Monthly Archives: April 2015

ISREAL ONORIODE (FORMER NOLLYWOOD ICON, HIGHLIFE & GOSPEL ARTIST) WILL BE RECEIVING AFRICA4U AWARD ON FRIDAY THE 12TH OF JUNE

His name is Isreal Onoriode, He is a former Nollywood actor, a Comedian, A Performing artist, a Videographer, a Radio presenter and the CEO of a creative initative.

Israel is passionate about music, culture,life, people and making the world a better place.

On Friday the 12th of June, Mr Onoriode will be receiving an Africa4u Award at the AFRICA4U ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FOR AFRICANS IN THE UK, which shall be taking  place on Friday the 12th of June at 6pm at The Stables Hall, the White Lion, 234 Streatham High Road, SW16 1BB

Read more about Isreal below

Israel Godson Onoriode also knows as Dj real O’rael is originally an actor, songwriter and a radio presenter. He also does event video and photography. Isreal is  The eighth of nine children from the family of Gabriel Onoriode Uge, his love for music entertainment and media was first noticed when he was 2 years old as he would dance and sing for anyone, he eventually started making money performing at the tender age of nine. He knew and would talk about all programs especially films on TV.

Israels  passion for creativity took him to becoming a member of Stars theatre one of the most popular dance theatres in Benin City, Nigeria around late 80s and early 90s. He also featured in a couple of episodes of the comedy variety show on Edo state broadcasting corporation EBS While an undergraduate at the University of Portharcourt, he was always chosen as one of the delegate to represent the University at the annual National University Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF). He was also one of the actors on the Rivers state entry of the then Nigerian International Bank (NIB) Annual Production It was not until he relocated to the UK that he started giving more attention his music.

He released his first highlife CD in 2007 and  again his hunger to express his passion in images led him to start Realmultimedia originally called Realife images – a video and photography event coverage business that same year.

Realmultimedia have shot about 33 events since then. They are looking forward to doing feature films from next year. Israel Onoriode DJ real, the soul man as he is fondly know on radio is the host of Real Vibez and The African Show (from 6- 8pm every Tuesday) where they examine the music, lifestyle, culture and traditions of a particular African country every month on Blast1386 the UK, Reading based radio station. Israel Onoriode is the founder of Realpraisefestival (www.realpraisefestival.co.uk) a Christian whole day praise festival and LIVING IT an annual music and general entertainment initiative where they showcase and encourage acts especially youth groups to live their acts. Some of his works on stage • Samuel Beckett’s one man play Act Without Word, Directed by Yibo Koko (Man) 1991 • Miesoinuma H S Minima’s Odum Egege – Directed by Comish Ekiye for Nigerian International Bank (NIB) Annual Production (Ikechi) 1997 • Don Pedro Obaseki’s OBASEKI, directed by Pedro Obaseki (Igbinovia) 2001, 2002 & 2003 • Don Pedro Obaseki’s AZAGIDI, directed by Pedro Obaseki (Fool) 2003 • Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Preach directed by Chris Moran for progress theatre. Reading. UK (The Magician) 2005 Films: • Aziba (1999) directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen (Ebah) • Tara (2000) director by Don Pedro Obaseki (Anslem) • Brave Soldier (2000) directed by Don Pedro Obaseki (Policeman) • The Reverend (2001) directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen (Police Officer) • Afro (2002) directed by Charles Novia (Native Doctor) • Sinners in the House (2003) directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen (Medical Doctor) • Blood Diamond (2012) By The Film and Video Makers club Reading, UK (Diamond Dealer) • Escape (2014) The Film and Video Makers club Reading entry at the Reading Fringes Film Festival. TV Soap • ZENITH (2004) Soap Opera on African Independent Television (AIT) (John)

INTRODUCING ADEBEAUTY LOVE – CEO OF TRUE AFRICAN HERITAGE, SHE WILL BE RECEIVING AN AFRICA4U AWARD ON FRIDAY THE 12TH OF JUNE

