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Family Business: The Brit-Yoruba Siblings Making Waves in UK’s Entertainment Industry

I was reading the credits of Anti Social, a movie I saw on Netflix which starred the artist Skepta and I saw to my shock and amazement that he had a Yoruba name Joseph Junior Adenuga.

How did I miss this?

Again, a fact that for some reason, I didn’t know or had somehow never come across.

And for someone who is always fishing out Brits of Nigerian descent actively involved in mainstream British activities, this came as a low blow to me. Nevertheless, I decided to google the artist to find out more about him – only to find out that he has a brother Jamie or JME,who is also a recording artist and not only that, the brothers have a sister Julie who is a top DJ and radio presenter!

This juicy information filled me with excitement as it is not often that you find multiple children of immigrants who are celebs in the entertainment industry. The only other set of Nigerian-Brit celebs are Burna Boy Damini Ogulu and his sister Nisi who is also a recording artist but the Adenuga siblings have 1 sibling over the Ogulus.

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Burna Boy Dami Ogulu and his sister Nisi

Joseph Junior Adenuga (Skepta)

Skepta was born Joseph Junior Adenuga on September 19, 1982 in Tottenham, North London, United Kingdom to immigrant parents from Ijebu Ode, Nigeria. The eldest of four siblings, the family grew up on Meridian Walk Estate, a council estate in Tottenham, North London.

Skepta was originally a DJ from Tottenham-based grime crew Meridian Crew. Early in his career, Skepta released a number of instrumentals, the most notable being “DTI (Pirate Station Anthem)” and “Private Caller”, the latter of which was released as a single and vocaled by various other members of Meridian Crew.

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Skepta began emceeing shortly before Meridian Crew disbanded in 2005, after which Skepta, alongside his brother Jme, joined Roll Deep for a short period of time before becoming founding members of Boy Better Know in 2006. Skepta publicly released his debut album Greatest Hits on 17 September 2007, on his label Boy Better Know.

His first single “Rolex Sweep” in September 2008 reached number 89 on the UK Singles Chart followed by the album Microphone Champion on 1 June 2009.

 

He has since released four albums and several singles that have kept him on top of the UK rap and Grime music scene.

In March 2014, Skepta provided a verse for the remix of “German Whip” by Meridian Dan, and in the same month, he released his new single, “That’s Not Me”, featuring his brother Jme, which peaked at number 21 on the UK charts.  The single’s music video won the award for Best Video at the 2014 MOBO Awards. Upon receiving the award, Skepta stated that the video cost him £80.  In late 2014, Skepta released another single titled “It Ain’t Safe” featuring A$AP Bari. This was followed in early 2015 with “Shutdown”, and the remix of “Ojuelegba” by Wizkid,  featuring Drake. Skepta and others joined Kanye West at a surprise show in London, performing numerous songs together during a shared set.0 He was also named one of GQs 50 best dressed British men in 2015.

Skepta’s made his acting debut in 2015 film Anti-Social.

On 6 May 2016. Konnichiwa was released to critical acclaim and became Grime’s highest charting album, peaking at number 2 in the UK music charts. The release of Konnichiwa was celebrated with a launch party on 5 May 2016 held in Tokyo and live streamed on Boiler Room, featuring a live performance of the entire album by Skepta.

Skepta began his “Banned From America” two-part, 14-show tour on April 16, 2017 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which covered cities throughout the United States and Europe. The tour was named as such in reference to Skepta’s forced cancellation of his 2016 “No Fear” American tour in support of Konnichiwa, when his application for a visa to enter the United States was denied.

 

Skepta who is currently dating supermodel and fashion icon Naomi Campbell, was honoured with the chieftaincy title of Amuludun of Ojo Ade in April 2018.

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Jamie Adenuga

Jamie, born 4 May 1985, better known by his stage name Jme, is also a grime MC. He co-founded the crew and label Boy Better Know. Jamie was previously part of the grime crew Meridian along with his older brother, Skepta.

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He attended St. Paul’s School and then Winchmore School in Winchmore Hill, Enfield along with his elder brother Skepta. Adenuga subsequently graduated from the University of Greenwich receiving first class honours in 3D Digital Design.

He started out producing by making mobile phone ringtones.  Jamie also co-owns his own T-shirt chain, bearing the labels of himself, his record label Boy Better Know, and his dormant nightclub Straight Outta Bethnal. He released his debut album Famous? and an album through a major label with the whole of Boy Better Know.

In October 2008, he became one of a small number of unsigned artists to headline at the London Astoria. As his fanbase has grown, Jme has travelled throughout Europe and North America with Tim Westwood to perform.

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Julie Adenuga

Julie is the younger sister of JME and Skepta.

She made her debut in the music industry in 2010, when she joined London community radio station Rinse FM and then went on to present the drive time show.

