AFRICAN WOMEN IN EUROPE AWARD
She is one of the most influential and inspirational women of African origin. Justina is a global multi award-winning celebrity PR Maven; Social Entrepreneur; hJustina – Haranga Princess2umanist; philanthropist; philosopher; and HIV/AIDS & Human Rights Activist. Justina serves as Patron, Ambassador, Trustee and Board Member of several humanitarian, community and charitable organizations in the UK and overseas.
Among other enterprises, Justina is the Founder & CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread, a worldwide HIV/AIDS response campaign with presence in over 50 countries, spanning 6 continents spread across the globe. POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread tours the world working with models, beauty queens, fashion designers and other celebrities from fashion, music, film, television, sport and other arts as effective advocates in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS; and other scourges affecting today’s young generation and society at large, such as poverty and hunger; knife and gun violence; drug and substance abuse; sexual irresponsibility; human trafficking and sex slavery; among many others.
She was born in 1983 in Juaso, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, but moved with her family to the UK at the age of five. She took her GCSEs at the Walthamstow School for Girls and A Levels (Media Studies, Sociology and Performing Arts) at the Leyton Sixth Form College. She then went on to study for a degree in paediatric nursing at Buckinghamshire New University.
DENTAA is a diligent entrepreneur and the visionary behind the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards. GUBA is an awarding organisation which was setup in 2010 to recognise and showcase the exceptional efforts of Ghanaians living in the UK. GUBA is working towards improving communities and the newly formed GUBA Foundation is geared towards the provision of support for autistic families. The Foundation aims to eliminate the stigma attached to autism in the African community and to provide support for the families.
Prior to her establishment of the GUBA awards, Dentaa has been involved in a number of successful personal projects. She was first introduced to the viewing public in 2006 with her hit TV show: ‘The Dentaa Show’. The Dentaa Show was an entertainment program filled with exclusive interviews from celebrities in Ghana and the UK. It drew in a large number of viewers and solidified her status within the African community. After three seasons of the show, she moved on to co-host Ghana’ s popular music talent show known as ‘Mentor’. In 2012, Dentaa made her return to TV with her new show ‘Dinner with Dentaa’.
As the current Manager of footballer Asamoah Gyan, Dentaa has broad expertise in a number of areas. Her accomplishments gained admiration from FIFA President Sepp Blatter as she was invited to present a statue in memory of Arthur Wharton, the first black professional footballer.
Dentaa strongly believes that nothing is impossible and you can achieve anything if you have a vision and a strategy. She lives by these words while she continues to motivate young women. She advises to plan accurately, be organized, proactive, brave and more importantly hardworking as hard work is the key to success.
Lydia Kemunto Cutler
She is former High School teacher who, after teaching for 16 years, finally followed her heart as a Fashion Designer. Since 2008, she has displayed her eveningwear designs in Australia, Kenya, England and Scotland. Kemunto’s designs have been worn in both British and International pageants, including Miss Nigeria (Aberdeen), Miss Africa (Scotland), Miss Intercontinental (UK) and Miss Bikini International (Kenyan contestant) which took place in China. She did showcasing in Brooklyn Fashion Week (USA) in September this year.
Lydia actively promotes charity work for exceptional causes in Kenya, Australia and Scotland. She was recognised by an ‘African Achiever’s Award and ‘Gathering of Africa’s Best’ Award in 2012.
Kemunto specialises in offering bridal wear and ladies’ eveningwear in a Scottish or African theme. Kemunto’s designs are understated yet elegant, and complement the female form beautifully. The 2012 Kemunto Collection comprises a subtle blend of classic designs with tartan or African-inspired patterns. Kemunto seamlessly blends traditional and modern designs for women who want to look simply amazing.