Jambo Radio Scotland Receives Community Organisation of the Year Award at the Black Scottish Awards

Jambo Radio Scotland Receives Community Organisation Of The Year Award At The Black Scottish Awards (4)

In a celebration of the achievements and contributions made by individuals and organisations within the Black community of Scotland, the Black Scottish Awards recognised Jambo Radio Scotland as the Community Organisation of the Year. The prestigious award was presented on Saturday, October 28th, at a glittering ceremony held in Edinburgh.

The Black Scottish Awards, which aims to acknowledge and honour those who are making a significant difference in Scotland, featured several remarkable finalists. Among them were Passion4Fusion, BE United, Igbo Community Aberdeen, African Students Association Scotland, and Jambo! Radio Scotland. Each finalist demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to their respective causes, contributing to the vibrancy of Scotland’s multicultural society.

While all the finalists showcased remarkable achievements, BE United received special recognition for their outstanding advocacy, nurturing, and celebration of Black individuals working in the performing arts and screen cultural events sectors.

However, the ultimate accolade of Community Organisation of the Year, a category sponsored by TSB, was presented to Jambo Radio Scotland. Our organisation has emerged as a beloved platform for Scotland’s Black population!

During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jambo Radio Scotland played a vital role in disseminating crucial information, thereby contributing to saving lives within the community. Their active engagement and responsible broadcasting served as a beacon of hope and support during the crisis.

Furthermore, Jambo Radio Scotland’s impact extends beyond the airwaves. In less than two years, the organisation has witnessed remarkable growth and created numerous employment opportunities. They have been instrumental in empowering young individuals by supporting them in returning to formal education. Recently, they successfully concluded a six-week Youth Broadcasting Training program, catering to kids aged 10 and above. This initiative aimed to empower young voices, instil communication confidence, and equip them with essential skills for the future.

The Black Scottish Awards expressed their admiration for Jambo Radio Scotland, stating, “Jambo Radio Scotland has become the place to tune in to over the last few years, delivering original content for the Black population of Scotland. From talk shows to music, education to debates, they have become a part of our everyday lives. They were very active in disseminating information during COVID and thereby saving lives. We celebrate Jambo Radio Scotland today, TBSA’s Community Organisation of the Year!”

This recognition serves as a testament to our unwavering commitment to serving the Black community in Scotland. It highlights our dedication to promoting culture, education, and empowerment through dynamic initiatives.

As the recipient of the Community Organisation of the Year award, Jambo Radio Scotland continues to inspire and uplift, making a significant impact on the lives of individuals and the broader Scottish community as a whole. Their achievements stand as a shining example of what can be accomplished through passion, dedication, and a commitment to community service.


PRESS RELEASE: The Black Scottish Awards Unveils Finalists for 2023 Ceremony

Last night, 6th October 2023, The Black Scottish Awards hosted an extraordinary event, gathering the finalists in anticipation of the upcoming awards ceremony. The evening was filled with excitement and extravagance, setting the stage for the much-awaited gala.

As anticipation builds for the upcoming The Black Scottish Awards on October 28, 2023, the spotlight now shines on the exceptional finalists across diverse categories. More than a celebration, this event stands as a beacon of inclusivity, recognizing the profound contributions of individuals and organizations to the fabric of the Black Scottish community.

The Background and Importance

Established with a vision to foster diversity and excellence, The Black Scottish Awards has become a symbol of unity and empowerment. Beyond accolades, the ceremony serves as a platform to amplify voices, spotlight achievements, and inspire the next generation of leaders and change-makers. It’s a testament to the richness and diversity that defines the Black Scottish experience.

What Judges Looked For

The selection process was rigorous, with a panel of esteemed judges carefully evaluating nominees based on criteria such as impact, innovation, and dedication to promoting diversity. Whether in business, community service, the arts, or sports, finalists demonstrated an unwavering commitment to breaking barriers, creating opportunities, and making a positive difference.

Significance to the Black Scottish Community

This ceremony holds profound significance for the Black Scottish community. It goes beyond recognizing excellence; it reaffirms the importance of representation and celebrates the stories that often go unheard. The finalists, through their remarkable accomplishments, embody resilience and inspire pride, fostering a sense of unity and belonging within the community.

