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Mr. Lekan Olujinmi interviews the artiste; Victoria Nonye

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COMPETITION - In celebration of Nigeria’s 55th Independence last month and as part of our partnership. Lebara Mobile, we have 100 long umbrella’s to give away.

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Reigning MCUK queen Miss Keeleigh Griffith

Reuben P. Joseph, the multi-award winning “Best Artistic Director” in the UK is set to blow your mind at the Miss Caribbean UK 2015 beauty pageant. Coral Conciouslee interviews the “PHENOMENON”

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Dear Readers, On behalf of all at Panache Occasions Ltd, publishers of Panache-E-Magazine, I would like to thank you all once again for taking the time to read our great publication. In this month’s edition: It’s finally here! On Saturday 5th December, the Miss Caribbean UK 2015 beauty pageant is set to be an unmissable night of entertainment, art and education. This special issue features the people that are behind the scenes. Our cover page features our very own Reuben P. Joseph. The multi-award winning “Best Artistic Director” in the UK who is set to blow your mind at the Miss Caribbean UK 2015 beauty pageant. Coral Conciouslee interviews the “PHENOMENON” that is; Reuben P. Joseph. Click on the following link to secure your seats NOW from the Ticketmaster website: http:// www.ticketmaster.co.uk/miss-caribbean-uk-2015-beauty-pageant-london-05-12-2015/ COMPETITION - In celebration of Nigeria’s 55th Independence last month and as part of our partnership. Lebara Mobile, The Klub International & Panache e-Magazine have 100 long umbrella’s to give away. We also have many more excellent features plus thought provoking interviews and articles for your reading pleasure. Please enjoy and remember this African saying: “Lions that do not work together can be defeated by a limping buffalo.” Clayton & Jacqui Brown

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lamboyant, colourful, vibrant, creative, inspiring and breath-taking! These are just some of the words I would use to describe Reuben P Joseph. A multi- award winning Choreographer and Director, Reuben has won Best Art Director 2013, 2014 and 2015 at the UK’s BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television Award) and Best Fashion Choreographer 2014. He has also won the IAA (International Achievers Awards) for Best International Fashion Choreographer 2014 and 2015. He has acted as artistic director for at least 25 shows, including Fashion TV – London Fashion Week, Pride of the Motherland, Pakistan Fashion Week (2013), Egyptian Jewellery Show, Miss Caribbean UK 2014 and Notting Hill Carnival 2015 (phew!). Some of you may have been fortunate to see the fruits of his labour at the many fashion shows he has been involved in, or seen the videos of him putting certain models through their paces and will appreciate what I am writing about. Until I met Reuben, I was ignorant of just want it takes to even put on a fashion show. Up until that moment, like the general public, I thought that there was a runway on which models walked up and down and that was it. I didn’t appreciate the months of planning, the attention to detail and of course…the choreography. Models walking or standing in certain positions and places,

was more than just walking to the rhythm of the music, it required practice and someone with the flair and knowledge of what looks just right for that particular show. Enter Reuben! I first met Reuben in 2013 and I can honestly say that I have never met (and probably never will meet) an individual like that again in my entire life. Initially he seemed a mass of contradictions, long dreadlocks, a tall gangly frame, walking in long graceful strides with a bounce in each step. Nothing however prepares one for his voice – a deep vibrating tone, spoken in a Trinidadian accent. Reuben definitely makes an impact when first being introduced! One has to keep up with him – literally – because he thinks and talks fast. His mind has already created a vision according to the show he is working on and he will let one know – in no uncertain terms – what is required. His attention to detail is second to none, from the arch of the model’s neck to the poise of the wrist; Reuben can look at a room full of models and pick up the slightest mistake. Somehow, he manages to bring out the best from each individual. For him perfection is non-negotiable. Watching him preparing for a show is as entertaining as the show itself! As with all creative people, Reuben is multifaceted. One may think they know him only to find another aspect that they didn’t know. However without each aspect there wouldn’t be the Reuben that we know and love.

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Cover Page Feature I remember sitting in a planning meeting for one of his shows and leaving in awe, buzzing with the picture that he had created in only words, let alone when it would actually come to life. For all his awards and the many shows that he has been involved in, I still get the feeling that this great man is underestimated, which is truly a shame. Yet I know he will continue, because I believe Reuben truly cannot do anything else; passion and purpose does that to a person. I wait with baited breath to see the masterpiece that he has created for Miss Caribbean UK 2015 I know it will be spectacular! I asked a few questions to understand the THE PHENOMENON THAT IS REUBEN P JOSEPH.

What was your childhood like?

My childhood was good, I could not ask for a better upbringing. I was adopted by the late Florence Glenn. She was strict and such a lovely hard working woman. She gave me the right foundation in education, caring about people, to give love and sharing with others. Some of my greatest assets in making me of whom I am today. Most important knowing about Jehovah God. I did not know what it was like to have a Father and Mother Love. Both my Parents migrated to America and Canada. She was both Mother and Father to me. I missed her dearly. Her Spirit will always be alive in my heart.

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When did you start realising you had a flair for fashion? From High School.

Who are your greatest influences/ Inspiration and why?

So many people has touch my life in so many special ways. The people who has and continues to inspire me are: The late Nelson Mandela a man who was a Prisoner became a President who has help his people to Freedom. No bars can hold a man with a purpose in life. Oprah Winfrey a woman of Substance. From a simple talk show host to World Domination in Media. The Power of the mind and what one can achieve if one believe it can be accomplish. The late Alexander Mc Queen he introduced Theatre in presenting his Fashion collection the work of a Genius. Peter Minshall a master in costumes designs. He brought theatre to the streets for his carnival presentation, one of my greatest teacher in the arts. His work has Inspire me for greatness. Last but not least, another of my greatest influence in my life is Claire Jackson the Director of CJ Events. She is the one who has encouraged , supported and help me to be where I am today. I remembered when I was eager to get my proffession started in the UK. Boy did I get doors closed in my face. Until one day some one recommended me to Claire Jackson. The rest is History.


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Reuben P. Joseph’s attention to detail is second to none. Here we see him with his infamous stick as he brings out the best of the Miss Caribbean UK 2015 contestants.

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Cover Page Feature What would you consider your greatest achievement? I have achieved so much in the Fashion Industries here in the UK. Worked with so many Nationalities and Creative People. It has been my dream too do so years ago and I have.

Is there anything you wish you could have changed? Why? Leaving my country earlier in life I would have achieved so much. Then again it was God’s time and I believe it was the right time when I did arrive here in the UK.

What can we expect from Miss Caribbean UK this year?

3,651 Models on a Catwalk - Guinness World Record

My greatest achievement is being part of the Very big Catwalk in Liverpool Merseyside on the 4th July 2015. Having the opportunity to work with 3651 Models as we make the Guinness Book of Record for the most Models on a Catwalk. It was truly a Magnificent and a Electrifying Experience.

A fantastic production with theatrical splendour and magnificent choreography. I take the audience to the Caribbean Rum Shop in “Rum and Coco Cola”, “Rivers of the Caribbean,” in Traditional Wear,”Beauties in Bond” as we celebrate another milestone in James Bond. “Spectre”

Are there any projects that you are currently working on apart that you can tell us about? London Fashion Week February 2016, L’ art de La Mode - “Hollywood Romance” British Fashion Invasion 2016 and Rites to Fashion.

2016 is coming up, can you tell us some of your new year resolutions? 1. Take the world by storm. 2. Continue to Inspire and help others with my God given talents. 3. Take Risk 4. Go wild with my creativity. 5. Set up The Face the Agency 6. Venture into other aspect of Fashions

Reuben P. Joseph, 3 times BEFFTA award winner.

And winning the BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Fashion Film Television Award) 2013, 2014 AND 2015 for Art Director, what a accomplishments.

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What is the one great lesson that you have learned in life? Love conquers ALL.

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hat’s the big question that will be answered at the Grand Finale of the Miss Caribbean UK Beauty Pageant on Saturday 5th December at the prestigious Shaw Theatre on the Euston Road. The pageant is about much more than physical beauty, it was launched last year to showcase and promote the Caribbean countries under one umbrella. With its logo ‘Positively Promoting the Caribbean’ the event aims to raise awareness of issues relating to the Caribbean people in the UK and the wider Diaspora by inspiring, informing and uniting both those taking part and the UK audience. Organisers Clayton and Jacqui Brown aim to use pageantry to unify, inspire, educate, entertain and celebrate the historical and cultural impact of the Caribbean with the United Kingdom. They state that, “MCUK is more than simply a beauty competition, our winner will be an ambassador for this culturally rich and beautiful part of the world. Last Year’s inaugural event saw Keeleigh Griffith, representing Barbados, come through the different stages of the pageant to be crowned the winner. She has enjoyed a hectic year, not only meeting celebrities and dignitaries at red carpet and networking events, but also flying to Barbados to celebrate “Crop over” and also being interviewed on the National TV station. Patrons will share in an unmissable night

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of culture and entertainment produced and directed by award winning stage director and choreographer, Reuben P Joseph. There will also be more dignitaries and celebrated faces from sport, media, TV and film, music and politics eager to support the promotion and to hit the red carpet for the December preChristmas Grand Finals soirée” Meet the 17 contestants competing for the title of the UK’s Queen of the Caribbean: 1. Lateeshia Anderson Age: 25 representing: Jamaica I’m a positive and confident young lady with lots of drive and ambition I entered the Miss Caribbean UK competition as an opportunity for people to get to know who I am as a person and my interests, and also inspire other young black women and males to achieve whatever it is they aspire to do in life. Personal Interests: Jamaica; China; Retail Assistant; Singer; Dancer; Model; Cancer Trust, Lowe Syndrome Trust, Save the Children. 2. Chauntelle Sorhaindo Age: 31 Representing: Dominica I’m a loving, vibrant, cultured, friendly, well-groomed individual. Work hard for what I want in life. I’m easy to get along with. Passionate about my work and my family and friends. Love keeping fit, socialising, travelling and modelling www.panacheoccasions.com

