Jacqui also known as #JacquiWhoalwayslovestosmile worked as an Investment Banker for high net worth individuals for over a decade. After a lot soul-searching she changed her career (to give her more time with her family) and became a foster carer and has remained in this profession for over 20 years. In that time she has looked after over 30 children and given them long-term security for long periods of up to 13 years. Jacqui has taken up motivational writing and sends inspirational messages every day to uplift individuals and make a difference in their lives . In recent times she has opened a Children’s Provision where she can provide support for up to 4 children and in her free time she enjoys walking, dancing, cycling and travelling in no particular order.
Adeyosola Cole is a poet from Lagos,Nigeria. Born on the 23rd of November 2003. An aspiring nurse of the university of Port-Harcourt , she loves to read , write and cook. She also took part in THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ INTERNATIONAL ONLINE POETRY COMPETITION 2022 and her amazing poem can be found below
Mr Iso Bassey is an IT Consultant, entrepreneur and social advocate. He will be a guest on THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ SHOW to talk about THE CROSS RIVER MOVEMENT. Watch this space for an inspirational interview with Mr Iso Bassey
INFORMATION ABOUT MR ISO BASSEY CAN BE FOUND BELOW
Iso Bassey is an IT consultant, entrepreneur, social advocate and founder of ACADEMIX (www.academix.ng) – Africa’s fastest growing eLibrary.
He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria) and a Masters in Information systems from the University of Leeds (UK). He is also an alumnus of the London School of Economics and Sung Kyun Kwan University.
He spent 8 years delivering web-based enterprise software systems to some of the UK’s leading companies including Reed Business Information, Pfizer and Bechtel.
In 2004 Iso founded http://www.nigeria-friends.com – Nigeria’s first social networking website which at the time of his exit had over 80,000 members and 10,000 schools.
Upon his return to Nigeria in 2007, Iso consulted for a number of organisations including the R.E.A.D. Africa Foundation where he played a key role in bringing to birth the maiden edition of the acclaimed Garden City Literary Festival. He has gone on to consult for both private and public organisations in Nigeria.
He served for 5 years as Special Assistant to the Governor of Cross River State on Information and Communication Technology and headed operations at the Rainbow Foundation (project manages the Port Harcourt UNESCO World Book Capital 2014).
In 2015, he founded ACADEMIX.NG – an eLibrary of Africa focused research which was a finalist of the Thomson Reuters Africa Startups Challenge, 2016 having been identified as a “High growth, high potential company”.
The amazing UK based Jackline Waziri from Tanzania is a Published Poet, The CEO of Mwana Events and The AFRICA4U YOUTH AMBASSADOR FOR THE UK. She also took part in THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2022
HER AMAZING POEM CAN BE FOUND BELOW . Watch this space for more initiatives by Jackline Waziri
Along the way
The journey may seem unclear It is with your own eyes That you must see
The journey may seem far It is with your hands That you must part a way
The journey may seem cold It is with your warmth That they must feel
The journey may seem unlit It is with your light That you must share
The journey may seem heartless It is with your eternal That you are deathless
The journey may seem silent It is with your words That you are heard
The journey may seem dark It is your self That you must find
The journey may seem soundless It is your echo That will live to tell
The journey may seem everlasting It is your only chance This is the way
Roger Okewole is a Civil Engineer and the Visionary of 9ja Pop Art. He is based in New Jersey, USA.
He was recently a guest on THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ SHOW to talk about his creativity, his passion and THE 9JA POP ART INITITIATIVE. This was an informative show which was enjoyed by all our viewers . CLICK ON THE LINK HERE TO WATCH THE SHORT INTERVIEW
INFORMATION ABOUT ROGER CAN BE FOUND BELOW
I am Roger Okewole and 9ja Pop Art is a peek into my imagination!
INSPIRATIONS: More than Dali, Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein is my main artistic inspiration. I couldn’t have been older than eight when Mom was showing me Lichtenstein’s works in World Book Encyclopedia.
BEGINNINGS: My parents bought a few of those thick coffee table art books with photos of the great paintings by Old Masters, alongside Greek and Roman sculptures. I was studying anatomy and perspective from those books from a very early age. My folks also bought me every age-appropriate comic book they could find, which truly unlocked my imagination.
