LIFE AT 50, BY TONY TOKUNBO ETEKA FERNANDEZ 

LIFE AT 50, BY TONY TOKUNBO ETEKA FERNANDEZ 

The greatest blessing that sits before me is the gift of the present moment.

At 50, I am simply overwhelmed with tears, stories and emotions.

Deep in my heart, I have felt and faced the journey of many deep roads, many challenges and countless situations.

Deep in my thoughts, I have embraced the spirit of resilience and the art to overcome, and so beneath that calm face, there are many untold stories and encounters that have shaped my being to persevere, look beyond the surface and to think outside the box.

Many untold stories while living in Northern Nigeria,

Many untold stories while living in Western Nigeria,

Many untold stories while living in South South Nigeria,

Many untold stories while living in London

Many untold stories while living in Berkshire,

Many untold stories while living in Oxfordshire,

Many untold stories while living in Yorkshire

Many untold journeys in 31 Countries around the world

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY   many untold stories planted in the seeds of MY NEXT BOOK

The greatest blessings that sits before me is the gift of the present moment,

I KNOW THIS BECAUSE THE GREATEST PRAYER LIES WITHIN THE SPIRIT OF GRATITUDE

I KNOW THIS BECAUSE THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I CAME CLOSE TO DEATH

I KNOW THIS BECAUSE EVERY SPLIT SECOND IS A BLESSING

 

And so at 50, who am I to question the mysteries that unfold in our journey,

Who am I to question when failure knocks repeatedly at our doors, especially when there are many other doors hidden within the passage of life

Who am I to question faith, when the spirit of unseen blessings lies within our very eyes.

 

Today, I am blessed at 50,

Blessed by the will of God,

Blessed from a good family,

Blessed with good friends.

 

But I would also be a BIG FOOL, not to believe I am totally loved by many.

And so, I   would like to take this opportunity, not only to thank you for all your birthday wishes, but also to let you know that I LOVE YOU TOO and I simply cannot wait to continue the journey of Life with you

 

YOU ARE THE VERY REASON  THAT ADDS MORE SPARK AND DETAIL TO THE COLOURFUL SHADES OF LIFE  and I am also looking forward to celebrating my 50th BIRTHDAY every single day for the rest of the month , and also to celebrate it with family members, IN ANTALYA, TURKEY, LATER THIS MONTH

 

THE HARD WORK CONTINUES, BUT THE PARTY HAS JUST BEGUN.

 

I LOVE YOU

 

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

 

T1

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HON KENNETH GBANDI WINS AWARD FOR MOST IMPACTFUL NIGERIAN MAN IN THE DIASPORA

❤️❤️ Who God has blessed no man can curse ‼️Kenneth Chibuogwu Gbandi is “The Most Impactful Nigerian in Diaspora man of the year Award 2019 @ 4th Ghana Nigeria Achievers Award 2019. The Flights refuse to connect, the arithmetic refused to add up and network (Glo network refused to connect to MTN network) so finally I got stranded in Abuja waiting to catch my flight to Ghana for the 4th Ghana Nigeria Achievers Award. But while still stranded at the airport, I got the good news that I was nominated and conferred with “The Most Impactful Nigerian in Diaspora man of the year Award 2019. This is following the Leadership /Community Service Award 2019 by Nigerian Community Germany (Bayern, Germany e.V) last Saturday; Excellent Award for Outstanding services to Humanity 2019 by Ifybella Kidney Org. the UK last month; African Women In Europe Male Role Model of the Year 2017; Diaspora Man of the Year for 2016 (The Voice Achievers Award) Almere, The Netherlands just to mention a few in last two years or so. When you are covered by the author and finisher of every faith your zone is highly restricted zone for the pull him down, Groups. Thank you Barry Ndu and the Ghana Nigeria Achievers Award 2019 team! And all the Award committee Teams worldwide that over the years considered my services to the Diaspora and to humanity worth recognition. This Award is dedicated to Tanja, Fabian, and Nelly for having to put up with my frequent on the road and dedication to the Diaspora cause. Thank you special ones who have been with me thick and tin all these years. All Glory to the most high God.

