To MBE or not MBE.

This  Wednesday night I’ll be  on stage at Sadller’s Wells  to talk on why I  accepted my OBE as pictured below.  The discussion is held  after a show called The Letter  by  Jonzi D about how he declined his.  I’ll be sat alongside Omar Lye-Fook. He’ll  also  discuss why he accepted.  The alternate view will be represented by  Benjamin Zephaniah who like Jonzi  declined his award.  The mediator  is broadcaster and journalist Brenda Emmanus.

I drove through the iconic gates at Buckingham Palace to receive my medal  from the queen of England.  What do you think?  Should I have accepted?  I’ll  read out the most insightful comment on stage. At 4pm Monday 14th Oct you and I are informed this event is CANCELLED due to injury.  The questions remain.





4 thoughts on “To MBE or not MBE.

  1. If you were as famous as the Beatles, who refused theirs, then refusing would have been a way of making your views more public.
    But you are not as famous as the Beatles yet, and so accepting it was a way of speaking out.
    I hope you were interviewed outside the palace and I hope you said,
    ‘It’s very nice, thank you, but I would rather have had my mother back, 45 years ago.’

  2. Hi Lemn, I simply want to congratulate you on your award. Having known you since you were 12 years old, and watched your life develop through your teens to the present day, I know that you deserve recognition for your many talents, your fighting spirit, and for your dedication to improving the cultural life of the UK. Plus of course, the International bonds that you have built across the World with so many talented people. You already had the respect and admiration of those of us who know you personally, and frankly you deserve this honour far more than politicians, singers, or the rich and famous!!

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