PAN AFRICANIST LEADER OF THE YEAR 2021 – LINDA JOHNSON BASED IN HUDDERSFILED

PERSONAL BIO

Linda comes from a family of community leadership in Huddersfield her father was
one of the first black magistrates and business owners of Silver Sands/Cleopatra’s
nightclub aka “Venn Street” in the 1970 & 80’s in Huddersfield. Business and
community are her blood.


She spent 18 years working in the criminal justice system and the first woman to
be chair of the National Black Police Association 2009. Linda held a portfolio
around, gun & knife crime, stop and search and advocated not only for serving
black police officers but also the community at ministerial level post MacPherson.

She is an experienced and qualified trainer delivering training internationally on
black history, leadership, diversity, advocacy and safeguarding.
She is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs SSE 2017 and has an active
social enterprise Young Gifted & Black Enterprises which offers training,
workshops, event management and education for the benefit of the black
community.


She has worked in many public sector roles and currently holds portfolios around
Housing, Employment, children & young people and health and wellbeing.
She has been recognised her public roles and community activities to name a few
– Outstanding contribution to vulnerable victims of crime
– NBPA best community engagement programme Natural born Leaders for 3
consecutive years 2006-2009.
– Awarded for outstanding contribution to effective change in housing sector
– Shortlisted for European Diversity Award 2021 for best community project
Iroko

Linda was the founding Director and education lead for Young Gifted & black
supplementary school a montly Saturday school for children from the African &
Caribbean community teaching STEAM subjects and black history based at the
University of Huddersfield.

YGB does not accept any formal funding or grants and as such can remain authentic and genuine in the focus on the progression of black children.
That said most importantly Linda is the mother of two gifted black children who
has the battle scars from fighting the system to ensure they are the best that they
can be.
She describes herself as a Pan Africanist activist and self determination in the
community and calls upon the wisdom of our great ancestors like John Henrik
Clarke historian and educator who said, “We have been educated into believing someone else’s concept of the deity, and someone else’s standard of beauty. You have the right to practice any religion and politics in a way that best suits your freedom, your dignity, and your understanding. And once you do that, you don’t apologize”

Linda believes that education, unity, empowerment and black on black solutions are the
only way we can move forward as a people.

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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