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Jacky Wright and Marcus Rashford in Top 10 most powerful black Britons

Jacky Wright

Jacky Wright and Marcus Rashford in Top 10 most powerful black Britons

Jacky Wright, the businesswoman named as the UK’s most influential black person, has called for “monumental shifts” to ensure Britain is a more equal place to live.

Wright, the London-born corporate vice-president and chief digital officer at Microsoft US, was given this year’s top spot on 14 October by the Powerlist 2022, the annual list of the UK’s most powerful people of African, African-Caribbean and African American heritage.

Marcus Rashford, the footballer and campaigner, came in second place while Anne Mensah, vice-president of Content UK at Netflix, was third. The Oscar-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya is a new entrant to the list, in fourth.

Steven Bartlett, 29, founder and former CEO of Social Chain and the newly named youngest ever panellist on the BBC show Dragons’ Den, is another new entrant. He is joined by the model and social activist Munroe Bergdorf, and Rob Pierre, CEO of the digital marketing consultancy Jellyfish.

Wright welcomed the accolade but said the UK had a long way to go before it could call itself an equal society. “I am proud to be in the company of these great leaders of African and African-Caribbean heritage, but I am reminded that we still have a very long way to go,” she said. “Each of us has a responsibility to ensure that we not only showcase role models, so future generations can envision who and what they can be but, more importantly, we need to make monumental shifts to create a more equitable society.”

Wright was selected by a panel of judges led by the retired high court judge Dame Linda Dobbs, who said Wright took the top spot for the “sheer scale of the work she is doing”.

Wright was born in London but has spent much of her career in the US. She previously held roles at BP and General Electric. In 2017 she became chief digital information officer at HM Revenue and Customs, before returning to Microsoft US in 2019.

As one of the most senior black leaders in the civil service, and HMRC’s disability champion, Wright campaigned for diversity in government, including race and disability.

The Powerlist was launched in 2007 to showcase black role models across industries including business, science, technology and the arts. Entrants are judged on their “ability to change lives and alter events, as demonstrated over a protracted period of time and in a positive manner”.

Michael Eboda, CEO of Powerful Media, said: “Jacky Wright is a true professional who is totally well deserved of being recognised as the UK’s most powerful black Briton on the Powerlist 2022.”

The Powerlist 2022 Top 10:

1 Jacky Wright Chief digital officer and corporate vice-president of Microsoft US

2 Marcus Rashford English and Manchester United footballer, and campaigner against child poverty and racism.

3 Anne Mensah Vice-president of Content UK at Netflix. She previously worked at Sky UK and the BBC.

4 Daniel Kaluuya (new) Oscar and Golden Globe winning actor for portrayal of the Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.

5 Prof Kevin Fenton London regional director at Public Health England, who has played a key role highlighting Covid and inequality.

6 Steven Bartlett (new) Founder and former CEO of Social Chain; Dragon on Dragons’ Den. He founded his social media company at 21 and built it into a global business with $220m (£161m) annual revenue by the age of 27.

7 Michaela Coel Actor, writer and director who made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special for her show I May Destroy You.

8 Lord Simon Woolley Co-founder and director of Operation Black Vote and principal of Homerton College at Cambridge University.

9 Richard Iferenta Partner at KPMG, where he is the head of financial services indirect tax practise.

10 Jacqueline McKenzie Human rights lawyer specialising in migration, asylum and refugee law. Currently a partner at Leigh Day Solicitors.


Junior Pope’s corpse deposited at morgue not buried at the bank of Anam River – Police

The Anambra State Police Command says the remains of Nollywood star, John Paul Odonwodo, popularly called Junior Pope, were not among those buried by the bank of the Anam River.

The Command’s spokesman, SP Ikenga Tochukwu, made the clarification on Sunday, stating that only three of the deceased families agreed that the victims be buried by the riverside.

