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

10 Year Old Nigerian Pupil Hired To Teach Conventry After School Club

An after-school club at the Southfields Primary School, Coventry, England, has appointed a Nigerian pupil, Emmanuella Mayaki, to teach following the discovery of her rare talent.

The 10-year-old is reported to be have been proficient in all main Microsoft programs by the age of seven and has even launched a website of her own.

Martin Benbeidge, one of the instructors at the school, said Emmanuella is not only the school’s star, but has superior skill and passion for sharing knowledge, Vanguard reported.

Despite what she has been able to achieve at such tender age, the 10-year-old is not slowing down as she hopes to learn more programming languages like Prolong and Lisp as soon as possible.

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She has shown what is possible with the right education and guidance and her story is something she wishes other kids, especially in Nigeria, get to share.

The young girl said she wants the Nigerian government to put up infrastructure that would allow kids in the country to learn some computer skills and be able to code too.

“I want to become a machine learning engineer because I have experience in programming and my job is to program a machine to perform specific tasks,” she said when describing what she does.

“My knowledge of modern software such as Eclipse, which I use to program Java applications, is also part of the reasons I want to be a machine learning engineer,” she added.

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Ayan De First Holds African Cultural Night In London

The UK’s first ever African Cultural Gala Night (ACGN) is to hold in London on Saturday October 19th 2019.

Organised by African cultural icon and a celebrity talking drummer Ayan De First, the event will involve the playing of melodious and mesmerising rhythms associated with African dance and music which is fundamental to the African culture.

Put together to showcase African culture before a global audience, ACGN will be promoting the significance of the diverse and opulent African heritage through cultural dance and music. It will demonstrate the importance of dance and music as a medium for social engagement and communication to address key contemporary issues.

As a prelude to main event, a Cultural evening with Ayan De First will hold at the Nigerian High Commission on September 20.
Ayan De First is hosting the evening a to give fans a taster of what to expect at his forthcoming African Cultural Gala Night (ACGN) holding on October 19.

The ACGN takes place at the Palm Hotel, Hendon London

Ayan De First and his students will also be performing on the talking drums, while Nigerian-British children will also deliver renditions in the Igbo, Edo and Yoruba languages.

Akwa Ibom dancers will also be performing for an audience that will include His Excellency Ambassador George Oguntade, the Nigerian high commissioner to the UK.

Ayan de First said: “The purpose of it is to showcase our rich cultural heritage and to also remind Africans and especially Nigerians of where they come from.

Our culture night being planned for the high commission will be witnessed by our youth, media and other important stakeholders.

“Our colonial masters have taken the whole lot out of us be it religion, confidence about all that we have but could not take our culture from us. Ladies and gentlemen please let us wake up from our slumber and revive, sustain and keep it alive.”

He added that the event is being organised to promote and protect African culture, to pass on the baton to the next generation and to make the point that African culture is very prospective, educative and sustainable. According to Ayan de First, African culture is our identity and we must be proud of it.

Tickets for the event cost £40 and can be purchased by calling 07943823292 or 07931595287.

Alternatively guests can visit www.oduduwatalkingdrummers.com


For more information contact:
Ronke Udofia
07828 119278
ronkealliudofia@hotmail.com
Ayan De First
07956 482148
ayandefirst@icloud.com
Ayo Akinfe
07866 164300
ayoakinfe@gmail.com
Theodora Oyebade
07943 823292
theodoraibekwe@hotmail.com

Starting at 5pm, the event will feature a variety of dance troops and entertainers from across the African continent to entertain, educate and facilitate the appreciation of African people. It will also feature a gala dinner and is expected to attract about 400 people from across the UK, including members of the diplomatic corps, politicians, entertaines, community leaders and showbiz personalities.


South African Returnees To Receive N40,000 Airtime, 9GB Data For 2 Months – NIDCOM Boss

The Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said that the Nigerians returning from South Africa will receive sim cards with airtime worth N40,000 and 9GB of valid data for two months.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement through Gabriel Odu for Media Unit of the Commission, when she received the first batch of 187 Nigerians on-board an Air Peace Flight at the Murtala Muhammed Airport.

