Lydia Olet, the Founder of Kenya and Friends in the Park, the annual biggest Kenyan Diaspora event in the UK has been nominated for the BEFFTA Woman of The Year 2020/2021 Award.

Reacting to the news, Ms Olet said: “Despite what is happening around the world, some people still found it in their hearts to nominate me as The Woman of The Year.”

She said she had no words to thank all the people who nominated her. “To say am humbled and honoured is an understatement,”

BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) award is Europe’s biggest award ceremony celebrating black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.

For the first in 12 years, BEFFTA nominees are being announced in stages. At the moment only BEFFTA WOMAN OF THE YEAR and BEFFTA MAN OF THE YEAR nominees have been announced.

The full nomination list with all categories in music, film, fashion, arts, TV, arts, sports, leadership, business and charity will be released gradually in the next few days.

The grand 12th BEFFTA awards nominations proves to be the most diverse so far with new categories added including BEFFTA diversity award, Diverse TV station of the year , Diverse company of the year and many more.

With over 6000 guests in attendance annually BEFFTA awards, founded by entrepreneur, TV presenter and philanthropist Dr Pauline Long in 2009 is back to celebrate greatness within the African, Caribbean and Asian communities but this time virtually for the first time due to Covid-19.