Monthly Archives: April 2022

AN AMAZING “FASTING FRIDAY” FOR MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS IN THE CITY OF BRADFORD

Friday the 15th of April 2022 was a very historic day in The City of Bradford as Bradford for Better Organization, Bradford Foundation Trust and The City of Culture 2025 team organized FASTING FRIDAY.

Fasting Friday was aimed at connecting cultures through faith. It brought hundreds of Muslims and Christians together to not only celebrate in harmony, but also to break the fast of Ramadan and Lent.

Hundreds and hundreds of Bradfordians gathered at historic City Park at the City Centre on a memorable evening which showcased the rich culture, diversity and the unassuming depth of a very special vicinity, bidding for The City of Culture in 2025.

Very many high profile dignitaries attended the event including The Vice Chancellor of The University of Bradford- Shirley Congdon, Professor Uduak Archibong, The Director of the Centre of Inclusion and Diversity at The University of Bradford, Members of Parliament in Bradford, Religious Leaders from various faith, community leaders, community groups and people from diverse background.

Dr Sohail Ahmed who is The Chair of Bradford for Better organization and one of the Co- organizers for Fasting Friday believes that there is so much to come with regards to bridging communities in the Bradford vicinity.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE INITIATIVES FROM BRADFORD FOR BETTER

#bradford2025 #bradford4better #fastingfriday #cityofculture #bradfordbid

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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK – BARRISTER GEORGE BADEJO- ADEGBENGA BASED IN HUDDERSFIELD

George Badejo-Adegbenga, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MIM Finance Company and
Loans 2 Go Limited (Nigeria)


George Badejo-Adegbenga was born in Nigeria West Africa. He grew up in Lagos and Ogun State where he completed his elementary and secondary education. George went on to study accounting at an
institution in Nigeria but instead of pursuing a career in accounting, he decided to pursue his childhood
dream of becoming a lawyer. His dream was realised when he relocated to the UK and enrolled to study
law whilst working as a credit management professional.


George qualified as a Barrister of England and Wales in 2009 and is currently the Chief Legal Counsel of Loans 2 Go Limited (UK) and the founder of several firms in the UK and Nigeria (e.g., MIM Finance
Company Limited (Nigeria), Loans 2 Go Limited (Nigeria) and Ethica Resolve Limited (UK). George is
blessed with four beautiful daughters and happily married. As a lawyer and entrepreneur, George
particularly enjoys mentoring aspiring Africans wanting to start up a business or excel as an employee
within their organisation.


In George’s spare time, he provides pro bono services to many people and enjoys every moment
because he strongly believes it’s his little way of giving back to his community.


Amongst his numerous academic achievements, George holds a Master of Law degree (LLM) from BBP University College London and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Oxford.


George is undoubtedly one of the most well-rounded and versatile African lawyer and entrepreneur
within the FinTech space.

DAVID OWUMI WILL BE ONE OF THE AWARD RECIPIENTS AT THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS IN WEST YORKSHIRE

The Africa4u Awards for Africans and Caribbeans in West Yorkshire has now been confirmed.

The event shall take place on Friday the 6th of May at The City Library in Bradford at 6pm on the dot .  We are passionate about celebrating the success stories of African and Caribbean achievers in Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield, Halifax and surrounding areas. 

We will have some amazing speakers in the day living in different parts of West Yorkshire.

We will also be giving out Award certificates to some amazing African and Caribbean achievers living in West Yorkshire for their great work in various communities.

Come and be part of an amazing evening of Award recognitions, Motivational talks, networking and light refreshments .

CONGRATULATIONS IN ADVANCE TO MR DAVID OWUMI – A PROSPECTIVE PHD RESEARCHER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD -HE WILL BE AN AWARD RECIPIENTS AT THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS AND CARIBBEANS IN WEST YORKSHIRE TAKING PLACE AT THE CITY LIBRARY IN BRADFORD ON THE 6TH OF MAY

David Owumi is an inclusive development advocate whose interests crisscross between entrepreneurship and sustainable [inclusive] development. He is a prospective PhD researcher of Inclusion & Circular Economy at the prestigious University of Bradford, where he also bagged a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development with awards of academic excellence. 

