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WONDERMAMA WEDNESDAY- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Posted on 1 October, 2019 at 14:05 Comments comments (3)

Our wonder mama this month is the world champion, record breaking, hardworking and excellent yummy mummy Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.


HER STORY

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce,  is a Jamaican track and field sprinter.  Fraser-Pryce became prominent in 2008 when at 21 years old, the relatively unknown athlete became the first Caribbean woman to win 100 m gold at the Olympics. In 2012, she successfully defended her 100 m title, becoming the third woman to win two consecutive 100 m gold medals at the Olympics. After winning bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she also became the first woman to win 100 m medals at three consecutive Olympic Games. Fraser-Pryce took a break in 2017 to have her first child, and in 2019, a decade after winning her first 100 m world title, she became the first mum and oldest woman in history to win 100 m gold at the World Championships. In addition, she became the first athlete(male or female)to win four 100m world titles.



HER LEGACY

Apart from being an amzing athlete, the 32 years old also heads the Pocket Rocet Foundation which helps young athletes succeed in their academic and other pursuits. In order to do their part, the foundation offers an annual scholarship to deserving students. 


MOTHRHOOD

"Two years ago giving birth to Zyon changed me. He came into my life  and made me a better 'rocket', not just a mummy rocket but one that continues to go higher, in the good times and in the bad: against the tides of uncertainty, he keeps me going," expressed the mother of excellence.


For more information on Shelly-Ann or to support her foundation, visit: www.rocketpocketfoundation.com



Nominations for EYMA 2020 are now open, do not forget to nominate that inspirational mother in your life: www.eymawards.com/nominate



WONDERMAMA WEDNESDAY- Nilly Dahlia

Posted on 4 September, 2019 at 5:30 Comments comments (0)



Our wonder mama this month is the trailblazing, compassionate, hardworking and excellent yummy mummy Nilly Dahlia.

Nilly is a British Bengali Muslim mother and wife. She started her platform 'NillyDahlia' when she was tired of the Western society and media tarnishing the reputation of all Muslims with the same brush. She wanted society to see Muslim families as any other family in the West. With the same sleepless nights and the same teething woes.


She wanted society to see that all mothers, regardless of faith and headscarf, are all on the same tough journey called motherhood.


Her passion for fair representaion resulted in her being interviewed on Good Morning Britain and being featured in The New York Times (WITW Segment) and Global News, Canada. This mother of excellence is often a guest speaker for BBC Asian Network Radio, where she shows the honest and raw side of parenting, which has led to an engaged audience, and working on multiple campaigns with brands (including, Ella's Kitchen, Nick Jr., Disney Channel, Next and Boots).



ADVICE TO MOTHERS


"Do not be afraid to be the change you want to see in the world."


To join and follow Nilly on her journey and get updates on her latest projects visit her website: www.nillydahlia.com


Nominations for EYMA 2020 are now open, do not forget to nominate that inspirational mother in your life: http/www.eymawards.com/nominate

WONDERMAMA WEDNESDAY- Turia Pitt

Posted on 7 August, 2019 at 3:10 Comments comments (1)



Our wonder mama this month is the inspiring,resilient, courageous and excellent yummy mummy-Turia Pitt. Turia is an Australian mining engineer, humanitarian, athlete, motivational speaker,author,wife and mum.

Turia went from being told she'll never walk,run or be independent again to competing in the Iron-man World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

 


Her Story


In 2011, at the age of 24, her life was turned upside down. While competing in a 100km ultra marathon in the Australian outback, she encountered an out of control grass fire. Trapped by the blaze, she suffered full thickness burns to 65% of her body.

Turia was choppered out of the remote desert barely alive and wasn’t expected to survive. She lost seven of her fingers, spent over six months in hospital, underwent over 200 operations and spent two years in recovery.


Against overwhelming odds, the wonder mama defied every expectation placed on her and rebuilt her life.

In 2016, she achieved a goal she’d been working towards since the early days of her recovering; competing in her first Ironman competition in May, followed by the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.



