Mary Kay Cosmetics National Sales Director UK Bags Prestigious Women4Africa Award

The  National Sales Director, Mary Kay Cosmetics UK, Chief Mrs Elizabeth Ozua, was the cynosure of all eyes yesterday at the 7th Royal Edition of Women 4 Africa Awards in London as she bagged the prestigious 2018 Special Recognition Award.


The Women4Africa Awards is an annual recognition event which recognizes the achievements of women of African origin from all across the globe and from diverse backgrounds and fields of endeavour.

The latest edition of the Awards event which drew its usual crowd of Who is Who of the general African Diasporan community in the UK and from Europe, took place last weekend at the Kessington Town hall in West London

Elizabeth Ozua was born in the UK and raised in Nigeria. She received her BA and Master’s degrees from the University of Benin, Benin City. Following a stint as a lecturer at her alma mater, Elizabeth relocated to her birthplace, London with her family, where she worked as a Project Manager for London Transport.

While working as a PM, she met the person who introduced her to Mary Kay Cosmetics, 23 years ago. Impassioned, consistent and committed effort led her to become the number one [Mary Kay] Independent Sales Director in the UK and she later became the very first [Mary Kay] National Sales Director in the country.

Elizabeth has unfailingly held her position as number one for 14 consecutive years and counting. At present, she teaches, motivates and leads over 3000 women within her capacity as a National Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She has received a number of prestigious awards, all expense paid trips, gifts and a lot of recognition from the company.

In addition to running her Mary Kay business, Elizabeth is an international speaker, motivator and trainer – mentoring people across the globe. Her passion lies in enriching the lives of all who cross her path. Her motto is “help enough people get what they want and you will get what you want.”


Elizabeth is quietly and privately involved in charitable work. She is married to Dr Peter Ozua , a top Consultant at NHS Basildon Trust and they have two children.



Contributed by Dr Dayo Olomu

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Energetic Royal Wedding Preacher Used The Word “Love” Over 60 Times In His Sermon

Bishop Michael Curry reportedly said the word ‘love’ no less than 58 times during his wedding sermon.

The Chicago native, the first black presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, gave an address titled the Power of Love at the service this afternoon where he was due to say the word at least 58 times. But after opening his energetic speech with the words of Dr Martin Luther King, hailing his views on love as ‘right’, he went slightly ‘off-piste’ and reportedly said the word more than 60 times. ‘


We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way,’ Bishop Curry quoted.

He then said: ‘There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalise. There is power, power in love.’ He added: ‘

Love can help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.’

Such power could be seen in the service, he continued, saying: ‘Two young people fell in love and we all showed up.’

The bishop’s words rose in a passionate crescendo as he spoke of the link between love and the divine, his style a stark contrast to the sober delivery of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who was officiating. And Twitter couldn’t get enough of the bishop’s speech, whose animated performance was a departure from the type of sermons the royal family would normally see at church services.

Ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband was full of praise for Rev Curry, saying: ‘Rev Michael Curry could almost make me a believer.’

While Channel 4 presenter Cathy Newman wrote: ‘Loving how Michael Curry is shaking the whole thing up here.’ ‘This wedding needed Bishop Michael Curry’s energy and we should all be grateful to Meghan for that,’ said Michelle Collins.

While at times several of the congregation could be seen smiling and exchanging glances during the speech which cited love as the key to curing global problems. In a moment of light self-deprecation, Bishop Curry noted he had to soon sit down, gesturing to the couple and adding ‘we need to get y’all married’.

Drawing the threads of his address together, he concluded: ‘If humanity ever captures the energy of love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.’


The full address:

An old medieval poem says it: Where true love is found, God himself is there. Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. Song of Songs 8:6-7

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: ‘We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way. There’s power in love. Do not underestimate it. Anyone who has ever fallen in love, knows what I mean. But think about love in any form or experience of it. It actually feels good to be loved, and to express love.

There is something right about it. And there’s a reason. The Bible, 1 John 4 says it this way: Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God; Everyone who loves is born of God. Whoever does not love does not know God For God is love. (1 John 4:4-8) There’s power in love. Love can help and heal when nothing else can. Love can lift up and liberate for living when nothing else will.

