“The Black African population is the fastest growing and largest black group in the UK”.~ BBC
Hence, it is imperative that we address issues that affect our community within a collective, safe and progressive environment. Adopting a mental wellness, culture and creativity approach, we will be seeking unconventional ways to address societal issues aimed at helping attendees detox and leave refreshed, with renewed hope.
With our ‘EVERY EMOTION IS VALID’ Convention, African Wonder Women Organisation CIC is empowering the bereaved and traumatised, especially the ‘forgotten community’ of widows, women and young girls, and are hoping to make the convention affordable to a wide community of attendees. As such, there is a call out for sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and media partners with a shared vision of supporting our vision and ensuring the event achieves success.
To register and for more information about the event and how to participate, visit our landing page via the link below:
MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Chief Mrs. Nike Okundaye strives to improve the lives of disadvantaged women in Nigeria through art. She teaches the unique techniques of indigo cloth-dyeing (Adire) to rural women at her workshop in south-west Nigeria. She hopes to revive the centuries-old tradition and the lives of these women.
Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu is a British born and Nigerian political & women’s rights activist, taught intersectional feminism to female refugees and asylum seekers; scrutinizes government policies from a gender and diversity inclusion perspective; and co-organises women’s marches and social campaigns.
MEET OUR GUEST SPEAKERS
Dr T. Ayodele Ajayi is an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is an engaging and passionate international speaker on his subject.
He is the founder of Tripart Care Emotional Well-being Hub and runs the Tripart Care Mind Gym courses. He has been featured in national public mental health media campaigns and multiple BBC interviews on mental health in Black and church communities.
Dilys Sillah is the bestselling author of the book, ‘Not This Widow’, a story of resilience and defiance in the face of profound grief. She is also the author of ‘Predator or Prince – How To Find The Man Of Your Dreams, Not Your Nightmares.
She is a qualified and accredited transformational life coach, women and children’s advocate, a public and TEDx speaker, events MC, patron and minister at New Glory Ministry in London. Dilys is also the host of ‘Speak With Dilys’ a show aired via Facebook and the Founder of ‘Not This Widow Foundation’.
MEET OUR PANELLISTS
Priscilla Nwikpo , an engaging moderator of high-profile political and business conversations often attended by heads of States, captains of industry & political leaders from across the globe.
Duchess Iphie, a qualified psychosexual therapist with a focus on relationships, sex and intimacy. She is the founder of Duchess Secrets™️, The Intimacy Cards, and The Intimacy Guide.
Sheun Onamusi, a Serial Entrpreneur & Senior Business Analyst
Mayowa Oyinloye is a gospel artiste who lives in Gillingham , Kent She is the Visionary of LET LOOSE CIC international, a Free annual outdoor music concert which is aimed at giving a glimmer of hope to victims and survivors of abuse an experience Mayowa had to go through from the age of 5 till her teenage years in the hands of various men.”
Beatrice Oye, a beauty and independent consultant for MaryKay Beauty.
Nana Churcher, is a Talk Show Host/Author.
Tolulope Olajide, is a dedicated father of two and a seasoned Continuous Improvement Professional. After a profound personal loss in 2020, when he became a widower and a sole caregiver, Tolu used his expertise in transforming processes and optimising operations to establish Balanced Wheel, a bereavement support charity inspired by his late wife, Chidinma. Balanced Wheel, embodying the idea of life as a journey, has reached out to over 5000 bereaved individuals, guiding them through the complexities of grief and helping them adjust to life after loss. The charity’s support groups and social media platforms have been instrumental in fostering understanding and providing much-needed support. Tolu’s own journey through grief has enriched his empathetic leadership style, with a keen emphasis on mental and emotional wellbeing alongside productivity. His operational excellence has driven change within his charity, enabling a swift and efficient response to those needing bereavement support.
Anne Ogunlesi, wears several hats and is passionate about them all. She is a teacher, writer, and therapeutic counsellor. She is also a humanitarian, worshipper, mother, firm supporter of friends, an advocate against domestic violence and a defender of children and vulnerable people. Most recently, an author of “33 And Still Standing”.
Veronica Ebanks (BSc FAETC MFHT) is an African diasporan from the Caribbean raised in London. She is a biological sciences graduate and qualified adult teacher and assessor. She is worked in Education sector supporting students and young people with complex issues in the context of safeguarding and working towards positive change and progression. After redundancy, she created a career as an Independent Safeguarding Consultant Trainer and Restorative Justice Practitioner. Amongst other things, she is an entrepreneur and micro business owner providing artisanal skincare, wellbeing items and holistic therapy.
