OUR YOUNGEST EVER SPEAKER AT OUR BLACK HISTORY EVENT, HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT, 22 YEAR OLD PHILIP AKODA, PREPARED TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE THIS FRIDAY THE 27TH

Mr Philip Akoda’s Bio

Born on the 1st of May 1996 in Calabar, Nigeria, Philip Akoda, through his mother, Dr. Winifred Akoda, is a direct descendant of His eminence  EdidemBasseyEyo Ephraim Adam (III), a former Obong of Calabar. Spending most of his formative years in Calabar and the remainder travelling several African, European and American cities, Philip, at 17, went on to study Computer Hardware Engineering at the Lagos City Computer College and is presently studying Computer Engineering at the University of Essex, where he also sits on the board of Execs for the Nigerian Society.

On the 18th of February 2017, Philip Akoda and OdisoEdim released the first Efik Language Learning App on Google Play Store and the first in a series of Language Learning apps by their company, Aflang, which aims to revive and preserve dying African Languages.

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NICHOLAS WALKER FROM TRINIDAD (LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF READING), ONE OF OUR SPEAKERS AT BLACK HISTORY TAKING PLACE AT PARLIAMENT THIS FRIDAY THE 27TH OCTOBER

Nick is a marketing enthusiast with over 15 year’s industry experience specialising in arts marketing. He has produced shows locally and internationally, as well as marketed productions at a range of venues including the Garrick Theatre, in London’s West End. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of CultureMix Arts, a Reading based Community Interest Company and Arts Council, National Portfolio Organisation. Nick is a lecturer and PhD researcher at the University of Reading, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Chartered Marketer and, when time allows, a Support Worker at Priors Court School, where he works with young people affected by severe Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

His PhD research focuses on the influence of West End theatre marketing on the ethnic profile of the theatregoing audience and explores issues such as social inequality, minority academic achievement and the concept of labelling. His research will contribute to the global and multifarious discourse on racial equality, as well as inform the future direction of arts marketing.

 

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INTRODUCING MR DEAN OKAI, ONE OF OUR SPEAKERS AT OUR BLACK HISTORY EVENT TAKING PLACE AT HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT THIS FRIDAY 27TH, OCTOBER

I am Dean Okai, I am 42 years old and originally from South London. I grew up on two housing estates in South London until I moved out of my Mother’s house at 18. Young Men don’t necessarily make the best decisions and me moving back to New Cross to be around certain friends wasn’t the smartest.

Within a couple of years I can say that I was surrounded by petty criminals on the establishing rungs of the ladder. Yet regardless of the environments and circumstances I found myself, I always knew exactly who I was going to be and where I was going to be. I had that same spirit in school, when I would hear teachers tell me I couldn’t do this or that.

There was never a stage in my life when I would base what I was capable of, based on other peoples limitations. Everybody you come across that is threatened by your confidence will try to convince you out of your position, by selling you fear and doubt. Don’t buy it, there is something innate in your spirit that knows your path and destiny.

Having established that at my core I was always a big brother and an entrepreneur, I made a decision that no matter how many businesses I had that went down and how much I lost a by product, that I would never sit still and continue evolving and sharpening my pencil with regards to mastering business processes and acumen.

In the year 2000, I lost two phone shops in South London after three burglaries that left me with £260 in my pocket. My MO was always to get a job for six months and take advantage of all of the resources around me to re-establish myself and save the stake money to bet on myself again. I’d make myself as small as possible and save until I reached my number and then leave for another Dean Okai adventure.

You will find a common thread with many entrepreneurs in that we have had many incarnations to give us 10,000 hours of practice, to master our environment within the business landscape. There is nothing easy about being in business, because as business people we are choosing to be problem solvers. When you look at the matrix of challenges in front of you such as a shrinking economy, new technology that reduces your customer base, marketing that has become more streamlined to attract niche markets, all whilst paying the commercial land lord, who is raising the rent.DEAN

 

Did I mention that you have to do all of this and manage the dynamic of personalities within our companies and manage Family life at the same time. Having a job is not practice for running a business. This upsets many people with jobs, who have aspirations to get off the plantation and become architects of their own destiny. You need to just do it. Do your research, surround yourself with expertise, emerce yourself in the industry you want to enter and be aware that you have a number of transferrable skills.

