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Excellent Yummy Mummy Awards

            Celebrating mothers of excellence

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MEET THE FINALISTS: ESTELLE KEEBER

Posted on 2 March, 2022 at 0:00

 



Nomination Category: Mumpreneur Of The Year


Estelle Keeber is cofounder of the World's fastest growing network for woman as well as being mum to 2 energetic little boys. Since starting MIBA in June 2017 Estelle has helped thousands of women not only grow their business but develop personally too. She is a keynote speaker,  number one bestselling author, been featured in Forbes and been shortlisted for business and entrepreneurial awards.


She currently has 56 thousand Facebook friends, with 250 thousand contacts across all social platforms and is considered to be a leading 'Intsa Queen'. Sharing her journey through depression and domestic abuse as well as some fabulous Instagram tips...Estelle shows the world that anything is possible!


 

 

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on the 12th March.


MEET THE FINALISTS: JULIANA OLAYINKA

Posted on 28 February, 2022 at 10:40

Nomination Category: Excellence In Media

Juliana Olayinka is an-award winning broadcast journalist, panel moderator and communications consultant with over 15 years of industry experience.

Since 2019 she has been the anchor and executive producer of a weekly business show, Channels Business Global. The show airs on Channels Television, a multi-award-winning 24-hour news network and the world’s widest reaching Emerging Markets New channel.


 

Juliana has contributed to output in the world’s leading newsrooms including Bloomberg, BBC, Thomson Reuters and ITN. Throughout the years Juliana has contributed to the launch of a number of English language news channels in London as an executive producer and as an on-air personality.


 

Some highlights include an interview with HRH The Duke of Wessex following the passing of HRH Prince Philip and on-air conversations with the Former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and retired NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott. Juliana has also moderated several high-level panels on behalf of the European Union and The British Council.


 

As a communications consultant Juliana works with African start-ups on stakeholder mapping and reputation management.


 

She graduated from the University of Arts London with a Journalism degree in 2012. Juliana later received a postgraduate award in Global Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London.


 

 

 

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on the 12th March.





MEET THE FINALISTS: OLA ADEGBENRO

Posted on 25 February, 2022 at 0:35

 

 




NOMINATION CATEGORY: INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER OF THE YEAR


 

 

 

Ola Adegbenro, is a mother and a woman of many talents; a hobby baker, event planner, creator of Ankara (African print) inspired products and the founder of Colourful Beginnings; a charity that supports families with premature babies. She loves to see people around her happy and would do all in her power to make that happen.


 

 

 

 

She has two beautiful girls who were born at 23 weeks and 29 weeks respectively. Ola's first daughter was born at 23 weeks and two days with no chance of surviving, she spent nine months in five different hospitals, came home on oxygen and a feeding tube, with lots of hospital appointments. Seeing how tedious, mentally, physically and emotionally draining the experience of having a preemie baby was for herself, her family and other families she encountered, it became imperative to have a support group for families of preemie and sick babies where ideas, experiences, challenges and solutions can be shared. Her NICU experience with her first daughter inspired her to start a support group for families in similar situations, which has now become a registered charity in the UK. Her second daughter was born at 29 weeks exactly a month after starting Colourful Beginnings.


 

 

 

 

 

Colourful Beginnings shares stories of babies who have made it through NICU and come out healthy and strong. The success stories shared on their social media platforms are there to encourage anyone with a baby in NICU. Sometimes the future looks bleak, but Colourful Beginnings hope that these stories would be sources of inspiration, hope and strength for the journey with their babies. They also share stories of babies who gained their angel wings too soon, this is to let families experiencing the same thing, know they are not alone and there are other families they can reach out to, if they ever need to. The platform also share/answer medical and non-medical questions, allowing other families to ask/answer questions.


 

 

In a nutshell, Colourful Beginnings is a platform where families can all come together to support each other, no matter what stage they are on their NICU journey or where in the world they are.


 

 

Apart from sharing stories, Ola and her team also send out mini care packages throughout the year to families in the UK and deliver Christmas Care Packages to hospitals during the festive periods. The numbers of hospitals they are able to deliver to depends on funding and donations. They have delivered Christmas Care Packages to families in hospitals for the past 4 years and hope to continue to do so.


 

 

Last year, due to Covid-19, the charity was unable to deliver their Christmas Care Packages to families in hospitals, instead they hosted an online auction to raise funds, to help new mums with essential items they need to start on their journey of parenthood.


 

 

Giving back, helping others and putting a smile on people's faces is a great passion of Ola's. 


MEET THE FINALISTS: ESTHER PALMER

Posted on 12 February, 2022 at 13:20

 


  • NOMINATION CATEGORY: Excellence In Creative Arts & Inspirational Mother Of The Year

 


 Esther Palmer, is a single parent of five wonderful & beautiful children of which one of them is a teenager living with wheelchair bound severe disabilities.

Being a single parent with a child with special needs is very challenging and can sometimes been very depressing for Esther. Her son has had about 16 surgeries and is still waiting to have more in the future, however, in all as a caring mother, Esther will never trade him for anything else.