"Kona was a gruelling experience that taught me over and over again that when we get our mindset right, we truly can achieve anything," said the best selling author.

Over the years, she’s written multiple books, been honoured with multiple awards, mentored thousands of people to achieve their greatest goals through her online programs and joined one of her personal heroes, Tony Robbins, as a headline speaker at the 2018 National Achievers Congress.



Advice to mothers/women:

"Defy every expectation placed on you and rebuild your life."


Turia's latest book Good Selfie is now available in all major book outlets. To find out more about her upcoming projects visit: www.turiapitt.com


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MEET THE FINALISTS: Dr Enitome Bafor

Posted on 24 April, 2019 at 6:05 Comments comments (2)


NOMINATION CATEGORY: INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER OF THE YEAR


Dr. Enitome Evi Bafor (nee Efeturi) was the only female child born to her parents among five siblings. From a young age she displayed an immense desire for academics. She was awarded a double promotion in her kindergarten and in her primary school. There she consistently maintained either the first or second position in class. At age 9+y, she gained admission into a prestigious secondary school. In her secondary school, she again distinguished herself by consistently being the best in her class and was selected in her first year to represent the school for a scholarship competition. She frequently participated in quizzes and essay competitions as well as debates for and within the school. At age 14, she graduated with distinctions in the subjects she sat for. She then gained admission into the prestigious University of Benin to study Pharmacy at age 15 where she graduated with an excellent degree and proceeded to begin her internship at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. She finished her internship with the best female intern award and went on for a compulsory one year national training, where she was selected to represent the organization at an Essay competition in the country. Shortly after her national training, she got a job as a lecturer at the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Benin, Nigeria where she also began her MSc studies in Pharmacology. During this time, she was recognised for her unique style of teaching and was later awarded a Role Model Award by the students. She was always keen on improving the style, method and scope of teaching and educational activities which she met on her employment. She worked tirelessly in the laboratory to improve her skills and knowledge. She was adept at intensive library and literature search. She was drawn to an intriguing yet interesting field of myometrial smooth muscle research (research on the womb), which was still budding at the time in her institution. Despite the intense conditions of raising her children and combining work and research, she pressured on.


She is currently a senior lecturer and researcher in her department and was appointed the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Nigeria in 2016. A position she still holds. By her appointment she became the first female deputy dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy since its inception in 1970. She proceeded to obtained her MSc in Pharmacology from the University of Benin with distinctions and then onward to the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) for her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences.


She was awarded the Education Trust Fund scholarship by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2010 to pursue her PhD studies at the University of Strathclyde, UK. Her research has won several awards, most notable among them are the Best Poster with Impact in 2011 at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, UK, Best poster at the International Congress of Natural Products Research, USA, selected entry for ‘images of research’ competition, University of Strathclyde, UK in 2013 and Best Research in the Health Category at the University of Strathclyde, UK in 2013. She was selected as one of the distinguished young female researchers at the University of Strathclyde, UK and her profile was one of those used for the Athena Swan Bronze Award for the University in 2013.


Dr. Bafor is the founder and lead researcher of the Reproductive Health/Ethnopharmacology Research Group (RHERG), Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University of Benin. The core interests of the group include promoting research into reproductive health issues that can be translated into therapeutic benefits. RHERG is currently in collaboration with several distinguished laboratories worldwide. She has shown a passion for research into reproductive health issues and is driven by the need to search for answers to pressing problems that affect reproductive health, particularly female reproductive health. This has led her to discover new compounds from natural sources for conditions such as pre-term birth, dysfunctional labour, ovarian cancer and more recently polycystic ovary syndrome and endometritis. She is also actively involved in research into contraception and fertility issues in general as well as research into erectile dysfunction.