 

Because of my experience I have always been aware that I had a number of transferrable skills, which is why I never listened to anyone else about the limitations of my capabilities. I was encouraged to get a job and work for someone else from my earliest memories, this is how we first betray our children, which is why I home school my son and enable him to be an entrepreneur.

 

Getting around to my current business, Suits Direct on Camden High Street, which was only an opportunistic means to an ends to provide a daily income, whilst pursuing everything else that I do. It provides me with choices that enable me to advocate on the ‘Transition of the Black Pound’ projects, raise and spend time with my son to guarantee that he will permanently be his own boss. As Black people we need to practice self preservation that serves our Families and our collective interests first.

 

As Men we are obligated to pay the rent and feed our Families, whilst climbing the ladder to fulfil our dreams. Being an entrepreneur is the perfect way to do that, which is why I advocate for teaching our children to be financially literate and run their own businesses. From the age of 9 I always wanted to work for myself, inspite of the fact that my Mother always encouraged me to get a proper job. My son will never know the pressures of those conflicting interests and be happy to follow the desires of his heart.

 

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OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT AT UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT TAKES PLACE NEXT WEEK FRIDAY THE 27TH OF OCTOBER

I am humbled to be organizing THE BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS AT THE UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE 5TH YEAR IN A ROW in conjunction with the The MP for Reading West – MP ALOK SHARMA on Friday the 27th of October 2017-09-12
Events like these are also a way of showcasing Our History , Our Stories, Our culture and the real life experiences and profound contributions of great people making a difference to life each day. In the last four years the event has attracted the likes of Role Models, Celebrities, Community leaders and MPs from Conservative, Labour and The Scotish National party
This is A SPECIAL INVITE EVENT ONLY and all 60 invited guests have been notified by email with a SPECIAL INVITATION LETTER
KEY SPEAKER FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS, UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT 2017

Jacque Johnson (VISITING ALL THE WAY FROM AMERICA ) 2017 PRESIDENT BARRACK OBAMA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT RECIEPIENT, THE CEO AND FOUNDER OF PROFILE AFRICA & AWARD WINNING GLOBAL CONNECTOR
TOPIC – CELEBRATING THE ESSENCE OF OUR AFRICAN HISTORY FROM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE

MR Dean Okai – OWNER AT SUITS DIRECT AND FOUNDER OF THE SOLUTION ROOM
TOPIC- THE TRUIMPH IN THE JOURNEY OF MY HUMBLE BEGININING : A LESSON TO ALL AS PART OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

MR Nicholas Walker – LECTURER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
TOPIC- THE NEW GUARD : THERE IS MORE THAT UNITES US THAN DIVIDES US

MR Philip Nosa-Adam – 22 YEAR OLD SOFTWARE DEVELOPER AND THE YOUNGEST EVER SPEAKER AT OUR BLACK HISTORY EVENT AT PARLIAMENT
TOPIC – THE CREATION OF MY FIRST EVER AFRICAN LANGUAGE LEARING MOBILE APP ON GOOGLE PLAY

MR Abbey King Khawaja – PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR AND COMMUNITY ADVOCATE
TOPIC – THE IMPORTANCE OF AFRICANS AND ASIANS WORKING TOGETHER IN THE DIASPORA