 

Esther is a woman of many parts striving to make her mark on the sands of time.

 

She is also a comedienne, an adult couple relationship coach and a motivational speaker, in addition to also being a marriage and children/teenager counsellor.


Esther decided to go into acting to showcase her alter ego which she developed as a comedienne, the hidden talent that she never thought she had. It helps brings out the comic art in her, though as an old woman, a drama queen by the name of Iyalabule (a village woman).



 

The mother of five is also into advocacy against child abuse, rape, domestic violence, less privileged and people living with disabilities.

 

Esther also grooms people on how to fight poverty by saving a token. *

What can a Token do for you?* is a project she set up to encourage people on the benefits of saving no matter how little, in order to upgrade and better themselves.



 

 

 

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on the 12th March.

 

Early bird tickets are available here : http://www.eymawards.com/tickets

MEET THE FINALISTS: SARAH EDWARDS

Posted on 9 February, 2022 at 0:00

 


NOMINATION CATEGORY: Excellence In Education



Sarah is an author,online psychology & criminology tutor.

She is the founder and CEO of Edwards Tutoring. She helps Psychology and Criminology undergraduate and post Students improve their grades.

Sarah helps student get into a Criminology and Forensic Psychology career.

She works with organisations to improve their awareness of working with people who have committed crimes. Sarah has worked for Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service for 10 years. She is a qualified Probation Officer who hasworked with offenders who have committed serious crimes.



Sarah’s proven methods have helped many students not only with academic improvements but to help motivate them and find confidence in their abilities so they can excel in their academic goals and beyond.

Being involved in projects that align with Sarah’s values and missions is central to Sarah’s ethos. Sarah is involved in the social policymaking initiative with ‘We are Telescope’ www.wearetelescope.org to contribute to work collaboratively with frontline workers and policy makers in public services. Sarah is specifically focusing herefforts on the Justice sector.



In addition,Sarah is the author of “ Success on Probation: A step by step system to reform your life and release yourself from yourmental jail” . Sarah has used her understanding and experience of rehabilitating offenders and translated this into how to change your own mindset, set goals and take action on your own life, particularly focused on the narrative of being a Mum to young children.


 

 


We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on the 12th March.

 

 Early bird tickets are available here: http://www.eymawards.com/tickets


MEET THE FINALISTS: Omowunmi Babalola

Posted on 3 February, 2022 at 14:20



NOMINATION CATEGORY: Inspirational Mother Of The Year & Mum Owned Business 


Omowunmi Babalola  is a wife and a mother of two; a boy and a girl-who inspired her to create her mummys group and connect with other mummies. Omowunmi is the founder @mummyslinkup and @mlulittlegiftbags which was created to support women.

 

Mummys Linkup (MLU) is a safe platform for mums from all walks of life to build relationships, be open with one another about the trials and triumphs of motherhood, seek advice, organise and participate in fun activities and support each other including those who may be experiencing some challenges on the journey of motherhood. Over the two years of running the group Omowunmi and her team have now expanded and have locality groups in Eseex and Lonodn which some of the mum in their main group are running to connect with more mums to grow their  MLU community.

 

MLU Little Gift Bag is a project close to Omowunmi's heart which  provides a care package support for women going through pregnancy loss. The care packages are filled with every day essential items that the women might not have with them in hospitals. MLU are currently supporting 7 hospitals and hope to support more in the future.

 

Omowunmi believes in women supporting women and working together to make a change in the community.

 

 

 

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on the 12th March.

 

 

 

 

 

 Tickets are available here: http://www.eymawards.com/tickets


MEET THE FINALISTS: Stephanie Okafo

Posted on 28 January, 2022 at 0:00



Nomination Category: Mumpreneur Of The Year


John Samuel Estates owned by Stephanie were among those businesses that signed up to uphold the tenets of the charter. Stephanie is the only Female Owner of an Estate Agency in the borough of Barking and Dagenham.


 

Stephanie Okafo MBA CeMAP MIFS MARLA is the CEO/MD of John Samuel Estates, member of arla property mark with over 15 years’ experience in property and financial Industry, specialty on Houses in multiple Occupation (HMO). Currently the Only Female Estate Agent Owner in Barking and Dagenham Borough, Winner Excellence Property Valuer of the Year 2019 (Innovation and Excellence Award), Finalist Businesswoman of the year in 2018 (LBBD Women Empowerment Award), Finalist Public Authority by ARL2018. Highly commended Businessperson of year 2019 (LBBD Chamber of Commerce award).


 

Stephanie is a well-respected Residential Property Consultant, Entrepreneur and motivational speaker. A member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) Property Mark, stephanie is an authority with all the knowledge and up to date qualifications in the Property sector. Unlike other agencies where you can only let and sell properties, her clients consider her firm to be a stop place for all property and investment needs. You will leave having all your questions and needs answered. Therefore, I consider my business as standing toe to toe with the big names out there in the Property industry and yet becoming a loud voice in the industry and the community. The fact that I can provide the advice and investment needs - everything under one roof sets me apart from other estate agents.


