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Who is the Best Current British Asian Author ?
Monica Ali

Monica Ali is a Bangladeshi-born British writer and novelist. In 2003, she was selected as one of the "Best of Young British Novelists" by Granta magazine based on her unpublished manuscript; her debut novel, Brick Lane, was published later that year. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name. She has also published three other novels.


Hanif Kureishi CBE

Hanif Kureishi, CBE is a British playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and novelist of Pakistani and English descent.In 2008, The Times included Kureishi in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945"


Salman Rushdie FRSL

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie FRSL is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be "the best novel of all winners" on two separate occasions, marking the 25th and the 40th anniversary of the prize.


Meera Syal CBE FRSL

Meera Syal, CBE is a British comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress. She won the Betty Trask Award for her first book Anita and Me and the Media Personality of the Year award at the Commission for Racial Equality's annual Race in the Media awards in 2000. She was given the Nazia Hassan Foundation award in 2003.



Previous Votes - Results

Who is the best Black Male Athlete to have represented Great Britain ?
Linford Christie OBE

Linford Cicero Christie OBE is a Jamaican-born British former sprinter. He is the only British man to have won gold medals in the 100 metres at all four major competitions open to British athletes: the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games. He was the first European to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 m and still holds the British record in the event. He is a former world indoor record holder over 200 metres.

23.35% 

Sir Mo Farah

Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama "Mo" Farah, is the United Kingdom's most successful distance runner. The most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history, he is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in both the 5000m and 10,000m Farah also completed the 'distance double' at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships in Athletics.

46.11% 

Colin Jackson CBE

Colin Ray Jackson, CBE is a British former sprint and hurdling athlete who specialised in the 110 metres hurdles. During a career in which he represented Great Britain and Wales, he won an Olympic silver medal, became world champion twice, World indoor champion once. His world record of 12.91 seconds for the 110m hurdles stood for over a decade and he remains the 60 metres hurdles world record holder

13.17% 

Daley Thompson CBE

Francis Morgan Ayodélé "Daley" Thompson, CBE is a British former decathlete. He won the decathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and broke the world record for the event four times. With four world records, two Olympic gold medals, three Commonwealth titles, and wins in the World and European Championships, Journalist Robert Chalmers described him as "the greatest all-round athlete this country [United Kingdom] has ever produced".

17.37% 


Who is the best UK Asian Male Music Performer of All Time ?
Apache Indian

Steven Kapur , known by the stage name Apache Indian, is a British singer-songwriter and reggae DJ. He had a series of hits during the 1990's. Two examples are the smash hits Nuff Vibes and Boom Shack-A-Lak.

30.14% 

Jay Sean

Jay Sean (born Kamaljit Singh Jhooti) is a British singer and songwriter. His 2009 "Down" single made him the best-selling Male Artist in North America since Elton John.

43.84% 

Panjabi MC

Rajinder Singh Rai better known by his stage name Panjabi MC, is a British musician and DJ of Punjabi descent. He is best known for the worldwide bhangra hit, "Mundian To Bach Ke" of 2002. Allmusic has called him "one of the most prominent names in bhangra".

10.96% 

Talvin Singh OBE

Talvin Singh, OBE , is a producer and composer and tabla player, known for creating an innovative fusion of Indian classical music and drum and bass. He was awarded an OBE in the 2014 Birthday List for services to the Music Industry.

15.07% 


Who is the best UK Black Female Popular Singer of All Time ?
Winifred Atwell

Una Winifred Atwell was a Trinidadian pianist who enjoyed great popularity in Britain and Australia from the 1950s with a series of boogie-woogie and ragtime hits, selling over 20 million records

16.44% 

Dame Shirley Bassey DBE

Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE is a Welsh singer whose career began in the mid-1950s, best known both for her powerful voice and for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker.She has sold more than 135 million records over her career.

21.92% 

Dame Cleo Laine DBE

Dame Cleo Laine, Lady Dankworth, DBE is an English jazz and pop singer and an actress, known for her scat singing and for her vocal range. Laine is the only female performer to have received Grammy nominations in the jazz, popular and classical music categories. In 1978, the Sunday Times dubbed her "quite simply the best singer in the world."

