Adaobi Adibe is a first year Electrical and Electronic Engineering student at the University of Manchester.
Co-founder of the ‘The Sisterhood Movement’, a network for women of colour that encourages career development and personal development by utilising the power of sisterhood. She co-founded B4BME, a project which aims to increase the number of BME blood donors. Currently, she is working with the UN as part of the merit 360 program to solve sustainable development goal 7 – cleaner and more affordable energy. She is also a student Venture Capitalist at Campus Capital, working with a £2 million-fund, meeting founders and investing in technology companies.
Passionate about technology, Adaobi was selected as an ‘outstanding student’ and will intern with Huawei in china as part of the ‘seeds for future’ program. She aspires to become a venture capitalist and start her own fund with hopes of seeing more diversity in the start-up world.
Caleb Femi is the Young People’s Laureate for London. He is also an English teacher, filmmaker and photographer. As a poet, Caleb’s commissions include the Tate Mordern, The Royal Society for Literature, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Guardian. Caleb has graced major stages such as the Roundhouse mainstage, Barbican, British Library, Royal Festival Hall. He has also opened up for Lianne La Havas and has performed at many festivals including Latitude, Ed Fringe, Boomtown, Lovebox and Greenbelt to name a few. Caleb has also won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam and Genesis Poetry Slam and is currently working on a debut pamphlet. Also, Caleb leads poetry workshops and talks around the UK.
Carl Konadu transfers energy. Whether it is one to one, in a workshop or through an audience, Carl uses his energetic style and way with words to motivate and inspire audiences. Carl’s mantra is ‘you can create what you see in your mind’, and he has proven this. After failing his A Levels miserably and only scraping his way into university, Carl fought back to achieve a First Class Degree in International Relations and Politics and has taken this work ethic to go on to co-found a training company called 2-3 Degrees that have worked with over 1,000 clients from the education, sport and business fields in their first year.
Whilst in his final year at Coventry University, Kayode decided to create a vine account and start making videos. After graduating from Coventry University in 2015, Kayode and his childhood friend (Tyrell Williams) bought a camera, developed a character from his vine account and decided to shoot a mockumentary.
With a grand budget of £3, they made two episodes of #HoodDocumentary, released them on YouTube, and shortly thereafter found themselves with over two million viewers. This attracted BBC Three, who commissioned #HoodDocumentary onto their platform (which is to date the highest viewed series on BBC 3 Online). Since then, Kayode has been busy appearing as a lead in the BBC’s remake of Are You Being Served? shooting White Gold (BBC 2), Crackanory (Dave) and becoming a BAFTABreakthroughBrit of 2016. Kayode is currently developing a few scripts that he can’t wait to share with those who have supported his journey so far!
Kelle Bryan was sure of her future in entertainment from an early age. She was a member of Eternal – Britain’s most successful R&B group ever. The band went on to sell over ten million records, notching up 14 top 15 UK hits and four top ten albums, as well as achieving Brit Award nominations, MOBOs and Smash Hits Awards. In 2000 Kelle was diagnosed with lupus and in the same year she was given the great honour of becoming a celebrity patron of the Saint Thomas Lupus Trust, a cause she continues to campaign to raise awareness of. Behind the scenes, Kelle was busy developing her own media brand, Advocate Agency – promoting and managing artists, under the ethos of “inspiring self belief in infinite possibilities, achievement and success.
Leomie Anderson is a British model and is the founder of blog, Cracked China Cup where she discusses her love of clothes, fitness, her model life and everything in between. She has modelled for a host of designers including Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Chloe, Moschino, Loewe, Giles Deacon, Paco Rabanne and Topshop Unique. Most recently she walked for the infamous Victoria’s Secret runway show in New York. In 2016, Leomie established LAPP The Brand. LAPP is all about empowering women and promoting confidence, positivity and unity through fashion and the range of clothing was created to embody the 21st-century girl and the issues she is faced with.
Innovative and Virtuoso Harmonicist who was featured on a Mercury Music Album.
Born in the heart of South London, Maleek Berry – real name Maleek Shoyebi – grew up listening to some of the biggest names in R&B from Tevin Campbell, Boyz II Men, Jodeci and of course the one and only King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He knew deep down that his true calling was – music.
Being the creative soul that he is, he wanted to spread his wings to the Motherland. In the summer of 2011 he flew out to Nigeria for a family holiday, but managed to take advantage of this trip and make great connections that would later change his status to an international producer. Through his good friend and artist Davido, Berry was able to spark relationships with artists such as Wizkid, Naeto C and Wande Coal – all of whom he is currently working on records for.
October 2015 marked a major shift in Maleek Berry’s career as he took center stage this time with his first official solo release as an Artist entitled “For My People” featuring UK Rap artist Sneakbo. In April 2016, Maleek released the self-produced smash hit “Kontrol” which went viral on the internet.
Richard Taylor BSc (Business Studies) was a career civil servant in Nigeria before he moved to the United Kingdom following the murder of his son, Damilola. In memory of Damilola, he set up the Damilola Taylor Trust (DTT), to actualise Dammy’s dream of making the world a better place to live in.
Under his leadership, DTT has delivered a number of youth crime prevention and victim support projects in collaboration with the Home Office, the Police and Greater London borough Councils. In pursuing the charitable objectives of the Trust, Mr. Taylor has for over sixteen years been at the forefront of developing and implementing programmes designed to enable young people from inner-city communities at risk of crime, realise their potential.
As someone who has been a victim of a “high profile” tragedy with the loss of a young son, Mr. Taylor has led the Trust to deliver a series of victim support workshops helping other victims of violent crime to cope and deal with their grief. Mr. Taylor has delivered motivational talks in schools and communities, to steer youths away from crime and gang culture. His vision is to create safer streets in our communities.
Born in Egypt and raised in the North of England, Salma El-Wardany returned to Cairo just in time for the Arab Spring. Between protesting and fighting in the revolution, she started a blog to document her adventures, angst, and the Muslim experience. She’s crazy, mad passionate about ideas of belonging, and predominantly writes about how we belong, and how we find and manifest our identity when it is made of so many differing, and often contradictory, factors.
Returning from Egypt she entered the corporate world in London, only to find it far less fulfilling than revolutions and writing, and so eventually broke free and set up her own business.
Born and raised in South London, Tiwa King is particularly passionate about those trying to “succeed” within difficult situations. Her mission is simple; “to reach souls, reach minds and revive lives”.
DJ, Blogger and Radio Presenter. Yinka Bokinni hosted Breakfast with Yinka on Rinse FM for over a year and more recently has become the Capital Extra drive time presenter.