THERE WILL ALSO BE LIVE JAZZ PERFORMANCES BY AN AMAZING SAXOPHONIST FROM UGANDA – Ngobi Godfrey

OUR MEDIA AND SUPPORTING PARTNERS
DE OSA CATERING SERVICES – MANAGED BY Rita Osa
FOCUS AFRICA – MANAGED BY Focus Atta
9jadiaspora – MANAGED BY Mr Toibudeen Oduniyii
STAR RADIO UK- Streaming live on the day
OUTERGLOBE -MANAGED BY Debbie Golt
True-African Heritage-Awards– MANAGED BY Rukayat Aderewa Akanke
LEADERSHIP MIND AMBASSADORS managed by IfeanyiChukwu Petwise – Infopreneur
VIDEO COVERAGE BY SMP PRODUCTIONS AND Steve MulindwaPRODUCTIONS
INPHOTOPIA PHOTOGRAPHY MANAGED BY Dark Zac
AFRICANA- MANAGED BY Richard Oluyinka
SIR Arthur Obika
A.A.V AMARU

 

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MUSIC SPOTLIGHT – CELEBRATING THE MUSICAL LEGACY OF THOMAS MAPFUMO FROM ZIMBABWE

Thomas Tafirenyika “Mukanya” Mapfumo was born in Marondera, Zimbabwe in 1945. His early childhood moments, saw him tapping the knack and interest for traditional music and instruments (ngoma, hosho and mbira) from his grandparents who were avid musicians in the village. Unbeknown to him, that early-stage set-up underlined with innocence would describe his future music career and earn him global fame. By the age of ten he lived in Mbare with his parents who worked in the city. At the time, Mbare was a black ghetto township; also a hub of protest movements against the segregationist colonial regime. That anarchic neighborhood exposed young Thomas to some early brushes with police brutality against restless freedom protesters. It was also in Mbare that Mapfumo became hooked to the stereo, finding a favorite pastime as he listened to diverse international music from famous stars of the day. That concentrated limelight would eventually inspire him to plot for a music career at that tender age.

Around 1973 Mapfumo joined his first group, the Hallelujah Chicken band in Mhangura, a small mining town. Initially, he had sang in English but quickly spotted a need to express himself in vernacular and please his local fans. That way, he would also spread consciousness and the call for freedom. He had a brief stint with the Hallelujah Chicken band before joining with others to form the Acid Band. Realizing a need for seriously pursuing his own Chimurenga music genre, he then founded the Blacks Unlimited around 1978. By then, Chimurenga music had eventually morphed into a symbol for the struggle against injustice as it assumed a distinct and threatening presence in war-torn Rhodesia. Through that music banner, he continued to taunt the colonial regime, denouncing poverty while advocating for freedom. Despite the colonial system reacting to the music with censure and repression, Mapfumo’s music irresistibly rocked the nation like a Hurricane as it remained unique, melodious, informative and equally gripping.

When Zimbabwe became independent in 1980, Mukanya even shared the celebrations stage in Rufaro Stadium with the Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley, opening more doors to international fame and recording opportunities in London. Despite his dedication to fighting colonial arbitrariness from the stage, Mapfumo even got busier in independent Zimbabwe as he would embark on a new Chimurenga theme. The looming corruption, grinding poverty, and the decaying rule of law blighted a promising Zimbabwe, saddening hopeful masses and inevitably pushing him to compose more lyrics as missiles for protest against his own government. To the surprise of many, the same music censorship characteristics of colonial Rhodesia also visited Mukanya upon his release of the “Corruption” album in independent Zimbabwe. With more pressing conditions, in 2000, he relocated to the USA and continued with his music.

In October 2012, he entered the hall of fame, getting a chance in a lifetime, through his being reverenced to perform at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York City. As a venue mainly for top notch global musicians, such a humbling recognition to the Lion of Zimbabwe was made possible because of his historical contributions to the fight of freedom and social justice in Zimbabwe. After decades of scintillating compilations, Thomas Mapfumo, a.k.a. Gandanga (freedom fighter) has fearlessly spearheaded Chimurenga beats through his continued tremendous contributions to the struggle for a united, prosperous and comfortable Zimbabwe. His tireless liveliness in civil rights activism prod him to exploit his tools of trade to communicate with the public in song as he gets buoyed on amazingly consistent stamina.

