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Excellent Yummy Mummy Awards

            Celebrating mothers of excellence



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Posted on 12 March, 2021 at 2:15 Comments comments (41)


Mum's Pride (@mums_prideteam on Instagram) is a platform for mothers from different backgrounds and walks of life where they can feel safe, supported and encouraged.


This group was founded four years ago after Katie, the founder, graduated from medical school and realised that, despite having great support from her family and friends, she felt very lonely because it seemed as though no one could relate to her journey as a mum. In Mum's Pride, they all speak the same mum-language and we keep it real.


They have about 150 women on our WhatsApp group where mothers feel free to share their experiences, ask questions and use the platform as it benefits them. They also have separate subgroups such as our "silent group" where they only post events, info, and notices for mothers who prefer to limit WhatsApp chats. They also have subgroups for different locations.


Mum's Pride meet regularly (although we have paused these meetings since the pandemic started), often in small groups, and always allowing children to come along (apart from our yearly Night Out and Spa Day!). They believe in kids networking and, importantly, they understand the difficulties of finding childcare.


Katie is a Christian and sees this group as her ministry and her way of spreading the love of God. For instance, during the first lockdown in 2020, they realised how necessary it was for many of them to have regular prayer meetings to uplift each other. However, they pride themelves in being a diverse group in terms of religion, age and background, and all mothers are welcome.


During these unprecedented times, Mum's Pride has been involved in meetings with local MPs to discuss matters regarding mental health and early learning for our children. As Covid-19 has highlighted the different ways in which the pandemic is affecting different communities, Mum's Pride has taken part in important conversations in the community. They are also well supported by our local Housing Association and local businesses.


Mum's Pride has the privilege of having many women working in the healthcare sector, so the group also has a subgroup for doctors who help answer medical questions and correctly signpost mothers in need. Especially during this pandemic, it has been beneficial to have mothers helping to filter through and explain governmental and medical guidelines.


Mum's Pride has truly been a blessing to many and they wish to continue supporting not only our local community, but also mothers across the world.

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 14th of March 2021.


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Posted on 12 March, 2021 at 2:05 Comments comments (56)


Dr Hephzi is a mum of two, a research scientist and an entrepreneur with two businesses in the UK as well as being the founding director of a registered international charity.

Hephzi started her career in the biosciences after completing a biomedical science degree before branching out into the pharmaceutical industry after completing a postgraduate degree in pharmaceutical science with management studies.

Hephzi currently serves as the chair of the Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire branch of the Royal Society of Biology.


In 2014, she received a national science communication award for her work in engaging underserved communities with science from the Royal Society of Biology. In 2017 she received a highly commended women in science award by Goldman Sachs at the Win trade awards and that same year she was nominated as a finalist in the outstanding STEM ambassador category of the national stem inspiration awards. Queen Mary University also awarded Hephzi with a community champion award in 2018 for her community engagement with science work and she received a Winston Churchill travel fellowship in 2019.

Hephzi has also been celebrated internationally by being named as a STEM champion by the global telecommunications network, Airtel Ghana.


Hephzi’s work focusses on empowering young people from underserved communities to improve their science capital by providing opportunities to enable them to make informed decisions. This is achieved through work experience, career workshops, volunteer opportunities and tailored inspirational experience days. She also works with community groups and organises an annual street science festival in her local community which has evolved over time since the first event in 2014 and has been featured on ITN news. Hephzi also supports local schools as a STEM ambassador for the Essex region and runs regular STEM inspired activities in the community and public spaces.

She operates a learning centre located in the Basildon town square, Essex which offers after school supported learning and summer school programs from key stage 2 through to A-Levels and adult education. Hephzi believes in nurturing the potential of her students to bring out the best versions of themselves.


Hephzi is a member of the association of British Science Writers and she has written internationally for organisations including, Oxbridge Biotech, Research fortnight,, GhScientific and daily graphic. She is also an international speaker and has presented at multiple conferences, organisations and events across Europe and Africa on education, informal learning, public engagement with science and on engaging with underserved communities.

Her experiences in navigating the UK educational system and her pathway to discovering her career interests as well as the challenges faced and the lack of mentors and role models, led Hephzi along her path of working with young people and their families to provide them with a better experience.



We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 14th of March 2021.


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Posted on 9 March, 2021 at 2:05 Comments comments (39)


 Krystle Ijeoma Oguntayo is the owner and Chief Cake Engineer of Just Like Mummy’s Ltd, a cake baking and decorating company based in Dartford, Kent. She a mother to four amazing children and a wife to the best husband in the world.

