Monthly Archives: April 2022

MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS COME TOGETHER IN BRADFORD ON THE 15TH OF APRIL FOR FASTING FRIDAY- DO NOT MISS IT

What is fasting Friday?*

An annual event organised by the Bradford foundation Trust and Bradford 4 Better (B4B) that takes place on Friday the 15th of April at The City Park in Bradford

*This year is different*

This year Fasting Friday falls on Good Friday and so Muslims and Christians across the City will come together to fast and celebrate together

We are also working with the City of Culture 2025 team to promote the theme of *connecting cultures* through faith, art, community and cuisine by showcasing the rich heritage and diversity of Bradford.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET INVOLVED ? CONTACT IS NOW

Anyone can join the event and we invite you to take part in fasting for one day on Fasting Friday (15th April) in unity with communities across Bradford.

You can donate towards charities to support the most needy communities in Bradford.

Attend the FREE arts exhibition and workshops at the Bradford Foundation Trust building on Friday 15th April at 3pm.

Join the Big open IFTAR at City Park Bradford on Friday 15th April from 7pm- an open air community gathering to break the fast with amazing food provided my MyLahore.

Find out more and sign up at:

http://Fastingfriday.org.uk

#fastingfriday #bradford #ramadan #easter #goodfriday bradford2025 #cityofculture #bradford4better

LINDA JOHNSON 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 LINDA JOHNSON BASED IN HUDDERSFIELD -SHE 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

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.

BARRISTER GEORGE BADEJO- ADEGBENGA 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 BARRISTER GEORGE BADEJO-ADEGBENGA BASED IN HUDDERSFIELD -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

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.

TANYA VITAL 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 TANYA VITAL BASED IN BRADFORD -SHE 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

ABOUT TANYA VITAL

Graduate of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and National Youth Theatre alumni, Tanya has worked for 2 decades in TV, Film, Stage and Voice-over.

Featuring in many award winning shows, her work includes DC’s Pennyworth, Red Sparrow with Jennifer Lawrence, Happy Valley, Emmerdale, Rules of the Game, Casualty, Doctors, Brief Encounters and more.

Tanya trained in playwriting with Madani Younis and Ola Animashawun. She produces live artistic events and launched the 1st Leeds MonologueSlam UK in 2011. Tanya has also worked extensively, co-producing countless micro-short films which have garnered various film festival nominations. Her Hamlette collaboration with Chicken Shop Shakespeare, featured at The British Library as part their Shakespeare in Ten Acts exhibition.

SOURCE – TANYAS WEBSITE

KATH CANOVILLE WILL BE AN AWARD RECIPIENT 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 KATH CANOVILLE BASED IN BRADFORD -SHE 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

Kath Canoville, also known as Kaf ‘Muscrat’ Canoville (that pesky little critter) presents About Bradford on Tuesdays 11am until 12pm. She also produces a Saturday night programme, Global Meltdown, a journey round the world through dance beats.

Kath has been involved with music for over 30 years, having launched Nation Records in 1988 and managed Talvin Singh, who won the Mercury Music Prize in 2000, amongst other internationally critically acclaimed artists.

She has been Managing Director of Matik Productions, which produces the SolaMatik & LunaMatik Festivals for the past few years. Kath is also Community Engagement Officer at Street Life in BD3, and continues to make links with the community and arts & media.

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JERRY CRAWFORD WILL BE AN AWARD RECIPIENT 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 .

MR JERRY CRAWFORD BASED IN BRADFORD WILL BE ONE OF THE RECIPIENTS

Jerry Crawford  is a Community Worker/Activist, Event Organiser , Audio Engineer , Community Stars Winner, Change maker & Covid 19 Community Champion.

CONGRATULATIONS IN ADVANCE TO JERRY CRAWFORD BASED IN BRADFORD -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

INFORMATION ABOUT JERRY CAN BE FOUND BELOW

Jerry Crawford  is a Community Worker/Activist, Event Organiser , Audio Engineer , Community Stars Winner, Change maker & Covid 19 Community Champion.

He helped set up Bradford’s 1st community recording studio running music projects for the social disadvantaged.

Over the years he has been involved in many community projects and worked in partnership with numerous organisations.

In 2020 he helped to organise peaceful protest for George Floyd.  

Collective Impact  also helps individuals, families or whole communities to bring about social change and improve the quality of life in our local area. They act as the link between communities and a range of other local authority and voluntary sector providers, such as the police, social workers and teachers.

Jerry Crawford AKA Red Dred who has been very instrumental in many music/media based projects and events. He has over thirty years of experience of Djing and organising events. 

Over the decades Jerry has provided entertainment at many functions weddings ,raves, house parties  christening, birthdays, community events,festivals and carnivals

Jerry is also a radio presenter which he has been doing for over 25 years. 

Jerry Crawford is one of the first pioneers to introduce house music to Bradford.

Jerry worked at Livestock Records Bradford’s 1st dance music record shop. He set up Bradford’s first acid house rave all nighter. In early 90s Jerry set up Reuben Sounds

Bradford’s 1st community recording studio at Bradford Community Arts where he started running music production and dj mixing courses. Over the decades he has worked with many organisations such as

Mapa

Xplosion

Bradford Council 

The Youth Services 

Bradford Festival 

Bradford Trident 

The Princes Trust 

SportsDev

Raise The Roof

BCB Radio 

Windrush Generations

and many more schools, community groups and charity organisations.

He is now working with Collective Impact a community organisation based at Mapa.