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Black and Irish GALA awards

The first B.I.G event was held to appreciate the artistic and creative efforts of Black and mixed-race talent in Ireland.

Photocredit: Vivid Studio

The first-ever Black and Irish GALA awards took place in Dublin earlier this month. 

The inaugural awards took place at the Hilton Hotel, Dublin Airport. The aim of the event was to highlight and celebrate the achievements of the Black and mixed-race community in Ireland.  

“One thing we found from speaking to several Black and mixed-race creatives was that their works were not being recognised. We wanted to make people feel that their work is important because it really is.”  

-LEON DIOP, ONE OF THE CO-FOUNDERS OF BLACK AND IRISH

The award show was run by Black and Irish, a non for profit organisation set up last year, after the death of George Floyd in the United States. The aim of Black and Irish is to highlight and celebrate the identity of Black and mixed-race Irish people. 

Photocredit: Vivid studio

Winners included Tolü Makay for best female artist; Mamobo Ogoro, founder of GORM media, for activist of the year; and Blezzing Dada as the community star of the year.  

Speaking to RTE, Leon Diop, one of the co-founders of Black and Irish, said: “One thing we found from speaking to several Black and mixed-race creatives was that their works were not being recognised. We wanted to make people feel that their work is important because it really is.”  

Photo Credit: Vivid Studio (Left to right, Aisha Saka, Amanda Ade, Denise Chaila, Eric Ehigie)

See the full list of Black and Irish award winners below:  

Platform of the year: Created in Eire 

Podcast of the Year: Where’s Your Head At Podcast

Entrepreneur of the year: Freeborn Noble 

Photo Credit: Vivid Studio, Entrepreneur of The Year: Freeborn Noble

Personality of the year: Victoria Adeyinka 

Photo Credit: Vivid Studio, Personality of the year: Victoria Adeyinka

Influencer of the year: BillyKiss 

Photo Credit: Vivid Studios, Influencer of the year: Billykis

Breakthrough artist of the year: Sello

Photo Credit: Vivid Studio, Breakthrough artist of the year: Sello

Female artist of the year: Tolü Makay 

Male artist of the year: Offica 

Community star of the year: Blezzing Dada 

Photo Credit: Cred Vivid studio, Community star of the year: Blezzing Dada

Activist of the year: Mamobo Ogoro 

Photo Credit: Vivid Studio, Activist of the year: Mamobo Ogoro
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