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I think I would be a successful candidate due to my leadership qualities. Since the age of eleven I have always run my own businesses and always strive for the best. I also have my business qualification. I am well very well groomed which is also a plus. People have always looked up to me for my sense of style and my hard working attitude. I’m a good listener being a life coach always there to help people with their problems they are facing in their day to day lives. These are some of the reasons I think I’d make an excellent ambassador for Miss Caribbean UK. Personal Interests: Dominica; Life Coaching; Modelling; Lupus UK Charity 3. Rochelle Barrett Age: 27 Representing: Barbados I am a 26 year old mother of 2 who is finally happy in her own skin. I run 3 businesses, a mobile aesthetics business, cleaning services and my true love Urban and Commercial dance classes. I am severely burned due to an accident involving a just boiled kettle at 8 months old. A Successful Miss Caribbean UK ambassador will be a strong woman who has the experiences of life to be able to portray and know the true meaning of integrity, purpose, peace, growth, wellbeing, and education, not just in studying terms but from being able to learn from others as well as past mistakes. She will be able to interact sincerely and socialise with citizens of all backgrounds, religions and ethnicities yet always stays true to her culture and never forgets where she came from. Our ambassador will be an 14 NOVEMBER 2015 / www.panacheoccasions.com

endearing, professional and a great role model for women in general. Personal Interests: Barbados; Jamaica; Aesthetician; Dance Teacher; Children’s Burns Trust; Macmillan Cancer Support; Dancing, Baking, Studying, Socialising 4. Shiquerra Mckie Age: 20 Representing:St. Vincent I am a very outgoing and vibrant person. I have a passion for all types of dance and love teaching cheerleading to children. I have taken part in various dance shows and enjoy performing on stage. I also studied performing arts at college. The qualities I think would make a successful Miss Caribbean UK is being confident and competent in what you believe in. I think you would have to be open minded and also supportive in different people’s views. You would have to be on your best behaviour to show professionalism at all times. Personal Interests: Jamaica; St Vincent & the Grenadines; Gymnastics/Cheerleading Coach; Make a Wish Foundation; Dancing, Cheerleading, Eating Out; Shopping 5. Alisha Pomells Age: 22 Representing: Grenada I am a bubbly and confident individual. I enjoy helping people and always put others before myself. I am a people person and to enforce this I am studying


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International Development and International Politics not only because I am passionate about changing the current system in less developed regions but also because I believe that nobody should be living in poverty. I believe that a successful ambassador should be kind, caring and genuine. They should be willing to go out of their comfort zone and tackle issues that they are not familiar with. Be wholly passionate about the cause they are supporting and be honest. Also, have a good understanding of world issues and be confident that they would try their hardest to make a positive change, as I feel I would be. Personal Interests: Grenada; Student; I support Oxfam as I have volunteered for them for two years in the past and I believe the work they do is incredible; I am an avid reader, I enjoy singing and I go to the gym 6 times a week. 6. Venisha HamiltonLoving Age:22 Representing: Barbados I’m a Young woman currently in university Studying Music Business and arts management, because I want to create a brand as an events management. As well as performing for festivals and taking part as an actress for Music Videos such as Jessie j ‘It’s My party’. Furthermore I’m with a Soca band in which I take pride in my culture within the carnival industry. Personal Interests: Jamaica; Barbados; Student; Dancing, Singing, Acting, Events Management, Modelling 16 NOVEMBER 2015 / www.panacheoccasions.com

7. Neesha Robinson Age:23 Representing: Jamaica “Life is a journey and not a destination” So every second of my life I live as it’s my last. Some may say I’m too happy however life is there to be lived to the upmost. I’m a hardworking and ambitious and caring individual, currently working as a property negotiator. I became a finalist for Miss England 2014 by winning the title as the first ever Miss Afro Beauty. An Official Miss England heat aimed at shining a positive light, empowering and bringing together the Afro Caribbean community in England. A Miss Caribbean UK ambassador would possess the same qualities being able to be a role model to a whole community for generations to be inspired by the legacy and pathways you create. Personal Interests: Jamaica; Property Negotiator; Royal National Children’s Foundation 8. Tehia Rae McDermott Age: 19 Representing: Antigua I am hard working, determined and productive, and love to share knowledge and the talents God blessed me with. I put all of my energy, commitment, and enthusiasm into tasks. Also I’m great at multitasking, open-minded and people skills. Both youthful and mature to appeal to a large audience.


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Confidence complimented with humility. Maturity yet still have a fun side & ability to communicate with people on a personal level. Ensuring that they maintain a level of respect for themselves & able to represent the Caribbean positively. Having Beauty, poise & elegance. Embracing people’s differences. Someone who is proud of their heritage & is knowledgeable about their history & open-minded to learning from anything and everything. A well balanced person who can juggle family life & social life & handle the press & media in a graceful way. An opportunist who can put forth positive, constructive words to the public that will be both inspirational and motivational. Personal Interests: Antigua, Jamaica, Barbados; Student; Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity; Poetry, Dance, Fashion Design, Personal Fitness Trainer 9. Amy Harris-Willock Age: 28 Representing: St Kitts & Nevis Through my weird gift of jumping into a sandpit, I was a proud member of Antigua and Barbuda’s athletic team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the national Long Jump record holder. I adore Caribbean food to music as well pursuing a Masters in physical education and sport science. The qualities I possess are hard work and the ability to perceive through adversity. My athletic background taught me to work hard, with the opportunity to appreciate the little things in life by sharing my experiences and giving back to those in the community. I aspire to make a difference in schools, 18 NOVEMBER 2015 / www.panacheoccasions.com

sports and most importantly in life. I have been fortunate to travel and live the life of a commonwealth athlete, in which I want others to follow and reach higher. To be an ambassador you must make a difference and engage with those who look up to you Personal Interests: Antigua and Barbuda; Athletics; Sales Associate; Community Outreach supported through Nike 10. Nicole Renwick Age:25 Representing: T & T I am a driven young woman, determined to make the most of every opportunity. I am focused on all challenges and credit myself for inspiring others to maintain the same drive. I never settle for less as I believe that your self-worth should never be for sale. I believe I will be a successful Miss Caribbean Ambassador as I have the ability to empower others and I believe this is a trait that should be adopted by all future leaders. I also believe that I can be inspiration to all; I want someone to see me as an example and say ‘because of you I didn’t fail’. I constantly strive for success and I want to help others work hard in order to achieve this, I want to be someone’s motivation as I believe that ‘our greatest weakness is giving up’ Personal Interests: T & T; Jamaica; Estate Agent; Bang Edutainment Charity; Tennis


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To become a good ambassador fundraising for a cause, supporting others in need, motivating and inspiring people of all ages and different cultures. Try and make a positive outcome in difficult times, encourage others to gain the confidence to achieve their target goals. To be a friend, listen and show empathy, try to do my best in all i put my mind to. I am not trying to just be a good ambassador but to be a positive role model and a great contribution to an excellent cause. Personal Interests: Barbados; Administration; Dancing 12. Tammy Jeffers-Wells Age: 28 Representing: Antigua Hi I am Fun Bubbly sociable love life live it better inspirational go getter strong. I am Adopted from Antigua was adopted by a white family when I was a baby my life story is crazy I want people to know that whatever struggle you have been through there is always a light at the end of the tunnel sometimes it is the darkness that helps you find it. I would love to win this competition to show Antigua how strong I am. I love my family and my country even though I am all these miles away in England Peace and respect I am working so hard to get my hotel 20 NOVEMBER 2015 / www.panacheoccasions.com

in Antigua in memory of my Mom Regards Tammy Personal Interests: Antigua; Self-employed; I support any charity that will help our starving children in Africa; Business; Modelling; Studying; Poetry 13. Alisha Eversley - John Age: 22 Representing: Guyana I’m a hardworking and bubbly person. What drives me in life is my faith in God and the belief that hard work really pays off. My main goal in life is to become successful, not solely by wealth but by being truly happy and inspiring others especially young black females. The two main qualities to being a successful ambassador are being able to listen and guide. With these qualities I can inspire young women into being the best they can be. By listening I can understand the issues facing the islands and raise the awareness needed in the UK. However by guiding, I can show and tell others all about the beautiful Caribbean and how we are able to represent Britain, and remain proud of all that is Caribbean culture. Other qualities that are vital are showing love for myself and others, and confidence in what can be achieved. Personal Interests: Barbados; Marketing with Events Management Undergraduate; Customer Assistant; Restless Development; Contemporary dance; Hip-Hop dance; Blogging


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I am confident and outgoing. I love to inspire people whether it be through music or talks, I am a doer, I like to take action and get involved. I am a positive person always smiling, love to laugh and to make other laugh. The qualities I believe would make a successful Miss Caribbean UK ambassador are a whole host of things but one of the most important is confidence & pride of who you are and your heritage. To excel in your chosen field of work and continue to promote and show our culture and what we can bring in a positive light. This will not only highlight our culture, but it will inspire others to stand up and do the same and unite us to grow as one. Personal Interests: St Vincent and the Grenadines; Antigua; Professional Singer; Macmillan Cancer Support; S.O.C.A (Society of Caribbean’s and Africans); Keeping Fit, Swimming and Cycling. 15. Selina Chippy Age:29 Representing: Jamaica I am a community orientated individual with a passion for culture, education and beauty. I love to inspire others in many ways, whether it be through sharing my experiences, through education or by simply taking pride in who I am and approaching all things with positivity and confidence.