Ally of the Year (Sponsored by Black Professionals Scotland)

  1. Alvise Verri
  2. Carol Anderson
  3. Clive Moorhead
  4. Laura Vaughan
  5. Musab Hemsi

Business of Excellence of the Year (Sponsored by Barclays)

  1. Bantaba Afro Caribbean Restaurant
  2. Doqaru Limited
  3. HR Hub Plus Limited
  4. Nephtali Couture

Community Organisation of the Year (Sponsored by TSB)

  1. BE United
  2. Igbo Community Aberdeen
  3. Jambo! Radio Scotland
  4. African Students Association-Scotland
  5. Passion4Fusion

Creative of the Year (Sponsored by Black Professionals Scotland)

  1. Chinyanta Kabaso
  2. Fifidiny
  3. Pastor(Mrs) Ruth Adegunloye
  4. Sean Focus

Diversity Champion of the Year (Sponsored by CIPD)

  1. Dami Onalaja-Aliu
  2. Edward Obi
  3. Janet Londele
  4. Samuel Agbede
  5. Severiano Gomes

Outstanding Contribution to the Black Community (Sponsored by Black Professionals Scotland)

  1. Dr. Adaeze Ifezulike MBE
  2. Elizabeth Ndungu
  3. Fash Fasoro
  4. Olusegun Akinkugbe
  5. Uchenna Okechukwu Njoku

Professional Rising Star of the Year (Sponsored by Black Professionals Scotland)

  1. Blessing Adesewa Funsho
  2. Jemila Idris
  3. Olufunmilade Adetogun
  4. Olujimmy Elijah Ogunbajo
  5. Oluwafunbi Sophia Karunwi

Professional Senior Leader of the Year (Sponsored by STV)

  1. Frama Aboh
  2. Gerald Richards
  3. Lydia Balogun-Wilson
  4. Olaoluwa R. Popoola
  5. Phillip Chatikobo

Sir Geoff Palmer Outstanding Student of the Year (Sponsored by Morgan Stanley)

  1. Chizulum Ifezulike
  2. David Oluwatofunmi Akinwamide
  3. Elizabeth A. Orimogunje
  4. Gino Obaseki
  5. Henry Anumudu

Sportsperson of the Year (Sponsored by sportscotland)

  1. Panashe Muzambe
  2. Berachiah Ajala

To stay up to date with The Black Scottish Awards, visit our website at www.theblackscottishawards.com or follow our social media pages:

  • Instagram: theblackscottishawards
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  • X: blackscotawards


We Won the Luminate Celebrating Diversity Award

Luminate Scotland is an organization that works to ensure all older people in Scotland can enjoy high-quality arts and creative activities, regardless of their background and circumstances. Our project was designed to provide a platform for African and Caribbean elders to share their stories and experiences, and to celebrate the diversity of Scotland’s older population.

Our project involved regular online meetings where members could provide mutual support and share their stories.
We also organised events and workshops to help members develop their storytelling skills and share their stories with a wider audience.

The project was a huge success, and we are proud to have been recognised for our efforts.
The Luminate Celebrating Diversity Award is a testament to the importance of celebrating diversity and promoting inclusivity in our communities. Our project has shown that there is a wealth of knowledge and experience among Scotland’s African and Caribbean elders, and that their stories deserve to be heard. By providing a platform for these stories to be shared, we hope to inspire others to celebrate diversity and promote inclusivity in their own communities.

We would like to thank Luminate Scotland for recognizing our project and for their ongoing work to promote arts and creativity among Scotland’s older population. We would also like to thank our members for their participation and for sharing their stories with us. We hope that our project will inspire others to celebrate diversity and promote inclusivity in their own communities.

#YS2022 at Glasgow Film Theatre

#YS2022, organized by Luminate Scotland, brought the Glasgow Film Theatre to life as African and Caribbean Elders in Scotland shared their captivating stories. Reflecting their life experiences and cultural heritage, the narratives resonated with struggles, triumphs, and moments of joy, bridging the gap between generations and fostering unity.

Accompanying these heartfelt accounts was the soul-stirring live music provided by Gabo Sounds, enhancing the emotional journey and creating a harmonious atmosphere.

The event celebrated the power of storytelling and the significance of preserving oral traditions. Luminate Scotland’s commitment to empowering older individuals through arts and creativity was beautifully exemplified, recognizing the valuable contributions of older generations to society.

#YS2022 left a lasting impact, cherishing the past, celebrating the present, and inspiring hope for the future. The stories shared continue to resonate, reminding us of the beauty of cultural diversity and the importance of storytelling in connecting communities.

