Birmingham, Britain’s second city is gearing up for the Potential Unlocked Awards – an event that celebrates excellence and success amongst educators, community leaders and inspirational achievers from within the black community.
The Potential Unlocked Awards, scheduled to take place on February 3 at Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Road, Birmingham, B5 7QU was started by Birmingham resident David C. Hall in 2018. The awards was paused during the pandemic, and this forthcoming event, will be the first in-person awards for two years.
A total of 16 awards will be given out on the night to highlight achievers of significance. Award categories up for grabs include Inspirational Person of the Year, Outstanding Contribution to children, Educator of the Year, Thought leader of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year.
Award winners will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes Eastenders actor Rudolph Walker, Samuel Kasumu adviser to ex-Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and Bishop Claion Grandison, leader of the New Testament Church of God UK.
Award nominees include Jessikah Inaba, the UK’s first blind black female barrister nominated for Inspirational Person of The Year and Academic Excellence Award, a Kwame Boateng, recognised for his entrepreneurial leadership at Ingrained Oil. Natalie Johnson, vying for Inspirational Person of The Year, is celebrated for her work with Kidz Come First.
The guest keynote speaker is, Dr. Dennis Kimbro, American best-selling author of ‘Think & Grow Rich – A Black Choice’.
Part of the inspiration behind Potential Unlocked Awards is David’s own personal experience of having his potential to achieve doubted whilst growing up. He recalled, “I was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of three. My family did not accept the diagnosis, always believing that I could achieve greatly.
My mother arranged for me to have 1-2-1 tuition, and my father bought my brother and I a computer so we could learn at our own pace. Fast forward to the present day, I am now a qualified chemistry teacher and currently own two businesses. One of them is Potential Unlocked – a training centre whose mission is to encourage
life-long learning within young people and provide coaching to help adults uncover and monetise their talents.”
Since its formation, Potential Unlocked, has helped over 3500 people.
The Potential Unlocked Awards promises to be a celebration of achievement by people under 40 and a night to remember.