ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, TOYIN AKINFOLARIN – HEALTH COACH & MENTAL HEALTH & WELL BEING PRACTITIONER

Toyin Akinfolarin is a certified Health and life coach, a mental health and
well being practitioner, an emotional health navigator, a children’s ministry leader and a community mentor for many young people.

Early life

Toyin was born in the United Kingdom where she spent her early years before moving to the country of Nigeria with her parents. She returned to the United Kingdom as adult were she has spent the 20+ years of her life.

Professional life
Toyin started her career in chemical sciences but somehow knew it was not for her. She joined the information technology world hoping to feel fulfilled because of the creativity. That didn’t last long because she began family life and the hours expected to excel in the field would not suit her young children. At this point she decided to pick up herself child hood passion which was supporting vulnerable people in the community. This set something ablaze in her and she decided to join a health care organisation as an untrained worker while she returned to university to get the qualification she needed. Today she is a recognised leader in her field. However her passion grew and she wanted to do more. She then trained to become a health and life coach
She started a group called scanningyoungminds which is aimed at partnering with parents to break the vicious cycle that past experiences create in the lives of young people and to stop young people from turning to substances, immorality and crime as a means of escape from the pressures they face. As a result of this she is able to support their journey towards a more purposeful and fulfilled life.

Personal life
She is happily married with four wonderful children of her own and many other children in her life.

Toyin Akinfolarin 
Health coach

 

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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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