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




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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