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Thank you for visiting Our Heritage TV (OHTV). The channel is about covering black and Asian contributions to UK society in the fields of civil rights, education, entertainment, government, science and sport since 1900 to the present day. It is both a celebration and critical look at our contributions and above all it is your chance to help record that history via he documents, videos, stories etc... that you share with us right on this channel and Archive.

We want to make OHTV the default digital resource for understanding the impact Black & Asian life has had on the UK in the 20th and 21st Century. We do not cover the great contributions made before then but we will make references to these contributions across our platforms.

OHTV would like to thank the Sponsors of this Channel – the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support in funding and helping the channel concept to develop.

We would also like to acknowledge those who have contributed to the content of this channel including providing source of contents, training and invaluable advice. Take a look at our Digital Toolkit for guidance on how to use Our Heritage TV.

Our thanks also go to the Archives & Museums from across the Country, BBC History, the Black and Asian Studies Association, Black Cultural Archive, Oxford Companion To Black British History, Wikipedia, YouTube and the Archive Records from local and national media. And to our Patron and all our Ambassadors who have helped with their promotion and support of OHTV’s work.

And don’t forget , you can also access OHTV on the go on your mobile. Plus shortly from March 2018 via our special app that you will be able to download from the Apple Shop and Google Play

Without your support, your contribution we would not be able to effectively gather, record and broadcast a wide range of information covering black and Asian contributions to living in Britain over the past 100 years or more. So get involved and spread the word – Black History is not just for October and Asian History in the UK needs to be properly recognised as well. That is what OHTV will aim to achieve and it is a privilege to play our part in showing that we value the contribution that Black and Asian people have made to the great story of the United Kingdom since 1900.


Ewemade Orobator

President, Black Minority Ethnic Television Film Media, Founder of OHTV

Marika Sherwood

“When few were listening to the cause that the history of black people in the country was as important as any other, Marika continued to fly that flag. And when that flag was at risk, she and her colleagues founded the Black and Asian Studies Association. We now accept that flag with honour and vow to work with individuals and organisations to make the rich and significant Black and Asian history available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. And we honour Marika with the deepest possible thanks for the work she has championed from the early 70’s to the present day”

Kevin McKenzie
Chief Executive, BMETVFM Charitable Foundation

In 1948 with that remained of her Jewish family, Budapest-born Marika Sherwood emigrated to Australia. Married and divorced, with a baby son she moved to a job in New Guinea. Then back to Australia to attend university part-time. Then to London, where she taught in schools, then travelled for a year, teaching English in Sicily for 6 months. Back in the UK she trained as a counsellor and worked with students at a London polytechnic.

She then began researching aspects of the history of Black peoples in the UK. Offered work at City College in Harlem, she worked in New York for five years, then returned to the UK to continue researching. She taught part-time courses at Open University and Birkbeck College, University of London, before being appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, (part of the School of Advances Studies, University of London) by Professor Shula Marks.

In 1991 Marika Sherwood was one of the founders of the Black and Asian Studies Association, and edited the BASA Newsletter until 2007; she also organised annual conferences and monthly seminars at the Institute.


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An introduction to Marika Sherwood, Patron of OHTV – Click Here

Marika Sherwood : My Career – Click Here

Marika Sherwood : Why I chose Black & Asian history – Click Here

Sherwood is the author of a number of books and articles; her most recent books are After Abolition (IB Tauris 2007); Malcolm X: visits abroad April 1964 – 1965 (Savannah Press 2010); The Origins of Pan-Africanism: Henry Sylvester Williams and the African Diaspora (Routledge, 2010); World War II: Colonies and Colonials (Savannah Press, 2013).

She is currently working on articles on the much neglected World War I campaigns in Africa in which perhaps up to a million people might have died; on a booklet on the work of the West African National Secretariat (1945-48), founded by Kwame Nkrumah, et al. to foster African unity and independence. 2015 will also see the publication of her articles on WWI in Africa: ’An information “black hole”: World War I in Africa’, László Z. Karvalics (ed) Information History of the First World War (UNESCO).

