The London Political Summit and Awards 2019 will next month honour hip hop artist Tay Grin as part of celebrating young people in politics.
In a letter addressed to the artist, real name Limbani Kalilani, the summit’s director Pauline Long said they will honour the artist during the event marking the Black History Month.
“As a worthy leader of excellent reputation, it would be an honour and a great privilege to have you as the honourable special guest and award recipient of Young African Emerging Political Leader Of The Year,” reads the letter in part.
Long said this is a highly commendable recognition for Kalilani’s outstanding role in African politics.
“This is crucial at this point as London Political Summit join to foster a strong democrayic institution, political inclusion and participation among young people and women,” she said.
According to Long, the event will take place at UK Parliament, House of Commons on October 16 and 17.
Reacting to the news, an ecstatic Kalilani said it is a great pleasure and honour to be a recipient of the award.
“I must say I am humbled by this gesture and I least expected the work we are doing to be noticed beyond Malawi. It is a great privilege to be part of such a historical event,” he said.
Kalilani said the recognition of his efforts inspires him to scale greater heights in achieving political, social and economic freedoms for women and young people.
“This award symbolises that we can achieve so much when we put fear aside and pursue our dreams. I hope this award will encourage more youths to get involved in matters of developing our nation,” he said.
On music, Kalilani had this to say: “Music has always been an integral part of my life. I have raised my country’s flag through music. I have championed girl education through music, I have been a brand ambassador for several companies through music and, most recently, I delved into politics because of the platform music created for me. It will always be a part of me and my dream to help the nation to become a giant in the global music industry.”
Tay Grin contested for Lilongwe City Centre parliamentary seat in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections but lost.
He is one of the country’s established hip hop artists who enjoy a huge following.
According to londonpoliticalsummit.org, the institution was established to among other things, discover visionary leaders with great dreams and identify a purpose-driven leader and achiever.