Since we are on lockdown due the Coronavirus, I have decided to create 'The Lockdown Series'.
A mashup of the questions and answers from The Afro Ndiritu Podcast.
This week it is The Masculinity Mashup from the 14 guests I have had on the show so far, where they all answer the question, 'What does masculinity mean to you'.
There is a lot of thinking as many of the men have never been asked this question before and how they can tactfully answer the question. This in itself fascinates me.
Is this due to the feeling of seeing masculine as a negative trait, toxic masculinity?
Or is this the pressure society has put on men that now they fear to be judged for what they say?
What is your opinion on this topic?
This week I interview Jonny Fulton from Foxwylie who is the events industry.
This industry has probably been hit the hardest and quickest initially due to social distancing, enforced closures due to large groups and now we are on full 'lockdown'.
He has been his business go from success to zero in such as short time.
Jonny shares his story during these uncertain times and what he is doing to pivot and navigate his way through this.
Listen now especially if you are in the events space, a business owner or entrepreneur.
In this week's episode I interview Royston Cumberbatch and we discuss his journey from Grenada, depression, his 20+ years of experience and the Coronavirus.
Royston grew up very poor, living with his single mother and with no support from his absentee father. Sometimes there was little or no food in the home where he lived with his Mother and Grandmother on the Caribbean island of Grenada (the spice Isle). Even clothing and shelter were sometimes a problem for the family. Under these challenging conditions, Royston learnt to work hard from a young age (it was the way of life and necessary for survival) and became very determined to improve life for himself and family in the future.
Royston acquired a good grounding in business from the age of 10, sourcing materials, producing and selling fudges and sugar cakes in primary school. Also did farming and landscaping jobs throughout his secondary school and college years (ages 11 to 18) to help pay for books, school uniforms, meals and travel cost. Being a boy scout from the age of 8, he learnt and developed character skills like toughness, creativity, and determination; employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving; and other practical life and survival skills like cooking, swimming, climbing and first aid. Royston was a cadet and militia (during the Grenada Revolution) at the age of 13/14.
Despite a tough upbringing and having to juggle school and farming, and failing to excel in secondary school during his years as a militia, through dedication, focus and strong self-belief he emerged valedictorian of his graduating class at secondary school and achieved A’ Level passes in Maths, Physics, Accounting and Business Management. After finishing college, Royston started working in the hotel industry as an Accounts Clerk, with the remit to master various finance roles, to enable him to cover for colleagues on leave of absence. (This was an excellent opportunity for him to obtain insight into the end to end financial operations of a business).
Being very ambitious, he saved up monies from his first job and followed his friend to Canada (where Royston’s dad lived), with the hope of furthering his education. However, after meeting his dad who said sorry my son, I cannot help you, he became depressed and eventually had to return to Grenada feeling very deflated.
So, by age 24, he had experienced what it is like to succeed and what it is like to fail. He then turned his hands to farming some very bushy land (owned by his Grandmother) and got a part-time job teaching evening classes in accounting and principles of business to adults. He used the money earnt to buy building materials to help improve the family home.
Within a year, he got a job at another hotel as Cost Controller where he got inspired to become a qualified Accountant. Royston approached a local firm of accountants (Pannell Kerr Foster) who provided registration forms for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) which he filled and shortly after began studying on his own in Preparation for exams. The Managing Partner of the accounting firm recommended Royston for an accounting job at his brother’s bakery business (one of the biggest on the island at the time).
As the bakery Accountant, Royston automated finance systems, implemented robust financial controls, reduced operational costs, enhanced processes for sales forecasting and production scheduling, and improved profit by 200%, and eventually became Chief Finance Officer.
With the support of his Mother and Grandmother, Royston took a student loan and travelled to the UK in 1997 to complete his professional studies in Accountancy (ACCA). He qualified within three years (while working in menial part-time jobs) and landed his first job as a qualified accountant for an Insurance Company located on Fenchurch Street (City of London) in January 2001
In this week's podcast, I interview The Prosthetic Pastor, Ross Dilnot.
