Who is Christelle Kedi?

Christelle KEDI is a (zXA.yt) 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, www.kdstylist.com

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – England 4 – Ms. Afropolitan

Ms. Afropolitan

Ms. Afropolitan

About the MsAfropolitan Blog:

– The cosmopolitan African woman

The term Afropolitan is a hybrid of the words African + cosmopolitan. This is a great in depth description if you want to read more about Afropolitanism.

MsAfropolitan (miss Afropolitan) is an analytical lifestyle blog for and by the cosmopolitan African woman.

MsAfropolitan is a resource for those wishing to learn more about the increasingly influential Afropolitan lifestyle, particularly from a female perspective.

MsAfropolitan highlights the issues that affect the African diaspora.

MsAfropolitan aims to highlight the successes and resourcefulness of African women in the diaspora.

About the blogger:

I’m Minna Salami, the founder of this blog.

I call myself Afropolitan as I was born in Finland, grew up in Nigeria and studied in Sweden. I’ve also lived and worked in Spain and New York. Currently I reside in London and Lagos.

I love learning new languages and speak five (well, if I count in shy German).

I’m a fun person although I studied Politics at uni. Really, it’s true!

Sorry, I don’t eat Salami.

I have an affinity for commas that sometimes results in grammatical errors, so, thankfully, this blog, ain’t a dissertation.

I love veggie sausages.

I also love coconuts and EVERYTHING that contains coconut; coconut candles, coconut body lotion, coconut rice, coconut ice cream, beaches with coconut palm trees…

Link to Ms. Afropolitan

Black Youth Achievements (BYA) Awards nominations are open

Black Achievement Awards

Black Youth Achievements (BYA) CIC is a community interest company based in London. Founded by Kay Oldroyd in October 2008 with the objective of creating opportunities for change for young people aged 8 – 25 and of African / Caribbean / Mixed Heritage in the UK. BYA will focus on positive events and experiences, to redress the balance of negative stereotypes and representations amongst this group.

In 2009 BYA hosted their first very successful event – ‘Black Youth Achievements – The Awards’, which saw 12 finalists out of 400 nominees receive an award. Some of the winners then started on the BYA Mentoring Programme, where they are receiving support from a range of professionals specific to their category. They can then choose to become Peer Mentors to the winner’s of the 2010 awards, creating an ongoing network.

‘Black Youth Achievements’ has a ten year plan which it sees will best support young people in reaching their full potential and help individuals to incorporate their skills, knowledge and talents, empowering their peers during the process. The aim is for young people to gain recognition and become part of the decision making process for their community to aid integration between services, businesses and wider communities.

Nominate a winner today.

BEFTA Awards 2010 Nominations are now open

BEFTA Awards

BEFFTA Awards is for you, therefore your full involvement by sending in your nominations in different categories is vital to us. Nominations are open to the public and the final nomination list will be revealed to the public by the BEFFTA members which consists of ten judges from entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.

BEFFTA Awards public nominations are on going until 31.07. 2010.

BEFFTA Awards night will take place on 30th October 2010 at Central Hall Westminster.

Refer to the nomination categories listed below and send in your nominations to: nominations@beffta.com

Terms and conditions for BEFFTA 2010 nominations:

All 2010 nominations must be in by 31.07.2010 therefore no nominations will be accepted after this date;
Final nomination list decided by BEFFTA Members/Judges will be out in August;
You can nominate yourself;
Previous BEFFTA Awards nominees and winners are still eligible for nominations.

Nomination Categories

Entertainment Category


Best Female Act
Best Male Act
Best Gospel Act
Best International Act
Best Female UK-African Act
Best Male UK- African Act

Best Dance Act
Best Dance Choreographer

Best Female Comedian
Best Male Comedian
Best Comedy Entertainment personality

Station of the year
Newspapers and Magazines

Best Community Newspaper
Magazine of the year
Event promoters

Best Events Promoter

Best Female DJ of the year
Best Male DJ of the year
Event Photographers

Best Event Photographer

Fashion Category:

Fashion Designers

Best Female designer
Best Male designer
Best Young Designer
Hair Stylist

Best Hair Stylist
Best Make-up Artist

Best Make-up Artist
Fashion Photographers

Best Fashion photographer
Fashion Choreographers

Best Fashion Choreographer


Best male model
Best female model
Best International Model
Best Modelling Agency
Beauty Pageants

Best Beauty Pageant
Best current Beauty Queen
Best Former Beauty Pageant Director

Film Category

Best Film director
Best Actor
Best Actresses
Best Film

TV Category

Best Actress
Best Actor
Best TV Station
Best TV Show
Best TV personality
Best TV presenter

ART Category

Best Spoken Word Artist/Poets

Enterprise Nigeria – a Nigeria Trade Mission with the African Caribbean Business Network in the UK

ACBN on behalf of our member and partner Compass Consulting, are delighted to introduce to you the above event, which is the 4th in a series of annual Trade Missions and Exhibitions held in Nigeria, 20-25th September 2010.

The Enterprise Exhibition aims to forge linkages between businesses from Nigeria, African Union, United Kingdom, Europe, United States of America and Canada whilst promoting Trade and Investment. The Event, which was initiated in 2007 is organised by Compass Consulting UK in partnership with the UK Trade and Investment, Greater London Enterprise OneLondon, Federal Ministry for Commerce and Industry (Nigeria), the Bank of Industry (Nigeria), Lagos State Government, the British High Commission (Embassy), and a host of other organisations within the Organised Private sector in Nigeria. Register Now!

Background Information to the Event

The Enterprise Exhibition is the first Event of its kind to bring UK Businesses and Entrepreneurs from the African Diaspora to Nigeria on a Trade Mission/Exhibition with the aim of putting them in touch with the vibrant and diverse Nigerian Business Communities. The core objectives of this multi agency platform are to promote Investment through International Trade/Global Partnerships, and the exchange of learning and good practices as Business Communities across Continents dialogue and exhibit goods and services.

The 2010 Enterprise Exhibition

The focus of this year’s Exhibition is to host Nigerian Businesses and Businesses from Europe, United States of America, Canada and other parts of Africa. Through partnerships and collaborations with Key Organisations and Stakeholders across Continents, the event aims to provide a framework that will support and fast track the integration of businesses across the board into the Global Market Place.

Highlights of the Event

v Road Shows in Abuja and Lagos Exhibition of Goods and Services
v Field visits to Industries in Key Sectors – Abuja and Lagos
v Export-Focused Workshops
v Case Studies of Successful Entrepreneurs from the Diaspora
v Conferences on Female Entrepreneurship and Supporting SMEs

Event’s Symposium:

Topic – Harnessing Diaspora Resources for Africa’s Development – A Case Study of Nigeria.

For international entrepreneurs interested in hearing more about opportunities in African and how this successful event now in its fourth year can help you – please register your interest here. We will forward to you the necessary information and forms to complete your registration with all necessary contact details.

Register Now until July 09, 2010!