Excellent Yummy Mummy Awards
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MEET THE FINALISTS- DIMPLE BOY CUPCAKES

Posted on 20 March, 2020 at 5:35 Comments comments (0)





NOMINATION CATEGORY: MUM -OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Yvette Fofah is the lady behind dimpleboy cupcakes.

As a single mother of three, she had so many doubts as to whether she could run a business. Would she get customers? Would she be successful? Did she know enough? The amount of procrastination was immense as she doubted herself due to previous personal experiences.

 

The business is named after her middle child, her son Gabriel who is now eight! She dithered for fours years contemplating, over researching and definitely over doubting herself.

 

She started baking while she was on maternity leave and when she went back to her day job she would always bring in cakes to work each week.

Her colleagues loved it and they also encouraged her to take that step and sell her cakes.

 

Yvette's very close friend had just started her own business and she saw how well she was doing and the passion and excitement that it brought- so she wanted that as well.

 

She actually still has her nine to five job in higher education where she has been  for over 12 years. She is able to balance work with the business and raising her children.

 

Yvette notes that she would be lying if she didn't say it was bloody hard-work! She sometimes has one hour sleep on  Friday nights. She sacrificed social events and sometimes she doesn't get to spend as much time with her children, but she knows that they are the reason why she needs to fulfil her passion.

 

The goal is to actually open her own shop in the next 12 months and hire 16-18 and help them get work and business skills.

 

There is so much more the mother of excellence wants to do with the business and where she sees it going, and bleieves the sky is the limit. 


She is not just ambitious and hardwoking, she has a passion for supporting charities, nonprofit groups/ organisations and small businesses that have a strong, ethic and transformative ethos through cake!

MEET THE FINALISTS- Shola Alabi

Posted on 11 March, 2020 at 2:05 Comments comments (1)



NOMINATION CATEGORY: EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION


Shola Alabi is a British trained Qualified Teacher BSc., PGCE, an Education & Parenting Consultant, Speaker and Best Selling Author. She is a multi award winning entrepreneur in the Private tuition business and owns two successful Education Tuition Centres in London and Essex.

She has devoted the last 18 years of her life to working with children and their families within the Education Sector.

 

Shola is also the founder of The Raising Successful Children (RSC) Limited an organisation created to equip, empower, encourage and help parents raise successful and well balanced children.

 

Shola also runs a social enterprise that supports children and their parents as the demands to educate and equip parents is growing. This support reaches parents through her parent workshops - 'parents clinic', an informal forum where parents come together to get their questions answered, equipped with information and the educational needs of their children addressed.

 

Having worked in Inner London and Thurrock secondary schools, Shola has experienced and knows the influence a parent can have on a child's life and their attainment and now works with parents, children and young people through her many initiatives. She also devotes her time to speaking in churches, within her community and at schools about the importance of parental engagement and education.

 

Seeing that children lose some of their learning skills over the 6 weeks summer holiday, Shola now runs a summer camp to help children keep on top of their learning as well as develop life skills. This has been a great success over the last 3 years and is looking forward to engaging with more parents and their children this summer.

 

Shola is a mum of 2. She has worked with children and supported their parents for over a decade. She has supported a number of children by her recently launched scholarship program-awarding scholarships to help less privileged children through supplementary school in order to help improve their attainment grades at school and give them the chance to gain access into highly competitive senior schools & Russell group universities

 

Shola still works as a private tutor and with the support of her team of tutors continues to work with over 300 children at her centres on a weekly bases. She has a deep passion to see children achieve their maximum potential. Shola voluntarily served as the Chairperson of The Association of Professional Tutoring Centres(APTC) in the U.K. in the last 2 years, a body that supports tuition centres and mentors the start off of new tuition centre owners. She is also an active member of the The Tutor Association.

 

Shola has been involved in Training Teachers with the University of East London and continues to act as a mentor to Teachers on a voluntary basis.

