On Sunday the 16th of October 2016, I was adjudged the Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the Enterprise Minds Awards, and I am elated! The award comes as an acknowledgement of the contribution of the GUBA Enterprise towards the social and economic advancement of the black community in the UK. I am very humbled by this award for a number of reasons. I started GUBA as a platform to uplift the local trailblazers I was exposed to, to give them a platform for their efforts to be recognised. It was a simple platform to inspire others. Looking at what…

My Africa 2026

Friday, 10 June 2016
Today, I have been honoured by Her Majesty The Queen with an MBE, and the irony of this won’t be lost on many of you who are aware of what I do. I don’t vigorously promote Africa and build ties between the continent, her diaspora, and the UK to receive awards, honours, or recognition. I prefer to give out awards to those who are pioneering change across the African continent. What I do I do for the love of my countries and my continents. I am particularly driven by a vision of an African continent that’s delivering for its people,…
Establishing effective trade between Africa and the UK is absolutely essential. With Britain’s future in the EU on a knife edge, looking south towards the African continent for new or old trading partners may appear to be an apt strategy, especially given the majority of Africa’s agricultural exports to the UK are directed through the EU. However, Africa needs to present itself on a more united economic front for this to have more puissance. Various regional economic communities need to be more integrated to create a system that ensures trade policies are effective, balanced, and ethical. These strategies will create…
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