Women Finalists for The Black British Business Awards

Women Finalists for The Black British Business Awards

Black British Business Awards

The Ground-breaking elite Awards celebrating world-class black British business leaders has announced the thirty-seven finalists of the Black British Business Awards 2016.

This list recognises the trailblazers and rising stars that represent the very best talent in UK plc. This year’s finalists are an impressive mix of accomplished individuals, ranging from the exceptional musical innovation of Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, Dragons Den winner Chika Russell, world-class Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Miss Samantha Tross and pioneer Managing Director Carol Lake of JP Morgan.

Here is a full list of the women finalists:

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Ade Hassan

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Alicya Sinclair

Carol  Lake

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Carole Montana

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Charlene Brown

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Chi Chi

*Chi Chi is a Black Women in Europe Power Lister

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Chika Russell

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Claudine Adeyemi

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Dr Abeyna Jones

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Ellenor McIntosh

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Hannah Azieb Pool

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Jenny Garrett

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Keisha Ann-Marie Smith

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Leila Thomas

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Louise Chandler

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Marcia Boakye

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Misan Sagay

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Najoh Tita-Reid

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Dr Patrice Baptiste

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Ruth Oshikanlu

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Miss Samantha Zoisa Tross

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Saskia Nelson

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Winnie Annan-Forson

The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London on 6 October 2016. Major sponsors for this year include Baker & McKenzie, Barclays, Bloomberg, Microsoft and Thomson Reuters. For further information about the awards visit the official website: http://www.thebbbawards.com/

Rama M. is Launching Sikasso de Suisse™

Sikasso de Suisse™

Editor’s note: I received this message from a sister who first contacted me three years ago. I am happy to share her project with you in hopes that you will find it worthy of your support.

I’m now living in Switzerland! Thank God. I first came here 7 yrs ago as an intern in Geneva, and I think am back for good now.

I’m writing to share with you a passion project of mine, and I hope you can help. I’m really excited, but also a little nervous, to share that I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to launch a Swiss-made beauty brand for pigmented skin tones. I was unsure about crowd-funding, but as I have donated to some cool projects in the past on Kickstarter, I thought, “Why not?”

For the past 10 months I have been secretly developing this project in partnership with a phyto research centre in Switzerland. And now, I hope you can join me on my journey to launching Sikasso de Suisse™!


Please have a look at the campaign and contribute whatever you can give; and kindly share the link with friends & family, as they might be thrilled about a Swiss-made beauty brand for pigmented skin tones, and would love to receive an awesome reward! I think the women in the Black Women in Europe network might be delighted about this. I’m eager to hear your thoughts. Thanks in advance for your help, Adrianne.


Rama M.


The Democratic Convention Week That Was….


I was elected a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at the Democrats Abroad Global Convention in Berlin in May and was honored and lucky to be a part of the Democrats Abroad delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Whew!

I invite you to be a part of this with me by following my DNC Member page on Facebook where you can see pictures and videos from the convention as well as information I receive from the DNC.

Democratic Convention Week That Way
Democrats Abroad DNC Members with Interim Chair Donna Brazile.

If you’re an American living outside of the United States this Presidential election is one you cannot afford to miss. There are other crucial elections happening in your home state in November too. Register to vote and/or request your absentee ballot today (to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines) from http://www.VoteFromAbroad.org.


Read a Field Update then Join our Kiva Team

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Thank you for supporting an entrepreneur in Senegal.

Dear Kiva Lender, Hello from Senegal!


Thank you so much for making a loan to a borrower in Senegal. As a Kiva Fellow who has spent the past four months meeting with borrowers and helping to advance Kiva‘s mission here in Senegal, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the recipients of your loans, who are some of the most hard-working, welcoming people I’ve ever met.


Through my visits, I’ve heard about many difficulties that borrowers in this country face, and I’ve also heard many success stories.


I met with Anna, the representative for a group of borrowers who raise livestock in a small village. She said that her Kiva loan offers her and her fellow borrowers a longer loan term than most other loans she could get, which makes a huge difference when your business takes some time to mature – literally!


I met with Mbeye, a fisherman who usually starts his day at 5 or 6 in the morning, and finishes as late as 8 or 9 in the evening. He’s using his Kiva loan to build a second fishing boat in his spare time, and he will use it to expand his fishing business.


Many borrowers I met with, including Aissatou, Bineta and Maimouna work in “petit commerce,” for which there’s not a great English equivalent, but retail comes close. They sell various goods in their neighborhood markets, but they frequently change what they’re selling to adapt to changes in demand. So, someone might sell carbon for cook stoves one week and then vegetables the next, but also sell breakfasts outside her home on weekday mornings. Many of these women work at the local market all morning, return home around midday to make lunch for their families, and go right back to the market afterward. I can’t possibly imagine cooking a meal for a family of 8 on my lunch break, so I was in awe.


I met with a group of women, including Awa and Fatou (featured above), who live in a seaside village and make their livelihood from smoking and drying fish. As a lover of smoked fish, I asked to see their work and they took me on a tour of the town’s fish smoking operations. From the area where they buy fresh fish to the grills where they cook it to racks where they leave it to dry for several days in the sun to the smokers, it was so interesting to learn about all the different steps in the process. Afterward, they invited me to join them for a lunch that included fish they had smoked – it was delicious!


I hope this update gives you a taste of the stories and successes of the borrowers you’ve lent to. It was a pleasure to meet all of them, and I thank you, on their behalf, for the loans that have helped to make their successes possible.


If you wish to keep contributing to the growth of Senegalese borrowers, join the Black Women in Europe Kiva Team today!


Best, Anneka Nelson Kiva Fellow Class 29

Andrea Adams

Andrea Adams: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Andrea Adams, Traveller: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Andrea Adams to be a Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Shero because she makes traveling look good. She exemplifies one of the best reasons there is to travel: to immerse ones self in the local culture and let the locals get to know you in the process.  I first blogged about Andrea in April 2011 and she made our Power List that same year.  With her Travelista TV Show she and her colleague are defacto African American Ambassadors with (figuratively) more passport stamps than many people will even dream about collecting. To help us celebrate Andrea shares her Top 5 European Destinations as a gift to those of us who live here as well as those planning to visit.

Thank you Andrea and Bon Voyage.

Andrea Adams
Andrea Adams

Andrea Adams is the Cultural Enthusiast and co-founder of Travelista TV, an online travel channel. With her travel partner, she executive produces travel segments in exotic locales and hosts entertainment/red carpet interviews for AOL, BET.com and TVOne online. She is the creator of The Velvet Circle, a lifestyle media and event company focused on art, style, and hotspots in Italy.

Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

DJ Candice McKenzie

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

Ellen Kountz

Financial guru Ellen Kountz

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Photographer Lola Akerstrom

Lesley-Ann Brown

Poet Lesley-Anne Brown