Linnet Nyawara is a certified Life Coach, specialising in divorce and breakup coaching, as well as body image empowerment. Her background in health and social care, along with holding a Health Professional Diploma, provides a solid foundation for her work. Drawing from over a decade of personal experience, she offer unique insights into navigating life’s challenges. In addition to her coaching role, she is a passionate mental health advocate and body image empowerment coach. She firmly believes in the importance of resilience and destigmatising mental health and body image issues.
Mercy G is a Specialist In Mental Health with 23 years working experience within the Health sector. By faith, experience and knowledge acquisition she as worked in partnership with local authorities and Trusts/Clinical Commissioning Groups. Over the last 15 years, She has overseen the management of high-end mental health Care Quality Commissioners (CQC), supported Housing Services and Advocacy Services in a range of geographical boroughs including Camden, Islington, Westminster, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Lewisham, Greenwich, Ealing, Hackney and Crowthorne as well as making new career choices particularly in the area of setting up her own company, delving into performing arts and entertainment as a singer/songwriter, aspiring actress, MC and event host, as well as developing and delivering bespoke Mental Health Awareness Training/Workshops.
Dr. Tokunbo Bammeke runs a small Charity called “St. Andrew’s Ministry”, which serves to support other charities. He is a member of The Bright Morning Star Prisons and Homelessness Outreach.
Sola Folarin-Ogunde is the founding director and CEO of Jesse’s Place Foundation CIC – an organisation set up to support families of children and young people living with autism and learning disabilities. In addition to her role within Jesse’s Place Foundation, Sola is a seasoned UK based, senior education practitioner, teacher mentor, coach and trainer for over twenty three years. Her previous leadership roles include Autism specialist lead, SENCO, Early Years Manager and Assistant Head teacher. In her quest to encourage parents and carers of children living with autism, Sola uses a combination of her experience as a mother to a son living with autism and her extensive years as an education practitioner to – support families. Sola held a number of roles such as vice chair and chairperson to two highly sought after education settings steering committees – within Bexley local authority and currently sits on the board of directors to the UK’s first Academy as well as the Bexley Council Autism Partnership Board.
Veronica Kararwa is a Mental Health Practitioner, Dialectical Behaviour Therapist, Published Author and Founder Kevin Kararwa Leukaemia Trust.
Lydia Nyambura is a certified life coach, mentor, inspirational speaker, content creator, entrepreneur, International Development Specialist, founder and CEO of Story Telling For A Change. A conscious mother to Favour 24yrs and Debbie 21yrs old, who are her highest calling and responsibility. Widowed since 12th Dec 2009 after my husband Gibson’s sudden death which also marked change of her status and her perspective about life and her family circumstances. Lydia is on a mission here on earth as an ambassador of hope and inspiring others to live a meaningful and purpose driven life.
Clara Rufai is Co-Founder & Vice President (Europe) of G-Woman Media, an all-women-owned digital broadcasting, entertainment & media production corporation creating women-centric content and amplifying women’s voices and visibility via its Magazine, Radio, and Television platforms. She also serves as the Director of Strategy & Research in the Media Arts & Communication wing of the G100, a powerful global group of 100 women, leading 100 diverse sectors and supported by 100 ‘He-for-She Champions’ fostering community networks in 100 countries, for policy recommendations, advocacy, influence and action toward a gender-equal future. She is a Corporate Lawyer, a Compliance Professional, Author, Podcaster, Social Entrepreneur, Coach and Speaker. Clara holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). She is the Founder and President of The SHINE Zone, a social enterprise focused on leadership, personal development and empowerment. She is the Convener of the annual ‘Leap and Shine Conference’, and the Creator of the ‘Shine Philosophy’ and the annual ‘Shine Legacy Awards’. Clara Rufai is Author of the BEFFTA Award nominated book ‘PRISON BREAK: The 9 to 5 Escape Agenda – Taking the Leap from Limitation to Liberation’. She is also a Co-author of the book, ‘40 Pearls of Wisdom’. Popularly known as ‘The Shine Strategist’, Clara uses her SHINE Philosophy and platforms to empower people to (S)tart (H)arness (I)dentify (N)etwork and (E)xpress their brilliance. She is a recipient of multiple awards and was honoured with the prestigious ‘CEO’s Award for Excellence’. She partners with thought leaders and Influencers, leveraging the extensive relationships she has built, to deliver valuable content that serves individuals, businesses and organisations.