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The successful Miss Caribbean UK ambassador will embody all of the qualities that Caribbean culture has to offer, such as vibrancy, beauty and strength. She will be confident, charitable and intelligent, whilst conducting herself with elegance and grace. Being inspirational is also a fundamental quality of Miss Caribbean UK. She will be passionate about making an impact on the lives of others both in and beyond her community. She will have leadership qualities and be someone who stands out from the crowd. She will be a person who sets trends and embodies beauty, positivity and life. Personal Interests: Jamaica; Administrator/ Receptionist; Save the Children; Creative Writing, History and Research, Fitness, Beauty Blogging, Music and Song Writing 16. Cassandra Wiggan Age:25 Representing: Jamaica I AM love, I AM truth, I AM beauty from within, I AM ART. I work within the arts sector of the community working with all walks of the living, providing healing through creativity, be it spoken word, acting, photography documentation, fashion styling or simple conversations In the morning, my heart is the beat of Birmingham in sync with the creative arts culture. Bringing us all together as one, I AM Caribbean but I too am Birmingham. The best qualities that will make a successful miss Caribbean UK, is someone who holds integrity at their core value, someone who is selfless and willing to give back from


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the heart. A person who takes care of who they are and who isn’t afraid to express themselves. Being 100% authentic to who they are. There is a sense of lightness around them and they shine through being of service to their community, culture and humanity. Personal Interests: Jamaica; Community Arts Leader; Breast Cancer UK 17. Louisa Gordon Age: 19 Representing: Jamaica Like no other, a charismatic, enthusiastic girl with an element of mystery. Regal in stature yet wild in nature a true representation of the colourful nature that Caribbean women are famous for. No inhibitions, with an attitude ready to take on the world. I have a new lease on life where i feel comfortable in myself to excel my inner Caribbean! I am well-spoken and have the tools where I can represent Caribbean people in the United Kingdom to an excellent standard Personal Interests: Jamaica; Antigua; Baby sitting; Women’s Work Charity; Acting, Singing, Drawing, Song writing, Poetry Writing Pageant winners will receive £1,500 in prize money, the chance to visit the Caribbean country they represent, and a £1,000 designer evening gown, along with many more prizes. The MCUK contestants are to be judged on the night for all round ability to represent 24 NOVEMBER 2015 / www.panacheoccasions.com

culture and vitality by performing as part of a carnival masquerade band; effectively modelling traditional clothing, and evening wear with high-end fashion on the runway; demonstrating historical and cultural knowledge of different Caribbean countries; demonstrating public speaking and hidden talents. Miss Caribbean UK, Positively Promoting the Caribbean!


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Message from the very FIRST Miss Caribbean UK Queen

Keeleigh Griffith

This has been an incredible year for me and on the 5th December 2015, I will be handing over my crown to the 2nd Miss Caribbean UK contestant. Although tinged with sadness of giving up my crown, I realise that I have a bright future ahead of me. Last year’s pageant was incredible. I stole the show and have never looked back. I have gained so much confidence, met some incredible dignitaries and celebrities, received great exposure by hitting red carpets and attended some inspiring charity fundraising events. I travelled to Barbados curtsey of the Barbados Tourist Board. I walked the runway at the Annual Afro Hair & Beauty show. I had live interviews on TV stations here and abroad. I headed the Notting Hill carnival parade for mas band MaKING Carnival. Oh my God the list is endless. Clayton and Jacqui Brown have created a fantastic platform that positively promotes the Caribbean countries under one umbrella. I’m proud that I was chosen to be the very first ambassador for this brand and I will continue to be part of the organisation. I would like to wish all the 2015 contestants the best of luck and advise them to always follow their dreams, never, ever, ever, ever give up. Be positive!

Keeleigh xx

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Miss Caribbean UK are delighted and honoured that the following people have accepted our request to be a judge for the 2nd Annual "Miss Caribbean UK Beauty Pageant 2015." We truly appreciate their assistance and look forward to showcasing an outstanding pageant.

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MODEL AND STAR OF THE REVIVED ITV SERIES “LOVE ISLAND”

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he former athlete is putting her years of diet and fitness experience to good use. She's currently writing a lifestyle book and developing an app - containing recipes and all her fitness tips and tricks to staying in shape! The half-Irish model is travelling to Ireland to undertake a variety of media projects including photo shoots for the Irish Daily Mail's YOU supplement and for the Irish Daily Star's Star Chic magazine, along with guest presenting TV3's highest rating show Xpose. She's also being booked for shoots for magazines both in the UK and Ireland - where she'll be discussing her diet and fitness. Rachel will also be appearing on panel shows such as Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side and The Wright Stuff! Model, Heptathlete and media personality Rachel Christie first shot to fame in Britain, as the first black Miss England in 2009. Since then, she's gone on to have a varied and successful career in modelling and sports. Sports is in Rachel's blood, being the niece of legendary

sprinter Linford Christie, encouraged her to become a Heptathlete. She had won several renowned championships and won a bronze medal for the heptathlon. Rachel also comes with a wealth of modelling experience, from being personally mentored by Caprice, to being personally invited by Naomi Campbell to walk in her "Fashion for Haiti Relief" show! Rachel's featured in a series of campaigns for world renowned companies, such as: Adidas, By Caprice Lingerie, Lamborghini Energy Drinks & Skinny Water! She's also been an ambassador for Renault and even had her own documentary feature aired in the USA on the BET network! Rachel sadly lost her father at the age of eight, he was brutally stabbed due to his involvement with a drugs gang. Since that tragedy, Rachel has become dedicated to tirelessly campaign to end knife and all gangrelated crime! After her rocky relationship with former Gladiator and ex-fiancé of Kelly Brook: David McIntosh and having a son with him - Rachel went into semi-retirement from modelling. Rachel's now back and is back with a vengeance!

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independent parliamentary candidate, campaigning to be elected MP for the Brent South constituency.

haun Wallace is known for being one of the Chasers on ITV’s quiz show THE CHASE where he has the nicknames The Dark Destroyer, The Barrister and The Legal Eagle. He has been a Barrister since 1986 and has worked on some relatively high cases. He is a senior criminal defence advocate and has worked with Operation Trident cases, manslaughter, series sexual offences, fraud, money laundering, firearms and drug trafficking.

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nnaliese Dayes is a model and presenter from Camden, London.

He is also a part-time lecturer (and has lectured in environmental law, health and safety and road transport law and regulations. He often visits schools, colleges and other institutions to educate students on the many aspects of law.

With her affable and bubbly style Annaliese is a featured presenter for Clothes Show TV and the award winning internet channel Videojug. As a presenter Annaliese has hosted fashion, beauty and entertainment shows and has interviewed the likes of Janet and Jermaine Jackson, Kelly Rowland, Kimberly Wyatt, Peter Andre, JLS and VV Brown and fashion’s elite, Caryn Franklin, Charley Speed and Mary Katrantzou.

In 2004 he won Mastermind, with his specialist subject being FA Cup Finals and in 2012 was ranked 286th in the World Quizzing Championships.

She has also presented on the red carpet and backstage at the MOBO awards, for MOBO TV as well as hosting the Afro Hair and Beauty Expo for 2 years running.

Shaun is also a member of the south eastern circuit of the Criminal Bar Association. Owing to his heritage (he is of Jamaican heritage and was born on the 2nd June 1960) he has been a member of the Jamaican Bar since 1999.

Annaliese’s other passion is music which comes across on her new weekly radio show on West Side radio. Her introduction to radio began with making it to the final 5 of the Kiss Radio presenter search in 2011. This was closely followed by presenting the breakfast show on Bang Radio for almost a year and a half.

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established institutes. These include, Ponds Skincare, Jemma Kidd, Nichole De Carle, Louis Mariette, Nike, Adidas, Puma and Clinique. Black Hair Magazine, The Guardian supplement and Woman Magazine are just a few examples of the publications that Annaliese has graced the pages of.

bodybuilding. During breaks from work, Saracen started training, and after watching a bodybuilding show in 1986 his training went up even further. Saracen changed careers and started work in a gym in Covent Garden. His career changed again and he became a full-time fireman in South London.

In 2009 Annaliese was one of the 13 contestants on Living TV’s Britain’s Next Top Model which consequently lead to her being made into a Top Model All Star and asked to go to LA to compete on America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion at the end of 2011. This premiered in the US in February 2012 on the CW network, and was broadcasted on Sky Living in the UK in October 2012, followed by 88 countries around the world throughout the coming year.

Saracen and his girlfriend, Chrissie, both tried out for the Gladiators show in 1992, Chrissie becoming a first series contender and of course Saracen joining the team. They are now happily married.

Annaliese battled off fierce completion from her yankee rival making it to the final and eventually finishing third with huge praise from infamous ANTM judges. More recently she has dipped her toe into the world of fashion design, with her fabulously funky, frilly sock boutique, Frills By AD. http://www.annaliesedayes.com/

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AKA GLADIATOR’S “SARACEN” THE ONE & ONLY

Saracen is one tough Gladiator, not only is he the King of Hang Tough, with only one Contender ever reaching his platform, but he has also proved himself to be a force to be reckoned with on Duel and Powerball to name just a few. He is only one of four remaining Gladiators from the original lineup, and went from strength to strength each series. Saracen was also part of the special UK international team that went to compete against South Africa in the Springbok Challenge 2000. Saracen is also a real life super hero, he still works as a full-time fire fighter and manages to also appear as Saracen in his spare time. The fans know there’s only one- Saracen!

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CAROL HOWARD

EX MET POLICE FIREARMS OFFICER

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arol Howard, the policewoman who successfully claimed race and sex discrimination against the Metropolitan Police who subjected her to a ‘vindictive and spiteful’ campaign of discrimination and smears according to the industrial tribunal. She was forced to resign after reaching a final settlement with her former employer. Carol dreamed of being a police officer from the age of seven. Inspired by TV police dramas: Cagney and Lacey, CHiPs, she says. “I used to sit there and think: ‘God, I really want to do that.’” Growing up in Peckham in the 80s and 90s, she was acutely aware of the black community’s distrust of the police. She remembers her uncles complaining about getting stopped and searched but at the age of 14 she arranged to do work experience at her local police station and found herself hooked. At 18, she became pregnant but remained determined to fulfil her dream and joined the Met as a station receptionist at 21, training as an officer three years later. The rest is history. Carol says; “It has not been easy and I am saddened that in 21st Century Britain, what I went through is still allowed to happen. I stood up against my employers the police, I spoke up for myself and challenged race and sex discrimination which I, as a serving police firearms officer was experiencing and as a direct result I was victimised. I hope that by my challenging these practices and winning my case it will help other officers past and present to see that they do not have to

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accept inequality. I also hope that my case and its outcome forces the Metropolitan Police organisation to address their Fairness at work complaints policies and pave the way for change in the Police Service, force wide”.