In 2014, she created and hosted a music television show on Channel AKA and Daily Motion called Play It, which serves as a platform for UK rap and grime artists as well as singers and poets. Adenuga recently started a YouTube interview series, featuring artists such UK grime and rap artist Stormzy. As well as this, she hosted Vice Magazine’s online offshoot, Noisey’s, Grime Karaoke.

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As part of the 2015 Apple WWDC keynote, Adenuga was introduced as the London headline host of Beats 1 radio. Beats 1 is the global radio service from Apple Music.

To add to her presenting accolades, Adenuga wrote and presented Skepta’s ‘Greatness Only’ documentary for Noisey.  Her talents have been noted and recognised with mentions in Forbes 30 under 30, NME’s 500 Most Influential People in Britain and in Debrett’s 500 List: Music, with a feature in Fader quoting Apple dubbing Adenuga as one of London’s most vital tastemakers

Read more about Julie Adenuga

 

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London Landlord Jailed For Rape of Tenant Who rented Room From Him Online

A man has been jailed for sexually assaulting a woman who rented a room from him online.
Francis Ezenwankwo – 34 (10.05.84) of Heston Street, SE14 was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment and a five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) on Friday, 22 June at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
He was found guilty of assault by penetration at the same court on Thursday, 22 June.

The court heard that on 5 August 2017 a woman visiting from another country rented a room at Ezenwankwo’s house via an online site, spareroom.co.uk. During the night the woman awoke to find Ezenwankwo in her bed.
Despite her protests, Ezenwankwo remained in her bed and sexually assaulted her.

The incident was reported to police and Ezenwankwo was arrested on 22 August 2017 – he was charged the same day.

The Sexual Harm Prevention Order prevents Ezenwankwo from offering any room for rent, reward or as a gift for five years.

Trainee Detective Constable Harriet Lyons, from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command said:

“The victim has shown real strength in coming forward and reporting to police. I encourage anyone else who may have been a victim to come forward and contact the police.

“Ezenwankwo’s sentence and Sexual Harm Prevention Order demonstrates how seriously the police and the courts taken this type of offending. I hope that it will act as a deterrent to others.”

 

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London Youth Violent Crime Archive: East London Gang members Including 3 Nigerians Jailed for Murder Of 17 Year Old Fellow Nigerian Teenager

Seventeen year-old Kelvin Chibueze was stabbed to death in a gang-related attack in Ilford, east London.

Kelvin was chased from a private party at The Arteflex Club on the High Road at around 4am on Monday, 15 August 2011.

The teenager, from Croydon, was found with stab wounds to the chest in the car park next to Lidl and Fitness First.

Kelvin, known as Boss Don Gramz, died in hospital at 1pm.

The same day, Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech calling for a ‘concerted, all-out war on gangs and gang culture.’

Eight suspects were charged with murder beginning with Dale Williams, 19 [12/11/91], of Hart’s Lane, Barking, on August 24. The others were Lerone Boye, 24 [23/3/87], of Henley Road, Ilford, Roger Damali, 30 [30/05/81], of Macauley Road, East Ham, Joel Asare-Minta, 21 [02/08/90] of of Halbutt Street, Dagenham, Diphy Menga, 23 [19/06/88] of St Mary’s Road, Ilford, Ibrahim Zakari, 20 [30/10/91] of St Margaret’s, Barking, Kongolo Kongola, 29 [3/1/82] of Sewell Street, Plaistow, east London, and Hugo Nwankwo, 17 [14/11/94], of Park Avenue, East Ham.

The prosecution case was that several of the group were linked to the ‘Hart’s Lane Gang’ from Barking while the victim was associated with the rival ‘DAG’ gang from Dagenham. The same gangs had previously clashed in Beckton in February 2010, resulting in the death of Olukorede Fajinmi.

They went on trial at the Old Bailey on 5 September 2012. Jurors heard that tensions arose between the two rival groups ‘eyeballing’ each other at the party, possibly as a result of a petty squabble about a girl.

‘One group went into the rear garden to smoke a couple of times and whenever they returned things appear to get either tenser or the atmosphere a little more strained,’ said prosecutor Richard Whittam QC.

‘There was some recognition between some of the people present as to whether they knew them or the areas they came from.’

Jurors heard the victim suffered at least one stab wound in the club before being chased outside by men armed with knives, champagne and Hennessy bottles and a bar stool. He suffered a further five or six stab wounds after collapsing in Ilford Retail Park across the High Road.

A knife stained with the victim’s blood was found in Riches Road, not far from where Williams was stopped and arrested. CCTV evidence linked several of the suspects to the club and the car park. Detectives also claimed phone contact between the suspects in the minutes leading up to the attack inside the club suggested it was premeditated.

Half-way through the trial Kongola was cleared of murder and violent disorder on the judge’s direction due to lack of evidence.

