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Inspirational black women honoured at prestigious event

BLACK EXCELLENCE: Dr Zoe Williams and Kanya King (Photo credit: Andy Paradise)

A YOUNG woman who founded a social enterprise to tackle youth street violence and an accomplished classical musician who trained the cellist praised for his performance at the recent wedding of Prince Harry to Megan Markle, are among the deserving winners of a coveted Variety Catherine Award.

Temi Mwale, who established The 4Front Project to find solutions to the street violence affecting young people won a Rising Star Award at the Variety Catherine Awards, for her work, which has won the praise of former Prime Minister David Cameron, among others.

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE the founder of the Chineke! Orchestra, Europe’s first classical orchestra made up of mainly black and minority musicians, with whom she regularly performs, won a Variety Catherine Award in the Creative Industries Award category. Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason who performed at the May Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is an alumnus of the Chineke! Orchestra.


WINNER: Temi Mwale (right) with her award (Photo credit: Andy Paradise)

Temi and Chi-chi received their awards during a memorable ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square, London, last week (Tuesday 13 November).
The Variety Catherine Awards seek to recognise inspiring women in the UK who have excelled in the worlds of business and philanthropy, while raising funds for Variety, the Children’s Charity, which seeks to improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged young people.


Dr Zoe Williams, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE and Shappi Khorsandi (Photo credit: Andy Paradise)

Pamela Sinclair, Chair of the Variety Catherine Awards committee, said: “We are so proud to lead the way in recognising women who have made an exceptional contribution in their sector. All our nominees were outstanding, and I know that the judges had a near impossible task in deciding this year’s winners. Congratulations once again to our fantastic winners and nominees!”

The Catherine Award winners were decided by a panel of judges including MOBO Award’s founder Kanya King MBE and fashion entrepreneur Dr Maggie Semple.

Other nominees at The Variety Catherine Awards included Vanessa Kingori, the Kenyan born journalist who became the first female publishing director of British Vogue and Professor Shirley J. Thomson, the distinguished composer and academic.

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