Rukayat Aderewa Basaru popularly known as Adebeauty love is a Speaker, Parent Governor, Entrepreneur and Mother.
She has three Organisations in UK that help promote  Africans  both home and abroad in different ways i.e. Education, Immigration, Family Issue, Marriage/Divorce, children Advise, Youth empowerment, Employment, Business and many more.
She has been nominated for different awards including International Achievers Awards and Life Changers Awards, MBE Awards, NEA Awards etc. She believes in giving back to the community like she always say, inspire before you expire.
Adebeauty is a down to earth Role Model with lots of drive, energy and a selfless vision to serve and make a difference. She is very passionate about networking, community engagement and social harmony

Founder of True African Heritage,
Founder of African Business and Entrepreneur Networking,
Founder/Award Coordinator of True African Awards
http://www.trueafricanheritage.co.uk/
http://www.meetup.com/African-Business-Entrepreneur-Networking/
Email: trueafricanheritage@gmail.com
Obasaru@gmail.com

AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS IN THE UK – FRIDAY THE 12TH OF JUNE @ THE STABLES HALL, WHITE LION, STREATHAM

DEAR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS,

I RECENTLY ORGANISED THE AFRICA4U ONLINE AWARDS FOR AFRICANS IN EUROPE 2015- SUPPORTED BY TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ

IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS, AWARD CERTIFICATES WERE SENT OUT TO WINNERS ACROSS EUROPE- GERMANY, HOLLAND, ITALY, SPAIN, BELGIUM AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC.
I HAVE TRAVELLED TO AT LEAST 16 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES – SO I AM AWARE OF THE GREAT WORK SOME OF OUR AFRICAN ACHIEVERS/UNSUNG HEROES ARE DOING IN VARIOUS COMMUNITIES IN THE DIASPORA.

I AM ALSO PLEASED TO INFORM YOU THAT THE DATE HAS NOW BEEN SET FOR THE OFFICIAL AWARD CEREMONY FOR THE AFRICAN WINNERS BASED HERE IN THE UK.
THE Africa4U ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FOR AFRICANS IN THE UK SHALL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY THE 12TTH OF JUNE AT 6PM ON THE DOT AT THE STABLES HALL, WHITE LION, 234 STREATHAM HIGH ROAD, STREATHAM, SOUTH LONDON, SW16 1BB.

ALL TEN WINNERS WILL RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS ON THE DAY – COME AND BE PART OF A COLOURFUL EVENING OF NETWORKING, INSPIRATIONAL SPEECHES, SPECIAL PERFORMANCES, ENTERTAINMENT AND DANCE
Jen Titi-Lola Da Sweetnezz Real O’Rael, Henry Kofii Nwiido AND Deoba Authentic WILL ALL BE PERFORMING AND RECEIVING THEIR AWARDS ON THE DAY.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT, BRING ALL YOUR FRIENDS
THERE WILL ALSO BE AN AFTER PARTY AT THE SAME VENUE AFTER THE EVENT BY THE STREATHAM SOUL CLUB

DEOBA AUTHENTIC CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY THIS FRIDAY THE 24TH IN SLOUGH, HE ALSO RECEIVES OUR AWARD ON JUNE 12TH

His name is Deoba Authentic – He is a Performing artist,  Radio Presenter, Deejay and Community Ambassador.

Deoba takes pride in building a brand that is reputable, consistent and refreshing. he is passionate about music, culture,social issues and trying to make the world a better place.

