MEET TOP BLACK BRITISH TV PRESENTERS

It is excruciatingly difficult to find a comprehensive compilation of Black British TV presenters anywhere on the Internet so I decided to come up with one of my own. This wasn’t easy because unless you are a tv junkie like me, you would never have heard of some of the names. And some of them have painfully little information about them. 
What did surprise me however was just how many of them are actually out there with a great number of them presenting major British TV programmes and shows:

CHARLENE WHITE

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White was a presenter and senior broadcast journalist at BBC before she joined ITN in 2008 – as a newscaster for the ITV News at 5:30 on ITV a role she continued until 10 October 2012, months before the shows ending. During her time on the ITV News at 5:30, she became a regular presenter of ITV London News across a wide range of the news output. Later she also started presenting the ITV News Weekend Daytime bulletins on a rotation basis. 

On 9 April 2014, Charlene White became the first black woman to present ITV News at Ten. She  can be regularly seen hosting weekend evening ITV News programmes, the weekday ITV Lunchtime News, ITV Evening News and ITV News London evening programme.


ORE ODUBA

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Oduba presents sport bulletins for BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 Live. He has also presented and reported on British Olympic Dreams.

Oduba began a debut presenting solo on the morning slot for the Commonwealth Games 2014 on BBC One and BBC Sport. Since 2015, he has been a presenter on The National Lottery Draws on Saturday evenings and he presented the 2015 New Year Live programme on BBC One.

Oduba joined the BBC presenting Newsround in August 2008. His first role on the programme was as a reporter and breakfast bulletin presenter. He was quickly promoted to deputy presenter in 2009, filling in for main presenter.

In 2010 he co-presented the main Newsround bulletin. This continued until 2011 when he became the main presenter till he left in 2014.


RONKE PHILLIPS

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Ronke has been a journalist for more than 20 years and has been fortunate enough to enjoy a varied career in print, radio and television. She has worked both as a Presenter and Reporter – for national and regional television, both in the UK and abroad.

Ronke secured a major exclusive when she found out the real identity of ‘Torso in the Thames’ child known as ‘Adam’. The resulting film recently won an Amnesty International Award, was shortlisted for a Royal Television Society award and won 3 different ITV Regions and Nations awards. In 2002 she won a Royal Television Society award for her coverage of the verdicts in the Damilola Taylor trial.

She is of Nigerian heritage, and began her broadcast career working as a Radio Reporter for a host of local BBC Radio stations including BBC Radio London, Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.
The breakthrough into television journalism came through a place on the ITN’s News Trainee Scheme through Central TV in Nottingham. Ronke has also worked for BBC Daytime, BBC Features, BBC New York and GMTV.

Since 1999 she has been a Correspondent at ITV’s London Tonight, working on a number of special investigations including coverage of the release of the M25 three, the murder of Victoria Climbie and the July 7th bombings in London in 2005.

Ronke is also an accomplished conference facilitator and event host. She is also a freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines including the Independent, the Daily Mail, The Voice and Pride Magazine.

She is a Patron of the Ebony Horse Club and a supporter of charities; the Vitiligo Society, the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust and the Deaf Society.


CLIVE MYRIE

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Clive Myrie is an English television news journalist, who works for BBC News as London World Affairs Correspondent and Presenter. He is the main evening presenter on the BBC News Channel Monday-Wednesday and alternate Thursdays and he presents BBC News at Ten on alternate Sundays.

Myrie joined the BBC on the corporation’s graduate journalism programme. His first assignment was as a reporter for Radio Bristol in 1988, returning to the BBC after a year with Independent Radio News. He then reported for Points West, and latterly BBC Television and Radio News.

In 1996, he became a BBC foreign correspondent, and has since reported from more than 80 countries including the US, Japan, Feance and Asia

His career has encompassed major stories such as the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton, and wars in Kosovo,Afghanistan and Iraq.

Myrie has won several nominations for his work, most significantly for his role in the Bafta-nominated team behind coverage of the Mozambique floods. .

After latterly serving as Europe correspondent based in Brussels, he was appointed a presenter on the BBC News Channel in April 2009, replacing the retired Chris Lowe. Since joining BBC News, Myrie has presented the BBC Weekend News and weekend editions of BBC News at Ten and BBC Breakfast, both on BBC One. In June 2014, he began presenting weekday bulletins on BBC One.

He currently presents the 18:30 – 00:00 slot, Monday to Thursday, on the BBC News Channel. During the2015 General Election, he was the main presenter of Election Tonight at 19:30 and 21:30.


SEAN FLETCHER

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Sean Fletcher is an American-British journalist and radio broadcast personality, best known for his work with ITV and BBC.

After training as a music producer, Fletcher began his journalism career in Cardiff, producing packages for BBC Radio Wales. He then moved to London to work behind the scenes at Radio 5 Live.

From 2005 until 2011, Fletcher presented sports bulletins on the rolling news channel BBC News, and has also presented sport on the BBC Weekend News and BBC Breakfast on BBC One as well as BBC World News. In March 2010, Fletcher began reporting on news stories for BBC Breakfast.

In October 2011, Fletcher left the BBC to join Sky Sports News, where he worked until his departure in early 2014.

On 3 March 2014, it was announced Fletcher would become a sports newsreader on the new ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain. He first appeared on the programme on its opening day, 28 April 2014.

