THE WINDRUSH GENERATIONS CARNIVAL OF CULTURE shall be taking place at THE CENTENARY SQUARE IN BRADFORD, BD1 1HY on Friday the 16th of June 2023 from 4pm to 10pm and on Saturday the 17th of June 2023 from 12 NOON to 10pm
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THIS IS GOING TO BE A FREE TWO DAY EVENT, THAT YOU CANNOT AFFROD TO MISS.
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Thursday the 1st of June 2023 was a very historical day for hundreds of music lovers in the heart of Bradford and all over the country.
Not only was it a special day that marked 30 years of the Legendary track by two time Grammy Award Winners – ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, it was also the celebration of a philosophical and musical legacy, blessed with the force of an afro-centric fusion that had captured the hearts of many people around the world into a unique and poetic way of creating music.
It was also the first time for me to meet the Legendary Speech in person- THE FOUNDER OF ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and engage him into a lengthy interview for the benefit of our online audiences around the world.
The meeting took place at The Underground, Duke Street in Bradford and was made possible by Gail.
I was accompanied by a good friend, JERRY CRAWFORD (who continues to do great work in Bradford)
As we arrived the venue, I walked up to SPEECH and gave him a hug, I thanked him for all the great contributions that he had made to the music industry over the years. He was warm, extremely down to earth and philosophical.
My mind raced back to the legacies that Arrested Development had created to the music industry for many years and the memories they had created and painted with a musical revolution like no other.
It was evening filled with words of wisdom, personal stories , beautiful moments and a historical day that will always live through the depth of my heart.
COMING SOON ON THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ SHOW – INTERVIEW WITH GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS- ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT – WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE INTERVIEW
ABOUT ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
True Hip-hop trailblazers since 1991, Arrested Development has been cultural champions of consciousness and empowerment across the planet. Their representation of eclectic and vibrant African sounds and clothing has produced a unique clash of rhythms and style that continue to contrast the expected look and sound of Hip-hop culture.
Arrested Development have been supporters of important groups and movements like the National Coalition of The Homeless, and the African National Congress (ANC).
With numerous album releases, and world tours, Arrested Development has been ground-breaking in Hip-hop culture. Their album, “3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of…”, earned them two Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Rap Single (Tennessee), 2 MTV awards, a Soul Train Music Award, and the NCAAP Image Award. Rolling Stone magazine named them Band of The Year in 1992, while VH-1 named them one of the greatest Hip-hop artists of all time! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even named the AD smash “Tennessee” one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. Sharing the stage with such important figures such as Nelson Mandela, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Hilary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, AD are the categorical definition of legends.
The band continues their forward march of curating great music that is about self reflection and igniting change. Their new album, ‘For the FKN Love’ is no exception. The 17-track album features a selection of legendary musicians including, Big Daddy Kane, The Sugar Hill Gang, Masta Ace & Monie Love and is executively produced by Speech for Vagabond Productions and Configa. ‘For the FKN Love’ brings incomparable positive lyricism, storytelling, and cognizant awareness delivered in a fashion only Arrested Development can carry through!
ONE OF THE AFRICA4U AWARD WINNERS FOR THE NIGERIAN YOUTH 2023 WASONILUDE OLUWATOSIN
THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR THE NIGERIAN YOUTH TOOK PLACE IN IKORODU, LAGOS IN APRIL 2023 AND WAS SPONSORED BY BRIGHTER FUTURES UK AND SUPPORED BY INGRAM JONES
INFORMATION ABOUT HIM CAN BE FOUND BELOW
My name is Onilude Oluwatosin. I am a 17 year old Nigerian based in Ikorodu. I schooled at Majidun senior grammar school. I am very passionate about playing cricket and I make the very most of opportunities. I am very grateful to my coach – Mr Ingram Jones
One of the greatest singers of all times, TINA TURNER – has died at the age of 83.
The music of this profound icon, has cut through so many generations for several decades and will be forever remembered for creating legacies as one of the most gifted musicians of all times.
A spokesperson confirmed the Simply the Best singer died after a battle with a long illness. A statement said: “Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock’n Roll’ has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland.
OUR ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK IS LAILA IRAKOZE FROM BURUNDI. LAILA IS BASED IN HUDDERSFIELD. INFORMATION ABOUT HER CAN BE FOUND BELOW. SHE IS ALSO NOW A VOLUNTEER AT AFRICA4U ASSOCIATION
I am very passionate about helping people. I am a support worker ( St Anne’s Community Services) We support nearly 2,000 vulnerable adults in specialist residential, supported living and outreach services, enabling them through exceptional care and support to live their best possible life.