4.11% 

Sade

Essex's Sade became a sensation when she burst onto the Scene in 1984 with Smooth Operator, a UK No.19 but No.1 in US, where she remains a superstar to this day. All of her albums have gone platinum in America and they've all reached the top three, making Sade one of the most successful British artists of all time.

57.53% 


What is your Favourite Black or Asian Dish?
Ackee and Salt Fish with Veg Selection

Ackee and saltfish is a traditional Jamaican dish. It is the Jamaican National Dish. The ackee fruit was imported to The Caribbean from Ghana before 1725, as Ackee or Aki is another name for the Akan tribe, Akyem. It is also known as Blighia sapida. The scientific name honours Captain William Bligh who took the fruit from Jamaica to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England in 1793 and introduced it to science

17.84% 

A Curry Dish -Meat or Veg

Curry is an umbrella term referring to a number of dishes originating in the cuisine of the Indian subcontinent. The common feature is the use of complex combinations of spices or herbs, usually including turmeric, cumin, ginger, and fresh or dried hot chillies. Curry powder, a commercially prepared dish is commonly thought to have first been prepared by Indian merchants for sale to members of the British Colonial government and army returning to Britain.

43.19% 

Pounded Yam and Egusi Soup.

Egusi is a West African name for the seeds of plants like squash, melons, and gourds that, when dried and ground become a staple ingredient in many West African dishes. Particularly, in Nigerian culture, egusi is a popular with pounded yam. These seeds are rich in fat and protein, and add these essential nutrients into West African Cuisine. Nigerian Egusi Soup is a soup thickened with ground melon seeds and contains leafy and other vegetables. It is one of the most popular soups prepared by most tribes in Nigeria with considerable variation and often eaten with dishes like Pounded Yams. Prepare it with goat, beef, fish, or shellfish!

4.23% 

Rice & Peas with Meat Dish

Rice and peas is the mainstay of the cuisines of The Bahamas,|Jamaica,Trinidad and Tobago,Barbados and many other English-speaking Caribbean islands. Rice and peas is traditionally, but not exclusively, eaten with the Sunday dinner/Sunday meal. The dish is made with rice and any available legume, such as kidney beans, pigeon peas (known as gungo peas), or cowpeas, the combination of grain and a legume forming a complete protein. The classic Sunday lunch dish, is usually served with a stewed meat, such as chicken, beef, lamb or pork, or fish or seafood such as shrimp, crab or king fish.

34.74% 


What Event or Item is the Most Iconic Black or Asian Heritage contribution to the UK since 1900 to the Present Day ?
Black History Month UK

Black History Month (BHM) in the UK has been running for the past 30 years, it has played a key role in recognising the value of living and working in multi-cultural Britain. The aim of BHM is to raise awareness of 500 years of Black History in the UK, highlighting the many positive Black contributions to British society, and the heighten confidence and awareness of Black people in their cultural heritage.

8.41% 

Empire Windrush

Empire Windrush is best remembered today for bringing one of the first large groups of post-war West Indian immigrants to the United Kingdom after World War II at the invitation of the British Goverment. They are sometimes referred to as the Windrush generation. In 2006, the Empire Windrush made it into the Top 20 A Portrait of England List as voted for people across the country. The list celebrated icons of England.

29.6% 

The Curry Dish

The UK has adopted curry as a "national dish", with more than 9,000 Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi restaurants and the creation of British-Asian dishes such as chicken tikka masala and balti, according to the National Curry Week website which says about 23 million people eat curry regularly. In 2006, the Curry Dish made it into the Top 20 A Portrait of England List as voted for people across the country. The list celebrated icons of England.

