Month: December 2018

12 Things Your Man Must Do To Show He Is Your Soulmate

He may see like “Mr. Right” on the surface, but is he a keeper?

Some guys will give an outward impression of caring and attention to your needs that seems like it is all too good to be true. But is it genuine? Sometimes, even though all the signs are there, it may be hard to tell or even something that you just don’t want to see even if others may be telling you so.

But if you are being really honest with yourself, here are 12 things that will really tell you that he’s not right for you:

1. You should be integral to his life.

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This means that he shouldn’t just have you around for a good time, but you should be included in every aspect of his life including his family, making career decisions, and sharing his goals and dreams for his future with you.

2. He should put your sexual pleasure above his own.

Being left out of the very height of a sexual moment over and over again because you have a man that puts his own needs first, can not only be frustrating, it can be downright infuriating. This type of chronic selfishness in the bedroom speaks volumes about how much a man puts your overall happiness above his own. This means someone who gets to know you well enough to understand what turns you on and then makes it happen.

3. He cares about how he looks.

If a man makes little or no effort to look good for you, then he not only doesn’t care about what you think, but he doesn’t care about himself very much either. He should show how much he cares by always attempting to present himself in the best way for you and your friends and family. There may be times where he has had a hard day and the effort may be less than effective, but at least you should know that he tries to make you feel proud to be with him.

4. He should be a “modern man”

Any man that sticks to the old-fashioned belief that a woman must do the laundry and cook all the meals isn’t someone who sees you as his equal. It may also be his selfish way of getting out of doing the most mundane chores and leaving them all to you. That is not someone that deeply cares or respects you, your time, and your relationship.

5. He should take the time to plan a date and not just schedule it.

There is a big difference when a man put a solid effort into making a date special as opposed to just writing it in on the calendar and showing up. If you find your man is not only setting up the date but when you show up, he is giving you a unique time and even an adventure every time you are together, then that is someone who cares enough about you to create quality time and moments that you will both always remember.


6. He makes an effort to get to know family and friends.

There is hardly a relationship that will stand the test of time if you are with someone who makes a life apart from you when it comes to being around your friends and family members. If he loves you unconditionally, then that means he also sees those around as part of his life as well and gets to know them as people that support you and love you just as he says that he does.

7. He isn’t stubborn about his beliefs.

You may not see eye-to-eye on everything, but someone who truly loves you is willing to compromise on the majority of things that you are also willing to let go if it makes both of you find a happy medium together. Being with a man who constantly wants his own way and literally demands it, is not only a selfish human being but probably a pretty immature one that doesn’t really know the meaning of love.

8. He keeps flirting with you beyond just the first few months.

When the first sparks of desire are there in a man, they tend to go out of their way to get our attention. If a man truly loves you, that same spark of desire will continue throughout your relationship. Yes, it may fade a bit with familiarity over time, but it will remain a constant part of your relationship when you least expect it if a man truly desires and loves you.

9. He shouldn’t be a bum.

If he can’t hold a job, is constantly borrowing money (and not paying it back), and generally can’t seem to get his career going, this is not a man that cares about your future together. He also sees you as a means to support himself as opposed to a life-partner to build a nest-egg together, So, the burden of responsibility for creating financial stability squarely falls on you. Any man who is that immature doesn’t know what a meaningful and loving relationship is all about.

10. His goal should be your happiness.

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No matter what the circumstances are in his life, your man should want to put those aside and focus on your happiness. He should never use stress or financial constraints as an excuse to not try, within reason, to get you everything your heart desires.

11. He should care about his health.

How much does a man really care about you if he is willing to ignore his unhealthy lifestyle and risk leaving you on your own prematurely? If he knows that his actions may cause this outcome and he still does it, then he really doesn’t love you at all. Instead, he should face the reality of his unhealthy ways and work to resolve them to live as long a life with you as he can.

12. He shouldn’t ignore you.

If you are trying to communicate with your man at a reasonable hour of the day or night and a reasonable amount of times, then there should be no reason at all for to ignore your calls or text messages. Someone who truly cares about another human being knowns them well enough that if they try to communicate with them, they need them or just want to tell them that they are thinking of them and love them. If he doesn’t know these things about you and ignores you, then he isn’t a long-term man.





4 Nigerians And A Ghanaian Top The 2019 List Of Most Influential African-Caribbean Brits In The UK

A leading British-Nigerian scholar, a Ghanian top fashion magazine editor, one of the world’s top lawyers and the first female director of communications regulator OFCOM have made the list of the most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage in the UK

Professor Funmi Olonisakin

Professor of Security, Leadership & Development, Kings College, London; Founding Director, African Leadership Centre


Professor Funmi Olonisakin was this year appointed Vice President and Vice Principal, International and Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at King’s College London.

She is founder of the African Leadership Centre, based at King’s College and the University of Nairobi. The ALC is an academic unit and global community of scholars whose research on peace, leadership and security issues aims to inform and influence policy change in Africa and worldwide.

Funmi was previously programme director of the ALC King’s College, London, MSc programmes on Security, Leadership and Society, and Leadership and Development, as well as the Postgraduate Research Programme on Leadership Studies with Reference to Security and Development. She served as Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King’s College London for a decade from 2003.

Trained in Political Science and War Studies, Funmi has positioned her work as a bridge between academia and the world of policy and practice.

Her academic research has contributed to strategic thinking in post-conflict contexts and in the work of regional organisations such as Economic Community of West African States and the African Union.