And the love that brings two people together is the same love that can bind them together, Whether on mountaintops of happiness and through valleys of hardship. Love is strong as death It’s flashes are flashes of fire. Many waters cannot quench love Love can see you through! There’s power in love.

But the love of which we speak is not only for couples getting married or just for interpersonal relationships. Jesus of Nazareth taught us that the way of love is the way to a real relationship with the God who created all of us, and the way to true relationship with each other as children of that one God, as brothers and sisters in God’s human family.

One scholar said it this way: Jesus had founded the most revolutionary movement in human history: a movement built on the unconditional love of God for the world and the mandate to live that love.” (Charles Marsh’s The Beloved Community) And in so doing, to change lives and the world itself!

There’s a reason. An old spiritual may suggest why: If you cannot preach like Peter, And you cannot pray like Paul, You can tell the love of Jesus, How he died to save us all There is a balm in Gilead To make the wounded whole There is a balm in Gilead To heal the sin sick soul Just tell the love of Jesus, how he died to save us all. He didn’t sacrifice his life for himself, or anything he could get out of it, He did it for others, for the other, for the good and well being of others, That’s love How does St. Paul say it?

Love is not jealous, rude, or boastful. Love does not insist on its own way. Love is unselfish, sacrificial, kind and just. Love seeks the good and the well-being of the other. Love makes room and space for the other to be. (See 1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

This love, this is the way of Jesus. And it’s game changer.

Imagine our homes and families when this way of love is the way.

Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way.

Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way.

Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way.

Imagine our world when love is the way.

No child would go to bed hungry in such a world as that Poverty would become history in such a world as that. The earth would be as a sanctuary in such a world as that. We would treat one another as children of God, regardless of differences. We would learn how to lay our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more. There would be a new heaven, a new earth, a new world. A new and beautiful human family. The very dream of God Love is strong as death It’s flashes are flashes of fire.



Many waters cannot quench love The late French Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, was at once a scientist, a Roman Catholic priest, a theologian, a true mystic. His was one of the great minds and spirits of the 20th century. He suggested that the discovery and harnessing of fire was one of the great technological discoveries of human history.

Fire made it possible to cook food, thereby reducing the spread of disease.

Fire made it possible to stay warm in cold climates, thereby marking human migration possible.

Fire made the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Industrial Revolution possible.

If you drove here this morning, you did so in part because of harnessed fire.  I flew here from the U.S. due to controlled burn of fire.

Fire is involved in broadcasting this wedding around the world. And we can text, tweet, email, and otherwise socially engage one another due to fire.

Fire was one of the great technological discoveries of humanity. In light of this, de Chardin said that if human beings ever harness the energies of love,  then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire. Love is the very fire and energy of real life!

Dr. King was right: ‘We must discover the power of love, he redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.’ My brother, my sister, God love you, God bless you. My brothers, my sisters, God love you, God bless you. And may God hold us all In those almighty hands of love. Amen


Harry And Meghan To Visit Thomas Markle In Mexico

Prince Harry and Meghan are reportedly set for a trip to Mexico to visit her father Thomas Markle, who was too ill to attend their wedding.

The prince has never met his 73-year-old father-in-law, who is recovering from heart surgery.


It is not known when the royal couple, who are also planning their honeymoon, will make the trip. A source told The Sun: ‘Meghan and Thomas are both devastated he wasn’t able to attend the wedding and have discussed seeing each other soon. ‘

They have been speaking all week, mostly by text.


markleThomas Markle missed the wedding as he is recovering from heart surgery (Picture: MEGA)

Prince Charles stepped in to walk Meghan down the aisle (Picture: Getty) Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland was able to attend and mixed with Charles and Camilla (Picture: PA)

‘Thomas has told other family members he hopes and expects Meghan and Harry to come to see him.’ Meghan’s dad has been in regular contact with American gossip website TMZ over the last week, offering updates about his health and speaking out about his daughter’s wedding.

He most recently revealed that he sent her a text on the day of the wedding, telling her that he loves her. Mr Markle watched the coverage of the day on TV from his bed as he recovers from heart surgery.

