New book release! “Consequences – Breaking the Negative Cycle”- by Emeka Egbuonu

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This book is not only identifying the problem of gangs, youth violence and social inequality in the UK but offers practical solutions.

"This inspiring book should be read widely - not least within the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office.” Professor David Wilson, Britain's leading criminologist

An exciting new book by Hackney writer and gang intervention worker Emeka Egbuonu. "Consequences - Breaking the Negative Cycle"This fresh insight into young people and gangs has been described as “Required reading - not least within the Ministry of Justice and Home Office.” (Prof David Wilson, Britain’s leading criminologist), “A funny and dramatic must read” (EastEnders star Jamie Foreman) and “a badly needed wakeup call.” (Britain’s Got Talent street dance stars Abyss).

"Consequences" program was initially a campaign and a workshop for young people to help tackle the barriers they might encounter in the lives, also tackling the gun and knife crime amongst young people. Targeting young people from age 10 to 21, this program has developed over the last 2 years; reaching over 250 young people since its launch in May 2009.

Speak up, speak out, do not be spoken for, is the message he sends to young people. Through his work he makes sure young people have a voice on issues that affect them.

The program involves


        ·Focus groups

        ·1 to 1 mentoring

         ·Motivational speaking

        ·Anti-gun and knife campaign

         ·T-shirt designing

About the book: "Consequences – Breaking the Negative Cycle" is a valuable practical guide to communicating and connecting with young people at risk of becoming involved in gangs and crime. It’s about how to boost self-esteem and confidence, how to stimulate ambition and aspiration, and how to broaden horizons. Emeka has distilled into this book the wisdom and expertise gained from his own experiences in dealing with gangs as a youth, and how he avoided becoming part of the negative cycle (he is in his mid-20s now), his leadership of the Consequences project and his liaison with Homeboy Industries gang rehabilitation in Los Angeles. "Consequences– Breaking the Negative Cycle" is also a personal voyage of self-discovery, showing how learning about his own roots gave Emeka the solid base from which to positively engage with the world and help others.

About Emeka Egbuonu: The author Emeka Egbuonu is a community and anti-gang worker based at the Crib Youth Project in Hackney. He is also one of the London Mayor’s mentors. Emeka came to east London from Nigeria aged seven. He experienced gang violence growing up in Hackney, which inspired him to dedicate himself to making life better in his community. He has coached grassroots football team Gems FC and helped organise the Boroughs United talent contest since it began (showcasing the talents of Leona Lewis, Diversity among others). In 2009, Emeka founded the Consequences program of seminars, which equips young people with the confidence and skills to make good choices and avoid becoming involved in gangs or moving on if involved already. Emeka was also on the frontline during the recent London riots persuading young people not to loot or get involved in criminal behaviour. Emeka is the director of the documentary London to LA, about gang intervention schemes in California. He was one of the main speakers at Birmingham City University’s Understanding the English riots conference along with broadcaster Donal MacIntyre on 18th October 2011. He is also now a consultant for primary and secondary schools in London. He is currently working with Newman catholic college and Skinners academy, helping set up programs and delivering workshops that will motivate the students to become more ambitious and overcoming obstacles stopping them from reaching their full potential.

Emeka’s blog is He has also been featured in The Voice, The Guardian, Hackney Gazette, Hackney Citizen and Le Monde newspapers.

Celebrity and expert praise for Emeka Egbuonuand his book "Consequences – Breaking the Negative Cycle":

Professor David Wilson, Britain’s leading criminologist and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology in Birmingham: “Emeka Egbuonu'sConsequences -Breaking the Negative Cycle fills a criminological gap, and brings fresh insight into what we all should be doing in the wake of the English riots to help young people bridge the gap between school and a law-abiding adulthood. This inspiring book should be read widely - not least within the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office.”

Tottenham MP, David Lammy

“Books such as this are crucial to understanding the issues that drive a minority of young people into the kind of lifestyles that are damaging both to them and to the rest of society. While there is never an excuse for criminal behaviour, we need to try to understand, and tackle, the background issues, such as parenting and lack of opportunities, that lead some of our young people to consider a lifestyle of crime and gang-related violence. Emeka Egbuonu's experience in dealing with these issues is clearly visible in this interesting and well-informed book”.

Film star Jamie Foreman (Gangster No 1, Layer Cake, Inkheart) who plays Derek Branning in EastEnders: “This book is a valuable insight from someone who tells it as is really is and doesn't pull any punches. It's funny, it's dramatic - but most of all, it's honest. It’s a must-read and a practical guide for young people, parents, teachers, police and anyone with an interest in making our cities safe and creating a new generation of hope instead of alienation.”

Britain’s Got Talent street dance stars Abyss: “This is a badly needed wake-up call about what’s happening on the streets.”

Patti Boulaye, TV, West End and recording star and President of Support for Africa: “It is no good wringing our hands whenever there is trouble on the streets. The point is to do something about it. This book is a valuable insight and guide for anyone wanting to really connect with young people in Britain today. Don't just sit there complaining about the younger generation. Read this book to find out how to make a difference.”

Rolando Cruz of Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles: “Emeka Egbuonu's work transcends borders and colour to inspire youth to believe in change

Consequences– Breaking the Negative Cycle will be on sale on Amazon, it will also be available on kindle and ibook stores.

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