This sophomore effort may have lacked the sponsors that the debut event enjoyed but it took off almost without a hitch. The brainchild of Dr. Pam Mogaka, the Dear Awards in its 2nd instalment has taken on legs and will thrive because of the stellar support by its core organizers pictured below:
This 2nd Award show was a definite upgrade from its predecessor. From the hosts, to the stage lighting, to the music, to the classy dresses and suits adorned on the Red Carpet, to the food and the Artist performances. This Award show was a definite event of class, elegance and excellence. The theme of 2016 was diversity. Unlike its predecessor, which was an all Kenyan affair, this year’s event included nominees and attendees from other parts of Africa including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia, Benin, Zambia, Cameroon and South Africa.
The show was hosted by Kenyan-American actor Benjamin A. Onyango based in Hollywood, California. Benjamin is best known for such movies as Tears of the Sun, God’s Not Dead 1 &2 and TV series The Shield, General Hospital and The X-Files. The actor was assisted by Dallas locals of Community Organizer Tony Ondeng and comedian Jojo Showcali.
Actor Benjamin A. Onyango also urged the audience to support DEAR and make it bigger and better every year. DEAR’s mission statement states in part that it is committed to recognizing Africa’s rising stars, all talent regardless of which country of Africa they originate from. Its task is to make it possible. Provide a stage for these great achievers, the hard working men and women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to be appreciated and celebrated.
The actor emphasized that DEAR’s Mission was a noble cause that needs to be supported by all means. He urged the audience to spread the word and to make sure that the Dear Awards becomes a strong organization which will serve the African Diaspora for years to come.
Dear Awards 2016 Winners
Benjamin A. Onyango - Best Actor
Christine Wawira - Best Actress
Chris Omollo - Outstanding Photography
Edwin Bogonko - Best Academician
Huguette Houndelo - Outstanding Journalist
Jambo News - Best African Magazine
Jane Mukami - Outstanding Entrepreneur
Lilly Richards - Community Organizer
Narada Wersonga - Best Male Model
Selestine Mwango - Best Female Model
Nick Rose - Best Fashion Designer
One Mic Show - Best Radio
Sarah Wairimu Brooks law Firm - Outstanding Agency
Stella Nyanduko - Best Gospel Artist
Dorothy Macharia - Best Comedian
Emily Lagat - Outstanding Spiritual
Hope in Love Ministries – Outstanding NGO
Robert Nyabwari - Best Artist
Maria Mutitu - Best Blogger
Amezam Shipping - Outstanding Transport
Victory Chapels Dallas - Best Band
Choma Sundays - Outstanding Restaurant
Ivy Awino - Best DJ