She has worked in the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, overseeing its Africa work. There, she facilitated the establishment of the National Commission for War Affected Children in Sierra Leone.

In 2016, the University of Pretoria appointed her as an Extra-Ordinary Professor. The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) also appointed her as a Distinguished Fellow in April 2014.

Funmi is a founding member of the African Security
Sector Network and served as its West African Regional Co-ordinator from 2008 until 2012.

From 2008-2010, she served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Fragile States. She currently serves as the Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.

In January 2015, she was appointed by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, as one of seven members of the Advisory Group of Experts on the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture.

Edward Enninful

Editor-in-Chief, British Vogue


Influential and capable of shaping the cultural zeitgeist, king of the UK fashion industry Edward Enninful
has transformed British Vogue into a magazine for the modern era.

When he was announced as the editor-in-chief of British Vogue, he became the first man, and the first person of colour, to hold the position in the magazine’s 101-year history.

In just over a year in the role, he has revitalised the publication and has made it more ethnically diverse that it has ever been.

His bold covers have included Oprah Winfrey, Adwoa Aboah and Rhianna. He also persuaded showbiz power family the Beckhams to appear together for the first time in a magazine shoot.

Born in Ghana to a seamstress mother, Edward and his family moved to Ladbroke Grove in west London when he was a young child.

His entry into fashion was serendipitous. Aged 16, he was spotted by a modelling scout while travelling on the Tube. By the following year, he was working as an assistant to i-D fashion director Beth Summers.

He gained his degree at Goldsmiths University in London while juggling modelling work and assisting on shoots. His big break came the day after his 18th birthday, when Summers left and he was appointed i-D fashion director – the youngest person to be appointed to such a role at an international publication.

His reputation continued to grow and in 1998 he became a contributing editor to Italian Vogue. There he produced the ground-breaking Black Issue featuring only black models, including Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn and Alek Wek. The issue was so successful that owners Condé Nast had to print an extra 40,000 copies.

In 2011 he became fashion and style director of W magazine and sales shot up during his time there – the magazine’s ad pages went up 16.2 per cent.

Edward’s success has been highlighted with a number of prestigious awards and appearances. In 2014, he scooped the prestigious Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at the British Fashion Awards and the Clio Excellence in Commercial Styling Award in 2015. He was awarded an OBE in 2016 for services to diversity in the fashion industry.

Richard Iferenta

Partner, KPMG


A partner with KPMG in its Financial Services Practice, Richard is responsible for ensuring that newer banks are able to leverage the broader expertise that KPMG deploys across its large financial services practice. He heads up KPMG UK’s Challenger Banking practice, its UK Financial Services Indirect Tax practice, and chairs the firm’s Global Financial Services Indirect Tax Network.

Richard is the main contact between his company and organisations such as HMRC, HM Treasury and the European Commission.

Regarded as one of the foremost experts in the UK, he consults on a range of key issues that impact the financial services sector as well as proposed legislation and policy changes. A solicitor and chartered tax advisor, Richard is an expert in a number of areas, including finance organisation, finance strategy, financial management and financial regulatory reform.

In 2017, Richard set up the KPMG Black Leaders Network, aiming to create a community of African and African Caribbean leaders across diverse sectors focused on sharing experiences and supporting one another. Richard has been a partner at KPMG for the past 14 years and has used that standing to ensure that the network has enjoyed engagement from the firm at the highest level with the Deputy Chair of the UK board, Melanie Richards, and the firm’s Managing Partner, Philip Davidson, both having attended and participated in network events.

Explaining why he launched the network, Richard says: “I believe it is a real business imperative to ensure all talented individuals are able to have access to like-minded peers across the UK business landscape in order to build relationships, knowledge share, and discuss issues which are unique to their personal backgrounds.”

Through his role as the partner sponsor of KPMG’s African Caribbean Network, Richard works to improve inclusion for staff of African and African Caribbean heritage in the firm. He is also a passionate mentor and coach to future BAME managers and a member of the Business in the Community Race Equality Board, which seeks to highlight and strategically solve issues faced by BAME professionals.

Sandie Okoro

Senior VP and General Counsel, World Bank


In primary school, Sandie Okoro told her teacher that she wanted to be a judge. The then nine-year-old was told: “Sandie, little black girls from Balham don’t
become judges.”

Luckily for the world of law, Sandie ignored those dubious words to become one of the world’s leading lawyers.

She was appointed Senior Vice-President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group in February 2017. In this role the former barrister-turned-solicitor is the principal adviser and spokesperson on all legal matters at the World Bank.

She also serves as the legal adviser to the board, management, the Inspection Panel, and the CEO of the Global Environmental Facility Program. The legal powerhouse leads the World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency, which is responsible for all legal services provided to internal and external clients. World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim has described Sandie as a “highly regarded thought leader with a strong track record of developing new legal approaches in the field of international finance”.

Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she had been a General Counsel of HSBC Global Asset Management and Deputy General Counsel of HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management since 2014, and before that, she was Global General Counsel at Barings.

Sandie qualified first as a barrister and then re-qualified and trained as a solicitor. In July 2014, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by City University London in recognition of her career in business and law, and her voluntary work. On July 18, 2017, Sandie was made an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple in the United Kingdom.