She is involved in gender mainstreaming and research advocacy. In 2016, she was awarded a research grant by The World Academy of Science for the study of Nigerian plants on the female reproductive system and later that year was recognized by the Phenomenal African Woman association (PAW) for her contributions to the society. In 2017, she received several awards which included, a German Academic Exchange (DAAD-DIES) fellowship to undergo a higher education management training, a training fellowship from the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) USA for research training at the University of Liverpool, UK. In July 2017, she was recognised by Research4life (sponsored by Elsevier) for her contributions to research and research advocacy. She won the National Young Scientist Prize in Health Sciences by the Nigerian Young Academy in 2017. In 2018, she has so far won the Gro Brundtland Award 2018 For Women in Sustainable Development, the Underrepresented Minority Registration Award Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) and was made an Advisory mentor to the Queen’s Young Leaders 2018. In this same year 2018, she won the Society for Reproductive Investigation-Bayer Pharmaceuticals Discovery/Innovation Grant to study new therapies for polycystic ovary syndrome, and she won the Excell African Health Researcher Excellence and Leadership Programme Award 2018. She was also recently awarded a fellowship by the National Cancer Institute/National Institute of Health United States of America where she will be working towards providing further answers to female reproductive disorders. She has been mentioned in local and international media due to her accomplishments as a female scientists some of which include Editage Insights, Research Africa and Euraxess European Commission. She has also been recently nominated for the Lab Hero Awards 2018 by Hello Bio UK.


Dr. Bafor currently has over 44 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, she is also a reviewer for several scientific journals and has made three book contributions. She has also peer reviewed for the Office of Chief Scientist Intramural grant Office of Women’s health in Food and Drug Administration United States of America (US-FDA). She is a member of several professional organizations some of which include Graduate Women in Science (GWIS), British Pharmacological Society (BPS), Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI), International Society of Ethnopharmacology (ISE), Organization for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSDW), Wellbeing of Women (WoW), Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA), AuthorAid, Society for Medicinal Plants and Economic Development (SOMPED) and the Physiological Society. She is an editorial board member for the Journal of Medicinal Plants and Economic Development (JOMPED) and EC Pharmacology and Toxicology Journal (ECPT).


As a deputy dean she organized the first ever Faculty Research Day in the University of Benin Nigeria in 2018 which was highly commended by her university administration.


She is married with three children. She consistently supports her children in their educational development. This has helped her children win awards and recognitions as well. Her son came 3rd in his state in 2016 for a National Mathematics Competition where he was awarded a scholarship to attend a Turkish secondary school. He also came 2nd in the state in 2017 in an American Mathematics Competition. One of her daughters was the only Nigerian to win in an art competition organized by DStv, a Sub-Saharan African direct broadcast satellite service owned by MultiChoice. She also currently entered one of her daughters for a community project where her daughter’s art skills are put to use in preparing book aids for children. Her children also continuously distinguishes themselves in their various schools.



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 11th of May 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?aff=erelexpmlt#tickets



MEET THE FINALISTS: Sharon Owusu-Banahene

Posted on 17 April, 2019 at 7:30 Comments comments (1)



NOMINATION CATEGORY: INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER OF THE YEAR


Sahron Owusu-Banahene is the owner of Mrsbsi Limited ( a fashion online store in the process of rebranding ), an aspiring medical and intellectual property lawyer and a writer, studying at the university of Derby . Sharon works with the foreign and commonwealth office within the Tier 2,4 and 5 visa curtailment team in Sheffield. With her busy schedules, Sharon also makes time to engage with her faith motivating women and supporting the needy.


The wife and mother of two is also a Patron to the BY Foundation Charity Organisation in Kumasi Ghana . Sharon enjoys travelling, writing songs meeting new people and laughing at every opportunity as she believes laughter makes the heart merry.



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 11th of May 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?aff=erelexpmlt#tickets




MEET THE FINALISTS:Jo Wimble-Groves

Posted on 10 April, 2019 at 10:15 Comments comments (1)


NOMINATION CATEGORY:  MUMPRENEUR OF THE YEAR


Jo Wimble-Groves is co-owner of the global award winning communications company ‘Active Digital’ which she runs with her brother, Richard. Active Digital is one of just a handful of direct O2 partners to win both partner awards for the last three consecutive years.


