The first Gala awards for the recognition of Black Irish creatives was held over the weekend in the Hilton Hotel in Dublin with the aim of celebrating Ireland’s most influential and rising stars of the Black and mixed-race community.
The awards were run by Black & Irish, an organisation set up last year after the death of George Floydto highlight and celebrate the identity of black and mixed-race Irish people.
TheBlack & Irish Awards were hosted byBlack and Irish and For The Culture Fest and recognisedhe success and outstanding achievements of emerging and established talent across ten different fields in the Media and Entertainment space.
Among the musicians recognised were Tolu Makay, Sello and Offica.
See the nominees and winners below.
Podcast of the Year – WYHA Podcast – Nessers Pod – OhMan Podcast
Platform of the Year (Sponsored by Branded Royal) – Basix Back – CIE – Slight Motif
Personality of the Year (Sponsored by Dubliner Whiskey) – Dongo – Victoria Adeyinka – Victor Alfred
Activist of the Year (Sponsored by ISA) – Mamobo Ogoro – Angel Artura – Lohas
Influencer of the Year (Sponsored by We are Human Co) – Katja Mia – Abeeb Yusuf – Billy Kiss
Entrepreneur of the Year (Sponsored by Virgin Media) – Mixed by Simba – Freeborn Nobel – Afo (Designer Cutzz)
Breakthrough Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Warner Music Ireland) – Sello – Negro Impacto – Plantain Papi
Female Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Guinness) – Tolu Makay – Aby Coulibaly – Denise Chaila
Male Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Guinness) – Offica – Monjola – Evans Junior
Community Star of the year (Sponsored by Intel) – Erica Cody – Zeda the Architect – Blezzing Dada
Platform of the year: Created in Eire
Podcast of the year: Where’s Your Head At Podcast
Entrepreneur of the year: Freeborn Noble
Personality of the year: Victoria Adeyinka
Influencer of the year: BillyKiss
Breakthrough artist of the year: Sello
Male artist of the year: Offica
Female artist of the year: Tolu Makay
Community star of the year: Blezzing Dada