Sandie is also a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has received accolades in the UK and Europe for her volunteer efforts and contribution to the legal profession as a diversity champion. In 2016, she was named by City AM as one of the Power 100 Women, and hailed as one of the 100 Women to Watch by the Female FTSE Board.

Outside of work she is a council member of the Human Rights organisation JUSTICE, an ambassador for the Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme and sits on the Equality Standards Panel of the Premier League.

From January to June 2014, Sandie was President of International Lawyers of Africa (ILFA), having previously been an ILFA director for many years.

Sharon White

Chief Executive, Ofcom.


When she was appointed chief executive of Ofcom three years ago, she became the first person of African Caribbean heritage and the first woman to head the regulator. She also became the first black woman to hold such a senior position in a media organisation.

Her next first could be an even bigger one. Sharon is being strongly tipped as the next Bank of England Governor.

She has received glowing reviews for her work throughout her career. When she was appointed the role at Ofcom, Chairperson Dame Patricia Hodgson, said: “Sharon brings with her an outstanding combination of intellect, political acumen and experience leading complex public organisations.

“The Ofcom Board is confident that Sharon will provide the leadership and vision to ensure Ofcom continues to promote a thriving communications sector in the UK that operates in the public interest.”

Before taking the position at Ofcom, she oversaw the UK’s spending cuts as a senior Treasury advisor, a position that made her one of the most powerful women in Whitehall.

A Cambridge graduate, Sharon worked in a Birmingham church after she completed her studies. She entered the civil service as a graduate entry economist in what was then the Department for Education and Science in 1989.

Following her move to the Treasury, she focused on public spending within the department.

During her time at the Treasury, she oversaw a review of the financial management of government and the Treasury’s management response to the global financial crisis between 2007 and 2008. She became Second Permanent Secretary in 2013, the first black woman, and only the second woman, to do so.

She built up further experience during stints at the British Embassy in Washington and Number 10’s policy unit during the Blair government.

Paulette Rowe

Global Head Payments and financial Services Partnerships, Facebook


After a sterling career in banking at Barclays, Paulette has taken her considerable payments and financial services expertise to a new executive role at Facebook. Paulette was appointed as Facebook’s Global Head of Payments and Financial Services Partnerships this summer, after five years as the head of Barclaycard – Europe’s second largest payment processor.

During her tenure at Barclays, the business closed the gap with market leader Worldpay in the UK, extended into the United States and entered into new market segments, including the successful acquisition of established fintech firm The Logic Group.

Last year Paulette added the successful completion of a multi-year, multimillion-pound IT transformation to her list of accomplishments. The first in the Payments industry to pull off this complex build and customer migration, she worked with some of the biggest names on the high street and online including John Lewis Partnership, Sainsbury’s, McDonald’s and Transport for London.

Paulette recently stepped down from her position as Chair of the Mayor’s Fund for London’s board of trustees in order to take on a new challenge as a non executive director of FTSE 100 Plc United Utilities.

Prior to joining Barclaycard, she was strategy director for NBNK, an AIM-listed financial investment company, managing director of NatWest Retail Banking at RBS and Chief Executive of its European Consumer Finance. She also worked at General Electric’s financial services division, GE Capital, in a variety of international markets including the US, France and Japan.

Despite her intense workload, Paulette still finds time to support a number of charitable initiatives. She has served on the board of the Prince’s Youth Business Trust in the West Midlands and worked as a trustee at Community Service Volunteers.

Her many accolades include being listed on the Digital Banking Club’s Power 50 of most influential thought
leaders from European financial services and being named one of Payments Source’s most influential women in payments.

Others who made the list are:

Jacky Wright –

the Chief Digital and Information Officer, HMRC


Jacky is recognised as a transformational global leader, innovative technologist, and passionate advocate for women and people from BAME backgrounds in technology. In late 2017, Jacky became Chief Digital and Information Officer for HMRC, where she is responsible for all of the technology powering one of the biggest digitally-enabled transformations in Europe. She is also accountable for the technology decisions that underpin HMRC’s EU Exit plans.

Jacky’s influence and interests extend to promoting the digital transformation of public services in the widest sense, as well as a number of social issues.

Jacky is patron of techUK’s Public Services Board (PSB), which helps champion opportunities for the UK tech industry to collaborate across government, enabling the delivery of world-class, affordable public services for the benefit of all. She is also partnering with techUK and other organisations to address social mobility by providing access to digital skills training for all.

As one of the most senior BAME leaders in the Civil Service and HMRC’s Disability Champion, Jacky plays a key role in championing the value of diversity in government. As a member of the Civil Service Diverse Leadership Task Force, she advises on the Civil Service’s strategy for improving BAME and disabled representation across government, including at the most senior levels.

She regularly speaks at public events on digital transformation, the positive changes technology can bring, female leadership and uses her public platform to highlight the importance of creating an inclusive environment.

Outside of her day job, Jacky sits on various boards, including City, University of London, the Institute of Coding and YearUp, and works to promote access to education for all, as well as using her various positions to champion equal opportunities.

Jacky has an honorary doctorate from Aston University, and has been recognised as one of the top BAME100, 100 Women to Watch and Computer Weekly Top 10 Women in Tech.

Jacky is currently on civic leave from Microsoft, where she was a Corporate Vice President leading Microsoft’s global digital transformation with technology programmes and services.

Ric Lewis

Founder, Chair, Chief Executive Tristan Capital Partners.