Deoba will be celebrating his birthday this Friday the 24th of April at the Imperium Night Club in Slough,  FREE ENTRY ALL NIGHT, with exclusive performance by  The Birthday Boy, Music will be by DJ Cliverson, DJ killa, DJZie and DJ Sox

Deoba Authentic will also be receiving An AFRICA4U OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from Me (Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez) on Friday the 12th of June at The White Lion in Streatham as part of The AFRICA4U ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FOR AFRICANS IN THE UK

Deoba Authentic (Artiste/DJ/Radio Personality) With years of experience as a Club Deejay, Radio DJ and Presenter with a vast music library collection to his credit. He is also an events organiser, promoter and music/film critic; Deoba Authentic has been spinning on ones and twos predominantly on the modern and afropop scene in Europe for over 10 years. He was awards Best Radio Personality of the year for Nigerian Uk Based Achievers Award 2013 and also received a GAB Awards for excellence in entertainments in 2013. Deoba Authentic the Radio Personality/DJ, Deoba Authentic has thorough experience in broadcasting with over 8 years at VOAR 94fm, Where he was involved as the event manager, sponsorship negotiator, outside broadcasts co-ordinator, radio show producer, studio engineer and presenter. With Deoba Authentic on radio, you will get A light-hearted Musical and talk Radio show with lot of humour, and friendly vibes, A show that presents Music and interest from all over the world but Africa/UK being the main core points of contact. Some of the Music covered on the show are High Life, Rumba, Afro beat, Reggae, Soca, UK Urban, RnB, Hip Hop and Soul. He also DJs at many Private, Public function such as Club events, weddings, Business conferences, Charity/Gala events. Deoba Authentic the Artiste, His new vocal rendition is a fusion influences and can be describe as soulful African. It is Nigerian afropop with deep creative articulation and warm vibrant tones. Deoba Athentic is able to brings the tropical fusion of Nigerian music together with British funk, house, garage and jungles it into the Afropop beats with ease. In listening to his music, you start off hearing a sonorous soul vibe that spills into funk, rhythm and blues with jazzy backtones also with all that hiphop/reggae undertones and all of the aspects of music that make you want to move, groove, shake and sing along. Deoba Authentic the artiste is simply so,…..authentically Afropop with a touch of nothing but the best. Deoba Authentic feels music a powerful tool enjoyment and more importantly, music is a very strong medium that can carry information and also preserve it for year to come and other will be able to learn from it now in the future.

Deoba Authentic feels music a powerful tool enjoyment and more importantly, music is a very strong medium that can carry information and also preserve it for year to come and other will be able to learn from it now AND in the future.

Catch Deoba Authentic on Colourful Radio on www.colourfulradio.com 7pm – 10pm Every Tuesdays. Call Me live on 0800 999 80 Listen to Deoba Authentic’s past show on Colourful Radio at www.colourfulradio.com/Presenter/Deoba now.

“VERSES AND FLOWS” BY ADEDAYO AGARAU – FEATURED POETESS FOR THE WEEK- OLUWATOSIN KOLAWOLE

VERSES AND FLOWS

Welcome to Verses and Flows today, I am your host, Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau. – Winner of the Tony Tokunbo Fernandez International Poetry Competition for poets and Writers around the world

Today,I present to you Oluwatosin Faith kolawole hails from Ise-Ekiti, Ekiti state, Nigeria. A medical student in the American International University West Africa, Gambia. She has passion for writing and as a result of her love for creative writing, she has participated in several online and offline poetry competitions

OUR TALES ARE HUMAN by Oluwatosin Faith kolawole

‘Speak the truth and spare the lies’

‘Speak the lies and spare the truth’

Whichever way, the truth can no longer be sieved from our lies

Nor the lies from our truths We are drenched in deceit!

The footprints that once led us faded away long ago Leaving us to unending calamities

That sets disputes between and within races

Giving rise to sore hatreds and killings without pity

Etch my name on the plastered wall of our hypocrisy

And let it rot there Our act sucks!

And our laws are swimming in the pool of confusion

Have we forgotten we were all raised from dusts?

Or we’ve been blindfolded by the indecipherability

Of what we call truths and lies?

