Tobi Adeyemi Foundation’s 5th Annual Fundraising Dinner and lecture on Saturday 7th October 2017
The count-down has begun for the 5th annual TAF fundraising lecture and dinner from 7pm on Saturday 7th October at Epsom Down’s Racecourse.
Thank you so much to those of you who have already confirmed your places. If you haven’t paid yet, it would help us if you did so now. If you haven’t confirmed yet, then please do so now because the Race Course needs to know how many places we want.
There are still seats for what promises to be an entertaining, inspiring and fulfilling night in many ways. Please come along to enjoy yourselves, listen and engage with our endearing and inspirational guest speaker whilst making a positive difference to the lives of others through the work of the Tobi Adeyemi Foundation.
A little about Chi-chi
An ex-sprinter and half the size of her double bass, Chi-chi Nwanoku has gained a reputation as one of the finest exponents of her instrument today. The eldest of 5 children from Nigerian and Irish parents, she was spotted at age 8 by an athletics coach and trained as a 100-metre sprinter, eventually competing at National level. After suffering a knee injury aged 18, she took up the double bass and actively pursued a career in music.
She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and with Franco Petracchi in Rome, and soon found herself in demand internationally, with a broad career performing and recording in a diversity of styles with many of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras and ensembles.
Chi-chi is the Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Chineke! Foundation, which supports, inspires and encourages Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians working in the UK, Europe and further afield.
She is Professor of Double Bass Historical Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was made a Fellow in 1998.
As a broadcaster, Chi-chi has presented and contributed to several BBC Radio 3 & 4 programmes, TV Proms, Jury member for BBC ‘Classical Star, and ‘mentor’ for the BBC 4 TV series ‘All Together Now, the Great Orchestra Challenge’.
Chi-chi is a trustee of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, London Music Fund, Tertis Foundation, and Council Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society. She served on the board of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) from 2008 to 2013.
Chi-chi created the ABO/RPS ‘Salomon Prize’ which celebrates the “unsung heroes” working in the ranks of British Orchestras.
Chi-chi was awarded an OBE for services to Music in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday honours. She was one of the ‘100 – Happy List’ in the Independent on Sunday 2011. In 2016 she was made an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban Conservatoire and awarded ‘Person of the Year’ at the Black British Business Awards. Chi-chi was awarded the 2017 ABO Award for “the most significant contribution to orchestral life in the UK”.
Chi-chi remains a dedicated advocate of the importance of music in everyone’s lives and is committed to teaching and sharing her love of music.
The cost per head, inclusive of a drinks reception and a delightful four course dinner is £75 for adults and £50 each for anyone under 25 years old.
Payment is by BACS to:
Tobi Adeyemi Foundation, Barclays Bank Banstead Branch,
Sort code: 20-84-17; Account number: 03522857
Reference: Your name
Alternatively, a cheque, made payable to ‘Tobi Adeyemi Foundation’, could be sent to the Foundation’s registered address as follows: The Executive Secretary, Tobi Adeyemi Foundation, 3 Vicarage Close, Kingswood, Surrey KT20 6QF.
It is not too late to spread the word, bring along a friend or colleague.
We look forward to seeing you.
Seyi Obakin, OBE
Tobi Adeyemi Foundation’s fourth annual fundraising dinner and lecture by Tom Ilube
Tobi Adeyemi Foundation’s third annual fundraising dinner and lecture by Karen Blackett OBE
Death. The word is immediately associated with negativity, sadness, loss and darkness. I have experienced it myself so this is all true. Nonetheless, I have come to realise that death can also have a higher purpose in life, even an inspiring ending. Yes, when we lose someone we love, we miss the person terribly, but the greatest life lesson that death can offer society is the legacy the person leaves behind. Legacy is the only thing that can inspire, legacy is the only thing can cause action and legacy is the only thing that lives beyond death. The Tobi Adeyemi Foundation (TAF) does exactly this. I never had the opportunity to meet Tobi Adeyemi but he sounds like my kind of guy – intelligent, driven and most importantly, he had a heart for people.