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aron Fontaine, born and raised in Luton Town, first started his career as a co-host to Richard Blackwood on Choice FM at 18 years of age whilst gaining his first acting gig in Angie LeMar’s Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is? Theatre play at Hackney Empire. Since then the ball has been rolling. He has acted as the police officer in the award winning soap Hollyoaks in addition to BBC show, Doctors and Sky Living’s Venus vs Mars. He has also acted in the award winning writer Bola Agbaje’s ‘Concrete Jungle’ theatre play. Aaron is also a writer and is 1 of 3 writers in the modern adaptation of an up and coming TV series of Angie Lemar’s, The Brothers. Aaron continues to make power moves with his inspiring Lifestyle brand ‘Never Blending In’, designed to encourage creative minds to trust in their passion. You can find out more about the ‘Never Blending In’ (NBI) movement on: www.NeverBlendingIn.co.uk Aaron continues to make power moves as he progresses in his career.


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only in Michelin and 5 star establishments. Caribbean dishes at its finest, served in a way you have never experienced before, taking you on a journey throughout the Caribbean as he redefines the way we see Caribbean food. Jason aspires to be one of the world’s top Caribbean chefs, bringing Caribbean cuisine its first ever Michelin star. Whilst Jason holds a clear passion for Caribbean cuisine there is also a frustration that not enough Caribbean chefs make the most of the exciting flavors and cultural influences Caribbean cuisine has to offer.

Pily is also a top television personality who regularly appears in several television programmes, documentaries, TV series and features on British mainstream television.

CHEF JASON HOWARD A MODERN CARIBBEAN CHEF

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arbadian born and Vincentian by decent Chef Jason Howard is marking his place in history as a “Modern Caribbean Chef” by infusing the flavors from his home cuisine with French cooking techniques. Michelin trained with more than 14 years’ experience working in 4 and 5 star hotels in Barbados and the UK. He has organised a series of events titled The Caribbean Fine Dining Experience, where he intricately fuses Caribbean food and flavours of his background in a deconstructed way, thus creating stunning perfectly balanced, exquisitely presented dishes which are delivered on par with the excellence found www.panacheoccasions.com

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MCUK Host W Livingston Gilchrist (LG) Business Owner | Coach | Empowerment Speaker | Programme Presenter | Event Host Social Entrepreneur

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ocial entrepreneur and prolific community supporter, W.Livingston Gilchrist talks the talk & walks the walk. Along with his business partner Brenda Drummond, he formed the Training & Development Company; MLB Learning Solutions with the specific aim to support as many people as possible to start their own businesses, progress their careers and build greater levels of self-confidence. With a background in Engineering and Learning & Development, he has been a Success Coach* for several years, working with clients to cultivate a strong sense of self-belief, better understand their capabilities and develop strategies to achieve their goals. Livingston

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Livingston Gilchrist (LG) began his career in the arts and media through an introduction to fashion modelling. One job led to another and within a short space of time LG had moved from taking part in ‘peripheral shows’ to mainstream events in Central London venues. This led to being booked for even bigger events at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Fashion shows in Cologne/ Germany & Paris/ France. Quickly realising there was more to the industry than just being adorned in designer clothes, LG moved swiftly to choreographing fashion shows and training models for runway collections and fashion shoots. LG’s first business venture was established in the 80’s when he opened ‘Cosmopolitan Academy of Modelling’ – based in North London. This venture provided countless young hopefuls with the structure and guidance required to enter the modelling


The TEAM profession (I guess you could say it was the fore-runner of Britain’s Next Top Model and other such ‘modern’ ventures). Cosmopolitan Academy was featured in a BBC documentary on the Fashion-industry. In recognition of his ability to ‘perform’ in front of the cameras, LG was asked to represent AFRO HAIR & BEAUTY SHOW live on Channel 5. This wasn’t LG’s first ‘stint’ on TV but it rekindled his interest. He has ‘guested’ on various TV programmes over recent years and actively seeks opportunities where he can develop more projects on the ‘small screen’. Also, recognising the need for ‘well spoken’ and confident hosts, LG developed the knack for engaging an audience and has built a reputation that has numerous event coordinators requesting his services to front their shows. Hosting ‘live’ shows provided a mainstay for LG as he worked on events throughout the UK. Fashion, Hair, Beauty and Entertainment provided LG with a broad range of experiences which eventually led to him being asked to host a radio talk show in 2006. For seven years, Livingston fronted the popular SPEAKEASY & Connekt2 Talk Shows on Playvybz Radio | www.playvybz. com. Providing a mix of topical debate, inspirational quotes and discussions, personal and business advice, plus giving listeners the opportunity to share their own stories, the SPEAKEASY & Connekt2 Shows garnered the loyal support of discerning, positive, aspirational and progressive listeners across the globe.

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groups and anchoring live events keeps LG quite active and ‘fresh’ when knowing how to put guests and audiences at ease. LG continues with his many engagements in the Media, Entertainment, Hair, Fashion & Beauty industries, choosing to ‘connect’ with the audience in his own inimitable style. SPECIALIST SERVICES INCLUDE: • HELP TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS/ RAISING FINANCE • HELP TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING A JOB THROUGH SKILLS DEVELOPMENT, MENTORING AND CAREER COACHING • EMPOWERMENT/ CONFIDENCE | PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COACHING | EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE • SOFT SKILLS’ TRAINING/ MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP/ REDEPLOYMENT & OUTPLACEMENT / CUSTOMER SERVICE/ ASSERTIVENESS/ TIME MANAGEMENT & MANY OTHER ‘BESPOKE’ TRAINING WORKSHOPS To contact Livingston: www.mlbls.co.uk www.facebook.com/W-LivingstonGilchrist www.twitter.com/@LivingstonG

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MCUK Photographer Karlton Chambers

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otshots Multimedia Is an East London based Photography and Multimedia Company run by Karlton Chambers. Long established as a freelance photographer, Karlton set up Hotshots Multimedia after working as an ICT and Media Studies teacher for over 10 years. “Photography has always been my passion and I believe that there is nothing better than to work at something you love doing”. “I have always been interested in photography ever since my mother bought me a Kodak camera for my 12th birthday and I have been passionately taking photographs ever since”. After a spell as photographer for the Voice Newspaper Karlton started to concentrate on music photography and has covered many

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“My focus is now firmly established in Fashion and Beauty photography where I have covered many beauty pageants, fashion shoots with leading designers, Models and beauticians as well as top fashion shows including London Fashion Week, Africa Fashion Week and Pakistan Fashion Week and many, many more in between. My photographs have been widely published in magazines, websites and social media”. Karlton graduated from the University of East London in 1997 with a Bsc. Honours degree in New Technology Media and Communications. “After a long career as a freelance photographer I had an accident after which I decided to study and later completed a PGCE in ICT at Middlesex University in 2001 to become a teacher of ICT and Media Studies”. Karlton enjoys applying his specialist knowledge to his work; he particularly enjoys photographing and videoing people, fashion and music. He also likes to apply the wealth of knowledge and skills he has in photography to the subjects in his photographs. To this end Karlton plans to extend his skills and knowledge by providing a service to, (1) Individuals and groups who need a


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photographer or videographer to record the important events in their lives. (2) To local and new start-up businesses providing photographic and video services, web design and promotional products. “Whilst setting up my own enterprise I realised how difficult it is to for an entrepreneur to get started and so my mission is to help new businesses to get their products, brand and services recognised and promoted. I became aware that there are entrepreneurs out there with marketable skills and talents who were in a similar position to myself who needed to showcase their products and services to a wider audience but may not have the IT or photography skills to get started properly”. Since setting up Hotshots Multimedia Karlton has gone from strength to strength focusing and fine-tuning his art in the field of fashion and beauty. Karlton has recently won “Best Photographer” Award in the International Achievers Awards 2014 and also “Best Fashion Photographer” in the BEFFTA Awards 2014. For more information, contact Karlton Chambers Website www.hotshotsmultimedia.co.uk , Email karlhotshots@gmail.com Telephone 07908537250

MCUK Social Media EXPERT Tony Urbansmash

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ony Urbansmash is a cross-platform online social media guru. He has worked with a range of diverse clients from small start-ups (such as Chevelin Illustration and Island Recording Studios) to multi- national businesses (such as Westfield Shopping Centres and Skanska Construction) to help deliver successful and effective social media campaigns and public relations. Tony has a long and outstanding passion for the arts having been involved with Talawa (the UK’s primary black lead theatre company), a youth member of the National Theatre and a friend of the Royal Opera House. Tony now brings his passion and creativity to the world of pageantry in supporting Miss Caribbean UK. www.panacheoccasions.com

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Born of Caribbean parentage (his father is from Grenada and mother from Dominica), Tony fell in love with his roots from an early age. With the development of broadband internet across the world, Tony has been able to connect, network and support teams in his home countries. He is a UK representative of the Grenada Diaspora Youth Forum and a supporter of Bouyon Music & Culture in Dominica. Tony supports a number of pageants in the Caribbean including: Grenada Carnival Queen Show, Dominica Carnival Queen Show, Grenada’s Next Top Model, Grenada Top Teen Model and Caribbean’s Next Top Model. Tony also has a charity called “Overcome Limited” which aims to help men and women overcome obstacles and achieve success in faith, education, relationships and family life. To Contact Tony: urbansmash.co.uk urbansmash@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/ urbansmash?fref=ts

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nder the guidance of Mr. Lekan Olujinmi, The Klub International is a British based Event Management Company that has successfully marketed and promoted various international entertainment events since 1981. Next year we celebrate 35 years in this industry. Our slogan is: “We are truly committed to the worldwide Afrocentric/Afrogenic artistic endeavours of all our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora.” Lekan Olujinmi’s body of work is best known for its artistic and technical excellence in all aspects of theatrical productions. With Mr. Olujinmi’s vast experience that includes his work with the Protocol Section of the Nigerian Embassy / High Commission London, (as well as on loan to Uganda High

