Monday, 25 March 2013

Pitching Africa in the City have C.Hub and BBC lined up for coverage: An event you must attend.

HIGHLIGHT: BBC, C.Hub magazine at Our Pitching Africa in the City Event, 23 April 2013, 5.30pm-9.30pm, CASS Business School, London
We are delighted to announce that several international media, including the BBC and C.Hub Magazine have already expressed their interest in covering this high profile briefing on business opportunities in Africa, and new ideas for Africa's development from the Africa Diaspora that African Peoples Advocacy is organising in collaboration with Developed
You are all cordially invited to this event. We are dedicating this March issue of our newsletter exclusively to it because:
  • This briefing will provide you with a unique insight into the 'Leading Lions Documentary' and other projects in which APA will be engaged throughout 2013.
  • We are raising funds for our organisation through this eventand this is your opportunity to support us by attending this briefing.

This event will feature:
–Exclusive briefing on development opportunities that are emerging from Africa;
– Business exhibition, with key exhibitors demonstrating how they address development opportunities in Africa;
– Tips from African Diaspora professionals to City corporations, traders, business people, companies and organisations seeking to reach out to African businesses;
– Refreshments and networking with City professionals and key exhibitors.

  • Bandi Mbubi -TEDxExeter 2012 Speaker
  • Ben Oguntala CEO, Developed
  • Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell –CEO, African Peoples Advocacy
  • Didier Meledje -President, Alpha Professional Network
  • Justine Lutterodt -Director, Centre for Synchronous Leadership and Co-Founder, Africa Women's Circle
Chair: Henry Bonsu -Journalist and Director, Colourful Radio
Date and Time: Tuesday, 23rd April 2013, 5.30pm -9.30pm
Venue: Auditorium, Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ

£25 (single)                                    £20 (groups of 2 or more people)

Enquiries: please e-mail

Sunday, 24 March 2013

GIVING UP THE CROWN.....The Real Reason Why Priscilla Shote stepped down as TMC season 7 winner.

Meet Priscilla Shote, who made history by becoming the first ever commercial model under 5"7 to win the coveted Top Model of Colour (TMC) title. She came out of nowhere, and blew the minds of all the judges and most of the audiences; as proven when she was voted the winner by a majority, as the judges favourite.

A petite vibrant person, Priscilla or ‘Pricey’ as she is known to her friends, beat the norm; that is, to be at least 5.8 inches tall with lanky never ending legs, and won the competition due to her quiet beauty and humble personality. With chiseled cheekbones and an amazing bright smile, Pricey won over a lot of hearts that night. She said; ‘….on the night of the event, after they announced me the winner, I was so surprised. I had tears in my eyes the whole time. Posing for pictures was one of the hardest things I had to do that night, considering the fact that I am a model who is used to cameras and people. But I was just too happy, surprised and humbled!'

The grand finale of TMC (Season 7), took place on the 23rd February this year at the Royal Mint Court, Tower Hill, London, but Priscilla has since then, stepped down and handed over her title to another model. This happened in less than a couple of weeks after the event.

Pricey walking the runway at the TMC competition.

The fashion world has since, been buzzing with speculation as to what the reason really is behind her decision to step down. Some say the competition was rigged, others say it was a mistake she won in the first place and felt guilty, so she stepped down. The reality however, is so far from all these speculations…and very simple to boot!

I had a quick chat today with Pricey, and she tells me that her reasons for stepping down are nothing dire other 
than family commitments and the future prospects of travelling. So, going ahead and signing the contract, knowing fully well she would not be able to fully commit herself to it would in and of itself, be a shame. She says it was one of the hardest decisions she had ever made, to give up a role that she had worked hard towards.

I love Priscilla’s humble approach to things; She says of her decision, ‘Quite frankly, when I entered this competition, I wanted to push myself to see if I have what it takes to compete in such a highly acclaimed competition. I was never in it to win because I thought of all the other tall beautiful models that were also in the competition that I felt stood even better chances than me. But instead of deterring, it made me want to redefine the norm of what a model should ‘look’ like. So it came as a huge surprise to me when I was announced the winner. My step down was just a sacrifice I had to make…I didn't want to get tied down with work that will distract me from my responsibilities. Family played a huge role in it too…!’’

Posing for media after being announced the winner!!

