|Nelson Mandela – Former President of South Africa|
I would like to say to the patrons and people in EMMA that they are doing a wonderful job of cementing solidarity with the people of South Africa. This solidarity has over many years brought the people of Britain and South Africa closer together. When we see Doreen Lawrence, we recognise our collective pain and our determination to stamp out racism wherever we find it. I thank you all once again for your support and solidarity with the people of South Africa and on my own behalf I thank you for this award. I hope that my receipt of this award will in a small way add value to the work that EMMA is doing in promoting cultural diversity and co-operation.
Thank you for honouring me the Ethnic Multicultural Media Award for Lifetime Achievement. It is an award I share with all ethnic communities, who have striven to surpass their obstacles and achieve their dreams. As in the United States, Britain is lucky to draw from the talents of a community rich in ethnic diversity. The vital cultural contributions by people of African, Asian, West Indian and Middle Eastern descent are integral to the progress of British culture and business at large.
|Former Prime Minister Tony Blair|
The recognition of achievement and talent of ethnic multicultural professionals in the media industry has long been overdue and I commend the organizers of the Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards (EMMA) for their initiative in this area.
|Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP and Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP|
This EMMA Lifetime Achievement Award is an institution in itself. The Achievement Award has been won by my hero Nelson Mandela, by Muhammad Ali, by Maya Angelou, by Ray Charles, by Stevie Wonder, by Lord Attenborough, it’s an Award now so prestigious and so valued that all of these great men and women have travelled here to receive their presentation in person and to speak to us.
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|Rt Hon David Cameron MP|
As I am sure you know, my predecessor Michael Howard was a strong supporter of EMMA, and I look forward to working with you too.
|Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone |
I would like to say how much I admire all that you have achieved through EMMA to promote positive images of multi-culturalism.
|Lord Herman Ousely |
If EMMA (Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards) did not exist then someone would have had to create something else to promote the recognition of talented individuals within the ethnic minority communities in the UK.
|Khozem Merchant – Financial Times |
Congratulations on a splendidly organised event. Many people I have spoken to have commended the event and its aims. EMMA has achieved a high professional rating in its first year, which augers well for the future.
|Rt Hon William Hague MP|
Thank you for inviting me to the EMMA Awards. I thoroughly enjoyed the event and was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Awards Ceremony.
|Trevor Phillips – Chair, CRE |
The EMMA Awards were established because representation of ethnic communities in the media matters. They were established at a time when ethnic minorities were not completely absent as in the past but when we were just beginning to see more of us in the business.