Andella nominated alongside Naomi Campbell

Reigning Miss Zambia UK, Andella Chileshe Matthews has been nominated “Best  Beauty Queen” in the Black Entertainment, Fashion, Film & Television Awards (BEFFTAs) to be held at the luxurious London Hilton Metropole, on Saturday 17 October 2009.

Andella (Right)

Andella (Right) with Justina Mutale

Andella, who recently represented Zambia at Miss Universe 2009 in the Bahamas joins other celebrity nominees such as supermodel Naomi Campbell; film star, Noel Clarke; award winning Jazz musician Yolanda Brown; X-Factor sensations Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke; Miss England, Rachel Christie; celebrity photographer, Bukola Garace; top international models, Ibukun Jegede and Jasmina Robinson; and fashion designers Gavin Pierre Medford and Yemi Osunkoya of the world renowned Kosibah Creations, among many others.

Also nominated is former Miss Zambia UK, Rosemary Chileshe as “BEST FORMER BEAUTY QUEEN” while the Miss Zambia UK Beauty Pageant has been nominated “BEST BEAUTY PAGEANT” and Perryfield Promotions has been nominated “BEST EVENT PROMOTER”.

“I am very proud of Andella and Rosemary on their achievements and BEFFTA nominations.  To have four BEFFTA nominations in our camp is a great achievement for us at Miss Zambia UK”, says Justina Mutale, CEO of Perryfield Promotions, the organisers of Miss Zambia UK Beauty Pageant.

The BEFFTA Awards is an international prestigious ceremony committed to recognising the all around accomplishments of black stars.

“We would be dedicating the BEFFTA Award to all the contestants who have ever participated in the Miss Zambia UK Beauty Pageant.  By participating, they have each in their own unique way played a key role in making Miss Zambia UK one of the best pageants in the world”, said Justina Mutale.

Black stars to be honoured with the BEFFTA Awards will include Musicians, Dancers, Choreographers, Comedians, Radio personalities, Television personalities, Film, Actors, Actresses, Models, Beauty Queens, DJs, Event Promoters, Fashion designers, Hair Stylists, Make-up artists, Photographers, spoken word artists, Beauty Pageants, community newspapers and magazines.

“This prestigious event is a distinctly special awards ceremony honouring the best entertainment and showbiz personalities in the black community in UK and globally. It is also the first of its kind rewarding the outstanding contributions in all areas of entertainment and showbiz and celebrating the achievements of stars from the black community.” says Pauline Long, Founder & CEO of the BEFFTA Awards.

Stars from the UK and international black community are getting ready to grace the 1st Annual Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts Awards (BEFFTA) Awards in London.

The BEFFTA Awards ceremony will be filmed for television broadcasting for both UK and international audience. The ceremony will be hosted by UK’s top comedian and Choice FM radio presenter/TV personality Richard Blackwood and the young talented comedian, Miss London.

“To be able to reward all these personalities in entertainment, fashion, film, television and arts in one night, under one roof is a great initiative. I think an award of this calibre is due,” said BEFFTA Awards founder Pauline Long.

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