I attended the third annual fundraising dinner and lecture for the TAF on 17th October 2015. It was held at Epsom Racecourse and the environment was relaxing and suited for the purpose. The night kicked off with drinks and networking. The one thing which I found very inspiring by the foundation dinner was that it brought together some of the most influential black people in the UK. It was very inspiring for a young professional like myself; I didn’t hesitate and I came with my networking hat on, to take advantage of the opportunity.
Subsequently, we sat down for dinner, compered by an emcee whose flowery language livened up the night throughout. Dinner opened with an outstanding performance of the spoken word and music by Ife Obakin, a young person who knew Tobi and has supported the foundation from its inception. It closed with another outstanding musical rendition by Naya Reid, yet another young person who knew Tobi and was keen to give back.
We had speeches from the Chairman of TAF, Seyi Obakin, and the guest speaker Karen Blackett, the CEO of MediaCom UK. Mr Obakin spoke about the importance of giving a helping hand to others in order to help them realise their potential. In fact, he demonstrated how everyone has potential but how some people needed just a bit of help to maximise their potential. He thanked everyone for supporting the charity and enabling it to be that helper for some young people. The highlight of his speech for me was when he spoke about the impact the charity had on some of the scholars. It was truly inspiring. One of the scholars who attended the event had completed his ‘A’ Level studies with exceptional results and has already taken his place at Imperial College London. Another scholar who also attended was able to carry on his studies at Whitgift School at A levels to harness his potential and also focus on his football career (he recently got signed to Charlton FC). Yet another scholar is now taking a gap year after securing all A Grades in his ‘A’ Level studies. All I can say is that Tobi would be proud of what he has done.
Ms Blackett gave an amazing speech/lecture; she took us through her life journey to becoming CEO. She spoke briefly on the importance of recognising the people who got her to where she is; she called them “cheer leaders”. The key message I got from her was that we should all LEARN, EARN and SERVE (our ultimate goal in life is to give back). Ms Blackett was kind enough to answer a few questions that covered a number of topics such as some of the struggles she faced being female in a male dominated industry and how she turned what was seen as a disadvantage to an advantage. She also answered a question on how parents can support their children in situations where the children choose to pursue a very different career path from one which the parents are either familiar with or even like. I learnt a lot from a national leader.
At the end of Ms Blackett’s speech, Dr Adegbenga Adeyemi, Tobi’s father, thanked the speaker and everyone. He noted that Tobi would have graduated from university this year and would have been delighted to be in the company of such influential black people, some of whom had been his inspiration.
The night then went on to fundraising. There was a silent auction and a loud auction of exotic gifts and experiences, many of which were kindly donated by various TAF supporters. There was also an expansive raffle in which there were many winners.
Tobi Adeyemi made all of this happen; the networking with influential people, the scholars given the opportunity to fulfil their potential and getting a lecture from an international leader. Tobi made this happen. There are two lessons we can learn from Tobi, (1) Life is short and can be cut off anytime. (2) It is not about the quantity of your life but the quality of the life you lived. A LIFE THAT DOES NOT IMPACT ANOTHER LIFE POSITIVELY IS NOT WORTH LIVING. Written by Ife Tokan
Sutton Christian Centre Quiz Night – September 2015
All the proceeds from Sutton Christian Centre’s renowned Quiz night were kindly donated to the Tobi Adeyemi Foundation. Thank you to all the participants and congratulations to the winning team.
2nd Tobi Adeyemi Foundation Golf Classic on the 14th of May 2015
The Foundation is extremely grateful to 29 golfers, who enthusiastically set off in typical English inclement weather, to do justice to the challenging Surrey National Golf club, Caterham, Surrey. Majority of golfers completed the 18 holes, whilst some wisely decided to take advantage of the club house facilities and relax with friends.
Our thanks also go to the non- golfers who were present for the dinner, prize presentations, raffle draw and auction. The President of Nigerian United Kingdom Golfing Association (NUGA), Mr. Tony Sokan, presented prizes to the winners of division 1 and 2 categories of competition, as well as longest drive, nearest to the pin and lowest gross. Some of the winners of the evening included Mr. Kenny Adejolu, Mr. Femi Adesanya, Pastor Omasan Oritsesan, Mr. Simon Oladunni, Mr. Abo Adeoye and Pastor Olu Fasanya.
