ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK , TOBILOBA ADESANYA – CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF ADIRE WORLD & MANAGER, WAKE UP CALL AFRICA

Tobiloba Arewa Adesanya (born 1996) is a young vibrant lady who against all odds chose to pursue what she believes in and passionate about.

Childhood was very traumatic for me as a product of broken home. My parents left each other when I was 3 and I was staying with my mum my 4 elder siblings.

My mum is a business woman so she was not always at home. She was a trader that travels to Cotonou a lot.

Being an introvert as a kid, I was not close to anyone at home. The age gap between my immediate elder sister and I was 5years, so she had her age group as friends. I was the quiet child in the corner who was always reading.

While reading, i learnt a lot about different things and people. Also, as a kid I had very low self-esteem. I see myself as an ugly girl. I always feel my Nose and Lips are too Big. I was not confident in myself at all. I couldn’t play with my mates cause I felt I was not beautiful enough. I hated looking at the mirror or taking pictures. At age 16, one afternoon I looked into the mirror one afternoon and I look so Beautiful contrary to what I thought I was. I started loving myself. I started loving my nose and lips and that was when my confidence begin. I thought I should have a name that reminded me of my Beauty and I chose AREWA which means “BEAUTIFUL GIRL” Yoruba.

At age 18, in 100level I decided to make the name legal by going to the High Court to do an Affidavit to officially include AREWA as one of my names. Then I thought of starting an annual program that helps Teenagers love themselves, discover their purpose from Secondary school before going into the bigger world. Then I started making research and planning for CATCH THEM YOUNG. In my second year in school, I organized the first edition of Catch Them Young with over 100students in Attendance at Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu-ode, Ogun State. We have successfully done 3 editions of Catch them Young in Ijebu-ode Ogun state reaching over 300 teenagers Also, through Catch Them Young we provide a one year mentor on choice of career for the the Students in SS3 preparing for their Waec. Some of these students are in University now reading course that would help them run a successful career. FEED-A-MOUTH Further more, I am the convener of Feed-a-mouth. An hunger eradication projected targeted towards people who can’t afford good food cause of their Current Predicament. Feed-a-mouth was inspired by the need to eradicate hunger in our community.

 

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We did the 1st edition n ERUOBODO HOUSE, a home for physically challenged and abandoned children who can’t even work cause of their state. We donated food and other relief materials to them. The second edition was done at IGEBEBA PRISON, Ijeu-Ode where we visited the inmate, listened to what crime they did that led them to the prison, we prayed and gave them food. The third edition was tagged #lunchwithbeggars where we went to the street to feed the beggars with food clothing materials and get a list of the beggars who are physically okay so we can organize a skill acquisition program for them to get empowered and take them off the street.

As a textile Designer, I also partner with other organizations to teach youths and women Tie and Dye for free as a skill to empower and make them self reliant. Some of the organizations I have worked with are; Precious Stone Foundation, Bridge her Dreams, Solid Rock Foundation, Dreams from the Slum, Gold Wealth Foundation and Sa’adat Bibire Foundation. I do this because I believe Giving is beyond money. It may be as little as just your time or even a skill or sharing a story that would help change someone’s life forever. We are blessed to be a blessing to their people. What is the useful of a gift if it can’t be used to bless other people on this note I make it a way of living to share and give from the knowledge I have.

Tobiloba Arewa Adesanya is the creative director of Adire World. A Tie and Dye textile designing company that believes in connects people’s personality or what a brand stands for to what they wear. Telling story and putting people in charge of their style through patterns with Tie and Dye.

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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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