The Nottingham Black Achievers Awards 2018 was cancelled with a week’s notice.
The event which cost £45 per ticket was due to take place at the Excelsior Suits in Nottingham on Saturday, 20 October.
The event organiser, Nottingham City Councillor Merlita Bryan, 67 of Arboretum ward made the announcement Saturday, October 13 on Facebook. The event created to celebrate talented black men and woman in the local community included an appearance from EastEnders star and comedian Richard Blackwood.
When asked why the event got cancelled Merlita Bryan commented: “I’ve been looking forward to it myself. I’ve been doing the black achievers for the last seven years, so I plan to carry on with that for next year.”
“There was a bit of an issue with some things, so I decided not to do it this year so I’m going to carry on for next year to do the Black Achievers Awards. It’s a more personal reason why I decided not to go through with it.”
The Black Achievers Awards which is held annually was going take form as a Masquerade ball this year including a 3-course meal and entertainment. The previous Black Achievers Awards gained media attention as it was hosted by comedian Curtis Walker and 2012 British Olympic volleyball champion Peter Bakare.
Julian McDonald, the winner for the “Most transformed life award 2016” and C.E.O of Elevate Nottingham said that: “I was led to believe there was an issue with the venue, which was disappointing for us as we were sending a large group from our organisation.”
“Hopefully the BAA gets back on track and as always we will continue to support them.”
Merlita Bryan has stated that plans for a Black Achievers Awards 2019 will start in the next few weeks despite this year’s event being cancelled and that she hopes to release more information on that soon.
Refunds for tickets are being offered on their official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theblackachieversawards