individual who aims to ensure people get a feel of Jamaica through his cooking.

Alan has been in the region for 12 years working in the music and entertainment industry. Alan was previously the Entertainment Marketing Manager for the Lucky Voice Brand. He is a director and Actor of the famous Dubai land online show drawing a viewership of over 2 million. He is currently working on various projects as a freelancer. He is partnering with the music/technology company working on an innovative project which will be launched in 2022.

#blingzNthingz_boutique is an all-things Africa inspired fashion style and accessories brand. Fumi is all about versatility and fashion with a purpose and message embracing diversity, wellbeing, confidence and empowerment.
Her pieces are sourced with great care, taking into consideration social responsibility and growth.

A serial entrepreneur with a passion for finding new ideas and ventures. Grace believes most ideas can be profitable with the right strategy and implementation. Grace works hard and values quality time with family and friends. She loves to mentor young women to start their own entrepreneurial journeys. Grace is the founder of an NGO, Emofra Africa, that helps children and families affected by cancer. Her dream is to build a pediatric research centre and minimise childhood cancer in Africa.

Joseph Osawaye is a Nigerian serial entrepreneur focused on changing the game for Pan-African entertainment and experiences, ranging from food and entertainment to fashion and lifestyle. He currently owns the only Pan-African hospitality outlet in the UAE, KIZA Restaurant and Lounge, Dubai. He is also the executive chairman of Bowler Industries Ltd, a consumer luxury goods company focused on creating a conglomerate in fashion, architecture and design, food and beverage, wines and spirits, luxury retail, real estate and hospitality, entertainment, and technology.

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Omar Tom

Founder and Managing Partner, Dukkan Media Omar Tom, commonly known as OT is an entrepreneur, strategic planner, educator and public speaker. OT is the Cofounder and Managing Director at Dukkan Media, a marketing and cultural consultancy known in the industry as the leader in contemporary Middle Eastern culture. Through which, OT has made a name for himself in the industry as a cultural expert and catalyst, connecting businesses and communities together.

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