Monthly Archives: November 2018

“Reggae Music” from Jamaica makes UNESCO world heritage list

The UN’s cultural agency said reggae music has contributed to “international discourse on issues” such as injustice and resistance. Kingston has described the music tradition as “uniquely Jamaican.”

The United Nations’ cultural and scientific agency UNESCO on Thursday added reggae music to its list of global cultural treasures, saying its worldwide popularity “continues to act as a voice for all.”.

“Its contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, sociopolitical, sensual and spiritual,” UNESCO said.

 

Jamaica had pushed for the rich music tradition to be listed as “intangible cultural heritage,” and as such, deemed worthy of protection under UNESCO.

Ahead of the vote, Jamaican Culture Minister Olivia Grange said that her country pushed for reggae to be added to the prestigious list as a “uniquely Jamaican” musical tradition that has touched communities across the globe.

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FREE DJ CLASSES IN PECKHAM FOR FEMALES STARTS ON WEDNESDAY THE 12TH OF DECEMBER

FREE DJ Classes in Peckham Levels extended to all 18+ also now! New start date Weds 12DEC!!!! Visit to The Shard included.

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THE AMAZING DR ABBEY AKINOSHUN WINS CA ICON RECOGNITION AWARD IN LONDON

Icon Recognition Award

A massive thanks to the CA award team and C.Hub magazine for presenting me with an Icon Recognition Award for my advocacy and charitable work in the community. I’m truly humbled by the recognition.

The CA awards is a prestigious award by C.Hub magazine, which recognizes and celebrates excellence in creativity, leadership and enterprise

WRITTEN BY DR ABBEY AKINOSHUN

 

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OUR NEW BOOKLET ON THE JOURNEY OF OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS AT THE UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT NOW AVAILABLE

OUR NEW BOOKLET ON THE JOURNEY OF OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS AT THE UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE UK MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT IS NOW AVAILABLE, TO ADVERTISE IN OUR NEXT EDITION, CONTACT ME TODAY ON +447882809005 (COMPETITIVE PRICES, LIMITED SPACES )

Dear Family and Friends,

It was a profound pleasure to organize The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for the Sixth year in a row in conjunction with The UK Minister for Employment – MP Alok Sharma , this year.s event was also co-sponsored by MP Helen Grant
As part of our journey in organizing THE BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS AT THE UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE 6TH YEAR IN A ROW, We have now launched out latest product – AN OFFICIAL BOOKLET that highlights the journey of organizing The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for many years
In the booklet, there is also a story on how the whole journey started from the gift of a split second and how important it is to maximize opportunities, especially when we find ourselves at the right place at the right time.

We were delighted to launch this new product on Friday the 26th of October 2018 and all our invited guests were given a copy
Copies of the booklet were also distributed a week later at THE FIRST EVER AFRO BLOGGERS INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION, BERLIN, GERMANY INSPIRED BY Samson Itodo (where I was one of the guest speakers)

More copies will be distributed here in The UK, The USA, Nigeria and many other regions worldwide.

We will also be distributing copies to some Schools and libraries in The UK, to create more awareness in promoting the campaign of the importance of telling our story, promoting our history and being the change that we want to see in society
SPECIAL THANKS TO Dark Zac FOR THE ARTWORK OF THIS PRODUCT,

We are currently working on the 2019 Edition of the Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament, limited advertising spaces are now available for the 2019 Edition at competitive prices, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADVERTISE IN THE 2019 EDITION, CONTACT ME TODAY ON +447882809005

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HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT INDEPENDENT TELEVISION & RADIO STATION, BENIN CITY, NIGERIA

On 27th March, 1997 when Independent Television started transmission of programmes on Channel 22 with its slogan – Certainly the Best, the station radically changed the horizon of broadcasting in its coverage area, ITV came with a new vision to expand the frontiers of broadcasting in the new millennium. The zeal of the founding Father, Sir, Chief Dr. Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom, who after a careful study of the broadcast industry yearned for an enhancement of the choice available to viewers to a level comparable to what obtains in developed countries. Chief Igbinedion’s dream culminated in the approval and subsequent presentation of a license by the former Head of State General Ibrahim Babangida on 26th June 1993, at the Ladi Kwali Hall of Sheraton Hotels and Towers Abuja. It goes down in history that IBW Enterprises, the parent body of Independent Television was the first private owned broadcasting station in Nigeria to receive a private license No. 001 on that memorable day.

