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Sonu Nigam wins Award at 21st Century Icon Awards, UK

Popular Bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam has been honoured with ‘Magnificent Performing Arts Award’ at the 21st Century Icon Awards in London, United Kingdom (UK).

Key Highlights

He was among a host of winners across a range of categories at a gala awards ceremony held in UK. The ceremony was devised as a celebration of dynamic entrepreneurs and successful individuals chosen from hundreds of nominations from all across the world.

The nominations for the annual award were from 22 different countries.

About 21st Century Icon Awards

These annual awards are the brainchild of UK-based Indian-origin entrepreneurs Preeti Rana and Tarun Ghulati, co-founders of Squared Watermelon Ltd.

The 2019 edition of awards attracted more than 700 nominations which were narrowed down to 44 finalists.

Judges panel included personalities from varied fields, such as-

  • Sandip Verma: British Indian peer Baroness
  • Ibukun Adebayo from London Stock Exchange’s International Markets Unit
  • Denise Lewis: former British Olympic champion

The judges met in August 2019 to decide on the final 18 winners.

Other winners at 21st Century Icon Awards Ceremony

Outstanding Media and Entertainment Award: Kalli Purie, Vice-Chairperson of India Today Group

Specialist Professional Award: Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance UK

Inspirational Icon Award: Asha De Vos, Marine Biologist, Ocean Educator and Pioneer Blue Whale Research within Indian Ocean

Competitive Sports Award: Rachael Burford, Rugby Player and Founder of Burford Academy UK

Prof Muhammad Yunus conferred Lamp of Peace of Saint Francis  award by Vatican

Vatican awarded Bangladesh’s Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus prestigious ‘Lamp of Peace of Saint Francis ‘ award for his contribution towards establishing peace and harmony.

Prof Muhammad Yunus

He is Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist, and civil society leader. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (2008) for founding Grameen Bank and pioneering concepts of microcredit and microfinance.

About Lamp of Peace of Saint Francis Award

It aims to honour those who work towards promoting peace and harmony. It was first presented by Vatican in 1981 to Polish trade union leader Lech Walesa. Some of its recipients include Pope John Paull II, Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Its last two winners were Angela Merkel and King Abdullah II of Jordan.