THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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BUBA TOURAY – CHAIR – GAMBIA 

Buba Touray is Hotel Services Manager for Avon and Wiltshire Partnership and Cotham Primary School. His role as the Chair of Khombosillah presents him with various opportunities to promote the Gambian culture and to support various activities in his home country. As a professional he is meticulous in his work and very passionate about change

DAVID DRAVIE-JOHN – VICE CHAIR – SIERRA LEONE

Dravie John

My name is David Dravie-John, the founder and Executive director of Performing Arts Exchange Productions Ltd, a multicultural, performing arts organisation that focus on Education, Training, Entertainment/Promotion, Health Related Issues, Consultancy and Research. A trained and qualify professional teacher, with over thirty years experiences. An artistic, events,  business and  management consultant. radio presenter and producer, a professional master of ceremonies, a menber of the Institute of Further Learning and ICM, a former TV presenter at TVM, Munchen, Germany, worked for UNESCO as a cultural consultant, a dancer, choreographer, player write, actor and composer. a father of four children and four grand children.

SAUDA KYAMBULAKA – TREASURER – JAMAICA

Sauda

 Sauda has been a community activist for a long period of time. Having been involved with organisations such as Full Circle, St Paul’s Carnival, Malcolm X Centre, Kuumba – She currently hosts international students and has a degree qualification in Teaching which she uses for supporting across various schools in Bristol. She is passionate about the Equalities Agenda and has lead AVF as it’s Chair from 2012-2014.

PENINAH ACHIENG-KINDBERG – BOARD ADVISER/TRUSTEE – KENYA

Peninah Achieng-Kindberg

Peninah is a Senior Policy lead for the Ministry of Justice supporting the implementation of the Lammy recommendations, she is a Finance Specialist with National and International experience of advising and supporting strategic financial decision making structures including sustainability. She has over 20 years work experience in the public sector, 10 years experience working within local government, national health services and the civil service in various financial roles.

Outside her work she  supports various voluntary groups in various capacities ranging from directing to taking direction. The voluntary organisations have varying aims i.e. the African Voices Forum seeks to empower people of African descent living in Bristol,  She is the Chair for Bristol Link with Beira in the development work that they do in Mozambique and their aims to improve the lives of others thus making a difference in Africa. She is a Progression Mentor for the Princes Trust, Diaspora Change-Maker which was a project that identified and brought together the UK’s most promising individuals of African origin with a desire to Support African communities in the UK and Africa – not to mention being a Board member for Bristol 2015 – the Body responsible for the delivery of the European Green Capital Agenda and being part of the Independent Residents Panel for Avon and Somerset Police.

Previously she was the Chair for St Paul’s Carnival for 4 years the organisation aims to deliver an annual carnival in Bristol every year, rejuvenating the African Caribbean Culture and providing the community with a platform to celebrate our diverse cultures. A school Governor for Brislington Enterprise College – she was one of the Founders of the African Community Network in Gloucester early in her community activism career. As a union Activist she was instrumental in leading the Black Members regional group of Unison before reverting to community impact.

She possess good organizational skills, project management, financial acumen and more importantly a passion and commitment to influence and deliver on the inclusion agenda across the board. She has received a few accolades including being the top 100 Women of the West, Inspirational Women and Top BME Powerlist in 2018.

FORWARD MAISOKWADZO – BOARD ADVISER/TRUSTEE – ZIMBABWE

Forward

Forward Maisokwadzo is a journalist, trainer and researcher from Zimbabwe. Forward works part-time as Development Worker both for Bristol City of Sanctuary and Southern Africa Resources Centre which administers the twinning link between Bristol and Beira. He is a Research Consultant for Bristol Multi-Faith Forum carrying out a faith audit for Bristol. Forward is deeply involved with the Community in Bristol. He is Chair of the Bristol Zimbabwe Association and also a trustee of the Avon and Bristol Law Centre and The MediaWise Trust, an ethics journalism charity.

He is ex-Coordinator of the Exiled Journalists’ Network (EJN) (www.exiledjournalists.net) and Communications Officer of the MediaWise Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Media (RAM) Project (www.mediawise.org.uk). He worked on the Zimbabwe Independent until 2002 when he moved to the UK, and has freelanced for the South African Sunday Times, UK Sunday Times, Voice of America and the Guardian. He is also a final year PhD student researching on ‘The notion of framing HIV by Zimbabwean and UK press.’

Forward brings leadership, people management, project management, reporting, communication and excellent social skills to the organisation.

