Sistas And Divas Call On Black people To Give Blood

Many knife stabbing and gun shot victims die mainly due to serious loss of blood.
But many others are saved in part due to timely medical intervention often involving blood transfusion.
The NHS is encouraging more black donors to give blood so that black youths who have been victims of violent crime can receive blood that is more closely matched to their own – most likely from their own ethnicity.
This is why SADE2018 (Mothers Against Guns & Knife Crime) as part of our campaign are asking our supporters to please donate blood.
Register to give blood today.

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List Of Young People Killed In London’s Violent Crime This Year So Far

1 Kyall Parnell, 17, was attacked in front of horrified revellers on his way to a New Year’s Eve party and died in Tulse Hill, south London.

2 Taofeek Lamidi, 20, was repeatedly stabbed during an attack in Memorial Avenue, West Ham, on New Year’s Eve

3 Steve Frank Narvaez-Jara, 20 – stabbed January 1

4 Oluwadamilola Odeyingbo, 18. The teenager died in a south London hospital, hours after being stabbed in Empress Drive in Chislehurst. January 11

5 Harry Uzoka, 25. The model was stabbed to death in Shepherd’s Bush, west London. death.

6 Yaya Mbye, 26. The victim was rushed to hospital after being found with stab wounds at the George Downing Estate on January 28 in Stoke Newington, and died shortly afterwards.

7 Kwabena Nelson, 22. The first of two murders on February 3, Kwabena Nelson, a youth worker from Tottenham, sustained multiple stab wounds in St Mary’s Close in Haringey.

8 Hasan Ozkan, 19. Police believe Mr Ozkan was “singled out” by a group who wished to cause him harm, and died after being stabbed multiple times in Abbey Road, Barking

9 Promise Nkenda, 17. Mr Nkenda became the youngest London murder victim at that point of 2018, when he was stabbed to death in Goldwing Close, Canning Town

10 Lewis Blackman, 19
. The Camden rapper, known to friends as Dotz, was stabbed at an address in Kensington on February 18. Six people have since been charged over his death.

11 Rotimi Oshibanjo, 26 was stabbed in Halliday Square on February 19, Southall. A 39-year-old man has since been charged with his murder.

12 Abdikarim Hassan, 17. Mr Hassan was the first of two young men to be stabbed in the Camden area on February 20, in what police believe may have been linked attacks.

13 Sadiq Aadam Mohamed, 20. Mr Mohamed died at the scene where he was stabbed in Bartholomew Road, Camden, shortly after the murder of Abdikarim Hassan in Kentish Town.

14 Unidentified man, 24. The man was shot in Old Pye Street, Westminster, and was later taken to hospital. He remained in a critical condition for over a month. He died on March 27.

15 Kelva Smith, 20. A 14-year-old boy has since been charged with Mr Smith’s murder, after he was fatally stabbed outside a nursery in Albert Road, South Norwood on March 5.

16  Kelvin Odunuyi, 19. Mr Odunuyi became the first teenager to die from gunshot wounds after he was killed on March 8 outside the Vue Cinema complex in Wood Green.

17 Lyndon Davis, 18. The teenager was assaulted on Padnall Road, Chadwell Heath, on March 14 and was later found suffering from a stab wound on nearby Nash Road. He died at an east London hospital a few hours later.

18 Russell Jordan Jones, 23. Mr Jones was one of two people who were stabbed and shot in an attack in South Street, Enfield on March 17. He died at the scene, but a second victim was taken to hospital and later discharged.

19 Abraham Badru, 26. Mr Badru was the former recipient of a police bravery award after he intervened during a rape, and later testified against the attacker. He was shot near his home at Ferncliff Road, Hackney on March 25.

20 Reece Tshoma was 23 when he was stabbed in the neck in Plumstead on 29 March.

21 Tanesha Melbourne, 17. Named locally as Tanesha Melbourne, the 17-year-old was gunned down in Chalgrove Road, Tottenham, on the evening of April 2.

22 Amaan Shakoor, 16 The 16-year-old became one of the youngest murder victims of the year when he died in hospital with his family by his bedside the day after he was shot in Markhouse Road, Walthamstow on April 2.