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ISRAEL ONORIODE ORGANIZES “BLACK FUTURE” – (AN EXHIBITION OF BLACK PEOPLE) ON SATURDAY THE 25TH OF NOVEMBER , DO NOT MISS IT

The amazing town of Reading in Berkshire comes to LIFE this Saturday the 25th of November  as Mr Israel Onoriode takes centre stage to organize an amazing initiative called “BLACK FUTURE” – An Exhibition of Black People

The event is aimed at bringing BLACK PEOPLE together from different social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds to create more inspirational narratives and success stories for the future.

BLACK FUTURE is a FREE EVENT and shall be taking place at THE WAREHOUSE, 1A CUMBERLAND ROAD, OFF LONDON ROAD, NEW TOWN, READING BERKSHIRE , RG1 3LB

 

FOR MORE INFO, RING 07551286885 or EMAIL blackposterity@gmail.com

ALSO VISIT THE BLOG @ www.blackposterityforum.blogspot.co.uk 

 

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ABOUT ISRAEL ONORIODE

 

Israel Godson Onoriode also knows as Dj real O’rael is originally an actor, songwriter and a radio presenter. He also does event video and photography. Isreal is  The eighth of nine children from the family of Gabriel Onoriode Uge, his love for music entertainment and media was first noticed when he was 2 years old as he would dance and sing for anyone, he eventually started making money performing at the tender age of nine. He knew and would talk about all programs especially films on TV.

Israels  passion for creativity took him to becoming a member of Stars theatre one of the most popular dance theatres in Benin City, Nigeria around late 80s and early 90s. He also featured in a couple of episodes of the comedy variety show on Edo state broadcasting corporation EBS While an undergraduate at the University of Portharcourt, he was always chosen as one of the delegate to represent the University at the annual National University Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF). He was also one of the actors on the Rivers state entry of the then Nigerian International Bank (NIB) Annual Production It was not until he relocated to the UK that he started giving more attention his music.

He released his first highlife CD in 2007 and  again his hunger to express his passion in images led him to start Realmultimedia originally called Realife images – a video and photography event coverage business that same year.

Realmultimedia have shot about 33 events since then. They are looking forward to doing feature films from next year. Israel Onoriode DJ real, the soul man as he is fondly know on radio is the host of Real Vibez and The African Show (from 6- 8pm every Tuesday) where they examine the music, lifestyle, culture and traditions of a particular African country every month on Blast1386 the UK, Reading based radio station. Israel Onoriode is the founder of Realpraisefestival (www.realpraisefestival.co.uk) a Christian whole day praise festival and LIVING IT an annual music and general entertainment initiative where they showcase and encourage acts especially youth groups to live their acts. Some of his works on stage • Samuel Beckett’s one man play Act Without Word, Directed by Yibo Koko (Man) 1991 • Miesoinuma H S Minima’s Odum Egege – Directed by Comish Ekiye for Nigerian International Bank (NIB) Annual Production (Ikechi) 1997 • Don Pedro Obaseki’s OBASEKI, directed by Pedro Obaseki (Igbinovia) 2001, 2002 & 2003 • Don Pedro Obaseki’s AZAGIDI, directed by Pedro Obaseki (Fool) 2003 • Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Preach directed by Chris Moran for progress theatre. Reading. UK (The Magician) 2005 Films: • Aziba (1999) directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen (Ebah) • Tara (2000) director by Don Pedro Obaseki (Anslem) • Brave Soldier (2000) directed by Don Pedro Obaseki (Policeman) • The Reverend (2001) directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen (Police Officer) • Afro (2002) directed by Charles Novia (Native Doctor) • Sinners in the House (2003) directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen (Medical Doctor) • Blood Diamond (2012) By The Film and Video Makers club Reading, UK (Diamond Dealer) • Escape (2014) The Film and Video Makers club Reading entry at the Reading Fringes Film Festival. TV Soap • ZENITH (2004) Soap Opera on African Independent Television (AIT) (John)

 

 

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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, ESTHER STANFORD-XOSEI, INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED JURISCONSULT , POLICY ANALYST & BROADCASTER

Esther Stanford-Xosei Bio

Esther Stanford-Xosei is a jurisconsult, community advocate, specialising in the critical legal praxis of ‘law as resistance’ and internationally acclaimed Reparationist. With a proven track record as a law related education and training consultant, Esther has extensive experience of formulating reparative policy and programme interventions as well as developing specialist advocacy services for communities who are survivors of historical and contemporary trauma as a result of systematic violations of their human and peoples’ rights.