The Foundation also thanks the management of Surrey National Golf club for their support and generous donation of several auction prizes.
All our generous participants helped raise a net sum of nearly £2,200 for the Foundation. The foundation is grateful to all who supported the Golf Classic and made the event a greater success than the first. We hope to welcome more golfers and non-golfers back to Surrey National next year for the 3rd Tobi Adeyemi Foundation Golf Classic.
One-and–a-half marathons for Tobi on the 12th April 2015
Ric Adams once again ran the Brighton Marathon (and the Surrey half marathon) to raise funds for the Foundation. Gbenga Adeyemi, Tobi’s Dad was at the Brighton Marathon finishing line to congratulate Ric on completing the race. The foundation is very appreciative of Ric and his sponsors for raising vital funds for the Foundations work.
Ken Olisa OBE speaks at the 2nd Tobi Adeyemi Foundation Fundraising Dinner & Lecture on the 11th October 2014
Too many times, a follow on event fails to live up to the previous one. Our first annual dinner lecture in 2013 was so successful there was every risk that the 2014 lecture may not live up to it. No one can say that. Around 120 supporters gathered at Epsom Race Course for our 2nd annual dinner lecture on 11th October 2014 and raised a net sum of nearly £5,800. The evening started with our usual opening hour of welcome and networking drinks, a delicious full course meal and a truly inspiring lecture by Ken Olisa OBE
Like Victor before him, Ken was brilliant. He spoke of the huge difference that the generosity of strangers can make in the world that we live in. First, he recalled how his headmaster in junior school had prepared him in various ways for the future to come, including how to enjoy caviar. Then he recounted how, after losing his meagre belongings and textbooks to car thief, a storeowner and a complete stranger offered him a discounted suit including a Christmas job. Next he spoke of how serendipity brought him in contact with Norman Knight, one of Boston’s biggest philanthropists in the 1980s. Norman Knight went on to help him in various ways, including becoming his mentor and great friend.
His conclusion? We are all strangers to other people and we have a sacred obligation to help others. Furthermore, we should keep our eye on what contribution history will view us as having made when we are gone. We should ‘do well, do good’.
Inaugural Tobi Adeyemi Foundation Golf Classic on the 8th of May 2014
On the 8th of May 2014, 24 golfers gathered at the prestigious Surrey National Golf club in Caterham, Surrey to participate in the inaugural Tobi Adeyemi Foundation Golf Classic in support of the Tobi Adeyemi Foundation.
Although the weather was not ideal, the 24 golfers enthusiastically took to the fairways to play for the foundation. Despite the poor weather conditions the standard of play was very high. The evening saw non-golfing guests joining the players for dinner, prize presentation ceremony, raffle & auction. The prizes were presented by the Captain of Nigerian United Kingdom Golfing Association (NUGA), Mr. Olumuyiwa Obileye, to the winners of division 1 and 2 categories of competition, as well as longest drive, nearest to the pin and lowest gross.
Some of the winners of the evening included Mr. Layi Akano, Mr. Femi Adesanya, Pastor Omasan Oritsesan, Mr. Abo Adeoye, Mr. Victor Ogunbusola, Dr. William Akpala and Mr. Ayo Oshowo. The overall winner was Mr. Tony Horswood.
Through the generosity of all those who participated and other supporters the Foundation raised over £2,000. The foundation is grateful to all who supported the Golf Classic and made the event a great success. We hope to welcome golfer and others back to Surrey National next year for the 2nd Tobi Adeyemi Foundation Golf Classic.
One and a half marathons for Tobi on the 6th April 2014
On the 6th of April our brother & friend Ric Adams, again put on his running shoes and completed one and half marathons for Tobi in Brighton. The Foundation is immensely grateful to Ric and his generous sponsors for raising £260 for the Foundation.
