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26 honoured @ inaugural VI Icon Awards red-carpet event

- 125 individuals were nominated for outstanding contributions in VI
With a star-studded lineup of local ‘celebrities’ at the first-ever BVI Icons Awards, organizers rolled out the red carpet to honor and celebrate Virgin Islanders and residents who have made outstanding contributions to the Virgin Islands. Photo: Facebook
Former Director of Youth Affairs and Sports, Brenda Lettsome-Tye said, 'We have some incredible people here in the Virgin Islands and I applaud and comment Mr Hull and his team.'
Former Director of Youth Affairs and Sports, Brenda Lettsome-Tye said, 'We have some incredible people here in the Virgin Islands and I applaud and comment Mr Hull and his team.'
Mr Kareem Nelson Hull and His sister Ayana S. Hull, who also appeared on the red carpet, shared their journey on starting the VI Icon Awards. Photo: Facebook
Mr Kareem Nelson Hull and His sister Ayana S. Hull, who also appeared on the red carpet, shared their journey on starting the VI Icon Awards. Photo: Facebook
Legislar Melvin M. Turnbull and family appearing on the red carpet. Photo: Facebook
Legislar Melvin M. Turnbull and family appearing on the red carpet. Photo: Facebook
Meanwhile, Cindy Rosan who won in the category of Media Presentor and was also nominated for Media Show Production for Cut Deep said it felt good to be nominated in the inaugural awards, 'It does really feel good because one of my conversations is that we don't celebrate each other too much,' she said. Photo: Facebook
Meanwhile, Cindy Rosan who won in the category of Media Presentor and was also nominated for Media Show Production for Cut Deep said it felt good to be nominated in the inaugural awards, 'It does really feel good because one of my conversations is that we don't celebrate each other too much,' she said. Photo: Facebook
Local band VIBE won the award for Live Entertainment Ensemble. Photo: Facebook
Local band VIBE won the award for Live Entertainment Ensemble. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– With a star-studded lineup of local ‘celebrities’ at the first-ever VI Icon Awards, organisers rolled out the red carpet to honour and celebrate Virgin Islanders and other residents who have made outstanding contributions to the territory.

Honours spanned 26 categories in one spectacular night where VI Icon Awards founder Kareem A. Nelson-Hull and his team saw their vision come to life at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex on July 1, 2024.

It was also an evening of music and culture with 125 total individuals nominated across various categories, as attendees and their families spared no expense to make the night one of high fashion on the red carpet.

Ahead of the awards, during an official broadcast live from the red carpet, former Miss BVI Bria N. Smith spoke to nominees about their thoughts on the event and the idea behind it. 

Lots of homegrown talent in VI - Brenda Lettsome-Tye

Former Director of Youth Affairs and Sports, Brenda Lettsome-Tye said, “We have some incredible people here in the Virgin Islands and I applaud and commend Mr Hull and his team.”

“It’s time that we recognise the amazing talent that we have right here in the BVI, homegrown talent,” she said while calling for more support for youths and their passion projects, like that of Mr Hull, to recognise the best of the VI. 

Mr Hull and his sister Ayana S. Hull also appeared on the red carpet and shared their journey on starting the award. “It started a long time in my mind… I told her about it [sister] and she said I think it’s the right time, the BVI needs that,” Mr Hull said.

He added, “It started with a conversation at the Governor’s house, I asked him how you get the OBE, MBE... when they told me about the process… I said well that’s really lengthy, people are going to die without getting any of those.” 

Honouring talent in Virgin Islands

Mr Hull said that in the interim he thought about doing something to honour the people of the VI and the idea for the VI Icon Awards was born.

Meanwhile, Rosemary L. Rosan aka 'Cindy', who won in the category of Media Presenter for 'Da Morning Braff' and was also nominated for Media Show Production for 'Cut Deep', said it felt good to be nominated in the inaugural awards. "It does really feel good because one of my conversations is that we don't celebrate each other too much," she said. 

