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
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.