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

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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, BRADFORD BASED SINEAD CAMPBELL

Bradford’s Sinead Campbell is a singer-songwriter, creative producer and Music Instigator with Bradford Producing Hub. She supports the music scene within the district, curates music events and runs Bradford Buskival. 

She is a soul singer who delivers smooth RnB basslines & propulsive rhythms. She seeks to inspire confidence in others and stands for connectedness. She has shared the stage with the likes of Basement Jaxx, Aswad and Arrested development, has support from BBC Introducing amongst others and is just getting started. 

EX-ENGLISH CRICKETER, ROLAND BUTCHER, LAUNCHES REVOLUTIONARY NEW CRICKET BAT AIMED AT SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVING BATTING PERFORMANCES

EX-ENGLISH CRICKETER, ROLAND BUTCHER, LAUNCHES REVOLUTIONARY NEW CRICKET BAT AIMED AT SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVING BATTING PERFORMANCES

The long-awaited Roland Butcher Cricket Training Bats were launched at the famous Lord’s Cricket

Ground in London recently. The bats have been specially designed to tackle a technical problem that

plagued the ex-English cricketer throughout his 20-year professional career.

“Throughout my career I had a technical problem with the balls that came into the right-handed

batsman, and I had great difficulty in correcting this problem throughout my career,” explained

Butcher. “Once I had retired this continued to weigh heavily on my mind and I started investigating

different ways to solve the problem. This problem was solved by designing a bat that corrected this

technical flaw. I firmly believe that my new training bat will help all current and future cricketers

develop the batting skills and techniques required to be successful in their elite careers.”

Butcher was the first black cricketer to be selected to play for England and had an illustrious career,

which included playing for Middlesex County Cricket Club.

The first bat he designed was aimed at mastering the in-swinging and off spin deliveries that right-

handed batsmen typically face. Once he was completely satisfied with the design, size, weight and

balance he then sent it for rigorous scientific testing, which produced exceptional results.

But his research did not stop there. It then occurred to him that the oppose must also be true for

players who have difficulty playing the ball that moves or spins away from the right-handed

batsman. The second bat was designed to master the away swing and leg spin deliveries.

“In relation to the first two bats that were designed for the right-handed batsman, there are

equivalent bats reversed for the left-handed batsman,” said Butcher.

The third and final training bat in his series is designed for mastering the playing of spin, fast bowling

and concentration. 

“Whilst designing my bats I was a High-Performance Coach with the International Cricket Council

(ICC) under ICC High Performance Head Coach Bob Woolmer, the former England player and South

Africa and Pakistan Head Coach. Bob advised me to have the bats scientifically tested”, explains

Butcher.

And in 2002, Butcher registered the three bat inventions with the patent office, and they were sent

to Loughborough University for testing. Loughborough University is one of the most advanced

Universities in the world of Science and Technology in Sport. The scientific study and testing were

conducted by the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at the

same University.

The process took two years to complete, and in 2004 Butcher was handed a complete and

comprehensive thesis. “The thesis from Loughborough University confirmed scientifically that all the

bats worked and produced the exact results I was anticipating. Not only that, but it proved that the

batter’s performance was significantly improved!”

The results also confirmed that the training bats improved the accuracy of the bowlers significantly.

“This result was a pleasant surprise as I had designed the bats exclusively for batting,” concluded

Butcher.

The bats are now being manufactured by Stone Hill and distributed by B3Cricket http://www.b3cricket.com

FOR MEDIA HERE IS THE INFORMATION AT A GLANCE:

The difference in the three bats:

1. Assists batsmen with mastering the Out-swing.

2. Assists batsmen with mastering the In-Swing.

3. Assists batsmen with mastering Spin.

The VIPS that attended the launch were:

 Ricky Skerritt President of Cricket West Indies

 Angus Fraser Ex England and Middlesex player. Currently Director of Development for

Middlesex

 Mark Ramprakash Ex England and Middlesex player. Current batting consultant for

Middlesex

 Jamie Cox Assistant Secretary Cricket MCC.