On 22 November 2012 the jury convicted Boye, Williams, Damali and Nwankwo of murder and violent disorder. Zakari, who is deaf, was cleared of murder but convicted of violent disorder and jailed for two years.

Asare-Minta and Menga were both cleared of murder and violent disorder.

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Killers Lerone Boye (left) and Dale Williams

Boye, Williams, Damali and Nwankwo were all sentenced on December 20. Boye was jailed for at least 28 years before parole, Williams at least 26 years, Damali at least 23 years and Nwankwo at least 16 years.

Judge John Bevan QC said: “The veil of silence that has fallen over the main participants in this case speaks volumes as to the cowardice and moral bankruptcy of those on both sides of this argument.

“Carrying knives, at least three on each side, is a comparatively modern phenomenon, which is approaching an endemic state among feckless, aimless youths who think nothing of wielding and using of knives in the face of the slightest provocation or perceived insult.

“We are still none the wiser as to the cause, and whether of not it has to do with gang violence.

“Whether there was rivalry, whether there was loyalty, whether it was revenge for a previous incident, I don’t know.”

Detective Sergeant Mark Romain of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: “Kelvin Chibueze was ruthlessly attacked, chased and left to die in the early hours of 15 August. The violence used brutally ended a young man’s life and showed scant regard for the safety of others in this busy venue.

“I would like to thank everyone who came forward to assist with this investigation and helped convict these violent thugs.”

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Killers Hugo Nwankwo (left) and Roger Damali

On 16 October 2013, Boye absconded from a mental health unit, the John Howard Centre in Homerton, east London.

Detectives offered a £15,000 reward for information and issued a description. Boye was captured in a pre-planned operation in Chigwell on 21 January 2014. He was found hiding under a bed and told officers it was the ‘best three months of my life’.

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London Youth Violent Crime Archive: 17 Year Old Nigerian Teenager Stabbed To Death In 2010 East London Gang War

Olukorede Fajinmi, 17, was stabbed to death during a gang fight in Beckton, east London, on February 19, 2010.

The teenager from Ilford suffered a single knife wound to the heart during the confrontation outside the Powerleague leisure centre.

Detectives charged a 16 year-old boy with murder and he went on trial at the Old Bailey on October 20 the same year.

The prosecution case was that the killing was linked to rivalry between the Dagenham Boys or ‘DAG’ gang and the Harts Lane gang from Barking.

Prosecutor Ed Brown told the court: ‘Whether planned or not the events in the minutes leading up to his death were the direct result of two groups of youths coming together, some loosely connected with two opposing gangs.

‘The inevitable reality of this case is that young people were armed that night with knives. Had they not been Olukorede Fajinmi would no doubt be alive today.’

Fajinmi and his friends from the DAG gang had left the leisure centre at around 8.45pm when they spotted around 25 members of the Harts Lane gang, including the 16 year-old boy.

The smaller group of around ten Harts Lane boys gave chase and Fajinmi, otherwise known as ‘Shadow’, grabbed hold of the 16 year-old near a zebra crossing in Jenkins Lane. In the scuffle that followed Fajinmi was stabbed in the heart and the younger boy was stabbed twice in the shoulder.

On November 4, the 16 year-old boy was cleared of murder and manslaughter on the judge’s direction on the basis he acted in self defence.

The Recorder of London, Peter Beaumont QC, said: ‘Starting on the premise that it was [the 16 year-old] who caused the deceased’s death by stabbing in the chest, the Crown has nevertheless to prove that he caused the death unlawfully.

‘That is to say not in necessary and reasonable self defence. In focusing on that issue and examining the evidence available to the prosecution I have come to the conclusion that the prosecution do not cross that threshhold.’

The prosecution dropped a charge against a second teenager who was said to have stabbed the 16 year-old boy in the shoulder in revenge for the killing of Mr Fajinmi.

In August 2011 the DAG and White Hart gangs clashed in Ilford resulting in the death of 17 year-old Kelvin Chibueze, said to be a friend of Olukorede Fajinmi.

Source: murdermap.co.uk

Ondo Union UK Elects New President

The Ondo Union UK yesterday elected their new President in London

Popular author, journalist and community activist Ayo Akinfe was elected by a vote of 9 – 7 to be the association’s new leader.

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Also elected was Olaolu Ogunrinade as Vice President and Chief Ayo Oyebade as Financial secretary.

The association’s new secretary is Funmi Fatusin while Dapo Ayodeji is the new Treasurer.

The Ondo Union UK which celebrated its 25th anniversary in August 2013, has been in existence since 1988.

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With Ayo Akinfe who is also the Chairman of the Uncelebrated Nigerians UK (UNA) at the helm, we are sure to hear a lot more about the Ondos in the UK Diaspora.

 

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Mary Kay Cosmetics National Sales Director UK Bags Prestigious Women4Africa Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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