After over a decade in business Ronke Lawal launched her business web series on YouTube in 2015 and is proud to announce that it will also be featured on The Colourful Radio website. Colourful Radio runs a 24/7 broadcast schedule with 18 hours of dual format programming (music and conversation) and a further 6 hours of pure music variety. The conversation element provides a platform for news and views reflecting the increasingly colourful London demographic, while the comprehensive music mix stretches numerous genres. By featuring The “Ronke Lawal Means Business” videos on the Colourful Radio website, the station recognises the increasing entrepreneurial spirit of its listeners. The web series will also be converted into a podcast which will allow regular listeners to tune in from anywhere in the world.
The “Ronke Lawal Means Business” series features business advice and Tips, focusing on common business issues and problems that relate to start-ups and growing businesses. It focuses on easy to understand issues and solutions which will be easy to share and lead to a stronger conversation. Each episode will focus on PR, Marketing, Social Media and more and encourages an open dialogue amongst business owners.
Ronke Lawal was born in Hackney, East London of Nigerian parentage. Having graduated with honours from Lancaster University and the University of Richmond Virginia (USA) with a degree in International Business (Economics), she started her own business, Ariatu PR in 2004. In 2011 Ronke Lawal was honoured to receive a Precious Award for Inspirational Leadership. In January 2010, Ronke became the Chief Executive of the Islington Chamber of Commerce where she remained until the end of 2012 and became a non-executive director of The Hoxton Apprentice in 2011. She joined the board of Trustees of Voluntary Action Islington in 2012 where she is also a Director of The Voluntary Action Academy and is currently on The Employers Panel for the National Employment Savings Trust. She is a Mentor for The Cherie Blair Foundation and for The Elevation Networks Start Ups Initiative.
Apart from her active and involved business interests, her varied passions outside the business world include food (Founder of Food Blog www.whosfordinner.co.uk), travel, music, literature and most importantly living a life she loves.
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Brazilian television is very white, but most Brazilians aren’t.
Brazil’s population is more than 50 percent black, but the television news and entertainment shows rarely reflect such diversity. So when a “black” television show debuts, it’s groundbreaking. And when Brazil’s top black female and male actors star in it, it’s a miracle.
Two weeks ago Globo television premiered “Mister Brau,” a weekly comedic show starring Lázaro Ramos and Taís Araújo as a successful pop music couple. They are also married in real life.
Lázaro Ramos’ 15-year career has spanned movies, television and theater. International audiences probably know him from the dark historical drama, “Madame Satã” (2002). In that movie, he played a manic homosexual who made his living through illicit activities in Rio de Janeiro’s bohemian district of Lapa. Ramos also had a small memorable role in “Carandiru,” in which he played a prison inmate infected with AIDS. Most of his recent roles have been on Brazilian television. In Brazil, Ramos is also known as a fierce promoter of Afro-Brazilian culture and history; He comes from Bahia, Brazil’s blackest state.
His wife, Taís Araújo, isn’t as well-known internationally, but her impact on Brazilian television might be greater than her husband’s. When she was just 17, she became the first black woman to play a protagonist on a Brazilian novela. She played Xica da Silva, an 18th-century Afro-Brazilian woman who was born a slave but eventually became wealthy and powerful through a long-term relationship with her white slave owner. She has constantly worked since then, often appearing in a 7 p.m. novela, the most coveted show for Brazilian actors.
For black Americans, the union between Ramos and Araújo appears to be a perfect match. For Afro-Brazilians, it’s a match that they rarely see. For the most part, rich and successful Afro-Brazilians do not marry black people. Soccer stars marry white women. Black Brazilian models marry white men. Militant black Brazilians always debate the reasons for this. But sociologists have concluded that rich Afro-Brazilians are usually exchanging status when they marry white. They provide the high socioeconomic status in exchange for whiteness, which has a high racial status in Brazil. (http://www.amazon.com/Race-Another-America-Significance-Brazil/dp/0691127921)
When Ramos and Araújo married in 2006, there was no such transaction. There was simply a union of the most powerful black actors in Brazil. And so far, it has worked wonders for them. Through 10 years of marriage and two kids, Ramos and Araújo are still the most visible and powerful black actors in Brazil. They appeal to all Brazilians, but they are beloved by Afro-Brazilians. Araújo regularly appears in television ads for skincare and baby clothes. Ramos regularly makes guest appearances on major television talk shows. Despite this, both of them are still renown for acting roles that they played more than 10 years ago, Araújo at least 20 years ago. They both need “Mister Brau” to be a hit show.
With “Mister Brau,” the couple and Globo television appear to have figured out how to capitalize on their visible relationship. Ramos plays the pop star who uses African rhythms in his music. Araújo stars as his beautiful wife, choreographer and manager. Many of the story lines revolve around their relationship. The first show, which you can watch below (sorry no subtitles), opens up with them buying a $3.5 million mansion in Barra, a neighborhood known for new wealth in Rio de Janeiro. What happens when music stars move into a neighborhood? They party. Their white neighborhoods are shocked and disappointed and even attempt to sell their house at a loss. Somehow Ramos and his white neighbor, who is a lawyer, develop a business relationship.