Having obtained the franchise, Sir Chief, Dr. Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom went straight to work by rendering standard skeletal services under the umbrella of Independent Television Network (ITN), and a Cable outfit. Even as the viewers warmly embraced ITN in 1995 plans were intensified for the birth of a full fledged Independent Television, which resulted in the siting of the station at Iguosa because of the high altitude of the location. A 1000 feet Mast was erected by ALLAN DICK, a reputable firm based in London. An Italian company TECHNO SYSTEM, with its team of highly qualified Engineers, delivered and installed Independent Television a pair of its best Transmitters of Ten Kilowatts Capacity, transmitting on Channel 22 UHF. Independent Television who commenced full transmission on the 27th March, 1997 waxed stronger with fans growing in leaps and bounds by the day.

On the 1st of September 1997 the Management and Staff paid courtesy visits to the Benin Monarch, Omo ‘N’ Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Erediawa. The Royal Father lauded the station and enjoined members to keep the flag flying. Also the then Edo Military Administrator Group Captain Baba Adamu Iyam played host to the Management and staff of Independent Television.

To further satisfy viewer’s insatiable desire, the Investor/Proprietor of ITN, Benin City, Nigeria, Chief Igbinedion saw the need for a complementary Radio Channel, with the establishment of Independent Radio on 92.3 Mega Hertz FM. The Radio arm, which came to life on the 10th September 1998, was christened the ‘Heart Beat Station’, by its owner.

The Independent Radio was inaugurated by the Oba of Benin, Omo ‘N’ Oba Nedo, Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Erediawa on Saturday 7th November 1998 urging the Station’s operators to carry out their objectives with the same zeal for the running of Independent Television.

The ceremony was attended by the State Governors, Federal Ministers and Diplomats as well as traditional rulers from other States of the Federation. It was a ceremony that will remain in minds of the audience.

Nigeria’s Broadcasting Code is the compass that directs the affairs of Independent Television and Radio under the supervision of the National Broadcasting Commission NBC.

The Commission also approved Channel 42 UHF for Independent Television to transmit its programmes in the Federal Capital Territory. The license was presented to the investor, the Esama of Benin Kingdom on 17th of December 1999.

ITV Abuja started transmission on 1st September, 2007. At inception, Independent Television was a contributor to Cable News Network CNN and other popular international broadcast Stations.

Recently, Independent Television/Radio attained another milestone when it was granted license for Digital Satellite broadcasting in December 2009, to enable the Station to beam its television programmes to viewers around the world.

This preceded the acquisition of State of the Art digital ultra high-tech virtual studios equipment including high definition cameras, teleprompters, virtual studio components, complete digital studio lightening systems and digital sound console.

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Kweku Adoboli Saga: The British Life, the World of Investment Banking and the idea of hostile environment for non-Brits. The perspective of an African Brit.- written by Julius Paddy

Convicted of Bank fraud, imprisoned and released, 38-year-old Kweku Adoboli was finally deported from Britain, a country he has lived in for 26 years, to Ghana, a country he last lived in when he was 4 years old. This ends a long-protracted appeal process to allow him to remain and continue living in the UK which is basically his home. He was in boarding school at Ackworth where he was a head boy, graduated at the University of Nottingham and ended up working at arguably the financial capital of Europe, central London. I would certainly contend that it doesn’t get any more British than that. In
the least,

I can say that this is not the life story of your typical Ghanaian young man.
Different people have different perspectives on him as an individual and they are entitled to their opinions. I do see this case from multiple perspectives, having spoken to several young people in Britain of African background, just like Kweku. Some say he is a scapegoat for the racist deportation policies in the UK. I do not think that anyone would argue that the colour of a person’s skin has no bearing on the immigration policy of Britain after we all saw what happened with the Windrush scandal. Others have also contended that he was the perfect scapegoat to throw in jail as a sign that the UK was willing to crackdown on fraudulent bankers especially after the 2008 financial collapse
which banks played a major role in. I use the word scapegoat because the banks that needed bailouts like RBS were savings banks unlike UBS which was at least at that time an investment bank.

