WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE 53 – BY TONY TOKUNBO ETEKA FERNANDEZ

There is a chinese proverb that states that “He who blames others has a long way to go on his journey, he who blames himself is halfway there and he who blames no one has arrived.”

I came across this proverb three years ago , I was celebrating my 50th Birthday as well as My Parents 50th Wedding Anniversary in far away Antalya, Turkey.

I will never forget the morning I drank from these words. I was sitting on the balcony  and staring through the space of the most tranquil mountains. The peace of the moment was filled with wealth.

I kept on repeating these words to myself “he who blames himself is halfway there and he who blames no one has arrived.”he who blames himself is halfway there and he who blames no one has arrived.”

There and then I made a personal decision to ALWAYS look within and to ALWAYS point the fingers at THE MAN IN THE MIRROR. 

 It had always dawned on me that to know and to embrace oneself came with the responsibility of addressing ones faults, shortcomings, imperfections and areas of improvement.

Till this day, I still believe that his process also creates a sense of self awareness,clarity, foresight and a healthy outlook when dealing with people, situations, thoughts, feelings and actions. 

In recent years, I have also realised that a lot of people who are in self denial or spend time blaming people, blaming the world and pointing fingers – are not very happy people. 

Do you know of such people ? 

Today I am 53, but most importantly I still feed from those God sent words 3 years ago in far away Turkey.

At 53, It has given me a sense of clarity in life to know who I am and to acknowledge my many imperfections through Life and its beautiful twists. 

Each morning , I wake up with a new excitement, ready and able to work on the old Tony, ready and able to create new stories and make improvements  on my several flaws.

I start the day with my Bible, Warm water and Good thoughts. 

My Motto in Life has always been to Be the Change I want to See in Society. This means the world to me.

I have never lived in any City without making an impact on the people and the community. 

We do not need permission to make a difference in our vicinity. 

You see, its not just about what people say, its more about what people do, their actions and the examples they set to empower others.

My passion and purpose in making a difference also comes with the deep realisation of the importance to look within , work on my flaws and never be part of the blame game of pointing fingers at the world. 

At 53, it feels amazing to wake up each morning with new tasks, new goals, new targets , but the same vision. 

To know oneself is a beautiful feeling.

To explore new territories, adds value to our mindset, outlook and values. 

 I have been blessed with the opportunity to visit over 33 countries around the world. I have always had a passion for travelling from a very early age. 

My thirst to see many countries around the world has also expanded my mind to think differently ,  act differently and always embrace the beauty of thinking and living outside the box. 

At 53, to share new experiences in different regions around the world is a source of fulfillment  

At 53, it is a beautiful feeling to create new legacies in our pursuits to become better people, 

But most importantly at 53, I still have a long way to go in working on myself and doing more for family, friends and humanity. 

As I celebrate my birthday each year, I also set a task to be fulfilled.

 So this year, as part of the celebrations  I have just produced a video titled . “WHAT MAKES LAGOS SO SPECIAL” You can click on the link here to watch the short documententary . Do not forget to subscribe to the youtube channel –     

As part of the celebrations, I am also organising an online awards aimed at promoting the achievements of local champions in my local community and much later next month, I will be travelling to Talllin , Estonia for both business and pleasure. 

Today, I am blessed to be alive,  Today, I feel blessed that you have made time to read these words and I hope they will make a difference to you because I love you very much.

Always remember that in LIFE, it is easy to point fingers at others and society , but the moment you start to point those same fingers at yourself, your journey becomes lighter  and a new sense of growth unfolds, blessed with the radiance of clarity, humility and a priceless thirst for LIFE

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE YOURSELF – WE ARE ALL BLESSED WITH DIFFERENT VERSIONS AND THERE IS NOTHING AS BEAUTIFUL AS ORIGINALITY 

TRUE HAPPINESS STARTS FROM WITHIN – KNOW YOURSELF

STAY BLESSED 

TONY TOKUNBO ETEKA  FERNANDEZ 

ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, PHILLIPS ALAYANDE BASED IN BRADFORD

O.Phils is a Refugee Action volunteer and a member of Refugee Action Experts by Experience Group, BRAVE, who has been leading music sessions at the weekly welcome group and has written a song ; ‘FREE’. After singing it in the group, he had the vision to rehearse with other refugees and produce this amazing music video to bring hope to others and release it during Refugee Week 2022 with live performances at the Bradford Refugee Week Launch and Celebration event. The dream is now a reality. Thank you to all who made this possible. All proceeds go to Refugee Action. https://www.refugee-action.org.uk/

HAVE YOU GOT YOUR TICKETS FOR THE AMAZING TMMP AWARDS ?

THE AMAZING TMMP AWARDS TAKES PLACE ON FIRDAY THE 12TH OF AUGUST AND SATURDAY THE 13TH OF AUGUST HAVE YOU GOT YOUR TICKETS ?

