Country of Origin: Nigeria
Tokie Laotan-Brown is the author of Recession Buster: 10 steps to managing your household budget: (A little at a time) which in this time of austerity is a must have for all families and individuals who are keen to make their money go further. As a busy professional woman, wife and mother, Tokie is all too aware of what it takes to make every penny count. By using her own experiences and undertaking research, Tokie was able to compile this easy to read 10 Step guide to household money management. Her interest in money-management stems from her time working as a consultant in money and portfolio management for 5 years.
Tokie is currently working with UN Habitat and Politecnico di Milano of Architectura; on the analysis of energy consumption and energy efficiency in informal settlements of developing countries- “UNESCO: World Heritage Sites; African Cultural Landscapes On Tentative Lists”. She is currently undertaking a joint Phd Program in Economics and Techniques for the Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage at the University of Nova Gorica and Universitat di Venezia, Italy. Tokie also works as a property manager and as a consultant in the housing sector as an environmental architectural technologist. With a background in Sustainable Construction and Architectural Technology, Tokie hopes to travel extensively to Africa, Central and North America, and Central and Eastern Europe to study how environmentally sensitive homes and communities are affected during pre and post occupancy periods.
In 2011, Tokie was voted into the top 100 Most Influential Africans in Ireland. She was a Mayoral Awards nominee in 2005 and An Image Awards Nominee in 2007. Tokie’s portrait was commissioned along with 11 other women for a Calendar as one of the most influential women in Galway in 2006. This was done for the Galway Rape Crisis Centre. She has also worked on various housing projects within the Galway city council as a spatial policy committee member from 2004 to 2007. Tokie currently resides with her husband and 3 kids in Athenry, Galway.
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Country of Origin: Sudan
Shenuma Muhumusa Kashta is a 26 years old mother of three, who specialises in events management and education for African and Caribbean children. Shen had a very difficult time growing up, attending 6 different schools and moving house over 15 times. After leaving secondary school early in 2003 and becoming a volunteer in the public sector, she became a mother at the tender age of 16. Shen made it her mission to help other young disaffected people who were in similar situations to herself.
She volunteered in local youth clubs, pupil referral units, and children centres whilst studying Business and SAGE Line 2 Accounting and as a result of this was rewarded with the Parliamentary Volunteer Award of Excellence. After being invited to join the local government partnership advisory group, The Local Enterprise Growth Initiative and the social inclusion team, Shen started a youth development project at 19, delivering youth conferences and consultations as a voice for young people to address issues that affect them and how to better regenerate schools and the local community.
Shen was commissioned to do a consultation for the LDA (London Development Agency) which generated much interest in her efforts and continued voluntary work. Whilst studying 2 NVQ’s in Supporting Learning and Teaching in Schools, Shen believed that if she worked in schools she could recognise greater physical, social, and emotional needs of children and young people and be better informed of how to be of assistance in her duties to the community.
Soon after having her second daughter in 2008, Shen took a leave of absence and began home educating her children. She then became a member of the board for The National Association of Black Supplementary Schools, and is working on generating sufficient income and support to successfully execute the opening of a full time independent school in London and eventually on the continent. To aid in her mission, in March 2013, whilst 7 months pregnant with her son, Shenuma founded The Black Baby Show, a parenting, children’s and baby expo devoted to parents, carers and those who are with child of African and Caribbean decent. After recognising a gap in the expo market not only for children but for cultural awareness for children, babies and parents thereof, it was imperative that an exhibition of this kind was developed.
The aim is for The Black Baby Show to be a medium for parents and carers as well as businesses to network their needs, products and services to the wider community. The Black Baby Show is now in the process of expansion and includes Black Baby Magazine and BBTV, both online based mediums providing informational education and entertainment for children their parents and caregivers, and The Black Baby Store, specialising in bespoke cultural baby & children’s gifts. Shenuma also organises a home education network once a week also a cultural parent and toddler group with black dolls, toys and games to boost self-confidence and love of self from infancy.
Find out more about The Black Baby Show HERE
Country of Origin: Ghana
Dentaa Amoateng is the founder and CEO of GUBA and GUBA Foundation. She is an award-winning British-Ghanaian entrepreneur, philanthropist, manager, producer, TV presenter and an actress. Dentaa founded the GUBA awards in 2009. A passionate advocate for the Ghanaian community; she successfully developed GUBA as a national and international p whilst celebrating the individual and collective achievements in the UK’s vibrant Ghanaian community.
GUBA has since been endorsed by dignitaries and organisations including The Ghana H latform to recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations positively contributing to the Ghanaian community in the UK or Ghana. GUBA awards is the only major event which enables business people, celebrities and proud citizens with a shared passion for Ghana to come together to network igh Commission to the UK & Ireland, The British High Commission in Ghana, The Ghana Ministry of Tourism, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and wifeCherie, Lord Paul Boateng, Diane Abbott MP and FIFA President Sepp Blatter..
