Over 150 candidates were nominated for this year’s Award with more than half making the shortlist for their important work. Winners will be announced at The May Fair Hotel awards ceremony on Wednesday 20th April, 2016.
Grassroot Diplomat is a diplomatic consultancy with the mission to facilitate trust between government and civil society. Incepted in 2013, The Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award is the only award of its kind that recognises the achievements of diplomats and politicians, who represent civilian interests in the areas of policy, social awareness, and business “development.
The award creates positive role models at government level, challenging the culture of complacency previously exercised by public representatives, and encourages government institutions and elected officials to lead effectively for their people.
A past recipient of the prestigious honour is Councillor Adedamola Aminu, former Mayor of Lambeth (Labour) who was recognized in 2015, for helping to encourage parents to join governing bodies to gain skills and have a direct impact to their children’s educational needs at a local level.
He was also honoureded for his work in raising awareness for his chosen charities including the Girl Guide Network Worldwide which supports gender rights, empowerment and education, reaching out to African girls who are economically deprived and subject to physical and cultural risks. During his tenure as Mayor of Lambeth, he raised over £4,000 for the charity.