Ongoing projects Marika will be involved in will include work on the West African National Secretariat and a GVCSE curriculum on ‘Migration’ with three colleagues for the OCR Exam Board.

Meet the team who make OHTV happen:



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Kevin McKenzie - President

Kevin worked for Sony Music for 13 years as a Record Company Executive where he received numerous awards for excellence in his field.

Kevin has ran several businesses from the age of 23 and is founder and director of a successful commercial cleaning company and has been responsible at the majority of the companies major contract successes in the cleaning of large multi-tenanted buildings.

Kevin is very active within the industry being a member of British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICS) and was recently made a Freeman of London and is a member of the prestigious Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, the lead body for awarding the Building Cleanability Awards


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Ewemade Orobator - Chairman

Ewemade is the founder of Our Heritage TV (OHTV) and the President of the Black Minority Ethnic Television Film and Media organisation (BMETVFM) that was formed in 2003. He is also co founder of the new Secondary School in Croydon – Harris Invictus which opened in September 2014.

The inspiration behind OHTV was to end, once and for all, what he saw as “ the dubious concept of Black History Month”. Ewemade feels that Black history was too important and too rich for it to be celebrated at one particular time of the month. With the 24 hour 7 days a week availability of OHTV , its wider focus on all aspects of black history in the UK since 1950, this has been achieved.


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Sabrina Ben Salmi - Founding Project Manager

Is a proud mother of who she refers to as her fantastic 5. She's a passionate social entrepreneur, Author, Multi award winner, Access Conciousness Bars Practitioner, NLP Practitioner and passionate about youth entrepreneurship. Her two eldest children have been published authors since the age of 11 and 7 and now public speakers and youth coaches etc. Sabrina has been featured on international media platforms (Arab, Radio and newspapers) for her work with single parent families which was fortunate to catch the attention of The Secret Millionaire (Channel 4 show).


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Abigail Bernard - Lead Research (Pre 1950)

Abigail Bernard has over 10 years of experience specialising in factual television research, oral history, community heritage, documentaries and genealogy projects.

Projects worked on have included BBCTV 'Black History of Britain' (midwifery episode), Lewisham Council's Black History Month and 'Many Rivers To Cross' book about Caribbean workers contributions to the NHS.


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Brian Dickens MBE - Lead Research (Post 1950)

Brian Dickens MBE is a former director of the North Lambeth and North Southwark Sport Action Zone, and is currently the Community Development Advisor and Trustee for the Black Prince Trust.

Brian has been instrumental in the research work for Our Heritage TV and in particular playing a leading role in the development of the Heroes (and ‘Sheroes’) section of OHTV.

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Nia Imara

Nia Imara first got involved with supplementary education for children of Afrikan heritage back in 1992 at the age of 24 after hearing a request for assistance for the Nubia Foundation Saturday School which was based at the New initiatives Community Centre in Stockwell, South London, on a community radio station.


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David Van Sertima

I have been working in the renewables, cleantech and the finance industry for the past five years as a director, finding projects across the world in: solar, wind, biomass, ocean energy & oil cleanup, conducting due diligence, strategy and funding projects for power generation.


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Althea Grant

Miss Grant is fast emerging on the public speaking . She was chosen to speak at the National Achievers Congress hosted by Success Resources, probably the most successful event organizers in the World. Althea has spoken in London and Africa sharing the stage with many great speakers notably legends such as, Anthony Robbins, Les Brown, Sir Richard Branson, T Harv Eker, Donald Trump, Robert & Kim Kiyosaki, Raymond Aaron, Brendan Burchard, Seb Coe, Dr De Martini and many more.

Nia Imara


Nia Imara first got involved with supplementary education for children of Afrikan heritage back in 1992 at the age of 24 after hearing a request for assistance for the Nubia Foundation Saturday School which was based at the New initiatives Community Centre in Stockwell, South London, on a community radio station.

