London-based Jamaican founder/president of Miss Jamaica UK and veteran community event organiser June Daley received this year's Black Entertainment Film, Fashion, Television and Arts BEFFTA female Lifetime Achievement Award. The presentation took place amid lots of glitter and glamour and celebrities were out in large numbers to celebrate one another with some 88 awards presented. The fifth annual BEFFTA UK awards was this year held over two days - October 25 and 26 at the Hippodrome in Golder's Green.
Both nights were hosted by BEFFTA founder Pauline Long, Capital Xtra radio personality Abrantee Boateng and poet Alim Kamara. Other personalities who received special honorary awards was entertainment icon BB Seaton and supermodel Nana Afua Antwi who received the Young Achiever Award.
Daley was awarded for her tireless work over the years in the Miss Jamaica UK pageant and for the other charities that she has worked tirelessly for over the years. For the occasion, Daley chose a black-and-red embroidered maxi dress by European designer Aftershock.
In her acceptance speech, Daley used singer Buju Banton's Not An Easy Road. "I thank my team and everyone who supported/assisted me in all of the hard work that we have done for the charity over the years. I will proudly and humbly continue to fly the flag as an international ambassador for Jamaica." She also thanked BEFFTA and those who had nominated her for the award. Her heartfelt acceptance speech earned her a standing ovation.