At the glittering evening Adiaha Antigha community achievement awards ceremony held on 26 October 2017, duly attended by Mayor Philip Glanville and Grant Baskerville from Big Lottery Fund, Urbanis were nominated for recognition of their longstanding work with young black men across the London Borough of Hackney.

Founder and CEO, Bola Abisogun FRICS, was nominated for the organisation or individual that has supported young BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) men’ category.

The Adiaha Antigha community achievement awards recognise the hard work and contributions of individuals and organisations from the voluntary and community sector in Hackney. Although we were overlooked for the actual award itself, it was heartening to know that one of the young black men that joined us on the life-changing trip to Atlanta last year [Javade] was nominated and won a Gary Francis Achievement Award for his exceptional achievement during the last 18months.

Click here to watch the video of Javade receiving his award from Jake Ferguson, CEO, Hackney CVS, at the Ace Hotel

Many thanks to Jake Ferguson and Young People Project Manager – Deji Adeoshun, for making sure that the ‘time and investment’ leading to well documented contributions by Urbanis was duly noted by attendees. Bola went on to say “it is always heartening to observe testimonies from the young people themselves which ensures that our continued legacy of community regeneration is clear for all to see. The Council have adopted our effort calling it the ‘Atlanta Model’ and I will continue to work with Deputy Mayor Cllr Bramble, and positively assist Chris Murray and his wider team at the London Borough of Hackney……”