Ronke Adebajo is a qualified NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) Coach and Trainee Therapist. She has a background in IT Consultancy and Training with over 20 years’ experience. Ronke is the founder/host of Story Before Glory, a faith-based media platform where guests share extraordinary stories that enable healing, build faith, and encourage godly values. This has been aired on SKY TV & other African Nations. This and her passion to help people attain wholeness & healing lead her to seeking qualifications as a Coach and Therapist. She now runs HOLNES, a Transformative Coaching & Counselling Skills organisation where Ronke uses Integrative NLP Coaching and Counselling Skills to help her clients journey into WHOLENESS as they become better versions of themselves. Ronke is passionate about young adults and has actively mentored & given pastoral care for over 10 years. She uses her flagship ‘Mentoring Programme’ and ‘Inside Out with Holnes’ seminars (a monthly virtual Community talk series) to help both young adults and adults gain clarity and realign their desires for an impactful and holistic living. Her desire is for people to heal from soul hurts and live a purposeful & fulfilling life. Ronke Adebajo is a happily married with 2 blessed children.
Prof Dr Juliet Hammond is the founder and CEO of Mount Moriah Organisation. The organisation which comprise Mount Moriah Radio (MMR) and Mount Moriah TV (MMTV)– both online. She is the Host of ‘Inspiring Time with Juliet’ and ‘Juliet Hammond Show’. These shows showcase interviews with various people from different works life. Prof Dr Juliet Hammond an NHS Continuing Healthcare Lead Complex Case Manager of one of the Integrated Care Boards in United Kingdom. She is the author of many books and articles. Some of her published books include: Mount Moriah: a place of sacrifice and provision, Mount Moriah: a daily devotion, Mount Moriah: the arm of God. She has various written articles in social media, internet, special podcast and radio programs. She is blessed with 3 beautiful powerful girls, and lives quietly in one of the towns in the Midlands, United kingdom.
Hon Lilian Martins is a renowned Evangelist, known for her inspiring work and dedication to spreading the message of faith. She is the CEO and Founder of the Women’s Hope Forum, an organisation that empowers women and provides a platform for them to share their stories and support one another. Ms. Martins also served as the Vice President of the National Association of Nigerian Communities (NANC), where she played a crucial role in advocating for the rights and welfare of Nigerians in the diaspora. Ms. Lilian Martins is also a radio host, hosting a program called “Life Matters with Lilian”, addressing various topics related to life, faith, and personal development. With a background as a Christian counsellor, Ms. Martins offers her expertise and support to individuals seeking guidance and assistance in their spiritual journeys. Through her various endeavours as an Evangelist, CEO, radio host, Christian counsellor, and former teacher, she continues to make a positive difference in the lives of many.
Princess Adeola Ogunade is a woman of great faith who believes in the transformative power of God’s love and hope. She is an encourager, passionate leader, mentor, author, teacher of the word and speaker. Adeola has a passion to motivate, inspire, support and empower people. She is the Author of “Wedged In Hope” and “The Overcomer’s Mindset”, she shares her passion for empowering others to find their purpose and follow their dreams. She carries out prison volunteer duties under the umbrella of Prison Outreach Network. She is the the founder of Hands of Hope Foundation (HHF) based in the UK and Hands of Hope Care Foundation (HHCF) based in Nigeria where the vulnerable are empowered through food provision, homelessness prevention and bridging the gap in African Orphanages. Adeola holds Bachelor’s degrees in Housing Management, Criminology and Criminal Justice & Master’s degree in Environmental Health with over 18 years experience in Housing which has given her a deeper understanding of the importance of creating healthy and sustainable environments. She currently works as a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner Consultant and is dedicated to the well-being of the Hands of Hope Foundation’s cause. She believes in the perspective of giving back to the community and giving people a ‘second chance’. Her hobbies include travelling, photography, reading, swimming and dancing. Adeola is a wife and a mother to three amazing children.
Erelu Funke Odelola is a widow with 2 children who moved to the UK after her husband died. She has various qualifications including a degree in Health & Social Care, Diplomas in Business Administration, and Certificates in counselling, photography and floristry. Worked as a Secretary, Accountant, Customer Service, Housing Officer and currently working as an End of Life Care Worker. She is also a Farmer.