ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, OLALEKAN ODEDEYI – BLACK MINORITY ETHNIC OFFICER FOR MIDDLESBROUGH

Olalekan Odedeyi is the BME Officer of Middlesbrough, Pioneer and Chair of Tees Valley BME Forum. He started volunteering service at the age of 8 years, he is a Patriot, Change Agent, Educationist, Supply Chain Analyst and the peoples Advocate with a focus on gender equality and girl-child/women empowerment. Olalekan was nominated and won International Award Winner 2017 (Volun-Cheers Award 2017), as well as Platinum Plus Award in the year 2016– the highest award available through Volun-tees at Teesside University, United Kingdom.

However, He is the Founder of Save the Woman, United Kingdom & Nigeria, also the Co-Founder & Executive Secretary, Women Socio-Economic Empowerment Initiative (NGO), He is the CEO, Oddygo Concepts Nigeria Enterprises, looking forward to launch a Social Enterprise in the United Kingdom.

A Presidential NYSC Honour Award Recipient (2010), Best NYSC and MDGs, Sokoto State Award Winner (2009).

In addition to Olalekan’s MSc degree in Supply Chain Management, he was conferred with 2012 Deans’ Award, Engineering Management, School of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University, UK.

He was also celebrated as a Nominee for the Senior Course Rep of the Year, Prestigious 2012 Coventry University Students’ Union Award, Coventry University, United Kingdom. He also successfully completed the Global Leader Leaders Programme at Coventry University, West Midlands, United Kingdom. Olalekan was also a Project Team Member of the International Experience & Mobility Services (IEMS) at Coventry University to support Students, enhance their skills, gain work and voluntary experience in the UK, also to celebrate multiculturalism and multilingualism as richness in diversity, and contributed to the successful implementation of various cultural mundi projects at Coventry, United Kingdom.

Olalekan served as Secretary, Continuous Improvement Committee, Engineering Management Student Forum, also a member, Faculty Academic Board, School of Engineering & Computing, Coventry University, United Kingdom

 

He is a non-violent, visionary youth leader and a former student leader who served meritoriously in various roles and portfolios both in Nigeria and Abroad. He has always ensure the Students voice to be heard at the right time and in a right manner.

He is translating the acquired knowledge in conjunction with his social entrepreneurial skills to add value to people’s lives through mind building and skills acquisition training projects, so as to rebuild the nation through value re-orientation programme by providing technical and educational support for young entrepreneurs, especially the female inmates, in order to reduce rate of re-offending and increase employment rates, which will directly have an effect on the poverty level in line with new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also enhance the welfare and standard of the many in the society.

Save the Woman Team currently training female inmates to manufacture School Chalk in Nigeria, offering a new skill and empowering women to find new career paths when they leave prison. The team have aspiration to grow the project to involve female prisoners in the United Kingdom, delivering a new product that can sell in the UK market. Already impacted over 400 families and empowered 8 families.

 

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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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