Published On 4 December, 2012 | By Ja'e | Awards, Events
Spirit of London Awards 2012 finalists for the ‘Achievement in The Arts’ category.

Meet the three finalists for this year’s Spirit of London Awards ‘Achievement in The Arts’ category. The winner will be announced on December 10th, at the awards ceremony in Greenwich’s O2 Arena.

Emmanuel Akintunde | Age: 24 | Borough: Lewisham
Emmanuel is a New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) trained British actor, who has starred as an extra in a number of UK and international shows/films. During 2009/2010 he became a familiar face in MacDonald’s McFlurry® advert, he also landed a role in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010). Emmanuel graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in International Business and Marketing and has established his own business, GF Drums which works and trains up and coming talent. He has won HSBC Start-up Stars Award and is featured in the Powerlist Future Leader UK’s top 100 black graduates.

Joelyn Morrall | Age: 19 | Borough: Enfield
Joelyn (JoJo) lost her 14 year old cousin, Shaquille, who was killed in an unprovoked knife attack in 2008. She decided to develop a play, called Crime of the Century which she has starred in and performed across the UK to inform young people of the dangers and consequences of knife crime. More recently she has worked with ITV Fixers to turn her play into a 10-minute film and is taking the film into schools as part of a workshop educating students about the causes and effects of knife crime and how it can be prevented.

Lee Denny | Age: 22 | Borough: Bromley
Lee has succeeded in creating a niche festival with Leefest, that not only entertains the festival goers in an incredible creative environment, it also trains and gives hands on experience to young people in all varieties of festival related careers including; music production, event management, talent booking and creative design. The festival donates all profits to the Kids Company Charity. Leefest also promotes local artists offering them slots on the same stages as the bigger names such as Mystery Jets, GhostPoet and Jakwob whose appearances are testament to Lee’s business negotiation skills and budget management.

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