On Friday, 8 April 2016 his life was dramatically changed when he had an accident on my trike in north Milton Keynes. His injuries were so severe that Thames Valley Air Ambulance were called in to provide the expertise, the medication he required and the speed of transportation, in order to get me to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
It became apparent at the scene of the incident that he may lose my right leg, such was the severity of the injury he had sustained - not to mention losing a lot of blood at the scene and coming close to not making it to the hospital.
However, the surgeons at the John Radcliffe managed to rebuild my shattered leg in a long operation later that day. But the next day he was awoken to be told he had entered multi-organ failure, as the rebuilt leg was infected and was poisoning his body. They needed to remove his leg, through the knee, in order to save my life.
That afternoon he awoke as an amputee. The following Tuesday he underwent a third operation to remove more of his leg, becoming an above-knee amputee, to prepare me for a prosthetic limb.
Three weeks in hospital and months of recovery through physiotherapy, adaptions to the house, and learning to use mobility equipment, gave him time to reflect on what had happened.
It also gave me time to realise the importance and value of our emergency services, NHS and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. So, Ross decided he wanted to give something back, and in 2017 he trained as a promotional speaker for Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
This extract is taken from baptist.org and to read the rest of this bio head over to https://www.baptist.org.uk/Articles/550450/How_I_went.aspx
I am super fascinated by his opinion and view as I believe we all have to believe in something bigger than us, don't we?
We discuss an array of topics such as:
Is faith important in today's society and what roll does it play?
Why family breakdown puts communities in disarray?
What does masculinity mean?
In this week's episode, I interview Greg Barnard from Outhouse, a former post man for 10+ years as he shares his journey as an entrepreneur, it was on his journey that he found himself in a dark place so he sought help from a therapist to help him.
Greg is super talented when it comes to making furniture out of reclaimed wood but had huge ups and downs when it came to the business side of things.
He sought help, listened to podcast and read which really helped him begin to love the business side of what he does.
Outhouse as a business was launched around 3 years ago now.
The story behind the name is a simple one really.
Our house is built in 1863 and would’ve been the farm house for the workers.
The building in the garden would’ve been the old wash house or “Outhouse” this is where my first “workshop” was.
A tiny space of no more than 9ft square.
Since then as the business has grown I progressed to a garage but nowadays I have a large 1300ft purpose built workshop which means he can now make large bespoke commission and create my off the shelf homeware items in his professional workshop.
He has big plans for Outhouse!
Now I’m full-time he can get items turned around quicker, he will be creating new and exciting items for sale in the shops and extending his product range as well as growing the bespoke furniture builds and that side of the business.
In this week's episode Michael H Hallett discusses how porn addiction got a hold of him during his time working for a large software company in the US during the start of the information/technology boom.
Michael is passionate about a truly holistic wellbeing -- physical, mental, emotional, sexual and spiritual. He is devoted to exposing society's historical shame about the emotional and sexual aspects of our lives and facilitating freedom from that shame, with all the improved wellbeing it brings.
A former member of the ChildLine Schools Service that delivers workshops on recognising all forms of abuse to UK primary schools.
In 2012, Micheal co-founded CandleSpark, which delivered peer support sessions and workshops around self-harm to local agencies including Milton Keynes' Police Community Support Officers.
Stepping Stones: Building School Capacity to Resist Radicalisation is a primary school workshop co-created with the Milton Keynes Council's Ethnic Minority Achievement team. The core of the workshop is a clearly defined 8-stage emotional process of radicalisation. Stepping Stones has been successfully delivered to local primary schools and is now reaching for a wider audience.
Currently creating online courses and workshops to help men to understand the root cause of pornography addiction and transcend it.
To find out more about Michael and his amazing work click here, https://www.michaelhhallett.com or find him on LinkedIn here, https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelhhallett/
In this episode I interview Tyrelle McLeod-Bentley who is the co-founder of Soccer Assist.
