Baby Names Inspired by the 2018 Asian Media Awards

Baby Names Inspired by the 2018 Asian Media Awards

Namey was a proud sponsor of the sixth annual Asian Media Awards last month. The prestigious awards held on 25th October 2018, at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate (UK), recognise the strength and depth of the media industry. From journalists working in local newspapers and internet bloggers to TV presenters and PR experts, the Asian Media Awards is dedicated to highlighting their talent, drive and innovation. The awards reward those who excel in the Asian and Mainstream media. It also acts as a platform for those working in the industry to network with organizations where they are vastly underrepresented.

Where better to start your baby naming search than finding inspiration from the 2018 Asian Media Awards Winners…



Baby Girls’ Names Inspired by the 2018 Asian Media Awards Winners


Duaa – AMA Best Newcomer, Duaa Karim

Duaa Karim who hit TV screens with aplomb taking on the role of Aqsa, aka ‘Little Aks’ in the hit BBC Three comedy ‘Man Like Mobeen’ was named 2018 AMA Best Newcomer.

Duaa, along with her fellow cast members have tackled pertinent issues in the show including Islamophobia and the right-wing propaganda. She told us filming those scenes brought home the reality of the prevalence of these problems and how effective dialogue can be.

Duaa (also spelt Dua) is an Arabic name and means ‘prayer, prayer to God.’


Naga – Media Personality of the Year, Naga Munchetty

Naga has an inspiring journey as a broadcaster, which she shared with the audience at the Asian Media Awards. She said she was overwhelmed by the support she receives from members of the public. Naga has hosted shows on BBC One, the BBC News Channel, BBC World News, and the Andrew Marr Show, but is best known for presenting BBC One’s Breakfast.

Naga is an Indian name meaning ‘origin of everything’ in Sanskrit.


Kavita – Rising Star in Radio award, Kavita Kukar

Kavita Kukar presents ‘The Day Show’ on the brand new Panda Radio, where she doubled the listenership within the first three months. Her inimitable manner sees her approach various topics with empathy and charisma.

Kavita is an Indian name that means ‘poem’ in Sanskrit.


Anushka – Radio Presenter of the Year, Anushka Arora

Anushka Arora, dubbed Sunrise Radio’s ‘Little Miss Bollywood’ presents the afternoon show.

Joining her listeners for lunch and through the afternoon up to Drive, she keeps them in tune with the best music from Bollywood, new and old. Anushka has direct links with the hub of Bollywood and ensures her listeners are kept informed of any current Bollywood stories and any breaking gossip.

Anushka is an Indian name meaning ‘flower.’


Amani – Outstanding Young Journalist, Amani Khan

Amani has been with Granada Reports for two years and during that time has been instrumental in producing a number of high-profile reports. Within just months of starting the role she set out to make a special series about Forced Marriage.

Her exclusive report was transmitted which accurately represented the truth behind forced marriages and looked at statistics that showed how many young girls turning 16 are taken away after their GCSE’s during the summer holidays to marry against their will.

Amani is an Arabic name and means ‘aspirations and wishes.’


Seema – Sports Journalist of the Year, Seema Jaswal

Seema currently hosts FanZone and Kick Off for Premier League Productions.

In April she hosted BBC1’s Football Focus and also presented coverage of the UEFA European Under 17 Championship Finals for ITV4 throughout May. From June to July, Seema was part of ITV’s presenting team at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Seema is an Indian name meaning ‘limit.’


Deeyah – Best Investigation for ‘White Right: Meeting the Enemy’ Deeyah Khan

Deeyah Khan’s daunting documentary inside the far-right in America won the Best Investigation Award at the 2018 Asian Media Awards.

In this daunting and at times frightening documentary for ITV’s Exposure current affairs, filmmaker Deeyah Khan meets US neo-Nazis and white nationalists face to face. She attends the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville and engages with those who demonise her. Deeyah’s search for the humanity behind the hatred produces her most personal and most political film yet.

Deeyah is an Indian name meaning ‘a light.’




Balvinder – Regional Journalist of the Year, Balvinder Sidhu

As the early morning presenter for ITV News Central, Balvinder is someone Midlands viewers can identify with, and trust to convey honest, important journalism.

In 2017 she investigated the sexual exploitation of Asian girls by grooming gangs. The subject had been reported in the mainstream media purely as an issue that involved white girls but Balvinder came across a number of Asian girls who had also been affected.

Balvinder is a Punjabi and Indian name that means ‘energetic.’


Sudha – Best Stage Production ‘Child of the Divide’ Sudha Bhuchar

‘Child of the Divide’ by Sudha Bhuchar, is set during the summer of 1947 when sixteen million people are on the move between India and the newly-formed Pakistan. Amid the violent political upheaval, young Pali’s fingers slip from his father’s hand and his destiny changes forever.

It tells the story of family, identity and belonging and is set against the fractured landscape of displacement, of families torn apart and of stolen pasts where friendships and love are found in unexpected places.

Sudha is an Indian name meaning ‘nectar.’