Our vision is ‘A life without limits for the people we support’ which reflects our culture of a knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated workforce.
I am also a business developer and help people with weight loss, sleeping issues and beauty and fitness. (Official partner of Fitline®. Order Fitline® directly from the factory. Innovative product. We support an active & healthy lifestyle with a holistic approach. Official Fitlinepartner. Powercocktail. skin Hydrating-Shot Mask. young care set. ProShape. Gelenkfit. Activize. Munogen.
Also, I am a hypnotherapist (Rapid Transformational Therapy® (RTT®) is a pioneering therapy based on neuroscience that has the potential to offer fast, effective results by combining the most beneficial principles of Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, NLP, and CBT.
RTT® can deliver extraordinary change from physical, emotional, and psychological pain by reframing our core beliefs, values, habits, and emotions deep in the subconscious.
By rapidly rewiring the brain’s neural pathways, RTT® replaces our out-dated belief systems and negative behavior patterns. New life-affirming beliefs are formed, and the transformational process.
Everything I do is online and in person.
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THE AMAZING ROTIMI OLORUNFEMI was one of the award recipients at THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS AND CARIBBEANS LIVING IN WEST YORKSHIRE which took place at the prestigious Banqueting Hall, City Hall in Bradford.‘
INFORMATION ABOUT ROTIMI CAN BE FOUND BELOW
My name is Rotimi Olorunfemi, and I am a proud Nigerian making waves in Bradford, United Kingdom. I was born and raised in Nigeria, and my family played a significant role in shaping my life and character. From a young age, I was taught the values of hard work, discipline, and respect, which have remained with me throughout my life. I completing my first and second degree in Computer science, in Nigeria, I decided to pursue an international education in the United Kingdom, and I was able to secure admission to the University of Bradford.
It was a challenging experience being away from home, but I quickly adapted to the new environment and made the most of the opportunities that came my way. During my time at the University of Bradford, I developed a keen interest in data analysis, and I knew that it was the field I wanted to pursue. I immersed myself in my studies and worked hard to improve my analytical prowess.
With time, I gained the necessary skills and experience to become a successful data analyst, and I am now proud to be working in the field. As a person, I have a heart for people and leadership, and I believe in making a positive impact in the lives of those around me.
My life tenets are integrity, honesty, respect, and kindness, and I strive to live by these values every day.
As a result of my leadership skills and dedication to making a difference, I was elected as the President of the Nigerian Students’ Society at the University of Bradford in 2022. It was a great honour for me to represent my country and my fellow students, make a difference in their lives, and I worked hard to ensure that their voices were heard.
I also serve as the student liaison officer for the Nigerian Community Association in Bradford, and I am proud to be part of an organization that supports and empowers Nigerian students in the United Kingdom.
This role has given me the opportunity to connect with other members of the Nigerian community in Bradford and to work together to make a positive difference in the lives of Nigerians in the city. Recently, on the 31st of March 2023, I was elected as the Community and Activities Officer in the University of Bradford Union of Students, a Sabbatical role that makes me a member of the trustee board. This appointment is a testament to my leadership skills and my commitment to making a difference in the lives of students. This role gives me the opportunity to make an even greater impact on the community and allows me to work closely with other influential young leaders in Bradford.
Despite my busy work schedule, I remain family-oriented and make it a point to spend quality time with my loved ones whenever I can. I value my relationships and cherish the time I spend with my family and friends.
Overall, I am proud to say that I am one of the most influential young Nigerians in Bradford, and I will continue to work tirelessly to make a positive impact in the world. My life tenets of integrity, honesty, respect, and kindness will continue to guide me in all that I do, and I am excited to see what the future holds, as I am confident that my journey will continue to be filled with success and fulfilment.
THE AMAZING VIE CLERC was one of the award recipients at THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS AND CARIBBEANS LIVING IN WEST YORKSHIRE which took place at the prestigious Banqueting Hall, City Hall in Bradford.‘
Vie arrived at the event with many of her close friends and supporters who were over the moon about her award recognition
INFORMATION ABOUT VIE CAN BE FOUND BELOW
Vie Clerc, French national/ EU citizen, arrived in the UK in June 2000, she has extensive experience doing community work with asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants for over 15 years.
Founder of HEM – holmewood ethnic minorities and susbsequently became the community development coordinator, was vice chair of Bradford refugee forum for 2 years, sessional worker at city of sanctuary, and Bradford action for refugees, collaborated with Kath Canoville and Jerry red Dred for last 12 years organising black history month, Sunctuary Sunday, refugee week events.
