BBC Radio 1Xtra announces 2022 ‘Future Figures’ List

1Xtra Future Figures celebrates and champions those who have made an impact within the Black community that will leave a legacy in years to come


BBC Radio 1Xtra

BBC Radio 1Xtra has today announced the return of 1Xtra ‘Future Figures’ – an annual list compiled by the network and with help from the public, which names 20 notable individuals, groups and organisations from across the UK who are ‘Making Black History Now'.

1Xtra Future Figures celebrates and champions those who have made an impact within the Black community that will leave a legacy in years to come. This year’s list includes talent from across a broad range of sectors including the arts, technology, social action, business and music.

The official 1Xtra Future Figures 2022 list (in alphabetical order):
Adjei Sun – Birmingham
Audrey Solvar – London
Black Costume Network – London
Black Girl Fest – London
CJ Lloyd Webley – Birmingham
Color in Tech – South East/London
Cynthia Gentle – Scotland
Faron Paul – London
Gal-Dem Magazine – Across the UK
Intercultural Youth Scotland – Scotland
Jamal Edwards MBE – Luton
Kay Rufai – London
Lisa Carter – Bristol
Lisa Maynard-Atem – Manchester
Luke Cato – Birmingham
Magdalene Abraha – Manchester
Raphael Sofoluke – London
Solomon Smith & Mahamed Hashi – London
Temi Mwale – London
Victoria Abrahams – Rochdale
Each day (Monday-Friday) throughout October, as part of 1Xtra’s Black History Month content, the network will delve deeper into each Future Figure, shining a spotlight on their journeys and successes, as well as giving them a platform to showcase their extraordinary work. You can find out more about each Future Figure here.

Magdalene Abraha, 2022 1Xtra Future Figure and Publisher, says: “It’s a huge honour to be featured on 1Xtra’s Future Figures list. To be alongside other brilliant change makers as well as being recognised for my own work is doubly meaningful and something I’m very appreciative of!”

Solomon Smith, 2022 1Xtra Future Figure, Co-Founder of Brixton Soup Kitchen says: “It’s so amazing to be working with BBC 1Xtra and to be named as one of their Future Figures. Without my team at Brixton Soup Kitchen, none of this would be possible. Making a positive change in our community is everything we stand for and our goal is to continue to help tackle poverty – and to take Brixton Soup Kitchen international”.

Faron McKenzie, Head of BBC 1Xtra says: “The Black community is at the very core of everything BBC 1Xtra stands for and so for us, it is important that we celebrate those doing extraordinary work to positively impact Black lives now and for years to come. It is an honour to dedicate a space on our network to these special groups and individuals over the next month, and I hope that it inspires our young listeners who one day may end up on the 1Xtra Future Figures list themselves”.

October 3, 2022 4:00am ET by BBC Radio 1Xtra  

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