ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, KARYNE TAZI FROM CAMEROON – FOUNDER OF ALL WOMEN,S ACHIEVERS AWARDS

Karyne Tazi is a self-motivated and determined individual who thrives to assist others to create a positive change in their life. Born in Cameroon, West Africa, She is a master’s graduate and registered Social Worker. Her career started after her first degree in Sociology when she found a passion in working with vulnerable adults and children in her local community, often in very deprived areas.

Karyne is the Executive director and founding member of The Women & families resource centre (formerly, African Women of Substance), a registered charity based in Wolverhampton. Established in 2006, the charity aims to accelerate the empowerment and development of women so that they have a stronger voice within their communities to stamp out abuse, discrimination and violence by creating innovative solutions to the sufferings that women face.

It also facilitates the integration of women into the community whilst empowering them to identify their own needs, create their own solutions and make their own choices so that they have lasting improvements and better life chances. Karyne is very passionate about identifying and addressing the complex and changing needs of women and children in the UK and Africa.

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She is the founder of the All Women Achiever’s Awards (AWAA). A platform for women from all walks of life, across ethnic groups and communities in the UK to be acknowledged; particularly those who have had to overcome adversities such as financial constraints, social disadvantages or skill gaps to become exemplary role models in their communities.

She has expertise working across different areas in the corporate, business and community world with a vision to impact and positively transform lives and communities through sensitisation, education and empowerment. She currently sits as a board member on the Wolverhampton Black Business Network, Different but Equal CIC, Community Advice and Support Services, Birmingham and The Cameroon People’s Development Movement, Wolverhampton.

She has also served as a board member of the international committee of The British Association of Social Workers.

Karyne is happily married and lives in the West Midlands with her three children. In her spare time, she sings at her local church choir, and writes motivational poems and short plays for women and children.

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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