Youngsters of African and Caribbean descent were awarded for their achievements at a ceremony in Ealing .

The 10th Dr John Roberts CBE QC Achievement Awards was held at the DoubleTree hotel in Ealing Common.

The event  last Friday (July 4) was organised by the Descendants, a youth group for people originally from Africa and the Caribbean.

Mother of film director Steve McQueen , Mary McQueen, attended to present the first arts award in the name of her son, and the prize went to Camera Fearon, an artist, singer, actor, and musician who plays seven instruments and who has supported the Descendants for five years.

 

Margaret Noel, Descendants founder and co-ordinator, said: “All the children were highlights of the night. We had some fantastic feedback.

“There’s so much negativity in the press about young black people not achieving and as far as I am concerned that’s not true, there’s another side to the story that people do not get to see.

“I wanted to show our children that we can achieve things, we are just not recognised for it.

“I wrote to all the schools in the borough and asked them to nominate pupils of African and Caribbean descent, and all those shortlisted were invited to attend.

“Winners were given certificates, trophies and vouchers to spend in a range of places.”

The main performer of the ceremony named after the first black QC was Krishane, a young artist who has been recently signed by Atlantic Records.

The Descendants awards began in 2005 and the group is based in the Everyone Active Centre, Acton.

Winners

Primary:

Hanad Hussein- Excelling in all areas of education

Justin Jones- Students who work hard and achieve against all odds

Mansor Mussa- Male student of the year

Allana Andrews- Female student of the year

Jevon Fletcher & Kaltuun Adan- Excel in Sports

Fatima Elmi- Future leader

Shahmad Haid- Entrepreneurial qualities

Damilola Magbagbeola- Rt. Hon Lord Paul Boateng Award for Outstanding Primary Student

Secondary:

Shani-yaa Holness-McKenzie- Excel in all areas of education

Colette Mbang- Students who work hard and achieve against all odds

Babatomiwa Adebiyi- Male student of the year

Latonia Roswess- Female student of the year

Jai Ellis-Crook- Students who excel in arts

Erika Moreno- Future Leader

Keiron Noel- Students who excel in sports

Camara Fearon- Steve McQueen CBE award

Al-Amin Miller- Kim Noel award

Mas’ooda Canfield- Connie Mark BEM MBE award

Yaasmeen Muhammad- Willis Wilkie award

Paige Michel- Dr John Roberts CBE QC award