In 2015, Fletcher presented Rebound, a ten-part daytime game show for ITV, airing in the 5pm slot. A second series of the show was produced and aired in 2016.

Since October 2015, Fletcher has been an occasional reporter for Countryfile on BBC One. He also co-presents the BBC Two series Food Detective.


 

REGGIE YATES

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Reggie Yates is a British actor, television presenter and radio DJ, best known from his roles as Rastamouse, Leo Jones in Doctor Who, and for his work at the BBC in radio and television – presenting various shows for BBC Radio 1 with Fearne Cotton – as well as hosting the ITV2 reality show Release the Hounds since 2013.

In 2012 and 2013, Yates co-hosted the first two series of BBC One singing show The Voice UK.

Since 2015, he has co-presented the primetime BBC One game show Prized Apart, alongside Emma Willis. He is also the presenter of the BBC Three showReggie Yates’ Extreme Russia, Extreme South Africa and Extreme UK.

Yates made his first television appearance in Desmond’s at the age of eight. He also appeared in Disney Club, as Robbie. In 1998, Yates appeared as a guest presenter on Diggit on CITV also under the name Robbie. In 2002, he played Carl Fenton in the popular children’s series Grange Hill. From 2002 to 2004, he presented the Sunday morning programme Smile, and then went on to present Top of the Popswith former Smile co-host Fearne Cotton before the final episode broadcast on BBC Two on 30 July 2006. He also created and starred in the series The Crustand presented Dance Factory and his own radio show on BBC Radio 1.

In 2005, Yates appeared in the BBC singing contest Comic Relief Does Fame Academy in aid of Comic Relief, finishing in fourth place


LIZ MZIMBA
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Lizo Mzimba is an English journalist and television presenter, currently the Entertainment Correspondent for BBC News.

Following this, Mzimba was one of the longest-serving presenters, a reporter and an assistant producer for CBBC’s Newsround between 1998 and May 2008.

He attended the independent Solihull School (during which time he was also leader of the Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra) and The University of Birmingham. Whilst at Birmingham he was a member of the student TV station, winning awards at NaSTA (National Student Television Association). By 1991 he was contributing to Sounds magazine,  a long-term UK weekly pop/rock music newspaper, published from 10 October 1970 to 6 April 1991.


BRENDA EMANUS

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Brenda Emmanus is a broadcaster journalist who works in TV, radio, and print journalism. She is currently BBC London News’ art, culture and entertainment correspondent.

Brenda’s profile rose as one of the co-presenters on BBC One’s The Clothes Show, which she contributed to for five years. She has since fronted BBC One shows including the interior design programme The Terrace, The Midweek National Lottery and features for Holiday.

As a regular face on ITV’s This Morning, Brenda teamed up with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as their fashion and entertainment expert. She is no stranger to radio, having presented for many shows like  The Early Show live on BBC Radio Two and  Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. As a freelance writer Brenda has contributed feature articles to Luxure, Pride, Cosmopolitan and Caribbean Eye magazines, as well as The Observer and New Nation.


TOLU ADEOYE

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Tolu is a senior broadcast journalist and reporter with the BBC who currently graces our screens on the BBC London news bulletins.

The University of Sheffield Media Law graduate started out as a trainee reporter attached to various regional BBC news studios before becoming a senior BBC journalist in 2016


LATE KUMLA DUMOR

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Komla Afeke Dumor (3 October 1972 – 18 January 2014) was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News and was the main presenter of its programme Focus on Africa.

Dumor started as the morning show host for Joy FM in Accra, Ghana, and was the 2003 winner of Journalist of the Year award given by the Ghana Journalists Association.

In 2006 Dumor joined the BBC African Service in London as host of the radio programme Network Africa. From 2008 to 2012 he presented The World Today on the BBC World Service. In 2011 Dumor began presenting the World News and Africa Business Report on BBC World News and early mornings on BBC One and the BBC News Channel. When the latter was relaunched in 2013; fellow BBC correspondent Lerato Mbele was chosen as host.

In December 2013, he was named as one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2013 by New African magazine, with the citation: “It has been a coming of age for Kumla Dumor this year. The presenter of Focus on Africa, the BBC’s flagship and first-ever dedicated daily TV news programme in English for African audiences, broadcast on BBC World News, has established himself as one of the emerging African faces of global broadcasting. As a lead presenter for BBC World, Dumor has considerable influence on how the continent is covered.”

At the time of his death, Dumor was the only West African newsreader on BBC World News


SIR TREVOR MACDONALD

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Sir Trevor McDonald, OBE

(born George McDonald; 16 August 1939) is a Trinidadian-British news readerand journalist, best known for his career as a news presenter with ITN.

McDonald was knighted in 1999 for his services to journalism.

After working as a print and broadcast journalist in Trinidad during the 1960s, in 1969 McDonald was employed by BBC Radio as a producer, based in London but still broadcasting to the Caribbean. In 1973 he began his long association with Independent Television News, first as a general reporter, later as a sports correspondent, but ultimately concentrating on international politics. In the 1980s he spent some time with the ITN-produced Channel 4 News, but returned to ITV in 1989, presenting the early-evening news.

McDonald was promoted in 1992 as the sole presenter of News at Ten and became a well-known face on British television screens. McDonald stayed with ITN when News at Ten was axed in 1999, moving to present the new ITV Evening News. News at Ten was briefly relaunched on 22 January 2001, to which McDonald returned as a presenter. He presented theITV News at 10.30 following News at Tens second axing.

