LSBC Ninth Annual Awards Evening
Date: Wednesday 8th October 2014
Venue: House of Commons, Westminster
The Acorn Hub headed for Westminster to attend the ninth annual LSBC Awards Evening. The prestigious event took place at the House of Commons and was facilitated by Diane Abbott MP for Hackney.
"I'm thrilled that we have with us tonight outstanding individuals and game changers daring not to just peruse but the excel in industries which are traditionally seen to be out of reach to our communities."
Having set up the programme nearly ten years ago, Diane was bursting with pride as she hosted the star studded celebration that recognised and congratulated 'Not just some of the most academically gifted students in the community, but in the country. Period'.
"It's so important that we are here today to showcase and to applaud the brilliance of our young people so that the wider community is aware of what our young people, of what all our young people, are capable of."
The awards are supported by Britain's largest publically trading insurance company, Prudential and Linklaters, and representatives from both organisations handed out awards to the finalists.
A keynote address was delivered by , one of the most powerful businessmen in the country today as he manages over £730bn. It was a completely inspiring to hear Tajan share advise with the young achievers. He spoke of his passion for education and how he tries to use his position to promote education explaining that, 'I got the board to agree to give 1% of profits to education worldwide'. Once he had thanked Diane, the special guests and families Tajan turned to the young people in front of him and said: " It's always tempting to give advice so I'm not going to resist the temptation; you are the future and that future is bright. When I look at you and see your achievements it makes me very proud and happy. I hope that you will become everything you can. For me the goal in life is to be happy, so do what you want to do. Listen to the advise but if you know what you want to do then go for it. Be yourself, life is too short to be somebody you're not. You will never be more successful than when you are just being yourself. Be brave, because there will be obstacles - I had to leave a company because is as told I'll never be a CEO. When a story is told it sounds like a straight line, it sounds linear but it's not it's up and down it’s a rough road. There is no downside in being brave, even if you don't succeed there will be a learning experience. I am not worried about you because you are on a path to success. Believe in yourselves, the future is yours and this country will give you great opportunities."
For full lists of finalists, visit the LSBC website http://www.blackeducation.info/