ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK ,ABA GRAHAM FROM SIERRA LEONE – INSPIRATIONAL MOTIVATOR

An Inspirational Motivator and Cross-cultural Engagement Consultant.

Educating Services and Communities.

  • To develop a conscious mind about Equality and its impact.
  • About Safeguarding and Harmful practices such as FGM
  • Asset Mapping untapped potential
  • Women and girls advocate

History

Post Graduate in Crime and Criminal Justice, based in Stockport, works nationally. Spent over 25 years pressing for change.

Community advocator, I createengagement platforms to start a conversation about equality in practice. This includes ‘awareness raising events’, and educating people about the common good.

Director -Truth Be Told Production 2018

Director – Aspiring Boldly Associates CIC, Cross cultural Engagement.  2018

Founder – Nexus Equality Network 2012

Founder – Stockport Race Equality Partnership, 2017

Founder – Ebony and Ivory Community organisation 2009

Founding member and Vice – Mama Health and Poverty Partnership (MHaPP) 2018

Committee member – Migrant International Refugee Orchestra 2015

Volunteer Member – Filia 2018

Wellbeing Co-ordinator 2016

Equality advocate 25 years

 

Awards

Inspirational Award winner GM-BME Network 2013,

Finalist National Diversity Awards for Race 2018.

 

Featured

Manchester Evening News – Racial inequality is still a massive problem in Greater Manchester May 2017

Ch4 News Races Disparity Audit October 2017

Sky news – Will Meghan and Harry’s wedding change views on racism and diversity, May 2018

Community Researcher

Jam and Justice – Everyday Politics Manchester University December 2018

I Spent 10 years working within Her Majesty’s Prison Service as an Equality Manager, re-educating and pushing the Equality agenda so that prisoners were treated fairly. My work importantly creates a platform for those who are marginalized, or disadvantaged to aspire to do well.

Founder of Nexus a representative network bringing various organisations together in partnership to look at Equality in practice, in line with the ‘protected characteristics’ of the Equality Act 2010. The aim is to ensure that local people can express and resolve social inequality and injustice through dialogue and ideas. Those same obstacles gave me an opportunity to become an ‘everyday change maker’. I intend continue to add value to the integration discourse,particularly exploring the fragmentation of service provision for Refugee Communities, their Wellbeing, and the dichotomy of the integration agenda and its impact on lost identity.Specialise in all things equality, including Safeguarding the African perspective, Harmful practice, bespoke training, motivational speaking, Cross cultural Engagement etc.…..

Email aba-g@aspiringboldlyassociates.org

AB

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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