Through her work with GUBA, and its charity the GUBA Foundation which looks at creating awareness on Autism, she was named the Young Social Entrepreneur of the year in the 2011 Future 100 Awards. In 2013, she was further honoured for her achievements, receiving the annual African Women in Europe Award and being described by the organisers as a “diligent entrepreneur and visionary” and female “icon” to the British-African community.
Prior to her establishment of the GUBA awards, Dentaa has been involved in a number of successful personal projects. She was first introduced to the viewing public in 2006 with her hit TV show: ‘The Dentaa Show’. The Dentaa Show was an entertainment program filled with exclusive interviews from celebrities in Ghana and the UK. It drew in a large number of viewers and solidified her status within the African community. After three seasons of the show, she moved on to co-host Ghana’ s popular music talent show known as ‘Mentor’. She also made several cameo appearances in Easterners, Holby City and Judge John Deed.
Recently Dentaa organised a career fair for those in the Diaspora who wanted to migrate back home. Organisations like RLG Communication and UT Bank were part of the sponsors and recruiters. This was a well-attended event at the Park Plaza Hotel with positive results.
Find out more about GUBA Awards HERE.
Country of Origin: Ghana
Sarah Owusu was born in Botswana to a Ghanaian father and Danish mother who is passionate about finding beautiful solutions to complex global issues.
She worked at British Airways where she led Brand Engagement till late 2012 when she gave up the security of a 9 to 5 to travel throughout Africa. She had already lived, worked or schooled in over 15 countries on the continent, but chose to start this journey to deepen her understanding of the transformational change currently occurring across the continent.
She now works with organisations that have a sense of social purpose using dialogic approaches to explore the opportunities and challenges that exist across the continent. She also works directly with individuals that are leading change in Africa coaching two African women: one works to decrease maternal mortality rates through promotion of agri-business in the Democratic Republic of Congo; the other tutors children with autism in Nigeria and seeks to change mindsets about developmental disorders.
She works with the leadership of Africa 2.0 (www.africa2point0.org) facilitating meetings and conferences. Africa 2.0 is an initiative-driven community of young African leaders sharing a collective vision and a common agenda for Africa. The members are committed to transforming Africa as catalyst of accelerated and sustainable growth on the continent.
In November 2013, Africa 2.0 hosted their annual conference. Sarah designed and facilitated a successful opening workshop for the hundred participants.
Since August 2013 she has worked with Peace One Day (www.peaceoneday.org) as Organisation Development Strategist. Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalise Peace Day 21 September globally, and Peace Day has proved to be a catalyst for cooperation and peace building. In particular, the organisation is focused on a campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Great Lakes Region that encourages all parties to stand together in the name of peace, raises awareness of and respect for Peace Day, and seeks to generate a significant reduction of violence across the country on the day by 2016. She has worked to design and recruit the team delivering this campaign and she continues to support Jeremy Gilley and the leadership team on the organisation’s journey towards this goal.
Country of Origin: Sudan
Rozan Ahmed lives her life fullfilling a passionate mission of connection: a “locally global” vision to empower, celebrate and merge creativity as an influential voice for the African continent across the Middle East, the UK and the US.
As an established writer, consultant, cultural analyst and activist, Rozan continues to break cultural barriers by connecting and curating people, projects and products from the regions in which she likes to call “returning markets”. A stern believer in additionally merging the arts with social development and entrepreneurship, Rozan has become a motivational personality when it comes to advocating the concept of “cultural ownership” – taking pride in identity, shaping it and embracing it.
As founder & editor of bougi, the creative authority behind building Middle East/Africa relations, Rozan’s career spans a successful 13 years, counting the likes of international organisations, global music stars, local and international brands, presidents, royalty and civil society within her working realm. They include Justin Timberlake, P.Diddy, RWD, Michelle Rodriguez, Jay Z, the United Nations, Chanel, Adidas, the Princes Trust, Akala, Emmanuel Jal, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Prince Fahad Al Saud, Formula One, Louis Vuitton, SonyBMG and much more.
As deputy editor of RWD magazine in the UK, she worked closely with her team in analyzing, discovering and propelling what we know today as the “British urban music scene”, utilizing what was the growing phenomenon of social media and negotiating a number of corporate relationships to quickly establish the title into what it is right now: the UK’s biggest urban music & lifestyle publication.
In Africa, she developed a series of monumental campaigns surrounding peace culture and was praised by the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), the GOS (Government of Sudan) and GOSS (Government of Southern Sudan) for orchestrating the country’s first celebratory concert, highlighting the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. ‘I wanted to musically symbolise the union between North and South’, said Rozan, ‘people often forget just how powerful music can be, particularly when it comes to positive messaging and its conscientious delivery to a younger audience’.