See the list of recipients of the 2024 Icon Awards

  1. Lifetime Achievement: Robert A. Mathavious. OBE
  2. Emerging Youth Talent: Kyra James-Douglas
  3. Nation Building – Dr Richard E. Georges
  4. Humanitarian Awards – Ena Williams Alzheimer’s Association
  5. Writing & Publishing - Kareem A. Nelson-Hull - Virgin Islands Dictionary
  6. Environmental Works -  Sarah Penney, Green VI
  7. Sports – Athletic Performance: Kyron McMaster, OBE
  8. Sports- Athletic Development: Winston Potter, Top Notch Track Club
  9. History/Culture/Traditions: Eileen L. Parsons, OBE
  10. Religion/Spirituality/Inspiration: Dr. Arlene T. Penn; No Fix, Live, Win
  11. Corporate Social Responsibility: Speedy’s (Ferry Service)
  12. Media Presenters: Floyd Burnett- Penn aka ‘Heritage’& Cindy Rosan for ‘Da Morning Braff” Tola Radio 100.5
  13. Media Producers- Ronn Grant for The Distinguished Gentleman
  14.  Media: The Show – The Almanac, 780 ZBVI
  15. Live Entertainment Ensemble: V.I.B.E
  16. Visual Arts: Reuben Vanterpool
  17. Music - Production – Raul Spruave aka “Jougo”
  18. Music- Performance – Monea
  19. Education & Youth Development- M.A.L.E – McKenzie Baltimore & Henderson Tittle
  20. Tourism - Sharon P. Flax-Brutus - BVI Yachting, Hotel and Tourism Association
  21. Entrepreneurship -  Phillip and Ayana Glasgow
  22. Commerce: $upa Valu Ltd. (Supermarket)
  23. Health, Lifestyle & Fitness - Dr Michael A. Turnbull, the Wellness Centre Clinics
  24. Aestheics (Beauty) – Akeema Crabbe
  25. Aestheics (Fashion) – Trefle Designs
  26. Event & Interior Design: Ronnette Richardson, LUXE

24 Responses to “26 honoured @ inaugural VI Icon Awards red-carpet event”

  • candy (04/07/2024, 08:34) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    More sugar coating.
    • Howdy (04/07/2024, 09:08) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
      More bugging ourselves up but not actually doing anything.
      Did the organiser make cash out of this?
      How many tickets were paid for with Government funds?
      • lol lol (04/07/2024, 12:13) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
        The virgin islands icon awards is a non-profit organization. They awarded a young virgin islands creative ,Kyra James Douglas with the emerging youth talent award and she was able to receive $5,000 towards her platform. Also Dr. Robert Mathavious who is a TRUE HERO for our Financial Services Sector was recognized on a very wide platform. young people attended the event in the same room with very important virgin islanders present. seeing what they have done and achieved and feeling inspired to be more and do more !

        Pure Virgin Islands Excellence.

        The government is clearly not involved with his event because it is privately operating as an NPO. some organizations are genuine and really do support the betterment of the VI.

  • Self indulgent (04/07/2024, 09:09) Like (35) Dislike (3) Reply
    The person who set this event up won a prize himself!!!!
    • this place (04/07/2024, 10:06) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am happy that this award ceremony took place but it has a lot of people who did a lot of work in the BVI that were not mentioned or even invited. It was stated that you want to give flowers to people before they die. I only saw most of your friends being honored. We need to stop this. Do more research on these people.
    • resident (04/07/2024, 10:49) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is the only thing I have a problem with. He should NOT be a part of winning a category. In the interest of transparency.
      • lol (04/07/2024, 12:14) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
        The category was made public because he was nominated, if you believed someone else should have won you should have voted for them to win.. lololollllllll

        he deserved the win...
      • lol (04/07/2024, 12:14) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
        The category was made public because he was nominated, if you believed someone else should have won you should have voted for them to win.. lololollllllll

        he deserved the win...
        • @ lol and the rest of you defending him giving himself an award (05/07/2024, 00:12) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
          He should have excluded himself from the list of nominees.