He also warned his relatives to ‘shut up about everything’ now that Meghan is officially a member of the royals.

Royal Wedding

He told TMZ: ‘The service was beautiful and it’s history. I will always regret not being able to be there and not being able to hold my daughter’s hand. ‘My baby girl is a duchess and I love her so much. When you watch your child get married, every thought goes through your mind, every memory from the first day she was born, the first time I held her.’

Members of Meghan’s family faced criticism in the lead-up to the wedding.

It emerged that Mr Markle staged paparazzi photos showing him getting ready for the big day. His daughter Samantha, Meghan’s half-sister gave various TV interviews and claimed she was being ‘censored’ by Meghan, while Thomas Markle Jr reportedly wrote a letter to Prince Harry explaining why he should not marry his sister. Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland flew in from Los Angeles for the big day, and was pictured travelling with her daughter to Windsor Castle and chatting with Prince Charles.


Met Police Announces Violent And Weapon-Enabled Crime Task Force

The Met has recently announced a new Violent Crime Task Force composed of full-time, specially selected, ring-fenced and dedicated police officers, who will solely focus on violent crime, weapon-enabled crime and serious criminality.

This will come as good news to many Londoners who feel the police hadn’t been doing enough to tackle knife and gun crimes in the wake of the sudden spike in the incidents of fatal stabbings in the capital over the last couple of months.

The team will use a full range of tactics to identify, target and arrest offenders, and leave a legacy of community impact in the boroughs they are deployed to.

The new task force will focus solely on violent weapon enabled crimes

These will include covert and overt tactics specifically targeting street level offenders as well as those who feed criminality.

The unit will be supported by Borough officers, the Trident and Area Crime Command and specialist units, as well as community partners. This approach will deliver policing above and below ground allowing a sustained and targeted approach to stopping and solving murders and knife crimes.

Uniformed officers will be highly visible as they crack down on offending on the capital’s streets.

The Met has previously been running Operation Sceptre with two proactive teams in North and South London who focus alternately between knife crime, violent crime and moped-enabled crime.

17 Year Old Facing Jail For Manslaughter And GBH Following Double Knife Stabbing

A teenager has been found guilty of fatally stabbing a man who confronted him about selling drugs outside his home in Parsons Green.

A 17-year-old boy [B] was found guilty of the manslaughter of Omid Saidy at the Old Bailey today Thursday, 10 May following a trial. He was found not guilty of murder.

On the same day at the same court, Shafiq Smith, 19 (21.02.99), of Laitwood Road, SW12, was found not guilty of murder or manslaughter in relation to Omid, but he was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to Omid’s friend Oluwafemi Omotosho.

They will be sentenced at the same court on 15 June.

Police were called on Monday, 16 October 2017 at 19:37hrs following reports of three males stabbed in the area surrounding Parsons Green Tube Station.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service (LAS) and three men were found at various locations suffering from injuries.

One of them was Omid Saidy, 20, a voluntary youth worker from Fulham, who was pronounced dead in Parsons Green Lane at 20:30hrs.

Omid’s friend Oluwafemi Omotosho was also found suffering from stab injuries, as was [B].

At about 16:00hrs on 16 October 2017, Omid was at home when he saw what he believed to be a drug deal happening outside, which had been a reoccurring problem.

He went outside and asked the two males to find another spot.

They returned about 30 minutes later and Omid went back outside, this time with his father and brother, and once again asked the males to move on. They agreed and walked away.

At about 19:00hrs, Omid’s father was alerted by his daughter that the males were back and were covering their faces with masks and hoods. He went out to investigate with his dog, when he saw Omid, who had left the house earlier thinking the situation was resolved, challenge the males and chase them away. Omid’s father followed behind.

During the chase, the two males produced knives and were waving them at Omid. Omid, also armed with a knife, said he would not be intimidated by them and he wanted them out of the area.

Omid called his friend Omotosho for help. Omotosho arrived a short time later and joined the chase on his moped. He also had a knife.

There was an altercation between the three, which resulted in Omid receiving fatal injuries. It is believed Omid stabbed [B] during the altercation.

