CELEBRATING DIONNE EDWARDS BASED IN LEEDS – AFRICA4U AWARD WINNER 2022

Dionne Edwards 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 ABOUT DIONNE EDWARDS CAN BE FOUND BELOW

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.

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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