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MOBO Awards founder leads the winners at diversity awards

WINNER: Kanye King with Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Webbe

MOBO AWARDS founder Kanya King led the winners at the Investing in Ethnicity Awards last night (Nov 1).

Ms King, who founded the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards in 1996, was praised at the ceremony for dedicating the last two decades to providing a platform to emerging black and ethnic minority (BAME) artists including So Solid Crew, Beverley Knight and Emeli Sandé.

Her work in establishing the MOBO Trust, a charitable organisation which helps young people with careers in creative industries, was also highlighted. She was presented the Legacy award by musicians Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Webbe.

Kanya King CBE said: “In 1996, the whole black music scene in this country had little to no profile but we’ve come a long way since then and I’m proud that our early ambition of raising the profile of black music talent is now being realised. Through initiatives like the MOBO Trust where we are helping young people get into careers in the music and creative industries.

"I’m proud to have won an Investing in Ethnicity Award. I see it as recognition of the work we’ve done though the MOBOs over the last twenty years.”

Investing in Ethnicity Awards founder, Sarah Garrett MBE, said: “Kanya King is an inspirational figure. The work she has done to provide a platform to rising black and ethnic minority music stars has been rightfully recognised. It was wonderful to present her and all of the other deserving Investing in Ethnicity Award winners with their accolades.”

The glittering ceremony, hosted by Blue’s Simon Webbe and Good Morning Britain’s Ranvir Singh, was held at London’s Waldorf Hilton.

Other stars in attendance were The One Show’s Ore Oduba who took home the Inspirational Public Figure award and Stormzy who received the Media Impact award for his 2018 Brit Awards performance.

The full winners list is as follows:

MEDIA IMPACT
Stormzy’s Brit Awards performance

INFLUENCER
Farrah Storr

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITIES
Harun Khan, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain
BRAND
Adidas

INSPIRATIONAL PUBLIC FIGURE
Ore Oduba

POLITICAL FIGURE
Diane Abbott MP

CHARITY OR COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
gal-dem

LEGACY
Kanya King CBE

OUTSTANDING EMPLOYER
Lloyds Banking Group

BAME INSPIRATIONAL LEADER
Karen Blackett OBE, WPP

WORKPLACE HERO
Rob Neil OBE, Ministry of Justice

BAME FUTURE LEADER
Justin Onuekwusi, LGIM

CHAMPION (ALLY)
Nancy Lengthorn, Mediacom

JOINT WINNERS OF NETWORK GROUP (ERG)
= Embrace, HSBC
= Reach, Lloyds Banking Group

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