Mother of 2 children and support worker working with people with Dementia and people with disabilities. In the last 5 years, she has focused her time campaigning for the guarantee of the rights of EU nationals as an advocate for the group The3Million both locally, regionally, nationally and in the EU. She is also a Senior Admin and Advocate of the InLimbo Project – which is a not-for-profit non-political initiative set up by a group of EU27 citizens in the UK to record testimonies from the five million victims of Brexit and allow their voices to be heard.
The first book called In Limbo: Brexit Testimonies from EU citizens in the UK was published from crowdfunding in June 2017 whilst in June 2018, In Limbo Too: Brexit Testimonies from UK citizens in the EU was also published. Facilitator of the EU27 COmmunities of support in Leeds supporting Eu citizens with the human impact of brexit.
Since September 2019 until December 2020, she was the Bradford and Leeds outreach coordinator and free immigration adviser level 1 limited to the Eu settlement scheme (self employed) to support vulnerable Eu citizens and non uk non Eu family members to make their situation secure in the uk post brexit (funded by Bradford council) And lastly instigator of Global Bradford a community group bringing together migrants and descendants of migrants regardless where from and regardless of status. Experienced in doing bids, running groups and sessions, organising events and bringing people together. Since January 2021, working as enhanced support and resettlement officer for Rotherham council with caseload being mainly non U.K. nationals and those with complex needs.
THE AMAZING 89 YEAR OLD JAMAICAN PIONEER, ARTNEL JOHNSON BASED IN HUDDERSFIELD was one of the award recipients at THE AFRICA4U AWARDS FOR AFRICANS AND CARIBBEANS LIVING IN WEST YORKSHIRE which took place at the prestigious Banqueting Hall, City Hall in Bradford.
The amazing pioneer came to the event from huddersfield with his loving family members and relatives who were there to support him.
He gave a very emotional speech on a very historical day filled with lots of inspirational talks on Pan-Africanism, Community engagement , Network opportunities and true life stories.
INFORMATION ABOUT THIS AMAZING ELDER CAN BE FOUND BELOW
Background Born in Rose Hall of St Elizabeth parish Jamaica on 26 th February 1934 from a poor family of 13 children. Despite poverty he excelled in education in Jamaica reaching the equivalent of university Diploma level by UK standards.
Part of the pioneering Windrush generation Artnel moved to Huddersfield 1959 seeking like many a better life and more opportunities followed by his wife in 1961. He met racism and discrimination when seeking work in more skilled profession and work for many years as a bus driver until he started his own business in 1977 sharing a vehicle with a Nigerian friend.
Artnel a lover of education befriended and helped to bridge the relationships between continental Africans who were often students from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and other newly independent countries in the 60 & 70’s many of which lodge in Artnel own home. He was to make connections, friendships and alliances which set him apart as having a greater understanding and love of Africa than his Caribbean peers. Artnel ran support surgeries from his front room providing free writing letter, teaching and coaching to support other immigrants from the Caribbean helping them to navigate a racially discriminatory system.
Married with 8 children but was a father figure and uncle to countless others. He has 27 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandchild which in itself is a legacy on own right. Artnel has been a central unassuming, dependable, upright, humble and pillars of the community not only in Huddersfield but also in Jamacia where you enjoyed the first 20 years of his retirement before returning to England 3 years ago to be closer to his family. Achievements
One of first business owners and treasurer of popular night club known locally as “Venn Street” which attracted the top reggae superstars from Jamaica such as John Holt, Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson Gregory Issacs and many more placing Huddersfield on the map as a top nightlife hotspot in the North of England
First Caribbean driving instructor in Huddersfield and travel agent
Community Leader serving on many Community Voluntary boards including Police advisory boards at the height of the 80’s riots, Hudawi, Jamaica Nation Committee and Beaumont Street Studio’s of which he was the founding Director.
He is one of the black First Magistrates in Kirklees serving on the bench for over 25 years
A committed Christian he served as a deacon of his local church for many years
Interests Artnel has had many interests over the years including photography building his own dark room in the basement of his home.
Artnel is a keen debater on anything to do with global history and politics and is certainly not backward in voicing his opinions even if he had to stand alone.
He brewed homemade beer although ironically, he has never drunk alcohol himself. Artnel is a vibrant and energetic man singing in the church choir and listening and to his favourite artist Fats Domino to which he can still rock and roll to on the dance floor or living room floor when the vibe and rhythm takes hold of him.
He enjoys spending time with his wonderful and very large family. In his retirement Artnel has become a keen gardener planting fruit and vegetables for the family to enjoy. Artnel believes in hard work and education is the key to success and complaining is a fruitless obstacle to progress.