About Anthony Abiola D.A.D.A. (aka Tony Biola)

The Why

Tony Biola has been working within his community and across the UK since 1991 after finding himself homeless and stripped of all his worldly possessions including his children due to his relationship breakdown. It was this experience that led him to what he now refers to as “My great experiment”. Having lost everything in 1 day he realised how redundant a life fuelled solely by the need for continual acquisitions becomes and more importantly that “your possessions do not define who YOU are”.

“Having lost everything I also lost fear…. I literally had nothing to lose.
Slowly I began to see that my predicament actually offered me a unique opportunity. The opportunity to focus on my personal vision of success so that I could live a happier and fulfilled life.”

Despite a lack of resources (no money) and equipped only with the resources he had acquired from his Spiritual Mentor through lessons on how to live a fulfilled and empowered life, Tony decided that he was going to put these lessons learnt to the test. Armed only with this knowledge and a vision, he decided he would redefine what success meant to him and make his life stand for something. He was going to make a difference in his community, starting with his own children.

Tony has since regained all that was lost including his 2 children whom he went on to raise as a single parent, often referring to them as his two most important life Teachers. He has been inspired to serve as a Personal Empowerment Coach as a result of his own adolescent and adult life challenges, a desire to see people succeed and his mentor of over 30 years encouraging him to support people in this way.

Tony is a creative social entrepreneur, singer, songwriter, author and former senior executive within the education system. His creativity has led him to meetings with the heads of both Apple UK and Loreal as well as the staging of projects which have been supported by The Home Office, the Mayors Office, The British Army, Island Records, Yamaha, Channel 4, and many others, including more recently NatWest & HSBC Banks as he offers support to aspiring Entrereneurs and creatives.

He is also the mastermind behind projects that have provided the springboard for music acts such as Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, JLS and many others.

"It's time to wake-up realise our gifts, talents and abilities so we can Grow Personal Success" Tony Biola DADA

The What

Tony Biola “Empowering People to live fulfilled lives”

His life’s mission is to make a positive difference through engaging, supporting and transforming the lives of individuals serious about finding and  re-defining their personal vision of success. This he sought to achieve based on his personal wealth of experience gained over two decades from working with individuals from some of societies most disadvantaged and marginalised communities.

This has included young people and adults who are either not in education, employment or training; involved in gang and criminal activity, from petty crime to armed assault and even murder; as well as single mothers who seek to empower themselves by starting their own business.

Your MIND-SET sets-up YOUR LIFE -Tony Biola DADA

The How

Tony uses a variety of tools in his empowerment portfolio which include:

  • The Award winning book, The GPS System – 7 Universal Principles for Growing Personal Success. A collection of Inspirational true story drawn from some of his Mentees over the last 20 years
  • A mixture of Free and subsidised courses, workshops and programmes for youth, delivered through his charitable organisation Urban Voice UK Ltd which is in its 12th year;
  • GPS Adult courses and workshops.
  • The GPS Members Club: which supports its members and their guests through regular networking events.
  • The GPS Mentoring Programme: A 12-week acceleration 1-2-1 mentoring and coaching programme focused on
    • Helping individuals identify their natural talents, abilities and unique gifts.
    • Identify and grow passions
    • Turn Passion-In2-Profits
  • Showcase networking events for creatives and entrepreneurs where he features his band and other performing artists as well as creative.

Personal Statement

  • I am a creative, social entrepreneur. My business is investing in people and Empowering them to live fulfilled lives
  • I use my creativity to design platforms and programmes that Empower people.
  • I convert my ideas into businesses by taking inspired action.
  • Our customers are people who are serious about experiencing personal and professional growth quickly.
  • I act as a Coach, Mentor, and trainer to those who are disadvantaged in some way, or society has given up on. I choose to see them as talented individuals who simply need to identify their talent(s).
  • I also coach and mentor adults who simply want to discover their purpose, passion and achieve fulfillment
  • For more than 20 years I have invested, developed, nurtured and supported aspiring creatives and entrepreneurs from all over the UK to passionately pursue their vision of success and want you to do the same.

My Dream

My Vision and Goal is to establish a legacy through The D.A.D.A.  Foundation (Discover – Aptitude – Develop & Accelerate) in the form of a Creative Centre dedicated to Empowerment Education and holistic training,  producing a new generation of artists, creatives, entrepreneurs, and free thinkers who are conscious and socially aware acting as Ambassadors and Voices for change amongst their peers.

Professional History

Author of the Award Winning Book The GPS System Published Feb 2014

Director at R-World Ents Ltd

Head of Centre of Vocational Excellence at South Thames College

Founded Urban Voice UK Ltd (A not for profit charitable company)

Creative/Social Entrepreneur of Singers Paradise & The National Urban Voice Talent Competition and Awards

Awards and Honours

Award For "The GPS System" Book From The Raymond Aaron Group

2 Peace Awards Nomination  – The Mayors Office

Bsc (Hons) Architecture