From 1999 to 2005 McDonald hosted ITV’s flagship current affairs programme Tonight with Trevor McDonald. The show was revived in 2010 with presenter Julie Etchingham.

On 29 November 2005, speculation that McDonald was about to leave ITV to work elsewhere ended when he signed a further two-year contract involving producing both a documentary show and a new series of interviews which will be of a wider general interest.

McDonald presented his last ITV News bulletin on 15 December 2005. The veteran newsreader stepped down from his role as anchor after more than 30 years at ITN, but said he had no plans to retire completely from television. At the end of the final programme, he signed off with the words: That brings to an end my association with the news at 10.30. Thank you for watching. Over the closing titles of the last bulletin that McDonald presented, the November 1992 to March 1999 ITV News at Ten theme was played as a tribute to McDonald

On 31 October 2007, ITV announced that, early in 2008, McDonald would come out of retirement to present the relaunched News at Ten together withJulie Etchingham.  He told a newspaper: “I couldn’t turn down the move back to that iconic time slot.”  News at Ten began broadcasting once again on 14 January 2008.

It was announced on 30 October 2008 that McDonald would step down from News at Ten once the US 2008 Presidential elections were over, to be replaced by Mark Austin.  His last bulletin was on 20 November 2008. It was reported at the time that he would continue to present links for The Tonight Programme.

Since  he has gone on to produce and present documentary programmesand series for.

In 2009, McDonald travelled to the Caribbean and hosted the three part series The Secret Caribbean with Trevor McDonald.

In 2011, he travelled around the Mediterranean and hosted the fiur part series The Secret Mediterranean with Trevor McDonald and in 2012, he travelled along the route of the Mississippi River and hosted the  three part series The Mighty Mississippi with Trevor McDonald.

In 2013, McDonald visited death row inmates and hosted the series Inside Death Row.  In early 2015, he hosted the 2 part series The Mafia with Trevor McDonald from New York. 

In late 2015, McDonald presented Las Vegas with Trevor McDonald, a two-part series for ITV an in September 2016, McDonald presented a two-part series called Inside Scotland Yard With Trevor McDonald for ITV.


HUGH WOOZENCROFT

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Hugh presents the sports segment of the Victoria Derbyshire programme on the BBC News Channel.

Hr started his career  on BBC Radio 5 live’s “Sportsweek after a degree in philosophy and politics and a masters in sports journalism and soon moved to work on “5 live Sport” with a focus on rugby union and boxing.

He produced live sport on radio at the London 2012 Olympics which is one of the highlights of his career thus far. Since working in sport news at the BBC Sport centre, he has worked mainly on BBC  radio output, and he’s the news on BBC Radio 5 live.


DES COLEMAN

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Des is a British actor and TV presenter.

In 1996 he was cast as wideboy Lenny Wallace in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, his first television job.  Coleman remained with the soap until 1999. His television work post EastEnders has included: Is Harry on the Boat? (2001); Casualty (2003); The Bill(2004), and Doctors (2004; 2006). He also appeared in the 2001 film Submerged with Sam Neill. On stage he has appeared in London’s West End’s Rent, Simply Heavenly, and understudied the lead in Trevor Nunn’s musical opera Porgy and Bess. Currently, Des works on The One Show as a reporter.

Coleman has worked for BBC Radio Derby, where he was asked to do the weather report at the Broadcast Centre in Nottingham. This led to a career change. He trained as a weather presenter and in 2007 he began presenting for BBC’s East Midlands Todaytelevision.  The BBC terminated his contract in 2011 after Coleman used a live weather report to protest his innocence over firearm charges; he deliberately put the wrong temperature on the weather map and told viewers they should not believe everything said by the media.

He has reported for Inside Out (UK TV series) and Politics Show for BBC East Midlands. In March 2016 he presented for BBC Radio Nottingham.

In 2016 he joined ITV Central’s ITV News Central as the weather presenter.


ANGIE LAMAR

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Angie Le Mar (born 27 October 1965) is a British comedian, actor, writer, director, presenter and producer.

She was the first Black British performer to appear atHarlem’s Apollo Theatre and had the first ever sell-out show by a female black comedian in London’s West End.  Her TV appearances include the BBC’s The Real McCoy and Channel 4’s Get Up, Stand Up, and presented The Saturday Morning Show on Choice FM.

 Le Mar appeared as a panelist on the comedy review show Blouse & Skirt, BBC. A commentator in the BBC series Grumpy Old Women, and a cameo role in the BBC’s Holby City.

Le Mar made her first appearance as a panelist on ITV’S popular lunchtime programme Loose Women aired on 2 February 2011. Through her own production company, Straight To Audience Productions, Le Mar has commissioned three projects that are in development for internet streaming. The Living Room will be an intimate setting in which Le Mar interviews personalities from the world of business, entertainment, politics, sport and lifestyle. Angie’s Round The Table is a debate show presented by Le Mar, with six invited guests debating on social issues and topics that affect ordinary people, literally around a table set in a casual environment. The third project is called Women at the Top of Their Game, an interview programme with a small live audience, focusing on women who have reached the top of their chosen profession. Le Mar worked on a new TV sitcom called The Ryan Sisters, that was scheduled for production in 2012.


