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9am – 10am – On The Edge hosted by Kalisha J @Colourful Radio

Topical chat show on Colourful Radio

Kalisha J is an American born and UK-based multi-lingual Singer / Songwriter, Multimedia Presenter (Online, TV and Radio) and Event Host with a unique multi-cultural background.

Having accumulated a wealth of experience from her time living in Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey and Austria, Kalisha is carving out her own lane as a solo artist. Her backing vocal credits include the likes of Michael Bublé, Florence & The Machine, Sam Smith, Madonna, Leona Lewis, Rumer and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child.

Known for her infectious laugh and bright, friendly personality, her presenting showreel boasts interviews with legends such as Eve and Akon, leading lights on the Afro-beats scene Femi Kuti, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, PSquare, Diamond Platnumz, Yemi Alade and Davido, right through to homegrown grime star Skepta, Golden Globe & Emmy Nominee David Oyelowo, UK Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon and UK
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Whether lending her versatile vocals to music projects, providing radio voiceovers for The Beat FM London, Premier Radio, BBC1Xtra’s Breakfast Show with ADot or presenting ‘The Thursday Show’ (a weekly live television programme on Sky238) – Kalisha J is definitely one to watch.

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Face of N.U.B.A.A

N.U.B.A.A AWARDS 2014 is here again and they are looking for the FACE…THE FACE OF N.U.B.A.A. An Ambassador that will help to promote EDUCATION, a SPOKES PERSON, A Role Model and much more, here in the UK and Internationally.

For more information and how to apply visit or you can send an email to


Nigerian Watch launches an African Business UK Directory coming out in October 2014

NIGERIAN Watch is launching an African Business UK Directory coming out in October 2014 as part of an ongoing drive to facilitate intra-African commerce across the community.

Launched in March 2012, Nigerian Watch has established itself as the undisputed market leader in the UK’s Diaspora publishing industry in just over two years. In addition to this, the paper’s online newspaper has attracted over 2m readers, making it the foremost ethnic minority newspaper in the UK.

To build on this success, Nigerian Watch has decided to launch an African business directory to enable Africans engaged in commerce to have easy access to each other. Its first edition comes out in October 2014 and will be marketed extensively around the UK and beyond to give each business maximum exposure.

Maryanne Jemide, Nigerian Watch’s managing director, said: “Our first edition will have 30,000 copies printed and it will be distributed using our already well-established distribution locations, which includes, supermarkets, local shops, specific tube and train stations, African churches, restaurants, African embassies, African banks etc. Over the last 10 years an increasing number of Africans have opened businesses in the UK and a lot of them are thriving and doing very well.

“As a result, Nigerian Watch has decided to launch this directory in order to further promote and assist all African businesses in the UK to grow and expand. This directory will cover all business categories including money transfer, beauty salons, telecoms, entertainment, events/exhibitions, fitness, health & beauty, hair & make-up, hairdressers, legal services, painters & decorators, taxis, tuition, venues, solicitors, shipping, accountants, estate agents, wedding cakes/candy, universities & colleges, car and coach hire, car sales, carpenters & joiners, carpet cleaners and caterers but to name a few.”

To advertise in the directory, business can either call 020 8588 9640 or email Previously a monthly publication which came out on the last Friday of every month, Nigerian Watch became so popular its management decided to double its print run and 50,000 copies are now printed a fortnight.

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Tammy V speaks to Samantha Chioma, Writer of New Webseries “Life of Hers”


Samantha Chioma is a British born Nigerian writer who has recently debuted her first web series “Life of Hers” directed by Olan Collardy and Ola Masha of Cardy Films UK. Life of Hers explores the challenges of being a young woman of the African Diaspora in a world where ambition and drive are in conflict with the traditional values of an African upbringing.

I caught up with Samantha to discuss the series, the inspiration behind the characters and how the series can help young people to understand their position in a cosmopolitan city…

Can you give us an overview of the 1st season without giving too much away?

Season one comprises five episodes, and over these five episodes the viewers are introduced to the four main characters, Kaima, Cassandra, Hodan and Valentine. The season gives some insight into their individual personalities, backgrounds and personal conflicts, and how some of these conflicts are resolved (or not!).

What was the inspiration behind each of the four main characters?

I wanted to develop four women who had different backgrounds, different personalities, different outlooks in love and life and different circumstances, but were united in friendship. I also wanted to address different aspects of modern life with these women, so for example, with Valentine, we see how religion can play a part in a young woman’s life, and with Kaima we see the difficulties that can arise when you choose a career path that’s more entrepreneurial and creative, instead of the usual 9-5.

How did the actresses who play each character win you over at casting?