What next for this beautiful young woman? What does it mean for her, giving up all the opportunities attached to being a TMC winner?
‘‘ I know TMC would have given me a massive platform from which to launch my career", says Priscilla, "however, I know with God all things are possible. And I'll keep pushing myself as far as I can, especially after this experience. That night was a total surprise and a revelation to me that I am on the right track. I'll make sure with every opportunity I get, that I explore what all five judges saw in me to have made me deserve winning that title’’.

Well, I think she is beautiful and has achieved a great thing in beating the odds to become the winner for TMC season 7 and whatever anyone may think, the fact is that her decision to step down was solely hers and was made under no influence from anyone else. I admire her honesty. Her gentle ways and quiet smile remained intact all through our conversation and I can see integrity and determination behind the setbacks. It sure made me think; Priscilla Shote is definitely one to watch!!

What's your spring at C.hub magazine?

Issue two sales ends
Thank you!

Dear Reader,

We hope you are well and that the unexpected cold and unending winter have not dig so much into your pockets.
I truly want to say a big thank you for all the supports that you have shown us especially with this issue. It has been a remarkable time having you guys behind us. We want to let you know how we have done so far and what is next with your dear C.Hub.

How we did with issue 2.

Amazingly this issue performance exceeded our expectations despite all the odds.
The digital issue alone had over 1180 views/downloads, and we have had over 2000 orders from on line and we say a big thank you. Our dear friends from far and wide have also subscribed - we have over 200 subscriptions to our name.
C.Hub issue 2.

Top sales.

Our top sales records have been registered from UK, US and Canada. We have had a few from Nigeria. ie sales from online. Most digital downloads have come from Nigeria, Ghana and UK a few from Kenya, US and other places. In no time we have had over 2000 visits to our blog:, and we have our website now active and working.

Product give away.

To say thank you, we have these products to give away just to encourage you to get on board and do it with us. With each magazine ordered from our website, we will give you free skin care products as shown inset left.

You choose what you want facial cream, facial scrub or the soap. We also have C.Hub branded goodies  to give away when you subscribe.
Africa Peoples’ Advocacy.
Event dates:  April 23, 2013, 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue:           Cass Business School, London EC1Y 8TZ
Organisers: African Peoples Advocacy and Developed
Prominent members of the African Diaspora will brief City investors about innovative and lucrative ideas for Africa’s development at Cass Business School on 23 April 2013. Read more

What else have we done

We have partnered with most of your favourite events and organisations making sure you get the latest news as soon as it comes. each time, we have given out copies of C.Hub to the lucky ones that made it there.
Brides of Culture
In its 8th instalment of unique free multicultural Bridal exhibition and this time, at a prime location in the middle of one of world’s busiest commercial district with perfect transportation links to the rest of the city. This season’s event is not the one to be missed. It has promised to be the best and largest ever. Over 1,200 brides and grooms are expected to attend.50 exhibitors are also expected with the exclusive ask the expert by the award winning Cedar events and the TV regular, Elizabeth’s cake Emporium. More
And many more...
What more in stock.
We are now on our 3rd issue and there are much to look forward to. With our very own new editors, it has promised to be the best yet from C.Hub. Gayle Thompson our fashion editor has her eye on the trend and all that you care about. We have Lissa Maranga banged on with journalism experience and she is hotter than you may think.
That is not all, one lucky winner will be treated to a night of luxury for 2 at a 5 star hotel of your choice worth over £250.00
 It could be your room for one night only.
To advertise on issue 3 contact us now! 
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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Six Women, One Panel....


What happens when six very powerful women are placed on one panel to share life experiences and more?
Well, women4Africa, in honour of International Women’s Month, put this question to the test by teaming up with Lambeth Council and produced what was called ’a life-changing conference’  titled ; ‘Strengthening our communities through Strong Motherhood’. The result was explosive!!!

Many people have asked for more of such conferences because the issues raised and tackled were so real and very, very close to home. The panelists gave real life-changing speeches that left the audience speechless and applauding to a standing ovation at the same time.
Among the topics addressed were; domestic violence, rape, teen pregnancy, death of mothers during child birth, to name a few.  The topics were received with the out-most support and reciprocal interactions by the audience.

The amazing panel was made up of: Founder of the Girl Child Network worldwide Betty Makoni, HRH Queen Naa TsoTsoo I, Artist and Entrepreneur May7ven, CEO of AMREF UK Samara Hammond, Artist and Women4Africa’s Young Peoples Ambassador Roucheon Iloyi and Women4Africa Founder Tola Onigbanjo.

