Black Youth Achievement Awards
In a stark contrast to the usual images of black youth portrayed as criminals and disadvantaged underachievers, the BYA Awards showcased some of the country’s finest success stories and promoted a true representation of individuals of African Caribbean heritage.
On Saturday, November 10, The Tabernacle, West London, was home to a full house who enjoyed a 3-course dinner with live entertainment courtesy of the Rising Tide band. Rising Tide is a music charity based in Hackney who have nurtured many singers over the years including Labrinth. They presented an incredibly talented showcase of upcoming UK acts, including Jesse Appiah, Kersha Bailey and Shivz. The headline act of the evening was provided by the UK’s newest and hottest R’n’B sensation Rough Copy (as seen on X factor ). Following dinner, the awards ceremony was opened by BYA founder and director Kay Oldroyd. The host for the evening was actor, broadcaster and comedienne Angie Le Mar, who had the audience laughing in their seats with her quick wit making anyone believe that they had come to one of her comedy shows.
BYA Award Winners 2012:
- Creative Arts – Sarah Peace
- Literary Arts – Scotty Unfamous
- Performing Arts – Lorraine Wright of UGCY
- Business and Enterprise – Social Add (James Sesay and Joshua Oluwafemi)
- Choices – Ernest Kouassi
- Community – Myatts Field North Youth Forum
- Education – Joshua Beckford
- Sports – Yona Knight-Wisdom
- S.T.E.M – Phillip Forsang Ndikum
- Personal Development Organisation of the Year – Urban Synergy
- Mother of the Year – Morvialee Omoyinmi
- Father of the Year – Jimmy Rogers