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Chi-chi enjoys an international life as a classical double bassist. As professor of double bass at the Royal Academy of Music she is the Founder, Artistic & Executive Director of Chineke! Foundation, whose mission is “championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music”. She broadcasts regularly for BBC and Classic FM, and featured on Desert Island Discs and the 2020 BBC documentary Being Beethoven. Awarded the OBE in 2017 for Services to Music, she won the Commonwealth Cultural Enterprise Award, Creative Industries Award, Top 10 BBC Women in Music. Chi-chi won the Sir Charles Groves Award for Music Making in 2021. She was made Honorary Doctor of Music at Chichester and Open University. She is listed in 2020 book 100 Great Britons. Chi-chi advocates the importance of music in everyone’s lives.