Posted by Shahzada Choudhury
Filed under Community News, Radio Industry

Less than a year after the much loved community radio station was fighting for its life, Ujima Radio has won a second prestigious award: the 2015 MTM award for best Community Group in the South West. This award follows hot on the heels of receiving a National Diversity Award just a few months ago.

“It’s an amazing achievement for all at Ujima Radio,” said stations founder Kevin Philemon. “Its our second major award in a month who would have thought that less than a year ago we were fighting for our lives as we were effectively forced to leave our original premises in St Paul’s. Now we have over 130 volunteers from a range of the most disadvantaged communities in the city we are going from strength to strength in our new home at the Creative Youth Network building in the very heart of Bristol

It was recognized by the awarding panel that Ujima Radio plays a positive role not just with BME communities but with all groups facing disadvantage who do not get their voices heard. The Station’s Broadcast manager Andrew Hartley aka DJ Styles added “ This is great recognition from one of the regions most prestigious awards and we dedicate this award to our volunteers supporters and presenters and of course our loyal listeners who make us who we are. After seven long years of tough living we are finally seeing national recognition for all our work and efforts. Thank you.”

Ujima Radio CIC broadcasts on 98FM across Bristol and online. The MTM Awards celebrated the excellence of the Asian and Ethnic Minorities at one of the biggest gathering of businesses and community achievers in the South West held this year on 20 December at the Marriott Hotel in Bristol


1) The MTM Awards were first launched in 2012 to honour the Asian community in the South West that has been in the region for over 60 years playing a great socio-economic role in the country. The MTM South West Asian Awards were first held in December 2012 with over two hundred nominated for the 23 awards ranging from business to professional services, with 69 making it to the final.

2) The annual National Diversity Awards were held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in September and despite a field of over 10,000 nominations from across the country, Ujima Radio CIC won the outstanding contribution to diversity in the race, faith and religion category.

3) Ujima Radio CIC was founded in 2008 it broadcast on 98FM and online. It exists to primarily celebrate African and Caribbean cultures in Bristol through music and informative and educational talk content. It also provides economic and community development opportunities for the most marginalised communities in Bristol.


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