Currently, David serves as Business Account Manager for Unseen UK, a charity working with businesses and the government to end modern slavery in the UK. David also worked as Sustainable Development Research Intern at the Bradford Council and founded the Bradford CleanUp Initiative and the Bradford Entrepreneurship Club.

David founder of Africa’s first inclusion research institute, SALT HOUSE—Institute for Inclusive Governance and Sustainable Development in Nigeria. His mission is to ensure NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND. Through service and entrepreneurship, He is living up to that potential with a demonstrated history of working in civic & social organisations.

#bradford2025 #universityofbradford #bradfordaward #community #cohesion #youth #inclusion

DIONNE EDWARDS WILL BE ONE OF THE AWARD RECIPIENTS AT THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS IN WEST YORKSHIRE

The Africa4u Awards for Africans and Caribbeans in West Yorkshire has now been confirmed.

The event shall take place on Friday the 6th of May at The City Library in Bradford at 6pm on the dot .  We are passionate about celebrating the success stories of African and Caribbean achievers in Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield, Halifax and surrounding areas. 

We will have some amazing speakers in the day living in different parts of West Yorkshire.

We will also be giving out Award certificates to some amazing African and Caribbean achievers living in West Yorkshire for their great work in various communities.

Come and be part of an amazing evening of Award recognitions, Motivational talks, networking and light refreshments .

CONGRATULATIONS IN ADVANCE TO DIONNE EDWARDS BASED IN LEEDS -SHE WILL BE AN AWARD RECIPIENTS AT THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS AND CARIBBEANS IN WEST YORKSHIRE TAKING PLACE AT THE CITY LIBRARY IN BRADFORD ON THE 6TH OF MAY

Born in Leeds, Dionne Edwards grew up within an artistic family. Her brother Donald Edwards is one of the founding member of Phoenix Dance Group, now renamed and owed by Leeds City Council as; Phoenix Dance Theatre, Britain’s leading Dance Company.

Dionne is a passionate campaigner of social and racial injustice and went on study a degree in Law, undertook a further post graduate degree, Solicitors training Practice Course then went on to complete a Master degree.


She is also the founder of Black Voices Matter and led up a national campaign in Leeds which attracted thousands of people locally and nationally giving a voice to many institutes after the brutal death of George Floyd.


Throughout her career path she has worked for numerous high profile Government departments and was
chosen out of hundreds of women applicant, locally and nationally along with a few other women to facilitate a “Women in Leadership programme” which led to a one day Women’s Day event which was showcased in Parliament in front of Baroness Prosser, event funder and a full crowd. Dionne is also an actor in residency and part of a community theatre company with Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse,
 
Dionne has many hidden talents to her bow and has been the catalyst for many social change programmes throughout West Yorkshire and beyond. She’s passionately about working with young people which as seen her instigated, plan and delivered many youth service projects, citywide. Often working alone being the sole barer of all the organisations activities and also works collaborative with other organisations to initiate further project activities.

Dionne is Cultural producer and founder of a new initiative called, Cultural Arts Heritage Circle a not – for -profit organisation now renamed Nubian Noire which was setup in June 2019. Which aims to provide business start- up opportunities for young and emerging black entrepreneurs who for lack of financial mobility and high unemployment are looking to forge their way into self-employment.


Nubian Noire Expo supports black entrepreneurs to make active their social and economic presence by
providing them with business support and outdoor trading spaces to showcase and sell their creative
artisans inspiring them to collaborate and network with other like-minded business entrepreneurs.


Dionne says, we encourage them to push through the social and economic boundaries beyond their own
expectations to define a new sense of self and business development, reviving their entrepreneur spirit to seize business opportunities. Which will propel forward thinking progress and raise aspirations
Nubian Noire was the first outdoor black business platform, locally and national to showcase entrepreneurial excellence and has been the catalyst for other similar initiatives to follow suite after the tragic death of George Floyd.

