DEAR awards ceremony becomes a reality in Irving, Texas.

In a very busy weekend last Saturday saw numerous events in the DFW, among them is the DEAR, Diaspora Entertainment Awards & Recognition; A ceremony that celebrates Kenyans’ efforts around the world for their hard work and contribution in their chosen occupation.

Far and wide they came to The Venue Marriott Hotel Las Colinas, Irving texas. The event was graced by contestants and representatives among them Hon. Richard N tong’i a Nyaribari chache  Mp, Roselyne Nyakona of HRC kenya, among many. AGR FM was also represented by Diaspora Heart Beat host Felix Nyangate and EPI CEO.its the first of its kind and the following were termed winners among other contestants.

one of the community organizer award Steve Aseno Photo credit: DEAR awards

Outstanding Automotive and Transport Entreprenuer

Seagate Freight

Outstanding Agency of the Year

Lydia Akumu

Outstanding Sports Award / Life Achievement

Lorna Kiplagat

Best Actress Award

Clarice Otieno

Best Actor award

Benjamin Onyango

Outstanding New Scientist

Dr. Rose Gathungu

Education/ Academic

Betty Tambo

Best Blog Radio

Kenyan Diaspora Blog Radio

Outstanding Food and Beverage Restauratuer

Afrika Fusion Restaurant

Outstanding NGO

Lucy Mckenzie (I Care Operation)

Spiritual Award

Pr. Zippora Bogonko

Best Kenyan Male Artiste

Sanni M’mairura

Best Kenyan Female Artiste

Rosemary Biyaki

Best Music Producer of the Year

Billy Frank

Best Band/group of the Year

Moipei Sisters

Photographer of the Year

Mosey Waweru

Journalist of the Year

Anthony Karanja

Best Dj

Simple Simon (Nzau)

Best Female Model Award

Margaret Muchemi

Best Community Organizer

Steve Aseno

Best Gospel Music Award

Jedidah Magiri

Best Radio Entertainment Award

One Mic Show

Best Male Model Award

Matthew Moreka

Best Swahili Music Award

David Keen

Best African Magazine Award

Jambo News

Best Fashion Designer

Beatrice Wambui Njuguna

Best Businesswoman of the year/Entrepreneur

Connie Bryant

Businessman of the year Award

Abraham Kirwa

Outstanding Military Personel

Colonel Kariuki

Outstanding Legal Defender

Henry Ongeri

Friend of Kenya Award

Bishop T. D. Jakes

Lifetime Achievement Award

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta (Zero Campaign)

a message from the CEO Pam Mogaka: “We want to thank everyone that participated in this year’s DEAR Ceremony. All the memories that were created will have a lasting impact in all of us. The nominees, the winners, the perfomers and all those who work hard every day to make the event a success, thank you! You make this world a little bit better, keep up! On behalf of the founders and the supporters Thank you! We hope the new and improved DEAR 2016 will blow your minds! Stay tuned!”

these were the nominees from which the above won.

Outstanding agency of the year

  • Connie Bryant (Professional Home Medical and Hospice Care)

  • Lydia Akumu (Century Health Staffing Services)

  • Seagate Freight

Outstanding Automotive and Transport Entrepreneur

  • Rose Njeri

  • Evans Nyakundi

  • Seagate Freight

Best Actor award

  • Benjamin Onyango

  • Charles Ounda

  • Timothy Kimani

  • Bernard Guto

Best Actress award

  • Clarice Otieno

  • Aisha Noor Truphena

  • Lupita Nyong’o

  • Edna Ombogo

Education/Academic Award

  • Betty Tambo

  • Maina Kanyiri

Sports Award / lifetime achievement

  • Wesley Korir

  • Lorna Kiplangat

  • Wilson Wahome

  • Steve Ouko

  • Douglas Wakiihuri

Best Band/group of the Year

  • Mobby Mobisa & Cliff G

  • Moipei sisters

Outstanding New Scientist

  • Rose Gathugu

Best Blog Radio

  • Karisan Media

  • AGR FM

  • Kenyan diaspora Blog Radio

  • One Mic Show

  • Denzel Musumba

  • Mukurima Muriuki

Outstanding Food and beverage restaurateur

  • Moto Moto Kitchen (Linda Stewart)