Omotosho drove at the males on his moped in a bid to defend his friend, but he lost control and crashed into some parked vehicles.

Omotosho fell to the ground and was defenceless when Smith approached him and stabbed him in the chest. Both suspects then fled the scene.

At this point, Omid’s father caught-up and found his son collapsed on the floor near Parsons Green Tube Station. Despite emergency treatment, Omid died at the scene. He had been stabbed four times, in his neck, torso and buttock.

[B] ran off in the direction of Munster Road and he was arrested just before 20:00hrs that evening. During his attempted escape, he disposed of a knife in a road drain nearby. He had also been stabbed during the altercation.

The knife [B] used was recovered from the drain by officers during a search on 17 October and it was found to have Omid’s blood on it.

During his initial interviews, [B] said he knew nothing of what happened, but during subsequent interviews he said he was a victim of crime, mostly giving no comment answers to further questions.

Officers carried out extensive CCTV enquiries and saw one of the suspects, later identified as Smith, make his way onto the Fulham Court Estate following the incident clearly carrying a knife.

Smith went on the run but thanks to a successful operation by officers and partners, Smith was located and arrested on 19 October 2017. He gave a prepared statement where he admitted presence at the scene, but said he acted in self-defence and may have stabbed the moped rider. He gave no comment answers to all questions asked.

Smith and [B] were caught on CCTV together several times in the area that day.

Oluwafemi Omotosho, 19 (13.10.1998), of Pearscroft Road, SW6, was arrested and charged with possession of a bladed or sharply pointed article in a public place and affray. He previously pleaded guilty to these charges on 23 October 2017 and was remanded to be sentenced at the same time as Smith and [B].

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, who led the investigation, said: “Omid tragically lost his life for simply asking some drug dealers to move on from outside his home. Omid’s family are heartbroken to have lost a loving son and brother. Omid’s poor father witnessed his death. Omid was a voluntary youth worker who wanted to make young people’s lives better. His loss has left a huge gap in the community.

“Smith and [B] have failed to show any remorse for their actions. The defendants clearly wanted to fight and that they were more than prepared to use excessive force when the opportunity arose – even in a busy high street.

“The local residents and witnesses have been so supportive and Omid’s family are indebted to you for stepping forward.

“We have decided to release the images of the weapons involved to challenge the consciousness of those knife carriers who might be minded to walk out the front door armed with a knife today. There is no reason why you would have such weapons at home let alone on the street, other than to inflict serious injury or kill.

“For a very small section of our community, such knives have become as normal as your mobile phone. You need to reprogram and appreciate that carrying that weapon is your one way ticket to a significant sentence or life in prison or, as often happens, you become the victim.

“We pick up the pieces and those convicted and sentenced are quickly forgotten by the outside world. You will be talked about for a few weeks and then your friends move on.

“It also horrifies me that this is what our brave officers are facing when they deal with these very small sections of community.”

In a statement Omid’s family said: “Nothing will bring back out our beloved son Omid and we don’t feel that justice was fully served with the verdict. However, we as a family hope that this conviction goes some way to showing the young people out there that carrying a knife in public has serious consequences. We pray that no other family has to go what we have gone through.”

2 Sons Of Wealthy Nigerian Parents Spared Jail Following Attack On Friend Over “Whose Parent Is Richest” Row

Two students from wealthy Nigerian homes who battered a fellow student with a shisha pipe in an argument over whose daddy was the richest, have been spared jail.

Elvis Ilonze, 20, who is so rich he had his Mercedes covered in fur, attacked his childhood friend Prince Nnaji in the flat they shared on North Street in Brighton.

Mr Nnaji tried to escape the flat but Ilonze, along with his friend Daniel Oluyemi, 24, chased after him and beat him with a wine bottle on April 7 last year at about 10pm
While inside the flat Louanna Rayawa, Mr Nnaji’s girlfriend, tried to stop the attack, but was pushed to the ground by Elvis Ilonze.


The pair also assaulted law student Chiedozie Dibiagwu, 23, who was sitting on a chair nearby and witnessed Mr Nnaji being assaulted.