 Ricky Elcock Ex Middlesex and England player

 Sam Robson Middlesex and England player

Captions for Images:

1. Ex-England and Middlesex players Roland Butcher and Mark Ramprakash with the new training

bats.

2. Ex-England and Middlesex player and current Director of Development for Middlesex, Angus

Fraser, Ex-England Cricket player and Current batting consultant for Middlesex Mark

Ramprakash with Ex-England and Middlesex player Roland Butcher and current England and

Middlesex player Sam Robson

3. Manufacturer Sibi Sheikh from Stone Hill, Ricky Skerrit the President of the West Indian Cricket

Board, Ex-England and Middlesex player Roland Butcher and distributor Michael Blatherwick

from B3Cricket.

4. The three cricket bats

COMING SOON ON TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ SHOW, INTERVIEW WITH MR OBUMSELU ON THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF WEST INDIANS TO NIGERIA

COMING SOON ON TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ SHOW, INTERVIEW WITH MR OBUMSELU ON THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF WEST INDIANS TO NIGERIA

MR OBUMSELU IS A UNIVERSITY LECTURER. HE HAS A PASSION FOR HISTORY, LITERATURE, TRAVELLING, POETRY AND AFRICAN MUSIC

ABOUT MR EBELE OBUMSELU

I have a varied professional background with a strong focus on managing market research, social research and stakeholder programmes and projects in both public and voluntary sector. I have experience of developing insight products from data collection and analysis in roles working in the public sector (particularly regulators in the food, justice, health/social services sector).

I have worked in the NHS, local government and the Civil Service. This includes eight years as lead research and community engagement officer within the Chief Executives Department and policy unit in a busy London local authority, four years in the NHS, and four in the voluntary sector, mostly on research projects to improve health care access and patient experience.

My local government experience was focused on leading, advising and supporting the local authority’s market research and customer engagement activities, including complaints analysis, management and customer feedback.

My NHS has experience provided me with formal research skills and experience of reaching, engaging and researching ‘difficult to reach’ social groups.

Specialties: 1. Research management – designing, implementing, managing and commissioning research projects for both internal purposes and external clients.

2. Researching and engaging ‘hard to reach’ groups and customers – designing and implementing research projects to gather insight and intelligence for policy development/service improvement.

3. Data collection, analysis and report writing – including handing data requests and enquiries from customers and service managers.

4. Managing research teams.

ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK – DR ESTHER SAMSON UKARIA BASED IN GERMANY

Pretty faces and charming smiles often captivate people, but they forget there is more to them than meets the eyes.

​Dr Esther Samson Ukaria (hc) is a Nigerian German, born and raised in Kano, Nigeria, a city renowned for its monuments, crafts, and cultural diversity.

I love New York cheesecake, good cuisine, and just exploring new cities and organizing creative events.

My reputation for professionalism, humour, brilliant mind, and commitment to helping others often stand out among those who know me.

My stubborn part can sometimes get the best of me, but I am a quick learner and quick to apologize for my mistakes.

​I hold 1st Class Hons. International Relations & Strategic Studies from Igbinedion University (2019), and IHK-Commercial Administration from Robert-Schuman Berufs Kollege, Essen Germany (2015), Personal Development Certified Coach from the Empowerment Academy (2021) in the U.S.A. Business Management Certification from European Business University Luxembourg (2022)

​Having started my career as a trainee at the Stanbic IBTC bank in Nigeria, I moved to Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany. I have acquired skills from different international companies over the years. Through it, I have developed conceptual skills, empowered my clients and my community during difficult times, and developed feasible solutions for various problems.

Moreover, I have always been passionate about philanthropy and writing heart- warming stories about life struggles. I would have chosen this career if I had won a lottery in secondary school. Nonetheless, in 2015 this dream became a reality. The House of Mercy Network Foundation was born. Our feeding program has impacted over 8,000 lives in Kogi, Nigeria and over 100 in Tamil Nadu, India.

Also, we have implemented renovation and training projects there. In 2022, we will launch a new project to provide a mother and child sunshine package to pregnant mothers.

This project aims to reduce the high poverty rate among expectant mothers in that area.

Through my role as an ambassador at the European Business University in Luxembourg, students can study accredited impacted courses on a scholarship.