Nia was coming into a new form of consciousness where he wanted answers to the many questions that were posed in his life and to make a difference to the next generation. While he had weekends free in his catering career the intention was to help young children achieve higher standards in education and also to relearn mathematics, but the added bonus was learning substantial amounts of Afrikan history that was completely ignored in his education in mainstream schools and also at home. Nia witnessed children who had been excluded from mainstream schools and deemed “uneducatable”, excel in all areas with voluntary teaching staff who were not all qualified teachers.

Nia vowed that when he eventually had children that they too would attend a Black supplementary school to make sure they had a better start to their education and have a better self confidence due to an early induction to their historical and current heritage.

His first child attended the same Black supplementary school, Nubia Foundation, that he had previously volunteered in 8 years previously when his daughter turned 4 years old. Nia witnessed his daughter learn to write her name in hieroglyphics and learn algebra. When his daughter eventually started mainstream school at the age of 5 she was able to educate her own teacher and her classmates about hieroglyphics during a trip to the British Museum. Nia also witnessed the schools refusal to even attempt algebra as they deemed children of that age incapable of learning such mathematics.

As Nia’s daughter and son progressed through their education in mainstream and weekend supplementary education, their learning ages were accessed as being 18 months ahead of their classmates.

Nia became a single parent since his son was 7 months old and his first daughter was 3 years old but still insisted that they attend weekend supplementary education.

NABSS first went online with a directory in 2007 and then the latest website was launched in June 2008 with further educational resources which include an events calendar, home education information, news, workshop directory and much more.

The first NABSS National Conference was launched at the Hackney Museum in June 2009 in conjunction with Black and Other UK Home Educators. The following year the event turned into the National Black Supplementary Schools Week and has continued every year since bringing in other individuals and organisations that are involved with education of Black children and their families. This years event is themed on Business and Science during August.

Nia is in demand in the media to comment on cultural and educational issues on both radio and TV and is also invited to contribute to both public and private events.

Nia is also involved with applying for a Free school licence with the Ma’at School of Excellence, in North West London, The Black Identity Zone at Harlesden Library, the Nzinga Lecture series with Black History Walks, the committees for the National Black People’s Day of Action, the Interim National Afrikan People’s Parliament, The Role Models and Mentor Centre in Willesden, the Sister’s Health Forum and a few other organisations while also being a parent governor at his children’s school.

NABSS can be contacted at www.nabss.org.uk or emailed at info@nabss.org.uk

David Van Sertima


I am proud to be one of the Ambassadors for this history making project.

I have been working in the renewables, cleantech and the finance industry for the past five years as a director, finding projects across the world in: solar, wind, biomass, ocean energy & oil cleanup, conducting due diligence, strategy and funding projects for power generation.

I am a former IT specialist and PM for corporates, including Fiat (Germany & UK), VW & GE Capital. Analyst at Barclays Bank, Bank of England and SME’s.

I obtained a Computer Science degree QMC, from the University of London.

Althea Grant


Miss Grant is fast emerging on the public speaking . She was chosen to speak at the National Achievers Congress hosted by Success Resources, probably the most successful event organizers in the World. Althea has spoken in London and Africa sharing the stage with many great speakers notably legends such as, Anthony Robbins, Les Brown, Sir Richard Branson, T Harv Eker, Donald Trump, Robert & Kim Kiyosaki, Raymond Aaron, Brendan Burchard, Seb Coe, Dr De Martini and many more.

My hope for OHTV is to see a network that not only records and memorialise our history of recent times but seek to redress the balance. In that I mean that the people who are supposed to be the original humans have a history beyond any that exists on Earth and encompasses all.

Our recent history is very short, painful , turbulent and misrepresented. So in recent times, much to address and in more distant times much to discover.

Kevin McKenzie - President


Kevin worked for Sony Music for 13 years as a Record Company Executive where he received numerous awards for excellence in his field.

Kevin has ran several businesses from the age of 23 and is founder and director of a successful commercial cleaning company and has been responsible at the majority of the companies major contract successes in the cleaning of large multi-tenanted buildings.