  • Afrika Fusion Restaurant

Outstanding NGO

  • Lucy Mckenzie (I Care Operation)

  • Roselyne Orwa (Ronfoundation)

  • John Micheal Ouko

  • Eunice Meja (Upendo)

  • FoK (Face of Kenya)

  • Beatrice Williamson (Maisha)

  • Catherine Ondari

  • Lyn Evan (JNN)

  • Kenya Diaspora Sports Organization

  • East African Chamber of Commerce

Spiritual Award

  • PR. Zippora Bogonko

  • Damaris Mkubwa

Best Kenyan Female Artiste

  • Penzi Amani

  • Rosemary Biyaki

  • Florence Andenyi

Best Kenyan Male Artiste

  • Sanni Mairura

  • Robert Nyabwari

  • Fanaka Nation

  • Prince Mbetu

  • David Keen

  • Daddy V Kenya

Best Music Producer of the year

  • Billy Frank

  • Micheal Wanguhu

Photographer of the Year

  • John Olembati

  • Richard Ooga

  • Bernard Gutwa

  • Winnie Obiero

  • Mosey Waweru.

  • Christopher Onyaye

Best DJ award

  • Simple  Simon (Nzau)

  • Castro Otieno

  • Joshua Nyakundi

  • Dominic Ondabu

Best Young Female Model Award

  • Sheilla Nyambane

Best Academic Achievement

  • Betty Tambo

  • Maina Kanyiri

  • Marie Ojiambo

Best Community Organizer

  • Faith Chepkwony

  • Micheal Mugo

  • Steve Aseno

  • Vincent Tongi

  • Nyangeya Bwomanga

  • Patrick Nganga

  • Kevin Wanjohi

  • Roselyne Nyankona

  • Geoffrey Mogire

  • Patrick Nganga

  • Endita  Kiarie

  • Monica Kangethe

  • Kakenya Ntaiya

  • Bernard Kamau

  • Casmir Masega

Best Gospel Music Award

  •  Florence Andenyi

  •  Jesus Addicts

  • Jedida Magiri

  • Catherine Ondari

  • Kenyan Catholic Community

  • James Warachi

  • Andrew Kerosi

  • NLQ-Newlife questers

Best Radio Entertainment Award

  •  Susan Njeri Thomi

  • Orina Ontiri

  • Denzel Musumba

  • Chris Wamalwa

  • One mic show

  • Felix Nyangate

Best Male Model Award

  • Mathew Moreka

Best Female Model Award

  •  Melina Obare

  •  Marsha Lily

  •  Rose Njeri

  •  Sonnie Njau

  •  Margaret Muchemi

  •  Jessica Benson ( Jessy Benson)

  •  Harriet Maleche

  •  Reachel  Marete

  •  Janet Ratemo.

  •  Sheilla Nyambane

Best African Magazine Award

  • Catherine Gathuka Franklin.

  • Jambo News

  • Mwakilishi News

Best Fashion Designer

  • Kemunto Cutler

  • Beatrice Wambui Njuguna

Best Businesswoman of the year/Entraprenuer

  •  Lyna Mounde

  •  Connie Bryant

  •  Mercy  Nyamoko

Outstanding Military Personnel

  • Cypstar Onsongo

  • Eric Nyatenya

  • Kim Tanui

  • Colonel Kariuki

  • George Ponge

  • Bernard Ocharo

Outstanding Legal Defender

  • Henry Ongeri

Friend of Kenya Award

  •  Bishop T. D. Jakes

  • Michael  Chitwood

  • Melisa Lamming

  • Alice Avila

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • First Lady Margaret Kenyatta (Zero Campaign)

  • Benson Kasue (Diaspora Grassroots Mobilization)

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