DD

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VOICE ACHIEVERS AWARDS TO TAKE PLACE IN NAIROBI, KENYA- DO NOT MISS IT

On the 15th and 16th if you are in Nairobi and the vicinity, make a date with us, first at West Wood Hotel and Friday evening let’s meet at the museum of kenya

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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, ABIMBOLA ALAO – AWARD WINNING AUTHOR & LECTURER BASED IN PLYMOUTH

Bio: Abimbola Gbemi Alao 

Abimbola is a researcher at Lapin Yliopisto– University of Lapland, Finland. Her research explores the influence of psychosocial intervention for dementia. Abimbola taught creative writing and storytelling at Marjon Plymouth University from 2007-2018. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the Peninsular Medical School, University of Plymouth, where she teaches ’StoryWeavers for Dementia’, a module in Medical Humanities. Abimbola is an award-winning author and performance storyteller. She is also a children’s book translator and her work includes Yoruba translation of the classics: ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Little Red Hen and the Grain of Wheat’ and several other books published by Mantra Lingua.

ABIMBOLA

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WESTSIDE YOUNG LEADERS ACADEMY

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WESTSIDE YOUNG LEADERS ACADEMY

                  For more information, email wylacademy@gmail.com

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BLACK HISTORY AT UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT FOR 7TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, WATCH THIS SPACE

Dear Family and Friends,

I am pleased to inform you that we shall be organizing THE BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS AT THE UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE 7TH YEAR IN A ROW on FRIDAY THE 25TH OF OCTOBER 2019 AT 1PM ON THE DOT –

OUR KEY SPEAKERS AND PERFORMING ARTISTS HAVE NOW BEEN CONFIRMED

 

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TODAY 

MORE COPIES OF OUR NEW BOOKLET ON THE JOURNEY OF ORGANIZING BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS AT THE UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT FOR 6 YEARS IN A ROW IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MP SHARMA  ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR JUST 3 POUNDS PLUS FREE DELIVERY IN THE UK.
GET A COPY FOR YOURSELF OR FOR A FRIEND TODAY (FOR JUST 3 POUNDS) AS A WAY OF SUPPORTING OUR JOURNEY PF PRGANIZING THIS ANNUAL INITIATIVE 

DONATIONS CAN BE MADE VIA PAYPAL TO afripoet@hotmail.com

BHM2019

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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK – KASHIF JONES LAGUDA (KASHIF DA FLASH)

Kashif Jones-Laguda has been around for over three solid decades in the entertainment industry. His dexterity with the turntable has earned him endearing names such as DJ KASHIF DA FLASH and the FAMOUS TURNTABLIST. His versatility in the business of music mixing has won him numerous accolades including the ‘Best Deejay Award’ at the Fame Music Awards (FMA ’95) in Nigeria, ‘National Deejay Championship (NDJC ’95) and MMV Deejay Championship, Nigeria. He also won the ‘Best Deejay’ in the UK (NYAA 2009) and ‘BEFFTA ENTERTAIMENT ICON 2016’ (UK)

Kashif has managed to turn his hobby into a thriving enterprise and the industry in which he operates clearly acknowledges his immense contribution to its growth.

 

He is the founder of the NIGERIAN CARNIVAL, UK – the most popular outdoor event amongst Nigerians and Africans living in the UK and the organiser of the OLD SCHOOL NATION Experience in London, Scotland, Leicester and Republic Of Ireland ‘an Every Other Month’ old school event, organised eight times in a year. He’s also co-convener of an organisation campaigning against gun and knife crime ‘LONDON AGAINST GUN & KNIFE.

 

For his contribution towards humanity, he has been awarded with  ‘OUTSTANDING MALE EVENT CO-ORDINATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD 2011’ by YHA UK. He also has in his kitty ‘DSRA’ ‘OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO AFRICAN ENTERTAINMENT IN THE UK 2018’, BEFTTA ‘ENTERTAINMENT ICON AWARDS 2016’, ‘ARTS AND CULTURE CHAMPION AWARD 2012’ by Life Changers awards UK and also ‘COMMITMENT TO YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH CORPORATE BRIDGE BUILDING 2010’ by Britafrique UK.

 

For a guaranteed experience of bliss, book the Famous Turntablist for you next event. Call him on: 07495751615 or email: famousturntablist@yahoo.co.uk

KK

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