Just Like Mummy’s started 10 years ago whilst she was pregnant with her first child.  Her mother was a baker and as a child of Nigerian origin, helping her mum bake was a given.  Kystle fondly recalls helping her whisk the batter, making the buttercream icing and licking the bowl once she had finished. Sadly, her  mother passed away from Cancer when she was 23 years old so when she was pregnant, the “nesting” stage began to kick in and she had the urge to bake! She remembered how the cake batter should taste, smell and using her natural instincts began to bake cakes as a hobby.  She had her first paid cake order in November 2011 and began to make cakes Just Like My Mummy; officially Just Like Mummy’s had been created.

Over the last 10 years, Just Like Mummy’s has grown from strength to strength! As a home based bakery they take pride in creating a great tasting and bespoke cake creation that remains the centrepiece of any occasions. Specialising in cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other cakey treats, they have brought smiles to many weddings, birthdays, showers and christening occasions. In 2013,  she won a Certificate of Merit in the prestigious Cake International Show in the Sculpted Novelty Cake category and also obtained her second Certificate of Merit in the 2015 Cake International Show Wedding Cake category. The team have also been nominated and shortlisted in many recognisable industry awards such as the Bridebook Wedding Awards 2017 and a finalist in The UK African Wedding awards 2017.

But to date, thier biggest achievement is the ability to give back to others and encourage other mothers or bakers to use the gifts God gave to them.  Krystle has been a Probation Officer for 14 years and working full time, whilst juggling a business, and raising a family has, at times, been challenging; but knowing that each cake has been baked and received in love is a feeling that can not be replaced. In 2019 she launched the Just Like Mummy’s School of Baking where she is able to give back to her community and encourage and mentor upcoming bakers and young children. Due to COVID-19, they were unable to run any face-to-face classes, but being undeterred by this, they quickly began offering online virtual classes and created Quarantine Birthday Cake kits so that you could also bake a cake at home for your loved ones and have a virtual baking party as hosted by them. With the first lockdown also came their baking series Youtube series “14 things to bake with the kids” staring her very own crew to help parents bake with your children as a break away from home-schooling. Seeing them bake like mini professionals really strengthened her Raison d'être; She has been able to create something that can be passed onto my children, just like  her mother passed on her passion onto her. Her ethos of creating multiple stream of income from doing what you love has also been transferred onto to her daughters (aged 13, 10 and 6) who created their own sorbet company – Sorbet Sistaz this year during lockdown.


We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 14th of March 2021.

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Posted on 5 March, 2021 at 7:50 Comments comments (1146)



 Elsie Anakwue is an Eloquent multi-award-winning solicitor. A Loving wife and mother. She is a Selfless parenting coach and mentor for young people. An Inspirational businesswoman and author. Elsie is an Exemplary community mediator and anti-social behaviour specialist.

 Elsie is a British trained and Qualified multi-award-winning solicitor.She has over two decades of varied legal experience including family law, with many noteworthy career achievements.She is well versed in working with youths who have committed crimes or anti-social behaviour or at risk of doing so.


Elsie says that "helping young people step away from a life of crime is incredibly rewarding. But offering a suitable alternative even before they start down that path is better still."This has included Her obtaining gang Injunctions and employing diversionary measures and tools to avoid reoffending by gang members. Elsie successfully secured the first Gang Injunction for a London Borough. She also secured the first Injunction under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 for a London Borough.She is currently working as a Solicitor in-house specialising in litigation for a UK Local Authority.


Elsie is a mother of two, the fruits of a blessed marriage for more than 20 years. According to Elsie; family comes first and we should all be passionate about strengthening healthy family values and relationships".She has been helping young people and families in different settings to establish the most productive loving environments.Elsie is devoted to assisting other parents and guardians in raising happy, healthy, safe, spiritual, physically, emotionally, psychologically sound, independent, hardworking, resilient individuals.


Elsie is a parenting coach, unselfishly giving all to other parents, carers, young people and organisations. Her teaching expertise and guidance involves a combination of knowledge from research and theory with wisdom gained from the practical experience of successful parenting and casework.She enables parents and carers with the required toolsets to build a good working relationship with their children.

 Elsie is an understanding mentor with many years of working with young people, often in very challenging situations, which has taught her to be resilient, creative and resourceful. She is committed to helping young people to achieve their goals and purpose in life. She believes that all young people have the potential for a happy and productive life. Even when most people have given up on them.