On a personal level, Jo has achieved a number of accolades; including The Young Guns Award for growing business and ’35 under 35’ in Management Today as seen in the Times. Aside from this, Jo is also a freelance writer with a keen interest in confidence, leadership and women in business. Many of her business articles have featured in high profile publications such as InStyle UK, Changeboard, Cosmopolitan and Guardian Careers. She also won Excellent Yummy Mummy Awards 2018 for mumpreneur of the year.


As a keynote speaker, Jo runs a series of events and talks designed to encourage and help women with confidence and to help them step up into more senior business roles. As a regular speaker in schools, Jo’s aim is to encourage and inspire the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs. Jo tailors each talk to suit the needs and ages of her audience. 


And finally, Jo writes a parenting and lifestyle blog called ‘Guilty Mother’ which she started in January 2016 and is now read and enjoyed by her 41,000 followers. www.guiltymother.co.uk


We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 11th of May 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?aff=erelexpmlt#tickets

 


MEET THE FINALISTS: Janet Gray

Posted on 13 March, 2019 at 7:05 Comments comments (0)



NOMINATION CATEGORY:  MUMPRENEUR OF THE YEAR


Janet Gray has been a textiles teacher in secondary schools for the last eight years. One of the reasons why she went into teaching was to get rid of this preconception that textiles was for girls and she always encouraged students to think outside of the box. She had them design and make things that would be useful to them and not just a garment that would never be worn.


Since she started teaching there has been too many changes and she feels that the UK educational system are sucking the life out of creative subjects. She had to teach other subjects she had no prior knowledge or experience in and teaching children that have no interest in textiles. She began to lose her drive.


Long hours, challenging workloads, her marriage breakdown, a slipped disc and sciatica, having a demanding one year old and a teenager struggling to cope with the pressures of life and his GCSEs made her re-evaluate her life. Janet knew for sure she didn’t want to wake up crying anymore, her children needed her to be strong for them, so one day with no plan she decided to leave her full-time teaching job.



Her son and his friend asked Janet to show them how to make a pair of trousers and she helped them draft a pattern from an existing pair. By the end of the week they both had made trousers that cost about the same as a takeaway. It made her think that some people just want to learn a new skill to help themselves and not necessarily make a career out of it. That's how her business of three years Feed My Creative was born.  She knew financially it would be difficult, but  she had a plan.



On the 1st January 2016, she  bought a note book and created a mind map of who and what Feed My Creative would be and what she wanted to achieve. She wanted to make things, teach on her terms, go back to old school values and teach people how to be more creative. She wanted to be able to support others in their own journeys of discovery. It had to be about more than just sewing and that’s where her journey started.



Her business Feed My Creative CIC is a social enterprise and she works with young people and adults demonstrating ways to be more sustainable with fabrics. Her textiles are donated to her by her  local IKEA. she donates soft furnishings (bedding, curtains etc.) to homeless charities, those working with supported housing, survivors of DV, refuges just as a few examples as well as individuals that have had to start again due to unforeseen circumstances.



Janet has been in her studio in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham for over a year now and due to her son not enjoying his college experience, at 18 she gave him an office space to work on setting up his own high-end clothing brand.



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.

Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?aff=erelexpmlt#tickets

MEET THE FINALISTS: Dr Idorenyin Charles

Posted on 6 March, 2019 at 3:00 Comments comments (0)

 

NOMINATION CATEGORY:EXCELLENCE IN THE SCIENCES



Dr Idorenyin Charles  is a motivational speaker, gospel minister, an emergency medicine specialist, health promoter and public health advocate.

Dr Charles is a medical doctor working as a speciality doctor in Accident and Emergency-NHS England. She graduated in 2005 from University of Calabar Medical school. Moved to United Kingdom in 2009 to further her studies were  she obtained a post graduate certificate Msc Occupational Health from University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 2010.