I wasn’t actually involved with casting – the producer and directors took care of that. I did, however, have a discussion with the director beforehand about how I imagined each character looked and their idiosyncrasies. When I finally met the cast it was a real pleasure and I was excited to see what each would do with their characters, and how they would bring them to life.

Are any of the characters based on yourself and your experiences?

I think they all have an element of me or of things I’ve thought or discussed with friends. I’m very interested in people and what motivates them and excites them, what makes them feel embarrassed or sad or happy or ashamed.

Who is your favourite character and why?

Interesting question… I like all of them, but my favourite characters are Hodan and Onama (Kaima’s little sister). Hodan, because I think she’s the most complex and unusual of the women, and Onama because she’s young, brilliant and wise, but also a little naive.

Who is the target audience for the series?

The target audience are young women and men, both from the UK and around the world. For those in the UK, I hope it will be an accurate representation of some aspects of life as a young black woman in London, and for those around the world I think the themes and characters will still be relatable as a young adult in an ever-changing society.

Do you feel that only having women with an African background limits or even ostracises the series when it comes to women of other cultures e.g. Caribbean’s?

No, I don’t think so. Whilst British Africans and Caribbean’s have many similarities of experience, there are also many significant differences. Coming from an African background myself, I felt that the black British African experience was not one that receives much attention or exploration on TV, beyond the typical caricatures or stereotypes. I don’t think that having main characters who have an African background isolates viewers who don’t. We are unified by many other things, for example, our blackness, gender, goals, desires, beliefs, and the fact that we are young Londoners.

How do you feel the series will affect your target audience?

I’m hoping the audience feel familiar with Life of Hers, like I’m an old friend who has just told parts of their own story!

What was your main goal when you begun writing the series?

I wanted to write the type of show that I wanted to watch myself. I wanted to write a series that was about young British black women, that reflected some of the issues that we face today, and was also about friendship. The main goal was to write something that was relatable and could document and explore different aspects of life as a black British woman in the 2000s.

Do you think there is too for much pressure put on young women when it comes to choosing between family, career, tradition etc?

Tough question! I think this requires a conversation but I would say, sometimes, yes. I’ve been fortunate in that my mother never put pressure on me to do one or the other – she herself has been someone who has done practically everything simultaneously; education, career, family, business, etc. That said, however, for me and I’m sure many others, it was always implied that education (as in, up to degree level) was to be completed before anything else! I am sure that there were things she would have had to sacrifice for family, or sacrifice for her career. One issue is that young women are given such varying advice and this can be a pressure in itself. We are told by society and sometimes family members, to get our Masters degree, get a good job, be ambitious, but not too ambitious. Look good, but don’t wear too many designers or don’t buy that car or that house in case it scares off a possible suitor. So it can be difficult to find balance and the courage to do what you really want or need to do for yourself.

As a young woman who is building her career what steps have you taken to ensure that you do not have to sacrifice any of your dreams?

That’s another tough question! I’m a big believer in writing all my dreams down, so I have an A2 poster on the wall at home that has all the different things that I want to do and become. This serves as a reminder whenever I start to get distracted from my main goals.

I also try to ask for help or advice when I need it. This hasn’t been easy, and it’s not something that comes naturally but I do believe that many, if not all, things can only be accomplished with the help of others. It’s my way of being kinder to myself, and not working myself to the bone when there are people around who have the capacity, skills and desire to help.

I guess, another step I’ve taken is learning how to be audacious with my dreams and desires, and this requires lots of courage. It’s something that my friends and I discuss with and encourage in each other frequently, taking bold, innovative steps towards our dreams and careers, regardless of our fears, or the real (or perceived) lack of resource.

How did Ola Masha, Olan Collardy (director) and producer Waiki Harnais get involved in the project?

I had the idea for the series a while ago, and sent some ideas to Waiki and Ola for their opinion, as they have a lot of experience in film and script-writing. They then forwarded my ideas to Olan, who was really enthusiastic for the project, so after my exams (I’m studying full-time), I sat down and wrote the script for the five episodes over three weeks or so. Olan, Ola and Waiki took care of getting the cast and the rest of the production team together, and then finally all the filming and editing.

Social media has been used as the main advertising tool for the series, what kind of feedback have you gotten so far?

It’s been amazing, even before people had seen it, everyone was really very supportive and excited to watch it and were already claiming who they thought their favourite characters would be. Most of the people who have now watched the series remark how much they can relate to the characters and how well the series was produced, some going as far as saying it’s something that has been needed in the UK web-drama scene. It’s been overwhelmingly positive and I’m very grateful.