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The TEAM Commission London back in 2006) and his vision and ability to service events both large and small. The Klub International has organised and also contributed to such events, to name but a few: • International & European Executive Producer “The Diary of Black Men” How Do You Love A Black Women? (For well over 25 years now he has been the only person in the world to ever bring this fantastic production out of America). 1989, ’91, ’94, 2000 (1989 - 96% sell-out at the Shaw Theatre) & 2013 (Birmingham & Croydon) http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=fDlmkoFoDa8 • Most Beautiful Naija Girl (MBNG) which changed to Face Of Nigeria (FON) 2005 & 2009. Judge & Marketing exec. • CARNIRIV: CARNIVAL AS A RETURN TO THE BEGINNING 2010 – 2103 (Adverts in Brochure). • RIVER STATES CARNIVAL - Nigeria 2008-2010-2012-2013 • Prof Wole Soyinka’s Brand WS77, WS78, 2010, 2011 & 2012 • Working in conjunction with The Award Winning Panache Occasions, publishers of Panache e-Magazine http://www.panacheoccasions. com/#!e-magazine/galleryPage • Working in conjunction with Miss Caribbean UK from 2014 - 2015 www. misscaribbeanuk.com • Contributed to Zimbabwe International Carnival 2014 – Steel Pan and Dancers and Journalist. • Bun fe Bun - From Canada to London

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1992 The Sisters starring Joke Silva and Bukki Ajayi etc. 2006, 2007 PREEMPTIVE - Chicago, London & three States in Nigeria 2010 SEVEN - Chicago, London & three States in Nigeria 2010 RIVER STATES CARNIVAL - Nigeria 2008-2010-2012-2013 Femi Anikulapo-Kuti - The London Tribute to his dear father Fela Anikulapo-Kuti 1997 https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=9k3GdCo0l9g Ammy Coco - African Centre, Birmingham Acfest 2002 https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=o3MCTVPTF0k Barry Boom Leeds 1992- The Living Boom Change - via Sony BMG (Sony Music Media) “The Tribute to The Funk & DISCO Funk” Miss My Love Track 16 on side 1 Double Album and DVD 2003-2005 https://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Tribute_to_the_Disco_Funk Toyin Adekale - Birmingham Acfest 2003 Gee Baby and With You I’m Born Again Boney M via Miss Maizie Williams the original 2008 – 2015. Rick Brennan Change & BB & Q Band London for Choice fm Radio2003, O2 Greenwich 2011 A Special Evening with Muyiwa 2010 at the Dominion in Wood Green Tashan (Jef Jam/Columbia - CBS Sony) Recorded a live album in London 1991 ‘For The Sake Of Love’ released on Chaos Records 1993

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• The National Troupe of Nigeria World Tour 1995 • Nigerian Films (6) Cannes Film Festival (Subtitled into French) 2004 • Mugabe Villain or Hero? 2012 • H.E. President Robert Mugabe @ 90 years (BBC in Zimbabwe after almost 15 years 2013 • The African Party 2014 http:// theafricanparty.com/our-sponsors/ • South Africa Fashion & Culture Week 2014 • Zanjoo Goes to SAFCW - https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=0ZADQ1isXLg • Afrigogo Travel • Federal Republic of Nigeria @ 54 • Shades of the Arts @ Barbados High Commission • Satumailia @ Trinidad & Tobago High Commission Farewell to High Commissioner Garvin Nicolas Trying to do my bit to highlight the good that we are doing within the Majestic locations worldwide. Once you go to the link above you will get a better idea of the stories and projects we have supported to date:

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MCUK ADJUDICATOR Ansel Wong

migrated from my country of birth, Trinidad & Tobago, in 1965 to attend Hull University. From then to now, I have had an extensive engagement with Black communities and British society as a combatant, advocate and beneficiary. This took several forms, from the prodigal son in the Mother Country to an afrohaired student revolutionary; a locksman in community work at the fringes of criminality; a loud community voice labelled “an ungrateful recipient of British hospitality”; a local Magistrate and recipient of several public appointments; an artist combating stereotypes and fostering pride in black- ness and now, a Pensioner; tired and disappointed but drawing solace from making Mas and promoting my beloved country of birth.


The TEAM In the late 60s and early 70s, my university years at Hull, London and Brunel Universities were spent, in part, dabbling with radical student politics and at the same time trying to promote black culture among my peers. London, where my family was settled, became the hub of all my sojourns and so each vacation, I came to my sister’s home in London and got involved in whatever was happening there. The focus of this engagement was the West Indian Students Centre (WISC) in Earl’s Court, a meeting point for Caribbean students in the UK along with the West African Students Centre round the corner; together they formed the major nexus of black student activities in London. The WISC also housed the West Indian Students Union. The Centre itself was funded by all the Caribbean governments and there was a restaurant, bar and main hall where artistic and educational events were programmed. I was Chair of the Centre’s House Committee with responsibility for managing the Centre. The Centre was a unique and valuable resource as it was the only place where you could get a three course meal for 18p, have a shower, study in the library and then pop down to the bar where you could taste the best of Caribbean rums. It was our own building. There was nothing else like it in the UK at that time, not even for the UK black non-student community. In it was also housed the only all-black football team in the country, playing to great success in a local London League. After I left university, I moved down to London to live with my family and I became involved in the battle to widen access to the Students

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Centre outwards to the black community. I say ‘battle’ because the WI governments were paying for the Centre specifically for students and as a result it was seen by some as elitist and divorced from the realities of being black in British society. I used my arts background (in Trinidad I was in a drama group and was a ballet dancer) to set up a group called the Black Arts Workshop to show young British-born black people how theatre can be used to articulate their experiences and to speak meaningfully to the young people coming up who were not exposed to black art and black theatre. My mentors at the time were some of the major Caribbean writers like Andrew Salkey, John La Rose and Eddie Braithwaite, who were members of the Caribbean Artists Movement (CAM). CAM met at the West Indian Students Centre. I remember long discussions with Salkey and La Rose over issues with the arts. And we were also affected by the Black Power Movement in the USA, particularly issues around a black aesthetic. I guess we were trying to replicate some of what was going on in America through theatre. And our space in Earls Court was important because it was the only place we felt we owned and controlled. We taught traditional and modern Caribbean dance and what we called ‘revolutionary theatre’. We deliberately embraced art forms that came out of black struggle and so we felt that we were fighting to secure a public space for these performances and to obtain legitimacy for it as great art. We would take our shows to universities and other community centres across the UK. We told positive stories of our people in Africa, the Caribbean and the UK. The ‘we’ at the time www.panacheoccasions.com

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included many of London’s budding writers and artists – Mark Mathews, Basil Smith, Femi Fatoba, Oscar James – and many others who had made a mark for themselves and stood out as exemplars for us, such as Tommy Eytle, Raymond McLean, Ritchie Riley, and Jacques Egyptien Compton. The ‘we’ also included those among us who went on to achieve great things – Beverley Bryan, June Hines and Neil Kenlock to name a few. Although we made links with other black arts organisations in London, they were critical of us; we were seen as playing with revolution and we accepted that. They said it because we were art-based and not within the grassroots. But in our minds, we were politicising our community through arts. The hardest thing was to maintain a belief in what we were doing. Knowing how some outsiders saw us, it was important to keep a grip and focus on our arts in the community while keeping the radicals among us on our side. It was an uneasy partnership that had to be negotiated very sensitively. We should have created more Centres like it in the community, but that didn’t happen. There was no money for a start, but there wasn’t a united group that could claim membership of the whole community. Nevertheless, the impact of the Centre on the young people was clear. They had the opportunity to develop their interests in the arts. Some developed their art into a living like Neil Kenlock who became a well-known photographer and later businessman. Caribbean governments eventually got disillusioned with funding a ‘hotbed of revolution’ because our programme of events 42 NOVEMBER 2015 / www.panacheoccasions.com

were not exclusively student orientated but more reflective of the political situation in England and our countries of origin. For example, we hosted a meeting for the US athletes who shook the world with their black power salutes at the Olympics to meet us and members confronted Dr Eric Williams, Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, when he tried to address students over the then bus strike in Trinidad. The Centre was then closed and offered to a number of Caribbean countries to use as their diplomatic centre – The Eastern Caribbean and Grenada. The sadness is that when we lost the Centre, we lost the archive papers along with it. We had a library also and we don’t know what happened to it. I have continued to be politically active in a variety of forms, including membership of a radical black organisation – The Black Liberation Front, the Editorship of its paper, Grassroots. But my overriding engagement continues to be in the arts fostering understanding and appreciation. My current project is promoting street art through Mas and Carnival Arts. In September 2011, we took a Carnival Band to Shanghai to play Mas before 250 mil- lion Chinese TV viewers. My goal is to make art more accessible to show the human body in character and how it can communicate with people. Contact Ansel Wong E - tsingtax@gmail.com


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rancis Agyapong was born and grew up in the beautiful land of gold and chocolate, Ghana. As a young boy growing up in Ghana he completed his academic cycle. Once finished at the age of 18 he enrolled on an exclusive tailoring course, where he learnt to make ladies and menswear. Four years after, inspired by the great Ghanaian designer Kofi Ansah he took a bold step and started his own business, following his passions for making clothes. As a man prone to bold steps, he moved to the UK where he perfectioned the art of bespoke tailoring in the heart of British fashion, London and the renowned Saville Row. His talent and skills became quickly recognised and Dance Sport International (DSI) came calling. He made dresses for the celebrity contestants of Strictly come Dancing. He also had the privilege to create the clothes and visual for the Menswear windows at Harrods. He followed by keeping a close relationship with BBC working on other various programmes such as “Tumble”. He also works for the quintessentially British brand Dege & Skinner. Francis was grateful and honoured to have been asked to work on the Miss Caribbean UK pageant. His passion for such a vast culture,

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ondon Designer, Vinnette Grant of Vinnette Unbridaled is renowned for creating the impressive 20ft bridal skirt that was sensationally showcased in the 2011 iconic Oxford Street Christmas window display at Selfridges who’s window displays are recognised as some of the most extraordinary in the world. This has gone on to be featured in a video Creating a White Christmas at Selfridges and is also featured in an article on site; Fashion Foie Gras. Vinnette’s many other achievements include showing at “the national wedding show several times, London fashion week, and winning three national design awards, including TV times best original knitwear. Vinnette’s work has been sold in Harvey Nichols amongst other Knightsbridge and Kensington boutiques.