Kweku did not siphon money for himself, he did however recklessly trade in an effort to make money for the Bank. In other words, UBS is a bank which ordinary folks do not even access to and the same practises by Kweku that lost the bank $2billion led them to eventually record an overall profit of over $3billion that same year. We therefore need to disabuse our minds off the fact that Adoboli defrauded taxpayers of the UK and he was rogue. He was not alone in this practise and UK taxpayer bore no responsibility for the money that he lost. It is largely agreed by almost everyone though that he is in
several ways, the architect of his own misfortune either advertent or inadvertently.
As a Ghanaian Brit around the same age as Kweku, my question has always been, what kind of friendship inner circle he had before his issue arose? Did he communicate with Ghanaians in Britain?
I can confidently say that many Ghanaians in Britain as soon as they are eligible for British citizenship will not hesitate to apply for it. They will do it even if they do not “feel British”. Citizenship is viewed by different people through different prisms although the ultimate aim is unfettered access to the UK. For some, it’s a feeling of national pride to be British, for others, it’s the security of being able to travel to and from the UK as they please. Yes, citizenship can be applied for, for convenience or even transactional reasons. I have no doubt that if he had Ghanaian friends in his social circle in Britain, he would have definitely been advised to apply and get a British passport when he was 18 at least for that security. As an Africans who is very familiar with the idea of “hostile environment” which is proudly proclaimed by Theresa May anytime she gleefully talks about borders,
I am reminded that, being British is not a lived cultural experience, as it should be. “Britishness” for us is either through blood or through an allegiance to the queen through naturalisation and it was incredibly naïve of Kweku, a Ghanaian, not to have recognised this reality. Ask any black person who was born and bred in Britain how many times they have encountered the question, “Where are you really from?”, I guarantee you that the white person asking this question is not expecting the answer
to be London. They ask, because subconsciously, they do not see you as equally British as they are.
This is why Kweku should have known that the only way to guarantee “Britishness” is by
naturalisation and even that, does not insulate you from the fact that many will always see him as a foreigner anyway. My point, Kweku saying that he feels British does not resonate with the right wing white Brits which the Home Office is desperately trying to please. Do you think that this statement is implying racism? Yes it is. Just go to the detention centre and tell me how many people there that are not people of colour.

Let us turn our attention to finance because this is where the story is. But before that, it is important to get some perspective before jumping on to lynch Kweku. Royal Bank of Scotland that actually has chequing accounts of ordinary workers had to be given tax payers money of £45.5 billion as a bailout.
It appears that the government will not get the money back according to the current chair of UBS, Sir Howard Davis. Interestingly enough, no one was arrested for causing financial loss to the state (that literally happened). UK taxpayers had to take a hit for this. Another interesting issue is LIBOR scandal which was basically the manipulation of interbank lending rates by a host of global financial institutions. These banks that does include UBS by the way have been implicated in manipulating interest rates for profit starting as far back as 2003 according to the council of foreign relations.
Again, no one was in jail for this heist. Before I start addressing Kweku Adoboli, how about HSBC knowingly laundering money for terrorists and drug cartels? Guess who was convicted. That’s right, no one.
Now that we have a fair idea of what multinational banks have been doing, let us turn our attention to Kweku Adoboli. No one is saying that this was not a crime, it clearly was and perhaps he deserves the jail time he got. But one of the things I noticed was how he was plastered all over the newspapers in UK in 2011 as some poster boy for out of control banking mal-practises in the UK. This is why I used the word “scapegoat”, Kweku did not siphon money to a private personal account, he did not pay himself a golden parachute, he did not launder money for terrorists or drug cartels, he did not manipulate interest rates and did not cause financial loss to the UK government. Other UK bankers
who were never prosecuted however did. As in Investment Banking, trading of commodities and currencies can obviously go wrong which is why he should have insured his bets. But then, what no one is willing to talk about is the reward associated with high risk (uninsured) betting in the financial markets. That is the modus operandi of these banks although that does not seem juicy for the corporate press of the UK as long as they have this none British Ghana guy they can crucify in public.
One of my questions has always been why investigators never scrutinised the practises of the entire UBS bank rather than just hauling two low level managers to court (Kweku Adoboli and Ron Greenidge both black men). Ron Greenidge was cleared and Kweku basically became the “rogue” trader. I guess they had to use the word rogue to sort of send a subliminal message that it is just the action of one individual rather than the modus operandi of the bank. Accused of not being apologetic by the judge when Kweku maintained that this was standard operating procedure in the trading world,
Kweku was convicted and sentenced. UBS did however make a profit that year despite Kweku losing $2billion. I guess his “rogue” behaviour barely hurt them.
Now, Kweku was deported a few days ago to Ghana as he never applied for a British passport. I remember when he came out of prison and stated that he wanted to help clean the banking industry.
My first reaction as an African was, “You are not even British, what makes you think you can clean up the mess at Central London”. As admirable as these aims are, Kweku and the people around him fundamentally misunderstand how things work in UK. Newsflash, the Financial institutions have become incredibly powerful and easily sway government decisions.