She is passionate about the health of the people of Africa seeing the high mortality rate among  children,  mothers and the elderly. She watched people die from treatable conditions like malaria, diarrhoea, dehydration, headache, hypertension. She noticed the people of Africa are enslaved and brainwashed to believe that all their illness are demonic and spiritually connected. This is why I started the platform called The Health Gospel on Facebook where she teaches and creates awareness on various health issues and demystify the myths around their health.


Dr Charles also speaks in African community meetings in the United kingdom educating  African people to take responsibility for their health and stop believing their illness is demonic related.

Her organisation supports the very poorly ill patients back in Nigeria with essential and basic necessities of daily living.

They are reaching out to Africa to meet with the communities to create awareness around people’s health. They help people who are struggling with mental health, chronic illnesses in Africa.



Her goal is to see Africans take responsibility for their health and also to reduce the unavoidable deaths amongst the African communities.

Dr Charles is married with three children, two boys and one girl.



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?aff=erelexpmlt#tickets


MEET THE FINALISTS: Dennisha Gamanga

Posted on 28 February, 2019 at 0:05 Comments comments (0)

 


NOMINATION CATEGORY:INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG MOTHER OF THE YEAR


Dennisha Gamanga is a 25 years old  single mother of two boys. She is a  model, pageant queen, student,hairdresser and singer. She is originally from Sierra Leone.


Growing up in London was very tough for her, as she suffers from sickle cell. Despite her health condition,she continues to chase her dreams and credits her resilience to having family and friends who support and help her through the pain.



She is very passionate about modelling and having her own brand. Through her modelling career,she has travelled around the world to places like; Ghana ,New York, and Sierra Leone. She is part of a charity organisation called Inedem . Inedem team  believe that children are our future. 


Dennisha believes that the  most valuable gift that one can give their children is not money but the ability to think positively. According to her: "the money will soon be gone, but the ability to think positively will go on to help the children be a success throughout their lives."


 

We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt



MEET THE FINALISTS: Sharon McBean

Posted on 20 February, 2019 at 4:20 Comments comments (0)



NOMINATION CATEGORY:MUM-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 


Sharon McBean, is the woman behind the Nia Ballerina brand. Nia Ballerina, which is a UK based company was launched in August 2016 and sells a range of black ballerina products worldwide. This is Sharon's first time starting a business so had no prior experience of running a business although she does have a background in marketing but left the industry over 15 years ago before social media.  She is  now a qualified social worker and has been working as a qualified social worker for over 12 years, and was able to take some time out to launch her business, however have returned to work on a part-time basis.


She believes her purpose in this world is being a mum to her beautiful daughter who is now 7 years of age, and she absolutely loves being a mum. The  Nia Ballerina  brand was created because of her daughter so you could say she is the true person behind the brand!


INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BRAND


Nia Ballerina is the inspiration of Sahron's own daughter, and her absolute love for ballet from the age of before she was even 3 years.  Her mother had brought her daughter a jewellery box with a ballerina figurine, however she did not understand why the ballerina did not resemble her daughter!  She wanted her daughter to have a music box with a ballerina that looked like her, and had presumed music boxes with black ballerinas were readily available.  Sharon searched for about 18 months both in the UK and in different countries around the world but was unable to find any musical jewellery boxes containing black ballerina figurines.  She finally made the decision in the autumn of 2015 that she would begin the process of creating her own music box with a black ballerina.  The process of producing the music boxes with no experience in manufacturing took time, was not easy and meant learning a lot of new things and skills mainly through trial and error, and there has been a lot of mistakes along the journey!


When the Nia Ballerina music boxes first launched, Sharon was inundated with orders and struggled to keep up with the demand selling half of her initial total stock within the first week.  Luckily, she was able to reorder almost immediately after launching and now dispatch from the UK, and also direct from the USA via a fulfilment house.  She also has a number of independent retailers around the world who stock her products.


McBean never thought when she created the product for her own daughter there would be such a demand, however it shows that representations is important and that every ballerina deserves to see themselves when they open a music box.  As a mother, she feels proud that she has created a product and brand, Nia Ballerina for her daughter, which is inspiring her daughter to follow her dream of being a ballerina!


We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt




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