We now live on scripts written by unspecified beings, Submitting our loyalty

Either black or white A tanned skin or not A Philippine or a Nigerian From the Africa continent or Asia;

Privileged or not, We remain in one planet, Earth. And classed as ‘Homo sapiens’!

Let xenophobia be buried in fear’s grave

And we’d engrave on her obituary, the words:

‘We are Homo sapiens; we are one’ ©TeeFaith

POETRY CORNER- ALUTA (STRUGGLES) WRITTEN BY UTHMAN AHMADU

Your eyes
rain of
watery pains,

anchored
in solitude
and counting
ungainful gains,

you are crying
for mother earth
to open its womb,
engulf your sorrows,
then it will slowly wane,

the roof
of your eyes
leaks
now your pupils
unable to dodge
the rain,

chew some stones,
sip alkaline,
may you
be fine

why the
natures atmosphere
use your tears
for wine,

your joy
now locked
in a vale of
unknown,

i can
see a lark
singing
in the edge
of a mahogany
of your own

when was the
last day
you remembered
the dictionary
contains a word
called fun,

why is
there fogs
around you
that burns?

How many
movies turn
out real?
Or is there
any woman
whose dreams
come to past?

If there is
are you,
must you,
will you be the last?

Let me wake
mother earth
with my incantations
and ask her why,

why this angelic
creature
always bid for
night to come
so she would die?

Anon,
God gives
and forgives

and the imperfect
men gets
and forgets

I’d Run (STILL ON XENOPHOBIA) BY ADEDAYO AGARAU- WINNER OF TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 2015

I’d Run

i.
When I got here,
air became fresher.

They’d call me to gather with them
Beneath the bones of dried trees
Under whose arm, the moon stare
at the ending moments of our daily toils.
They’d sing in foreign languages
I will dance in native steps
Trying to decipher the depth of their lines

They would call me to witness again
The savour of  their hale culture,
The carnival of topless virgins
Dancing in the river of puberty.
They’d laugh if I refuse to nail her back
On the dusty flesh of the naked soil
In the game of choice, they’d cheer if I shred
a strand of sweat.
I still would wonder who they were
But home will i call this, home.

ii.
I’d sit absentminded on the edge of thoughtless days
Playing indolent rhythms about writing home
Till i find comfort in their smiles–
The one that carved coated anguish on their faces.
I’d run back into their arms, longing
For the warmth from their horizon forgetting home
In this desert of cold waters.

iii.
But I’d remember home tonight
When the statesmen who promised me shelter
Chases my skull with diamond-tipped spears.
I’d run with fleeting feet to the walls built with fear
I’d run from the residual chaos, a sickness that falls
On the muscled ligaments of the home I found
Miles away from my native districts.
I’d remember I knew this place was strange
From the night my feet trod these streets.

I’d run from Xenophobia, tonight.

©tohquality

ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK – MR ABBEY AKINOSHUN- PROSPECTIVE PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE, GREENWICH & WOOLWICH

Our Role Model  for this week is Mr Abbey Akinoshun –  prospective parliamentary candidate for the Green Party (Greenwich and Woolwich)

Mr Abbey Akinoshun was also a  Nigeria Centenary Awards UK Winner as  one of 100 most outstanding Nigerians to have lived in the UK.

He is a great community ambassador and role model setting the pace for the future

MR ABBEY AKINOSHUN

My name is Abbey (Abideen) Akinoshun, and I have lived in the Royal Borough of Greenwich for over 15 years with my family.

As a result, I have a good insight into the problems confronting our community. My children attend a local school, where I used to serve as a school governor.

I have been consulting in Employment Law and Regulatory Services in Woolwich for the past five years. Up till three years ago, I worked as a Clinical Service Manager with one of the NHS Foundation Trusts in London.

In 2006 I was elected by the majority of the registered nurses in England to represent them, in the Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC], where I used my position and knowledge to influence major changes in the nursing profession and to improve quality of care to the wider public. Having spent over fourteen years in the NHS, I am fully aware of the stresses that the NHS is suffering from!

