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

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