The first World Afro Day® Awards, 15 September are the focal point for World Afro Day(WAD) celebrations in 2018.

They are the first global award ceremony to recognise Afro success in society and will honour Benny Harlem with an International Icon Award. He is a Guinness World Record Holder and internet sensation, along with his daughter Jaxyn.

After the successful launch last year, World Afro Day continues to be an international force. The founder, Michelle De Leon’s recent invitation to the United Nations, raised the topic of hair discrimination:

“Several families have had to take legal action this year, both in the UK and abroad, just for the right for their children to go to school with Afro hair or African hairstyles. The world is in serious need of reform, for Afro hair to be treated as normal and equal to other hair types. The World Afro Day Awards will be part of that change.”

The successful visit means that The Office of the High Commission for Human rights will continue to endorse World Afro Day in 2018.

  • International Icon Award – winner Benny Harlem
  • TV Advert of the Year – Ikea, Nike, Tesco, Guinness, Heathrow
  • TV Presenter Award – Afua Hirsch, David Olusoga, Dr Zoe Williams
  • Afro Star Youth Award – To be announced on the night
  • Social Impact Award – Lekia Lee, Shirvina Best, Selma Nicholls
  • Afro Pioneer Award – Anastasia Chikezie, Morris Roots, Khembe Clarke

Voting is at www.worldafroday.com and winners will be voted for by the public and an esteemed panel of judges, from across the creative industries.

Other special guests include Miss Universe Great Britain Dee-Ann Rogers, celebrity hairstylist Charlotte Mensah. Plus co-hosts Professor Jonathan A. J Wilson and comedian Judi Love.

Entertainment is provided by MOBO Award Winner Lurine Cato as well as a Hair Fashion Show by award-winning hairstylist Anastasia Chikezie.

Find out more and book your tickets here.