He shares how he started his business from a £100 bet in a West Virginia, America with a friend to winning awards, featuring in Four Four Two Magazine as well as COPA90 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIhevMUCv54&t=94s).
After studying a Business Management degree in the U.S for 2 years at Olympic College & West Virginia Tech University, Tyrelle moved on to play professionally in Sweden. A 2014 'Young Enterprise business award' winner, Tyrelle has received numerous educational and sporting accolades in his career to date.
Approaching the end of college, there are a limited number of exit routes for student athletes e.g going to a UK university, working full-time or taking on a modern day apprenticeship.
Tyrelle embarked on what he considered being a new journey to the USA, after being awarded a scholarship through a recruitment agency. He found that once he began to comprehend the amazement of my achievements; the joy was short lived as he suddenly realised that there was no one to turn to for support and guidance. The prominent feeling of unfamiliarity and alienation became very apparent, especially during the first few weeks.
With this feeling being quite common amongst other international players, he realised that by creating a more personalised service he could provide a bespoke after-care package that would prevent players in the future from experiencing the downfalls I had. This support system will ultimately allow them to achieve their academic goals whilst pursuing their professional ambition.
This is how soccer assist was born out of the frustration of wanting to do a better job.
This episode is full of golden nuggets, so if you are business owner, entrepreneur, someone who is looking to start a business or even a father who has a son who loves football this is the perfect episode for you.
Jon Manning started Arthur Ellis in 2017, naming this movement after his Grandfathers. Arthur Manning and Ellis Graham. Ellis suffered with Schizoaffective Disorder. Without anyone knowing how to deal with this enduring illness, Ellis deteriorated to the degree where he sadly spent most of his life in hospital.
After Jon suffered with a mental illness for 20 years without being able to access meaningful support, he decided to set up Arthur Ellis to change the way we see and support mental health. To ensure that we create a culture where if someone is experiencing any difficulties, we individually have the knowledge to practically help.
In this episode Jon shares his on story and struggling with mental health and how one incident changed the way he viewed how to manage his mental health.
He now uses his journey and message to help others with his lead role at Arthur Ellis: Mental Health Support.
He does this by training schools, businesses and other organisations in the use of evidence-based, practical tools, strategies and methods to improve mental health directly, alleviating pressures on the services and creating a country that is #IndependentFromIllness.
Over the last few years, we have seen a huge increase of referrals into specialist mental health services which are now unable to cope. Referrals have increased by 300% in some areas of the country. Alongside a lack of funding, around 75% of children and young people that are referred are denied from accessing these services.
There simply isn’t room! So why are we relying on signposting??
10% of children and young people between the ages of 5 and 16 years old have a diagnosable mental health problem but 70% are unable to access the appropriate intervention.
With 50% of mental health issues being established by the time our children are 14, early intervention is key.
This lack of support or lengthy wait for support leads to mental health issues getting further embedded as we grow older with 75% of mental health conditions established by 24 years old.
With over 110,000 children in this position of not accessing help last year, Arthur Ellis are improving the mental health of children and young people in the UK with our 1:1 Mentoring service which provides children with 8 sessions of 1:1 support with a qualified and trained Mentor. Where we can help that child or young person learn positive strategies and discuss their issues to help them long term into adolescents or even adulthood.
We want our service to be there for these children and families within 48 hours of receiving their referral and to develop into a free, nationwide support system for these children and families who are currently unable to access help.
In addition to providing companies with our training and support, we support adults with paid sessions which fund children's sessions.
We also work with amazing companies and organisations to sponsor children that we work with to ensure they get meaningful support when they need it!
An also and award-winning Social Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker and normal chap changing the way the nation sees, prevents, manages and supports mental ill health.
Listen now to find out more about the incredible work Jon is doing in the Milton Keynes area and beyond.
To find out more about Arthur Ellis here:
In the this week's show, Marc Thannhauser, a landscape gardener, originally from Cape Town, South Africa, who runs Beech Garden Services, based in Milton Keynes.
