The GAB Awards was founded GAB Awards has been acknowledged
in 1999 by The Trumpet newspaper by the Mayor of London. Last year, the
(Britain’s largest distributed Black GAB Awards was celebrated as one of
newspaper) against the backdrop of the programmes of the Mayor’s Black
huge negative publicity being flaunted History Month Season.
by the UK mainstream media, among
many others. Past events have attracted the
support and presence of numerous
Our firm belief is that African African missions and their Heads;
countries like other nations of the world Royalties; Celebrities from numerous
have their bad eggs - but these bad eggs areas of human endeavour; UK and
constitute a very insignificant percentage African government officials and
in relation to the numerous Africans politicians; because of the lofty ideals
who are changing and impacting lives the event represents.
positively around the world. It is totally
out of order to portray the vast number Past guests have included the
of Africans as fraudulent, lazy and Heads of Mission of Uganda, Nigeria,
benefit cheats - when we are excelling Namibia, Egypt, Sierra Leone, HRH
in areas including but not limited to: Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III - the Alaafin of
The Arts, Media, Sport, Entertainment, Oyo, Prince Bola Ajibola, Chief & Chief
Politics, International Relations, Health, (Mrs) J.K. Randle, Chief & Chief (Mrs)
Business, but to mention a few. Oluwole Adeosun, John Fashanu, Rt.
Hon. Simon Hughes, Rt. Hon. Dianne
The GAB Awards is therefore a Abbott (both of the British Parliament),
forum where the best of Africa and William Hague (then leader of the
friends of Africa come together to Conservative Party), Erelu Lola
network and showcase the very best Ayonrinde - two-time Mayor of the
that Africa has to offer. The event London Borough of Wandsworth; John
also rewards excellence within the Bowis (MEP), but to mention a few.
community through the awards event.
Previous recipients of the GAB
Africans are making a mark awards include Nelson Mandela,
and contributing to nation building Professor George Kirya, Henry Annan,
in all areas of human endeavour Anthonia Okonma of Bad Girls, Cyril Nri
but have not attracted the positive of The Bill, Paralympics medallist Ade
recognition deserved. It is therefore Adepitan, Dele Momodu, Ishola Akay
imperative for us to celebrate this fast (MBE), Most Rev. Father Olu Abiola
growing community in the UK and its (OBE), Ogun State Governor - Otunba
achievements and set goals for greater Gbenga Daniel, Senator Tokunbo
heights in the future. Afikuyomi, Patti Boulaye, and the late
The importance and high profile of the Professor Thomas Adeoye Lambo.
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