Kevin is very active within the industry being a member of British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICS) and was recently made a Freeman of London and is a member of the prestigious Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, the lead body for awarding the Building Cleanability Awards

Kevin is one of the founder members of the Black Minority Ethnic TV Film & Media Charity whose mission statement was to encourage young disadvantaged people to let them know that there is also a very fulfilling career behind the camera

Kevin is also very active in the community he has been running a Men's Sunday football team for over 18 years.

Kevin is a director of Harris-Invictus a new free school in Croydon and is also a School Governor for Platanos College which is based in South London.

“It is a great honour to be the first President of Our Heritage TV. I think the Black and Asian contribution to Britain is underestimated and undervalued. I hope that OHTV goes a little way to rectifying this”

Ewemade Orobator - Chairman


Ewemade is the founder of Our Heritage TV (OHTV) and the President of the Black Minority Ethnic Television Film and Media organisation (BMETVFM) that was formed in 2003. He is also co founder of the new Secondary School in Croydon – Harris Invictus which opened in September 2014.

The inspiration behind OHTV was to end, once and for all, what he saw as “ the dubious concept of Black History Month”. Ewemade feels that Black history was too important and too rich for it to be celebrated at one particular time of the month. With the 24 hour 7 days a week availability of OHTV , its wider focus on all aspects of black history in the UK since 1950, this has been achieved.

As well as this Ewemade wanted to know more about the incredible Asian influence on British society since the late 60’s in particular and OHTV seeks to celebrate this too. “ OHTV is for the Black and Asian community to own and shape. Access is free and we want to see, hear and enjoy the stories and contributions from the past so that today’s and future generations can learn from this and be strengthened and be proud”

Sabrina Ben Salmi - Founding Project Manager


Is a proud mother of who she refers to as her fantastic 5. She's a passionate social entrepreneur, Author, Multi award winner, Access Conciousness Bars Practitioner, NLP Practitioner and passionate about youth entrepreneurship.

Her two eldest children have been published authors since the age of 11 and 7 and now public speakers and youth coaches etc. Sabrina has been featured on international media platforms (Arab, Radio and newspapers) for her work with single parent families which was fortunate to catch the attention of The Secret Millionaire (Channel 4 show). She is also co founder of the new Secondary School in Croydon – Harris Invictus which opened in September 2014.

The inspiration behind Lone Parenthood - Essential Tips on How To Create The Life You Deserve was to end, once and for all, what she saw as “ the negative concept of Single Parenthood ”. Sabrina feels that there was too much negative stigma and felt the need to promote and support the single parents who had big dreams. Sabrina was raised in a single parent household and became a single mother at and she desired to end the cycle.

She began her journey of self discovery which lead to her being able to inspire others to achieve the same or better. Financial, emotional and personal development education was the difference that made the difference to her and those around her.

Abigail Bernard - Lead Research (Pre 1950)


Abigail Bernard has over 10 years of experience specialising in factual television research, oral history, community heritage, documentaries and genealogy projects.

Projects worked on have included BBCTV 'Black History of Britain' (midwifery episode), Lewisham Council's Black History Month and 'Many Rivers To Cross' book about Caribbean workers contributions to the NHS.

Brian Dickens MBE - Lead Research (Post 1950)


Brian Dickens MBE is a former director of the North Lambeth and North Southwark Sport Action Zone, and is currently the Community Development Advisor and Trustee for the Black Prince Trust.

He once represented Great Britain internationally in 400-metre athletics and since 2002 Brian had run London's only Sport Action Zone, working to improve health and fitness amongst young people in Southwark and Lambeth. As a result of this dedicated work in 2008, Brian was awarded an MBE for outstanding contribution to community sports in London, as well as dedication to raising awareness nationally of how sport and physical activity can be effectively used as a catalyst for social inclusion and community cohesion.

Brian has been instrumental in the research work for Our Heritage TV and in particular playing a leading role in the development of the Heroes (and ‘Sheroes’) section of OHTV.