ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK- JUSTINA MUTALE- FOUNDER OF POSITIVE RUNWAY, COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR AND INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER

Acclaimed as one of the most influential and inspirational women of African origin, Justina Mutale is the AFRICAN WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2012, an honour bestowed upon Justina on the same platform as Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa as well as the former President of Malawi, The Rt. Hon. Joyce Banda and the former female Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, The Hon. Thokozani Khupe.   Justina is also Honorary Ambassador for Gender Equality and Spokesperson for the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S THINK TANK,which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA.  Justina has been featured as a Hero in the Capital Finance International  Journal, which brings coverage and analysis of the drivers behind change by combining the views of leading multilateral and national organizations with thought leadership from some of the world’s top minds.   Having gained global recognition for her ability, as a public personality to use her status to potentially influence the thinking of both Africans and non-Africans alike, Justina is featured among the 365 of Africa’s most respected names, well-known faces, and influential voices who inspire the future, motivate the young generation, and raise the profile to positively alter the perceptions of Africa and Africans around the world.

Justina is also a member of the “POWER 14″ a consortium of African Diaspora Women Leaders selected for their phenomenal leadership qualities and achievements in community development.  The POWER 14 are part of the top 100 Diaspora ChangeMakers,  an international network of influencers and innovators from every field and background and a beacon for enlightenment values, which undertakes influential and varied research projects and combines thought leadership with social innovation to further human progress. The Diaspora ChangeMakers Network is a project by the Royal Society of Arts with support from DfID’s Common Grounds Initiative, Comic Relief and Unbound Philanthropy, that seeks to identify and bring together the UK’s most promising individuals of African origin with a desire to support African communities in the UK and Africa.   In addtion, Justina is a recipient of the  2013 WAF-MDG Award from the Women Advancement Forum, presented in recognition of her efforts towards the  actualization of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Listed in the Worldwide WHO’s WHO Directory of Distinguished Individuals, Justina is the multi-award winning Founder & CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread, a worldwide HIV/AIDS response campaign whcih spans 6 continents spread across the globe. POSITIVE RUNWAY is registered on the United Nations Department for Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) Civil Society Database and boasts membership and affiliation of various other international and global organisations including the Bond Network, which represents the largest household names in the UK International Development Sector, who influence key decision-makers at national, European and global levels; and the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights. POSITIVE RUNWAY is also a member of the ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF Campaign, a coalition of  leading UK development organisations working to end world hunger.

A recipient of numerous awards and accolades from around the world, Justina has been hailed as one of Africa’s shining beacons, a great Diaspora Role Model and Diaspora Woman of the Year 2012 and 2013.  In addition, Justina is featured in the BLACK 100+ Hall of Fame, an Exhibition and Legacy of the top 100 Black Achievers in modern Britain.  She is one of only eight (8) women featured on the 2013 Black Women in Europe PowerList and is also featured on the AFRONews Top 12 List of Remarkable African & Caribbean Women in the UK.

Justina is an Ambassador for Peace recognised by the Universal Peace Federation, a global alliance of organizations dedicated to building a world of peace in consultative status with the United Nations.  She has also been honoured as the 2014 Africa Global Goodwill Ambassador in Los Angeles, California, USA in April 2014.   In addition, Justina has been honoured as a Global Officials of Dignity  and UK Humanitarian Ambassador in the Global Officials of Dignity (G.O.D.) Awards held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  The G.O.D. Awards honour individuals including members of ancient kingdoms, empires and royal dynasties from across the globe who have are invlolved in humanitarian work and have outstanding civic and charitable stewardship and have significantly improved the quality of life in their communities through their expertise, talents and skills.  Justina is one of the few African women to be featured in a UK Television Series onEminent African Women” and also in a TV Documentary The Travelling Princess: The Joureny of Hope, Love and Humanity produced in Hollywood which features recipients of the Global Officials of Dignity (G.O.D) Awards, who include members of some of the world’s ancient kingdoms, empires and royal dynasties who are involved in humanitarian work across the globe.  Justina is also featured in a book on “Women Who Are Contributing to the Sustainable Development of the World” published in Paris; and another titled: “Women who Changed Africa”published in New York.

A Philanthropist; International Speaker; Humanitarian; Philosopher; HIV/AIDS & Human Rights Activist and Advocate, Justina sits on the Advisory Board of the WORLD LEADERS FORUM based in Dubai.  She serves as Patron, Ambassador, Trustee and Board Member of several other humanitarian, community and charitable organizations in the UK and overseas.  Justina serves as Diaspora Ambassador &  Spokesperson for the ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF Campaign, which is supported and endorsed by world personalities and celebrities including Bill Gates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, David Beckham and many others.  She also serves alongside the Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe on the Advisory Board of the African Achievers Awards.

A regular Speaker on social, economic, political and gender issues, Justina has been featured in the same television programme as the British Prime Minister talking about poverty and world hunger.  She has also addressed the U.S. National Congress of Black Women in Los Angeles, the most powerful women’s organisation in the USA, which has been addressed by U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama.  Justina has also addressed the European Leadership Conference at the UK Houses of Parliament in London and was invited at a Keynote Speaker at the Gender Economics Global Conference in Sydney, Australia.

As Diaspora Ambassador and Spokesperson, Justina has been one of the influential personalities driving the ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF Campaign, a coalition of over 200 leading UK development organizations and charities working to end world hunger by appealing to the G8 to revise policies that accelerate hunger.  She is also a Civil Society delegate to the United Nations General Assembly on the High Level Dialogue with UN member governments on International Migration and Development, (POST 2015 Development Agenda).

About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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