How did you get into writing is it something you have always wanted to do?

I’ve been writing fiction since I could read! I remember in primary school a teacher suggested an anthology be made of the stories I had written. I still have a few of those stories and they were imaginative but really quite cringeworthy. I love people, and I love exploring what motivates them, analysing them, empathising with them, understanding them and then explaining them to others. This passion is shown in my love for writing, and also in my chosen career path.

Have you done any other kind of writing and if so how different is it writing a series?

Over the years I have mainly written short stories and poems, though I wouldn’t call myself a poet at all! I wrote a play a couple of years ago. I also had a blog, The SuperWoman Chronicles, where I wrote articles about my life and my thoughts on culture, tradition, religion and womanhood.
Writing the webseries was an interesting experience and I had to learn a lot quite quickly, about structure and dialogue and writing succinctly; you don’t get the luxury of story writing where you can sit and spend paragraphs describing someone’s hair or clothes for example. Despite that, when it comes to storylines, webseries provide a flexibility that allows you to explore multiple themes without getting the viewer – or yourself – confused.

How did it feel to see your ideas come to life on screen?

It was really surreal. I had sat with these characters for months, reading their words and actions over and over again, editing and re-editing. So to see it come to life and see the characters take form is really an amazing experience.

What advice would you give a would be writer?

Just write. Write the story that’s important to you. Also, to paraphrase some advice that author Justine Larbalestier shared a while ago: consider your first draft a ‘zero draft’. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes or not getting everything right in the first draft. Write it all anyway and then rework it later.

How long was the process between writing the series and getting it produced?

The whole process has taken about six months! It was long and tiring but exciting. We learnt so much in the process and hopefully that will show in season two!

What are your plans for the next year?

Having released season one on Friday 11th July, we’re moving into pre-production for season two now. So look out for that!

Where can audiences find the series?
Well the series is out! All five episodes of Season One are available to watch online now on the Cardy Films TV YouTube channel

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Apply for Expert Voices: BAME Talent Days

Do you want to share your expertise and knowledge by appearing on television and radio? Are you from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background?

The BBC Academy is holding a series of free introductions to the world of broadcasting to help BAME men and women feel comfortable appearing on television, radio and online as expert contributors or presenters.

These events will help boost the diversity of experts in the media and follow the acclaimed Expert Women campaign which ran in 2013.

We are running five days across the country. The first will take place in London on 9 October and details of how to apply are below.

The days will offer a range of practical media experiences, including sessions on camera and in a radio studio as well as master classes and networking with experienced programme makers and industry leaders.


Event: Expert Voices: BAME Talent Day London

Location:  BBC New Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

Date: Thursday 9 October 2014


What we are looking for: specialist areas
If you have recognised expertise in one of the key subject areas listed below and are interested in appearing in the media and live or work close to London, we want to hear from you. If you don’t live nearby or have expertise in a different area, take a look at our future sessions which are taking place around the UK.

Cultural Commentary – is your expertise in popular entertainment, the arts, literature or areas like social policy or national identity? 

History – the Tudors, the First World War, the ancient world or modern Britain, which period are you passionate about? Are you an academic, custodian, auctioneer or museum curator?  

Science – do you have expertise in a subject – from forensics to biology – recognised in the academic, research or commercial world?

Health and medicine – are you medically qualified?

Finance and statistics – can you communicate about numbers, from personal finance to big business?

Food and nutrition – are you a chef, cook or expert on farming and food production?


How to apply
You will need to send us your CV and a short film of no more than two minutes duration. The film should be very straightforward – and can be as simple as a friend recording you on a smartphone.

The film should consist of you talking to camera:

a)     Give your name and job title at the start, explain your job in layman’s terms and talk briefly about what you do.

b)     Relate a story, within your area of expertise, that you want to tell and think the general public would find interesting.

The film should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo or similar so that we can view it.


Making your short film

1. We are looking for people who can really bring their subject to life in a way that would appeal to a broad audience.

2. Keep a mainstream audience in mind and avoid complicated terminology.

3. Convey your enthusiasm and passion for your subject.

4. Don’t worry about producing a super slick film; smartphone quality is ideal. Just keep it simple – we aren’t evaluating your camera skills. The most important thing is that we can see and hear you clearly.


Closing date 
The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 31 August 2014.

Please only apply if you are able to be in BBC New Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA on Thursday 9 October 2014. 

Please note that the BBC is unable to refund any expenses incurred in applying for, or attending, the training day.


So we can see your film
A straightforward way to get your clip to us is to set up a YouTube account, and upload your short film there. You will need a Gmail email account in order to set up a YouTube account. (Please note that YouTube and Gmail are separate third parties that are not affiliated to the BBC.  You will therefore be subject to their third party terms and conditions.)