The Designers Following a family and career break, which included working as cabin crew for British airways, Vinnette has rebranded as Vinnette Grant Unbridaled Couture and is ready to take on the World. For more information please contact me on: Mobile: 07766 747 910 Email: vinnetteunbridaled@hotmail.co.uk

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This traditional training combined with natural flair and the use of bold colours has put him at the forefront of bespoke tailoring today. His ability and willingness to work closely with each and every customer has earned him a loyal following, attracting television personalities, musicians, actors, artists. These include to name but a few. Whilst we offer a house style which is based on the London Cut (sharp shoulder/ accentuated jacket waist/clean trouser line) we are also well known for design interpretation and flexibility.

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enowned bespoke designer and stylist Kwame Koranteng, the man behind the well-known couture brand “KGTKKT” who specialises in both traditional and avant-garde bespoke tailoring. Kwame Koranteng’s unique flair, creativity, individuality and careful precision has fashioned hand-made suits cut for the modern man or woman using textured fabrics and statement accessories. Bespoke tailored Suits with a difference.

His obsession with style as well as perfection has earned him considerable respect from his peers. He is widely recognised as a trend-setter and whilst he maintains his clear-cut techniques he constantly evolves his contemporary style. As a consequence his work is frequently featured in a number of fashion shows, press and TV campaigns, and red carpet events. For more information please contact me on: Mobile: 07904 421524 Email: kwame@kwamekoranteng.com

Kwame Koranteng trained for almost four years at George Clothing until 2009 when he founded Kwame Koranteng Bespoke Tailoring “KKBT”. It was whilst he was working at George that he was taught to cut and fit in the most classical way.

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zelia is the creation of talented designer Isatu Harrison, who draws on her Sierra Leonean heritage to create a modern and sophisticated range of ready to wear pieces. Combining African wax prints with contemporary cuts, Izelia is a brand for those who want to make an impression in stylish and colourful outfits with high quality fabrics and precise tailoring. Each piece features a new twist on Africaninspired fashion and Isatu’s interpretation of upcoming fashion trends results in a debut collection full of innovative and eye-catching pieces! The Izelia collection is a selection of pieces that include military inspired jumpsuits and dresses in both elegant floor length and chic fitted styles. Fashionistas will find something to inspire them among Izelia’s flattering stretch denim and glamorous silk chiffon materials. With African-influenced fashion taking Europe’s fashion capitals by storm, Izelia is bringing striking and sexy African prints to the high street, allowing the style conscious to sprinkle their wardrobe with up-to-theminute multi-ethnic flair For more information please contact me on: Mobile :07555 809007 Email: isatu@izelia.co.uk

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orn on the beautiful tropical island of Montserrat WI also known as the Emerald Isle, I started sewing at the young age of 11; designing and hand stitching unique dresses for dolls. By age 15 I knew how to use the handsewing machine and began creating my first real dress collection. From that moment on I knew my true passion was in sewing, fashion and design. My inspiration came abundantly from my creative parents, Caribbean culture and global arts. As I got older I became more and more passionate about having a career in fashion and went on to study tailoring and design professionally in the UK. Today I’m founder of my own fashion label Kreative Stitch and some of my many crafts include menswear, ladies wear, wedding and pageantry dresses. For more information please contact me on: Mobile: 07751 276516 Email: Kreatstitch@hotmail.co.uk


The Designers

Caribbean Creole Creations

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The Marley Beverage Company was created in partnership with the family of Bob Marley, paying homage to their father and patriarch by launching a wide range of healthy, natural drinks Marley’s Mellow Mood Sodas found in The World Aisle in Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s •

Berry – with just the right tones of sweetness and fresh mixed berry flavour

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aribbean Creole Creations is stirring up an awakening of the sense of Caribbean cultural pride and its fabric, inspired costumes in an arrays of styles with traditional creole head wraps. It aims to promote traditional and modern Caribbean native attire combining the rich multi-coloured traditional madras fabric with beautiful broderie anglais - a feature of the costumes worn in many of the Caribbean islands. It gives West Indians in the UK the opportunity to express their cultural identity and pride through typical cultural dress unique to the Caribbean. Make sure you have one in your collection! For more information please contact me on: Mobile: 07507 870436 Email: caribbeancreolecreations@gmail.com

Citrus – the crisp refreshing taste to take you to that sunshine state of mind

Mango Lite – with half the calories of a regular MMM soda, but with all of the taste.

Lemon Balm- Enhances mood & alertness

Camomile & Rose HipsReduces stress & anxiety

Hops- Muscle relaxant

It’s All For A Good Cause With every purchase, a donation is made to the Marley’s official charitable platform: 1Love.org . Petty Wood & Co Ltd, Livingstone Road, Andover, SP10 5NS, 01264 345593

Now 30 years old!

All products are produced from locally sourced ingredients and are free from artificial preservatives

Boston Bay jerk seasoning, uses spices that can only be found in one small area of Jamaica

Hot pepper sauces use the finest and hottest peppers in Jamaica

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DAIJOW “The Mirror”

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DAJIOW “THE MIRROR”

is a recreation of the artist David Jordan. Being a singer naturally, and making a successful career of this has enabled Dajiow to mirror and dissect Michael Jackson’s boundless modulated and sonic vibrations through his voice and ‘Mirrored’ it indubitably.

RECORD HEADS

Joshua, Eliud and Timothy make up the vocal group RECORD HEADS Signed to BLaO Music The Music: Motown flavoured Soulful Pop. They have extraordinary vocals and great live performances.

PHASE 5 STEEL BAND

Provide entertainment for Weddings, Bar-B-Q’s, Christenings, Birthday Parties, Corporate Events consisting of Family Fun Days and background music for Conferences, Funerals, Carnivals, Senior Homes etc.

KENEVA O’CONNOR

is an R&B, Reggae Gospel Artist who has been inspired to write and perform by many of her life’s events. Her aim is to encourage and inspire others through her music, she has a passion for what she does and has performed at numerous events including Manchester’s Heroes and Sheroes Awards and has supported artist such as Frankie Paul, Peter Spence and Don Campbell. Her ambition is to become an international artist who leaves and impact on her audience and change the life of others through her music.

MYSELF UK DANCE COMPANY

An all-female collective of strong Hip-Hop dancers, formed to not only inspire females but also the wider society. They promote empowerment, ambition, individuality and self-worth through the medium of Hip-Hop dance and the slogan’ I Love Myself ‘.

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The Supporters

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Professionally trained and award winning Soni Makeovers has built a diverse portfolio of commercial, fashion and media make-up and has worked with many celebrities. We are also proud to have worked for several high-profile beauty pageants including Miss Caribbean UK, official Miss London, Miss Asia, London Catwalk Society and Pakistan Fashion Extravaganza. Our work has been published in Ebuzztoday, Asian Leader, Panache E-Magazine and SaReGaMa Magazine. Make-up allows Soni to express her creative side. It’s all about enhancing her client’s natural beauty and making them feel good about themselves. If you feel good you do good.

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Film

Black cinema reaches new high after Love & Basketball celebration

The film was then played on an erected 19ft screen for film fans to watch Monica and Quincy's story. Guests were also treated to a special pre-recorded message from Love & Basketball writer and director, Gina PrinceBythewood.

The bar for black cinema experiences has been set to a new high, after Amacoast Cinema’s epic 15th year anniversary celebration of the iconic film ‘Love & Basketball’, which stars Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps.

“We are proud to have helped create so many great new memories around a classic film,” said Amacoast Cinema co-founder Dele Aro. “We’ve been really fortunate to have worked with some fantastic partners, a special mention to We Are Parable and London Lions”.

Pop-up cinema has seen a dramatic rise in popularity over recent years, especially as audiences look for new, innovative ways to enjoy films they know and films that will turn into instant classics. Last month Amacoast Cinema’s launch event in association with We Are Parable, took black cinema to a new level with the sold out immersive and experiential event, Love & Basketball is 15. “Five months ago redefining the black cinema experience was just an idea. Seeing it come to life and being enjoyed by 750 fans is amazing,” said Amacoast Cinema co-founder Kandi Ejiofor.

Looking to the future, Dele said Amacoast Cinema would continue to stay true to their promise that is “exclusively screening black films in an immersive and experiential environment.” Dele added, “We’re excited by the challenge we have set ourselves for the next event and we’re currently brainstorming. One of the hardest parts of the process is selecting the film; there are so many classics to chose from."

The celebration took place in the legendary York Hall building – although famous for its boxing matches, the venue was transformed into an all-American basketball experience. On arrival the 750 guests were greeted by cheerleaders, tricksters and the sounds of 90s hip-hop tunes. London's only professional basketball team, London Lions, engaged the audience in hoops skills and soon after being seated guests were entertained with a slamdunk competition. www.panacheoccasions.com

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CELEBRITY Here's your monthly list of celebrity bir BIRTHDAYS Discover who shares your birthday. By: Christine Simpson SPECIAL BIRTHDAY FEATURE Chinua Achebe Novelist, Poet, Professor

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NOV 02 Nelly – rapper/singer

1 Francis Arinze - Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church Diane Parish – actress LaTavia Roberson – singer/songwriter 2 Susan Cadogan - singer Maxine Nightingale - singer Nelly – rapper/singer 3 Kirk Edwards – cricket player Larry Holmes - former professional boxer Ian Wright MBE - former professional football player Dwight Yorke CM – former professional football player Joe Small (1892-1958) – cricket player www.panacheoccasions.com

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Life 7 John Barnes MBE - former professional football player Tinie Tempah – rapper/singer

NOV 03 Ian Wright MBE - former professional football player

NOV 04 Oliver Samuels – comedian/actor

NOV 20 Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON – former President of Nigeria

4 Sean Combs - entrepreneur Oliver Samuels – comedian/actor Clive Bradley (1936-2005) - steelpan musician Gyearbuor Asante (1941–2000) - actor 5 Jason Holder – cricket player Ike Turner (1931-2007) - musician 6 Thandie Newton - actress Patrick Robinson – actor