In the world of international real estate there are few more respected people than Ric Lewis. The company he founded and runs, Tristan Capital Partners, is known as the ‘Goldman Sachs’ of the European real estate world. It is the largest black-led private company in Britain.

Ric serves as chief executive and chairman of the firm which, over the past year, increased its total assets under management by more than 20 per cent from the previous year to exceed €10 billion.

Ric also engineered what the industry says is talking about as the real estate private equity deal of the year. One of the world’s largest insurance groups, New York Life, bought a minority equity stake in Tristan. The deal enables Ric and his other senior partners to create an ever-larger investment business while retaining independence and control of the franchise.

With more than 90 staff across eight locations across Europe, Ric brings more than 25 year’s of experience and investment success to his role.

Outside of the boardroom Ric is one of the City’s leading philanthropists. He is a passionate advocate of charitable causes that work to improve access to quality education for disadvantaged children. In 2009, he founded a charity, The Black Heart Foundation, which has been active in supporting initiatives that improve educational benefits for young people.

Ric serves on the Board of Governors of King Solomon Academy and the Board of Directors of the Eastside Young Leaders Academy. He is also chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Institute of Imagination at London Children’s Museum and a Trustee of The Springboard Bursary Trust.

Ric studied at Dartmouth College in the US, and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School. He followed his studies with a successful spell as the Partner and Senior Managing Director of AEW Capital Management, a US-based investment management business with $25billion under management.

After moving to Europe, he became Chief Investment Officer and Board Director of AEW Europe, a pan-European real estate investment management business that operated 11 offices, nearly 300 staff members and €18billion in assets under management. His experience and expertise in the area then led him to found and serve as Chief Executive for London-based real estate investment company Curzon Global Partners.


Ismail Ahmed

Ismail Ahmed, Founder / CEO, World Remit


Ismail harnessed 20 years of experience in money transfer to set up WorldRemit and the company is now one of the leading global companies in the industry with more than 2 million users.

Founded in 2010, the company was set up to simplify and reduce the cost of sending money back to family and friends in home countries.

Described as the hottest company in the industry, it’s quickly become of the most popular companies in the $550billion currency exchange world, with more than 300 employees worldwide. Ismail is ambitious, and the company aims to have 10 million regular users by 2020.

WorldRemit is now licensed to work in 50 US states,
with New York overtaking the UK to become its biggest sending market.

Figures highlight the company’s success. In one year – between 2014 and 2015 – revenues for its app rose from £15 million to £27 million. Accel Partners, an early backer of global tech startups including Facebook, Spotify and Dropbox, is one of its investors.

Ismail, who was born in Somaliland, was forced to flee the country in 1988 when war broke out. He was smuggled out of the country in a truck and reached his final destination, the UK, a month later.

Growing up in Somaliland before the war, he saw how valuable remittances were for his family back home. Despite being a long and costly transfer process, money sent from family members working in the Middle East helped his family back home.

Ismail, who received a formal business education after enrolling on the executive MBA course at London Business School, learnt first-hand how difficult it was to send money back home and went on to study remittances before going to work for the World Bank.

Prior to launching his own business, he worked for the United Nations Remittance Programme, helping African money transfer companies comply with tough anti-money laundering rules introduced after the 9/11 attacks.

He has published widely cited research on the effect of remittances in Somaliland following the country’s civil war.

He holds an MSc and PhD from the University of London and an Executive MBA from London Business School.


The full 100 list:

1. Ric Lewis – Chief executive and chairman of Tristan Capital Partners

2. Sharon White -Chief executive of Ofcom

3. Ismail Ahmed – Founder and CEO of WorldRemit Ltd

4. Jacky Wright – Chief digital and information officer at HMRC

5. Sandie Okoro – Senior vice president and general counsel at World Bank Group

6. Ebele Okobi – Facebook’s director of public policy for Africa

7. Professor Funmi Olonisakin – Vice president and vice principal international at King’s College London

8. Paulette Rowe – Global head of payments and financial services partnerships at Facebook

9. Edward Enninful – Editor-in-chief of British Vogue

10. Richard Iferenta – KPMG partner and head of challenger banking

And making up the rest of the Top 100:

Chi-Chi Nwanoku – Musician, professor and founder of Chineke! Orchestra

Chris Ofili – Artist

Dr Delia Jarrett Macauley – Writer, academic and chair of The Caine Prize

Duro Olowu – Fashion designer

Dr Shirley Thompson – Composer, artistic director and university reader in composition and performance

Isaac Julien – Artist and filmmaker

Lemn Sissay – Author and broadcaster

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye – Artist

Matthew Morgan – Co-founder of global festival Afropunk

Pat McGrath – Make-up artist, CEO and founder of Pat McGrath Labs

Valerie Brandes – Founder and CEO of Jacaranda Books

Yinka Shonibare – Artist

Alan Smith – Global head of risk strategy and senior executive officer of group risk at HSBC

Brian Robinson – Senior managing director at Goldman Sachs

Bukola Adisa – MD, head of RCSA design and execution, chief controls office at Barclays

Eric Collins – Operations head at Touch Surgery

Gary Stewart – Director of Telefonica Open Future, and Wayra UK

Heather Melville – Director of strategic partnerships and head of business inclusion initiatives for RBS

Netsai Mangwende – Head of finance for Great Britain at Willis Towers Watson

Pamela Hutchinson – Global head of diversity and inclusion at Bloomberg LP

Sandra Wallace – UK managing partner of DLA Piper UK

Tunji Akintokun – Director at Cisco leading mid-market sales and partnerships for Africa