I first exhibited in a gallery when I was about 11 years old. I was designing costumes and banners for carnivals in Nigeria when I was in my early teens. I was 16 when I got my first graphics job with an advertising agency in Lagos.
I worked as a graphic artist while at college in Nigeria and the USA. I did all this without a single day in art school. My folks insisted I follow the “responsible eldest son” path and I got a Civil Engineering degree and an MBA.
Then things changed…After about a 10-year hiatus spent climbing the corporate ladder, I formed 9ja Pop Art to bring my artistic side back to life.
MEDIA: I mostly use pencils, inks, watercolor pencils and computer graphics; I like to mix it up and my creative impulses tend to go in very different directions. The only thing I never do is photobashing
I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I have!!!
My art business has been designated as a “Trusted Art Seller” with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.
WINNER OF THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ POETRY COMPETITION 2022 IS TAIWO BAYODE. HIS BIO AND WINNING POEM CAN BE FOUND BELOW
Taiwo O. Bayode is a Nigerian poet, writer, and a law student at the prestigious University of lbadan, Oyo, Nigeria . He develops enthusiasm in anything that deals with writing and creativity. He writes poems,short quotes,motivational & inspiring words. He develops much pleasure in writing about love and at same time poems expressing the full of glance of sadness, pity and sorrow.He has written some few works yet to be published, resulting from some due and undue issues, two of this books are “Encounter with the edges of love” (Poetry Anthology and “Blind” (a motivational series). He hails from of Akure City, Ondo state, Nigeria. He is jovial type and he loves everything that has to do with football. He always believes in his personal life “ideology”, it is says, ‘life is a chance”, chance to be anything, chance to create and recreate, chance to sin and repent,chance to try, fail and try again, chance to be great. life is a chance to be the best version of you His Instagram handle @blessedpen_ and phone number 07025108352.
WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE SILVER AWARD WINNER OF THE TONY TOKUNBO FEENANDEZ INTERNATIONAL ONLINE POETRY COMPETITION 2022 IS NDUKA VICTORIA CHINWENDU
HER BIO AND WINNING POEM CAN BE FOUND BELOW- CONGRATULATIONS TO NDUKA VICTORIA CHINWENDU
Nduka Victoria Chinwendu Bio
Nduka Victoria is an enthusiast of African culture, particularly afro hair, music and literature. On the days when she’s motivated, she writes short stories and poetry that elicit strong emotions. She’s a recent graduate of Chemical Engineering but do not ask her about thermodynamics or bubble point. She dances well too. In her head.
Surrender The days are past when I was dour
When things were sweet and sometimes sour
When I had a dozen million or just four
Now be I rich or be I poor
My heart remains an open door
On hinges of compromise I flutter
With each push I yield and not clutter On your whim I choose to die or live
All I have and am I give
I pour my last drop into your overflowing hive
That you may be to me
What to you I couldn’t be
I lock up my free will and hand you the key
To this temple you have become a Bey Let the snap of your fingers be
my morning cue
Let the nod of your head decide my daily due
Do not weep for me for I feel no rue
That I have no mind of my own I do not care a sou
My sole purpose is to live only for you
Into your hand I my soul render
From now till eternity in unconditional surrender Nduka Victoria Chinwendu
Oyebami Iyanuoluwa (Ezra Alagbada King) is an award winning Spoken word Poet,artist,content creator,a writer and a podcaster. He is artistically inclined with the passion to help youth around him. His Podcast has reach out to different countries and having 900 subscribers round the world. His poetry has won him Certificates and he has also meet and interviewed prominent dignitaries. Oyebami iyanuoluwa (Ezra Alagbada King) is an undergraduate student of English and Literary studies in the University of Ibadan affiliated to Osun state college of Education Ilesa. Ezra Alagbada King is well known for his Instagram interview which has reached and touched youth in the Country. Through his Instagram Live Interview he has been able to interview the like of Ojo Ibikunle (Ronke Osodioke),Victory Ashaka,Yomi Soyombo, Aremo Yusuf (Gemini) and the many more. His aim is to help and encourage youth reach their potentials and this he has been doing. He is a Youth Advocate and he is personate about it. His mantra is to serve humanity and be a beacon of hope for others to find their path. He is open for anything Art and like always, he is always in love with it. You can connect with him on WhatsApp +2347030261469Instagram- Ezraalagbadaking