Marc is a former beer swigging, smoke anything, hardcore carnivore who once believed that beans and pulses were the offal of the vegetable kingdom and to be avoided at all costs.
That lifestyle has changed dramatically over the past three years and he's now on a previously untrodden road of discovery and self-improvement.
The smoking was ditched over ten years ago but the magic really happened when the decision to cut out all alcohol was made in the summer of 2016. While the decision was swift, it was also a long time in the making. Fed up of hangovers, tired of the guilt of another night of snoring and restlessness, the constant reliance on alcohol as essential to having a memorable (or more accurately, unmemorable!) night out, weighed heavily and it was a quote that he read which acted as a catalyst for change…”Be the change you want to see”.
The initial transition to an alcohol free life was not difficult to follow but it was a constant distraction, afterall habits formed over thirty years are ingrained. A few months into the abstinence brought a clarity of thought and a renewed energy and focus, so much so that he noticed significant changes to both my mental and physical wellbeing.
It was a perfect opportunity to begin something he had always wanted to do but somehow never made the commitment. Start to play the piano. he found an online piano hire shop and a few days later received a digital piano. He still has it today . It was the perfect tool, enabling him to focus on a new skill rather than lament the loss of an old friend (or foe)...alcohol.
As improvements began to happen in all aspects of his life, I became increasingly curious as to how he could further accelerate and support this positive process.
I read many books and listened to countless audiobooks and podcasts, all around the genre of self-improvement.
It was a couple of years later that he happened to see an interview with Gary Player, a former South African golfer, who at the time of the interview was 80 years old. He is still incredibly fit and active and Marc wondered what he did on a daily basis that affords him such health and vitality. Apart from the obvious exercise regime he puts himself through it was his knowledge and passion for nutrition that left Marc wanting to know more.
On the back of reading ‘The China Study’ by Dr T. Colin Campbell, Gary Player went vegetarian overnight at the age of 50. Coincidentally, Marc was 50 when he discovered this information, ordered the book and also, after reading it, went vegetarian overnight. That was around a year ago and the meat-free journey continues.
As he has always cooked he has found the change to be relatively straight forward. Marc has explored other cuisines, for example Middle Eastern food, rather than go down the meat-substitute route. While the decision was initially born out of a healthier alternative, it has inevitably led to an increased consideration towards the environment and animal welfare.
He loves to cook and to discover new foods. Marc wants to show that you can still eat incredibly tasting food without using any animal products and the unhealthy baggage they bring.
Foods that make you feel good, look good, that taste good and are good for you.
Everyone and everything wins.
Daniel is the Studio Manager from one of the fastest growing fitness crazes with celebrities such as Mark Wahlberg which started out in Sydney Australia.
He has been in the fitness and leisure industry for over 10 years,
Daniel shares his journey with fitness as he changed his life around from being overweight to exercising regularly and loving it.
He first tried F45 in Australia 2 years ago and fell fo the brand straight away.
Whilst living in New Zealand he completed his first 8 Week Challenge and saw amazing results not only his but on those he was training along side with some people loosing up to 15kg of fat.
Last year he got the opportunity to run an F45 studio in Milton Keynes and jumped at the opportunity to take the helm of one of the fastest growing franchises in the world.
Listen to learn more about Daniel's personal story and F45.
Sam's journey to Student Breakthrough has been an awesome and insightful one.
From teaching history in the UK for five years he found that so many students failed to achieve the grades they wanted, lacked self-confidence and were not motivated to achieve their very best.
Having all of that experience working with students he started to realise that he wanted to have a bigger impact working with young people to support them in becoming more happy and successful.
Sam realised that there is more to education than just data, tests and results. He wanted to help and inspire students to achieve greatness in every corner of their lives. Then he came into contact with coaching. This changed his life forever.
Sam personally underwent a feeling of failure and frustration when not achieving his aim of getting into the British Army.
Sam was devastated, upset and couldn’t see another path. He constantly felt like "I wasn’t good enough" and was down. Then along came my breakthrough.