I also have a wealth of experience in politics, human rights, advocacy, race-relations, and community relations.

In short, I am a resident with a lot of experience, common sense and a passion to serve my local community.

Having been a Labour Party member for over 10 years, I left the party about 5 years ago because, sadly, I no longer saw it as a party to build a fairer society. I then joined the Green Party just over a year ago, because I saw a fast-growing political party which has a fully developed range of policies addressing social, economic and political issues in our society.

I am standing as your prospective candidate for the Green Party because I would like to have the opportunity to give a political voice to the thousands of ordinary citizens like me, living in the Borough of Greenwich.

“FLAMES OF THE FOREST” – A DEBUT POETRY COLLECTION BY EHIZOGIE IYEOMOAN – NOW AVAILABLE

About the Author Ehizogie Iyeomoan, born in Sapele, Delta State, Nigeria is a recently discovered golden seed of the Arts, from the African continent.

Ehizogie hails from Ewu and Ekpoma respectively, in Edo State of Nigeria. He attended King’s College, Lagos (08′ set) and was a onetime President of the King’s College Old Boys Association (KCOBA), University of Benin (UNIBEN) Chapter, Edo State of Nigeria (in 2014).

The graduate of Economics and Statistics of the University of Benin, Nigeria, is a poet, essayist, editor, motivational speaker, monochrome pencil artist, flutist and a tutor. The multi-talented and multi- award winning poet and writer who has won laurels in essays and poetry in Nigeria and across her borders, believes all men were born black.

Ehizogie’s poem, “We are Afrikans” won the silver prize for poetry in the Korea-Nigeria Poetry Festival, in 2014; “Fulani Boy” was also enlisted for the Castello Di Duino prize, in Italy (March 2015) and the masterpiece won the 1st Prize in the Korea-Nigeria Poetry Festival, also in March 2015; “Tonics of a Madman” was also enlisted for a prize in the Tokunbo Fernandez International Poetry Competition, set in the UK (March 2015); to mention but a few.

Three poems of his – Colourless things, Tonics of a madman and Wet Dreams, have been reviewed by Kalahari Reviews- Africa’s biggest literary reviewers. His works have graced the pages of some transnational and international anthologies, literary magazines and e-zines; literary websites, chapbooks and local Newspapers.

FLAMES OF THE FOREST published by THE PEDAGOGUES PUBLISHING is his debut poetry collection.

Please visit link to order your copy below

http://www.amazon.com/Flames-Forest-Ehizogi­e-Iyeomoan/dp/1511525568/ref=zg_bsnr_271622011_7

“AFTER A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM” (STILL ON XENOPHOBIA) BY GIFT AMUKOYO – ONE OF OUR YOUNG AFRICAN WRITERS

After a Long Walk to Freedom

Man’s inhumanity to man is a day to day trivial of everyday life; it comes with the flaws of every society and it can be in form of scarce hateful speeches or meagre mean actions. Contrarily, the spill of blood that runs in same veins is an extraordinary anarchy set loose in one house with diverse rooms, a barbaric atrocity unto one skin colour, all Africans; one continent is a clear case of mental derangement. With these massacre that has been on-going for days it’s shuddering to say Africa may never be able to unite and set the stool for greater developments.

With such upheaval in South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s words rings sound prophecy; ‘’There is no easy way to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain top of our desires’’ He added; to deny people their human rights is to challenge their humanity and for them to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others, So South Africans why? Our human compassion binds us to one another, not in pity or patronizingly but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common goals into hope for the future.

South Africans got independence but their mind, body and soul are still in chains, their will have been bandaged, dependent so much on a superior will. Their existence is so disillusioned, man was born free but in some ways he has been put in bondage. Africa, and South Africa needs to go through a deep mending, a fine furnace that heals the body and mind, looking at their situation, one can pathetically say they are losing it. South Africans need healing; I recommend a national guidance and counselling for the teenagers and youth. These people need liberation, the freedom to rule their world and existence. Their independence is a sorry excuse of monumental slavery.