Wol Kolade – Managing partner at Livingbridge

Yvonne Ike – Partner at Africapital Management Limited

Ade Adepitan – TV presenter and wheelchair basketball player

Afua Hirsch – Journalist, author, broadcaster

Akala – Rapper, poet and political activist

Anne Mensah – Head of drama at Sky

Amma Asante – BAFTA award winning writer and director

Charlene White – Journalist and news presenter

David Harewood – Actor

David Olusoga – Historian, filmmaker and joint creative director of Uplands Television Ltd

Dumi Oburota – Founder of Disturbing London

Femi Oguns – Founder of the Identity School of Acting and Identity Agency Group

Gary Younge – Journalist, author and broadcaster

Idris Elba – Actor, musician and producer

Jacqueline Simmons – Executive editor at Bloomberg LP

John Boyega – Actor and producer

Kanya King – Founder of MOBO Awards

Marcus Ryder – Chief editor international digital news at China Global Television Network

Mo Abudu – CEO and executive chair of Ebonylife TV

Naomie Harris – Actress

Paulette Simpson – Director of The Voice Newspaper and responsible for Corporate Affairs for The Jamaica National Group in the UK

Reggie Yates – Broadcaster, actor, radio DJ and television presenter

Reni Eddo-Lodge – Journalist and author

Simon Frederick – Photographer and director

Sir Lenny Henry – Comedian

Stormzy – Rapper

Thandie Newton – Actress

Tunde Ogungbesan – BBC head of diversity and inclusion

Vanessa Kingori – Publishing director of British Vogue

Wayne Hector – Songwriter

Yolisa Phahle – CEO of M-Net

Floella Benjamin – Actress and Baroness of Beckenham

Chuka Umunna – Labour Politician

Grace Ononiwu – Chief Crown Prosecutor at Crown Prosecution Service

Joshua Siaw – Partner at White & Case LLP

Kathryn Nwajiaku – Co-director at Development Results

Martin Forde QC – Barrister, appointed person to the Windrush compensation scheme

Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin – Priest at the Church of England

David Lammy – Labour MP for Tottenham

Beverley Lewis – Co-Founder and director of operations the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust

Dr Cheron Byfield – Trust Member and Governor at King Solomon International Business School

Dr Margaret Casely-Hayford – Lawyer, businesswoman, and chair of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Marvin Rees – Labour politician and Mayor of Bristol

Meghan Markle/Duchess of Sussex – Duchess of Sussex and actress

Nero Ughwujabo – Special Adviser to the Prime Minister

Nira Chamberlain – Vice President of the Institute of Mathematics

Orin Lewis – Co-founder and chief executive of the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust

Patricia Gallan – Retired Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner leading specialist crime and operations

Simon Woolley – Director and co-founder of Operation Black Vote

David Waboso – Managing director of Network Rail’s Digital Railway

Dr Emeka Okaro – Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London NHS Hospitals

Dr Ian Nnatu – Consultant Psychiatrist at Charing Cross Hospital, London and Medical Director at Cygnet Hospital Harrow

Joy Odili – Consultant plastic surgeon at ‎St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Sylvia Bartley – PhD, Neurophysiology Global director of Medtronic Philanthropy

Samantha Tross – Consultant surgeon

Professor Laura Serrant – Professor of Nursing at Sheffield Hallam University

Anthony Joshua – Boxer

Denise Lewis – TV presenter and retired athlete

Dina Asher-Smith – British record-holding sprinter

Lewis Hamilton – Formula 1 driver

Luol Deng – Basketball player

Mo Farah – Athlete and Olympian

Oona King – Responsible for strategy around equity, diversity, inclusion & integrity for Google, and Baroness King of Bow

Ian Greenstreet – Board Advisory Group at London Stock Exchange and Chairman and founding partner of TouchFX

Janet Thomas – Founder and CEO of TouchFX at Infinity Capital Partners

Marieme Jamme – Member of the board of directors at World Wide Web Foundation

Martin Ijaha – Co-founder and chief executive officer of Neyber

Nneka Abulokwe – IT and Governance Advisor

Man Dies After Falling From 12ft Christmas Tree

A MAN has been killed after falling from a Christmas tree in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.

He was reportedly found unconscious in the early hours of Friday 14th December morning near the 12ft tree by people leaving nearby Kitty’s nightclub.

The man, believed to have been in his 50s, was taken to Victoria Hospital but sadly died later.

Police have put a cordon around the area — outside Kirkcaldy Town House — and launched a probe into the death.

Eye witness Mario Caira, Kitty’s director, saw the man fall from the tree on to the grassy area below.

He said: “He’d climbed the tree, he was up in the tree holding on to the top.

“When he fell I thought he was actually winded.

“I went over to check on the guy and when he wasn’t coming round I phoned an ambulance.

Councillor Neil Crooks, convener of the Kirkcaldy area committee, expressed his sympathy to the unknown man’s relatives.

He said: “This is a tragic thing to happen at this time of year. Our thoughts are with his family.”

The identity of the man has not yet been released.

Lesley Laird, MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath said: “This is tragic news, especially at Christmas, and my thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this time.”

A Scotland Police said: “Police in Fife were called to a report of an unresponsive man in the Hunter Street area of Kirkcaldy around 02:55 on Friday 14 December.

