London’s young hit music station Club Asia has announced the nominees for its first ever Amazing Asians awards, which are set to take place later in the year.
The five finalists who have made it through to Amazing Asians 2005 are as follow:
Shami Chakrabati is the director of Liberty, one of the biggest Human Rights Organizations in the UK; she is also a wife and a mother. The qualified barrister, has spent the past year heavily campaigning for the rights of those prisoners, some of them British Asian being held in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, the results of her work are undoubted. She has supported the Muslim communities, fought against British identity cards and vocalised people’s concerns about domestic surveillance all in the past year. She has also been a key figure in news and politics, fighting for Human rights issues on government policy, both in the courts and in the media.
Eighteen year old Amir Khan is Britain’s youngest Olympic boxer since 1976. Khan came to prominence in the 2004 Athens Olympics in which he was Britain?s only boxing representative and incredibly won the silver medal. After the July 7th London bombings, Amir Khan, a Muslim, dedicated his professional debut fight winnings over David Bailey to the victims of the London bomb attacks. Over the past year the light-welterweight has also been active in the Asian community, by going into schools and universities encouraging young people to take up sports or other hobbies, in a bid to ‘keep them off the streets’.
Mother of three Arti Kumar the senior educational career?s advisor has changed the shape of Luton University. This year she won the National Fellowship Award Teaching Award for her services to learning and her commitment to curriculum strategies aimed at improving and enabling career development of undergraduates. Arti’s ‘going against the grain’ efforts have now led to the university adopting a new and unique way of teaching. The former Journalist and Air Hostess has made a direct impact on how students approach their search for employment by providing the first career development module as part of the curriculum, which has now been implemented by the university.
Thirty eight year old Rakesh Sanghvi is making a big impact in the music scene. The father of one, was this year appointed the Managing Director of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, making him one of the most powerful Asians in this field. The public school boy, who went to medical school before studying law is also a trained solicitor. His appointment this year puts him in charge of new signings. Rakesh says he is actively looking at ways of putting more Asians with musical talent into the mainstream arena.
The 93 year old Sikh runner has been a run away success during the past year. He has replaced David Beckham as Adidas’s new poster boy, while gearing up to run the London Marathon and trying to set new world records. London’s Mile End Park Stadium played host to Fauja when he set five new world records in 94 incredible minutes for men over 90 in aid of charity which also boosted the successful London 2012 Olympic bid. The former farmer has also been working closely with local temples and Asian youth groups to promote better living and healthy eating through exercise within the Asian community.
The finalists have been selected by Baroness Flather and Club Asia based on their inspirational story and news coverage over the past year. The awards aim to highlight those individuals that have made a significant impact in all fields from community, politics, entertainment or sport in the UK.
Starting all next week (Monday 17th October) in the flagship Breakfast Show with MissyD, listeners will be able to hear each finalist tell their inspirational story. Listeners can then vote by text for their most Amazing Asian from Monday up until the Thursday 20th October 2005 ? voting and finalists information can be found on www.clubasiaonline.com .