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Tobí Rachel Akingbadé

Reporter at Metro.co.uk.London, United Kingdom
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Tobí Rachel Akingbadé

Reporter at Metro.co.uk.London, United Kingdom
About me
I am a journalist, content manager and a creative writer. My experience in the industry is broad having worked in the mediums of broadcast, print and online. I have written and worked alongside major companies such as The Guardian, BBC, ITN, Our London Olympics and ITV. I was formerly the Editor of Dream Nation. Recently an open letter that I published to a racist abuser went viral and was featured in major news publications including Buzzfeed, Evening Standard, BBC, The Independent, The Daily Mail and the Huffington Post. The content was shared just over 12,000 times and viewed just under a million times online and as a consequence, I appeared live on London Live News and BBC News to discuss cyber-bullying, social media trolls and the culture influencing the way 20 somethings use the internet today. As a writer, producer and broadcaster I have been able to garner a lot of interview skills, generate exclusive content and the opportunity to build and stay in touch with an extensive network of contacts over time which in turn makes working in the magazine environment a lot easier.
Projects
  • Photography
    I am a photographer. I often do event photography, self-shot and portraits.
  • On Critics List for Rotten Tomotoes
    I critically review Hollywood movies and contribute to the official review scores globally.
  • Guest on Trusting The Process Podcast with Debra Chosen
    Here I detail my journey in my career, all the obstacles and why I trust the process along the way. It's an honest and refreshing conversation.
  • Exclusive interview with Hollywood actor Idris Elba
    Idris Elba has said In The Long Run will tackle racial divide and stereotypes and show ‘where England really came from.’ Idris has created semi-autobiographical comedy In The Long Run, in which he stars as Walter Easmon, a father who has to help his wayward younger brother Valentine – who has been dispatched from Sierra Leone – settle down in England and find his path in life. Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/03/01/idris-elba-says-long-run-will-show-england-really-came-tackles-racial-divi
  • Opinion piece on controversial 2019 Oscar wins on Metro.co.uk
    Spike Lee was right to ‘storm out’ when Green Book won best picture at Oscars amid ‘white saviour’ criticism – here is why The biggest night in Hollywood has sparked yet another debate over race and the ‘white saviour complex’ as Green Book won best picture at the Oscars. Spike Lee – who grabbed the award for best adapted screenplay for BlacKkKlsansman – reportedly ‘stormed out’ when Green Book won the award on Sunday night and I wasn’t surprised nor could I fault him for it. For starters,
  • Official Review for Black Panther on Metro.co.uk
    This love letter to Africa proves celebrating blackness harms no one but fragile racists. Not only does Black Panther make other Marvel movies look fairly primitive it also serves as a love letter from Hollywood to Africa – and Michael B. Jordan’s performance is one that deserves all of the praise. The latest offering from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is undeniably, unapologetically African as it centres itself around #blackexcellence, taking the popular hashtag straight from social media to t
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Projects credited in
  • Chapter 1: Creative Showcase 2016
    The Power of Creativity. The creative spark is often the difference between being good and being great. We believe that creativity is a natural part of human nature, we are all creative, sometimes it just takes a different form. The only thing stopping us from tapping into that creativity is inspiration to do so. The Concept. Chapter 1 is our annual creative showcase. We’ve worked hard to create a unique experience of spoken word poetry, musical performances and story telling all designed to touch your heart and leave you feeling inspired. By the time the night is done, you’ll be ready to approach your goals and dreams with a new focus and energy from a fresh perspective.
  • The Chapter 1: Creative Showcase 2015
    Imagine sitting in an intimate audience while watching teams of poets going head to head in a competition to win your heart and imagination, painting pictures with their words that leave you feeling motivated, emotional or excited. Imagine feeling the bass and moving to the rhythm of the drum beats from the live band and enjoying the night so much you actually forget the beauty of the venue you find yourself in. Imagine having chills down your spine while you listen to acoustic performances of emerging artists. Then imagine walking home satisfied from an unforgettable night, and from knowing you have made new friends from the Dream Nation community who will help push you towards turning your dreams into your reality.
  • The Dream Nation Gala 2014
    An end of year networking gala for the Dream Nation community to celebrate in style.
