Bana al-Abed and Sridevi honoured at the 8th Asian Awards

Bana al-Abed
  • The 8 year old Syrian girl who captured the world’s attention documenting the Syrian crisis honoured in London with the Rising Star Award
  • Bollywood Icon Sridevi celebrated and honoured with posthumous Cinema Award

The Asian Awards returned for it’s 8th edition and honoured some of the world’s most outstanding and highest achieving individuals. The Asian Awards is a pioneering event that has quickly evolved into the most prestigious global acknowledgement of pan-Asian success across all walks of life, emphasising inspiring accomplishments and highlighting international role models in the fields of business, sport, entertainment, philanthropy and popular arts & culture.

This year The Asian Awards in partnership with Payswiff honoured Bana al-Abed with the Rising Star Award. When eight-year old Bana al-Abed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in war-torn Syria, her heartrending messages touched the world and gave a voice to millions of children. Bana has since become known globally for her work to create awareness and direct attention towards the problems in her home, and earlier this year was invited to the Oscars to stand in support of children in war. Critically acclaimed ‘Lion’ actor Sunny Pawar picked up the Rising Star Award in 2017.

Paul Sagoo, Founder of The Asian Awards, said: “The Asian Awards is an event which honours exceptional individuals who have captured the attention of the world. Bana al-Abed is a perfect example of exactly that and at only 8 years old she has bravely shared her perspective on one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history. I am so glad that she has accepted our invitation to attend this year’s Asian Awards and collect the Rising Star Award in recognition of her resilience, unconquerable courage, and hope for herself and for other children around the world who are victims and refugees of war.”

The 8th Asian Awards paid tribute and honour legendary Bollywood actress Sridevi, who’s passing earlier this year was a tragic loss to Indian cinema. The timeless actress, who is regarded as one of India’s most iconic stars rose to worldwide fame in the 80’s with several starring roles in films such as Himmatwala, Jaani Dost, Ghar Sansar, Mr India and many more.Winner of the prestigious Padma Shri and voted India’s Greatest Actress in 100 years in a national centenary poll in 2013, Sridevi receives the posthumous honour of Outstanding Achievement in Cinema at this year’s Asian Awards.

Paul Sagoo, Founder of The Asian Awards added: “Sridevi was a remarkable figure in the Indian cinema industry. An icon on-screen, she was the greatest actress of her time in a golden generation for Indian cinema. Her untimely passing earlier this year reminded the world of her talent and sheer brilliance in her art and highlighted her iconic status. We are honoured to pay tribute to Sridevi and celebrate her astonishing career at the 8th Asian Awards.”

The Asian Awards was founded in 2010 to celebrate the outstanding achievements and excellence of pan-Asians across the globe. This year’s event hosted once again by comic genius, and winner of the 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Television award, Sanjeev Bhaskar. The Asian Awards partnered with UK based charity One Family for the 2nd consecutive year.

The event was attended by the who’s who of politicians, dignitaries, celebrities, industrialists and influencers from across all sectors. Previous winners include, Bruce Lee, Zayn Malik, Shah Rukh Khan, AR Rahman, Sachin Tendulkar, Jack Ma, Dr Amar Bose, Sir David Tang, Freddie Mercury, Kunal Nayyar and the late Ahmed Kathrada.