 Elsie, the CEO of Anakwue Way Ltd, is a consummate businesswoman and multitasking professional. Her UK limited company provides innovative coaching and mentoring services for parents, carers, young people and organisations. To empower them through smart coaching and mentoring by providing them with relevant strategies, interactive methods and practical tools to handle a variety of issues such as low self-esteem, peer pressure, cyberbullying, friendship issues, sex, drugs, alcohol, consent, child sexual exploitation, underachievement in school, gang associations, career options and many more.

 She is also an inspirational author, with well-received reviews of her first published Parenting guide book "It is Okay to Wait." She was invited as a privileged guest in October 2020, to participate in Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's virtual celebrations for black history month as a black author to share some nuggets from her book "It is Okay to Wait."

 Elsie is an excellent role model for others to follow as she is outstanding in practising what she believes. She has worked for many years as a dedicated community mediator and anti-social behaviour specialist.Elsie is a volunteer "60 Minute Mentor" to pupils in Southend- on-Sea secondary schools. In her own words "Young people often get a bad press today. But in my experience, most will choose a productive and successful path with the right support and guidance." Elsie has delivered workshops to parents from the more disadvantaged communities under "A Better Start Southend" programme which received very positive feedback such as; " She delivered an incredible, powerful and motivating session ... " She was recently appointed as an independent adoption and fostering panel member. According to her; "I relish the chance to take on new challenges and consider myself a "lifelong learner." Elsie is a voice of wisdom to the youths and parents.



We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 14th of March 2021.




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Posted on 4 March, 2021 at 15:40 Comments comments (151)



Jenni Steele is a mother of three adults, GlamMa to two boys soon to be three,mentor,international author YPIDVA (Young Person Independent Domestic Violence Adviser) , YP and ISVA relationships and sex educator national ambassador DVUK.

With her British Caribbean upbringing, Jenni understands the true meaning of overcoming adversity and has used her life lessons to make a difference to the world – she is a woman who lives her life out loud.


After surviving years of domestic violence as a teenager, Jenni found her strength and escaped from her turmoil. She made a promise to herself to not only rebuild her life and recognise her own self-worth but to also support others who were living with abuse.

Turning a negative chapter in her teenage years into a positive solution for others.  At the core of her soul is not only breaking family cycles just for herself but for her children and future generations . 


Jenni is also the founder and director of Project Yana which went from a healthy relationship education program in 2016 to an early intervention specialist company by 2019


Project YANA, a unique specialist support service created to support high risk young people. Young people experiencing domestic abuse at home, unhealthy teen relationships, teens who are being exploited , teens who may have experienced sexual violence.


The aim is working one-to-one with young people and with statutory agencies (referrals) to ascertain the long and short term impact of their traumatic experience, develop a care pathway, harness and empower young people to develop their key skills.

 The long term purpose of the program is to help young people to recognise and accept their self worth, build their confidence and recognise situations that pose risk and reduce the long term harm. Jenni and her team create group workshops and programs, school tours and one-to-one specialist support plans.

During each lockdown they have remained open as clients and families are a priority! Hence the Teen Inspiration Lounge instagram weekly live slots were created to support families at home. The slot includes support interviews , guests with lived experience. solutions and tips launched onto Spotify during lockdown 1. Season three is due soon.


Her motto :

"Choose HAPPY! Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 14th of March 2021.





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Posted on 4 March, 2021 at 5:25 Comments comments (256)



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. She prays for the grace to be able to continue to do that cheerfully.

We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 14th of March 2021.



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Posted on 3 March, 2021 at 10:55 Comments comments (26)


Hyacinth is a creative entrepreneur and CEO/ founder of EMPOWER 7 © A women’s personal empowerment programme. As an intuitive empowerment coach/ mentor and life strategist, she has overcome 30+ years of personal adversity too. Growing up in a notorious estate in Hackney, surviving the environment and personal challenges along the way including the death of her baby in 2006 at three weeks old to prematurity complications, she has been through it all. Supporting women to reflect, reset, reconnect and re-align with their authentic selves to create a Life by design regardless of their story.


As an author, poet and International speaker (without any formal training), she impacts by sharing her story openly and with actionable steps to overcome any adversity/ challenge or life situation. She uses her own life as example. A compassionate soul she is part of the Charter for Compassion- Women and Girls sector and holds sacred space for women to evolve organically in her sister circles, workshops and inspiration in a box and Bereavement Box set products.


Her second business Soul Conscious Creations by Hyacinth Myers includes her creative products such as art, photographs, semi precious stone jewellery for healing and crystals . Also qualified in various holistic therapies (since 2001) she supports clients to better health.