Author of the fast selling Property book titled: “Why landlords and tenants fall out of love” and joined the list of the very few female authors in the property industry and only African property author in the UK. The book was forwarded by Cllr Afolasade Bright and endorsed by Sally Lawson the outgoing President of arlapropertymark. Stephanie holds regular seminars and workshops on all property and financial matters. Forwarded by Cllr Afolasade Bright, if anyone has earned the right to compose the book, it is surely me.


 

Stephanie has gone a step further from business in the community to be a leader in the community and supporting the vulnerable and small charities in the borough. Stephanie is very involved in the community – a sponsor of the “Soup Project”, aimed mainly to feed the homeless, stephanie organises and hold a ‘free’ property surgery monthly for all local landlord and tenants. Stephanie is a trustee of the Pennu Charity, a charity dedicated to promoting the well-being of the elderly in the community. Stephanie is also the church Administrator for a Christian Charity RCCG The Masters Sanctuary Romford.


Recently stephanie have been appointed by Barking and Dagenham Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills & Aspiration, to be on the Borough’s Business Forum Steering Group sitting with other appointees from the business community to provide advice and support to the Council on business related matters and the running of the Barking and Dagenham Business Forum. An important group set up by the Council to help move the business community forward in the borough.


Stephanie is married with two Handsome boys.


 

 

 

 

 

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on the 12th March.

 

 

 

 

Early bird tickets are available here www.eymawards.com/tickets



 


MEET THE FINALISTS: Elaine Cunningham-Walker

Posted on 26 January, 2022 at 0:00






NOMINATION CATEGORY: Excellence In Education


Elaine Cunningham-Walker is Forbes Featured and Award Winning Educational Strategist and founder of Global Education consultancy GMA Education. Elaine is the mother of two award winning children who were endorsed by MENSA when they appeared on Channel 4 series Child Genius in 2015. Elaine’s experience in raising genius children and securing them at top boarding schools with music and drama scholarships, has led to parents reaching out to her asking how they can get the best out of their children at home and in the field of Education.


 

The Consultancy specialises in bespoke educational roadmaps, tuition and strategies to help child win places at top boarding schools including St Pauls, Ashdown House School, Eton, Harrow, Lancing College and Shrewsbury School.



 

Elaine specialises in bursary and scholarship applications with a 100% success rate providing the child meets the eligibility criteria. Recently Elaine has started assisting children with university applications to Russell Group and Ivy League in the USA.


 

Elaine has a core belief that every child carries excellence in them and it simply requires nurturing. Elaine equips people and parents with strategies that can not just be used in education but in life too. This is evident in her two children who play 7 instruments between them at distinction level.


 

Elaine’s Mantra is "There is Genius in every child, just needs nurturing.’"


 

 

 

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on the 12th March.

 

 

 

 

Early bird tickets are available here www.eymawards.com/tickets




 


MEET THE FINALISTS: VICKI PSARIAS BROADBENT

Posted on 24 January, 2022 at 0:00 Comments comments (215)





Nomination Category: Excellence In Media


Vicki Psarias Broadbent is a filmmaker and blogger based in Windsor, Berkshire, England. She is known as the author of the book Mumboss in the UK and The Working Mom in the US (published in 2020). She is also the founder and editor of Honest Mum, a parenting blog. She is also a filmmaker, writing and directing short films, Broken and Rifts as well as directing and producing TV documentaries, music videos and adverts.



She is mum to two boys aged 11 and 9 and a newborn baby girl.

Honest Mum®, is  a platform where Vicki shares family life as well as her passion for family, food, business, beauty and style. Her blog and social media platforms reach an average of 4 million parents a month (with highs of 12 million) and she's proud to be part of such a supportive community.

 

Vicki regularly contributes to parenting-related articules for Bored Panda which reaches a monthly audience of 125 million.

 

The mum of three is a former TV and film director and set up her blog in November 2010 while on maternity leave as way to rediscover her voice and regain her confidence after suffering from a traumatic birth.


 

Blogging and vlogging became her full-time job taking her work from behind the camera to mostly in front.

 

She's since become a TV Broadcaster regualrly featuring on BBC World News, BBC Breakfast, ITV’s This Morning, Good Morning Britain, Lorraine as well as EuroNews, Channel 5 News, SKY News and E News.


 

 

 

 

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on the 12th March.

 

 

 

 

Early bird tickets are available here www.eymawards.com/tickets





 

 


MEET THE FINALISTS- LYDIA BOLAJI

Posted on 17 January, 2022 at 9:15 Comments comments (437)



Nomination Category: Excellence In Tech



Lydia is a working mum of two, juggling both a career in Technology and a business that helps mothers and women start, develop and advance their careers in tech called the Lydia Tech Academy. She is a certified and experienced scrum master, project manager, business analyst and has experience in various other tech roles and projects. She has previously worked for the likes of FDM, Shell and HSBC.





She is passionate about seeing mothers and women thrive and excel and break their limiting beliefs. She also can see a massive gap in the Technology industry that needs more women and is determined to help fill it. She believes that if she can do it then so can you, it's all about mindset.

 



We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on the 12th March.

 

 

 

Early bird tickets are available here http://www.eymawards.com/tickets

 

 



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