Since setting up the initial, Business Start-up programme Nubian Noire has now partner with Leeds Beckett Park University and has received a lot of response, nationally from an array of other black business start- ups wanting to take part in showcasing their creative endeavours, some travelling as far as London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Huddersfield, Liverpool and Nottingham. Nubian Noire has been featured on Look North TV, BBC Radio 1 and the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Dionne is a member of the APPG for black businesses. She is determined to make things happen for black businesses.

NDIDI NKWOPARA WILL BE ONE OF THE AWARD RECIPIENTS AT THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS IN WEST YORKSHIRE

The Africa4u Awards for Africans and Caribbeans in West Yorkshire has now been confirmed.

The event shall take place on Friday the 6th of May at The City Library in Bradford at 6pm on the dot .  We are passionate about celebrating the success stories of African and Caribbean achievers in Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield, Halifax and surrounding areas. 

We will have some amazing speakers in the day living in different parts of West Yorkshire.

We will also be giving out Award certificates to some amazing African and Caribbean achievers living in West Yorkshire for their great work in various communities.

Come and be part of an amazing evening of Award recognitions, Motivational talks, networking and light refreshments .

CONGRATULATIONS IN ADVANCE TO NDIDI NKWOPARA BASED IN LEEDS -SHE WILL BE AN AWARD RECIPIENTS AT THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS AND CARIBBEANS IN WEST YORKSHIRE TAKING PLACE AT THE CITY LIBRARY IN BRADFORD ON THE 6TH OF MAY

Ndidi Nkwopara is a Life Coach, Author and Entrepreneur. She was born in the
rustic city of Owerri but grew up in the Northern cities of Kano and Kaduna all
in Nigeria. She returned to Owerri for her secondary education at the Federal
Government Girls’ College and from there she went to the University of Jos
where she graduated with a B.A English.
A diagnosis and subsequent recovery of cancer inspired a new journey for her
into the world of Complementary Health Therapies working with oncology
patients, and eventually into the more encompassing Health and Wellbeing
Industry where her focus and passion is on promoting healthy lifestyles and
stress management techniques as a method of preventing stress-induced
diseases/health problems. She lives in West Yorkshire and has worked on the
Wise Up to Cancer project, a community health programme funded by the
Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Her first book, Retreat to Rebirth – My Story is about surviving cancer and
living by faith. She shares her life lessons to encourage women to recognise
their worth and maximise their potentials. Through the platform of Soaring with
Didi (a company founded by her, she provides life-coaching services for women
of African descent. Soaring with Didi creates an opportunity for an unmet need;
the need for African women to share their stories through talking, reading and
writing. Through action learning sessions, they will explore strategies for
overcoming and creating their own resilience/rebirth toolkits.

In her second non-fiction work- Poverty is a Woman, Her Daughters Look Like
Her- Ndidi Nkwopara, captures the travails of African women entrepreneurs as
the world progresses towards gender equality by closing the financial gap. She
also shares her journey as a female entrepreneur in African Shea Value Chain,
working with the rural women producers to process sheanuts into sheabutter.
From the farmgate, the sheabutter is transported to the cosmetic factory in the
urban city and finally to the retail shelves of shops and spas as finished
products like Ariella Sheabutter. The book critically looks at the reasons why in

spite of the local and international funds made available to financial and non-
financial organisations for the purpose of empowering women, closing the
gender gap has been very slow and insignificant. It also prefers solutions.

Ndidi was one of the commissioned artists for My World, My City, My
Neighbourhood, a Leeds2023 project. She worked in collaboration with the
Leeds African Community Trust (LACT) to tell the stories of African migrants
in Leeds.

COMING SOON ON THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ SHOW – INTERVIEW WITH THE AWARD WINNING MEENA ALLY FROM TANZANIA

THE AMAZING MEENA ALLY FROM TANZANIA WILL BE A GUEST ON THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ SHOW – WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THIS SPECIAL INTERVIEW.

