ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK – NKECHI UGOCHUKWU, FOUNDER OF CENTER FOR GIRL CHILD RESEARCH

Nkechi Ugochukwu was born in May 19th, 1993 at Osina Community Hospital, Ideato North Local Government Area, Imo State. She is the second child of Mr and Mrs Emmanuel Ugochukwu from Eziokwu Ozuakoli Urualla in Ideato North Local Government. Urualla is one of the rural communities in the state in which its inhabitants specializes mostly in Agriculture and Small Scale businesses.
As a young girl, Nkechi was born with a physical leg condition caused by lack of vitamin D which brought series of psychological abuses and rejections from peers, family members and teachers who called her ugly and told her she will not be getting married. These abuses led to her suffering of  severe low self esteem and lack of self confidence.
 “Based on the saying that every disappointment is a blessing in disguise”, Nkechi buried her time in reading. Books and movies became her best friends and with the knowledge acquired, she conquered low self esteem by confronting the circumstances that tends to pull her down.
 At 19, she tried running an NGO that aims to help young girls overcome low self esteem, it failed due to lack of leadership qualities. Two years later, she cofounded an organization called Mind Miners Initiative into motivating young girls to become whom they really want to be. She has worked as volunteer in different local and international organizations where she focused on helping communities and individuals become the best part of them.
As a passionate girl child advocate with the goal of becoming an international girl child advocate and research consultant, Nkechi founded Center For Girl Child Research And Advocacy where she focuses on helping individuals and organizations working around gender by providing appropriate verifiable qualitative and quantitative data and also help to develop effective intervention strategies on these issues. This is aimed at eradicating gender harmful practices and abuse globally.
She hope to continue her work as a community developer with a focus on women and Girls.
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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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