Shola loves to see the best in every child evolve and knows that this can only be achieved by passionate teachers. This is what led to her taking on the role of teacher trainer and still mentors teachers who currently hold leadership roles in schools around London.

 

She is an adviser for parents and has a deep passion to equip, educate, empower, support and inspire them.

She has a deep desire to see children and young people mature into well balanced individuals who contribute to society.

 

She strongly believes that when parents are in the know how, and are well equipped with the right tools and information, then a child will be able to stand out, excel and be their very best.

 

Shola loves writing and blogs regularly on the prestigious UK Huffington Post in the Parent Category. Most of her blogs are featured at www.sholaalabi.com which are full of tips, great advice and teaching tools for parents to help support their children.

 

She loves giving back and serves in her local Church as the head of the Children's Department where she helps to raise funds to support children who are less fortunate. Some of the recent fund raising events were to support the Christmas gifts for a charity in South Africa, the operations Christmas child project and for supporting many other children's Charity such as God's grace foundation.

 

Shola's heart is to be able to help improve the lives of every child and young person through the means of a broad and balanced education which she believes will open doors and a lot of opportunities for them both now and in the future.

 

 

 

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 9th of May 2020.

Our theme this year is #MAMAPOWER- HAVING CHILDREN IS AN ASSET NOT AN HINDERANCE TO SUCCESS.

Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/4th-annual-excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-tickets-87939470323



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MEET THE FINALISTS-Celestina Oniye-Thomas

Posted on 4 March, 2020 at 6:55 Comments comments (0)

 




NOMINATION CATEGORY: IINSPIRATIONAL MOTHER OF THE YEAR, MUMPRENEUR OF THE YEAR & MUM-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR



Celestina Oniye-Thomas is a qualified, insured and practising psychotherapist, coach and a motivational speaker. She is also the author of 'Art Of Disciplining with Love'.

Her passion is for all to be aware of self and the past that have shaped them, heal and love self and others unconditionally.

https://www.floatingcounselling.co.uk/therapy

 

Celestina wants to empower parents to be conscious in raising a better next generation. As a mother of two energetic boys full time, she is passionate for families to grow a healthly dynamic.

 

 

She is the founder of Floating Counselling, where she has been doing clinical work for over a decade in and around the United Kingdom, as well as working within schools as a supply teacher for special needs and behaviour challenged schools, her passion as always been to allow and equip young people to be the best they can be, because they are literally our future, and to equip parents via coaching, counselling and her new book which was published September 2019 called "Art of Disciplining with Love"

 

Her humanitarian work andbook are all about giving humans as early as possible, the best chance of life. For if a child does not feel loved or does not feel like they belong, they will be unable to achieve so many other positive things.

 

 

THE CHILD THAT IS NOT EMBRACED BY THE VILLAGE WILL BURN IT DOWN TO FEEL ITS WARMTH - African Proverb

 

 

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 9th of May 2020.

 

 

 

 

Our theme this year is #MAMAPOWER- HAVING CHILDREN IS AN ASSET NOT AN HINDERANCE TO SUCCESS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/4th-annual-excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-tickets-87939470323

 

 

 


 


MEET THE FINALISTS- Yemisi Odusanya

Posted on 19 February, 2020 at 10:50 Comments comments (0)


NOMINATION CATEGORY: INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER OF THE YEAR

Yemisi Odusanya, more popularly known as Sisi Yemmie is a food , Food, Family and lifestyle blogger, vlogger and content creator. With over 200,000 subscribers on YouTube, she is considered as one of the pioneers of YouTube vlogging in Nigeria and was featured on CNN's Inside Africa in 2017. She is a contributor for Guardian Newspaper Nigeria and has won numerous awards including "Woman of The Year For Social Media" by HER Network and YouTuber of The Year by ELOY Awards in 2017. Sisi Yemmie has a degree in Mass Communications from Igbinedion University and a Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy from The University of Birmingham. In 2013 Sisi Yemmie won My Big Nigerian Wedding in 2013 and is a mom of two.

