Monthly Archives: May 2022

“BLACK IN BRADFORD” ON BRADFORD COMMUNITY RADIO STATION EVERY THURSDAY

Black In Bradford on Bradford Community Radio Station

Black in Bradford is all about the Hard-hitting and positive themes directly affecting the Black Community in Bradford as well as other surrounding areas. This amazing show is hosted by the amazing Kath Canoville every Tuesday at 11am on BCB Radio. This is a show you cannot afford to miss.

INFORMATION ABOUT KATH CANOVILLE CAN BE FOUND BELOW

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.

#bradford2025 #cityofculture #cityofculture2025

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LYDIA OLET CONTINUES TO PROMOTE GOODWILL AND INTERNATIONAL AID BETWEEN UK AND KENYA

The amazing Lydia was in Cumbria a few days ago to receive two fire engines on behave of H.E Governor for Homabay Kenya 🇰🇪 The Governor with his delegates are scheduled to arrive in the UK in the next few days to take them to Kenya.

This is the the third time this goodwill initiative has been put to action

So far the following items have been sent

Four Fire Engines

Three Ambulances

Fully equipped Dental Stuff

Free training for Fire Fighters

More to come.

The team that leads this project have visited Homabay and testified that everything is in order and in good use hence the consistency in Homabay.

This year we were also privileged to have Taptap Send *( Best Money 💰Remit)* sponsor this initiative 👏 thank you Taptap Send for standing in the Gap where it matters most.

Thank you Kibny’aanko Seroney for the initiative 🙏

LYDIA OLET CONTINUES TO PROMOTE GOODWILL AND INTERNATIONAL AID BETWEEN UK AND KENYA AND CONTINUES TO TALK THE TALK –

ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, TINA NORBURY (DISTINGUISHED TOASTMASTER) FROM ZIMBABWE

Tina Norbury-DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) Communication,Leadership and Executive Team Strategist. 

Comforting Hands Recruitment Director – an International Healthcare Recruitment, Training and Domiciliary Care Company based in Harrogate providing talented nurses, care assistants, support workers and social companions to the community, private and public sectors. Additionally offering robust training and support for all healthcare professionals 

Business Consultant and Co-Founder of Leaders of Healthcare Businesses UK a Consortium providing Healthcare SMEs with Business Strategy, Communication Strategy , Growth Strategy, Compliance and Staff Training. 

Leadership and Communication Mentor working successfully with community groups and charities in the United Kingdom and across the world. Qualified to Master’s level in Political Communication and with a first degree in Politics and Law; has used expertise to help individuals and organisations further their ambitions. Skilled in managing communications and campaign strategy, facilitating learning and co-ordinating research projects.

A passionate Philanthropist who is a Founder of Whispers of Comfort, a charity organisation that supports people with silent disabilities mainly those on the Autistic Spectrum Condition in South Africa, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CITIZEN COIN BRADFORD ?

Citizen Coin

Citizen Coin is a digital scheme which recognises, values and rewards people for doing social good. A unique platform which rewards the great things people do, supports organisations who manage volunteers and promotes civic activities whilst supporting our local businesses and retail trade!

Useful Links

Website: Home | Bradford Coin (citizencoin.uk)

Rewarding Agency explainer video (for organisations who are thinking of rewarding their volunteers and civic participation):https://youtu.be/Dveqd30Ve5A

Retailer Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/Me26JkUDwPw

Citizen Coin Volunteer Journey Video (to view how Citizen Coin is applied in real life): https://youtu.be/-FuLc5VTw0I

Media Posts

Bradford City deal means Valley Parade games can cost £2.50 | Bradford Telegraph and Argus (thetelegraphandargus.co.uk)

Bradford residents urged to join groundbreaking ‘citizen coin’ scheme to get rewards for volunteering | Bradford Telegraph and Argus (thetelegraphandargus.co.uk)

WATCH: Citizen Coin scheme launches to reward volunteers | Bradford Telegraph and Argus (thetelegraphandargus.co.uk)

Bradford organisation offering free Basic Life Support training | Bradford Telegraph and Argus (thetelegraphandargus.co.uk)

Coin rewards for district’s volunteers | Bradford Telegraph and Argus (thetelegraphandargus.co.uk)

Social Media Pages

Citizen Coin Bradford – Posts | Facebook

Bradford Citizen Coin (@CitizenCoinBFD) / Twitter

Citizen Coin Bradford – Citizen Coin – BradfordCitizenCoin | LinkedIn

Citizen Coin Bradford (@citizencoinbfd) • Instagram photos and videos

CELEBRATING DAVID OWUMI BASED IN BRADFORD – AFRICA4U AWARD WINNER 2022

David Owumi based in Bradford 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 DAVID OWUMI CAN BE FOUND BELOW

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.

David Owumi is also one of The Africa4u Award Winners for 2022.

The Africa4u Awards for African and Caribbean achievers in West Yorkshire took place on Friday the 6th of May, 2022

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

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.

CELEBRATING JERRY CRAWFORD BASED IN BRADFORD – AFRICA4U AWARD WINNER 2022

Jerry Crawford based in Bradford 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 Jerry can be found below

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. 

CELEBRATING ESTHER OSAKWE BASED IN BRADFORD – AFRICA4U AWARD WINNER 2022

Esther Osakwe based in Bradford 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 Esther can be found below

Osakwe Nonyelum Esther, popularly known as ONE, is a 35-year-old mother of three who wants to make a difference in Bradford and beyond.

Originally from Nigeria, Esther lived in Colchester and Milton Keynes before making Bradford her home 6 years ago.

Her passions include education, empowerment, music, children, food and faith. 

She is a creative artist with a special talent for all things rest and relaxation  and currently undergoing a master programme in dance movement psychotherapy at the University of Derby.

Esther volunteers in several local and international organisations supporting change and improving quality of life globally. She’s also the founder and director at Life Improvement Consults C.I.C.  

Chief amongst her achievements and recognitions is her title as the Miss commonwealth for Africa 2021/22. 

She hopes to leave her world better than she met it.–

Osakwe Nonyelum Esther (HRH)

Educator and Consultant

Mental Health, Well-being & Fitness Coach. 

CELEBRATING LINDA JOHNSON – AFRICA4U AWARD WINNNER 2022

The amazing Linda Johnson based in Huddersfield 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 Linda can be found below

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.

YAM SPICE AFRICAN RESTAURANT BRADFORD ON THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ SHOW

YAM SPICE AFRICAN RESTAURANT BRADFORD ON THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ SHOW

Watch this space as we interview the management of YAM SPICE AFRICAN RESTAURANT BRADFORD ON THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ SHOW

Yam Spice African Restaurant is am amazing restaurant in Bradford City Centre. The address is 10 Bowland Street BD1 3BW.

The Tony Tokunbo Fernandez Show recommends this amazing restaurant. At the moment , they have a FREE PROMOTION OF FREE MEALS AND HOT DRINKS , every Monday from 10am to 12 noon.

LET US CONTINUE TO SUPPORT BLACK BUSINESSES