Actor and Comedian Richard Blackwood and ITV News Presenter Charlene White united to host the National Diversity Awards on September 16, 2016.
ROLE MODELS and charities were honoured nationwide at Friday’s ceremony at the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, rewarding Britain’s most inspirational people for their fight against inequality.
Community heroes from across the UK gathered in the bustling city of Liverpool to celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated exceptional devotion to diversity, equality and inclusion.
Women4Africa beat seven others in the running for the ‘Community Organisation Award for Gender’.
Women4Africa is a community focused organisation set up to celebrate ordinary African women doing extraordinary things. Their projects are focused on uniting, empowering and creating role models from African descent. It is the largest and most successful African Awards ceremony across Europe!
“To think that we won amongst such fierce and credible competition is mindblowing. We are so grateful and feel uniquely energised to achieve even more. Thank you so much”. Sam & Tola Onigbanjo (Founders). We believe this win was made possible by
A record 20,000 nominations and votes were received this year, paying tribute to grass root communities nationwide. Microsoft were just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diversity talent – positive role models, community organisations and entrepreneurs from the LGBT, ethnic minority, age, gender, religion and disability communities.
Other sponsors included adidas Group, the Army, Financial Ombudsman Service, Kier Group, PwC, MI5, GCHQ, MI6, ThoughtWorks, Direct Line Group, Transport for London, ITV, The Open University, The Voice Newspaper & Able Magazine.
The energy in the room was an intrinsically positive one, with each nominee being extremely supportive of each other. The evening was kicked off by founder of the NDA’s Paul Sesay, discussing the importance of the National Diversity Awards and what inspired him to create the ceremony.
As passionately as ever, Sesay said, “The grassroots organisations that The National Diversity Awards recognise are pioneering amazing initiatives on equality diversity and inclusion; and we need to promote, empower, profile and acknowledge their extraordinary achievements.” The ceremony, without a doubt, delivered on that promise.
David Isaac CBE followed, sharing with the audience what he hopes to achieve as Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. His speech was met with a rapturous applause from the inspired audience.
The diverse line up of award presenters included actor and director Femi Oyeniran, ITV weatherman Alex Beresford, Actor & Comedian Sally Phillips, Union J Favourite Jaymi Henley, Hollyoaks star Annie Wallace, Liverpool’s very own acting sensation Philip Olivier, former England football international Sol Campbell, and the UK’s leading disabled fashion model Kelly Knox.
Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry and Katie Piper amongst many.
Returning from the Rio Paralympics with two Gold Medals in tow, British Cyclist Jody Cundy said ”I am proud to be supporting The National Diversity Awards – a fantastic celebration of the achievements that would often go unnoticed, but ultimately have enhanced today’s culturally diverse society, bringing together and creating role models from all walks of life!”.
The Liverpool Signing Choir, who performed at both the Olympic and Paralympic games in 2012, performed stellar renditions of John Lennon’s imagine, and Heather Smalls’ Proud.
MiC LOWRY, described by BBC1CTRA as the ‘next big thing to come out of the UK’ also showcased their music to the nationwide audience. The 5 piece band will be touring with Justin Bieber from September 29th and released their brand new single on the same day as they awards.
The National Diversity Awards was a real feel good ceremony, where each nominee had earned their right to be in attendance for their fantastic work in their specific community.
The Golden Globes of the diversity world was a wholeheartedness event refreshingly celebrated in such swanky style, that it was evident who were the stars of this show, the well-deserving, humble and extraordinary nominees.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Positive Role Model for Age: Sajid Rashid BEM
Positive Role Model for Disability: Aston Avery
Positive Role Model for Gender: Dr. Sylvia Forchap-Likambi
Positive Role Model for LGBT: Moira Smyth
Positive Role Model for Race, Faith & Religion: Keesha Edwards
Community Organisation Award for Age: AIM Academy
Community Organisation Award for Disability: Glasgow Disability Alliance
Community Organisation Award for Gender: Women4Africa
Community Organisation Award for LGBT: Mermaids
Community Organisation Award for Race, Faith & Religion: Black Cultural Archives
Community Organisation Award for Multi-strand: Victory Hants
Entrepreneur of Excellence: Neomi Bennett
Celebrity of the Year: Annie Wallace
Diverse Company: Channel 4
Lifetime Achiever: Qaisra Shahraz