Rozan has been hailed as one of the ‘hardest working women in showbiz’ (Pride Magazine UK), ‘the woman who can’ (BBC Radio 1), ‘a powerhouse’ (POSE Dubai), “formidable” (Drum Magazine KENYA), a “mogul in the making” (DSTV’s AFRICA MAGIC), “one of the region’s most inspiring women” (VIVA Magazine DUBAI) and “The MENA region’s Oprah Winfrey” (Bahrain Confidential).
Rozan currently sits on the MOBO music panel, she is a board member at the MAD global initiative and an ambassador for the Young & Gifted Foundation. She’s an avid supporter of the amFAR organisation, an advocate for Dubai’s Fashion Forward (the region’s leading fashion platform), Congo Fashion Week, Africa Yoga Project (Kenya), Sudan Change Now (Sudan) and has mentored for the Unreasonable Institute as part of the Unreasonable at Sea program, sailing from South Africa to Ghana in March 2013.
Country of Origin: Zimbabwe
Patricia Tsiga Chipungu was born and grew up in Harare Zimbabwe. She worked in the post and telecommunications sector in Zimbabwe before she moved to England to study Mental Health Nursing at degree level.
She is currently studying Msc in Public Health while working for a charitable organization called Transport4Transport and has projects in Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana and now currently helping to build a school in Zimbabwe.
To date she has published a book that discusses the efficacy of dialectical behaviour therapy for the treatment of Borderline personality disorder in mental health.She also wrote and published Pick Me Up Book For Uplifting Women that is intended to do exactly what is says on the cover. Proceeds from both will go towards funding her projects. For example there is a young lady in Malawi who had a learning disability but whom the whole village believed had evil spirits and even her own parents believed they have been cursed by having her in their family. There are many stories like these.
Patricia has made it her mission to educate against some of these socio-cultural practices that hamper the development of local communities. She founded Butterfly Foundation International which focusses on giving new beginnings. She recently become a partner in Butterfly Publishers International as an Editor and Publisher. Proceeds from each book published will contribute to the projects in Africa that she is involved in.
Find out more about The Butterfly Foundation HERE
Country of Origin: Ghana
Nana Afua Antwi is a British fashion model originated from Kumasi Ashanti in Ghana. She is the winner for Britain’s Top Model of Colour Cycle 5 and BEFFTA Awards Winner Female Model of the Year in 2011 and BEFFTA Young Achiever of the year in 2013. She was a Cover Girl for Feb/March 2013 Issue of best selling International Magazine New Africa Woman, Cover Girl for Black Hair Magazine August/ September Issue which was voted one of the best black magazine cover in America in October 2011.
Nana Afua is the current face and Ambassador for the Stephen Lawrence National Charity Campaign promoting anti hate anti-violence among youth in the UK. She graduated from Thurrock and Basildon College studying Art & Design and a furthered at the London College of Fashion studying fashion illustration.
Winning the Top Model of Colour competition in 2009 gave her a platform to work on a charity project campaign named after her late mother. Akosua Odei Foundation was launched on May 26th 2012 in Hotel Russel West London in aid of Single Mothers/Women living harsh lives in the rural Ghana and Africa. Nana has also had the chance to walk with Matthew Williamson and got featured in his A/W 2011 Catwalk Show in London.
Nana Afua is currently working on her clothing line collection ‘Adopted Culture’ which was featured in Africa Fashion Week 2013. The clothing line has already set the bar after great critical acclaim from the press.
Nana Afua Antwi has currently landed a TV role as a Presenter and her first ever foray into production, a Fashion Talk Show ‘Closet247’ will be airing in March 2014 on Vox Africa TV in the UK. She is also the New face for Swedish Skincare brand now launching in Africa FOREA.
Country of Origin: Nigeria
Kafy Shiyne is a UK based Singer Songwriter who was left in this county (UK) at the tender age of 13 to live with aunties, uncles and other family members. Most of these extended family members did their best but whilst living with one particularly superstitious aunty/sister she experienced being stigmatised, branded as an evil child or a witch thus emotionally neglected.
Although the experience lasted for just two years, it has left a big impact on her life. This is the main reason she tries to bring attention to the plight of children in Africa that are being falsely accused of witchcraft by false pastors and in turn abused and ostracised.
She does this by organising fundraising events for charities such as Stepping Stone Nigeria that help the said children by providing education, food and shelter. Her debut Album ‘The Reason’ was released in June 2013.
Her hope is to gain a bigger platform through her music and sharing her experience in order to highlight these issues in the UK; with children being taken away from their family and country of origin with promises of a better life but instead are used, abused, enslaved and sometimes killed.