The African Community Awards is an annual event that recognizes individuals within the black community here in Winnipeg for outstanding work in their various fields over the past year. It also serves as a platform to encourage networking with people from all over Africa.
This year’s event was the 3rd annual event, held at the Canad Inns in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Special performances were from Cisha, The Message(MSG), SkilloJ and Boma.
The event started at exactly 6PM, which was extremely impressive. The red carpet was of course hosted by Leartify with the help of our red carpet hosts/ interviewers (The Nnamani duo), Theresa and Uju
The deep V-neck cut trend was one to look out for at this years event, these ladies rocked the look with so much elegance and finesse. The plunging neck line was the most rocked look at last years Golden Globe Awards, seems like we are bringing sexy back with this trend. Absolutely loved the diversity in these looks, ranging from ankara fabrics to two pieces. The deep V-neck look is definitely a must have in our style wardrobe this season.
Tuxedos and suits have been a classic go to for men when attending classy events like awards shows. We see this trend in prestigious award shows like the Emmys and the Oscars, but the men that stand out of the crowd are the ones that try something outside the box or put a twist to it. At ACA 2018, the men came out in all sorts of attires that showcased the rich culture of Africa. As expected there were a lot of men dressed in suits or various styles of blazers. This shows that a suit or a blazer will always be the most versatile piece of clothing in a man’s wardrobe today and in many years to come. So gentlemen if you lack this piece make sure you go get one.
ACA is all about recognising talents, hardwork, as well as community involvemnets amongst Africans in Wininpeg.
Alexa Postashnik (Mc_woke) was a recipient of the Humanitarian Award. Alexa is the founder of Black space Winnipeg. Host of Raw colours on CKUW 95.9FM, local vocal percussionist known as MC woke and the former racialised student commissioner with the Canadian Federation of Students -MB. Alexa’s work involves creating safe spaces for people of colour while challenging white/male privilege, dominance and supremacy through grassroots activism.
Abiola Adio popularly known as (Skillojacson) received multiple awards for Song of the year and artist of the year. Skillo is a Winnipeg based recording artist with multiple singles including his latest single Antenna .
Francine Bahati (francinebahati_), Founder and CEO of Queenfidence cosmetics, received an award for Female entrepreneur of the year. Queenfidence Cosmetics by Francine B is a beauty company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada created by Francine Bahati because of her love for makeup. Every lipstick holds a designed quote that seeks to uplift and motivate individuals.
Gabii Clothing is a locally based fashion brand in Winnipeg, Manitoba – winners of fashion brand of the year at the ACA. These uniquely crafted fabrics and designs below stole the show during their showcase at the event. Her designs are unconventional and extremely fashionable.