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Three BHM South Awards from 2018.

In 2018 the very first BHM South Awards were established to be awarded to individuals or groups that have made contributions to the BME community worthy of note.

Award Winners


Marie Costa

Marie has contributed to the community in countless ways. Midwife, teacher and successful business woman.

Since the early 1990s, she has been a member of various boards


  • Portsmouth Local Strategic Partnership

  • New Theatre Royal

  • Diversity in Media South

  • Portsmouth Multicultural Group

Marie set up Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation and is the founder of the African Women’s Forum. African Womens Forum was established to foster and promote deeper understanding of the African community, particularly African women in Portsmouth.

Vilma Scott

A Key figure Southampton’s African Caribbean community for more than 30 years.

  • Trustee of The West Itchen Community Trust

  • Chair of the African Caribbean Centre  

  • Director of Black History Month South CIC

Vilma has also been a key player within many charities and voluntary organisations across the city, and this has been achieved whilst carving out a long and successful career in the health service.

Grace Powell

Grace is the Founder and Chair of The Basingstoke Caribbean Society & Friends also serves as Chair of the Reading Jamaica Society & Friends.

She has worked tirelessly as a community activist and was Chair Basingstoke Multi Cultural Forum in 2005.

The Communities of North Hampshire and Berkshire have been served wonderfully by Grace’s dedication and commitment to Diversity actively promoting African Caribbean Culture and Heritage.

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