TRISH ADUDU

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Patricia “Trish” Adudu is a British-Nigerian freelance journalist, television presenter and DJ.

Adudu began working in television as an assistant producer of BBC’s sport show Grandstand and the BBC’s football show Match of the Day. She then presented on Janet Street Porter’s series Reportage. From 1997 she worked as Channel 5’s main sports presenter for six years. Five News was based in the ITN Building in London’s Grays Inn Road, Adudu was known for her singing in the lifts of the building with “Soap Expert” Chris Stacey, who also worked in the building. This raised eyebrows from senior ITN staff most notably Sir Trevor McDonald. She appeared on the daytime shows Loose Women between 1999-2002 and Inside Out.

Adudu spent much of 2013 and 2014 working with OH TV on Real Talk and other programmes. In May 2014, she presented a report for The One Show. In August of the same year, she returned to The One Show and also presented a segment of Inside Out.

From 2 March 2013, Adudu also worked as a Saturday breakfast presenter for the BBC local radio station BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. Since 1 December 2014, she has presented weekday afternoons 13:00-16:00 and has spent time covering breakfast on the station.

In October 2010, Adudu appeared on theBBC Two programme, The Big Silence.

Since June 2014, Adudu has been presenting some weekend editions of Midlands Today.


ADE ADEPITAN

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Adeptitan is an accomplished wheelchair basketball player, for his club Milton Keynes Aces and as a member of Great Britain team that won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens and the gold medal at the 2005 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Adepitan has featured on many television programmes and series as an actor, presenter or guest, particularly for the BBC. He often uses television as a platform to campaign against racism and disability discrimination. He was one of three wheelchair basketball players featured in the 2002 BBC One ident Hip-Hop. He was one of the main presenters of the children’s programme Xchange produced for CBBC and has appeared in the soap opera EastEnders. He starred as wheelchair basketball coach, “Baggy Awolowo”, in the TV series Despekrados.

Adepitan also participated in Beyond Bopundaries which was a four-part documentary in which Adepitan trekked through rainforests, deserts, rivers and mountains in Nicaragua and made his own video diary filmed in London and Spain, talking about his sporting aspirations and how he coped as a London boy living in Zaragoza unable to speak any Spanish.

Adepitan was appointed as one of the main presenters on Channel 4 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and co-presents That Paralympic Show with Rick Edwards.

In 2013, he presented a Channel 4 Dispatches programme, ‘Britain on Benefits’, and also presented a documentary for Channel 4’s ‘Unreported World’ about Cuban basketball players, ‘Cuba, Basketball and Betrayal’. Adepitan has become increasingly involved in making documentaries for Channel 4.

In 2014, he became one of the presenters of the new BBC travel series The Travel Show. He also anchored the Winter Paralympic Games for Channel 4 and Invictus Games for the BBC. In July 2016, he guest presented an episode of The One Show. In 2016, Ade co-presented three-part BBC Two series New York: America’s Busiest City.  He was part of the Channel 4 Rio 2016 Paralympics presenting team.

 


CLAUDIA LIZA ARMAGH

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Claudia-Liza Armah is a presenter on Sky News.

The talented reporter, who grew up in west London, presented BBC Three’s news segment 60 Seconds and BBC News Interactive, before joining London Live for its launch last year.


ANDI PETERS

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Andi Eleazu Peters is an English television presenter, producer, journalist, voice-over artist, and voice actor currently employed by ITV.

Peters initially obtained national television exposure as a presenter within Children’s BBC playing alongside Edd the Duck, and subsequently acquired technical experience.

He is mostly associated with shows for young people. Initially he presented Freetime, on ITV, but reached a much wider audience with Edd the Duck and Wilson (an arm purporting to be part of a butler) in “The Broom Cupboard” slot on Children’s BBC, which he presented from May 1989 to September 1993. He eventually left the Broom Cupboard and went on to co present Live & Kicking, from 1993 to 1996. After leaving Children’s BBC, he began some work on CITV, including The Noise and appearing as a guest on Scratchy & Co.

In January 2006, Peters took part in ITV 1’s reality ice-skating show Dancing on Ice. Along with fellow ex-contestant Andrea McLean, he presented fan showDancing on Ice Extra every weekday on ITV for the rest of the show’s run.

Peters returned to ITV in June 2006 to co-host the new Sunday morning cookery show, Sunday Feast. In September–October 2006, he co-presented Channel 5’s The All Star Talent Show.

On 16 December 2006, Peters made an appearance on ITV’s X Factor. As in the previous year, Peters was stationed as a reporter behind the scenes at the location of a CD factory, ready to launch production of the winner’s single.

Peters has hosted the Dancing on Ice Tour since 2007.

Peters owns a modelling agency, which caters for fitness models. This came about after he became a cover star for UK fitness magazine Men’s Health in September 2007. He was runner-up in the third series of Celebrity MasterChef, which aired in July 2008.

Since 2013, Peters has been narrating the ITV2 reality series The Big Reunion, which shows the reunions of pop groups.

He appeared in the ITV daytime show Show Me the Telly a number of times towards the end of 2013. Since 28 April 2014, Peters has hosted a live, competition segment called the “Wheel of Cash” on the breakfast news programme Good Morning Britain.’m, and also the ITV daytime game show Ejector Seat, which airs each weekday at 4 pm.

