Abrantee Boateng, also known professionally as DJ Abrantee, started his radio career in 2005 working the night shift at Choice FM and filling in for absentees whilst continuing his work as a DJ on the club circuit. The following year, Boateng was asked to present Saturday’s Choice, a show that aired once a month on a Saturday. In 2007, the success of Saturday’s Choice led to a permanent position at Choice FM to host the new Morning Riser show between 3:00 am and 6:00 am from Monday to Friday. He then moved to another time slot in March 2010 to present the station’s evening show from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am from Monday to Friday. The evening show consisted of tracks from Choice FM’s playlist but also included interviews with high-profile artists: Diddy, Usher, Drake, Dizzee Rascal, Kelly Rowland, Big Boi, Labrinth, Kelis, Taio Cruz, Flo Rida, Travie McCoy, Tinchy Stryder, Jeremih, Loick Essien, Jason Derulo amongst others. In April 2011, Choice FM announced that DJ Abrantee would become the new presenter of its drive time show between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm from Monday to Friday. It also announced that Abrantee would start hosting a new program entirely dedicated to Afrobeats from 12:00 am to 2:00 am every Saturday. The new show called Afrobeats with Abrantee was launched on 16 April 2011 and was one of the most tweeted about topic on Twitter that day which resulted in Choice FM trending for the first time on the social networking service. Abrantee is currently on the air every Monday – Thursday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm for what is now Capital Xtra’s drivetime show, while the Afrobeats with Abrantee show is now on between 10:00 pm and 12:00 am every Saturday.
Awards and nominations
Won : Best Entertainer of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards (2006)
To book Abrantee as a DJ for your event, or to star in your film: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beauty and Health Expert, Dr Clare Anyiam-Osigwe BEM
According to Forbes, 80% of businesses will fail within 18 months. Black owned businesses in that pool brings an even larger number due to a lack of funding, market share and business support. Celebrating five years in business in a remarkable milestone for any Founder, especially a black woman. Multi-awarded ethical beauty entrepreneur, Dr Clare Anyiam-Osigwe began her trail blazing journey from her kitchen stove in Islington, baking face balms to relieve her Acne and Eczema whilst teaching English GCSE at secondary schools. Her pioneering Afro-asian plant-based formulations lead to immediate award nomination, just 40 days after Premae Skincare launched in Dec 2011. 5 years later, the brand is an established and pioneering force in the skin allergy sector.
Abandoning a career in acting to focus on beauty, Clare’s 14 year international beauty experience and wellbeing passion provides clear insight into the growing need for innovative ‘Freefrom’ beauty in the mass market. 16 awards later, Clare brand Premae Skincare has sampled Glossy Box and Birchbox reaching over 200,000 women in the UK alone, has 10 stockists in the USA and recently signed a deal with Amazon Europe to supply UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Balearics and the Mediterranean with EU distribution and fulfilment of Premae expanding the brands global reach of fans and consumers who desperately want alkaline vegan skincare commencing from July 2016.
The need for allergen-friendly cosmetics was first established by Clare due to her own personal struggle with Candida Albican – a wheat, dairy, sugar and gluten intolerance which she acquired in 2003 whilst studying a BA at Brunel University. This condition ravished Clare’s internal immune system and outer immune system, her skin.
Clare qualified as an Allergy Testing & Treatment practitioner, specialising in food and topical (skin) intolerances, before gaining an honorary doctorate in Bio-chemistry.
To date, Clare has been awarded:
British Empie Medal, HRH The Queen for services to Dermatology, 2017
Rising Star Entrepreneur, We Are The City Awards, 2016
Rising Star Entrepreneur, BBB Awards 2015
Inspirational Woman of the year, inspirational Awards 2014
Educator of the year by Women 4Africa Awards, Winner – May 2012
Personal Achievement of the year, Sunday Essiet Company, Winner, June 2012
Best Makeup Artist of the year, NEL Awards, Winner, Sept 2012 35 Women Under 35, Management Today Awards, ‘One to watch’, July 2012
Entrepreneur of the year, Precious Magazine Awards, Winner, Nov 2012
Premae Skincare products have won 7 awards since launching too, a remarkable achievement for a new start up business and a testimony to the premium quality of her unique formulations:
Winner: Best Eczema Range, Pharma100 – Natural Health Awards 2014
Winner: Best Natural Mens Product, Platinum Awards 2012
Double Award Winning: Balance Rescue Face Tonique, FFS Awards 2013, and Oh! Natural Awards, NZ 2013
Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe is a pioneer in Black and Minority film exhibition (The Voice News Paper 2016). A connoisseur of urban story telling and production, Emmanuel is the go-to guy for bridging the gap between the mainstream and independent talent in European BAME film.
Graduating from The University of West London (based next to the world famous Ealing Studios) and graduated with a 2:1 honours for Media Arts & Video Production in 2002, Emmanuel set-up his first business in 2001 – a production company called IQ Creations – which developed TV formats in the UK and internationally.
In 2002 he worked for BFM (Black Filmmaker Magazine) and programmed the festival during its 5th anniversary year in 2003. He also worked for the Screen Nation awards in 2004 and produced a magazine show celebrating West African cinema.
After his apprenticeship at both companies, he established B.U.F.F (British Urban Film Festival) in 2005 after attending the Urban Music Festival and marvelling over the positive event bringing urban musicians together. B.U.F.F was initially formed to showcase urban independent cinema in the absence of any such state-sponsored activity in the UK. Supported by a board which included actors, journalists, film critics and filmmakers, BUFF stands out as the only festival of its kind with a triple offering of online, on-air and spectator platforms where filmmakers and scriptwriters are presented with the opportunity to have their work showcased to the largest audience reach possible.
Emmanuel was given a 13 week slot on BEN TV in 2006 to produce ‘The Search for BUFF’ to find models to present at the festival. It was a street version of a beauty pageant, asking the public in the form of Vox pops what makes a person ‘buff’ in the traditional sense of attractive, a play on the festivals acronym B.U.F.F.
Since launch, BUFF’s sole objective is to celebrate difference and to champion, embrace, disrupt and accurately reflect the changing cultural mass and demographic make-up of the UK as expressed primarily through film. B.U.F.F responded to the lack of diverse award nominees at BAFTA and Oscar by launching the B.U.F.F Awards in 2015. Since the, B.U.F.F has awarded 20 filmmakers incl. Richard Pryor (posthumously) and Wil Johnson.
12 years on since conception, Emmanuel has formed relationships and sponsorships with several media brands incl. BBC Films, Channel4, Community Channel, Colourful Radio, The Voice Newspaper, London Live, Trace Urban and SKY and B.U.F.F was named the best festival for diversity in the world by Metro Newspaper, May 2016.
Emmanuel received an Icon Recognition Award from CHUB Magazine 2015 for services to film and television and has was nominated for an Excellence in Diversity Award 2016.
⇒ Guest panelist at your university, college, film event or governmental meetings as a commentator on film exhibition and marketing strategies for black and ethnic films.
⇒ Expert writer/ contributor for topics: Black and Ethnic minority films.
⇒ Speaker online, on air, at events for topics: Black and Ethnic minority films, curating a successful film festival.