I had a few coaching sessions with an experienced coach and had my first breakthrough moment. I realised through coaching that I chose that path for the wrong reasons. I realised that I was good enough and started taking weekly action on my true calling – education. This breakthrough moment shifted by mindset to one of gratitude and achievement. I became a better teacher as a result and my life really did change that day. Coaching is so amazing because you (the client) are the spark for change and take action based on your goals.
Sam is a teacher, speaker and student life coach. His aim is to revolutionise emotional support for young people and create lasting change for future generations.
He solve problems for students by using simple and effective coaching tools and strategies to help students; dream about their future success, believe in themselves and who they are and to achieve in vital aspects of their lives.
To find more listen, listen first then go here:
Matthew Moody has been in the property and business space since 1995 and runs ‘League of Extraordinary Investors’ where he helps busy entrepreneurs invest in high-yielding properties in their spare time through his global professional investment community and mastermind.
A few interesting facts about Matthew:
o Property investment career 17 years January 2020
o £3.5 million portfolio generating over £100k annually
o Business career 25 years with two six figure sales
o Sourced, acquired and controlled £16.5 million pounds worth of property between
o Built a 5 office 9 county national network of HMO letting agents managing nearly
1,000 units of inventory
o Won ‘Lettings Agent of the Year’ in first year of business
o Sold Lease Option portfolio for six figures
o Sourced £25 million pounds worth of discounted stock (average 18%) in UK, Europe
o Genuinely shared and spoken on stage with Robert Allen, Jack Canfield and Joseph
McClendon III (Tony Robbins chief trainer)
o Trained thousands of investors in building a HMO & R2R property empire
o Ran biggest HMO & R2R training events in UK (verified 421 participants)
o Consulted with numerous high profile property experts and training companies to
numerous to mention
o Has been identified as ‘brain of britain’ when it comes to uncovering hidden income
opportunities within portfolios
o Largest annual saving discovered in one hour £44,000 and largest annual income
uplift of £105,000 in 15 minutes
o Received 5/5 for content and 5/5 for value with 4/5 clients stating that their
knowledge, confidence and understanding of their property business increased after
o 76% success rate with high end mentoring clients achieving their goals at end of
Matthew has been on numerous TV and Radio shows as well as magazines, online and offline.
He’s been featured on Working Lunch on BBC2 as a landlord talking about HMO’s and the HMO regulations that were introduced following the new Housing Act:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/working_lunch/6062052.stm
He’s acted as an Advisor to Radio 4 for many years with general queries or sound bites on issues related to property and have been featured several times live on the air.
He regularly talks on radio around the country and have been featured as a guest on Asian Star Radio, Elastic FM and more.
Biography Matthew Moody, Grand Master, League of Extraordinary Investors.
He has also had the good fortune to be asked to contribute articles to various media publications including LandlordZone, Property Investor News and was a mentor and regular contributor to Your Property Network magazine for over three years.
Matthew has had the pleasure of speaking around the world and sharing the stage with Jack Canfield, Robert Allen, Joseph Mcclendon III, Vincent Wong, John Lee, Simon Zutshi, Simon Coulson, Parmdeep Vadesha, Vanish Patel, Jim Halliburton, Juswant Rai, Anthony Lyons to name a few.
Matthew is available for interviews both live or pre-recorded on TV or radio and would be happy to discuss contributing articles to your publication.
For more information, please send an email in the first instance to
Keith opens up about his experiences over the last few years and how being part of a Men's group changed his life. He dives deep into the topic in the show and shares how Tappter is helping him change the game when it comes to creating lifelong relationships.
He lives a breathes self development, helping others to connect.
Read the journey of Tappter below, in this words...
We founded Tappter in the Spring of 2016. At the time, we had an embryo of an idea, but we didn’t really know how it was going to come together in practice.
We set out with a purpose. We knew that our idea could shake things up if done in the right way, and we were excited by the prospect of not only creating something successful, but something meaningful.