ABOUT MEENA ALLY

I am a presenter for a youth entertainment radio show in Tanzania (Clouds Fm) namely XXL, it airs every week day from 1 to 4pm. For some time now I have also cared deeply for matters affecting young people in my country and have been working on different projects to change youth lives through media i.e 1: Kipepeo (a project that tours the country in different schools to educate young girls against early pregnancies and H.i.v and aids infections
2: Hosted a Bbc Media Action radio program (Niambie) which focused on helping youth make informed decisions about their lives and have a voice in the country’s decision making process.
3: Global youth Festival : A festival I hosted on social media that rewarded artists who used their art to raise a voice on Neglected Tropical Diseases (Ntds), being one of the affected myself.
In my career I have also managed to have been a social media influencer for different brands, commercial and at times issues that affect society i.e Covid 19 preventions.
I have been lucky enough to have won an award for Tanzania Consumer Choice Awards as Most Preffered Media Personality of 2020-2021.

My social media handles are: @meena_ally Instagram
@meena_ally Twitter
@meena__ally Tiktok
And Meena Ally on facebook.

COMING SOON ON THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ SHOW – INTERVIEW WITH MR SIMEON ADEMOLAKE

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR INTERVIEW WITH MR SIMEON ADEWOLE ADEMOLAKE ON THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ SHOW, FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HIS CAMPAIGN TO BECOME THE MAYOR OF NEWHAM BOROUGH – THIS IS A SHOW YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS

Simeon Adewole Ademolake Profile


Simeon studied Urban and Regional Planning in Yaba College of Technology where he was
elected the President and the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Students Union.
He later studied Law at University of East London and CPD in Learning Skills in Middlesex
University.
Simeon relocated to London in 1991, in 1993, Simeon started a successful menswear
business with own label called “Simeon”, which began with just £250 that now flourishes
providing extra income for the most experienced but retired tailors around London. He has
recently expanded this business into a Training School. Simeon passion for fashion
developed into a business when he became a born again Christian. Seeing the number of
men wearing suits in the church, he began by selling suit to members.


Part of Simeon Fashion’s success story were, designing outfit for News presenters and film
starts such as ITV Chief Business reporter: Mark Odu, Sky One: Rutger Hauer in “Shock
Treatment”. ITV4: Sir Tony Robinson in Codex 1 and 2. BBC One: Richard Armitage in
Spooks. Also, on the list of Simeon’s clientele are notable Pastors like Pastor Sunday
Adelaja, Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo, Pastor Sola Fola-Alade, Late Pastor Timothy Kolade,
Pastor Wale Babatunde, Pastor Ted Haggard and of course Dr. Christopher Kolade and
Councillor Alan Craig to mention but a few.
Based on satisfactory recommendation of customers, In the Year 2001, Simeon was
nominated for The Guild of Master Craftsmanship award for his excellent craftsmanship and
outstanding business practises.
In 1991, Simeon founded a not-for-profit Supplementary School called Arise and Glow
Supplementary School, which provides educational support for ethnic minority children with
over 4000 ethnic minority children supported already and the project is still waxing strong.
Arise and Glow was recently awarded the Bronze Quality Frame Work Award by the
National Resource Centre for Supplementary Schools.
In 2004, Dr. Christopher Kolade the then Nigeria High Commissioner discovered Simeon’s
effective leadership potential and appointed him as a Board member for Managing Business
for Christ London (MBFC). A company that support businesses and help them achieve
higher standard of practise. Through this company Simeon received mentoring from the High
Commissioner himself, who was a Corporate Governance and Human Resources
Management teacher at Lagos Business School (LBS) before his appointment. Simeon
visited many businesses providing mentoring and guidance for best practises.
Simeon joined The Redeemed Christian Church of God in 1998, having worked closely with
his Pastor Sola Fola-Alade, his outstanding leadership quality was discovered and in 2007
He was sent to pastor a branch of The Redeemed Church called Harvest Chapel situated in
Plaistow London, where he is the resident pastor.  
On the political front, Simeon did not cease to be active in Christian political service which he
started in his native land Nigeria where he was the president of the Students Union in Yaba
College of Technology. Despite his other activities and engagements, Simeon stood as a
parliamentary candidate for the Christian Peoples’ Alliance in the 2005 General Election
unfortunately he lost to Jim Fitzpatrick MP.
In 2006, Simeon was selected to run as a local councillor. He won a councillor seat in
Newham, so ending 100 years of Labour dominance in Canning Town South. His victory
was historic; with Simeon becoming the first ever black to be elected as an opposition

