Born in Nigeria, from Amauzari Okwuosu in Imo State, Councillor Victoria Obaze is a leader who believes Jim Rohn’s assertion that “the objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well, and to help those who are doing well to do even better.”

Cllr Obaze attended West London College where she studied Business Administration.  She sees quality education as the beacon of human existence and with this in mind went on to Metropolitan University where she obtained a degree in Community Sector Management.

She didn’t stop there, but went on to get certification in childcare and to subsequently run a registered charitable childcare centre named Vicharles Play Centre.

Cllr Victoria Obaze is a mother of four with two grand Children, who would attribute her success in life to her late husband Chief Evangelist Charles Obaze, from Ogbaru Attani in Anambra State Nigeria.

She is the first daughter in a family of eight children. The Mbano-born-UK politician holds unto the philosophy of her mum that says “a successful woman must be a good girl to guarantee her being a good role model”; this philosophy is always been present in her conduct and actions.

For Cllr Obaze life is all about service to humanity with diligence.  This has been illustrated in numerous ways.  Initially it led her to open a project named Healthy Life Style for Stepney Women, East London. This project was funded by the local authority through Ocean African Caribbean Association which she and her late husband co-founded.

Following on from that sheestablished Ocean Saturday School; aimed at ensuring school attainment for children, as well as Ocean Football Club; through which young boys were able to have residential football experiences with Chelsea football Club.  She also habitually visits the elderly and physically challenged in the community.

Above all, Cllr Victoria Obaze loves God with a passion.  She was a warden, a side person, and a member of Parochial Church Council (PCC), as well as an Executive Council member at St Dunstan’s Church of England Parish in Stepney.   She is also a Secondary School governor in Tower Hamlets.

Cllr Obaze’s political experience started when she was elected as one of the board of directors to oversee the regeneration of her area, the Ocean Estate, in the 1980s. The move motivated her to get into politics, having noticed that there were no black women in the council chambers.

Cllr Obaze put forward her name to be elected as a Councillor in 2010. She was unsuccessful on that occasion by about 100 votes, however this did not discourage her, and in 2014 and 2016, she contested again, but once again lost.  Still refusing to be discouraged she continued to work with everyone and her persistence eventually paid off.  In 2018, she was declared a councillor for Whitechapel Ward.

Cllr Victoria Obaze has lived in the Borough for over 30 years and is being celebrated in making history as the first black female Civic Mayor of the Borough.



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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