Lambeth resident Nathan Mavila was announced as the winner of the Sports category at the 6th National Black Youth Achievement Awards (BYA Awards) on Saturday 26th November at the event held at The CEME Conference centre in Rainham in Essex, which was hosted by Sky1 and Radio 1Xtra presenter Remel London.
Sponsored by Barnardo’s, 14 individuals were celebrated for their achievements and stories of success across 14 different categories.
The event was opened by The Mayor of Havering Councillor Philippa Crowder who welcomed everyone to the borough. Cllr Crowder expressed after the event how much she enjoyed hearing about the young achievers.
Sam Monaghan, Barnardo’s Corporate Director of Children Services, spoke about their involvement as Headline sponsor of the awards and also as sponsor of the Resilience category which recognises young people in care, care leavers and those overcoming adversity.
MOBO award winner Nadia Rose showed guests exactly why she’s one of the fastest rising stars in the UK music scene with a lively performance of 3 of her tracks including summer hit ‘Crank It’ followed by spoken word artist ‘She Speaks True’ who took everyone on a poetic journey with her thought-provoking words.
The BYA Awards youngest ever winner Joshua Beckford returned to give an amazing run down of all that he has been doing since winning the Education Award in 2012 when he was just 6 years old. Joshua, who is on the autism spectrum, is fascinated with human anatomy and wishes to be a scientist when he is older, as well as a doctor and heart surgeon. He has written books as well as being on Oxford University’s Gifted & Talented programme.
Now a highly respected and regarded event on the community calendar, the BYA Awards welcome previous winners to come back and co-present in their respective winning categories as BYA Ambassadors. This year, 9 ambassadors were in attendance and shared their inspirational stories and journeys since winning in various years. Rasheed Ige, Community Award Winner 2014 said “The BYA Awards are a much needed celebration of black positivity and prosperity with a strong focus on young people. The awards provide motivation and inspiration to not only the award nominees but all those who attend also.”
Kay Oldroyd founded the BYA Awards in 2008 in a bid to challenge and counteract the negative stereotype and portrayal of black and mixed heritage youth in the UK. Relying on sponsorship and fundraising to be able to host the not-for-profit ceremony, Kay spoke about the challenges that she still faces each year and asked for more community and business involvement to ensure that she can continue to provide the platform of celebration that is so desperately needed.
“It’s essential that we continue to uplift and support our young people so that they can be the positive change within our society. I started the Black Youth Achievement Awards to focus on all the great things that happen rather than the stories of gangs and killings which only a minority of people are involved in -it’s really important that we don’t forget that and help our children to feel valued and worthy.” – Kay Oldroyd, Founder Black Youth Achievement Awards.
Black Youth Achievement Award Winners 2016
Nathan Mavila – Sports Award
Aaron Plummer – Resilience Award
Luke Doyley – Performing Arts Award
Tunde Amao – Literary Arts Award
Khadija Abdelhamid – Community Award
Simone Darling – Choices Award
Floriane Fidegnon – STEM Award
Na’ariyah Hall – Business & Enterprise Award
Chazi Mwale – Education Award
Jamie Williams – Visual Arts
Marian Adejokun – International Champion Award
Carol Stewart – Mother of the Year
Daniel Gabriel Headley – Father of the Year
Working With Men – Youth Organisation of the Year
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