“The man was treated at the scene then conveyed to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy by the Scottish Ambulance Service where he later sadly passed away.

“The death is being treated as non-suspicious and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal”.

Famous Footballers Who Became Rich, Blew Their Millions On Gambling And Became Poor Again

Footballers make up the most paid of any industry in the world and that includes Hollywood where some top actors can command up to $15m dollars per movie.

But in football where the average weekly pay for premier league footballers is £50,000 (Championship: £7,500- £8,500 pw; League One: £1,700- £2,500 pw; League Two: £1,300 – £1,500) it can be quite easy to build up a moderate fortune from say a five year career – with prudent spending, sound investments and disciplined saving habits

However, it has become common to see many former top league international footballers, after earning eye watering tens of thousands of pounds a week and ammassing fortunes of millions, seen their fortunes squandered and dwindled away just as fastly as they have come.

Crazy spending on fast cars, faster women, hangers on, expensive watches and accessories, drugs, alcohol, gambling and ill advised investments have seen many “millionaire footballers” go from the proverbial rags to riches and then back to rags again.

Former Sunderland striker,
Asamoah Gyan, who was earning £227,000-a-week at Shanghai SIPG, is understood to be broke.

The Ghanaian striker used to drive around in a Rolls-Royce but is now understood to have just £600 in his bank account while being unable to provide for his family.

Yet he’s not the only footballer to go broke.

Here, SunSport takes a look back at the high-profile stars who blew their millions on booze, bets and.. football academies.


Brazil star Ronaldinho was said to have just £5 to his name
Brazil’s legendary skillster was reported to have just £5 in his bank account last month while still owing debts of up to £1.75million.

Ronaldinho was heavily fined for illegal construction in a protected area in Brazil.

Despite remortgaging his property, the former Barcelona star was still unable to cover the debts which saw a judge order for Ronaldinho’s passport to be seized.


Former England keeper David James blew a £20m fortune.

Despite earning an estimated £20million from his career, the former England No1 declared himself bankrupt in 2014.

As well as a lucrative career at Prem clubs like Liverpool and Man City, James had modelled for Armani and owned multiple properties.

But a costly divorce in 2005 saw debts start racking up and courts instructed James to sell off his sports memorabilia, DJ equipment and a Vauxhall Astra van.


Argentina legend Diego Maradona was said to have had £42million worth of unpaid taxes in Italy

He was named FIFA’s Player of the Century and then went bust.

Argentina icon Maradona twice broke the world record for transfers but in 2009 had to file for bankruptcy.

The Italian Tax Authority demanded he pay back £42million worth of unpaid taxes from his time playing for Napoli in the 1980s.


Paul Merson’s addiction to gambling saw him blow a £7m fortune

Gambling, booze and drugs saw the Arsenal legend blow a staggering £7million fortune.

The former midfielder has recovered and works as a regular pundit for Sky Sports, but he once considered breaking his fingers to prevent him from phoning the bookies.

Merson went broke after cashing in on his £800,000 pension to allow him to go on a betting frenzy.


John Arne Riise was listed as bankrupt despite earning £50,000-a-week at Liverpool.

Two years after winning the Champions League with Liverpool, the defender was listed as bankrupt.

Norwegian left-back Riise was just 26 at the time and was believed to be earning £50,000-a-week at Anfield.

But an unpaid debt of around £100,000 was reportedly linked to an alleged £3m fraud investigation in Norway and Riise was declared bankrupt.


Former Man United midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba blew his fortune and now plays in the Swiss fifth tier.

Having played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs at Man United, Djemba-Djemba was declared bankrupt four years after moving to Aston Villa.

The Cameroonian midfielder spent time at St Mirren and in the Indian Super League to recover funds.

And as SunSport found out in November, Djemba-Djemba is now playing in front of 88 fans in the Swiss fifth tier.


A football academy in the US saw Brad Friedel face repossession of his house as £5m of debts mounted up.

Ambitious plans to build a football academy in the United States blew up in the American’s face.

Former Tottenham and Aston Villa goalkeeper Friedel reportedly owed £5million and repossession proceedings began on his £260,000 house.

This was despite the current head coach of MLS team New England Revolution then earning £50,000-a-week at Villa Park.


Lee Hendrie’s gambling addiction saw him go bust.

Depression and a gambling addiction saw one-time England man Hendrie go broke.

Despite earning in excess of £30,000-a-week while at Aston Villa, the former midfielder was declared bankrupt in January 2012 as he faced huge debts and repossessions.

Hendrie tried to take his own life on two occasions and now works as an ambassador for mental health organisation Young Minds.


Former Man United man Keith Gillespie admitted he blew more than £7.2m on gambling

An addiction to gambling saw Man United product Keith Gillespie blow more than £7.2million.

After a career that saw him take Newcastle United to the Champions League and play 80 times for Northern Ireland, the midfielder was declared broke in 2010 at the age of 35.

In an interview with the Guardian, he said: “I lost an awful lot of money through gambling over the years, but I also lost money on property and got involved in a film scheme like a lot of footballers did.”


Troubled England icon Paul Gascoigne came close to bankruptcy

Gazza managed to avoid bankruptcy in 2016 despite facing a £42,000 bill of unpaid taxes to HMRC.

But the England hero went through a troubled patch which saw him reportedly in debts of up to £200,000.

Gascoigne has struggled with depression and substance abuse.