23 Isreal Ogunsola, 18. The teenager was stabbed to death in Hackney. Police officers and paramedics tried to save him but he was pronounced dead at the scene

24 Sami Sidhom, 18. Police were called to reports of a stabbing in the Forest Gate area of east London, on April 16. The teenager, who died around 30 minutes later, had been on his way home after watching West Ham United play earlier that evening.

25 Kwasi Anim-Boadu, 20. He was stabbed to death in Finsbury Park, north London, in the early hours of Saturday 21 April following following a reported fight “involving a number of other people”.

26 Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, 17. The teenage rapper and aspiring architect was gunned down in Kennington, south London, just after 6pm on May 5

27 Abdulrahman Nassor Juma, 23. Known to his friends as ‘Mani’, he was found injured in Barking, east London, just after 11.30pm on May 17 Despite receiving first aid from officers before paramedics arrived, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

28 Osman Shidane 20. Mr Shidane died in hospital after police were called to reports of a stabbing in Ruislip, west London, shortly after 9pm on Tuesday 15 June.



SADE Holds Second Peace March From Greenwich O2 To Woolwich Gordon Square

The Sistas and Divas held a second peace march on the 26th of May.

The 6.5km march which started at the Greenwich O2, took the protesters led by SADE founder Jummy Ariyo through Charlton and ended at the Gordon Square in Woolwich.

The Second march was to send a message to parents and the community in general to call their representatives (councillors, MPs, and other politicians to task to do more to end knife and other violent crimes involving young people in London.
The group spent about 30 mins at Woolwich where Jummy addressed hundreds of Saturday morning shoppers and urging them to start to take the issue of knife crime in Woolwich and in London a bit more seriously and personally and not simply look the other way because it is not “my child”


According to Jummy,  “the SADE PEACE MARCH was a huge success despite the low turn out that we had hoped for.

But we were still able to engage massively with hoardes of Saturday shoppers from Greenwich to Charlton and Woolwich and gave out 100s of flyers.

The impact of our presence was definitely noticed & felt in these areas and the message we shared will not be forgotten in a hurry.


2 recent stabbings on the Woolwich common Estate happened just yards from Jummy’s home and one of those that occurred close to the Woolwich Arsenal DLR station involved a young boy which is well known to her. Jummy believes the incidents are getting closer and closer to home in that chances are more likely that any victim or perpetrator will be someone you know.
Jummy who is of Nigerian descent also expressed dismay at the number of Nigerian boys recently involved in knife crime across London. This, she believes, makes it more real and more alarming particularly as things like this just “brings it a little more close to home”
More peace marches are being planned for other areas of the borough later on during the summer months

SADE Founder Visits London Assembly Member

Earlier today, following the success of the SADE March during the weekend, I paid a scheduled visit to the Greenwich & Lewisham member of the London assembly, Len Duvall at the Greater London Authority.

It was my first time visiting  the iconic building and I was both excited and anxious at the prospect of meeting such a high profiled personality.

But I needn’t have worried because Len was both warm and welcoming and quite eager to hear what SADE was all about and I dare say he was quite impressed with our campaign what we have done in such a short time of starting including our Safeguarding Workshop at the Woolwich Library and our Peace March as well as out Awareness creation

I did ask about the possibility of a meeting with the Mayor Sadiq Khan with a view of coming on board his Anti Knife campaign. len told me rankly that at this point, getting an audience with the Mayor would be a long stretch at this point, but he did put me in touch with some other very important officials within the Mayor’s Office whose backing can be very essential to our work.


The weather in London today has been atrocious to say the least and I didn’t quite relish the thought of going up to London in such weather. But the feeling of satisfaction I got after my meeting with Len did more than make up for having to endure the wet, windy and freezing conditions.