Visually the show is spectacular. Araújo wears wild hair extensions that make her look like a Greek Goddess. And she wears the clothes to match the hair—vibrant, colorful flowing dresses. The previews show Ramos using African clothes and makeup during his packed arena performances. Ramos delivers energetic and dynamic performances in every scene, often overshadowing all the other actors and actresses.
I watched the first episode with Naiara Paula, a college educated Afro-Brazilian woman who Brazilians would call militant. In America, she would just be an Afrocentric black woman who just wants to see more people like herself on TV. Paula thought the show was groundbreaking because black people are usually shown on Brazilian television as maids, bandits and, in general, poor people.
“On television, especially on GLOBO, it’s very difficult to see a black man and woman married, living in a big house and wearing beautiful African clothes,” Paula said. “So Lázaro and Taís are amazing for being able to achieve this on Brazilian television.”
But she also felt that the show propagated many stereotypes that Afro-Brazilians are trying to get away from. Mister Brau is an uneducated musician who strays from his marriage with a white woman. Araújo is a black temptress and her white married neighbor has a crush on her.
It’s the juxtaposition of Mister Brau and his wife with the white couple that she found especially troubling.
“There is a white man who is a lawyer because of course only white men can only be lawyers in this country,” she said jokingly. “The white man is well educated, speaks correctly, studies, and is in a good place in life with his wife.”
“It’s the black couple who are doing everything wrong. They aren’t well educated and they don’t follow rules,” she added.
Paula asked: if every storyline compares the black and white couple, then wouldn’t the white couple always appear to be the “good” ones?
Despite these reservations, she laughed often during the show, which shows its entertainment value.
It’s too early to say if the show is a hit or not, or even if it is good, great or just OK. Many of the Afro-Brazilians I know said they are going to support the show regardless of its quality because they want more diverse television.
Nduka Obaigbena, editor-in-chief and chairman of Thisday Newspaper is in the news for the wrong reason again
The flambouyant publisher who is known to owe his staff has done it again in his London based media outfit, a television channel Arise and because of this, the TV channel suddenly vanished from the airwaves just before 5 pm on Thursday, January 14, 2016.
The message beneath logo of the station, which is broadcast on Sky channel 519 simply read: “Normal service will resume as soon as possible.” But the staff are said to know otherwise, the station has more than transmission problem.
Obaigbena is said to have employed many senior British journalists and is being pursued over a trail of debts estimated at £3m and including nearly £1m owed to the station’s own workers.
Arise now faces a High Court winding up petition brought against it by a British television company, having only settled a similar action brought by a British publisher last summer. It also owes money to global news agencies which supply its pictures, including Reuters and Associated Press. It is also alleged to have breached its license with Ofcom, the broadcast regulator, by failing to pay its annual license fee by the required date.
The watchdog is facing calls for Arise, which broadcasts on Sky to be stripped of its license.
Arise first went off air late last year as 62 Arise workers, supported by the NUJ and Bectu media unions, began collective legal action for £825,000 unpaid wages but a skeleton team returned to work on 11 January after receiving cash advances of around £250 a day.
The staffs are now lamenting their plight, David Lee, who resigned as a production editor and claims he is owed £20,000, said: “It’s disgusting, now I’m faced with a tax bill that I can’t pay. Two staff in the New York office has lost their houses because they were unable to make their monthly mortgage repayments.”
Obaigbena has explained why he is indebted to is staffs hinging his financial problems on “the collapse of oil prices” and the subsequent restrictions in Nigeria on foreign exchange. He also alleged a scam on the part of the staffs when he said that almost all Arise workers were freelance and claimed to have uncovered a wages scam. He noted further: “We are in dispute…with some who made invalid claims which we discovered during a routine audit,” he told The Independent. “The courts may have to determine this. Some saw Arise as a gravy train to take advantage of. They are wrong.”
Despite all these, Obaigbena said his TV station is still in the soft launch phase of five-year launch plan and thus is in its teething stage. He said: “As a new business still in investment stage the revenue generation stage takes time and stability. We are in a marathon and not a sprint.”
Last year, Nduka Obaigbena’s Thisday Newspaper was picket by the NUJ over several months of unpaid salaries owed his staffs.
Meanwhile, Obaigbena’s name was mentioned in the ongoing investigation of the $2.1billion arms deal. He was alleged to have collected N650 million from Col. Sambo Dasuki.
The Igbo Women Awards, the first of its kind, is set to take place next year in the United Kingdom ( date and venue to be announced in January).
Visit www.igbowomenaward.com to vote for amazing igbo women deserving of recognition for their work or role. This is open to igbo women all over the world. Get voting!
This year’s Igbo Women Award is honouring women who have proven excellence in the following categories:
Best Sports Personality
Best Media Personality
Best Dance group
Best Women Group
Best Women Town Association
Best International Woman
Nominate an Inspirational Igbo woman or women group in the following categories by sending a short biography and picture to email@example.com