Nov. 2008


An event set to inspire

In exactly a month and one day after Barack Obama’s historic election, the youth of African and Caribbean heritage from the North and West London will be echoing a resounding ‘Yes We Can’!!

These talented and determined young people will be celebrating their monumental successes, which they achieved over the past academic year.  They have demonstrated that they have the intellectual ability, the fastidious character and the desire to dream ‘audacious’ dreams –facets that are required of the leaders of tomorrow.

They will be treated to the ultimate ‘Oscar –Style’ awards ceremony, which has been organised by the ACES Youth Project, which works closely with schools and councils to raise the academic achievement and self esteem of children of African and Caribbean heritage through positive cultural investigations and interactions.

This inaugural ceremony – entitled the ‘Diamond Ball’ is aimed at acknowledging the achievements of the vast majority of children of African and Caribbean heritage who are shunning crime and gangs and have reaped the benefits of hard work.   The ACES Youth Project was determined to recognise these achievements to counter the seemingly incessant negative portrayal of young people of African Caribbean heritage. 

Nominations flooded in from the schools in the North and West London boroughs, as teachers and parents eagerly shared the excellent achievement of their students and children –ranging from 14 A*s/As at GCSEs, entries to the top universities Cambridge and Oxford, contributing extensively to developing the community and giving up on gangs and crimes.

Donia Narh, the ACES Youth Project founder and director states, “I am exceptionally pleased to see that there are so many children of African and Caribbean heritage who are pursuing academic excellence, many of whom have made the choice to dream big. This awards ceremony will truly highlight that these young people have discovered their ‘own acres of diamonds’ by choosing to work hard, persevere, overcome many obstacles and not rely on supposed quick roots to success.

The awards ceremony is set to be momentous, as nominees, their families and nominators descend on the red carpet with many inspirational figures from the worlds of politics, business, media and entertainment, including Dawn Butler (MP – Labour, Brent South), Yolanda Brown (2008 MOBO Winner), Femi Oyeneriyan (Actor:  ‘Adulthood’ (2008) and ‘Kidulthood’ (2006)) Jessica Huie (director of and Sam Kasumu (director of Elevation Networks), Leroy Logan MBE (Chief Inspector), and BBC 3’s ‘The Last Millionaire’ entrepreneur (2008), Safety Box Director, Nathaniel Peat.

The ceremony and dinner will take place at the Jesus House Centre, Brent Cross, on Friday 5th December 2008.  The splendid facilities and the wonderful guests attending this invite-only event will make it an inspiring and memorable affair.

Contact: ACES Youth Project

Main contact: Donia Narh (Director ACES Youth Project)

Tel: 0207 193 6160

Mob: 07830 359 075