Tickets can be purchased via the Websitewww.tmmpawards.com

The Music and Media Platform Awards (TMMP Awards) is a collaborative award ceremony where top media platforms from the UK and International, nominates the top artists, musicians and community heroes. We also focus on community projects throughout the year and acknowledge people/organisations who have been making significant impact in their communities both locally and nationally. 

We had a successful virtual event last year and had Grammy Award and Dove award winners Jonathan McReynolds, Sinach and Top UK artists including Bradford’s own intentional artist Philippa Hanna, performed at the event.

This year, we are hosting the awards physically at Life Centre, Bradford on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August 2022. This is a magnificent state of the art venue and we are aiming to attract an attendance of between 1000 – 1400 audience. We will also stream the event live online to a global audience. The award ceremony is opened to all to attend.

FRIDAY 12TH

The Friday will consist of:

  • Workshops (Royalties and Funding by PRS For Music and PPL, Songwriting, Vocal Lessons, Vision & Purpose and others.
  • Panel discussions buy Music Industry professionals and Q&A’s
  • Night Concert (LIVE PERFORMANCES BY TOP UK ARTISTS, EMERGING ARTISTS AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS)

SATURDAY 13TH

The Saturday will be the main awards ceremony and will consist of:

  • Red Carpet and Photoshoot 
  • Interviews
  • Live performances 
  • Announcements of winners

Tickets can be purchased via the Websitewww.tmmpawards.com

THE MUSIC AND MEDIA PLATFORM AWARDS WORKSHOPS – FRIDAY 12TH OF AUGUST

The Music and Media Platform Awards (TMMP Awards) is a collaborative award ceremony where top media platforms from the UK and International, nominates the top artists, musicians and community heroes. We also focus on community projects throughout the year and acknowledge people/organisations who have been making significant impact in their communities both locally and nationally. 

We had a successful virtual event last year and had Grammy Award and Dove award winners Jonathan McReynolds, Sinach and Top UK artists including Bradford’s own intentional artist Philippa Hanna, performed at the event.

This year, we are hosting the awards physically at Life Centre, Bradford on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August 2022. This is a magnificent state of the art venue and we are aiming to attract an attendance of between 1000 – 1400 audience. We will also stream the event live online to a global audience. The award ceremony is opened to all to attend.

FRIDAY 12TH

The Friday will consist of:

  • Workshops on Marketing, PR AND MUSIC CHARTS – ONEIL DENNIS AND A STEP FORWARD
  • WORKSHOPS ON SONGWRITING – JONATHAN OGDEN
  • WORKSHOPS ON DEVELOPING YOUR VISION – PASTOR KOFI AMOATENG
  • WORKSHOPS ON ROYALTY AND FUNDING- PRS FOR MUSIC AND PPL
  • WORKSHOPS ON THE HISTORY OF GOSPEL MUSIC – GOSPEL MUSIC INDUSTRY ALLIANCE

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW- VISIT – http://www.tmmpawards.com/tickets

THE AMAZING TMMP AWARDS TAKES PLACE NEXT WEEK FRIDAY AND SATURDAY IN BRADFORD – DO NOT MISS IT

The Music and Media Platform Awards (TMMP Awards) is a collaborative award ceremony where top media platforms from the UK and International, nominates the top artists, musicians and community heroes. We also focus on community projects throughout the year and acknowledge people/organisations who have been making significant impact in their communities both locally and nationally. 

We had a successful virtual event last year and had Grammy Award and Dove award winners Jonathan McReynolds, Sinach and Top UK artists including Bradford’s own intentional artist Philippa Hanna, performed at the event.

This year, we are hosting the awards physically at Life Centre, Bradford on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August 2022. This is a magnificent state of the art venue and we are aiming to attract an attendance of between 1000 – 1400 audience. We will also stream the event live online to a global audience. The award ceremony is opened to all to attend.

FRIDAY 12TH

The Friday will consist of:

  • Workshops (Royalties and Funding by PRS For Music and PPL, Songwriting, Vocal Lessons, Vision & Purpose and others.
  • Panel discussions buy Music Industry professionals and Q&A’s
  • Night Concert (LIVE PERFORMANCES BY TOP UK ARTISTS, EMERGING ARTISTS AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS)

SATURDAY 13TH

The Saturday will be the main awards ceremony and will consist of:

  • Red Carpet and Photoshoot 
  • Interviews
  • Live performances 
  • Announcements of winners

Tickets can be purchased via the Websitewww.tmmpawards.com

FOR EARLY BIRD TICKETS AT JUST 15 POUNDS PER PERSON- CONTACT Kofi Amoateng – CEO OF Yam Spice – African & Continental Food , BRADFORD ON 07853243501

#tmmpawards2022 #tmmpawardsbradford 

The UK HealthTech AfyaRekod launches Universal patient portal for worldwide health data mobility management.

The UK HealthTech AfyaRekod launches Universal patient portal for worldwide health data mobility management.