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8 Alfre Woodard – actress/producer Minnie Riperton (1947-1979) – singer/ songwriter 9 Sandra “Pepa” Denton – rapper/actress Cory D. Hardrict – actor/rapper Dorothy Dandridge (1922–1965) – actress/ dancer 10 Eve Jeffers - rapper Tracy Morgan – actor Sinbad – comedian 11 Half Pint – singer LaVern Baker (1929 – 1997) - singer Daisy Bates (1914-1999) – civil rights activist 12 Tevin Campbell - singer Carmen Munroe OBE – actress 13 Monique Coleman – actress/philanthropist Whoopi Goldberg – actress/comedian 14 Condoleezza Rice – former US Secretary of State Joseph Simmons – rapper/producer 15 Derrick Evans – fitness instructor Alexander O’Neal – singer


Gail Devers – retired track and field athlete Tyga – rapper

NOV 13 Whoopi Goldberg – actress/comedian

Dame Ruth Nita Barrow GCMG, DA, FRCN (1916-1995) - Governor-General of Barbados 16 Lisa Bonet - actress Frank Bruno MBE – former professional boxer Jonathan Carter - cricket player Bonnie Greer OBE - playwright Ellen Thomas – actress Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) – novelist/ professor 17 Ore Oduba - news and sports presenter Lorraine Pascale – TV cook/former model RuPaul – drag performer 18 Mike Epps – actor/comedian Fabolous - rapper Delroy Lindo - actor Romany Malco, Jr – actor/producer 19 Erika Alexander – actress

20 Dominique Dawes – retired gymnast Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON – former President of Nigeria Edmond Dédé (1827-1903) – musician/composer

21 Davido – singer/songwriter Antonio Tarver – professional boxer 22 Oona King, Baroness King of Bow - politician Shaggy - musician 23 Guion Bluford Jr. - NASA astronaut Marcia Griffiths CD - singer Mary Seacole (1805-1881) - nurse 24 Carmelita Jeter –Olympic sprinter Dawn Robinson – singer 25 Tunde Baiyewu – singer Stacy Lattisaw - singer Percy Sledge (1940-2015) - singer 26 Garcelle Beauvais - actress Tina Turner – singer/actress 27 Oritsé Williams – singer Glen Adams (1945-2010) - musician James Avery (1945-2013) – actor Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) – guitarist/singer www.panacheoccasions.com

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28 Kriss Akabusi MBE – former track and field athlete Andre Fletcher – cricket player Berry Gordy – record producer Bryshere Gray – actor/rapper Trey Songz – singer/songwriter 29 Chadwick Boseman – actor/screenwriter Don Cheadle Jr – actor

NOV 23 Mary Seacole (1805-1881)

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30 Des’rée - singer Nelsan Ellis – actor Sanchez – singer/record producer Gordon Parks (1912 – 2006) - photographer/ film director


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6 Forces to battle for a successful redundancy transition (5/6) By Jenni Williams

Employment protection measures are often a good indication of the issues that impact on the stability of our society. As we consider the external forces that could affect your career transition; it is worth looking into the L in PESTLE which represents legislation, and employment related legislation in particular. We currently enjoy, a wide range of protection from employment legislation, in areas like: equal pay, health and safety, maternity and parental rights, sex, race, age, disability, religious, discrimination and redundancy rights to name a few. These rights recognise not only shifts in social behaviour, but also the megatrends that are taking place on a larger scale.

4 Opportunity Spots

One of the megatrends that you can use to your advantage and which has featured in this 6-part series of blogs is the “demographic time bomb” - largely fuelled by our ageing population. Legislation around the right to work flexibly and the prevention of age discrimination is attractive to various groups depending on their life stage. For older workers who wish to reduce their hours, and who perhaps also have caring responsibilities, the prospect of a career transition triggered by redundancy, could be the perfect time to rethink and redesign their career. The Pensions Revolution, which has seen the removal of the default retirement age, highlights the emphasis placed by 64 NOVEMBER 2015 / www.panacheoccasions.com

government on extending our working lives. The Media regularly reminds us of the dates that have been targeted for hikes in the age of retirement. So again, this is an important trend to add to the mix when working out your career direction post transition, since it may be relevant to how long you plan to undertake a new role, or perhaps a business venture.

Economic Imbalance

The sustained growth of the Service sector, with its focus on knowledge-intensive service industries, is tipped to continue, leaving more traditional industries like manufacturing and construction lagging far behind. This phenomenon is already widening the pay gap between high and low skilled workers, while technological advances are reducing (with a view to eliminating), middle skilled jobs. There is an added attraction to many highly skilled roles like consultancy and graphic design, in that individuals tend to be offered a high degree of flexibility and autonomy – features that tend to be a magnate to many, particularly older individuals facing a career transition. Self-Employment, has been touted as one of the key avenues employed by individuals facing a career transition. This trend grew significantly following the financial crash which triggered the drawn out recession begun in 2007. This “career path” continues to grow in popularity and is highly favoured and supported by the government, in terms of loans and funding opportunities. Taking stock of some or all of the above opportunity spots should help you to plan your future career strategy. There are others that you could highlight by keeping abreast of


government legislation. You could say that the writing is on the wall, or in your case – in the legislation. So beware!

Next month we will look at the sixth and final element E, which highlights, certain environmental aspects that could impact on your career transition. So tell me, can you share an example of how you have been positively or negatively affected by legislation to do with employment? http://www.jenniwilliams.co.uk/free-e-book-be-the-change-you-want-to-be/

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Caribbean Property

FOR SALE

Soufriere, St. Mark, Dominica By: Maureen Smith

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well presented three-storey property boasting beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea and mountains from its elevated location on the south western side on Dominica. A drive of approximately 20 minutes will take you to the island’s capital, Roseau, while approximately five minutes away is the protected marine life in Soufriere Bay and the famous Soufriere Sulphur Springs. Constructed in around 2002 this fully enclosed property sits on a lot of approximately 2,430 sq. ft. in a quiet residential community. On the ground floor is a self-contained unit with two bedrooms, one bathroom, living/ dining area, kitchen, storage area and a small yard to the side. The first floor is accessed via an external concrete stairwell. Once inside there is a dining area to the right and a living room to the left that leads to the fitted kitchen. Also on this level is a bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a powder room, a spacious utility room and a balcony. A wooden staircase leads to an open living

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area off of which there are three further bedrooms. The master en-suite bedroom has a bath with overhead shower and a bidet, while the two other bedrooms share a bathroom with shower. One of these bedrooms has a private balcony from where you can enjoy great ocean and mountain views. Additional features at the property include: • Built-in closets in all bedrooms • Security grills to the main front door and windows on the first floor

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• Local and UK electric sockets • Concreted area to rear with flowers and trees to front of property • Parking for up to three vehicles The house was recently repainted both internally and externally and makes for an ideal family residence with income generating potential. Alternatively, with Sourfriere Bay being a popular area with divers, snorkellers and whale watchers, the property has the potential to generate income from nature loving visitors to Dominica.

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Ref No: DOM001 Property Type: House Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 4.5 Price: USD $231,500

Get in touch:

Tropical Connections Limited, Weatherill House, New South Quarter, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon, Surrey CR0 4WF England Telephone: 0845 222 1413 Mobile: 07506 354 902 Fax: 020 8686 6125 Email: info@tropicalconnections.co.uk Web: www.tropicalconnections.co.uk

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FOR SALE Freeport, Grand Bahama Island,

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Bahamas By: Maureen Smith

rue Caribbean living can be yours with one of these beautiful waterfront condominium units!

These luxury condominium units with private dock slips are perfectly located for owners to enjoy stunning ocean and marina views every day of the year. And if you want more, beaches, restaurants and water sporting activities are right on your doorstep. Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) has been used by the British developer in the construction of this 7-unit condominium block, making it probably the best engineered building on Grand Bahama Island. The benefits of ICF compared to conventional building methods include: • Quiet and energy efficient • Proven to be good for asthma and allergy sufferers • Reduces cost of cooling/warming units • Structural integrity against forces of nature • Insect resistant • Longevity of materials • Reduces AC operating costs • Higher resale value

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There are five units for sale, each offering outstanding features that include: • Two en-suite bedrooms • Floor to ceiling porcelain tiled bathrooms with 7 ft walk-in rain showers and waterfall tubs • High specification European contemporary designed kitchen with granite countertops and breakfast bar • Stainless steel appliances • 12 ft tray ceilings • Full central A/C

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• 3 ft x 8 ft internal doors • Wired with category 6e cable for all latest upcoming technology capabilities • Pre-wired for all mounted flat screen TVs in lounge and bedrooms • Utility washer/dryer room • 12V European mood lighting • 10 ft deep private terrace • Private boat slip Communal amenities/facilities include: • Pool with restroom/shower facility

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Communal lounge/reception Car parking space Landscaped grounds Elevator In-house management and full concierge services on request • Duty free furniture package available on request • Unit Prices (including dock slip and appliances): Ground Floor – 1550 sq. ft. – USD $450,000.00 First Floor – 1350 sq. ft. – USD $399,950.00 Quarter share fractional ownership is also available. Whether you’re looking for a second home or investment property in the Caribbean, this is a great opportunity to own a competitively priced unit in a destination that is world renowned for its outstanding beauty and great tax benefits. Early birds will definitely catch the best worms by owning one of these units!