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Former Chelsea man Celestine Babayaro was declared bankrupt in 2011

Babayaro was the popular left-back at Chelsea and Newcastle United.

Marauding up and down the left wing at Stamford Bridge and St. James’ Park in the noughties, the Nigerian picked up a healthy pay packet.

But by January 2011 the defender was declared bankrupt on the public record of the London Gazette.

Meet Silas Adekunle: Worlds Highest Paid Robotics Engineer At Just 26

I first heard the name Silas Adekunle this morning, while watching The BBC’s geek program “Click”. Apparently Silas had been a big name in the gaming robotics field for some months now, but I only just heard about him. I was however so impressed by what I saw and heard on click that I decided to “google” him and that is when I found this article by Forbes

Behind the bar of San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel last March, an unknown, 25-year-old British-Nigerian entrepreneur named Silas Adekunle met a senior executive at Apple.

If he was nervous, Adekunle didn’t show it.

He smiled and opened up a large suitcase. It was filled with colorful robots that looked at first like toys. When he took one out and set it on the floor, it came alive.

Called a Mekamon, it raced, spider-like across a mat on four pointed legs, trotting daintily before bowing, and performing a dramatic death shudder. Adekunle took out his phone and pointed it at the Mekamon, and now on his screen it was surrounded by glowing lights, facing an animated opponent that it could shoot lasers at.

Apple’s head of developer relations, Ron Okamoto, carefully surveyed the other robots, then peppered Adekunle with questions about motors and articulations. “It’s got character,” he noted.

Their expected 15-minute chat went on for more than an hour. At the end, Okamoto said the words every young entrepreneur with a team of just nine staff dreams of hearing: “You need to come spend some time with us in Cupertino.”

A year on and Adekunle, who at 26 is part of Forbes’ latest 30 Under 30 list for European Technology is on course to sell plenty of Mekamon robots thanks to an exclusive distribution deal he signed in November 2017 after “spending some time in Cupertino” and meeting Apple’s retail executives.

Impressed by the quality of his robots and their ability to show emotion with subtly-calibrated movements, Apple priced his four-legged “battle-bots” at $300 and has put them in nearly all of its stores in the United States and Britain. Early customers skew towards male techies but a growing number of parents are buying the robots for their children to get them interested in STEM, Adekunle says.

What he hadn’t known during that first meeting at the Four Seasons: Apple was about to launch ARKit, its very first platform for augmented reality. AR is the cutting-edge technology that mixes digital animations with the real world, on smartphones screens, popularized by Pokemon Go and expected to go further with the face and object tracking technology in Apple’s latest iPhone X.

With no track record, Adekunle and his team of nine were suddenly working with the world’s biggest brand.

Robots might already be changing the nature of warehouse management for retailers and other industries, but they’re gradually making their way into our homes too, helped along by people’s increasing ease with artificial entities like Amazon’s Alexa. Adekunle hopes his anthropomorphised robot-spiders will be as popular, say, as iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaner.

“When I went into robotics I really loved motion,” says Adekunle. “People are used to clunky robots, and when you make it appear to be realistic, people either love it or they’re freaked out.”

Adekunle has already come a long way from his early experiments as a teen, including a robotic hand made out of baked beans cans, and a robotic face (based on the Kismet robot of MIT’s Cynthia Breazeal) that had tennis balls for eyes and rolled up pieces of paper for ears.

Back in Nigeria, where Adekunle was born, he also inadvertently caused a power outage in his apartment block as a kid, when he took a battery and plugged it with some spare wires into the mains outlet. “I was lucky I didn’t get electrocuted,” he says.

He was fortunate to grow up in a relatively well-off family; his father was a school principal and his mother was a midwife. But he lacked the exposure to technology that many kids get today. He remembers how one day someone brought a computer to his primary school and the kids who wanted to see it up close had to pay a fee.

When Adekunle’s mother moved to Britain to work, times got tough. There was no email, and the family could only speak on the phone once every couple of months. If for some reason his mother couldn’t get access to a landline, Adekunle’s family would be waiting at the other end with no idea what was going on.

Two years later, when he was around 10, Adekunle moved to the UK and started going to secondary school.

At home he continued tinkering with amateur robotics, getting ideas from YouTube and dabbling in code as a script kiddie; then at university, he cut his teeth on programming in C++ to unlock a wealth of new possibilities. It was here that he started experimenting on the first moving prototypes for what would become the Mekamon.

In 2013 he met Beck, who was working on a Ph.D. and had experience in robotics, and asked if he could help develop Mekamon into something that would look like a product.

“Everyone told us it was too complicated and expensive and no one would buy it,” Beck remembers. “Toy manufacturers who were stuck in their ways were saying ‘You have to make it as cheap as possible. People will play with it for five minutes, then break it.’”

But Adekunle and Beck believed there was a market for a more complex product, a robot with 12 motors when most motorized toys had no more than five.

“Looking at the state of robots out there, they made far noises or they burped, which is funny for the first month,” says Beck. “There’s no crossover between robot toys and high-end products which cost thousands and are aimed at hobbyists.”

No one, he adds, has dared to be this bold. “There’s a few legged robots but they scuttle and don’t walk,” says Beck. “Or they walk in a way you can’t animate. We animate this robot.”

Adekunle, who had previously left the room, now slides open the door to speak to Beck and let him know that some potential investors are about to turn up. Both later sit down for a meeting in their cozy cafeteria space.