Sam Onigbanjo with HRH, Queen Naa Tso Tsoo 1

The 'wise' one doing her thing. Tola Onigbanjo addressing the audience .

Also in attendance were some very prominent names including; Councillor Lorna Campbell, Councillor Ade Aminu, HRH Princess ‘Deun Adedoyin -Solarin, Atiti Sosimi, Colin and Fikelephi Jackson, as well as the founder of Glowing Future, Mary Akangbe and other notable guests.
The great Panelists, Special guests and Councillors at the event.
To say that it was an enjoyable experience would be an understatement. You only have to look around you and see the passion with which everyone was lapping up the talks, as well joining in the discussions, to know that this really was a life changing event.

A life changing event with explosive topics that had the audience deeply engrossed and absorbed all through!!

But like all good things, the conference had to come to an end, to the regret of everyone who attended, and although it is very difficult to put all that happened in a few lines in summary of the event, it can easily be agreed by all that the theme for the conference was;  
‘No matter where or what you have been through, someone else has been there and you don’t have to stay there’!!!

The explosive night was hosted by Sam Onigbanjo Founder Women4Africa and concluded with a standing ovation and calls from everyone for more of this conference as often as possible…..Watch this space!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Kobe Bryant NBA legend becomes the latest Hublot Ambassador.

Hublot Swiss watch maker have just announced Los Angeles basket ball super legend Bryant Kobe as it's newest ambassador. This brings him among the league of sports legends in the list of Hublot's partnership - Diego Maradona , Dwyane Wade and Usain Bolt .

To commemorate the partnership as always, Hublot releases Kobe's signature time piece - the limited edition King Power Black Mamba.

Guadalupe Hublot's chief has said, "Bryant is the perfect choice for Hublot - a brand known for it's precision and excellence, traits that have characterized the basket ball icon's career".

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Family events at South Bank Centre

This Easter, don't miss out on magic, sing-alongs and treats for all the family.
Easter for families
Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic
Friday 29 March – Monday 1 April
Based on the hit children's TV show and featuring some of your favourite magicians from the CBBC series. This is a jaw-dropping spectacle for all the family. An astounding hour of absolute magic this Easter!
Ages 7+
Brand New Show
Moon and Genie
Sunday 14 April
Jamal needs to cook a meal for his grandmother. Is there anyone who can help? Join Jamal and his friend, a life-size monkey, as they summon the Genie of the Saucepan and travel the world to conjure a meal of imaginative splendour. By award-winning writer Tanika Gupta.
Part of Alchemy
Coming up: Comedy and Song
Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre
Friday 12 April – Sunday 14 July
An iconic fixture on London’s South Bank, the big upside-down purple cow is back for its 5th fantastic year. He brings a packed programme of comedy, circus and family shows including Comedy Club 4 KidsFestival of the Spoken Nerd and Slap Dash Galaxy
Saturday 4 – Monday 6 May
This year’s Chorus festival brings together thousands of singers across the May Bank Holiday weekend. Come and listen, or even better, come and sing. There are family workshops and many other events are suitable for all ages. 
Chorus and Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre are part of Festival of Neighbourhood
with MasterCard
Food Markets
Real Food MarketSouthbank Centre Square15 – 17 March, 29 March – 1 April, 5 – 7 April
The Chocolate FestivalSouthbank Centre Square
22 – 24 March 

Real Street Food FestivalQueen's Walk
29 March – 1 April
Make the most of Southbank Centre
Members' Gamelan Series
Tuesday 26 February – Tuesday 26 March
Members’ gamelan workshops give you the opportunity to experience the beautiful Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra at Southbank Centre. 
No previous musical experience is necessary, just a willingness to sit on the floor and get stuck in.
Hire a Unique Venue
Whether you are organising your summer party, a drinks reception, business meeting or even your wedding, Southbank Centre can provide a creative environment for your event with some of the best views in central London.  Find out more: phone 020 7921 0702 or email
From Our Friends
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at King's PlaceBach is Brilliant!Saturday 18 May
Lively and fun family concert as part of the Bach Unwrapped Festival. Perfect for those aged 7-11, and their friends and families, this will be an entertaining and energetic musical start to your weekend!More Info