She also stated that returnees will receive transport stipend to convey them to their various destinations, as well as a soft loan from the Bank of Industry to support those interested in small trade and businesses.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa added that a program of reintegration will be put in place subsequently. Also officials of the Bank of Industry were on hand to brief them.

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Commending the Management of Air Peace for the kind gesture, the Chairman Hon Dabiri-Erewa said a total of 187 Nigerians were evacuated, amongst whom over 30 were children.

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About 317 were initially billed to return on the flight which experienced over 15 hours delay by the South African authorities.

The development follows a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to evacuate Nigerians in South Africa willing to return home due to renewed xenophobic uprisings.

The president gave the order after receiving the report of the special envoy whom he dispatched to South Africa over xenophobic attacks.

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The Nigerian Returnees with joy and excitement at the reception they received on their return home, all got up to render the National Anthem thanking President Buhari, the Chairman of Air Peace as well as the Consul General in South Africa and the High Commission in Pretoria for their efforts in ensuring a successful return home to Nigeria.

The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa therefore urged other Nigerians in South Africa to remain peaceful and good Ambassadors as the Federal Government is making firmer strategies for their safety and security in that country.

Meanwhile, arrangements for airlift of Second Batch of Nigerians from South Africa are underway

Find Out How Dangerous Your Neighbourhood Is As Police Release Crime Figures For London

The  Metropolitan Police  has published the latest  crime  statistics for July 2019 which show the levels of crime in all London boroughs.  The data – which is available to freely view at met.police.uk  – gives details of how many crimes are reported in each borough per 1,000 people.

This allows for a level playing field when comparing boroughs with large populations such as Barnet (390,000 people) and low populated boroughs such as Kensington and Chelsea (156,000 people).  In total across the whole of London there were 74,642 crimes in July which means there is roughly 8.29 crimes per 1,000 people.

Theft is the highest reported crime with 20,089 instances recorded in July.   You can find the most dangerous boroughs and least dangerous below:

32) Richmond upon Thames – 4.99 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were a total of 998 crimes in Richmond Upon Thames in July.  Violence against a person was the highest reported crime with 273 reported cases.  Theft was second with 278 reported crimes.  In March 2019 Richmond South had the highest levels of crime overall in the borough.

31) Sutton – 5.21 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were a total of 1,079 crimes in Sutton in July.  Violence against a person was the highest reported crime with 350 acts recorded by police.  Theft was again second with 222 reported crimes.  In March 2019 Sutton Central and Town Centre had the highest levels of crime overall in the borough.

30) Bexley – 5.55 crimes for every 1,000 people

In total the borough of Bexley saw 1,385 reported crimes with violence against a person being the highest (423).  The second highest crime was vehicle offences with 246 and then theft at 255.  In June 2019 the ward of Erith was considered the place you were most likely to be a victim of crime.

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29) Harrow – 5.62 crimes for every 1,000 people

The total crime figure in Harrow was 1,431 in July. 415 cases of violence against a person and 300 incidents of theft. The third and fourth positions were taken by vehicle offences and burglary respectively. When looking at the year up to June 2018 to June 2019 the ward with the most crime was Greenhill.

38) Havering – 5.79 crimes for every 1,000 people. 

There were 1,502 instances of crime in Havering in July which equates to 5.79 crimes per 1,000 people.Violence against a person (484) and theft (296) took the top two positions.

27) Merton – 5.86 crimes for every 1,000 people  

1,234 crimes in Merton were reported to police in July 2019. Violence (364) and theft (272) were once again the highest recorded crimes. When looking at figures from police for the month of April 2019 Figge’s Marsh would be the ward you were most likely to be a victim of crime.  