Jambo! Radio and Strathclyde University’s African and Caribbean Society (ACS)

Recently, Jambo! Radio had the pleasure of meeting with the Executive members of the African and Caribbean Society (ACS) from Strathclyde University, and the discussions were nothing short of inspiring. The meeting centred around exploring potential collaboration opportunities to support ACS members in their pursuit of work experience and internships.

The gathering provided a platform to discuss various roles within Jambo! Radio that could offer valuable learning experiences to ACS members. It was heartening to witness the enthusiasm of both parties in fostering a partnership that would benefit the students and the radio station alike. The ACS members expressed their eagerness to gain practical skills and industry insights, while Jambo! Radio was excited to engage with young talents brimming with fresh perspectives.

Among the highlights of the meeting were the brainstorming sessions on experimental initiatives that both entities could undertake in the near future. Ideas flowed freely, and the atmosphere buzzed with creativity. The exchange of thoughts not only fuelled excitement for potential projects but also laid the groundwork for a collaborative relationship built on shared goals and aspirations.

Jambo! Radio expressed their gratitude to Vice President Cree and Secretary Okwuchi of the ACS for taking the time to join the meeting. Their commitment to creating opportunities for their fellow students was commendable, and their proactive approach exemplified the ACS’s dedication to empowering its members.

The meeting concluded on a note of optimism, with both parties looking forward to the possibilities that lie ahead. It was evident that this collaboration was more than just an isolated event; it was a stepping stone towards a promising future.

As the saying goes, “Tomorrow’s future is today’s plan.” By coming together, Jambo! Radio and the ACS have laid the groundwork for shaping a future that embraces diversity, fosters growth, and empowers young talents to thrive in their chosen fields.

Jambo! Radio Partners with Coop for Essential Needs

Yesterday marked an important day for Jambo! Radio as Fiona and Serge from Cooperative Stores, popularly known as Coop, paid a visit to discuss collaborative efforts in supporting communities. Both organisations share a common vision of empowering and assisting those in need, and this meeting presented an opportunity to explore ways to work together for a greater impact.

Taking responsibility for supporting individuals and communities in need has always been at the core of Jambo! Radio’s mission. Their commitment to helping those who require assistance aligns perfectly with Coop’s efforts to support communities across the UK.

In today’s challenging times, the rising costs of living have put a strain on households, with incomes failing to keep up with the escalating expenses. It is during these trying moments that community support becomes even more crucial. Coop’s initiatives to assist communities and groups with essential needs, particularly food supplies, have been commendable as they strive to alleviate the burden faced by many.

The collaboration between Jambo! Radio and Coop aims to make a meaningful difference in the lives of families and individuals struggling to make ends meet. By pooling their resources and expertise, both organisations intend to reach out to more people and provide vital support where it is needed the most.

Jambo! Radio encourages individuals and families in need to reach out to them for assistance. They are dedicated to supporting communities by providing essential food items and other necessities, easing the pressure caused by rising supermarket prices. A simple direct message to Jambo! Radio can be the first step in receiving the help and support required during these challenging times.

Tech and Tea at Renfrew Townhall

This morning, Renfrew Townhall was abuzz with excitement as Tech and Tea, a collaborative event organised by RACA and Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, took centre stage. The gathering aimed to empower and educate the community on various financial and technological aspects, and it proved to be an informative and inspiring event.

A highlight of the event was the brilliant presentation delivered by esteemed speakers. Paula from Right Way Credit Union shed light on the importance of financial literacy and how credit unions can provide valuable support to the community. Sharon from Barclays Bank shared insights on the ever-evolving world of banking technology, emphasising the convenience and security it brings to everyday transactions. Chris from Fair for You presented innovative solutions to access affordable credit, ensuring financial inclusivity for all.

The presence of Gavin Newlands, the MP for the people, added a sense of significance to the event. His attendance showcased his dedication to engaging with the community and addressing their concerns.

Tech and Tea succeeded in fostering a sense of empowerment and knowledge-sharing among the attendees. It provided an opportunity for community members to connect with financial experts, ask questions, and gain valuable insights that can positively impact their lives.

Moreover, the event exemplified the power of collaboration between organisations and the government. RACA and Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership demonstrated the positive outcomes that arise when working together to address the needs and aspirations of the community.