DONNA PINNOCK – AVF TRUSTEE – JAMAICA

Donna

I was born in the lovely district of Spring Garden in the Parish of St Thomas Jamaica 54 years ago. My first school experience started at Spring Garden Basic School, then to Spring Garden Primary School. Whilst at Spring Garden Primary School I sat the then Common Entrance School Examination and was successful in gaining a place at Morant Bay High School where I attained my secondary education and O level qualifications. I worked as a voluntary teacher for the Jamal Foundation and later was employed and trained as a Teacher Training Officer. My role was to recruit train and retain volunteers working in the Adult Education Programme, my role further extended to the Compulsory Education Programme.

From then my job roles varied, I worked in a Food processing Plant as a Finance and Personnel Officer. I worked with the Parish Council as a Market and Parks Supervisor. I became a member of the Church of God of prophecy and played an active part in the growth of my local church. I later became the parish Youth Director, choir director for my local church and Youth Camp Counsellor.

I migrated to the UK in the early nineties, gained qualifications in Business and Finance and later Social Work. I have been working over the past 15 years in the Care and Support environment. I am  Currently employed and working as a support Worker with homeless men, supporting those with complex needs by signposting and empowering them to gain a stable lifestyle and to be socially  integrated.

I have say on a number of local organisations committee’s in my community and currently serves as the Chairperson for the Jamaica Folk Culture Group Tan Teddy.  I am involved with the promotion and delivery of a vibrant Performing Arts Project that involves an awareness programme around the Jamaican Folk Culture. Tan Teddy conducts workshops and rehearsals for young people and adults in singing, dance, poetry and drama.  The group has been performing at different l events both locally and in other Towns and Cities

My friends consider me to be a very happy and bubbly person who never finds time to stand still as I am always out doing something.  I am very passionate about the things I am involved with and will always go the extra mile if I think it will help. My commitment to community cohesion and the work I have done around community development has been the basis for my involvement with the African Voices forum as their main ethos underpins my values.

INGRID SINCLAIR – AVF ADVISOR – ZIMBABWE

Ingrid Sinclair, born in the UK studied Literature and Medicine in England. Sinclair studied filmmaking and film production in South Africa. Ingrid Sinclair’s film “Flame” (1996) gave her recognition as a filmmaker of the African Renaissance. Her documentaries on the Zimbabwe Liberation Movement have received praise internationally, including at the Cannes Film Festival. (3/11)

 MARCIA ATKINSON – AVF TRUSTEE – JAMAICA

My name is Marcia Atkinson and I have been a member of African Voices Forum (AVF) for the past 3 and a half years.

I became a member because I admired the way in which AVF promoted equality for all especially African and Afo-Caribbean people, as well as how they address social injustices.  Since becoming a member I have had the pleasure of meeting so many talented and like minded people who all share the same vision for people of colour.
In 2003 I enrolled in City of Bristol College onto the Initial Teacher Training Access Course. In 2004 I attended the University of West of England (UWI) where I trained to be a Primary School Teacher specializing in the Early Years. Upon graduating I worked temporarily as a Support Worker with homeless people and as time passed the joy of helping people get there lives back together helped me to decide that I would like to be employed permanently as a Support Worker.
In 2010 due to my love for singing I became a member of Tan Teddy Jamaican Culture Folk Group sharing the Jamaican Culture within the Southwest and beyond through song, poetry, dance and drama.
I have held the post of Assistant Secretary General for the last 3 years to present day and look forward to continually working alongside people who help to promote self worth, confidence and togetherness.

ELFREDA KEBBIE – AVF TRUSTEE – SIERRA LEONE

Elfreda Kebbie is an experienced Health Care Professional and an active community volunteer with the BAME community in Bristol. Elfreda has achieved a Diploma 3 in Health and Social Care and level two diploma in mental health. Elfreda currently working with the NHS trust, Bristol Royal Infirmary hospital. Elfreda serves on the executive board of the Sierra Women Independent Group (Chair), Sierra Leone Bristol Association (Social Secretary), African Voices Forum (Trustee), Bristol Safeguarding and FGM campaign group (member), Lived Expertise Campaign Team (member) and an ambassador for The Black Professionals Network

Elfreda was the recipient of the Inspirational Women award in 2018. Her story as an activist and community   volunteer was included in a book published in 2018 by the African Voices Forum. As an acknowledgement of her role within the BAME community in Bristol Elfreda was selected by the Bristol Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding to attend the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2019. As part of her executive roles she has been instrumental in developing strategies to combat and raise awareness of issues affecting the BAME community in Bristol.  In December 2018, Elfreda met with Sue Mountstevens; Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner on behalf of the Sierra Women Independent Group to further discuss issues within our community that affect vulnerable women.