Hyacinth has also worked in the community in various fields for 33 years mainly in the charitable and voluntary sector in community engagement and continues today as a trustee in a charity for children and families at risk of school exclusion. She is also a single parent who has two sons aged 22 and 14 years old. The youngest has special educational needs and disabilities due to his prematurity and she has also worked with her Local Parents Forum HiP for parents of children with SEND in the borough of Hackney as well as Charities like BLISS (The Prematurity Charity) and others.


She was constantly expected to fail due to adverse childhood experiences and living in the inner city but has defied odds and not only completed University at a BSc Hons level in Social Policy with Criminal Justice but supported thousands of children aged 5- 16 years old in adventure playgrounds and community centres for 13 years too.


A humble, spiritual and Interesting women, she has taken part in many projects and exhibitions and has only started becoming more visible the last 3 years by winning her first 2 awards in 2018, appearing on East London Radio and BBC Breakfast, being in various local newspapers and websites talking about adversity first and women’s issues. Her 48 year life shows that regardless of your story, you can make a huge impact in the world!!

Her motto is “We don’t have to be Victims of our Circumstances, we can be soul conscious creators of our future.”







We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 14th of March 2021.





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MEET THE FINALISTS- Karen Derbyshire

Posted on 17 February, 2021 at 5:10 Comments comments (54)


Karen, also known as Kaz, is mum to a five year old. She lives in Leicester. Kaz loves to take her daughter on adventures, especially camping and outdoors. She writes about their adventures over at in her spare time, currently around the juggle of homeschooling while working from home.


Her family means so much to her and she hopes her daughter will always share the love of exploring as much as she does- her daughter really is her little superhero and keeps her strong when she needs it.



We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 14th of March 2021.




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Posted on 17 February, 2021 at 4:55 Comments comments (107)


DRC Congo born Niina Nia KABESA aka Nia-V is, a Mumpreneur, an Activist and a Lifecoach who empowers, and impacts individuals life by helping them to have a mental balance especially after a melt down. Music is what she uses to Express herself and find herself. In the town of Kinshasa, there was a catholic church by the name of 'St Agnas' and this is where she started singing.


At just 7 years old, she was gang raped and music became her world. She escaped her reality and often will get lost in the music world. From Kinshasa to United Kingdom, Nia-V music journey continued. She reached a moment in her life, when the pain was too much to bare and gave up her life to follow God's life. This was in hope of finding her lost self, her worth as she has been touched by many men yet not one truly loved her. They all abandoned her with child and music was always there for her. In 2020, she was abandoned with a 5 month old pregnancy and she gave birth prematurely. She was in coma for 2days and the child and her remained in hospital for up to a month. This was her turning point, in her own words: "God has given me a second chance to follow my dreams. Music has been in me all my life and if I did die, I would have died with the beautiful melodies that will heal the world and beautiful words that will heal the people's mind. We are living in the darkest moments of our era, and music is the only solution and I AM Music"!


Now with a new born, making her a mother of 6 children. Nia-V has made up her mind to keep inspiring people via her music, booklets, spoken words and TV shows in hope that everyone who has been a victim of rape at a younger age, can be healed. She released her albums in 2020 after coming back from coma and currently working towards her 5th album while releasing a single on 23 January.


She is also now the owner of a new social media platform This platform is for writers like herself to Express themselves authentically, without the need to be politically correct.






We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 14th of March 2021.





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MEET THE FINALISTS- Kafayat Shafau-Ameh

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Kafayat Shafau-Ameh, popularly known by her stage name Kaffy, is a Nigerian dancer, choreographer, dance instructor and fitness coach. She is also the founder and owner of Imagneto Dance Company. She is best known for breaking the Guinness World Record for "Longest Dance Party" at the Nokia Silverbird Danceathon in 2006.


For over two decades, Kaffy has pioneered the development of dance as a business in Africa. She is Afrobeat's number one and biggest global dance brand. She has become a source of inspiration, a great motivator whose reach as cut across age, gender and multiple sectors of the economy.



As a young African female, Kaffy rose above the common socio-political, religious and cultural stigma trailing the idea of using dance as a sustainable, viable and respectable career option.


To Kaffy, dance is a major pivot in the global entertainment industry, a tool for reformation and empowerment of minds. Kaffy is married and has two children.


We can not wait to celebrate this mother of excellence on 14th of March 2021.


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Our theme this year is #ENOUGH- Times have been rough for many and the feeling of inadequacy is unprecedented. We aim to remind you that you are enough, you do enough and you have enough...