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working in the African diaspora and on the continent

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Global Goals

I believe that philanthropy is an act of service. My first experience of doing philanthropic work began when I was a teenager. I started out by selling items at church jumble sales, befriending the elderly, fundraising and making donations.Since then I have given my skills, time, resources and contacts to different organisations that are helping to create a world where all human beings can flourish.
African Diaspora Kids

In 2015 I founded and launched a new community legacy project, African Diaspora Kids, whose mission is to develop the next generation of African Diaspora Leaders in the UK.

Those of us involved in this project have a belief that every African Diaspora Kid has the potential to make a positive contribution to Africa and the diaspora. We will achieve our vision and mission by working with children (aged five to eleven), families, educators, supporters and partners.

To learn more about the exciting African Diaspora Kids project visit the website »

Diaspora ChangeMakers Programme

In 2014 I was selected as one of 100 UK based African Diaspora leaders to explore the question, “how can our skills, talents and experience benefit the continent of Africa? This programme was supported by Comic Relief, DFID, Unbound Philanthropy, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce and global leadership development organisation Common Purpose. Through this programme I have gained a network of passionate and experienced leaders from all regions of the African continent.


In 2013 I was invited to join Camfed as a non-executive director. Camfed is an incredibly successful INGO that campaigns for female education in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi, Ghana, the USA and UK. CAMA (the Camfed alumni of beneficiaries) is a fast growing and dynamic pan African movement of over 130,000 women (2019 estimate) who are role models and philanthropists. In this NED role I have a remit for leadership development.

To learn more about Camfed’s inspiring work visit the website » and watch the 2016 annual review here »

A selection of organisations I have done philanthropic work for:

pre Enclampsia
watch africa
bromley by bow centre
wa carts
retail trust uk
save the children
common purpose
south bank centre
book bus
live below the line
lighthouse kidz
Diversity resource international
mat to fore
department for international development
mothers union
1 more child
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camfed logo