The awards exist to celebrate the African and global LGBTQI+ community. Under this year’s theme, ‘Time To Be Unf*cking Apologetic About Inclusion’, the award winners were announced at a colourful event with live performances and incredible fashion.
The event was hosted by South African actress Bontle Modiselle - who created quite a positive stir while she was ushered in by men covered only in small pieces of fabric.
— Sowetan S Mag (@SowetanMag) November 10, 2022
Hunk of the Year went to actor Senzo Radebe, while Hot Chick of the Year went to actress Nambitha Ben-Mazwi.
When Bizcommunity asked about receiving the award, Ben-Mazwi said, “I’m elated! Truly honoured to be recognised by a community that has been purposeful in my storytelling and advocacy. This award for me goes out to any person who has ever felt unseen in their lives before. I now go by, “Hot Chick of the Year Nambitha Ben-Mazwi.”
— Bongani Bingwa IG/TikTok: Bonglez (@bonglez) November 10, 2022
Each nominated individual has either represented or inspired the LGBTQI+ community with excellence and distinction in the past year. Nominees were selected across industries - from lifestyle and entertainment to sports and business.
All in all, the event succeeded in celebrating the community and their achievements in a positively beguiling fashion.
Here is the full list of winners:
Boity Thulo and Anton Jefta
Sello Medupi for Scalo
Msaki and Zakes Bantwini
Birth of Stars
Treyvonne Moo (House of Diamonds)