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Jamal Edwards, the founder of online video platform SB.TV is one of the recipients of this year’s New Year’s honours list.
The 24-year-old who is credited with discovering the likes of Ed Sheeran founded his youth online channel when he was only 15, uploading clips of his friends performing at the west London estate he grew up in. 10 years later, SB.TV has grown to become one of the biggest online channels, helping to increase the profile of up and coming artists who would otherwise not have had a platfom to showcase their talents.
Edwards who was given an MBE for ‘revolutionising’ the UK music scene told the BBC that his awards shows that people from any background ‘can achieve their dreams’.
Another unsung hero who became an MBE today is Gbolahan Bright, a volunteer Maths teacher who has been running maths clubs for primary school children for over 20 years.
Mr Bright who moved to the UK with his politician wife in the 90’s said he felt duty bound to give back to the UK community because he had gotten so much from the UK.
“I have gained a lot from this society. I have been blessed and it would have been ungrateful of me if I did not give back,”
“Being a Christian I am not one to sit on the fence. I wanted to give all it takes to make it work,” he told the BBC.
Mr Bright’s Maths clubs has seen over 500 children between the ages 0f 7 and 11 enrolled over the years. At least 50 have passed their GCSE’s before even entering University.
“I feel so humble to be recognised at this level.” said Mr Bright.
“That is my life. I have a passion for teaching.”