23.99% 

The Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that has taken place in London since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, each August over two days (the August bank holiday Monday and the preceding Sunday). The Carnival attracts around one million people annually, making it one of the world's largest street festivals, and a significant event in Black British culture

38.01% 


What is the most significant event that has impacted on race relations in the UK?
The Arrival of HM Windrush- 22nd June 1948

500 West Indians arrived at Tilbury in 1948 -the start of significant post war migration from Africa and the Carribean. Today there are over 1.6 million residents of Afro-carribean descent in England

37.5% 

The Murder of Kelso Cochrane -17th May 1959

The racist murder of Kelso Cochrane shook the nation and reverberated around the Commonwealth.Cochrane's murder is thought to have led to a decline in support for British nationalism

0% 

The Grunwick Dispute -20th August 1976

A group of South Asian women took to the streets in revolt at poor working conditions led by the extraordinary woman, Jayaben Desai. Trade Unions previously seen as hostile to immigrant workers , rallied round the Grunwick workers and the dispute changed the perception of immigrants in the work force.

0% 

The Murder of Stephen Lawrence -22 April 1993

The racist murdr of 19 year old, Stephen Lawrence became one of the highest profile racial killings in UK history. Its fallout included profound cultural changes to attitudes on racism, to the law and police practice and the partial revocation of double jeopardy laws.

62.5% 


Who is the Best Cricketer of Asian Descent to have played for England ?
Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi

1928-146 - Oxford, Worcestershire, Southern Punjab, & England

34.44% 

Duleepsinhji

1924-1931 - Sussex, Cambridge University,Hindus & England

16.67% 

Nasser Hussain

1987-2004 - Essex & England

16.67% 

K.S. Ranjitsinhji

1893-1920 -Cambridge University, London County,Sussex & England

32.22% 


Who is Britain's Best Ever Asian Boxer(all formats)?
Naseem Hamed

Former WBO, WBC, IBF, and Lineal featherweight champion, and European bantamweight champion

58.32% 

Jawaid Khaliq MBE

Former International Boxing Organization (IBO) welterweight Champion,Commonwealth welterweight title, WBF Inter-Continental Light Middleweight Champion

1.05% 

Amir Khan

Former two time world champion WBA (Super) and IBF Light Welterweight  Champion

34.01% 

Imran Khan

Two time KickBoxing World Champion, Three time European Champion and Three time British Champion 

6.62% 


Who is Britain's best ever Black Footballer ?
Viv Anderson

Played 1974 - 1995 Defender.Nottingham Forsest, Arsenal, Man Utd, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, Middlesbough & England

31.58% 

John Barnes

Played 1981 - 1999 Midfield, Watford, Liverpool, Newcastle, Charlton & England

26.32% 

Walter Tull

Played 1908 -1914 Wing Half, Tottenham Hospurs, Northanptiom

28.95% 

Arthur Wharton

Played 1885 - 1902 Goalkeeper, Darlington, Preston, Sheffield United, Stockport County

13.16% 


Who is the best Black Female Athlete to have represented Great Britain ?
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill OBE

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE is a retired British track and field athlete from England, specialising in multi-eventing disciplines . As a competitor in heptathlon, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2015). She is also the 2010 world indoor pentathlon champion.

52.5% 

Dame Kelly Holmes, OBE

Dame Kelly Holmes, DBE (born 19 April 1970) is a retired British middle distance athlete. Holmes specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events and won a gold medal for both distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She set British records in numerous events and still holds the records over the 600, 800 and 1000 metre distances.

27.5% 

Christine Ohuruogu MBE

Christine Ijeoma Ohuruogu, MBE is a British track and field athlete who specialises in the 400 metres, the event for which she is a former Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion. The Olympic champion in 2008, she is a double World Champion, having won the 400m at the 2007 and 2013 World Championships.

2.5% 

"Tessa" Sanderson CBE

Theresa Ione "Tessa" Sanderson, CBE is a retired English former javelin thrower and heptathlete. A six-time Olympian in the javelin (1976–1996), she won the gold medal in 1984 for Great Britain, and in 1996 she became the second track and field athlete to compete at six Olympics.She is one of only five women in history to have thrown the javelin (old model) over 73 metres. She was the first black British woman to have won an Olympic gold medal

17.5%