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The London Chamber Black Excellence Awards

After the success of our inaugural event last year, LCCI's Black Business Association (BBA) in partnership with Boisdale hosted the London Chamber Black Excellence Awards on 17 October 2023.

Hosted by Charlene White and Eddie Nestor, this spectacular evening marked the outstanding contribution of the Black British community to the UK’s cultural and economic development. Black British luminaries from a cross-section of industries were celebrated and the evening featured riveting musical performances and Caribbean-inspired cuisine. 

About the Black Excellence Awards

Recognising Entrepreneurial and Creative Spirit

LCCI and Boisdales proudly supports the strong entrepreneurial and creative spirit produced from the Black British community. This special evening recognised and honoured individuals whose determination and commitment to succeed, continue to inspire us all on a national and international scale.

Award Categories

Over 200 guests gathered at Boisdale of Canary Wharf to celebrate the exceptional achievements from the UK’s Black community. Award categories included fashion, literature, stage & screen, spoken word, music, comedy, sport, culture and business.

Award Winners 2023

Outstanding Contribution to Youth & Community Services

Nathaniel Peat

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Izzy Obeng

Outstanding Contribution to Business

Vanessa Kingori OBE

Outstanding Contribution to Professional Services

Marcia Willis Stewart KC (Hon)

Outstanding Male Contribution to Sport

Linford Christie OBE

Outstanding Female Contribution to Sport

Christine Ohuruogu MBE and Dame Denise Lewis DBE

Outstanding Contribution to Literature

Bernadine Evaristo OBE

Outstanding Contribution to Visual Arts

Neequaya ‘Dreph’ Dsane

Outstanding Male Contribution to Music

Omar Lye-Fook MBE

Outstanding Female Contribution to Music

Hilary Mwela of Hil St. Soul

Outstanding Contribution to Fashion

Martine Rose

Outstanding Contribution to Stage & Screen

David Harewood OBE

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jazzie B OBE

Posthumous Special Recognition Award

The late Jah Shaka – accepted by Nicky Ezer of Culture Promotions & Jah Shaka’s son, Young Warrior.

We are proud to collaborate with Boisdale Group to host awards founded to celebrate the contribution of the British black community to the UK’s cultural and economic development. 

Menelik Shillingford | Sector Account Manager of LCCI’s Black Business Association

Highlights from Black Excellence Awards 2022

Black Excellence Awards 2022 Winners

  • Outstanding Entrepreneur - Swiss
  • Outstanding Contribution to Business - Louise Broni-Mensah
  • Outstanding Contribution to Professional Services - Sandra Wallace CBE
  • Outstanding Contribution to Community Spirit - Patrick Hutchinson
  • Outstanding Male Contribution to Sport - Paul Canoville
  • Outstanding Female Contribution to Sport - Tessa Sanderson
  • Outstanding Contribution to Literature - Professor David Olusoga OBE
  • Outstanding Contribution to Spoken Word - Ryan Matthews-Robinson
  • Outstanding Contribution to Fashion - Samuel Ross
  • Outstanding Contribution to Stage & Screen - Fredi Nwaka
  • Outstanding Male Contribution to Music - General Levy
  • Outstanding Female Contribution to Music - Emeli Sande
  • Outstanding Contribution to Comedy - Eddie Nestor MBE
  • Cultural Influencer of the Year - Big Narstie
  • Posthumous Special Recognition Award - Jamal Edwards
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Terry Jervis

More about the nominees and winners

About LCCI's Black Business Association (BBA)

Supporting Black Entrepreneurs

The BBA is dedicated to lobbying and supporting the effective business activity of Black entrepreneurs and owners, demonstrating the investable credibility of Black business and significantly influencing the governments agenda on racial injustice, discrimination and economic empowerment.

About Boisdale

Award-winning Scottish restaurant and bar

Boisdale is an award-winning Scottish restaurant and bar group founded in 1989 specialising in great British food and live music every night. Boisdale Canary Wharf is a two-floor venue overlooking Cabot Square and the city skyline, comprising the main restaurant with a 25-meter stage and Nexo-powered sound system, four beautiful private dining rooms and the Hine Bar & Garden Terrace.