What Made The Black Gold Awards Successful?


The monumental success of the 2013 Black Gold Award Ceremony would not have been as prevalent as it was if not for several crucial gears that meshed together. The premiere venue of Calgary’s Epcor Center, the exceptional turnout of over 700 guests, as well as the stunning entertainment provided by Alberta’s local talent, formed a synergy that allowed for the inaugural award ceremony to be truly spectacular. The vast and diverse audience allowed for an evening of unity, camaraderie, inspiration and truly valuable networking opportunities. Not only a celebration, the first annual Black Gold Awards was a beacon of the hope to come for the future, celebrating and strengthening a community held together by understanding the value in recognizing those contributing to our city’s ever-promising sub-culture.  Even Mayor Naheed Nenshi offered his support!


Allowing for the all to be heard, the People’s Choice Awards were produced for the people and by the people. Through online voting and nominations submitted by both individuals and communities, potential barriers to participation were eliminated—truly enabling the assured accessibility for all those who wanted to voice their opinion.

In tune with the principles of the People’s Choice categories, the Community Awards also allowed for nominations by individuals and communities. However, with prudent deliberation, winners were determined by a selection committee made up of representatives from the following established community associations: Tanzania Community Association of Calgary, Kenyan Community Association of Calgary, University of Calgary African Students Association, Angolan Society of Calgary, Ghanaian Canadian Association of Calgary, Liberian Association of Calgary, Black American Blues Historical Society of Canada, African-American Canadian Cultural Society and the African/ Caribbean United Foundation of Alberta.

Congratulations to all of the 2013 Black Gold Award nominees! In continuing the celebration the victors’ achievements, we would like to reaffirm that the Black Gold Awards were presented to deserving candidates in an ethical manner. We hope next year, with the proven success of our first awards ceremony, more associations will join us in our efforts to celebrate and honor our collective community’s exceptional members, and provide individual representatives to be part of the future selection committees.

Professional of the year Cheryl Foggo
Entrepreneur of the year Leon Nyerere
Start up Business of the year Sarosh Rizvi
Small Business of the year Yinka Oladele
Philanthropist of the year Maria Mbanga
Business Leader of the year Jasmine Jefferies Siria
Performer Group of the year Souljah Fiyah
Rapper/Poet of the Year Jaynova
Actress of the Year Olawumi Adeniyi
Future Prospect of the Year Tenaj Williams
College Student of the Year Daniel Edem Kwagbenu
High School Student of the Year Danielle Nyarko

Community Awards Award Winners

Start-up Business of the Year

  • Sarosh Rizvi (Kleos Microfinance Group)
  • Adebola Esan (Flavours African Cuisine)
  • Eni Bode Harrison (Next Gen Staffing)


  • Cheryl Foggo
  • Femi Talabi
  • Ferdinand Brathwaite

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Leon Nyerere
  • Beatrice Twumasi
  • Elizabeth Nandee

Small Business of the Year

  • Yinka Oladele
  • Beatrice Twumasi
  • Regina Oluwadairo

Business Leader

  • Jasmine Jefferies-Siria
  • Femi Talabi
  • Margaret Adu


  • Maria Mbanga
  • Elizabeth Nandee
  • Mary Tidland

Outstanding  Service to Community

  • Amaliana Mohammed
  • Cheryl Foggo
  • Young African Professionals

Elementary School Student of the Year

  • Mackaya Powell
  • Rebekah Baidoo

High School Student of the Year

  • Danielle Nyarko
  • Abiana Cudjoe
  • Nicole McCarthy

College Student of the Year

  • Daniel Edem Kwagbenu
  • Zenas Joachim Bukasa
  • Amory Hamilton-Henry

Future Prospect of the Year

  • Tenaj Williams
  • Elshadai Getenet
  • Nsi Udott

People’s Choice Award Winners

Athlete: Nik Lewis
Actor/Actress: Olawumi Adeniyi
Spiritual Leader: Pastor Kabonga Bukasa
Barber: Ted Leslie
Promoter: DJ New Boy
Clothier: Adejoke Taiwo
Hair Stylist: Maxine King
Dancer: Sabrina Naz
Group/Band/Musician: Souljah Fiyah
Singer of the year: Veronica Agyemang
Rapper/poet: Jaynova


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