26) Bromley – 5.91 crimes for every 1,000 people  

There were 1,975 crimes in the borough of Bromley in July.  There were 599 reported cases of violence and 415 for theft.  The next two highest were for burglary and vehicle offences. 

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25) Redbridge – 6.04 crimes for every 1,000 people.  

In total there were 1,863 crimes in Redbridge for July. Violence against the person was the highest with 554 instances.  Theft was second with 376 cases. 24) Kingston upon Thames – 6.09 crimes for every 1,000 people

26) There were 1,001 crimes in Kingston Upon Thames which is one of London’s least populated boroughs.  

Theft topped the list of the highest recorded crimes with 316 incidents. Grove is considered to be the most dangerous place in the borough according to figures from the police for May 2019. It is worth noting that this area is also the boroughs main shopping area.

27) Barnet – 6.47 crimes for every 1,000 people 

There were a total of 2,566 crimes in Barnet in July. Violence against a person was the highest reported crime with 686 reported cases.  Theft was second with 529 reported crimes.

22) Waltham Forest – 6.58 crimes for every 1,000 people. 

 There were 1,867 crimes in Waltham Forest in Jully.  The highest was for violence at 488 and then theft at 377.  Drug offences were fourth with 171 incidents.  

21) Wandsworth – 6.59 crimes for every 1,000 people.  

There were 2,125 incidents of crime in the Wandsworth during July 2019.  Violence against a person (578) leads the crime rate figures as with most boroughs. However theft was only just behind with 515 incidents. According to figures released in May 2019 Northcote is the most dangerous borough.  

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20) Hillingdon – 6.83 crimes for every 1,000 people. 

2,124 crimes in Hillingdon were reported to police in July 2019.  Violence (638) and theft (437) were once again the highest recorded crimes.  According to statistics released for June 2019 Yiewsley was the most dangerous area in the borough.  

19) Brent – 7.18 crimes for every 1,000 people.  

The total crime figure in Brent for July was 2,416.  761 cases of violence and 408 of theft were the highest recorded.  Drug offences (224) were the fourth highest after vehicle offences.  In figures released for May 2019 Harlesden was the ward with the most crime   

18) Enfield – 7.30 crimes for every 1,000 people.  

There were a total of 2,479 crimes in Enfield in July.  Violence against a person was the highest reported crime with 766 acts recorded by police.  Vehicle crime was the second highest with with 439 reported crimes, closely followed by theft with 420 instances.  In June 2019 Upper Edmonton had the highest levels of crime overall in the borough.  

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17) Ealing – 7.33 crimes for every 1,000 people 

There were 2,570 crimes in Ealing for July. Violence against a person topped the list of the highest recorded crimes with 735 incidents.  East Acton is considered to be the most dangerous place in the borough according to figures from the police for April 2019.  

16) Croydon -7.45 crimes for every 1,000 people  

There were a total of 2,909 crimes in Croydon in July.  Fairfield is recorded as the most dangerous ward for July 2019.  In terms of the type of crimes violence (975) tops the list and theft is second (273).  

15) Lewisham – 7.57 crimes for every 1,000 people  

There were a total of 2,350 crimes in Lewisham in July.  Violence against a person was the highest reported crime with 757 reported cases.  Theft was second with 439 reported crimes.  In July 2019 New Cross ward had the highest levels of crime overall in the borough  

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14) Barking and Dagenham – 7.82 crimes for every 1,000 people  

Violence against a person (607) was the highest crime in Barking and Dagenham with theft second (296).  Interestingly arson and criminal damage was the fourth highest crime with 123 reports.  In June 2019 Abbey was confirmed as the ward which you would be most likely to be a victim of crime.

13) Hounslow – 7.89 crimes for every 1,000 people

A total of 2,195 crimes were reported in Hounslow during July.  Public order offences was the fourth highest recorded crime with 183 reported crimes.  There were 783 recorded instances of violence against a person.  From June 2018 to June 2019 the ward of Syon saw the most crime in the borough.