Get in touch:

Tropical Connections Limited, Weatherill House, New South Quarter, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon, Surrey CR0 4WF England Ref No: BAH001 Property Type: Condominiums Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Price: From USD $399,990

Telephone: 0845 222 1413 Mobile: 07506 354 902 Fax: 020 8686 6125 Email: info@tropicalconnections.co.uk Web: www.tropicalconnections.co.uk

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Culture

Events OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES WEST INDIES

Telephone: (784) 456-1703

Administrative Centre

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Bay Street

Kingstown

MESSAGE FROM DR. THE HONOURABLE RALPH E. GONSALVES, PRIME MINISTER, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES TO MARK THE THIRTY-SIXTH (36TH) ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE

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s we celebrate the thirty-sixth (36th) anniversary of our Nation’s independence in various locations and commemorative activities that mirror our diversity, I take this opportunity to extend warm greetings and congratulations to all Vincentians, whether residing at home or abroad. We have achieved a tremendous milestone, and have done so while remaining true to our belief in the supremacy of Almighty God, true to our shared ideals of Nationhood and Independence, true to our sense of self and identity, and committed to each other’s welfare and well-being, our own advancement and to the overall development of our tiny Nation. In the process and throughout the course of our history, we have been beset by a multiplicity of challenges. These have run the gamut from the never-ceasing onslaught waged by the forces of neo-imperialism and the constant threat they pose to our culture and way-of-life, to the effects of climate change and the resulting unprecedented, catastrophic weather events of recent times. My purpose in outlining several of the difficulties which we have faced over the period of our history is not to convey a sense of fear and pessimism. I wish only to point to the obstacles that we have overcome and to accentuate the point that the same strength and grace that have brought us to victory time and again in the past continue to sustain us in the present and will guarantee our continued triumph in the future, always with the grace of Almighty God. It is proven yet again in the fact that, like every other country in the world, our vulnerable Small Island Developing State has witnessed and experienced the effects of the ongoing economic recession. In the midst of this, we have brought the biggest infrastructural project in our history virtually to completion.

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The Argyle International Airport is scheduled to become operational in a matter of a few months. Not only will it ease the burden of travel for Vincentians and visitors alike, it will also facilitate our greater participation in regional and international trade, bringing direct benefits to persons involved in sectors such as agriculture and industry. In all that we do, our people remain at the centre of our vision. We remain committed to providing quality health care and education for all Vincentians. We continue to make substantial investments in the social safety nets designed to meet the needs of our poor, elderly and disabled while respecting their individuality and dignity. We continue to create, source and otherwise provide opportunities that will enable all to achieve their potential, and, in so doing, participate fully and excel in their chosen fields of endeavour. Our young people continue to make us proud with their achievements in academics, sports, culture and a vast number of other areas. I feel fully justified in the pride I take in their accomplishments. They can stand and compete with the crème de la crème anywhere in the world. I have every confidence that they will be able to add substantially to the narrative of this country’s development. Again I extend best wishes to all as we work together to enhance national pride. Happy Thirtyfifth (35th) Anniversary of Independence! May Almighty God continue to bless and keep us all. Sincerely, Dr. The Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves Prime Minister

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36th Independence Celebration of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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By Mr. Lekan Olujinmi

is Excellency High Commissioner & Dean of the Caribbean Diplomatic Corps Mr Cenio E. Lewis invited guests to a reception to celebrate the 36th Independence of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This event was held on Tuesday 27th October 2015, and I (Lekan Olujinmi), the founders of Miss Caribbean UK Clayton & Jacqui Brown and the reigning queen Miss Keeleigh Griffith were

honoured to receive an invitation by the Minister Counsellor Ms Doris Charles to attend. The evening was held at the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines High Commission and all guests were made to feel very welcomed and His Excellency High Commissioner & Dean of the Caribbean Diplomatic Corps Mr Cenio E. Lewis was the perfect host.

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INTRODUCING Artiste Victoria Nonye Okocha aka Nonye Toria By Mr. Lekan Olujinmi

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had a very long talk with Nonye, in fact I had to ask her where she was, thinking I was calling her on a Kenyan phone number, but she was in Nigeria at the time, in fact, she is in the process of coming to London. We spoke for well over an hour, I found her to be a lady that was well travelled. She can sing, I mean she can really sing, after hearing her sing some soul tracks then a reggae song, I just wanted to be one that had to put an interview together to bring this shining star to light. Victoria Nonye Okocha aka Nonye Toria was born and raised in Lagos Nigeria till she left for London England at age 13. Music has always been a part of her life since childhood, she started in Sarafina Musical when she was in St Dominic’s Primary School, joined a Mo-Town band at East Berkshire College Langley, UK 2006 where she performed covers from The Temptation, Johnny Cash and Old school Blues, she later went on to perform for the Queen of England 2008 from her performing Arts School, the musical she was performing at that time was called “GodSpell” and her number “Day by Day” was the Queen’s favourite. Later that year, she also appeared in Britain’s largest soap opera “Eastenders”. She appeared on a few episodes as well as a lot of musical productions and performed in quite a number of shows. https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=v4n9GCuHJUE&app=desktop

Coming back to Nigeria August 2011 was the best decision she could make; she was fresh, innovative and had a creative sense. She spent three months in Liberia working with IEDA Relief (International Emergency Development Agency) as she enjoys the Humanitarian services. Nonye Toria believes in the spirituality of music and its uses to heal the soul and to heal the earth. Nonye Toria will be releasing her music video globally and intends to begin from London. You all heard it first from Lekan Olujinmi of The Klub International. https://itunes.apple.com/us/ album/falling-angel-feat.-chris/id948010097 Can you tell all your wonderful fans what you have been doing over the year of being a noted African Star? I have been travelling to over eight (8) African countries making music and also acquiring the culture of the modern Africa. Tell our international readers what keeps Nonye Toria inspired to continue within the music industry? Considering the challenges unsigned artist face daily, I get inspired at the determination of artists out there like myself and most importantly music inspires me always. Can you see yourself crossing over to become a world wide artiste? Definitely that is my goal. Who would you most like to work with musically in the world? Beyoncé Please can you name some of the projects you are currently working on? I am currently composing a Song about black women and how we supported the black men www.panacheoccasions.com

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during the difficult slave period. It’s a great inspiration. How do you see the African music industry improving? It is improving greatly but we still have a standard to achieve and maintain. Did you have the support of your family when you said you wanted to be in the music business? Not immediately but eventually yes Did you study music at all? Yes I studied performing arts in the UK finishing with a NAtional Diploma. What do you consider is your best song & album to-date? Paper loving remix which I did with Jamaican Chris Martin What do you consider are your main passions in life? Music dancing and reading

What did you love most about life when you were growing up & where did you grow up? I grew up in Lagos Nigeria and Windsor London, the contrast was great and made me value life at a young age, I also enjoyed been the last child and been treated with utmost love and attention. Describe in three words what is real love to you? Non-violent truth & unconditional If you had the chance to do things all again in life what would you do differently if anything? Nothing I have no regrets What is the message that Nonye Toria is trying to communicate to your fans world wide? We are all souls of God and spirits of light, we should embrace unity and oneness so we can ascend successfully.

What are your plans for 2016 and beyond? To shoot a music video and promote globally and to become a role model for our youths.

Would you like to give us your full Majestic Nigerian name and its full meaning? Victoria Joy chukunonyelum okocha meanings God is with me. I am joy, I am victorious.

Do you have Goals regarding your profession & hobbies? Yes I intend to be a global selling artist who impacts lives across the world.

I note that you tend to sing all kinds of music and not one type why is that? I think sticking to one genre limits me so I sing whatever inspires me. That is music!

What is the one thing your life experiences have taught you while working in the music industry that you would like to teach to the younger generations? Never give up, the challenges Are lessons that makes us stronger so embrace them.

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Nonye Toria’s album cover

Nonye Toria and her class mates meet the Queen

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Wolrd Travel Market

Panache visits the World Travel Market 2015 By Mr. Lekan Olujinmi

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ultitudes of industry professionals and customers made their way down to the World Travel Market at London’s Excel on 2 – 5 November 2015 despite the DLR rail strike.

The World Travel Market is the leading global event for the travel industry to meet industry professionals, network and conduct business deals. Through its industry networks and unrivalled global reach, WTM creates personal and business opportunities, providing customers with quality contacts, content and communities. Jacqui Brown and Lekan Olujinmi from Panache Magazine were in attendance and took full advantage of the networking opportunities; meeting with celebrities, beauty queens, Caribbean Tourist boards and many businesses owners. There were thousands of exhibition stands but the absence of Nigeria’s stand was very noticeable.

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A roaring economy: vehicle industry flourishes in Ethiopia By Mr. Lekan Olujinmi

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am so impressed that another country in Africa in industrializing its people to make what they need instead of importing it.

Ethiopia has opened its first vehicle manufacturing and assembly factory at a military base and plans to use local labour to produce automobiles for both local consumers and export. The fast growing East African economy of 94 million people has one of the lowest number of vehicle in the region with just two vehicle for every 1,000 people. According to the country’s Ministry of Transport, there were only 587,400 vehicles on the country’s roads in 2014.

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The country has now created an engine and body manufacturing plant — named the Bushoftu Automative Industry (BAI) — at a military base in Mekele, some 480 miles north of the capital Addis Ababa, that is expected to produce 10,000 to 20,000 vehicles per year using local labour.

This is estimated will generate $96 million annually for the government. See more at: http://afkinsider. com/106078/ethiopia-sets-up-firstvehicle-manufacturing-and-assemblyplant/?sthash.iCNYY7LM.mjjo#sthash. iCNYY7LM.jI5rAmj7.dpuf


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ETITION In celebration of Nigeria’s 55th Independence last month and as part of our partnership. Lebara Mobile, The Klub International & Panache e-Magazine have 100 long umbrella’s to give away.

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National Independence days Independence Days By Mr. Lekan Olujinmi

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The Klub International Management Company & Panache e-Magazine would like to wish the African & Caribbean countries featured a very Happy Independence Day this NOVEMBER.

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Please click on each flag to reveal some more information about each country. We know you will all have many happy returns for your special days & quite rightly so. Please contact me should you wish to profile your event in this section of the magazine. Lekan Olujinmi CEO E: - theklubman@ymail.com W: - www.panacheoccasions.com T: - +44 (0) 7831 128 707

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Independence from Portugal 11th November 1975

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pendence m France vember 1956

Independence from France 28th November 1960

Independence from England 30th November 1966

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Horoscope

Horoscope for NOVEMBER 2015 A month of contrasts that will get off to a smooth start without the fear of too many difficulties during the first half of the month. The climate will then deteriorate and we can expect to face some upheavals in our relationships and emotions around the 21st and 23rd, followed by the possibility of going through a dark tunnel between the 25th and 30th, when Saturn will cast a shadow over the picture, both in general and for us as individuals.

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