BEFFTA awards UK is pleased to honour supermodel and fashion designer Nana Afua Antwi with a special honorary award BEFFTA YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD.
Nana Afua Antwi is a British fashion model originated from Kumasi Ashanti in Ghana . She is the winner for Britain’s Top Model of Colour Cycle 5 and BEFFTA Awards Winner Female Model of the Year,Cover Girl for Feb/March 2013 Issue of best selling International Magazine New Africa Woman, Cover Girl for Black Hair Magazine August/ September Issue which was voted one of the best black magazine cover in America in October 2011. Nana Afua is the current face and Ambassador for BEFFTA THIS IS LOVE Campaign promoting anti hate anti violence among youth in the UK. She graduated from Thurrock and Basildon College studying Art & Design and a furthered at the London College of Fashion studying fashion illustration.
In June 2009, she was scouted by a Model Agent for London Fashion Week which kicked off her Modeling career. She is also an award winning Model for M&M Excellence Awards in September 2009 based in Africa. In November 2009 she was highly inspired on documentary shown on London BBC of women who were slain and lost their lives mining in a rural part of Ghana. Most of these women were single Mothers living behind children. This was a big motivation which inspired her to be spokes Ambassador for Black Women going through harsh lives. This Campaign was a key platform which encouraged her to compete for Top Model of Colour UK, established modeling competition for Models of Colour.
Winning the competition was a dream come true which enabled her to work on a charity project campaign named after her late Mother Akosua Odei Foundation was launched on May 26th 2012 in Hotel Russel West London‘’ in aid of Single Mothers/Women living harsh lives in the rural Ghana and Africa. Nana has also had the chance to walk with Matthew Williamson and got featured in his A/W 2011 Catwalk Show in London. She has been featured in several publications in London, America, Jamaica , Ghana and Nigeria. Her work has also been featured in Pride Magazine, Ninetynine Magazine, Black beauty and Hair, New African Woman Magazine. She’s also been the Cover for May 2012 Issue for Tropics Magazine (South Africa), Capital Ace Factory Magazine (France) Tiya Hair & Fashion Magazine and Afro pulp Magazine. The inspirational model is currently working on her clothing line collection ‘adopted Culture’’ which was featured in Africa Fashion Week 2013. The clothing line has already set the bar after a massive press release.
The multi-award winning model and entrepreneur will pick up the BEFFTA YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD on 25th October at the grand BEFFTA UK AWARDS celebration at Hippodrome, Golders Green in the presence of an international audience. Previous recipients of BEFFTA special honorary awards include the legendary broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, Nollywood superstar Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, international designer Adebayo Jones and many more.