Lord Adebowale launches Inaugural Tobi Adeyemi Foundation Fundraising Dinner & Lecture on 12th October 2013
Lord Adebowale launched the Inaugural Tobi Adeyemi Foundation Fundraising Dinner & Lecture at the Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey. The event was attended & enjoyed by 90 people from all works of life. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous four course dinner and enthusiastically participated in raising funds via raffles & silent auction. In Lord Adebowale’s inspirational speech, he challenged guests to help some disadvantaged kids get the lucky break we all need in life; to help change young lives one by one. The Foundation will keep working to do just that – change young lives, one by one. £7,161.36 was raised for the Foundation. The Foundation is very grateful to Lord Adebowale, our guests and all our supporters for assisting us successfully launching this event. We look forward to welcoming you and others to our 2nd Annual Dinner/ Lecture in 2014
Tobi Adeyemi Foundation offers grants to two ‘A’ Level pupils September 2013
The Foundation adopted two Tobi Adeyemi scholars. They both secured 90% scholarship and the Foundation enabled them to take their places by offering 10% grants.
Give a pound to loses a pound August 2012 – August 2013
Adrian Lewis, Chairman, Kingdom Bank, needed to lose some weight. He also wanted to support the Tobi Adeyemi Foundation. How to do both? Give a pound to lose a pound! Adrian said ‘I knew I had to have some accountability. Having people watching me motivated me to reach the goal’. Just like a true financial giant will do, Adrian monitored his progress on a graph and reported it regularly. His final graph, displayed here, shows that he exceeded his target weight loss of 30lb. Well done, Adrian – now to keep it off! The Foundation is grateful for the £942 raised by Adrian and his sponsors.
The marathon men 14th April 2013
Ric Adams and Tim Devenish of Sutton Christian Centre tackled the Brighton Marathon in April for the Foundation. Ric loves running and ran the same race last year for the Foundation but he met his match this year. Finishing in a respectable time of 4:26:22 he was nevertheless a full 3 minutes slower than Tim.
He says Tim is the younger man and, of course, there is always next year. Asked why he did it again, Ric said ‘…. well, although I’m not the fastest, I really love running and if I can run AND raise money for the brilliant TAF, then that’s a win-win!
The Foundation is grateful to Ric, Tim and their sponsors for raising nearly £1,000 for the Foundation.
Thank you to Melanie Rodger who held a cake sale on 18th March 2013 and raised £82.50 for the Tobi Adeyemi Foundation
Official launch of The Tobi Adeyemi Foundation and fundraising event 22nd September 2012
Many friends, family and those simply touched by Tobi’s life and ambitions attended the official launch of Tobi Adeyemi Foundation and fundraising event at Whitgift School, South Croydon on the 22nd September 2012. They witnessed the coming together of Tobi Adeyemi’s legacy, his foundation. The Foundation had been established in 2011. The trustees welcomed guests and formally introduced the Foundation and its work to guests. The music was provided by Wallington High School for Girls, Gospel Choir, whilst the fundraiser was filled with memories, hope, but most of all generosity. Many thanks to all our guests who helped raise £6,668.78 for Tobi Adeyemi Foundation
A day in Traditional Nigerian Attire August 2012
Many thanks to Melanie Rodger who kept her promise to spend a day in traditional Nigerian attire after raising £100 for the Tobi Adeyemi Foundation.
Ife Obakin dresses as Wally
A very big thank you to Ife Obakin, she raised £305 for Tobi Adeyemi Foundation by dressing as Wally from the ‘Where ‘s Wally?’ books!
The Nigerian UK Golfing Association May 2012
The Nigerian UK Golfing Association adopted the Tobi Adeyemi Foundation as their Captain’s Charity of the Year. £2,220 was raised for the Tobi Adeyemi Foundation. Thank you to Captain Ayo Oshowo and the entire NUGA members.
Ric Adams runs the Brighton Marathon 15th April 2012
Our sincere gratitude & appreciation goes to Ric Adams and the generous sponsors who helped him raise £1,000 for Tobi Adeyemi Foundation
Sutton Christian Centre Quiz Night – March 2011
All the proceeds from Sutton Christian Centre’s renowned Quiz night were kindly donated to the Tobi Adeyemi Foundation. Thank you to all the participants. Congratulations to the winning team