He occasionally presents “The Hub” on This Morning.


JESSICA CREIGHTON

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Beginning her career as a BBC trainee, Jessica was soon promoted to Olympic Sports Reporter where she produced films on British and international athletes and their journeys to the 2012 Games.

She was one of the BBC’s leading voices at the London Olympics, broadcasting to an audience of millions on national platforms such as BBC Radio 4, BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

As a freelancer, Jessica has presented BT Sport’s Women’s Super League Review Show and reported for Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) at the Youth Olympic Games in China. Such is her growing reputation as a charismatic reporter and presenter, she’s also featured on popular BBC programmes The One Show, Final Score, BBC Breakfast and the Women’s Football Show.

Jessica currently presents sports bulletins on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire Show and the BBC News Channel.

 

References: Wikipedia; TVNews.com; Womanoftheyear.com

Nigerian Man Named As North London Fatal Hit And Run Victim

Detectives investigating a fatal ‘hit and run’ collision in Neasden have today, Saturday, 25 May released details of the victim.

He is Mr Yussuf Adebiyi, a 49 year old male from Neasden, London.

Officers were called at 03:09hrs on Monday, 20 May to reports of a road traffic collision on the A406, NW2.

Police, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended and found an injured pedestrian.

49-year-old Yussuf, was pronounced dead at the scene.

They also released details of the cars sought in connection with the incident and named the victim.

Both vehicles police are wishing to trace are black 5 Series BMW’s with the following registrations: EX66 TZE and EX66 TZV.

It is believed that one of these vehicles will have significant damage to the front of the car including the bonnet and windscreen.

Any sightings of these vehicles should be reported immediately to police on 101 quoting CAD 699/20MAY19

Police continue to appeal for information and witnesses.

He sister said: “I have lost my only brother. He was a gentle giant who loved his music and I am going to miss him so much. I want the person(s) who did this to do the right thing and hand themselves into the police.”

Victim: Mr Yussuff Adebiyi

While officers are confident that they know the identity of the deceased, formal identification awaits.

His next of kin have been informed.

Two cars, both believed to be black failed to stop at the scene.

Enquiries continue to establish if the victim was struck by one or both of the vehicles.

Detectives from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating and are appealing for witnesses and people with dash cam footage of the collision to get in touch.

Anyone with information or dash cam footage is asked to contact officers by calling the incident room on 0208 246 9820 or police via 101 quoting reference 699/20May.

Alternatively, information can be reported to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.


Clearing Up Of Apapa Port Access Road Gridlock Ordered By Nigeria’s Presidency

The Presidency has ordered the immediate clearing up of the Apapa gridlock

This directive follows an emergency meeting convened by President Mohammadu Buhari and chaired by Vice President Prof Osinbajo on the 25th of April, 2019.

The meeting discussed and proffered lasting solutions to the gridlock around the Lagos Ports, as the traffic congestion has continued to restrict all operations and livelihood in the area.

The resolution order adopted at tge meeting was released in a statement posted on the Presidency’s official Twitter handle.

“NOTICE: A Presidential directive has been issued for the immediate clearing up of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within 2 weeks.

The directive mandates the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and all adjoining streets leading into the Apapa axis.

To facilitate this important assignment, operators of trucks and tankers have also been directed to vacate the Port Access Roads within the next 72 hours.

At the meeting were key heads and representatives of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, including the Honourable Minister of FMPWH, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola; Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamuu.

Also present were representatives of the Chief of NigerianNavy Staff, Rear Admiral B.E.E Ibe-Enwo; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Salaam Taiwo Olufemi; and the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Nigerian Ports Authority Dr. Sokonte Davies.

Consequently, a Presidential Taskforce, chaired by Vice President Osinbajo was established to restore law and order to the area within 2 weeks.

The Taskforce, which will report directly to the President, has included on its Terms of Reference the development of an efficient and effective management plan for the entire port area traffic, including the cargo, fuel distribution and business district traffic; enforcing the permanent removal of all stationary trucks on the highway, and the development of an effective manual truck call-up system, pending the introduction of the electronic truck call-up system.

It also includes the implementation of a workable Empty Container Return and Export Container Truck Handling Policy, amongst others.

Members of the taskforce include Mr. Kayode Opeifa, former Commissioner of Transport in Lagos State, as the Executive Vice Chairman; a representative of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC); Nigerian Ports Authority, and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC).

Other members include a special unit of the Nigerian Police led by a Commissioner of Police, representatives of the Truck Transport Union, the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, and other relevant MDAs.

The Nigerian Navy and all other military formations have also been mandated to withdraw from traffic management duties in and around the Apapa axis, while military and paramilitary checkpoints in front of the ports and environs are to be dismantled.

In addition, LASTMA has been authorised to move into Apapa as the lead traffic management agency, while Nigerian Ports is to commence the immediate use of the Lilypond Terminal and Trailer Park A as a truck transit park.

The directive further mandates compliance by all security personnel and MDAs, while heads of Nigerian Ports, Nigerian Customs, FMPWH, and all other security operatives are to ensure their officers’ adherence to the new directives.”

This is coming few days after the Lagos State governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said he will end the Apapa gridlock within the first 60 days of his administration.

3rd Year Medical Student Commits Suicide After Failing MBBS Exam

A 300 level medical student of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Nigeria has allegedly committed suicide in Bayelsa state.

