THE BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS AT THE UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT- WRITTEN BY NASILELE AILOLA

The official Black History Month has now passed but the world will never stop presenting

us with events to document as part of our history. Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez’s

mission has always been to remind the entire community to take ownership of our stories,

and preserve our African heritage.

On the 30th October, along with Zimlink’s founder- Zac Darkes, both men used their

organisations and respected positions, within the community, to produce the second edition of this historic event at London’s Houses of Parliament.

It was an empowering and inspirational day with an array of speakers which included

Lecturers, Historians, Professors and Community Leaders who each revealed what black history personally signifies to them.

As with many traditional African ‘storytelling sessions,’ music was included to enhance the

ambience and evoke the cultural theme. These who were still sleepy from an early start were fiercely awaked, as heads and feet couldn’t resist moving in rhythm to the drums and string percussion sounds.

Performances by Mosi Conde;- an artist from Guinea, who was followed by a group of

Zimbabwean artists;- Zee Guveya and his Heritage Band.

During the course of the morning, the essence of ‘storytelling’ and celebrating history

continued, as delegates senses were further ignited by informative talks from speakers,

who revealed new discoveries and essential aspects of Black History, whilst reminding

each and every person to always carry within their hearts, the legacies created by our

great heroes.

Jacqueline Wabara’s speech revealed some personal reference to her own life in order to share how her journey towards creating her organisation; the Miss Nubian Foundation which promotes heritage and unity amongst females of colour has now become a part of history. Jacqueline intends to continue her mission to inspire many more young women to create their own history by joining her legacy.

One vital message that hit home very hard was; – ‘we must celebrate the achievements of our

great historical leaders and as we do so, we must strive to create future leaders! The youth must be encouraged to aspire to be global leaders.’ Pauline Long is appealing to every youth and encouraging them to rise up and have a say in the development of our society.

This day brought pride and reminded us all to be thankful for our knowledge, power and liberty but to never take it for granted.  When you are sitting within the politically astute, Houses of Parliament;- a place where a multitude of decisions have been made, that have influenced all of our history and will continue to, you cannot help but give thanks for being a part the unique and great legacy of Black History.

Much in the way that many group associations were formed in response to civil war, apartheid and slavery, to re-establish unity and create peace, Zac Darkes, along with Zimlink manager-

Simba Chioto, are bringing this ethos back to life. Both of their speeches were breath taking and even included a cinematic documentary screening to reveal to delegates, that this global organisation- ZImlink;  are not only striving to create unity, but also to remind us that there is more to us as a people, than the legacy of slavery. Zac Darkes also went into depth about

Zimlink’s aims for future development and the establishment of links across Africa.

This annual event is an inspiration to the entire community. By creating this event, Tony

Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez has not only raised the bar in how we celebrate Black History

Month, as a community, but he has also highlighted the distinct differences between

success and extreme success. He is well known for his positive morale and abilities in

maintaining ‘Community spirit’ and this was felt throughout his event, as each delegate

walked away having danced, laughed and celebrated a renewed sense of unity. Tony’s

annual Black History Month event, succeeds in elevating the mindsets of attendees

because it ignites the pride within everybody!

From today, when we think of those great successful leaders and what they went through

on their journey, we must not forget to give thanks for their perseverance despite

suffering extreme injustice and trauma. For if they had not endured those great levels of

horror and made the crucial choices they did, then none of us would be where we are

today!

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AUTHOR Nasilele Ailola

As well as being a gifted writer for various platforms and her own online magazine;( NVLife Mag)

Nasilele is also a Holistic Marketing, PR and Social Media Expert. This lady with a big heart is a keen advocate for great causes such as mental illness, gender abuse and many other causes which lie close to her heart. Her organisation Holistic Visions, has a mission to bring awareness and put holistic sector, health, wellness brands and charitable organisations on the map, as well promote their life changing services, products and events. To find out more about Nasilele, or read more of her written works, visit her website http://www.nasileleaiola.com.

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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