EBONY BUSINESS RECOGNITION AWARDS

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THE EBONY BUSINESS RECOGNITION AWARDS- SETTING THE PACE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

BY TONY -TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ

There is something refreshing about Friday evenings, even the scents from the wind are filled with raw energy and the birth of new actions waiting to unfold.

For some, it is the celebration of new handshakes, laughter, spontaneous or formal bonding, music and glamour, for others it might be confiding to the routine and the limitations of a TV box in a quiet street in North London where nobody knows their neighbours.

But Friday the 4th of July 2014 was not just refreshing, it was different, it was profound and it was colourful and all roads lead to St Johns, Lower Clapton in Hackney, and East London for The prestigious Ebony Business Recognition Awards.

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EBR Awards aims to promote and celebrate Black Business achievers, Role Models, Entrepreneurs, Professionals and people making a difference within the Black Community.

It focuses on both achievers in the public and the private sector.

The Awards also helps to enhance people’s business profiles, reputation and promote the great work of aspiring entrepreneurs and role models.

As the founder of an organization called AFRICA4U, I was in the company with my business partner, Mr. Zac Darkes – The Founder of ZIMLINK, not just for a colourful evening, but to conduct video interviews with some of these black achievers making a big difference to their communities both in the private and in the public sector.

WE ended up conducting over 12 interviews and I was deeply overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, calibre and the natural talent of many of these achievers that we met and interviewed on the night.

It was perhaps the first ever awards I had been to in London, that celebrated the achievements of new passionate faces with untold stories and people I had never met.

Society and The Media in many cases focuses a lot on “Celebrities” but I have often asked, what does a Celebrity really say about someone? Do we sometimes look up to popularity for the wrong reasons?

I would rather be a Role Model than a Celebrity. Being a Role Model is about setting example and not all Celebrities set example, hence not all Celebrities are Role Models

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On the evening, I felt humbled and honoured to meet and engage with many Black Role Models.

 

I also ended up winning Two Awards on the evening, The Special Awards for championing Black and Ethnic Minority Visions and The Male Business Coach of the Year.

 

I left that evening with a smile on my face and the next day, I was eager to look up the profiles of all the winners and the participants on the Net, I was very impressed was with the great work that they had achieved.

 

Organizing an Awards involves detail, hard work and a high level of organizational skills, it also involves research and sometimes research is about opening up the mind and the eyes into a world of new territories of people who are unique and have untold stories, I call these people – The Quiet Achievers

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The Room that evening was filled with the warmth and the smiles of quiet achievers and my mind quickly raced to what it took to organize an event like this.

My mind raced back once more to The Founder of The EBR AWARDS, – Mr. Calixtus Okere.

 

I remember the first time I spoke with him on the phone, I sensed a tone filled with passion, urgency and ambition, when I eventually got to meet him at The Awards night, the same hints of urgency beamed from his eyes and straight away, I knew I was talking to a Man blessed with a huge heart and drive.

Today EBR Awards continues to go from strength to strength and in my last conversation with Mr. Okere, I was planned that more future awards will also take place outside the UK, to maintain the growth of an International Brand.

To find out more about the EBR Awards, visit www.ebawardsuk.com

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A LIST OF ALL THE WINNERS AT THE AWARDS CAN BE FOUND BELOW

2014 Winners

  • UK UPCOMING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

EVON MEDIA

MODELLING AND BRANDING OF THE YEAR

CHERELLE ROSE

PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR

ADINKRA MAGAZINE

MOTIVATIONAL & INSPIRATIONAL BUSINESS WOMEN OF THE YEAR

TREASURE TITILOPE SABS

WOMEN’S BUSINESS COACH OF THE YEAR

YVONNE, J DOUGLASS

BUSINESS ICON OF THE YEAR UK

LABAN ROOMES

FILM DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR UK

FREDI KRUGA NWAKA

SOCIAL ENTREPRENUER OF THE YEAR

INVEST IN SUCCESS (CIC)

PR AND MARKETING

PANACHE OCCASSIONS

CREATIVE ARTS OF THE YEAR

MELANIE E HAGGINS

FASHION DESIGN & CREATIVITY OF THE YEAR

HOUSE OF LOULEE

AUTHOR OF THE YEAR

DEJI YUSUF

BEST CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

RYTHM KITCHEN

BAKING AND CONFECTIONERY

DELIGHTS BY CYNTHIA

STILL & MOTION PICTURES

JOSH DANIELS PICTURES

MENS BUSINESS COACH OF THE YEAR

TONY -TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ

YOUNG BUSINESS COACH OF THE YEAR (LADY)

CATHERINE T LABINJO

YOUNG BUSINESS COACH OF THE YEAR (MEN)

OSHEANE CHAMBERS

BUSINESS SOCIAL NETWORK OF THE YEAR

LADIES WHO LUNCH UK

ENTERTAINMENT AND LEISURE OF THE YEAR

ADAD

BUSINESS TV TALK SHOW OF THE YEAR

PAULINE LONG TALK SHOW (BEN TV)

MUSIC PROMOTER OF THE YEAR UK

BOLA ARA PROMOTIONS

MOST DESIRED PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

NIGERIAN 100 ARMBAND BY VICTOR EDOZIE

MOST INFORMATIVE BUSINESS SERVICE OF THE YEAR

THAT’S WHAT GOOD MEDIA

RETAIL SERVICES OF THE YEAR

AFRODEITY LTD

NATURAL PRODUCTS OF THE YEAR

NATURAL UNITY

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

LINA GADI

BUSINESS DIRECTORY & ADVERTISEMENT WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

BLACK ECONOMICS

BUSINESS TV STATION OF THE YEAR

BEN TV

BUSINESS ONLINE TALK SHOW OF THE YEAR

EBONY EMPRESS TALK SHOW

ACCOUNTING SERVICES OF THE YEAR

SAM O TUUDAH SOT PREFESSIONAL SERVICES LONDON

MOTIVATIONAL & INSPIRATIONAL MEN OF THE YEAR

MATT MATTHEWS

DIGITAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BLACK VISIONS TV

SPECIAL AWARDS

(Founder Neo-slip) Managing Director at Neo-Innovations

NEOMI BENNETT

Special Award for Invention and Innovation

UK LTD

Special Award for promoting Black Own Businesses

PURPLE PAGES

(Founder Flaky’s Fashion designing) – Special

MRS ELIZABETH ADEGOKE

Award for Promoting Black made products

Special Award for promoting

MRS BOLA ARA (Bola Ara Music Promotions)

Afrocentric Music

Special Award for promoting and showcasing Black UK

BLACK VISION TV

Talents

Special Award for Championing Black and ethnic Minority Vision

TONY -TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ

ethnic Minority Vision

Special Award for Selfless Service in Motivating and Inspiring (SSMI) Black and Ethnic Minority Community

TREASURE TITILOPE SABS

Special award for Promoting Afro/Caribbean cultural Dances

ADAD

Special Award for promoting Black ethnic Films

THEODORA IGBOKWE

Special Award for selfless service to Black and ethnic Minorities in the community

ALPHA ROCKS SOLICITORS

VALOUR AWARD for showing great courage and turning negative experience to positive enhancement of other people

MARIE HANSON

Special Award for contributing to Media & Diaspora Development in UK

TUNDE ALABI

Special Award for Quality food and good customer services

SQUIRES RESTAURANT

Special Award for service to the community

Fizz DJ

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