11th African and African Caribbean Acheivement Awards

Saturday 6 October saw the celebration of the 11th African and African Caribbean Achievement Awards to a full house of 130 people ranging from toddlers to grandparents at the African Caribbean Centre.

The event is a partnership between  the African Caribbean Citizen Forum (ACCF), the African Caribbean Centre and a group of volunteers from the community.  It’s yearly objective is to ensure that successful role models from the African, African Caribbean and Mixed Heritage communities in Leicester and Leicestershire are recognised and celebrated for their achievements.





This year saw a record number of nominations received as well as an impressive list of sponsors and VIPs including the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress who all attended to show their support for the African Heritage community in Leicester and Leicestershire.

We are pleased to note that our own Sandra Pollock, MD of Open Mind  and Upwards UK Ltd (a local social enterprise & non profit organisation) was awarded Finalist in both the Business Award and the Achievement categories.  Well done to Sandra and all of the other Winners and Finalist.

Below is the list of the Awards with the respective Winners and Finalist.

Business Award – Sponsored by KGB Ground Maintenance and LACBA, presented by Douglas Beoku-Betts, Chairman of LACBA

Winner – Lawson Williams,  Lawman Commercial Services Ltd

Finalist  –  Sandra Pollock, Upwards (UK) Ltd & Open Mind Training & Development Ltd

Finalist  – Randy Stabana, Stabana Cultural Products

Arts Award – Sponsored by Spinney Hill Ward Community Meeting, presented by Steve Goddard, Head of Community Services, Leicester City Council

Winner – Philip Herbert

Finalist  –  Andrew Harrison

Community Development Award  – Sponsored by Foundation Housing Association, presented by Azim Walters, Chair of Foundation Housing Association

Winner – Ahmed Bile Rafle

Finalist  –  Roy Cole

Finalist  –  Kenric Burgess

Special Person Award  – Sponsored by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, presented by Chief Fire Officer Dave Webb

Winner – Louis Hamilton

Finalist –   Marion Hinds-Brown

Young Person Award – Sponsored by Easy Internet and Leicestershire Police, presented by Mark Esho of Easy Internet and Chief Constable Simon Cole

Winner – Aminata Kamara

Finalist  –  Eshe Bandale

Finalist  – Andrew Olasehinde

Professional  Award – Sponsored by Next plc and Platinum Consolidated, presented by Tony Rotimi, Platinum Consolidated

Winner – Isaac Hinds

Finalist  –  Sandra Pollock

Finalist  – Ian Harding

Sports Person Award – Sponsored by Leicestershire and Rutland County Football Association, presented by Keith Murdoch, CEO of LRCFA

Winner – Colin Greenidge

Finalist –  Kerry Williams

Finalist – Raphael Thomas-Edwards

Education Award – Sponsored by South Leicestershire College, presented by Fiona Baker, Head of Employer Services, SLC

Winner – Karena Matthew-Donawa

2nd –  Safiya Paul

3rd –  Cassie-Lee Begnor

Lifetime Achievement Award – Sponsored by Leicester City Council Community Services and the African Caribbean Centre, presented by Steve Goddard, Head of Community Services, Leicester City Council

Winner – Earle Robinson, MBE

Finalist – Carol Leeming

Finalist – Colin Greenidge

We would like to thank all involved – the organising group, sponsors, volunteers, guest speakers, entertainers and all of the staff at the African Caribbean Centre and all  of you that attended on the night and made it such a huge success.


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