Nnaji and Ilonze had known each other from Nigeria, but when Nnaji dared to suggest that he had the richer father Ilonze decided to ‘teach him a lesson’.

Ilonze and Oluyemi, 24, both pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning grevious bodily harm and were spared jail at the Old Bailey.

Privileged’ Ilonze came to the UK to study a four-year Masters of Engineering degree at the University of Sussex, and is one year away from completing his course.


His barrister Tom Hoskins said that Ilonze faces deportation back to Nigeria if he were given a sentence of more than one year in custody.

Oluyemi, who is training to become an accountant at the same university, is expecting a child in September or October.

His barrister, Johnathan Page, said that the right place for him is at home, preparing for the ‘momentous occasion’, not in prison.

Judge Christine Laing QC spared the ‘cosseted’ pair jail, suspending a one-year custodial sentence for 18 months to give them ‘one last chance’.

The judge said: ‘Unlike many of the people who pass through the courts you both come from, effectively, backgrounds of privilege.

‘It couldn’t be more childish, effectively an insult on somebody’s parents – who’s got the richer dad – that started this fight.

‘You both appear to be incredibly immature, perhaps as a result of being cosseted in your upbringing.’

The judge added that the pair of them, though immature, have ‘much to contribute to society’.

Both Ilonze, who wore a blue suit, and Oluyemi, wearing a grey suit and glasses, thanked the judge for sparing them jail before leaving the Old Bailey dock.

Ilonze, of Hendon, and Oluyemi, of Colindale, North London, admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

They were each given a one-year prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.


Former Labour Cabinet Minister Tessa Jowell Loses Battle With Brain Cancer

Labour veteran and former cabinet minister Dame Tessa Jowell has died after a year-long cancer battle aged 70.

A family spokesman said she suffered a haemorrhage on Friday, and fell into a coma until her death on Saturday (May 12).

The former Blair minister succumbed to a gliobastoma multiforme brain tumour that was diagnosed last May.

Looking frail and her voice cracking with emotion, Dame Tessa received a standing ovation as she said: “Let us live well with cancer, not just die from it.”

Dame Tessa’s frontbench career lasted almost 20 years and today she was hailed as an “inspiration” with “unflinching tenacity”.

Dame Tessa Jowell
Dame Tessa Jowell

She became MP for Dulwich, South London, in 1992 and was a key player in bringing the 2012 Olympics to London before joining the Lords in 2015.

She held the Cabinet role of Culture Secretary for six years and later launched a bid to be London’s mayor, but lost the Labour nomination to Sadiq Khan.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said this morning: “There was no-one like Tessa and no-one better. I will miss her more than I can say.”

Highlighting her work in the implementation of the Sure Start programme, as well as her drive to narrow the pay gap, Mr Blair hailed her “remarkable” achievements.

Dame Tessa Jowell had a long political career

Former PM Gordon Brown said: “No-one will ever forget the courage, strength and compassion for others that defined her life.

“[That was] shown in her incredible bravery in facing cancer and her desire to ensure that even while she suffered herself, she helped others who faced similar illnesses.”

Lord Sebastian Coe, former chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, said there would not have been a London 2012 without the contributions of Dame Tessa.

He said: “No politician deserves greater credit for the Games. She showed unflinching tenacity in persuading the Prime Minister and the Cabinet that the Government should throw its full weight behind the bid.

“And long after the Games were over, Tessa continued to fight for their legacy.

Dame Tessa Jowell making an emotional plea for more cancer treatment in Parliament
Dame Tessa Jowell making an emotional plea for more cancer treatment in Parliament (Image: BBC)

“Without her, the sporting landscape of the UK would have looked very different, and so many other tangible legacies left dormant.

“I will miss her enormously.”

Former acting Labour leader Harriet Harman said Dame Tessa was “no softie”, adding: “She was clever and tough.”

“Tessa was my MP neighbour for 23 years, always courteous and polite with local agencies, hospitals and schools.


“But if they were misleading, uncaring or obfuscating she would be tougher than anyone – and forensic with it.

“But above all she wanted to see Labour in government, and when we were she took her unique style and deep personal commitment into the heart of Whitehall.”