In the time that followed, news stories broke around the negative impacts of social media platforms – we saw this as a further opportunity to strengthen some of our core beliefs and concepts, and an opportunity to try and provide people with something a little different.
At this stage, it became clear that our underlying concept was all about Relationships.
If you ask people about the single most important thing to them, most would say it’s “great relationships”. Because, whilst money can certainly make things more comfortable, it doesn’t bring happiness if you don’t have the right people to share it with.
And relationships aren’t about how many connections you have. It’s about a deeper level of connection, with friends, family, colleagues and even your favourite businesses.
For us, Tappter isn’t just a data business. It’s a tool that allows people to establish and maintain one of life’s key enablers for happiness and fulfilment.
We call that “Great Love. Great Business”, and it’s what drives and motivates us to do what we do.
Marvin is a father, business owner/entrepreneur and a husband.
In this episode, Marvin shares his story of how he grew up in a tough environment, overcame many challenges along the way but still manage to create a life he is proud of.
Marvin is the first to admit that he does not like to open up about his private life but did so to show that it is ok to be open, authentic and share private moments. He shares how he stays connected in his relationships with his wife, kids, family and friends.
If you are a father, a husband or business owner you will get some much value from this episode.
Marvin is business, volume 2 where they help businesses create a sales strategy whilst working in partnership with private and public sector organisations to increase revenue and productivity through creative, innovative and strategic business solutions.
Listen now to learn more.
After graduating from the EIF in 2008 with his Reps affiliated Master Trainer Certification Scott moved to Canada to work on the biggest loser and warrior programs in British Columbia.
This is where his passion for transformative work started.
Scott then went onto work with the western naturals bodybuilding affiliate, training competitors & preparing athletes for competitions.
Scott then left Canada to work for Steiner Transoceanic as a Cruise ship physique coach and personal trainer.
This gave Scott the opportunity to work all over the world with a huge amount of clientele with a large variety of backgrounds from royalty to celebrity & everything in between.
After landing back on English shores Scott went on to found the Mighty 100 training model and transformation centre.
Scott continues to work with company's such as Lionsgate studios and sports England and is constant pursuit of what he calls the perfect training model for changing lives.
Shortly after Scott graduated he got to see the value of his work and the impact it had on people's lives.
He vowed to change the lives and state of one million people.
He is currently no where near that target, he is however, "as you will discover" driven to accomplish this task through his innovate schemes /methods and his "can do" ethos.
He continues to inspire others throughout his journey as he balances being a father, husband, business owner AND dealing with his rare heart condition, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC).
1:46: What does fitness mean to you?
2:04: Why it is important?
6:58: What does that your fitness look like now?
8:00: Do you think that it is typical for men in sports to struggle after they stop playing?
9:19: What do you think is the biggest excuse for men not to exercise?
12:50: What got you into the fitness industry?
14:10: Is it a challenge to have ARVC and be a role model for fitness?
16:35: Why didn’t you ‘duck out’ in the end?
18:07: What is the most common mistake men make when trying to improve their fitness?
20:50: What is the biggest fitness myth out there?
23:15: What is your view on the current state of the fitness industry?
25:51: How did you start The Mighty 100?
31:10: What advice would you give a man who is just starting out on their fitness journey?
32:30: What is your best experience with fitness?
35:35: What does Masculinity mean to you?
36:40: Why do you think Masculinity is portrayed so badly?
41:07: What does word empowerment mean to you?
41:37: If you could give one message to all the Men out there what would it be and why?
42:06: How can this platform help you?
42:30: Where can people find you?
Are you sick and tired hearing about Female Empowerment?
Move over ladies, it’s our turn!
Just kidding, female empowerment is much needed but what about male empowerment?
What about a channel dedicated to men, a platform to empower men to live a more fulfilled life.
This is what The Afro Ndiritu Podcast is about.
Each week I interview experts or men who have experience in around key topics such as improving overall health, wealth, being more connected in key relationships, breaking down limiting beliefs and being open and authentic as a man.
So sit back, relax and grab a beer or water if you are driving and listen now…