NEW YORK CITY, 27 September 2019
SIMON FULLER was honoured last night to receive the BLACK STAR AWARD at the GUBA (Ghana UK Based Achievement) USA 2019 Awards Ceremony, which took place within the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) in New York City.
This prestigious award was presented to Fuller by the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, alongside celebrated African-American actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, in recognition of Simon Fuller’s achievements as an entrepreneur and a champion for worthy causes that have benefitted US and African charities. In his acceptance speech, Fuller revealed how he spent five years of his childhood living in Ghana while his father was establishing a school in Accra. In his acceptance speech, Fuller spoke of his affection for Ghana and Africa, telling the crowd of esteemed guests, “Even though I’m not Ghanaian, I have the spirit of Ghana in my soul.”
Messages of support were played from well-known figures, including Grammy Award winning singer Annie Lennox, motor racing world champion Lewis Hamilton, and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell:
ANNIE LENNOX: “Congratulations on this award, Simon! It’s most richly deserved!”
LEWIS HAMILTON: “I am inspired by you, and it’s a real honour to be able to call you a friend. Congratulations, Simon!”
GERI HALLIWELL: “Congratulations for all you’ve done, and for being recognised by GUBA. Lots of love from all of the Spice Girls.”