Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Events Consultant , MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora Online Network.
On Saturday the 20th of May 2017, Tony was named “An Ambassador for Peace” for The Universal Peace Federation and An Ambassador for Peace Award was presented to him at The Universal Peace Federation Headquarters in London. He has won over 19 Awards
On Saturday the 28th of July 2018, Tony was inducted into The Nigerian Diaspora Global Hall of Fame as one of the most productive Nigerians in the Diaspora
Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for Five years in a row (2013,2014 ,2015, 2016 and 2017 ).
The annual events he has organised at the UK House of Parliament over the last several years have attracted the attendance and the admiration from Members of Parliament of Labour, Conservative and Scotish National party, as well as Councillors, Community leaders and Role models from at least 21 Countries. Tony has a flair for bringing people together from different cultural backgrounds to celebrate their stories and connect collectively
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 , Switzerland, Nigeria and Malta. Tony has visited over 23 European Countries.
In February 2017, Tony made history , by organizing The first ever awards for African Migrants in The History of Malta in conjunction with The African Media Association, Malta. The event was well attended, not only by Role models from African communities, but also Role models from Malta, Spain, Serbia, Norway, Holland, the UK and other nationalities
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 and aspiring Role models
Today he also manages a social media online network group of over 5.800 Members and has worked with various community groups from Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malta and many other countries
Tony has also been a Keynote Speaker for several International initiatives and network summits, some of which include The International Symposium for Cultural diplomacy in the The Commonwealth organised by The Universal Peace Federation (Part of the United Nations) in conjunction with The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin, Germany
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.
Countries that Tony has visited
Most parts of England, Many parts of Nigeria, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, U.S.A, Canada, Jamaica, Tunisia, Morocco, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Czech Republic, Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania , Switzerland, Slovakia, Austria and Malta
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 West, East &Northern 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 very passionate about Youth Empowerment, Community development and African History
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 awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, People, Places and the will to be The Change he wants to see in society
. 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 in The UK, U.S.A, Germany and Nigeria
TONY IS A MULTIPLE INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNER – A LIST OF THE AWARDS HE HAS WON CAN BE FOUND BELOW
A RECIPIENT OF THE NIGERIAN DIASPORA GLOBAL HALL OF FAME HONORED BY NIGERIANS IN THE DIASPORA EUROPE (NIDO) ON SATURDAY THE 28TH OF JULY 2018
CA AWARDS -(CHUB MAGAZINE CREATIVITY AWARD) – ICON RECOGNITION AWARD, honored at the Double Tree, Hilton Hotel, Kensington, London on Saturday the 25th of November
ENTERPRISE MINDS AWARDS 2017 – HONORARY DIASPORA AWARD RECOGNITION- Honored at The Hilton Hotel, Tooley Street, London Bridge on Saturday the 28th of October
AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE AWARD , UNIVERSAL PEACE FEDERATION – MAY 2017
MOST OUTSTANDING MAN OF THE YEAR 2016 by THE HIGHFLYER ENTREPRENEURS ONLINE AWARD- This award has been given to me for mentorship, leadership and advancing the cause of entrepreneurship worldwide.
GHANA NIGERIA ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2016, HELD AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL, ACCRA, GHANA – AWARD FOR POSITIVELY AFFECTING THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND CONSTANTLY PROJECTING THE GOOD IMAGE OF NIGERIANS IN THE DIASPORA
PEACE AMBASSADOR AWARD FOR GOODWILL, LEADERSHIP and promoting CULTURAL DIVERSITY among African Communities 2016 – TRUE AFRICAN HERITAGE AWARDS 2016
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2016- GATHERING OF GREAT MINDS AND ACHIEVERS BAOBAB AWARDS – LONDON
AFRICAN DIASPORA LIVING LEGEND AWARD FOR DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT – HAMBURG, GERMANY – 2016
INSPIRATIONAL MAN OF THE YEAR 2016 – MR AND MISS BLACK BEAUTY CHRIST COLLEGE UK SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT 2016 INSPIRATIONAL AWARDS – LONDON
BEFFTA AWARD WINNER 2014- SPECIAL HONORARY AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP
BRONZE AWARD WINNER- NIGERIAN MC OF THE YEAR 2014 HELD IN THE UK
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE – PRESENTED BY AFRICAN WALKFRONT NETWORK- HELD IN LAGOS
NIGERIAN EUROPEAN AWARDS RADIO PRESENTER OF THE YEAR – HELD IN ROME
SPECIAL TRIBUTE AWARD FOR CHAMPIONING BLACK AND MINORITY ETHNIC VISIONS- PRESENTED BY EBONY BUSINESS RECOGNITION AWARDS
MALE BUSINESS COACH OF THE YEAR 2014- PRESENTED BY EBONY BUSINESS RECOGNITION AWARDS
BEST MALE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR- LEADERSHIP AND MIND AMBASSADORS AWARDS
SPECIAL AWARDS FOR PEOPLE AND LITERARY DEVELOPMENT PRESENTED BY MARKETING MINISTERS UK
WINNER OF THE ANNE SHINE AWARDS PRESENTED BY ANNE SHINE LTD- CEREMONY TOOK PLACE AT THE NOVOTEL HOTEL IN HEATHROW