ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, HON OLIVIA BOLAH JOSEPH – LAWYER, AUTHOR & PEACE ADVOCATE

Olivia Bolah Joseph-Aluko is an inspirational writer, speaker who has contributed to a few academic journals and written a few articles in local magazines and blogs.

An author, and a grassroots social justice advocate and lawyer, with a background knowledge and experience of Migration and Ethnic Minority, Studies.
Born in Islington, North London to Professor and Mrs Olajide Aluko, Olivia returned with her parents to Nigeria where she completed her education and graduated with an LLB in law.
Following this, she, later on, returned to the UK where she continued to pursue her career in a supporting role within the justice sector. Owing to her interest in Ethnic Minorities related studies, Olivia obtained an admission at the Queen’s Mary University London, where she got her Masters in Migration and Law.
Olivia whose birth name is ‘Mobolanle’-(Bola) oscillates between writing and academia/community participation which is no doubt surprising.

Olivia is building on the family tradition of writing and advocacy considering that her father, the late, Professor Olajide Aluko, was an accomplished writer, and the first professor of international relations in the whole of Sub-Saharan, Africa.
Olivia is involved in the work of her community and had continued to work tirelessly within the Black and Minority Ethnic(BME) communities to empower and motivate her people within her community to reduce conflicts and work towards one goal as ‘Africans.

Olivia is very passionate about the Black African community and plays a very active role in encouraging the integration of the members of the community through dialogue and other proactive engagements.

To this extent, she published two articles on ‘smacking, and the law’ had observed that some African parents have had their children taken away by social services without understanding why. The articles published increased the awareness of parents about w, to inform African parents about unacceptable practices in disciplining children.
Olivia is a spokesperson for the rights of migrants and refugees and has spoken movingly
about balancing the human security of migrants and National security which has been aired on TV and radio. Olivia was selected as one of the panel speakers at the recently concluded conference for the 4 th Diaspora International Conference organised by Sudan Knowledge entitled ;Together with the world better’ in July 2017. Olivia emphasised the need for ‘Africans’ not to make a ‘pity party’ around what Europe did to Africa, but rather work towards the goal of sustainable development. Olivia has been invited to present her paper at another conference by the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit(UJI) with the Sudan Knowledge at Geneva, Switzerland in April 2018. The title of her paper is Migration and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agenda, has now been published in one of the journal volumes of ‘Sudan Knowledge.’

Olivia is the Founder of two companies, REOPASS Family Navigators Ltd, a Not for Profit
organisation that exists to support families going through separation and divorce and
Reinvent Africans Diaspora Network Ltd, personal development and training consultancy outfit for the empowerment of individuals who want to learn how to become a nation builder.

Olivia is also a Non-Executive Director of the Nous organisation, an outfit that
campaigns against the negative mental health stereotypes among the Black Asian and
Minority Ethnic groups(BAME). Olivia is also the company secretary of Alphatech Energy, a company that provides solar energy to international organisations in Africa.
Likewise, she is the vice chair of the African Security Forum, an organisation that works
collaboratively for peace and security in Africa. After years of incubation, Olivia released
her first book, Africans in the UK, Migration, Integration and Significance in 2016, which she sold and distributed within the community. She is currently working on the second edition of the book titled Migration, Integration and Sustainability and she hopes to make this particular edition available to a broader audience. Olivia is an active member of the Amnesty International UK.

Olivia is also a labour activist and is an active member of her local labour party. She is currently broadening her knowledge about refugees, and she has just completed the intermediate level of the Refugees Rebuilder course under the Initiatives of Change UK. Olivia is an avid lover of jazz music, who enjoys a moderate level of serenity.
Her favourite quote is “Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also
becomes more productive and happier
Campaign and Publicity
 Lobbying local authorities to provide housing for the homeless.
 Making parliamentary representations on behalf of vulnerable migrants
 As part of the Nous organisation team, regularly organise an open mic session across
designated Boroughs to raise awareness about mental health.
 ‘Participated in the social media campaign under the hashtag ‘Bring back our girls’
following the abduction of over 200 girls in 2014 in a Secondary School in Nigeria.
 Joined for demonstration at the Chatham House in London against the oppressive
government of the Nigerian government in 2015 demanding an end to corruption
and allowing a new political party to take over.
 Participated in the ‘justalittle’ sleep out the night to raise funds for the Internally
displaced people in the Borno Camp of Nigeria.
 Signed petitions and attended demonstrations organised by the Amnesty
International UK, and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants to call for
people to take action and change policy for migrants and refugees.
 Regularly takes part in door to door canvassing for the Labour Party in preparation
for the next general election in 2019.
 Took part in a door to door campaigning for labour party during the June 8, 2017,
election.

 

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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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