Birmingham Awards Celebrates Achievement

Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium was the setting for the Potential Unlocked Awards (PUA) – an event founded in 2018 by businessman David C Hall to celebrate Black excellence and achievement amongst children and adults aged 40 and under.

People from across the UK attended the awards event, where a total of 16 awards were given to recipients across a range of categories, from Inspirational Person of the Year to Creative Arts of the Year.

Special guests present at the PUA included BBC Radio presenter Nikki Tapper; author and former advisor to a UK prime minister, Samuel Kasumu; Dr Dennis Kimbro, bestselling author of Think & Grow – A Black Choice; and Bishop Claion Grandison, leader of the New Testament Church of God.

Award recipients included Jessikah Inaba – the first Black, blind barrister in the UK to pass the Bar using braille. She was honoured with the Inspirational Person of the Year and Academic Excellence Awards.

Another winner was Jamal Jeffers, who was awarded the Legal Excellence Luminary Award. He is the youngest Black appointment to the Judiciary in England and Wales. Financial adviser Adrian Benjamin was the recipient of the Finance Excellence Award; and Emilio McCalla, Director of E & R Property Group and Transforming Communities Hub, received the Visionary Property Investor of the Year Award.

Commenting on the awards, David said:

It was an honour to see Black excellence celebrated nationally, and greatness showcased from a diverse range of industries.


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