Jul 16 2012 By Jane Harrison
AN AWARDS evening celebrating the achievements of black youngsters was described as a resounding success by organisers and families.
Sixty young people of African and Caribbean descent were nominated by schools across Ealing borough for the Dr John Roberts awards.
The awards are run by Descendants, a black youth group based in Acton, and the presentations were made at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel in Ealing Common on Friday.
Nearly 200 people turned out for the prestigious black-tie event, named after the UK’s first black QC, where young people from primary and secondary schools received trophies and certificates for their outstanding achievements over the year.
Organiser and Descendants founder Margaret Noel said: “From the feedback we had it has been the best yet, although some children did not come, which was a shame, but there were some outstanding nominations.
“It took a whole day just to choose the primary schools. We normally do both in one day but because the quality was fantastic we had lots to debate.”
She praised all the young people but said Kunle Babinson, aged 11, really stood out.
She said: “He was a good all-rounder with a lovely smile and had produced some amazing music which we listened to on the CD the school sent in.
“We could hardly believe it was by an 11-year-old. What will he be like when he is older?"
Kunle’s mother, Funke, said the family were amazed when he scooped the Lord Boateng award, the first time it has been presented to a primary school pupil.
She said: “He is a very active and creative child and is very eager to have a go at lots of things, sport as well as music.
“He has written his own work which is exceptional. I was overwhelmed for my son to win this and he was so pleased.
“He took his certificate to school and they will show it in assembly. For my son to win an exceptional award, I am still in shock.”
The event included a three-course dinner and entertainment from upcoming group Primrose Hill and singer Leyton Benta.