12) Greenwich – 8.25 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were 2,359 crimes recorded in Greenwich for July.  The highest was violence against a person (731) followed by theft (464).  The fourth highest was arson and criminal damage with 171 instances.

11) Newham – 8.55 crimes for every 1,000 people

3,102 crimes were recorded in Newham in July 2019.  There were 344 reported instances of drug related crime.  Violence (800) and theft (693) were again the highest in the borough.

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10) Lambeth – 8.95 crimes for every 1,000 people

A total of 2,989 crimes were recorded in July in Lambeth.  Theft was the highest crime committed with 837 instances, then followed by violence against a person (791). Burglary was third with 291 crimes recorded.  In May 2019 Bishop’s ward was the most likely place to be a victim of crime.  This area includes some of the most popular tourist attractions in London and the busiest station in the country, Waterloo.

9) Tower Hamlets – 8.97 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were 2,837 crimes in July in Tower Hamlets. The top offence were violence against a person (779) and theft (700). Burglary was third and vehicle crime fourth.

8) Haringey – 9.66 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were 2,756 crimes recorded in Haringey for July.  The fourth highest crime committed was robbery where the police recorded 257 crimes.  Violence against a person was the highest crime with 682.

7) Southwark – 10.08 crimes for every 1,000 people

The total number of crimes reported in Southwark were 3,240 for the month of July.  With much of Southwark forming the central parts of London you would expect the levels of crime to be high.  Theft was the highest with 994 reported crimes followed by violence at 793.  In fourth place was drug offences with 253 instances.

6) Hackney – 10.94 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were 3,073 crimes in Hackney in July.  Theft is the number one crime with police recording 943 instances.  Violence against the person is second with 714 instances.

5) Hammersmith and Fulham – 11.06 crimes for every 1,000 people

2,031 crimes were committed in July in Hammersmith and Fulham.  Theft was the highest by a considerable margin with 658 reported cases.  Violence against a person was second with 467.  Public order offences were fourth with 148 instances.

4) Islington – 11.15 crimes for every 1,000 people

2,649 crimes were reported to the police in Islington during July.  Theft is by a long way the highest reported crime with 941 instances.  Violence against a person (575) is second but almost half the amount of crimes were recorded.  In data released by the police for May 2019 Finsbury Park was the area within Islington with the most crime.

3) Camden – 12.42 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were 3,137 crimes in Camden during July.  1,301 of the total figure were crimes of theft.  The next highest is violence against a person with a much lower 610 reported crimes.  In May 2019 police statistics reveal that Holborn and Covent Garden are the area that you will most likely be a victim of crime.

2) Kensington and Chelsea – 12.49 crimes for every 1,000 people

Whilst Kensington and Chelsea has a higher crime rate per person than Camden the total amount of crimes is much lower standing at 1,982 for July.  Theft again is extremely high (779) when compared against all other crimes in the borough.

Violence against a person, which is second, only had 380 recorded instances of the crime. In May 2019 Brompton and Hans Town was the area where you are most likely to be a victim of crime. This area includes some of London’s most famous attractions such as the Natural History Museum.

1. Westminster – 25.32 crimes for every 1,000 people – Most dangerous borough

There were 6,389 crimes reported by police in July 2019 in Westminster. Theft is by far the most prevalent crime with 3,420 instances. Violence against a person is second on 931 instances. Westminster of course is the main tourist centre of London with millions visiting each year so perhaps the figures are not as surprising as at first glance.

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Public Urged To Report Crimes To Police, Not Facebook

A police officer who urged the public to report crimes to the police instead of social media has revealed that they might not be investigated at all.

Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston of Essex Police revealed many crimes posted to the social media website pages are never reported to officers.

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But despite his plea he admitted some crime simply would not be investigated, with attention switching to ‘victim care’.

It is believed many crime victims have stopped reporting incidents to the police because they believe there is no point.

So instead, they take to social media in order to try to track down culprits.