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Sistas And Divas Hold First Peace March In South East London

The ethos of the Sistas & Divas has always been to raise funds/spread awareness for good causes while having fun doing it.
And we had such great fun along with our Brodas as we walked 6km from Abbey Wood to Woolwich this morning.
We give God the glory for the grace and enablement to successfully complete the walk with none of us feeling like we’d done anything.
As much as I would have loved a MASSIVE turn out, the quality of the people that took part did more than make up for the modest number.
And I would live to give serious SADE thanks to the Sistas & Divas that turned up As well as our lovely Brodas.

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I must also thank the Woolwich Central Police Team and the Plumstead Police Station Officers who accompanied us, posed for pics with us and graciously gave us rides in their vans back to our respective vehicles.
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And the many people who honked at us, those who joined us along the route, those who came out of their shops to cheer us on and the many young people who chatted with us, all made this exercise worthwhile.
The Abbey Wood-Plumstead-Woolwich March is just the first of a series of marches planned by the Sistas And Divas and we hope many more will join us.
At the end of ALL this, if we help to save just 1 life, it will be a great thing indeed.

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SADE Safeguarding Black Boys In The British Education System Event

The Sistas And Divas are organising a Hosting Events/Workshop titled
It is a free event where stakeholders in child Development and Education can come together to take a closer look at how Black/African boys are treated by teachers, school authorities etc within the British education System  and to offer guidelines for safer and fairer treatment.

Black boys are known to generally get less fairer deals and to be dealt with less favorably by teachers and school authorities. The very same acts that other kids will carry out, a black boy is almost guaranteed to receive a more severe punishment for. I had this experience with my kid even as a little 5 year old schoolboy.

Or every 10 parents of black boys we have spoken to, a staggering 7 had the sane experience with their sons.

Black boys are also more likely to be suspended, expelled from school or prematurely stigmatised as criminals.

They are also more likely to be stopped and searched, or end up as top suspects where there has been an offense or crime, even where there has yet to be an identification.

The aim of this event is to confront stakeholders with these information and hopefully lead them to realise the lasting damage these actions can have on young black boys, many of them already in vulnerable situations and needing more of support and guidance than punishment or isolation



DATE: Thursday 26th April 2018
VENUE: Woolwich Library. Woolwich Centre. Woolwich SE18
TIME: 11am – 1.30pm

To register please call
07946 12561/07930 541611

or email

(Organised By SADE LTD – Mothers Against Gangs & Knife Crime)

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SADE 2018 Opened Up To Include Men

The 2018 edition of the Sistas And Divas Evening is to be opened up to include the menfolk.

This is because the subject of the SADE2018 initiative has a far reaching impact on every one in the community, and parents of both genders need to be involved in the discussions and other efforts in fighting the scourge of gangs, guns and knife crime.

The Sistas And Divas Evening has traditionally been a women only affair addressing issues in a female oriented environment and from female points of view.


The Founder of SADE Baroness Jummy Ariyo said that there has been a major clamouring for men to be allowed to be part of the event in order for the issue which is a universal problem to be dealt with from a universal perspective. She also agrees that this particular problem is one that needs the collective effort of both fathers and mothers.

The decision has been welcomed by many stakeholders in the community.

There has been 53 murders involving guns and knives in London so far this year and many of the victims are teenagers.

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SADE Founder Calls For Citywide Prayers To Support Fight Against gangs And Knife Crime

Th founder of the Sistas And Divas and visionier of Mothers Against Gangs And Knife Crime Jummy Ariyo, has sent out a plea to all church and faith organisations to hold special prayer sessions as part of the fight against the current scourge of knife killings in London.

Jummy says the problem is one affecting the entire African and Nigerian community  and every parent must feel the need to be involved in the fight.

Since the start of t he SADE campaign in March, no less than 15 youngsters have been killed in the city by both knife stabbings and shootings.

During the Easter weekend alone, a total of 3 young people were fatally stabbed with 2 shot to death. Another stab victim was seriously wounded and is still in a critical condition in hospital.

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Abraham Badru

Also in March, the son of a Nigerian House of Reps member Hon Dolapo Badru was shot to death in East London. 26 year old Abraham who was honoured by the police as a teenager for preventing a sexual assault on a young woman was shot allegedly by members of the gang to which the would be rapists belonged.