councillor in Newham, and on the National stage, He is the first and only black so far to be
elected by a Christian Democratic Party in British electoral history.   

Since becoming a councillor, Simeon has successfully changed Newham Council’s policy of
involvement with supplementary education, after his motion was unanimously supported by
all councillors and Newham executive Mayor.
In March 2007, Simeon made National Head line, Captioned “Victory for Motorist” by the
Evening Standard. His case became a land mark case over London Transport’s attempt to
illegally penalise motorist by issuing illegal parking ticket. The outcome of this case brought
transparency into the parking law and the need for photographic evidence to be produced
before a parking ticket is deemed valid nationally. Simeon in effect, is the reason why all
parking attendant all over the Country must carry a digital camera today. Simeon appeared
on BBC Breakfast News enlighten motorist on their rights.
In 2014 Simeon was unanimously elected as the Chairman of Newham Partnership for
Supplementary School. His mission as the leader of this partnership is to unite all
Supplementary Schools. Simeon pioneered the first Supplementary School week in Newham
Borough bringing together many nationalities and Supplementary schools.
In 2014, Simeon was head hunted and appointed as Director of El-Salem Homes a property
company based in Abuja, from there Simeon found his own property company called Mercy
Homes in Abeoukuta Ogun State, providing hostel accommodation for Nigerian Students.
Simeon is a family man to the core, a teacher, a mentor and a business coach. His passion
includes meeting people, politics, preaching and empowerment. 

For further information please contact;
Simeon Ademolake press office:
e-mail: simeonfashion@aol.com or ariseandglow@gmail.com

ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, PASTOR CHIKA AMADI – WINNER OF COMMUNITY ACHIEVERS AWARD

We are pleased to announce that the amazing Pastor Chika Amadi is one of The Winners of The Community Achievers awards which was held as part of The Commonwealth African summit UK which took place in Middlesbrough last month

HER BIO CAN BE FOUND BELOW

Chika Amadi is the Resident Pastor of Goodnews Bible Church London where
she serve’s alongside her husband: Apostle George Amadi; Lead Pastor
of Goodnews Bible Church.  She was called into ministry in 1998 under Dr
D.K Olukoya.

Chika is a Legal Adviser, Author, TV Host and Social Advocate.

In 2010, She was awarded African Woman of Influence by the then Deputy
Mayor of London and former Chairman of Nigeria’s PDP party alongside
five other African Women Leaders for inspiring the Young generation.

 From 2014-2018 she served as an elected Councillor at the London Borough
of Harrow, London where she stood up and advocated for families on
important issues affecting them as well as pioneered and preached in the
Council Chamber for the first time ever. Cllr Chika also served as The
First female Black President of a UK political Party.

Pastor Chika has ministered in many churches, crusades, ministries and
online groups within the UK, the USA, Italy, Germany, India and Nigeria
preaching the Word of Life and winning many souls to Christ, raising
leaders, restoring marriages. Through her ministry three lives were
restored to life, a cancer patient was pronounced cancer free and many
other signs follow her ministry.

Chika is a Director of many successful companies including Family
Mediation Centre. She is the originator and Facilitator of the
Customised African Caribbean Parenting Skills Course from where she has
supported many families going through Child Protection and Safeguarding
issues and to her credit many children in Local Authority care have been
reunited with their families, she has helped stop many black children
being taken into care and has worked with some Local Authorities to
adopt empowering parents to be better parents than outright removal of
children from the parents where there is no manifest risk to the
wellbeing of children.