Chief Inspector Huddleston said: ‘I need people to report the crime to us.

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‘I have had emails and messages from councillors criticising us for not investigating things they have seen on Facebook.

‘But when I have looked into it, the crimes have never been mentioned to us.

‘Don’t just put it on the Facebook group – pick up the phone and call 101 or report in our website which has been redesigned to make reporting simple.

‘If you have got time to report it on Facebook then there is time to report it to us.’

He told Colchester Council’s crime and disorder committee, police had to prioritise each case individually on whether anyone was in danger and whether a conviction was likely.

‘We do an assessment on threat, harm and risk – and if there is a threat to life or of serious violence then you will get a response.

‘For more minor crimes – for example a shed burglary – there is a further assessment done around investigative opportunities.

‘We have to ask ourselves -is there any way we can solve this crime? ‘If it is a shed in a field, no CCTV, no lights which was burgled and there are no forensic opportunities it will likely become a desk-based investigation.

‘Everyone taking those reports are trained crime investigators and if there are investigative opportunities it will be passed to an officer.

‘If there are no investigative opportunities the priority will change to victim care.

‘They will then be asked a number of questions to assess their vulnerability and if the person is not best equipped to deal with being a victim of crime then it will also be assigned to an officer.’

‘If there are a number of crimes in the same area there may be an opportunity to build a bigger picture.’

Crime in Colchester went up by 15 per cent in the last year with a 17 per cent jump across Essex.

In March Essex Police were slammed for dropping their investigation into a break-in just 30 minutes after it was reported.

Hannah Serghiou, 34, called police after the culprits broke into both of her cars, parked outside her home and her garage in Clacton.

The victim told a 101-operator her £200 Ray-Ban sunglasses were stolen with her 14-year-old daughter’s schoolbag.

But less than 30 minutes later, the mum-of-three received an email saying the case was going to be closed.

It meant the victim had spent longer reporting the raiders than officers spent looking into the crime.

Nigerian Man Walked Into Immigration Centre With A Knife And Demanded To Be Deported

An illegal immigrant walked into a London immigration centre with a knife because he wanted to be deported, a court has heard.

Oluwaleke Yisa, a 30-year-old from Nigeria, told an immigration officer ‘I want to leave this f*****g country’ during an appointment at the Home Office’s Becket House, Bermondsey, on 20 August.

A large kitchen knife was then found on him and he told an officer it was ‘to stab people’, Inner London Crown Court heard.

Lawyers have now claimed his alarming behaviour was a desperate attempt to be sent home after spending seven years in London and becoming homeless.

Yisa was today jailed for eight weeks and told to contact the Nigerian embassy while he is in prison.

Describing the events on last month, prosecutor Nicholas Mesure told the court: ‘Mr Yisa left his bag behind as he went through security… nobody bothered to make sure the bag was searched.

‘He went up to the counter and spoke to a member of staff. She asked him some of the standard questions, and he became very irritated and aggressive as the questions progressed.

‘He then said things like “I want to leave this f*****g country”.’

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Parents Must Give Our Kids A Reality Check About The Issues Of Life

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There is a pressing need for us parents to sit down with our kids, and seriously educate them about the reality of life.

We as parents, need to sensitize them to the fact that life is about UPS as well as DOWNS – both of which they will experience many times throughout their adolescent, teenage and adult lives. Life is not a bed of roses and no one is guaranteed a life of happy ever after. Roses have thorns. and unhappiness also comes after or before happiness.

Let us teach young people that no particular DOWN moment will be their last, and that UP moments do not last forever. It is highly imperative for them to learn the need to move on from any snags or bumps in the road and not stop and stand wallowing in self pity.

Our kids need to be taught to be more mental and cerebral instead of emotional. Many of the kids we are bringing up are much too highly sensitive and emotional, relying more on the dictates of their soft and gentle hearts – instead of engaging and using their brain to make logical decisions while dealing with issues.

This is the main reason why we have so many young people falling into depression and attempting/committing suicide over minor issues such as a girl leaving them or failing exams.