Elfreda is also involved in mentoring teenagers and is currently working with the executive of the Sierra Leone Bristol Association (SLEBA) in developing a strategy for their youth development team. Elfreda uses her blog to engage with the BAME community on topics that affect them. She has written about community issues, mental health, domestic violence and inclusion. She is passionate about her community. Passionate about raising awareness about issues affecting the BAME within our community. Passionate about collaborating with other organisations to ensure that our community has the opportunity to be heard. She has been instrumental as Chair of Sierra Women Independent Group (SWIG) and Social Secretary of Sierra Leone Bristol Association (SLEBA) in reorganising their finances to ensure there is full transparency and accountability.

In 2019 Elfreda planned and delivered a successful community engagement session with the Avon and Somerset Police community engagement team. Elfreda is currently part of the Sierra Leone Bristol Association team in collaboration with the Nigeria Association Bristol (NAB), Ghana Community Bristol (GCB), Kombo Sillah and the Avon and Somerset Police community engagement team tasked with planning and delivering a community conference in 2020.

JIMMY AJANI – AVF TRUSTEE – JAMAICA

DELWYN THOMAS – AVF TRUSTEE – SIERRA LEONE

Delwyn currently works for Civica as  an Application Support and Development manager. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. He is the current chair of the Sierra Leone Bristol Association ( SLEBA). Delwyn is passionate about local grassroots organisations and empowering  change. He brings his IT, people management and leadership skills to the organisation.

SAMUEL MENSAH ANNAN – GHANA

Samuel was born and grew up in Tema– Ghana and now resides in Bristol with his wife and three kids. He moved from Edinburgh to Bristol in 2013 and now calls Bristol his home away from Ghana. He is a proud Ghanaian and leads the Ghana Community Bristol (GCB) organisation as its President / Chair. Professionally Samuel is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and also serves as IMechE Industrial Advisor.
He is also a registered European Professional Engineer with FEANI, an organisation approved EU parliament which validates qualifications, competency and experience of professional engineers to allow them to work anywhere in EU member states. Samuel has over 30 years of professional and senior leadership experience globally in Chemical, Pharmaceutical, FMCG and manufacturing industries, directing multi- million pound engineering projects and programmes for organic growth and innovation. He is very passionate about African diaspora affairs and mentoring.
CHRISTIAN MAA – CAMEROUN
Christian is a Chartered I&C Engineer, Senior Project Manager with 20 year professional experience working in the heavily regulated Nuclear Energy Sector.
He has have experience of leading multi-disciplinary delivery teams with responsibilities for making Best for Project decisions considering the competing needs of multiple complex contracts. As a highly motivated person who works well in a group but enjoys a degree of independence, setting and implementing strategies to achieve Group objectives, Christian has the ability to influence both strategy and tactics for projects as I’m used to managing several external and internal interfaces up to senior management and regulators. I’m able to drive projects, tasks, teams and others to achieve my goals taking into account the big picture.
Christian is driven by my own aspirations and the requirement of a given role as much as he is committed to high professional standards as a Chartered Engineer with the IET (MIET CEng). He enjoys discharging the various responsibilities associated with his past and current positions, and continues to demonstrate on a day to day basis effective leadership values. He is used to making effective decisions under potentially ambiguous circumstances to ensure timely delivery of high priority work, taking timely and appropriate actions when needed recognising the potential impact of his decisions, particularly in relation to Nuclear Safety.
Outside the professional world, Christian has had several leadership positions in Cameroonian Associations in London and in Bristol including the current position of Chairman of the Bristol Cameroonian Association (BCA). he portrays a high resilience to stress, communicating well and effectively in both French and English.
ADE OLAIYA – NIGERIA

Ade Olaiya, M.A. represented  AVF’s Board in Bristol’s SDG Alliance and REEG, and has conducted postgraduate research in the field of Politics and International Research at UWE Bristol. He has actively participated in meetings and consultations between international civil society and the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent from 2017 to the present. Ade also participated in drafting the EU Resolution on the Fundamental Rights of People of African Descent in Europe, which was adapted by the European Parliament in March 2019.

He is a UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab Expert, a member of the International Network of People of African Descent, and participated in the Mid Decade Summit held at Howard University, Washington D.C. in November 2019. Ade previously served as a Chair and Executive Trustee of Wiltshire Racial Equality Council, and Director of Malcolm X Community Centre Bristol. He states a longstanding passion for social justice for ethnic and other sub-cultural minorities in the U.K

BETTY SINGAN FANU – NIGERIA

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  AFRICAN VOICES FORUM PATRONS 

 Sarid

SARIF ROWE-TAYLOR – AVF PATRON – SIERRA LEONE

 Sarif has lived in the United Kingdom for over 30 years. A semi-retired Civil Servant – Sarif is very passionate across a range of subject ranging from Politics to Sports. A Man of Influence, he applies his knowledge and expertise from his life experiences in supporting African led organisations. In Gloucester he headed up various community safety initiatives working in partnership with various agencies. He simply has the Gift of the Garb.

