Published: October 30, 2019 | Updated: October 30, 2019

Vote now and play your part in what’s hailed as Dorset’s ‘biggest cultural red carpet event’

The executive team behind this year’s Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards including Nanzy Sebata, Chief Executive Officer (third right) and Mandla Stone, Chief Brand Officer (standing, left).
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Time is running out to vote in this year’s Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards (DEMA).

Now in their second year, the DEMAs honour excellence and positive contributions to society by ethnic minorities in Dorset.

More than 400 guests are due to attend the black tie gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Lighthouse, Poole Centre for the Arts, on Friday November 29.

Nanzy Sebata, Chief Executive Officer, and Mandla Stone, Chief Brand Officer.

Seven of the 15 award categories are dedicated to business:

  • Female Entrepreneur
  • Male Entrepreneur
  • Barbershop of the Year
  • Restaurant of the Year
  • Business of the Year
  • Hairdresser of the Year
  • Innovation Award

Nanzy Sebata, Chief Executive Officer of the DEMAs, said: “This is the second instalment of Dorset’s biggest cultural red carpet event.

“It will be a fantastic celebration of more than 55 individuals, academics, businesses and community leaders at a glamorous awards dinner gala.

“Those chosen to pick up one of our prestigious awards will have surpassed the normal call of duty and set the highest standards for innovation, success and commitment to excellence in their given fields.”

To vote in this year’s award go to

Angela Akrata and Joy Johnson who are also members of the executive team.

Closing date for votes is Sunday November 3.

Dorset Police is the headline sponsor for this year’s awards.

Other sponsors and well-wishers include AFC Bournemouth, BCP Council, Bostico International, Bournemouth University, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, NHS Foundations in Dorset, Sarah Ali Choudhury and World of Juice.