The International Achievement Recognition Awards was in full swing that weekend, with many of the nominees such as Jermaine Jackman, Moelogo, Anabel Kutay, Charles “Chucky” Venn and Khali Best going way with the IARA trophy.

Hitting the night off was Moelogo, who won the Best African Act. It was so special to him that he won on his mum’s birthday.

X Factor’s Rough Copy were in the building and they presented the Inspirational Music Award to Jermaine Jackman, who after winning on the show “The Voice UK” continues to use his platform to inspire others, whilst impressing the world with his powerful gospel voice.

“High Strung” actress Analbel Kutay won the Best Emerging Actress Award, while Chucky Venn who dedicated his Best Actor TV/Drama award to Aaron Eaton. The actor also states that “anything is possible“, and reflects on his childhood days dreaming to becoming an actor, now the dream has become a reality, and is winning awards from left to right.

The “High Strung” movie also had more to celebrate as the director Michael Damian and producer Keith Golub, won Best Film Producer and Director respectively. Meanwhile, Miles Mitchell wins the Emerging Actor Award.

Model Raquel Smith, who was once mentored by Naomi Campbell, was IARA’s 2016 Best Model The model spoke about becoming a champion saying “you can never be champion unless you went through a breaking point.” Also keeping it high in the fashion field was bespoke fashion designer Joshua Kane, who won Best Fashion Designer. The designer, who used to work for the most popular designer brands, went forward to pursue his own fashion label – and has never looked back since.

Khali won Best Youngest Achievement Award. The young chap gave a speech about his humble beginnings before landing his biggest role to date.

John Bryne was honoured at the Best Contribution To Arts & Diversity and Hannah Kennedy OBE won the Humanitarian Award. The phenomenal woman, who has two children with autism, strives to help other children (as well as her own) to continously to live joyous and fulfilling lives. She has even enhanced her efforts to help those who have been bullied and empower them to use the arts as a the avenue to rise above the odds.

Abgail Blackmore wins her third award for her new horror short “Vintage Blood”.  The writer, director and filmmaker has already won two awards. Including the Audience Choice Award at the Tri Force Short Film Festival and Best Screenplay at the Unrestricted View Film Festival.

Googlebox girls Sandi and Sandra, where the Best Reality UK Stars. The ladies have been enjoying their huge success after staring the show “Googlebox” on Channel 4. The show has already won a BAFTA as well as the National Television Award. If that wasn’t enough, two of the legendary Big Brovaz members, J Rock & Randy Jackson were in attendance to present the awards. The audience could never get enough of these ladies flamboyant personalities.

Chizzy Akudolu represented “Holby City”, as the show won Best Soap and the Tri-Force Short Film Festival won the Best Film Festival.

The overall winners of this years IARA are below.




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