Esther has charted new grounds, as an interdisciplinary legal and history scholar-activist in the theory, research and praxis of Pan-Afrikan Reparations for Global Justice. Most notably, she is a long-standing researcher, campaigner, spokesperson and public opinion former on holistic reparations for Afrikans and their descendants worldwide. In this regard, Esther is a founder member and the Co-Vice Chair of the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition of Europe (PARCOE), co-founder of the Global Afrikan Peoples Parliament (GAPP), the Afrikan Reparations Transnational Community of Practice (ARTCoP) and the Europe-Wide NGO Consultative Council on Afrikan Reparations (ENGOCCAR). She is also the official spokesperson for the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee (AEDRMC) which organises the annual 1st August Reparations March in London. In addition, Esther is the co-initiator of the ‘Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/ Ecocide’ Petition and its campaign (SMWeCGEC). Notably, the SMWeCGEC includes calls for the establishment of All-Party Parliamentary Commissions of Inquiry for Truth & Reparatory Justice at the levels of the Westminster and European Parliaments as well as the establishment of local, national and international benches of the Ubuntukgotla Peoples International Tribunal for Global Justice as an alternative form of dispute resolution and adjudication of Arikan people’s judiciable demands for ‘Stopping the Maangamizi’ (Afrikan hellacaust) and enforcing holistic forms of reparatory justice.

As a result of Esther’s community engaged reparations scholar-activism, she is currently completing PhD action research in history at the University of Chichester on the history of the UK contingent of the International Social Movement for Afrikan Reparations (ISMAR) which ‘recovers’ the history of Afrikan & Afrikan Diaspora reparations thought, advocacy and social-movement-building in the UK from the 18th century to the present day. On behalf of PARCOE, Esther is currently involved as an activist partner in the founding process of the newly emergent International Network of Scholar Activists on Afrikan Reparations (INOSAAR) which is a collaborative project that is being coordinated by the University of Edinburgh (UK) and Wheelock College (Boston, US).The INOSAAR seeks to unite the efforts of scholars and activists in a combined quest to contribute positively to advancing the question of reparations for Afrikan enslavement and promotes a non-extractive process of ethical scholarship that recognizes the existence of a grassroots International Social Movement for Afrikan Reparations (ISMAR) to which scholars and activists are accountable. Esther is also a co-founder of ISMARA (ISMAR Academy) which in association with the SMWeCGEC and the ARTCoP supports the holistic education and training of reparations cadres in service to advancing the goals of the ISMAR. Such as the establishment of MAAATUBUNTUMAN, the future Pan-Afrikan Union of Communities into a sovereign multi-ethnic superpowerful-state of true participatory democracy of Afrikan people at home and abroad. MAATUBUNTUMAN is meant for Afrikan people all over the World who, since the 1884-5 ‘Scramble for Afrika’ Berlin Congress, have been feeling betrayed, alienated from and unrepresented by the artificial puppet-states of European imperialist balkanization which have been continuing the perpetration of the Maangamizi and its heinous Crimes against Humanity.
Recognition of Esther’s contribution to reparations scholar-activism can be found in a biographical book chapter about her as she in ‘The Most Influential Contemporary Diaspora Leaders’ (2016) edited by Dr Roland Holou as well as inclusion of her activism in the book chapter ‘African Descendant Women and the Global Reparations Movement’ by Professor Adjoa A. Aiyetoro in Black Women and International Law (2015) edited by Dr Jeremy I. Levitt.
For further info about Esther’s Scholar-activism see:
https://reparationsscholaractivist.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/outline-of-my-activist-work-on-reparations/

 

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