Once you have set your YouTube account up, please check your settings. You must change your YouTube default setting from private to ‘unlisted’.

The privacy settings on your entry videos must be set as ‘unlisted’ in order for us to view your films.

Please could you name your clip in the following format:

Firstname surname expertise 

If you choose not to upload your film to YouTube you will need to burn it onto a CD or DVD and post it to Expert Voices, BBC Academy, College of Production, BC2C1, Broadcast Centre, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS. Your parcel will need to arrive at the BBC by Monday 25 August.  We will not be able to return any CDs or other materials to you.


Application Checklist
Please send an email containing the following:

1. Personal details

a)     Name

b)     Category (Cultural Commentary, History, Science, Health and Medicine, Finance and Statistics or Food and Nutrition)

c)     Mobile phone number

d)     Email address

e)     Job title – in layman’s terms, clarify what your job involves

f)      Details of your ethnic group (please identify yourself against the Office for National Statistics categories listed on the ONS website).


2.  A link to a film of you talking to camera about you, your area of expertise and a story/issue that you feel needs to be told.


3.  One written paragraph explaining the story/issue you have chosen to talk about. Why does this story need airtime? Why you are passionate about it? (250 words max.)


4.  Your CV as an attachment. Please name your CV file in the following format: First name surname CV


5.  The following paragraph, deleted as applicable (see Privacy Policy, below)

do  / don’t give my permission to be informed if the BBC Academy holds further masterclasses.

do  / don’t give the BBC Academy my permission to share my details with other producers or broadcasters.

do  / don’t give my permission to the BBC Academy to include my video in an Expert Voices YouTube channel and playlist.


6.  The name and contact details for someone from whom we can take a reference for you.


All to be emailed to:


How we will choose the delegates for this event
A panel of experts from the BBC Academy and the wider BBC will view all the material submitted and will select up to 30 delegates, plus up-to five for a waiting-list, based on the following criteria:

  • Passion for your chosen subject
  • Communication skills
  • USP as an expert in your field
  • Your potential as on screen/on mic talent
  • Relevance and audience awareness

The judges’ decision will be final and we will not be able to give you individual feedback or enter into any correspondence. We will take up references before confirming the final delegates and the people on the waiting list.


Privacy Policy (see application checklist)

  • We would like to add you to our mailing list so that we could contact you about future BBC events. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree to this in your application.
  • We will also make your contact details and your clip available to producers across the industry who may contact you. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree to this in your application.
  • We plan to include clips on a BBC Expert Voices YouTube Channel. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree to this in your application.

We will store your information for 12 months, after which it will be securely deleted from our systems.



Further events

We are also holding Expert Voices events in Birmingham, Salford, Glasgow and Bristol. If you live and work near these locations and have expertise in the subject areas required, we’d love to hear from you.


BIRMINGHAM: Thursday 27 November 2014

The subject areas will be:

Health and medicine – are you medically qualified?

Rural affairs – do you have specialist knowledge of farming and food production?

Science – do you have expertise in a subject – from forensics to biology – recognised in the academic, research or commercial world?

Business and economics – can you demystify the world of business, from global finance to kitchen table start-ups?

Consumer finance – can you talk knowledgeably about everything from mortgages to pay day lenders?

Community matters – is your expertise in social policy, local education or family and religious affairs?

We will open for applications on 1 September 2014. If you would like to express your interest in this event before then, please email and we will remind you when you’re able to apply.


BRISTOL:  Thursday 29 January 2015

The subject areas will be:

Antiques / fine art – do you know your Ming from your Meissen? Do you collect, buy or sell desirable decorative items or advise other collectors?

Gardening and horticulture – are you a garden designer, a landscaper or a botanist? Are you passionate about shaping and beautifying the natural world?

Rural affairs – do you have specialist knowledge of farming, food production or rural issues?

Conservation and environment – are you an expert on alternative forms of power or preserving the natural world?

Natural history – are you a zoologist, anthropologist, geologist or biologist? Can you communicate about animal or human behaviours or the physical forces which formed the world?

Food – are you a chef or cook? Can you prepare delicious food or talk about what we eat?

Applications will open on 26 October 2014. If you would like to express your interest in this event please email and we will remind you when you’re able to apply.


SALFORDThursday 26 February 2015

The subject areas will be:

History – the Tudors, the First World War, the ancient world or modern Britain, which periods are you passionate about? Are you an academic, custodian, auctioneer or museum curator?

Science / health – are you medically qualified?

Sport – do you coach, play or comment on football, athletics or other sport?