Uzakah Timi Ebiweni took a plunge into a river close to the university campus, Amassoma located in the Southern Ijaw area of the state after being informed that he had failed his examination.

He was 1 of 50 students, out of the 169 who sat for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) exam, that failed the examination.

SaharaReporters contacted the police public relations officer in the state, SP. Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident.

Ndoni Ingezi, public relations officer of the university who spoke to SaharaReporters said: “Eniweni took his own life after news that he was part of 22 students shortlisted to be withdrawn from the college came out.

“You know it is a general practice that every student pass the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) exams before progressing to the next level of academic pursuit.

“But Ebiweni and 21 others failed beyond the level that they could be placed on academic probation.

When Ebiweni was counseled and informed about the fact that he will be withdrawn from college, on that day, he accepted the decision of the college in good fate and left.

“Only to for the University to hear afterwards that the young man took his own life.

“His body has been recovered and deposited at the Sabageria mortuary awaiting post mortem examination.

The police are yet to release an official statement regarding the unfortunate incident.


Police In North London Investigate Body Found In Rubbish Bin

Detectives are investigating the death of a man in Islington.

The body of the deceased named as Erik San-Filippo was found in a rubbish bin.

Police were called to Tollington Road, Islington, shortly before 16:00hrs on Saturday, 11 May to reports of a man’s body in a wheelie bin.

Formal identification has been carried out and confirmed the deceased as 23-year-old Italian national.

Next of kin have been notified.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out; this proved inconclusive and we await further tests.

At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained and enquiries are being led by the Met’s Central North Command.

A 52-year-old man was arrested on Sunday, 12 May on suspicion of murder and has been bailed to return on a date in mid-June.

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward by calling CID on 07827872423 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Enquiries continue.

Police Finally Make Arrest After Shoreditch Shooting Victim Died 13 Years Following Incident Which Left Him Paralysed And Confined To Hospital

Detectives investigating the murder of a man who died 13 years after he was shot in Shoreditch, have made an arrest for firearms offences.

Marvin Couson died on Saturday, 8 August 2015 having been confined to a hospital bed unable to communicate or do anything for himself since he was shot at the Lime in London Bar – commonly known as the Lime Bar – in Curtain Road, Shoreditch, on Saturday, 12 May 2002.

A 40-year-old man was arrested on Thursday 9 May, on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He remains in custody at a west London police station at this stage.

A £40,000 reward remains on offer to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for Marvin’s death.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “We are days away from the 17th anniversary of Marvin’s shooting and this morning we have made a significant arrest.

“I hope that it will encourage people to take themselves back to the Lime Bar on 12 May 2002. Witnesses have come forward and we are hugely grateful for their help but heartbreakingly some have not or have given incomplete accounts of what happened that night.

“I understand by the nature of the crime there may reluctance to get involved or perhaps people just feel they have moved on as it was so long ago. Well, Marvin’s family haven’t, they have endured years of heartache, visiting his hospital bedside every day for 13 years while he lay paraylsed before finally succumbing to his injuries. They cannot hope to move forward without your help – what would you want people to do if it was your child? Were you one of those in the car with the man who fatally shot Marvin? Maybe you are scared as you feel embroiled in his actions but there was only one person who pulled that trigger and I encourage you to make that call to me.

“We still have a significant reward on offer to anyone who can assist our investigation and we continue to piece together what happened that night.

“Marvin was visiting the venue with a friend when a disturbance began between one of the promoters of the garage and hip-hop event, called ‘Ouch’, playing that night and a group of between 10 and 15 black men. Another man approached the group, lifted his arm and discharged a small handgun.

“This man is described as black and aged in his early 20s. Importantly he was wearing a distinctive black three-quarter length duffle coat with large buttons and the hood up. He really would have stood out – a man in a heavy coat in May inside a hot and crowded club. I know it is a long time ago but those events would undoubtedly stick in your mind if you were there – did you see this man or who was around him that night? Do you have any information about what happened? Please come forward in confidence.”


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The shot fired caused security staff to clear the bar of around 200 customers into Curtain Road and Worship Street. Marvin, then aged 26 and working fitting security systems for retailers, and his friend were among them.

Outside Marvin’s friend saw a T-reg red or burgundy Ford Fiesta, thought to contain at least two black men, driving fast along Curtain Road. The vehicle struck him and he grappled with the front seat passenger.

A gun was then fired and the friend walked back towards the bar to see Marvin lying shot on the ground. Marvin was shot outside the bar, but it is unclear if the shot came from the Fiesta.

A further incident had also taken place outside the club. Another man and his friend were approached by three men with handguns who pistol-whipped them and searched their car. One of the suspects were described as wearing a duffle coat and also suffering from a skin condition called vitiligo, with lighter blotches on his skin.

DCI McHugh said: “It is highly likely this is the same man who fired the shot inside the club and the pistol-whipping incident adds more to his description. Did you see what happened outside the club as people poured out? It would have been chaotic but again an incident like this would have stood out.

”All indications are that Marvin died because he became caught up in a dispute that night between organised criminal gangs from London and Birmingham. It is all the more sad as Marvin was not involved in gangs or criminality and we believe he was an entirely innocent victim of a dispute that had nothing to do with him.