For his next act, Adekunle is hoping to raise a new round of funds (having already raised $10 million for the company), and also strike some licensing deals with entertainment companies in Asia. Eventually, Mekamon robots might start to come out with branded versions – think Pokemon characters, for instance.

“Asia is going to be a huge market for them,” says one of Reach Robotics’ investors and the former CEO of Atari, David Gardner.

For now, Reach will continue to make money with direct sales to consumers and with that exclusive deal with Apple Retail.

“The partnership with Apple has been fruitful,” says Adekunle, adding that he’s looking to continue the relationship. “We have many more products to bring to market,” he adds. “It’s a watch this space situation.”

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Bright East London Teenager Wins £76k Scholarship To Top A-Levels School

A bright teenager will be swapping Canning Town for a sleepy village in Surrey after winning a £76,000 scholarship to a top fee-paying sixth form, east London newspaper, NewhamRecorder reports.

Sukai Secka, 15, takes up her places at Cranleigh School to study A-levels in English literature, politics and history next September.

Notable alumni at the independent school include film director Patrick Marber, former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and Conservative MP Adam Holloway.

Sukai who completed her year 10 work experience at top London law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, was supported through the application process with writing personal statements, applications, preparing for entrance exams and selection interview by the Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy (EYLA).

Sukai, who wants be a politician, was offered a place after coming through a gruelling series of assessments and interviews.

She said: “I can’t wait to get to my new school and start shaking things up a little bit. It is a very white and middle/upper-class environment.

“I got on very well with the students on my assessment day because they are all very motivated to do well, I am like that too.

“I am also different to them because I grew up in east London which is quite a tough place and has lots of diversity.

“The reason I think they accepted me was because I offer a very different perspective on life to their current students.

“Everyone should know how to mix with a diverse range of people.”

Sukai follows in the footsteps of former pupils Iyanuoluwa Agbedejobi and Teniola Akinola who have won places at fee paying schools.

Iyanuoluwa took up a £76,000 a year place at Wellington College in 2017 while Teniola joined City of London Freemen’s School last September on a £30,000 scholarship.

Iyanuoluwa Agbedejobi, studied A Levels in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at Wellington College and planned to go on to read chemical engineering at Oxford University.

Teniola Akinola, is studying A-levels in history, physics and chemistry.

She was awarded the scholarship having been recommended for a place by youth charity Eastside Young Leader Academy.

Iyanuoluwa Agbedejobi
Teniola Akinola

Headteacher Stephen Gillatt said: “Like Iyanuoluwa and Teniola before her, Sukai has set the bar for other students to follow.

“As headteacher at this school I can tell you there is no shortage of intelligence or ambition. What we are instilling in our students is the confidence and belief that they can achieve.

“This is now the third year in a row the school have sent students to top fee-paying schools. We want our students to see the success of their peers and be inspired.”

Former Gang Member Recognised In Queens Honours List

A former London gang member who runs boxing classes to draw young people away from crime, has been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Stephen Addison, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal, says he was prompted to turn his life around after he had a bad dream in which he saw himself jailed for murder.

The dream also inspired him to rejoin his parents’ church and go to university.

Since 2013 Stephen has helped more than 4,000 young people change their lives.

Before he was distracted and joined gangs, he was a keen boxer himself until the age of 15.

‘Random dream’

His behaviour deteriorated to the extent that he was asked to leave his school in Barking, East London, and for the next five years, made a living through crime.

But, he says, a “random dream” one night changed his life – he was so shocked at the idea that he might commit murder that he was determined to change.

He told his friends he was leaving the gang way of life, went back to his parents’ church and applied to South Bank University to study business. At university he took up boxing again and, when he won gold in a major university boxing championship, his story was covered in the newspapers.

While he was looking at the papers, he spotted another piece, about a friend from his gang days who himself had just been jailed for life for murder.

The contrast made him determined to go back to his community in East London and help young people like himself escape a life of crime.

His dissertation was about setting up a boxing academy – he got a first – and the university was so impressed it put money behind a pilot project which he ran in August 2013 for about 100 young people.

His organisation, Box Up Crime, now works with about 600 young people every week in schools, pupil referral units and community centres mainly in Barking and Dagenham and is looking to expand across the capital and beyond.

The project uses boxing training, along with individual mentoring and a focus on education, to develop self-discipline and boost educational and social skills.

Boxing trainingImage caption: The project uses boxing training along with mentoring to boost confidence and educational attainment

Stephen was even invited to run a behaviour programme at Barking Abbey, the school he was asked to leave as a teenager, and where he is now a governor.

He says many of the young people he works with are very similar to himself. He calls them: “dirty diamonds”, and he believes all are capable of the same transformation.

“I want to see those dirty diamonds shine again.”

He tells them the hard work of finding their potential will be down to them and believes they just need support: “They just need someone to believe in them, motivate them.”

He hopes the award will mean that: “Young people can look at me and look at my life and say, ‘Stephen was involved in gangs… Stephen was involved in all this messed-up stuff just like me but he’s been able to turn it around and and I can do the same thing.'”

Stephen’s award comes alongside an OBE for another Londoner, Mark Prince, who has given around 200 school talks since losing his own son Kiyan to knife crime in 2006.

Through his work Mr Prince tries to raise awareness of the dangers of gang and knife crime and personally mentors dozens of young people.


Culled from BBC.CO.UK