ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, EMEM ARCHIBONG – SINGER, SONGWRITER & PHARMACIST

Her graceful and eloquent style fails to detract from her vibrant and passionate persona that emanates from any stage she graces.

Her passion for life and her positive nature is evident in her lyrics. Her life experiences, her interactions with others and her strong faith have contributed to her unique musical style; a sound that could be described as a fusion of soul and R’n’B with a jazzy edge. She attributes this to her musical influences that range from the likes of Alicia Keys, Cece Winans and Aretha Franklin. She was the recipient of two prestigious awards in 2015; The Praisetek Gospel Music Awards UK for her contribution towards the gospel music industry and the Gospel Touch Music award for ‘Best Video’ for her song ‘Who am I?’ which she released in 2015.  After the release of two hit Albums (‘Do you remember?’ which is available on amazon and on all online music stores since the summer of 2013 and ‘Who am I?’ which is also available on all online music stores), four sold out singles, three music videos, Emem continues to take the Gospel music industry by storm.

Apart from doing well academically (Emem is a qualified Pharmacist and works as a Pharmacist (Practice Manager) at a multinational merchandise retail company), Emem’s love for music was very notable around the age of 11. She had her first solo performance at the age of 11 although she had previously performed as part of choirs from the age of 7. She studied music at GCSE level and also learned play the keyboard and piano.  She would confidently sing along to any of her favourite artists and put on mini shows for her family and friends at every opportunity, even if such an occasion was a casual family dinner or barbeque. Aged 13, Emem was already a permanent member of a large church choir; the popular Life Church choir, in Bradford, which by coincidence also nurtured and exposed the likes of Gareth Gates musically. She also learned to play the keyboard, a skill which further strengthened her intonation and has now resulted in her very varied vocal range. She had formed a girl group quartet with her sister and two of her friends and the group was lucky to be invited to appear as guests on a television show and have one of their productions featured on a popular television programme on Sky Television. Emem’s soloist skills were very evident around that time, as she was usually chosen to sing the lead parts on some of the songs presented. The girls were unfortunately separated when they were accepted at different universities for further studies. Emem was not fazed by this setback; she has always believed that her destiny would manifest itself if she continued to nurture her gift. At the age of 14, she recorded one of her songs and performed it in front of a live audience at the Alhambra theatre in Bradford. Emem still sings and perform in and around Bradford.

She has entered numerous national competitions in which she has always been a favourite. One of her most notable was when she was picked out from hundreds of people to perform in a live showcase concert; she wowed the crowd with her original rendition of ‘hero’ by Mariah Carey. She has always made effort to maintain links with musicians, producers and DJs, hoping to catapult to success at some stage. One of her songs ‘trying to be myself’ received rave reviews after she was approached by a Choice FM DJ to have it played during one of its shows. Emem was a shortlisted finalist on “Britain’s Next Urban Superstar,” which landed her an audition for Flava Music Channel and interviews with KISS FM. She has also appeared on several radio stations as a guest and her songs receive frequent air-play on Premier Gospel and BBC radio Leeds. Emem dedicates her time to writing and singing songs which inspire, encourage and comfort all people from different walks of life.

The main message she has to share is love and wants some of her songs to express it. She presently has written more than 20 songs and is in need of greater guidance and support from the experienced members of the music industry, to enable her climb to the next level.

Above all, Emem is a very pleasant and focused personality, easily gets along with others, and is almost always certain to achieve her goals through diligence and hard work. Her precision in science coupled with her interest in music, is likely going to produce a unique blend which should spice up youngsters willing and eager to combine their musical talents with academic prowess.

From the soulful piano balladry of “Angel” to the funk-infused “Trying To Be Myself,” Emem’s immensely interesting high-and-low vocal range and her inspiring story combine to form a powerful, rhythmic R&B/Gospel fusion with a jazzy edge accessible to fans across all musical and spiritual persuasions.

“I want my music to uplift, motivate and energize people,” Emem says, like a woman on a mission. “It’s encouraging and inspiring Gospel music anyone can listen to regardless of your beliefs.”

EMEM

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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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