Winners of the AFRONEWS – Ortel Mobile African Community in Germany Awards 2021 were announced at a wonderful and lovely historic event in Frankfurt on 23rd October 2021.
The AFRONEWS – Ortel Mobile African Community in Germany Awards celebrate and recognise outstanding achievements of Africans in different fields in Germany.
The Awards are sponsored by Ortel Mobile, Germany’s leading prepaid sim cards provider for people with a migration background.
The Awards Gala Night was held at the Freigut Bootshaus GmbH, Freigut-Frankfurt, Eiserner Steg (Sachsenhäuser Mainufer), 60594 Frankfurt am Main, a location with a maritime flair in the middle of the Main.
Here are the winners of AFRONEWS – Ortel Mobile African Community in Germany Awards 2021
THE BEST AFRICAN ASSOCIATION IN GERMANY AWARD 2021
Kenyan Women in Germany e.V.
THE BEST AFRICAN DJ IN GERMANY AWARD 2021
THE BEST AFRICAN FESTIVAL IN GERMANY AWARD 2021
Nollywood Film Festival Germany
THE BEST AFRICAN MUSICIAN/BAND IN GERMANY AWARD 2021
Rebellion The Recaller
THE BEST AFRICAN RESTAURANT IN GERMANY AWARD 2021
THE BEST AFRICAN FASHION DESIGNER IN GERMANY AWARD 2021
Florence Oriwo, Founder of Oriwo Design
The event was graced by Mr. Valentine Opuene Allision – First Secretary For Information, Culture and Education, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In his speech he thanked the organisers and the sponsor of the African Community in Germany Awards for recognising achievers from the African community.
Mr. Allision said the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was happy to be part of the initiative and apologised on behalf of H.E. Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar – Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Germany who was supposed to be a special guest at the ceremony but could not make it due to an emergency official engagement.
In a note to Afronews, Ambassador Tuggar expressed his highest esteem in recognition of the importance of the AFRONEWS – Ortel Mobile African Community in Germany Awards.
Mr. Gregor Fränzel, the CEO of Ortel Mobile was a special guest at the Awards Gala Night. He said Ortel Mobile was proud to have partnered with Afronews in organising the AFRONEWS – Ortel Mobile African Community in Germany Awards.
The Ortel Mobile, Mr Fränzel said, was keen on enabling Africans in Germany make cheap calls to Germany and abroad in order to keep in touch with their friends and family abroad.
He also said that his company was willing to support initiatives aimed at helping African community in Germany receive necessary news and information and support activities of the community.
Mr Fränzel delivered the cash prize of 2000 euros from Ortel Mobile to the Kenyan Women in Germany e.V. (KWIG) who won The Best African Association In Germany Award 2021. The cash prize is meant to support the activities of the association.
How Kenyan Women in Germany e.V. (KWIG) will spend the cash prize
The association was represented by Ms Racheal Ngigi, the Chief Financial officer and by Ms Nelly Okumu, the Operations Manager. KWIG plans to use the funds in training leaders of its working groups.
In their acceptance speech, KWIG said: “We are grateful and humbled for this recognition. KWIG’s mission is to promote the social and economic inclusion, advancement, and empowerment of Kenyan women in Germany through contextual support and development. We do this through 11 working groups, which are the heart and soul of the organisation. The groups organise projects that focus on various topics of interest. Here, members use their professional know-how on a voluntary basis to realise the goals of the association.”
The winning organisation revealed that they would use the funds to support the training of their leaders. “Today’s cash prize of 2000 euros will go a long way to help support our activities. We plan to use it to offer trainings to leaders of the working groups I just mentioned. We believe that if our leaders are equipped with the necessary tools, they will be in a better position to serve our members and the community at large,” KWIG said, adding that the Domestic Violence Group leaders, for instance, must be trained on how to professionally guide a distressed victim.
The trainings will be held both online and offline, with qualified institutions or individuals.
“We as KWIG, do not take this award for granted. We now have an even greater responsibility to our members and the entire African community in Germany. We take it as a challenge not only to develop our organisation, but also to work together with other institutions to archive the spirit in which this event was organised. Which is the empowerment of our African community, regardless of country of origin. For if you want to go faster, walk alone, if you want to go far, walk together,” KWIG said.
Cultural Ambassador Isaac Izoya, Festival Director of Nollywood Film Festival Germany (NFFG) whose organisation won The Best African Festival In Germany Award 2021, said he was happy indeed to have emerged the winner. “I feel happy. Words are not enough to explain how I feel tonight. It shows me that our humble contributions are being followed by many. It reinvigorates me to do much more in my chosen career. I thank the organisers – AfroNews.de and Ortel Mobile, the event sponsors, members of Nollywood Practitioners Europe and back home in Nigeria, my numerous fans across the world that made this possible by voting for us massively. God bless you all”.
Haus Mühlenbrock, the winner of the The Best African Restaurant in Germany Award 2021 was represented by Carol Waithira Mühlenbrock and Stephan Mühlenbrock.
Ms Mühlenbrock thanked Afronews for organising the Awards. She also thanked all their guests and supporters who voted and enabled them to win the award.
“Thanks also to our great Haus Mühlenbrock team – without you, your commitment and your support, a lot would not have been possible. Many thanks to everyone who supported us and voted for us,” Ms Mühlenbrock said.
Deejay Aisher who won The Best African DJ in Germany Award 2021 dedicated the award to all her fans for their immense support. In her acceptance speech read by Philly Yambo Makora who was the MC, Deejay Aisher said words could not express her gratitude and how honoured she felt to have won the Award. “This achievement will be my lifetime inspiration and help me to achieve success in the future. To all my fans and friends, my heartfelt gratitude for your immense voting. I proudly dedicate this Award to all my fans. Without your votes, I would have not won this. Thanks for always believing and supporting my talent,” Deejay Aisher said.
“To Afronews and Ortel Mobile, the organisers of the Awards, I feel really dignified to be affiliated with this award. This Award is another example of the encouragement and support that you have given to me. I express my profound honour and thankfulness to you,” added the turntable goddess.
Rebellion The Recaller who won The Best African Musician/Band In Germany Award 2021 posted a video on his Facebook page celebrating his victory. He was represented at the Awards Gala Night by his manager Buba Gassama. Here’s how Rebellion The Recaller rejoiced when he learnt that he had won The Best African Musician/Band In Germany Award 2021: “People we made it, all fans, family and friends, we finally made it … Amazing… special thanks to you for all your efforts, your love, strength, support and appreciation. My sincere gratitude to you all …All Thanks and praises to the Almighty for having you all along the journey of life and musical career.”
Gillian Lwangu Piroth, Founder of My Ethic Cooking & Catering (MEC), did a wonderful job in organising The AFRONEWS – Ortel Mobile African Community in Germany Awards 2021 Gala Night. All the guests praised the high-class event and the professional touch Ms Piroth gave to the entire event.
The MC at the Awards Gala Night was Philly Yambo Makora, a talented Corporate Communication Expert living in Frankfurt.