He noted that after the burial of the three, one of the families came back to exhume the remains of their daughter for a befitting burial in her country home.

Ikenga added that the corpse of Junior Pope was deposited at a morgue.

“The Command, on an inquiry about the unconfirmed information that the recovered bodies including Junior Pope were buried by the Riverside where the boat accident happened, discovered that three of the deceased families accepted the victims should be buried beside the river.

“But later, the family of one of the victims decided to exhume the body to be given a proper burial in her state while the other two were still buried there.

“Also, Junior Pope and one other are still in the morgue and await the deceased families’ funeral arrangements,” he said.

The PPRO further stated that the Command is still investigating the unfortunate incident.

He said, “The producer of the movie and the two boat drivers’ statements have been obtained, and other necessary actions/moves already emplaced by the operatives as directed by the Commissioner of Police to determine the criminal liability of any person, if any, in the mishap.”

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Gov Eno visits family of late makeup artist, directs renovation of family house

…offers automatic employment to elder sister

…promises assistance to the undergraduate sisters

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno has visited the family of late Nollywood make- up artist. Abigail Edith Frederick, in Ikot Udoma, Eket Local Government Area, where he consoled the bereaved family.

Showing deep emotions, Governor Eno, sat with the grieving family members and told them he feels their pain.

“This is deeply unfortunate, a young girl, 24 years old, who, finished her Youth Service just last year, and decided to pursue her passion.

“This is a reflection of our Arise spirit. It shows that our young people are willing to go out there, not begging, not waiting for handouts, but to pursue their passions.

“It is sad and unfortunate that her life ended the way it did.

“Once I was fully briefed, I decided to come here personally with the full complement of Government to console and encourage the family.

“You are not just the Governor when people are celebrating. In times and moments like this, you become the Mourner- in-Chief and give them hope.

“I trust the Holy Spirit will perfect the hope in their lives.

“Coming here means we care. You know Akwa Ibomites are like Americans. We don’t leave each other behind. Government will be with the family and support them.”

The Governor thereafter gave an automatic employment in the State Civil Service to the surviving elder sister of the deceased, and directed the SSA on Humanitarian Services, Umo Ekpo to renovate the family house and bring it to modern standards.

The Governor also assured of Government’s assistance to the two sisters of the bereaved who are undergraduates at the University of Uyo, said to be sponsored by the late Nollywood make- up artist.

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Jnr. Pope’s death; ‘heart wrenching and unfortunate- Gov Mbah’,

Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State, mourning Nollywood actor, Obumneme Odonwodo, a.k.a Jnr. Pope, says Enugu State has lost one of its talented sons.

The governor said Jnr. Pope’s death came at a time Enugu State was working hard to develop the creative potential of its youths for self reliance.

Mbah stated this in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Aka Eze Aka, on Saturday night in Enugu.

Pope, who hailed from Ukehe in Igbo-Etiti Council Area of the State, alongside three of his colleagues, lost their lives in the tragic boat accident on River Niger while returning from a movie location on Wednesday.

The governor, who described Jnr. Pope’s death as ‘heart wrenching and unfortunate’, said he received the news with sadness.

He said, “Indeed, the death of Jnr. Pope
came at a time Enugu State was working so hard to develop the creative potential of its youths for self reliance, job creation and export of their talents outside the shores of Nigeria”.

Mbah expressed deep regrets that such talented, young Nigerians could lose their lives in such unfortunate circumstance.

The governor commiserated with the bereaved families, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and the entire Nollywood industry on the loss of their members in an ill-fated boat accident.

He promised that the state shall work in concert with the family to ensure a befitting burial for the late movie icon.

The governor stressed that Enugu State Government had opened a condolence register for Nigerians to pay their tributes to the fallen Nollywood Star.

Mbah explained that the condolence register would be opened at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information and Communication, State Secretariat, Enugu, on April 15.

“Those who may not get to the office of the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Communication, may use the following email address to register their condolences,” he said.


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