In recognition of these achievements, I was awarded an honorary degree in humanity from the Faith Fuller Seminary affiliated with the Evangel Christian University of America U.S.A on December 5th, 2021. In addition to writing seven books, I've graced many stages and shared my word of wisdom with others.

“WHAT MAKES BRADFORD SO SPECIAL” A SHORT DOCUMENTARY BY TONY FERNANDEZ (COMING SOON)

We are pleased to inform you that a very short documentary titled ” WHAT MAKES BRADFORD SO SPECIAL” will be out before the end of 2022.   This documentary is in celebration of Bradford as The UK City of Culture but also represents the very special voices and faces of Bradford that you do not get to hear or see everyday . Our stories are your stories and the soul of any community lives within the heart of its people.  For more information about this small project contact +447882809005 .  Also take 2 secs to subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/etekatoks

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WHAT NIGERIAN WEST INDIAN ASSOCIATION MEANS TO ME – WRITTEN BY ROGER OKEWOLE

We moved to Nigeria in 1975 from Scotland. It was a weird experience for me because I don’t
think I really understood what leaving the only society I’d ever known actually meant. The sense
of displacement was very real and I was so confused, at times I would walk to our backyard in
Apapa expecting to bump into our backyard in East Kilbride (don’t be harsh, I have always had
a wild imagination).
When we met my father’s family, I never felt they knew what to make of us. There always
seemed to be an expectation of something to be given but never returned. I do not think this can
be dismissed as youthful imagination. I still don’t think I was wrong. I could neither really relate
to nor get really close to my cousins because of that mental barrier.
At school for the first few years I didn’t really fit in. I grew to be quite popular but I always
embraced the fact that I was seen as just a little different as a defense mechanism so it couldn’t
be used against me.
I remember we started meeting a lot of West Indians almost from the time we arrived in Nigeria.
They were the first people who I felt embraced my family and I on our own merits. The “aunties”
and “uncles” and their children formed that backbone of my social circle before the NWIA was
formally constituted. Back then it was a group of fishes out of water supporting each other.
By the time I was a teenager, NWIA kids made up almost all of my social circle. Maybe I should
have been more inclusive, but it is a fact that without understanding NWIA you do not know me.
There is an old photo of me at my father’s 1996 funeral that shows me flanked by NWIA kids
and aunties comforting me.
It was an NWIA kid who helped me look smart at my wedding, adjusting my lapel and tie.
It was an NWIA kid that sang at my wedding.
I married an NWIA kid.
I suffered a major stroke in 2021 and threw a birthday party/celebration of healing that NWIA
kids attended from all over. Even after all this time, they still hold me up, just like they did at my
dad’s funeral.
My fondest memories of Nigeria are almost all centered around NWIA events.
There is no doubt about it, NWIA was my first family outside of nuclear family. My feelings
about this are undiluted.

WRITTEN BY ROGER OKEWOLE

SO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL NOW HAS 400 SUBSCRIBERS – BUT DO NUMBERS REALLY MATTER ?

SO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL NOW HAS 400 SUBSCRIBERS – BUT DO NUMBERS REALLY MATTER ?

I often hear people say that “its all about the numbers” as we live in “a number world“, But do numbers really matter? What are your priorities and your vision in the digital space?

To be honest, the number game has never been part of my long term goals or my core values as THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ SHOW is all about promoting the true life and success stories of African and Caribbean achievers around the world as well as feeding our listeners with inspirational content that will continue to make an impact on their lives. (Regardless of the number of listeners or subscribers we have each week)

I would like to encourage someone today to embrace your passion , your purpose, your calling, the things you believe in and the things you enjoy and with time you will discover that your journey becomes lighter as you embrace the beauty of fulfillment.

It is not always about the number of people in a room, its more about the quality of people in the room and how they are able to make a positive impact to the world with the sunshine that unfolds from their minds and their hearts .

And all the same, if you like what we do, then feel free to subscribe to our channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/etekatoks

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT VIE ? – AN AMAZING FRENCH LADY WHO IS PASSIONATE ABOUT BRADFORD

‘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.

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