Miyra – TV Channel of the Year, Sony Entertainment TV Asia, Miyra Mistry

Namey were proud to sponsor this award category, where Sony Entertainment Television Asia ended Star Plus’s 5-year reign at the Asian Media Awards. The award was accepted on the night by Shalin Patel, Business Head for Sony Pictures Networks Europe and Miyra Mistry, Marketing at Sony.

Miyra is an Indian name meaning ‘Ocean, sea, limit and boundary.’ 



Baby Boys’ Names Inspired by the 2018 Asian Media Awards Winners


Faisal – MMU Journalist of the Year, Faisal Islam

Faisal Islam is one of the country’s leading political journalists and broadcasters. He has led Sky News’ around-the-clock coverage during the past four years of political upheaval.

He chaired the first live head-to-head debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in the run up to the 2017 General Election. The past 12 months have seen Faisal break a relentless series of stories on the progress, or lack thereof, of Brexit talks. Faisal has been appointed as the new economic editor’ for BBC News, where he will start his new role in the New Year.

Faisal is an Arabic baby name meaning ‘stubborn.’

Ashish – TV Report of the Year, Ashish Joshi

Ashish Joshi’s report on the plight of Rohingya child victims was named TV Report of the Year at the 2018 Asian Media Awards. ‘Child Victims Rohingya’ for Sky News was part of a wider investigation on how children were being trafficked and raped during the ongoing Rohingya massacre.

Ashish is an Indian name meaning ‘blessing.’


Ibrahim – Best Blog, Ibz Mo

Ibrahim Mohammed, better known as Ibz Mo is a student YouTuber who is breaking down Cambridge stereotypes with the hope of inspiring prospective applicants.

Mohammed, a Psychological and Behavioural Sciences student, makes videos that give an insight into life at Cambridge University. He speaks candidly about formal dinners, end-of-year parties and the idiosyncrasies of Cambridge’s student body, as well as the challenges he faced in joining the University.

Ibrahim is the Arabic name of the prophet and patriarch Abraham.


Ali – Best Video Channel, Ali Official

Ali Official picked-up the Best Video Channel Award at the 2018 Asian Media Awards. Ali is a stand-up comedian and content creator specialising in short form content online. He has digitally garnered over 100M views across his Instagram and Facebook page on the user handle @AliOfficialUK.

Ali is an Arabic name that means ‘high, elevated and champion.’


Paul – Best Live Event, Paul Chowdhry

Paul Chowdhry’s ‘Live Innit’ tour won the Best Live Event award at the 2018 Asian Media Awards. The sell-out tour took in the length and breadth of the country with shows at the Symphony Hall (Birmingham), the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, the O2 Apollo Manchester and Wembley Arena.

Paul is an English name meaning ‘little.’


Vickram – Media Professional of the Year, Vickram Sembhi

Whilst working at Exterion Media, Vickram has successfully created and developed an ethnic portfolio of high-profile clients and effective Out-of-Home (OOH) campaigns to showcase on mainstream media, in particular, nationwide buses and the London Underground.

His agency has helped to dress towns and cities across the UK with Asian and ethnic brands such as, Star Plus, Zee TV, Colors, SBI, Incredible India and Moneygram.

Vickram is an Indian name and means ‘wise, one who is wise.’



Sanjeev – Best TV Character, Sanjeev Bhaskar

Sanjeev Bhaskar was honoured for his role as DI Sunny Khan in the hit ITV drama ‘Unforgotten’.

Bhaskar, who plays DI Sunny Khan, is a London-based detective who unravels historic cases of disappearance and murder. Now commissioned for a fourth series, the drama, which has won critical acclaim, focuses on a different cold case and also highlights the emotional impact the investigation has on those involved.

Sanjeev is an Indian name meaning ‘reviving.’


Mobeen – Best Radio Show, Mobeen Azhar

Mobeen Azhar’s late night show has been described as “rounding off the day with a mug of rich hot chocolate…laced with vodka.”

It has rapidly become the only place on BBC radio where you’ll find music mixed with debate, sage advice, sensitive subject matters and riveting gossip. The show is unique because of the bold topics discussed including issues affecting young Asian Men, Atheism within Muslim families and more.

Mobeen is an Arabic name and means ‘clarity without comparison, prominent’


Tommy – Outstanding Contribution to Media Award, Tommy Nagra

Tommy Nagra, whose wide-ranging career has helped to shape and promote British Asian talent both on and off screen. 2018 marks 25 years of Tommy’s work in the Media where he has built a body of work showcasing British Asian issues, talent and stories through award winning documentaries, current affairs, lifestyle and entertainment shows.

Tommy is an Aramaic and English name meaning ‘twin.’


Ayub – Sophiya Haque Services to British Television & Film 2018 award, Ayub Khan Din

East is East and Ackley Bridge creator Ayub Khan Din was presented with the 2018 Sophiya Haque Services to British Television and Film Award.

Few writers and actors have had such a profound impact on British Asian culture than Ayub Khan Din. His work has transcended boundaries and cultures and this during a time when mainstream cinema and television rarely told the stories of minorities.

The name Ayub is Arabic from ‘Ayyub’ which is a form of the Hebrew name Lyob meaning ‘job.’


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Source: Backgrounds on Award Winners – Asian Media Awards

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