British-born Ghanaian, Lorraine Wright has been recognized alongside other Brits, by Her Majesty The Queen, as she has been enlisted in the ‘Queen’s Birthday Honors List 2021’.
Lorraine Wright is expected to receive the honor of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). Wright will be awarded her MBE on June 12th, 2021, on the birthday of Queen Elizabeth. Last year, unfortunately, the honorary ceremony had to be postponed to October due to the pandemic.
The MBE is a prestigious award in recognition of the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom and Wright has been recognized for her “Services to Young people through Music”.
The recognition derives more specifically from her venture, University Gospel Choir of the Year, often referred to as UGCY– a UK national competition later established in Ghana, as a platform for university gospel choirs to exhibit their talents, build their technical and industry know-how, and be awarded some prizes.
Sharing her thoughts ahead of receiving her award, Wright said, “The Gospel Industry at large is often heavily under-represented in the grand scheme of music artistry.
“It’s colorful, expressive, vibrant, and incredibly uplifting, and is certainly a very personal medium for me. It’s both an honor and a joy to have myself and the UGCY team’s efforts being recognized in this way. I’ve had a fantastic time building what is now a true legacy, and look forward to replicating and introducing UGCY more broadly across the world!”
That notwithstanding, Wright who is known for her tangible and progressive ten-year trajectory in the UK and Ghana Gospel Music scene, as well as her contributions to the corporate and the world of business both in the UK and Ghana will now join the tall “MBE VIP list”.
It is worth mentioning that there have been other historical greats who have received this honor. This includes, Dentaa Amoateng, a British Ghanaian Entrepreneur and media personality known for her work with the GUBA enterprises, UK media personality, June Sarpong OBE, Manchester United footballer, Marcus Rushford, rapper, Dizzee Rascal and Philanthropist, Kofi Gyasi Adjepong- Boateng amongst others.
Lorraine is a University of Oxford Executive MBA graduate and currently works as a Director at a Global Financial Services firm in the UK. Alongside her day job and UGCY, Lorraine is the owner of a beauty spa, and the head of sales for ‘Grow For Me’- a Ghana-based Agric tech crowdfunding and crowd farming start-up.
Speaking of her initiative, UGCY, it has featured thousands of students from over seventy UK Universities including the University of Cambridge, the University of Canterbury, Kent, Coventry, City and Durham Universities and in Ghana, the University of Ghana, the Central University, University of Development Studies, KNUST, and Ashesi University.
That notwithstanding, UGCY looks forward to hosting their 3rd annual show in Ghana in November 2021 and their 10th annual show in the UK in early 2022. Previous prizes have included special feature performances on various events and stages including the X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice, and BBC Gospel Proms, and appearing as the opening act for Stellar Award-winning artist, Travis Greene. However, in Ghana, choirs are awarded cash prizes.