The Black Achievers Awards 2017 hosted by one of London’s finest comedians Mr Curtis Walker and 2012 British Olympic champion Mr Peter Bakare.
Performances on the night were by Patty Dumplin from the British Heart Foundation and Local singing artist Aaron James. The room was filled with an ambiance of positivity, with this year’s attendance being larger, than previous years, giving us a good feel that this awards event is greatly appreciated.
Special guests who attended this year were The Lord Mayor of Nottingham- Cllr Michael Edwards, The Lady Mayors, Deputy Lieutenant Victoria Pickering accompanied by her husband Mr Pickering and Lord Lieutenant- Sir John Peace- The Queens representative for Nottinghamshire.
All guests made overwhelming speeches for the recognition and continuation of the event for the future.
The Sponsors for this year’s awards were;
Eon
Hope fostering service
PATRA inc ACDA
Tick Tock All Stars nursery
Tun Tum Housing
let’s Move Nottingham
Nottingham City Council
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Office
One Nottingham
NCVS
Nottingham University
The De Vere
Community Safety and Cohesion
Futures

Raffle gifts were donated by the following organisations, deprived areas including those from
Majestic wines
Edible Blossoms
Wilko
Boots

Raffle money raised has been donated to an organisation who provides festive celebration for children from deprived back grounds here in Nottingham.
This year we had a selection of 15 categories, the sponsors had the task of choosing a winner from their category and presenting a winner on the nigh with Trophies. winner this years were:
Wurood Camp – The Young Achiever Award (Female)
Ryan Neal The Young Achiever Award (Male)
Jamahl Peterkin- Health Award
Alisha Edwards-Clarke- Sports Woman Award
Ekow Essuman – Sports Man Award
Bettina Wallace- Community Volunteer Award
Joan Richards-Outstanding Parent of the Year Award
Panya Banjoko- Cultural, Music & Arts Award (Female)
Michael Forbes- Cultural, Music & Arts Award (Male)
Simona Rose- Most Transformed Life Award
Louchavan Lemard- Black Business Man Award
Debbie Simon- Black Business Woman Award
Ray Henry- Learning, Skills & Employment Award (Male)
Nadia Anderson- Learning, Skills & Employment (Female)
Ade Aderogba MBE- Lifetime Achievers Award

Founder, Councillor Merlita Bryan introduced a Special presentation from the BAA team in recognition of the achievement of someone they felt had also done well in the community. The recipient was Young T & Bugsey for their success and passion in the music industry also for getting signed up to Sony records earlier this year. They accepted the plaque by making a touching speech of gratitude also making a dedication to their mentor Mr Trevor Rose from CRS Recording studio in St Anns Nottingham for paving the way and believing in them.
To finalise their time on the stage they treated the audience with an a-cappella of one of their latest hits, welcoming their mothers to the stage to share the moment with them.