 

 Paul S

PAUL STEPHENSON (OBE) – AVF PATRON – UNITED KINGDOM

Paul Stephenson OBE (born 6 May 1937 in Rochford, Essex), is a community worker, activist and long-time campaigner for civil rights for the British African-Caribbean community in Bristol, England.

As a young social worker, in 1963 Stephenson led a boycott of the Bristol Omnibus Company, protesting against its refusal to employ Black or Asian drivers or conductors. After a 60-day boycott supported by thousands of Bristolians, the company revoked its colour bar in August. In 1964 Stephenson achieved national fame when he refused to leave a public house until he was served, resulting in a trial on a charge of failing to leave a licensed premises. His campaigns were instrumental in paving the way for the first Race Relations Act, in 1965.[1] Stephenson is a Freeman of the City of Bristol and was awarded an OBE in 2009.

The civil rights activist helped to highlight the racism that black people faced everyday in the UK and led the victorious Bristol bus boycott in 1963. His dedication, resistance to discrimination and challenge to the status quo has inspired much other work in Bristol.

 Ibrahim

IBRAHIM SHAW – AVF PATRON – SIERRA LEONE

Dr. Ibrahim Seaga Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics and Programme Leader for MSc Mass Communication Management at Northumbria University.

ADSS Ibrahim Seaga Shaw Staffprofile 255I am Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics and Programme Leader for MSc Mass Communication Management at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne. I am also Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) following my election at the organisation’s biennial conference in Japan on November 24-28 2012. In 2013 May and December 2013, I was nominated Best Lecturer for student-led teaching by the Northumbria Students Union, and for an award for Communication for Social Change run by the Centre for Communication for Social Change at Queensland University, Australia, respectively.

My background is in journalism as a reporter, editor, sub editor and correspondent in Sierra Leone, France and the UK. I am founder, editor and publisher of Sierra Leone’s award winning Expo Times newspaper published in print in Sierra Leone between 1995 and 1998, and since 2000 available online (www.expotimesonline.net). I worked as sub editor in London and correspondent in Paris for New African magazine between 2000 and 2003. I still write for Expo Times and other news outlets from time to time since moving into academia in 2007. I was postdoctoral fellow at the University of West of England between 2007 and 2009, and then Senior Research Fellow and RMS Project Manager until 2011. I joined Northumbria university in September 2011 as Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics.

I hold a PhD from the Sorbonne and have published several articles in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Global Ethics and International Communication Gazette.I am author of two books: ‘Human Rights Journalism’ Palgrave Macmillan (2012) and co-editor of ‘Expanding Peace Journalism’ Sydney University Press (2012). I guest co-edited two issues of journal of International Communication Gazette and Journal of African Media Studies in 2012. I was recently commissioned by UNESCO to do a module on humanitarian journalism as a contribution to the revised UNESCO Journalism Education Model curricula (http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002211/221199E.pdf) launched by the organization’s Director General in July 2013.I am editor of the newsletter of the Black and Minority Communication Commission of the Association for Journalism and Communication Education. Before taking up my post at Northumbria in 2011 I served as Senior Research Fellow in media and politics, and Project Manager of the Refugees and Migrant Support Hub at the University of West of England in Bristol. I also served as a commissioner for the Bristol Legacy Commission between 2008 and 2011.

MARIE-ANNICK GOURNET – GUYANA

Marie-Annick Gournet is an academic and social entrepreneur with a passion for social justice. Her academic background is in Caribbean literature; however, her research is multidisciplinary with particular interests in identity, culture and liminal space. In 2017 she set up MAG Consulting, an organisation with social interest offering training, research and coaching in pedagogy, diversity, inclusion and intercultural communication. In 2018, she set up Teach Diverse, a social enterprise aimed at addressing underrepresentation in the teaching profession. She recently joined the University of Bristol as Senior Lecturer and Director of Part-Time Studies.

SOLOMON FUBARA – NIGERIA

Dr Solomon Fubara MBE:  Solomon was the managing director of CEED Charity, a consultancy firm which offers help and advice to small businesses, Solomon is commended for his contributions to employment, training and business development within BME communities. Amongst his various accolades “New Years Honours” and Top 100 BME Powerlist 2018.