CELEBRATING NDIDI NKWOPARA – AFRICA4U AWARD WINNER 2022

The amazing Ndidi Nkwopara, A Life Coach, Author and Entrepreneur based in Leeds was one of The Africa4u Award Winners at The Africa4u Awards for African and Caribbean Achievers living in West Yorkshire. The well attended event was held on Friday the 6th of May at The City Library in Bradford.

Information anout Ndidi can be found below

ABOUT NDIDI NKWOPARA

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.

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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