Business and economics– can you demystify the world of business, from global finance to kitchen table start-ups?

Consumer finance – can you talk knowledgeably about everything from mortgages to pay day lenders?

Art – is your expertise in the visual arts, popular entertainment or literature?

We will open for applications on 1 December 2014. If you would like to express your interest in this date please email and we will remind you once applications can be accepted.


GLASGOW: Thursday 12 March 2015

The subject areas will be:

Arts – is your expertise in the visual arts, popular entertainment or literature?

Medicine – are you medically qualified?

Science – do you have expertise in a subject – from forensics to biology – recognised in the academic, research or commercial world?

Community affairs – can you talk knowledgeably about local government, education or social policy?

Law and justice – do you have a legal qualification and can you communicate clearly about legal affairs?

Children’s broadcasting – are you a specialist in history, science, coding, zoology, agriculture or medicine and can you communicate these subjects to a young audience?

Applications open on 5 January 2015. If you would like to express your interest in this date please email and we will remind you once applications can be accepted.

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On the Reel ft. Tiara Williams Africans vs. African Americans, What’s the beef?

On this episode of #OntheReel,The Reel Talkers talk about the negative relationship between Africans and African Americans. Why does it seem Africans do not respect African Americans?
What are your thoughts.


Documentry: The Siddi, an African Community in India

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Opportunity with Colourful Radio

Want to have a go at being a radio co host?

Want to get airplay for your independent tracks?

Got a community project that’s doing great things?

Got some expert information you’d like to share?

Contact Elen B host of Generation Y (Saturday Morning Breakfast Show) which broadcasts every Saturday 7am -10am


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Radio Biafra London Organise Demonstration in Memory of Biafra War

Yesterday 30th May marked 47th Anniversary of the creation of the  Republic of Biafra. The creation of this state triggered what was knwon as the Nigerian Civil War (Biafra War) which lasted from 30th May 1967 – 15 January 1970. around 3.5 million Biafrans were killed.

In memory of this the team at Radio Biafra London,(along with various Biafran groups) organised demonstrations across the world.

Radio Biafra London which broadcasts everyday 7pm to 10pm

(Radio Biafra also does live broadcasts from different bases across the world, i.e. Russia, Malaysia, France, Spain, Nigeria, to name a few)

Here are a list of books that tackle the Biafra War, get them now, whilst they are available. Don’t wait till they are out of print,then complain that you can’t find anything



Nigeria and Biafra: My Story by Phillip Effiong (Vice President of the Republic of Biafra) 

There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra by Chinua Achebe

The Future That Vanished: A Biafra Story by P.J Odu 

The Untold Story of the Nigeria-Biafra War by Luke Nnaemeka Aneke

Biafra Revisited by Herbert Ekwe Ekwe 

They Died in Vain by Celestina Ischei-Isamah

No Place To Hide: Crisis and Conflicts Inside Biafra by Bernard Odogwu 

Surviving in Biafra: The Story of the Nigerian Civil War by Alfred Uzokwe

Biafra Sunset in Biafra by Elechi Amadi 

Nigeria Ojukwu Azikwe Biafra Beyond The Rising Sun by Dr S Okechuwku Mezu

Reflections on the Nigerian Civil War: facing the Future by  Ralph Uwechue 

The Broken Back Axle: Unspeakable Events in Biafra by Obi N Ebbe

War Stories: A Memoir of Nigeria and Biafra by John Sherman

The Biafra-Nigeria War: A hUman Tragedy by Godfrey Chukwugozie Okeke 

Biafra or Nigerian Presidency: What the Ibos Want by Emeka Adolf Chigozie Emekesiri

A Biafran Soldiers Survival from the Jawa of Death: Nigerian Biafran Civil War by Jerome Agu Nwadike 

Last Train to Biafra: Memories of a Biafran Child by Diliorah Chukwurah

Biafra: Lest We Forget by Richie Adewusi 

The Republic of Biafra: Once Upon A Time In Nigeria My Story Of The Biafra-Nigerian Civil War – A Struggle For SURVIVAL (1967-1970) by Dr Onyema Nkwocha

88 Days in Biafra by Samuel Enadeghe Umweni 

Biafra: The Memory of the Music by Jim Malia           

Red Belt: Biafra Rising by Samuel Ikpe

Shadows: Airlift and Airwar in Biafra and Nigeria 1967-1970 by Michael I Draper




I Saw Biafra by Ndubueze Akuneme

Destination Biafra by Buchi Emecheta

What A War: On Being a Biafran Soldier by Ray Anyasi 

War Games by Dulue Mbachu

Half of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche 

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche