BBC Quickly Arrange Meeting with Producers of Meet the Adebanjos – Britain’s New Black Online Sitcom

Just a month after launching their new sitcom independently online and receiving widespread media attention, the BBC has quickly arranged to meet the producers of Meet the Adebanjo’s to discuss picking it for season 2.

Only this week the Metro newspaper featured Meet the Adebanjo’s as what good to watch online and the producers believe it’s the result of the widespread interest in the sitcom which has made the BBC arrange a meeting for the 1st August.

Executive producer Andrew Osayemi says

“Together with our co-production partners Fresh Media Productions we have set out from the start to be different and to provide quality Black British TV content which is lacking on TV and distribute it online. Now over the past 3 weeks major TV production companies including the BBC have been contacting us about the show”


The show creator and producer Debra Odutuyo is asking the many fans of the sitcom to email her pointers to put forward to the commissioners as to why this show and shows like this should be shown on the BBC. Odutuyo says

“watch the episodes online and then email me suggestions to help us at the meeting to – but hurry as the meeting is in a week’s time”.

2 episodes of the show have been released already online and the producers plan to not let this latest development distract them from their original plans and will release the final episode after the meeting with the BBC. Osayemi says

“We will continue as planned to release the final episode then the rest of the boxset on DVD because our goal is first and foremost to create an industry where more Black British production can be made independently of mainstream backing and by buying the DVD that what you
will help create”


For anyone who has not watched the episodes please go to website and send in your suggestions to Debra and Andrew quickly as the 1st August is only 1 week away.

It’s time to place quality black British content firmly on the map of UK television. It starts from today! This revolution will be televised.

Website to watch Episodes:

European Diversity and Inclusion Congress (EDIC) High-­‐level international forum for business executives, media and research institutions Vienna, 1st – 2nd March 2012

Call for Speakers

Diversity Leadership

European Diversity and Inclusion Congress (EDIC)
High-­‐level international forum for business executives, media and research institutions Vienna, 1st – 2nd March 2012Dear D&I Experts, Practitioners, Researchers etc.!

The European Diversity and Inclusion Congress –EDIC 2012 is happy to announce its call for speakers!
EDIC is a high-ranking international gathering of senior corporate managers, HR and CSR managers, diversity and inclusion experts and practitioners, government and non-government organization (NGO) officials, academics etc. focusing on the complex challenges and opportunities related to global diversity management.

EDIC provides its attendees with a two days of very unique, intensive and interactive experience, exposing them to a refreshing combination of cutting-edge tools and opportunities on the one hand and groundbreaking, trendsetting innovative research findings in the field of Diversity and Inclusion from both a European and global perspectives on the other hand.

Whereas day one is focusing on marketing diversity for business results, comparative advantages of flexible working arrangements both for companies and employees, taping into the pipeline of women and minorities, setting and managing diversity targets in an ever-changing workforce, day two is committed to Inclusion management, Innovative research findings, career development and human networks, diversity charters, employee engagement and satisfaction, placing a special focus on how companies and D&I experts can overcome challenges and create new opportunities in emerging workforces.

Exact conference location will be communicated shortly!

Submission and deadline

Interested speakers are kindly invited to take a close look at our agenda online by clicking on for our 2012 agenda, and to kindly select the topic/panel most suitable to their expertise.
Complete requests for speaking engagement should be sent to us via mail to preferably in word document form. Please make sure to include the following to make your submission complete:

An abstract with no more than 400 words briefly describing your input/approach to the chosen panel
Short bio with no more than 150 words clearly stating your expertise on the chosen panel/topic
1 printable photograph, no less than 300 DPI, for our Congress Journal
For the purpose of quick handling we encourage you to submit your complete registration no later than Monday 30th November 2011.The D&I Congress enjoys a high demand of speaking engagements from extremely high-profile leaders from around the globe. Speakers will therefore be considered depending on availability of speaking opportunities. Selected speaker will receive a notice with our speaker’s commitment form and an invitation to proceed to official online registration.Target audience of EDIC

The EDIC is an ideal Forum for Business and the public sector, leaders and decision-makers seeking insight, expertise and solutions on how to stay competitive and successful in today’s rapidly changing workforces and marketplaces.

Our target audiences include high-profile international diversity and inclusion experts, CEOs, academia, D&I practitioners, authors, journalists etc, seeking to share their insights, strategies, benefits, challenges, opportunities on how today’s businesses can best manage and profit from inclusive diversity.

EDIC is an excellent training and learning place for organisational development specialists, diversity, minority and gender trainers and coaches, policy-makers and anyone interested in diversity and inclusion and seeking maximum output at the lowest cost.

EDIC’s setting and selected topics are most carefully designed to meet the needs of companies and D&I mangers with little money, seeking to improve their company D&I profile and reputation.

Expected number of participants

Each of our past diversity leadership conferences has attracted over 230 participants from all over the world. However, for the purpose of interactively and intensively engaging and taping into the expertise and biographies of both our speakers and attendees we are consciously limiting the maximum number our participants for 2012 to 200.

Congress language

The Congress will be held both in English and German according to speaker’s preference. Simultaneous Interpretation will be provided in both languages as needed.

Visit our website for any further information.

It is our duty and pleasure to assist you through a smooth and quick registration procedure, so feel free to contact us for any assistance. You can reach us by phone +43 9660 11 969 115 or by email:

I personally look forward to welcoming you on board our high profile speakers’ community, to Vienna in and to EDIC 2012.

Let the sun shine!

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Beatrice Achaleke
CEO Diversity Leadership
EDIC Founder & Congress Manager

Sisters Sharing Knowledge – Using social media for events? Yes, I can!

From Laura Bazile in France:

As an event professional/planner, when planning to add vital social media to (your) events (environment), you can obviously mention, off the top of your head, a few tools coming up instantly as mandatory, great, needless to add for free (firstly and/or apart from further development)…

Taking a close look…:

1-Yes, you can use social media for events but you cannot use all of them.

2-Yes, you can use social media for events but you cannot exclude that it will be browsed by attendees, vendors and team, so think about what is helpful or not be forgotten.

3-Yes, you can use social media for events but you cannot forget about strategy, not a “4-year plan” meant to be “the unique plan” but simply keep in mind that, in essence, an event has a lifecycle, thus social media may facilitate your work…. not the other way around.

4-Yes, you can use social media for events but you cannot afford to ignore them, in other words “give it a try without them and see what is going on”. Wrong choice as competitors will do differently.

5-Yes, you can use social media for events but you cannot focus on days and prices only; think about bridges you can build between attendees, you and others.

6-Yes, you can use social media for events but you cannot ban a post-event plan; if you have been really well present online (before the event), think about feedback, reports and what your clients are on to.

7-Yes, you can use social media for events but you cannot neglect your website in terms of coherence, dynamism and showcase online; basically, it is your virtual signature.

8-Yes, you can use social media for events but you cannot cut the budget on dedicated team in charge and/or paid services that may allow you to enhance preparation.

9-Yes, you can use social media for events but you cannot leave behind accurate time, needed to get effective results.

10-Yes, you can use social media for events but you cannot imagine that “it is all done, now!” team reactivity, quality of content added to first-rate organization remain keys for successful events.

What about you, which one is your favorite “Yes, I can… but “I cannot…”? Any pointers?


Laura Bazile is an events professional, loves travelling, meeting & helping people, and is passionate about social media, live & virtual arts, and design.

Designer Birgitte Hansen’s Metal Flower Necklace – A bloom for all seasons

Birgitte's ncklace
Birgitte Hansen's design

The floral inspired ‘Cut Flowers’ necklace is available in a satin brushed finish. Each piece is refined by hand and made wearer friendly by being gently tumbled in fine porcelain particles which rounds off and soften all sharp edges. eslin is a new brand of jewelry designed and produced in Denmark from laser cut flexible metal that retains its shape.

Who is Christelle Kedi?

Christelle KEDI is a ( which means “face painter” in nuwaupic language. As a Beffta nominated, ethical make-up and fashion stylist born and raised in Paris, Christelle Kédi has trained at University of the Arts. She started in 2007 her London-based consultancy specialized in make up & fashion guidance for media industry.


Christelle mainly focus on Afro aesthetics and has worked with several magazines including National Geographic Green, The Voice, FAB magazine, New African Woman UK and Ninety Nine to name a few as well as in film and for BEN TV. She has also designed a make up for several fashion shows during London Fashion Week. As a beauty/fashion editor, Christelle writes for magazines including Knowledge Fountain business magazine or l’Afrique qui gagne. Her inside and daily experiences of the fashion industry as well as the business skills she gained from running her company, allow Christelle to comment with accuracy and precision.

Delivering talks and trainings about her core subjects: colours, photography, identity, arts and styling, has lead Christelle to become an Afro aesthetics consultant. She strongly believes that aesthetics standards should always reflect a mental and psychological reality of a community, for instance: “straightening Afro hair, is a choice often reflecting an admitted or not, desire to look like others (communities)” . Her portfolio, blog and current projects are available on this website,

Lorraine Pascale – Representing Sainsbury’s and cooking and baking up a storm on the BBC

Lorraine Pascale is the new face of Sainsbury’s, replacing Jamie Oliver, and will star in a new BBC show, Home Cooking Made Easy.

About Lorraine: Source-Lorraine Pascale

Lorraine Pascale

Lorraine grew up in Oxfordshire with her adoptive mother and aged 11 she achieved a 100 per cent scholarship to go to a boarding school in Devon. Aged 16, she was spotted by a model scout while shopping in Covent Garden. She was whisked off to New York and held her own amongst the biggest names of the day for some of the worlds most successful designers including Chanel, Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Versace, Benetton and Donna Karan. She was also the first British black model on the cover of American Elle.

Although Lorraine had a fabulous time modelling, she gave it up as she wanted to find something she was really passionate about and something that would take her through her 30s and beyond. So in between modelling jobs, she enrolled on loads of courses to find out what would really make her tick including hypnotherapy and interior design. It was not until she enrolled on a year long cookery course at Leith’s that Lorraine finally knew what she wanted to do.

On completing the Leith’s Diploma of Food and Wine, Lorraine did a two year foundation degree in International Culinary Arts in Pastry and then worked in some of the most renowned kitchens of the world, including Petrus, The Mandarin Oriental, Gilgamesh and The Wolseley. But working 18-hour days for someone else wasn’t easy for Lorraine which led her to start her own business creating celebration cakes.

Today, Lorraine’s cookery career is going from strength to strength. A long held dream is being realised with her first television cookery series ‘Baking Made Easy’ was launched in the New Year as a prime time TV show on BBC Two.

Viewers will be able to watch Lorrraine discuss her love of good food, while she expertly prepares a wide selection of recipes (baking isn’t just about cakes, there are lots of savoury dishes as well) and talks about her love of baking. The book launched alongside the show and shot straight to the top 3 in Amazon’s Food & Drink bestsellers list.

And as if all of this wasn’t enough, Lorraine is still finding time to continue her studies – with a degree in culinary Arts Management and attends a London university one day a week.

Visit Lorraine’s website for lots more.