Recently Family Mediation Centre she leads received The London Faith and
Community Award for her Services to and for Faith and Belief Communities
in Greater London.

She is the originator of The Pastor’s Wife Talkshow on TV where she
equips the saints in Christ

DR YVONNE BATTLE-FELTON WILL BE ONE OF THE AWARD RECIPIENTS AT THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS AND CARIBBEANS IN WEST YORKSHIRE

The Africa4u Awards for Africans and Caribbeans in West Yorkshire has now been confirmed.

The event shall take place on Friday the 6th of May at The City Library in Bradford at 6pm on the dot .  We are passionate about celebrating the success stories of African and Caribbean achievers in Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield, Halifax and surrounding areas. 

We will have some amazing speakers in the day living in different parts of West Yorkshire.

We will also be giving out Award certificates to some amazing African and Caribbean achievers living in West Yorkshire for their great work in various communities.

Come and be part of an amazing evening of Award recognitions, Motivational talks, networking and light refreshments .

CONGRATULATIONS IN ADVANCE TO DR IVONNE BATTLE-FELTON BASED IN DEWSBURY -SHE WILL BE AN AWARD RECIPIENT AT THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS AND CARIBBEANS IN WEST YORKSHIRE TAKING PLACE ON THE 6TH OF MAY AT 6PM ON THE DOT . DR YVONNE BATTLE-FELTON IS AN AWARD WINNIG AFRICAN AMERICAN NOVELIST, CREATIVE PRODUCER AND LECTURER

ABOUT DR YVONNE BATTLE-FELTON

Dr Yvonne Battle-Felton, author of Remembered, is a novelist, academic, host, and creative producer. Remembered (Dialogue Books 2019, Blackstone Publishing 2020), was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (2019) and shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize (2020).

Winner of a Northern Writers Award in fiction (2017), Yvonne was commended for children’s writing in the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize (2017) and has titles in Penguin Random House’s The Ladybird Tales of Superheroes and The Ladybird Tales of Crowns and Thrones.

Yvonne has a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and is a 2019 British Library Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow, and Principal Lecturer—Humanities Business and Enterprise Lead at Sheffield Hallam University where she lectures in Creative Writing.

GOGO ANYANWU JR WILL BE ONE OF THE AWARD RECIPIENTS AT THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS AND CARIBBEANS IN WEST YORKSHIRE

The Africa4u Awards for Africans and Caribbeans in West Yorkshire has now been confirmed.

The event shall take place on Friday the 6th of May at The City Library in Bradford at 6pm on the dot .  We are passionate about celebrating the success stories of African and Caribbean achievers in Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield, Halifax and surrounding areas. 

We will have some amazing speakers in the day living in different parts of West Yorkshire.

We will also be giving out Award certificates to some amazing African and Caribbean achievers living in West Yorkshire for their great work in various communities.

Come and be part of an amazing evening of Award recognitions, Motivational talks, networking and light refreshments .

CONGRATULATIONS IN ADVANCE TO MR GOGO ANYANWU JR BASED IN LEEDS -HE WILL BE AN AWARD RECIPIENT AT THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS AND CARIBBEANS IN WEST YORKSHIRE TAKING PLACE AT THE CITY LIBRARY IN BRADFORD ON THE 6TH OF MAY

Gogo is an accomplished Commercial Business and Retail Operations Manager, HR Strategist and Administrator, Talent Manager, Employee Relations Specialist, HRM Researcher and Business Process Optimization Advocate. Initiated and facilitated the implementation of fundamental business and HR policies that enhanced organizational performance and employee experience.

I have developed business and retail management, human resource management, employee relations and research skills that will enable me to teach HRM & employment relations, lead HR transformation and drive organizational performance in national and multinational organizations.

Mr Anyanwu is currently doing his PHD at The Universitry of Leeds, West Yorkshire. He is also an accomplished artist with a wealth of talent and imagination.

#leed #westyorkshire #nigerianartist #nigerianpainter #bradford2025