          There are so many other publications out there so stop defending nonsense!
    • Exactly (04/07/2024, 10:49) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      No hate or anything but i was just wondering why?
    • lol (04/07/2024, 12:03) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
      Had you been paying attention, His category was made public since he is a producer of the show for transparency. The Virgin Islands Dictionary is the Best Selling Book in the Virgin Islands, it would be quite weird for him not to be nominated and even worse not win in the writers and publishers category. The show is about giving people their flowers , and he deserved it, even if he is apart of the board of producers of the show.

      you just want something to complain about
    • @ Self indulgent (05/07/2024, 00:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      It’s all a clique.

      PAY ATTENTION!!
  • Mavis Beacon (04/07/2024, 11:01) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    This article sound like is some big international red carpet event, when it happened down the road & the creator of the awards took home an award himself
    • LOL again (04/07/2024, 12:06) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
      you sound like a real hater.

      It wasn't a big international red carpet event but it was a BIG VIRGIN ISLANDS RED CARPET EVENT down the road in the VIRGIN ISLANDS! see you next year with your $140.00.

      The show was about giving people their flowers and the creator of the show has the best selling book in the virgin islands and received his flowers. being the creator doesn't exclude him from that
    • Umm (08/07/2024, 13:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      lol
  • Well (04/07/2024, 12:04) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    THE GUY IS SMART / YOU GOT TO LIVE AND LET LIVE / DOU EXPECT HIM TO LEAVE OUT HIMSELF ❓️ ???? I DON'T KNOW HIM BUT THE SAME ENERGY YA'LL JUMP ON HIM , JUMP ON THOSE WHO RUNNING THE COUNTRY / THEY CALL THEMSELVES ( POLY - TRICS -SHUNZ )
  • jack (04/07/2024, 12:11) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Man created an award and award himself, you ant make this up
  • L.A Reid (04/07/2024, 12:13) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    I nominate Ayana Hull for bff sister icon award 2025.
  • Glad (04/07/2024, 15:22) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    gumshion didn’t win humanitarian award even though he been doing more that most including the Gov. now he knows no one cares about his works ahahaha
    • @ glad (05/07/2024, 07:55) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      I don't think Mr Creque spends his valuable time worrying about things like these. I am sure he will continue to do his civic duty without wanting to be recognise for it. Why don't you take a page from his book? Stop being so petty and trivial because your jealousy is clearly showing. The person that won the Humanitarian Award deserved it. Ms Williams has been involved with AZ since about 2001, if my memory serves me right. She has worked tiredlessly to educate the public on this devastating disease.
      Mr Hull did an exceptional job by recognising his and our peers on the work they have been doing and continue to do whilst improving everyone's lives in some form or fashion. I applaud him for his foresight and wish him God's richest blessings in all his future endeavours. May the Lord continue to bless these beautiful Virgin Islands and all who call ot their home. Wishing everyone safe passage during this very active Hurricane season, please stay prepared and be your neighbour's helper especially the elderly and those less fortunate than ourselves.
    • Hmmmmm (05/07/2024, 08:13) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Gumption is a full blown mad man.
      • Gumption Official (10/07/2024, 02:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Hmmmm you spell rich wrong!!! But I dear you to say the same thing on facebook with your actual name?! Punk! That’s why online people who comment carries no weight.

        Respectfully
        Gumption Official
    • Gumption Official (10/07/2024, 03:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Glad & the 10 people who agreed with you. You’ll are worried about the wrong things. My true reward is from God not from mankind. What’s crazy I dear you to post your comments publicly and tag me and I dear the 10+ people to support your comment. People like you’ll will alwys be behind due to mindset. Watch me elevate.

      Respectfully
      Gumption Official
  • ausar (05/07/2024, 03:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "This Place", the event is in its inaugural debut!

    Let's hope, subsequent events will produce the names in which you want to see!


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