“A lot of time has passed and loyalties change so I hope for the sake of Marvin’s family – and his two now grown-up children – that someone can find it within themselves to do the right thing.”

Police were called to the venue at 03:40hrs to reports of gunfire.

On arrival officers found Marvin, who lived in Darlington Road, West Norwood, on the ground outside the bar with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital in a critical condition with injuries to his heart and other internal organs.

After an operation he was transferred to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney. He was unable to care for himself or leave his hospital bed. He could not communicate and had no capacity to understand anything said to him.

Police were informed by the hospital that he died at 22:40hrs on 8 August 2015. A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as brain injury suffered as a direct result of the shooting.

Trident officers took on the case immediately following the shooting and made several appeals for witnesses and information. One man was arrested, on 23 May 2002, but subsequently released with no further action.

After Marvin’s death the homicide command took on the case. On Thursday, 14 September 2017 detectives interviewed a 37-year-old man under caution. The man was a serving prisoner with links to a Birmingham gang.

Marvin’s sister Margaret Couson said today: “On Sunday 12 May it will be the anniversary of Marvin’s shooting. It is remarkable that it is 17 years since Marvin was shot and his killer remains at large, not a day goes by when we don’t think of Marvin.

“That awful incident has ruined so many lives and each day I wake and go to sleep thinking of Marvin. I ask ‘Why?’ Marvin wasn’t involved in crime, he loved life and his family, he had the best years of his life ahead of him. His two children turn 20 and their only memory is their dad being in hospital and the face of a media campaign. They have been robbed of just having their dad there.

“I am encouraged that no matter how much time passes by, the police do not give up and we as a family most certainly will not give up our fight for justice. Things do not just move on, we have been in trauma for 17 years.

“Today’s arrest is really encouraging, combined with the anniversary I hope it will make people talk and I pray that the information makes its way to the police either directly or through Crimestoppers. Yes 17 years have passed, but witnesses are living with what they saw that night. Many including the suspect may well have families; you may even have a teenage child – look at your child and think what would you want witnesses to do if it was your loved one.

“It is possible that the gunman didn’t intend to shoot Marvin and he may have turned his life around; that does not in any away take away the torturous 17 years that we as a family have faced and the future will not get any easier without the community’s support.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

*The Lime in London bar no longer exists – it is now the Queen of Hoxton pub*

Our Leaders’ And Experts’ Hypocrisy Is Out Of This World

I was listening to a commentator on TV yesterday saying “many so called experts who constantly bleat on about global warming spend most of their time on planes. Flying across the world and racking up enormous amounts of carbon footprints”.

London mayor is blindly charging Londoners congestion charge ostensibly to reduce carbon monoxide emissions in the capital – yet it has been revealed that both him and his team have racked up enough miles to fly to the moon and back in just 2 years of being Mayor.

It now seems that hypocrisy in high places and among the so called experts is at an all time high and perpetrators dont bother to do much to conceal their “don’t do as I do, do as I say” behaviours.

Recently, it was reported that over 3.7 million UK kids (one of the alleged most developed countries in the world🤐) are living in abject poverty. Yet our Tory prime minister can be heard gloating at every opportunity how her government – more than any before her in decades, has brought unemployment to it’s most lowest. (Won’t that be the parents of the same kids living in poverty…?🤨)

Nowadays, we seem to live in a world where leaders & experts blatantly & openly lie, make up numbers, fiddle figures and invent facts to fit in with their own chosen narrative and suit their own pleasure – while expecting the populace to toe a different, more punishing line…

Social Welfare benefits that previously helped the unemployed, many in low paid jobs and those unable to work to get by, has been more or less obliterated under Theresa May’s government. How many times have we read of mums of young children being unable to feed their kids or pay their energy bills due to their low income and almost non existent supplementary benefits. Or famulues living off food banks.

We also read with horror, of sick people such as stage 4 cancer patients and quadraplegics being forced to attend meetings to prove their inability to work by Theresa May’s HMRC staff.

When the PM postulates and beats her chest about her fake unemployment figures, what she leaves out is that many employed people today, are on what we call “gig jobs” or “zero contract hours” as it is more commonly known. In this type of employment, you are classed as employed but you could find yourself waiting for weeks or even months before you actually work. And you only get paid for the work you do.

Meanwhile, while you are waiting for a shift, the bills or rent are not stopped or put on hold. They have to be paid. And if you havent got the means to pay, the arrears pile up and many find themselves in serioys debt this way.

On the other hand, there are many others such as health care or support workers who work long 11 hours a day shifts, 4 of 5 days a week on very little above the minimum wage, who have to take up other work elsewhere on their few days off simply to supplement their meagre salary in order to make ends meet.

One of the conservatives election manifesto was “Making Work Pay” But what do you say to millions of Brits who work very long hours with very little to show for it….. or those allegedly employed but with no work…and no pay?

And several of those actually working, have not seen a meaningful pay increase in years. But rents, gas, electric, petrol, congestion charge, council tax, travel cards broadband, mobile phone, road tax, insurance premiums etc etc increase in the UK every single year and any pay increase is immediately swallowed up by ever increasing expenses.

But hold on

In this same Britain, MPs have their fat, self-set salaries and allowances increased every single year. A typical MPs expenses alone dwarfs the annual salary of most Londoners and households!

See what your MPs claimed in expenses in 2018

A story recently appeared in the newspapers of how MPs fought hard and almost succeeded in suppresing the revealing of another set of embarassing expenses claims scandal.

MPs who are elected to serve the people, have their accomodation paid by taxpayers (the people) yet, grant themselves remunerations that most of those people who elected them can only dream of. And then they submit claims on personal frivolous and mickey taking items such as champagne lunches, flowers and tampons!!!

All these in the same country where a single mum will be prosecuted and hounded day and night by bailiffs for missing a couple of council tax payments….

And this is just the UK.
Don’t get me started on the US….Or Nigeria!!!

#Hypocrisy

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Gang of Fraudsters Including 4 Nigerian Brothers Jailed For Over 43 Years Over Multi Million Pounds Theft

A gang of fraudsters have been jailed for a total of more than 43 years for their parts in the theft of millions of pounds from businesses and individuals in the UK and abroad.

The following people were convicted between 26 and 28 March for their roles in a large-scale “diversion fraud” scam using hacking software following a six-month trial, and sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday, 2 May:

– Bonaventure Sunday Chukwuka, 41 (21.08.1977) of Roding Gardens, Loughton was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property (money laundering). He was also found guilty of possession of a prohibited item (a phone) in prison – sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment.

– Andrew Chike Chukwu, 35 (19.09.1983) of River Road, Buckhurst Hill was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property – sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

– Emmanuel Chike Chukwuka (brother), 27 (11.12.1991) of Roding Gardens, Loughton was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud. He was found not guilty of conspiracy to money launder – sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment.

– Christian Chukwuka (brother), 39 (24.12.1979) of Latchetts Shaw, Basildon, Essex was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property – sentenced to five years and nine months’ imprisonment.

– Nadeem Abbasi, 48 (20.04.1970) of St Michaels Avenue, Wembley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to convert/conceal criminal property – sentenced to two years and three months’ months imprisonment.

– Mansoor Zaman, 27 (31.03.1991) of no fixed abode was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property. He was sentenced to six years and nine months’ imprisonment.

– Queen Chukwuka, 32 (01.10.1986) of Roding Gardens, Loughton was found guilty of acquiring/possessing criminal property – sentenced to a community order

– Grace Plange Chukwu, 39 (20.02.1980) of River Road, Buckhurst Hill was found guilty of acquiring/possessing criminal property – conditional discharge.

– Ionut Relu Muresan, 34 (09.09.84) of Long Deacon Road, E4 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to money launder – sentenced to five years’ imprisonment

– Mohammed Rahman, 31 (25.12.1987) of Garnies Close, Peckham was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property – to be sentenced at a later date.

The court heard during the trial that Bonaventure Chukwuka led an organised criminal gang that targeted businesses and individuals by hacking into their email accounts, and stealing large sums of money.

Officers from the Met’s Falcon Fraud Squad launched the investigation after receiving referrals from Action Fraud.

Detectives identified a total of 228 separate frauds committed by the same network between 2014 to 2018, and totalling £10,112,312.54.

A total of 69 victims provided evidence during the trial. Many of them have been unable to recover their losses.

Several victims were traced with the help of the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau whose Action Fraud service allows both domestic and overseas victims to report fraud online.

The gang used computer malware to intercept and steal the log-in details of email accounts belonging to businesses and private individuals worldwide, with the intent of identifying high-value financial transactions.

They then intercepted emails about these transactions and sent spoof emails, duping the victims into paying the funds into alternative UK-based “mule” bank accounts – accounts obtained and controlled by the fraudsters for this purpose – instead of the intended recipient.

A total of 165 “mule” accounts, opened with fake identification documents or bought from unscrupulous account holders, were identified by detectives.

They were used to receive the proceeds of the diversion fraud, where the money was quickly transferred onto other accounts, some of which were untraceable.

The fraudsters also used the funds from mule accounts to buy and export thousands of pounds of baby milk to Nigeria, to launder the money.

One of the fraud victims was a small construction company with a small team of employees based in the south west of England. It was defrauded out of nearly £13,000 by the group in 2017 and had to close as a result.

Bonaventure, Emmanuel and Christian Chukwuka were arrested on 26 January 2018 on suspicion of fraud. They were charged the following day.

Abassi established a sham company and opened business bank accounts, one of which received £1.9m on behalf of the wider gang. Abassi was arrested at Heathrow airport on 14 February 2018. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money on 2 November 2018.

Zaman and Rahman sourced mule accounts. Zaman was arrested at Gatwick Airport on 4 April 2018. Rahman was arrested on 11 April.

Following the arrest of the Chukwuka brothers, Andrew Chike Chuwku was identified as a significant associate. He was arrested on 11 April 2018.

Queen Chukwuka and Grace Chukwu – the wives of Bonaventure and Andrew – received funds into their own personal bank accounts.

Officers will now begin confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act to try and recover the money stolen.

DC Chris Collins of the Falcon Fraud Squad said: “This gang of fraudsters were unscrupulous, organised and prolific, and over a period of four years stole millions of pounds from unsuspecting businesses and individuals, and lived an extremely comfortable life with the profits.

“The frauds were brazen, and this gang clearly thought they could continue with their criminal lifestyle without detection. However, arrests followed what was a complex investigation carried out diligently by the Met’s Falcon Fraud Squad, with hundreds of fraud reports being reviewed by detectives trawling through financial records.