 

 

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 9th of May 2020.

 

 

Our theme this year is #MAMAPOWER- HAVING CHILDREN IS AN ASSET NOT AN HINDERANCE TO SUCCESS.

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:

 

 

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/4th-annual-excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-tickets-87939470323

 

 


MEET THE FINALISTS: Gemma Lloyd

Posted on 12 February, 2020 at 10:55 Comments comments (0)


NOMINATION CATEGORY: MUM-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Gemma Lloyd is the founder of Social Mums and is passionate about helping busy mums who juggle running a successful business, with family life, make the best of their social media.

 

Gemma has over 15 years experience in marketing, working as an account manager in the UK's third largest regional creative agency with clients such as Sky Bet and The Law Society. In 2015 Gemma retrained by doing the Digital Mums social media management course in a bid to find a more flexible career to fit around her two young children. She hasn't looked back and has since worked with a large number of parent focused businesses, some managing their social media long term and others on shorter term campaigns to launch new products or services.

 

She has also been running popular social media workshops in Tunbridge Wells since 2017 as well as 1:1 training sessions, equipping small business owners with the skills needed to take their social media to the next level.

 

In 2019 Gemma expanded the Social Mums business to offer social media workshops all over the UK by partnering with other qualified Digital Mums. You can now take part in a Social Mums' workshop from Central Scotland down to Southampton. This year also saw the launch of the Social Mums' Members Community.

 

 

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 9th of May 2020.

 

Our theme this year is #MAMAPOWER- HAVING CHILDREN IS AN ASSET NOT AN HINDERANCE TO SUCCESS.

 

 

 

 

Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:

 

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/4th-annual-excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-tickets-87939470323

 

 

 


MEET THE FINALISTS: Jessica Apaloo

Posted on 5 February, 2020 at 11:50 Comments comments (1)



 

 

 

NOMINATION CATEGORY:  INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER OF THE YEAR


Jess Apaloo is the founder of the holistic health movement Lbs 4 Peace, a platform initially set-up to document her health journey, as she tackled on-going personal mental and physical health issues. Over the span of 9 months, Jess naturally lost over 4 stones (approx. 26kg) in weight through a change in lifestyle, which she openly shared on her Instagram page (@lbs4peace).

Her physical and mental transformation began to draw people from far and wide, who resonated with her story and culturally-sensitive approach to health concerns within the BAME community. Being a registered nurse by profession and having previously worked for the award-winning integrated communications agency Rich Visions, headed by Mavis Amankwah, where she was charged with managing the BAME public and private sector campaigns on health including that of Diabetes UK. Jess truly believed she had found her purpose and once she had hit her goal weight, relaunched her page as a platform to promote community initiatives, tackling common mental and physical health problems affecting the BAME community.


This has included weekly local Powerwalking with Purpose sessions, monthly healthy living kick-start challenges, as well as launching the first in a series of free guides titled My Holistic Health Series, which covers strategies to become healthy in mind, body and spirit; a formula Jess attributes to her success thus far. In addition, Jess launched a series of holistic health events off the back of her guide in January 2020, featuring an array of inspirational women who have overcome mental and physical barriers in their health. Jess is extremely passionate about the movement, as she believes that once women trade physical and mental pounds for peace, it unlocks a passion so strong it realigns them with their purpose. In the words of Richard Leider..."the purpose of life is to live a life of purpose".

 

 

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 9th of May 2020.

Our theme this year is #MAMAPOWER- HAVING CHILDREN IS AN ASSET NOT AN HINDERANCE TO SUCCESS.

 

 

 

Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/4th-annual-excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-tickets-87939470323


 

 

 

 


WONDERMAMA WEDNESDAY- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Posted on 1 October, 2019 at 14:05 Comments comments (4)

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 (1)



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 (2)



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: 

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