This is the reason why HSBC still operates despite laundering money for terrorists. This is also the reason why no high level manager went to jail at UBS. Does he really believe regulators do not know about money laundering and illegal trading practises in central London?. May be its unrelated but I think his idea of wanting to take on the banks were always going to hurt him than rather help him. The results, 130 MPs support him
remaining in the UK but the wheel him to Ghana like a common criminal anyway. The banks want to continue raking in profits and the last thing they want is a former insider with the passion to take them on.

These are the practises that have made them powerful. Kweku failed to recognise that
What do I think of the various schools of thoughts when it comes to the last 7 years of Mr Adoboli’s nightmare? Well, I am sure he will easily get a very decent banking job in Ghana. Was he made to be the fall guy for the bad reputation of British Banks? yes, without a doubt. Was the idea of a hostile environment for people like him so that he would feel uncomfortable in the UK racist? Obviously, it is.

Again, anyone can go to that detention centre and count the number of people there that look Caucasian. Did he make a massive mistake not applying to be British after his education? Clearly because he could not have been deported if he did. Finally, why is he being deported when he is clearly no danger to anyone? Two reasons, the Home Office is appealing to a right wing base by removing as many people as possible, mostly none-white and of course there is this little issue of him being a former banking insider

This is an epitome of the power of the big Financial institutions and what they can get away with as much as it is, the naïveté of an African young who had the privilege of getting a great education and life in the UK only to lose it all after trying to make money for the Bank he worked for. Loose taxpayers money and there is no consequence like RBS, fund terrorist or drug cartels and you will just be fined a fraction of your profits like HSBC, fix international interest rates and all you receive is afine. However, dare to lose Banks money through a risky bet and you will be undone just like Adoboli
was. Plastered in the newspapers, painted as the worst thing that happened to Britain and removed from the country you culturally identify with.
My advice to all Africans in Britain, if you are eligible for naturalisation, advise yourself. With Adoboli, they have an excuse, with Hilary Ineomo-Marcus another person who grew up in Britain being considered for deportation, they have another excuse. I will not put it past the Home Office to start removing none citizens for parking fines and traffic violations. Citizenship is the only way you guarantee that you do not get removed. My teacher in Ghana once said, “A word to the wise , …..”

WRITTEN BY Julius Paddy: Political Junky and a cultural critic. Interests in Pan- Africanism and socio-economic realities.

 

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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, CHINELO NTAGU – PROJECT MANAGER , ENTREPRENEUR AND BLOGGER

 

Chinelo Ntagu is a Project Manager, an Entrepreneur, and Blogger who helps professionals and creative start-ups build an audience and attain more paying customers online.

Before starting writing or blogging, Chinelo spent 4 year as a Project officer and Sales Executive for pharmaceutical and IT companies in Nigeria. After a successful career helping the project management and sales team, Chinelo now offers a platform for innovative entrepreneurs to market their products and services and writes distinctive and research-driven contents on business, travel experiences and health issues.

Chinelo enjoys trying new adventures (sky diving or mountain climbing)

Chinelo’s available for marketing and writing, as well as private consultations. You can reach Chinelo at chinexynext@gmail.com

She also owns an online store, selling a range of items for men, women and children as well as super food products for good health,  it is also a platform that promotes African creativity , therefore producers of African attires and accessories are welcome to join the platform by sending an email to purchase@ogalady.com   

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Chinelo also manages Ogalady Blog

Ogalady blog is a platform that talks about the creative nature of the young African mind and the innovative adventure that lies within every child. The focus is on business opportunities and good health. I also use my blog to provide donations to the children in orphange homes in Africa.