AfyaRekod is a Universal Patient Portal, built on block-chain technology that will transform the face of health care across the UK and the World. Through a secured centralized platform (www.MyRekod.com) patients can securely managing their health records, including health diaries, prescriptions and hospital visit summaries. The AfyaRekod Universal Patient Portal offers a secure decentralised, intelligent telehealth solution, healthcare resources, symptom trackers, reminders and notifications, as well as the mobility of the record across multiple channels and devices. 

AfyaRekod was founded by CEO John Kamara in 2019 as an Adanian Lab start-up with seed funding from Mac Venture Capital and Next Chymia. Kamara saw first-hand how the lack of medical records and static data could lead to poor medical management when a friend died having received the wrong medical intervention in an emergency. Kamara built an AI platform that would track health data, aimed at bridging the gap between health care and treatment, anywhere, anytime for patients, medical professionals, providers and organisations.

The pandemic has pressed the fast-forward button, bringing an urgency into health data accessibility and analytics. This is a global problem that is being addressed by a patient-centred health care innovation – AfyaRekod.

To register today follow the 1-2-3 steps.

As part of our growth campaign and global contribution to Universal health care, we are launching AfyaRekod in the UK on the 26th August 2022, venue: Crown plaza Manchester City centre, 70 shudehill, Manchester M4 4AF. Time 11am-2pm. To register your interest please email adalabuk@gmail.com or contact Michael Ekpechue or Rose Gordon on 0161 2164007.

Join us as we Launch the first of its kind Universal Patient Portal!

ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK – MR ROLAND BUTCHER, 1ST BLACK CRICKETER TO REPRESENT ENGLAND

Roland Orlando Butcher (born 14 October 1953, Saint Philip, Barbados)[1] is a former cricket player and coach, who played for England in three Test matches and three One Day Internationals from 1980 to 1981. He is recognised as being the first black cricketer to represent England.[2] His brief international career was somewhat overshadowed by the death of Ken Barrington, and the ‘Jackman affair‘.

cousin of Basil, Roland Butcher had come to the United Kingdom at the age of thirteen from his native Barbados.[1] He was an aggressive middle-order batsman, who represented Middlesex between 1974 and 1990. His intuitive batting style owed much to the archetypical West Indian calypso flair.[1] He “secured his place in history when he became the first black player to represent England, making his Test debut at Bridgetown in 1980-81”.[3]

Butcher came to prominence during Middlesex’s successes in 1980 when they won the County Championship and the Gillette Cup, impressing with a rapid half-century in the final of the latter.[4] He had actually made his England debut two weeks later, impressing with another half-century on his one-day international debut against Australia.[5] He struggled more however on the 1980-1 tour against the West Indies who had the most powerful bowling line-up in the world at the time and did not play for England again.

In 1983, “he suffered a sickening injury which threatened his eyesight when struck by George Ferris“, but managed to recuperate and return to the sport.[3] He continued to enjoy success with Middlesex, winning the County Championship again in 1982 and 1985, and featuring in victories in the finals of the NatWest Trophy in 1984 and 1988 and the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1983. In 1987 he won the Walter Lawrence Trophy for recording the fastest century of the season (in terms of balls faced) against Sussex

SOURCE- WIKIPEDIA

INTERVIEW WITH ENGLANDS FIRST BLACK CRICKETER, ROLAND BUTCHER AT LORDS

Back in London for the summer of 2022, we caught up with former England batter and Middlesex legend Roland Butcher at Lord’s last week to talk to him about his time with the Club and to tell us about a new product launch he has been working on, developing and launching a new range of scientifically proven, innovative training bats that will help batters around the world cope better against the moving ball. Roland’s coaching bats are available to purchase here: https://b3cricket.com/

CLICK ON THE LINK HERE TO WATCH THE AMAZING INTERVIEW

SOURCE – MIDDLESELX CRICKET YOUTUBE CHANNEL

OUR KEY SPEAKERS FOR BLACK HISTORY AT UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED

All our key speakers have been confirmed for Our Black history month celebrations taking place at The UK House of Parliament on Friday the 28th of October 2022. 

Watch this space for updates.  We also have some amazing guests lined up on The Tony Tokunbo Fernandez Show for the rest of the year . Our Show is aimed at promoting the true life and success stories of African and Caribbean achievers around the world.

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#blackhistory #ukhouseofparliament #blacklivesmatter

TMMP AWARDS MEET AND GREET TAKES PLACE THIS FRIDAY AT PREMIER INN BRADFORD CENTRAL

We are pleased to inform you that THE TMMP AWARDS MEET AND GREET EVENING TAKES PLACE THIS FRIDAY THE 28TH OF JULY (6.30PM ON THE DOT ))AT THE PREMIER INN BRADFORD CENTRAL , VICAR LANE, BRADFORD BD1 5LD

Come and be part of this inspirational evening and get to know more about the amazing organisers of THE TMMP AWARDS who will be travelling all the way from London for a great bonding session with all Bradfordians

For more information you can contact me on 07882809005 or you can contact Eric on 07792608942

#tmmpawards #bradford2025 #ukcityofculture #livestream