  • Dream Nation Gala 2015
    Letter From Claud Williams Life is good. You have a roof over your head, food on the table and people who love you and each day slowly but surely you’re getting closer to your dream. But you can feel it, something is missing. When you share your dreams with your family they don’t really get it. Your friends are great, but they don’t seem to be able to grasp the depth of your passion. Maybe everyone will understand one day or maybe you just need to show them.  So you keep working in silence. The days turn into weeks, and weeks into months. You’re making progress, but not as much as you were hoping. Now that fire you had isn’t burning as bright and if you were 100% honest with yourself you’re not sure if you’re on the right path. This is when most people quietly stop fighting and this is where most dreams die. I mean, life is still good right? You tell yourself that “it’s not settling, in fact it’s sensible. It’s the right thing to do.” But you don’t even believe yourself. You know you’re capable of more, you don’t now how much more yet but it just seems so hard to do it alone.  I’ve always been taught that we are the average of the people we associate with most. I’m finding that the biggest factor to how successful I become isn’t how hard I work, it’s not how smart I am and it’s not even down to luck. It has and continues to be my network. When guests tell us that they love our events, but they want more time meeting each other, we knew we had to create something new. We wanted an event that puts you at the centre, an event focused on giving you opportunities to make new friends, build your network and find people just like you. An event where you walk away inspired not just because of what you have heard on stage, but because people you meet reignited your passion. An event where instead of being seated and entertained, you got to dance to live music. A night where we get to celebrate your accomplishments and everyone can share in each other’s success.  So to celebrate the conclusion of 2015, and welcome in a new year, with new opportunities and fresh beginnings we created one of London’s most unique events. We created the Dream Nation Gala.  This year’s gala is our most anticipated event and we’ve put in the work to make sure we out-do ourselves again. More tickets and more details will be released soon, but the main thing you need to know is: if you are a Practical Dreamer, then this is where you belong.
  • Dream Nation Gala 2016
    From Claud Williams: Who are you going to choose to be? If you are anything like me, this simple question can feel too big to answer. You want to be the type of person who is confident in your identity, living a meaningful and driven life. You want to be able to face your challenges and overcome them, whilst inspiring those around you. All of this and never for a moment doubting your ability. Really, when it comes down to it, you just want to be able to say you’re happy. For most of us, reality has attempted to answer this question for us – telling us who we are in the  world, where we belong and how high we can rise. The political landscape seems to be doing everything in its power to divide us. Economic pressures dictate that no matter how hard you work, you’re just a prisoner with golden handcuffs. Social climate seems to tell us that no matter what we do, we will never be enough, so we might as well make the most of what we have, smile and get on with it. If you’re reading this, I believe it’s because you know there is more to life than what you’ve been given. You are choosing to remember that who you are is a choice that no one can make for you. You get to decide what type of person you will become. You realise that you don’t have to be imprisoned by the expectations of others and instead, you are in control of your life and your future. I’m going to ask you to make a decision. Choose to be the type of person who takes action because of your ambition instead of running away from your fears. Decide to surround yourself with people who you can grow along side with, a community where you are supported and where you are valued. Stop walking away from the things that you find meaning in. Choose to not only dream but to be a Practical Dreamer. This is an invitation to join myself and 400 other like-minded young adults in an evening’s celebration. Celebrating each other, recognising our potential and appreciating the steps each of us are taking towards turning dreams into reality. An evening of meeting new people, who will feel like old friends. An evening of beauty and elegance, without judgement. An evening of music, fun and dancing where your only concern is having a good time. An evening designed for you, by people just like you. I would like to invite you to the 3rd annual Dream Nation Gala. Dream Nation was created to empower the Practical Dreamer community. We believe that nothing is as powerful as bringing people together. This is why we are making unity the theme and focus of this year’s gala. If you’re looking for the craziest party, to put on a few pounds from a 3-course meal or the concert to end all concerts, then this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for an event with meaning and to be a part of something important for our generation, then this is an event you cannot afford to miss. I look forward to meeting you soon.
  • Dream Nation 2015 - Conference
    More Than Just Motivation. What separates people with potential from the people who channel their potential to create the lives they wish to lead? The answer is simple: Knowledge. Every August, we hold our annual conference designed to empower and inspire the Practical Dreamer community. Speakers from all walks of life and professions share their advice, experiences and stories giving you the tools you need to start living your dreams. Speakers from previous years have been Olympians like Sam Ruddock, Youtube stars like Patricia Bright and entrepreneurs like Samuel Kasumu, the founder of Elevation Networks. We’ve heard how Alan Radbourne turned £1 in to £20,000 over the course of a year and how Caleb Meakin survived 40 days of Rejection. This year, we’ve stepped up our game again. I Have A Dream 2015 is much more than just motivation, it's designed to give you the information and the tools you need to write your own story. It’s designed to help you become a Practical Dreamer.
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Work history
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    Entertainment Reportermetro.co.uk
    London, United KingdomFull Time
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    News reader and commentatorABN radio
     - London, United KingdomFreelance
    News reader and commentator during the news hour. I also collated the news for the show reporting and commenting on various topics ranging from music to politics and culture.
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Skills
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Report Writing
  • Creative
  • Broadcast
  • Journalism
  • Digital Journalism
Education
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    BAUniversity of Hertfordshire
     - United Kingdom
    Studied Mass Media Communication.