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CHIGBO UZOKWELU WINS AN AWARD FOR HIS PROFOUND SERVICE TO THE IGBO COMMUNITY IN THE UK

Chigbo Uzokwelu on the 17th of November 2018 was given a special award for his extraordinary and exemplary service to the Igbo community in the United Kingdom and also for propagating the advancement of the Igbo cultural heritage and norms all over the world.

He is an European citizen with Danish nationality as well as a Nigerian citizen of Igbo ethnicity. He is an accomplished gentleman, extremely polished and urbane, widely and vastly travelled, he has lived in several parts of Africa, Denmark, Sweden and presently in the United Kingdom.

A firm believer and advocate of Igbo emancipation, Chigbo founded the Igbo Union in Denmark and was also instrumental to founding Ndigbo Reading Association in the United Kingdom.

He trained as an attorney in Nigeria and was called to the Nigerian Bar as a solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court. He later migrated to Denmark in the mid-90s and did his Master’s degree in IT, with expertise on Electronic business.

He has worked in several world-class multinationals including DONG Energy, Microsoft, Rainmaker and Verizon. His best is outstanding and his second best is still legendary. He believes that determination is the key to success and whenever he assigns himself to a given task, he persists until he prevails.

Chigbo is not only an entrepreneur; he is also a veritable advocate of youth empowerment. At the moment he has several projects that occupy his time. One of them is the Maribo Foundation which is a non-profit organization that has been set up to promote the interests and well-being of the needy especially the youths in the ECOWAS sub-region of West Africa.

Maribo foundation strives to achieve this by donating books to schools and public libraries in target areas. Informed children tend to become better adults and may somehow be able to challenge themselves into assuming control of their lives and environments. Toys are also distributed to orphanages. To work effectively, Maribo Foundation relies on donations. Every donation counts, as no donation is too small. The donations go a long way to assist Maribo Foundation in achieving its objectives.

Chigbo Uzokwelu also runs a Wealth creation forum using the functionality of WhatsApp connectivity. The wealth creation forum is a dynamic platform where a group of dedicated professionals converge online from all over the world to brainstorm on and formulate strategies for wealth creation and sustainable development of Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.

Thus the forum provides advisory assistance to those setting up small scale and medium scale enterprises in order to promote job creation and fuel economic growth. The group also utilizes the knowledge generated to educate government functionaries to make better policies.

The forum considers a given topic and explores how it can lead to prosperity, marshaling points for and against. It also explores a given small scale enterprise and finds plausible ways it can be used to achieve critical mass employment.

Chigbo is a stakeholder and one of the founders of Igbo Ekunie Initiative which is a non-profit socio cultural association focused on making extraordinary achievements which was formed by

several proficient Igbo professionals from both Nigeria and the Diaspora who believe that it is time for the Igbo Nation to rise again in prosperity and enterprise using our human and material resources for the common purpose of bringing long overdue development, due recognition, due respect, and much needed unity to Igbo land.

Igbo Ekunie Initiative is strictly non-partisan and exists to foster the spirit of brotherhood and co-operation and promote greater networking, economic prosperity, and cultural heritage among the Igbo people all over the whole world.

Chigbo holds the traditional titles of Ebubedike 1 of Igboland, Eze Omenibo of Anaocha and the Rt Hon. Lord Chiggi of Maribo.

Chigbo Uzokwelu is married with children and can be reached on +447918790290

Chigbo@gmail.com

 

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“HEAR ME TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & GIRLS” CAMPAIGN TAKES PLACE IN BERLIN

#HearMeToo Take Action to END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS. On this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November), we honor and amplify the voices of survivors and grassroots activists who have broken their silence, and we aim to support those whose voices are still not being heard. Under the theme “Orange the World: #HearMeToo,” UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka issues a call to listen to and believe survivors, to end the culture of silencing and to put survivors at the center of our responses…

DATE Sunday, 25 November 2018 from 11:00-14:00 UTC+01

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

Hosted by No To FGM & Child Marriage. Yes To Education For Girls.

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