I might also, at great risk of high criticism, add that this could be the reason we have such a huge rate of youth violence and killings…. because aggrieved youths do not stop and THINK logically of the consequences of their actions…but rush out and dangerously act on whatever their current emotional reaction is dictating (anger, fury, jealousy, disappointment, betrayal, or even fear)

The lack of social education in Generation “X” kids is unfortunately leaving them lacking important life skills needed to deal with changing or unpredictable life situations and circumstances and unbelievably, the government and school authorities seem more intent to educate them about sex, than more important and useful social and life skills!

Kids who are overly emotional also struggle academically because they are failing to engage their brain….and spend their days agonising about problems, rather than thinking of solutions.

And cogent, intelligent, rational, logical and strategic ideas almost never emerge from emotional thoughts. Such ideas will only come out of a mental, cerebral, intelligent thought process.
If so many of our young ones are struggling with minor issues of life at such young ages, how then will they cope with adulthood and the myriad of daily issues, responsibilities and problems that come with it? (work, marriage, marital problems, kids, unending bills, debts, family issues, faith struggles, failing health, etc etc)

I recently had a long chat with a troubled youth I had been mentoring. Prone to constant feelings of depression and bouts of crying over minor issues, this youngster, in their early twenties, also had problems making friends and had been struggling academically. Had no hobbies or interests, and engaged in no physical activities whatsoever. And of course, they spent every moment worrying about these problems – until I pointed out the obvious solution to them: Being more active, going out more, thinking of what they enjoy and going out where like minded people will be; making a conscious effort to socialise and talk to people; taking up and sticking to a physical activity such as running, and basically/ practically shaking off that depressing feelings of melancholy when it approaches, rather that welcoming and sitting alone in miserable isolation, embracing it and of course, adopting a more positive attitude towards “things”

It is a choice that needs conscious efforts.

But making these suggestions are simply not enough. This kind of intervention is a process that must be followed up with several sessions of encouragement and assessment to ensure the youth is progressing, and not reverting back to their old depressive ways. Some of them may require professional help and possibly medical intervention.

But they must not be neglected or ignored and assumed as “That’s how s/he is”
That type of assumption could be dangerous.

If you have a teenager who does not talk or mix….. and is content to lock them self up in their room in isolation, THAT, is a warning sign and a possible precursor to more problems in adulthood.

But the problem is many parents – or responsible adults have little or no time to intervene in their charges lives. Also, many of us lack the necessary skills to recognise that there is a problem. A troubled youth will manifest them self in different ways: either to shut them self off from the world and be erroneously classed as quiet, reserved homebody….or act up in frustration and be classed troublemaker – especially in the school environment. Either way, anyone charged with the responsibility of looking after a child either as a parent, teacher, or youth worker must be able to pick up the signs when a youngster is troubled – and engage the necessary intervention, before the kid spirals into more serious trouble, or grow into an even more troubled – and damaged adult.

Sometimes, all that is needed is a frank, sympathetic but direct talk.

And grouping troubled kids together in some referral unit, is simply a dumb idea. They will feed off each others’ emotions and frustrations and become “brothers in frustration”, embarking on more troublesome ways to let off or act up their inner troubles. This is exemplary of many street gangs who go around committing violent crimes – just for the sake of it, and out of the misplaced justification that no one cares about them!

Ideally, each troubled youngster should be dealt with separately, according to each individual and unique needs. Alas, we live in the real world where ignorance and lack of interest in kids welfare seems paramount. Kids are more readily punished for crimes at later stages than being earlier treated for problems that could lead them down the path of crime.

And those who do not make it into crime, grow up to be highly troubled adults – violent, under-performing, self centred underachieving abusive, narcissistic, and passive aggressive partners, parents or employees. All character traits that stem from emotional troubles at childhood.

Parents, take a closer and more active responsibility for your kids.
Intervene now.

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9 Sept 2019