When collective violence among youths springs up, yes youth, because the cutlasses are not being wielded by old frail men, the arson is not fuelled by the elders, but then most definitely there is a ring leader, and he is the elder that has instructed the youths to do such biddings. It can be in other forms of protest and rebellion as a response to a gap of expectations and achievement, but the youthful menace is so displaced and not justifiable at any length.

It is quite alarming and disheartening how youths are easily confused, steered towards the path of

violence ‘’Capital is like dead labour, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more it sucks.’’ Karl Marx. Is killing really triggered by majority black foreigners owning shops and gaining employments in a competitive labour market? The reason for this blood shed is highly preposterous. Did they for one fleeting second think that if they are killing such Africans it would not be retaliated by the affected nations? There has to be another explanation for this, it has to be something not of the ordinary, in the 21st century it is too absurd for one to capture stupidity of this magnitude to be perpetrated by right thinking people of the society.

At this point a line should be drawn between traditional rule and democracy, the harm that the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos have invoked; violence and suppressed hate is irrevocable, the difference here is the Oba’s wish came true therefore his thugs were stayed from throwing the perceived enemies of the statenon-indigenes into the lagoon. Now those are the traditional tiers, in terms of democracy what qualifies President Jacob Zuma ‘eldest son, Edward Zuma on his statement ‘’We need to be aware that as a country we are sitting on a ticking time bomb of them [foreigners] taking over the country’’ Edward added that ‘’I am not only talking about foreigners from African countries, I am talking about Asians and Europe as well. They are a real security threat to this country and the police can’t catch them because they can’t be traced because some of them do not have proper documentation’’ If the King can be excused base on an old man blabbing foolish monarchal superiority , should the same pass be given to Edward Zuma, a much younger educated, informed individual who more better string of thoughts and resolution is expected, one who is supposed to be the lighter to coming generations, to rewrite a more proudhistory of his time, but there he stated societal statistics void of sanity and intelligence in a budding South Africa has not healed, it is still licking its deep wound of an ugly past, Apartheid is a fresh picture they carry in their memory, guess what? Their descendants have to open books and read about the gruesome existence they helplessly endured for years, then after independence, they are so disillusioned to grab the meaning to life, the whole nation needs a psychologist every second to reitalize their self-respect too long overridden by their colonial superior, they sought to transfer their aggression on a levelled or those they see to be inferior in their environment.

To most South Africans, lynching, genocide, and arson are normal actions. According ‘AchilleMbembe in small talks with a South African driver, he asked him: ‘’why do they need to kill these ‘’foreigners’’ in this manner?’’. His response: ‘’because under Apartheid, fire was the only weaponwe Blacks had. We did not have ammunitions, guns, and their likes. With fire we could make petrol bombs and throw them at the enemy from a safe distance’’ Today there is no need to be as close as possible to their body which we set in flames or dissect, each blow opening a huge wound that can never be healed. Or if it is healed at all, it must leave on ‘’these foreigners’’ the kinds of scars thatcan never be erased’’ Succinctly put, South African scared need to be cleared off, If possible their history should be rewritten for the sakes of posterity. But with such stunned impossibility they are drowning from their ruined foundation, the continents must join hands and rebuild their capacity ofsound reasoning, instead of casting hate speech and dire retaliations, let’s show some love because they have been exposed to so much savagery, treated less human. South Africans wallow in disillusioned fantasy, we need to turn their bleak world into Africa’s tranquil sun rising, South Africa is in turmoil, Africa unite in love and understanding so that the shadows on their rubble would be infiltrated by mending lights. For the love of continent Africans arise in more care, only love and understanding can heal wounds and make scars fade internally.