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History & Biography
Nubian Jak History
The first edition of Nubian Jak was officially launched in London in 1995. This historic edition looked at contributions by people of color to Europe. Released to a UK media frenzy, it was followed a year later by a Revised World Edition, which was released in New York in 1996 to an equally ecstatic black media. By the ending of the year educational magnates like Time-Life were commenting on its innovation.
In 1998 the first edition of Nubian Jak’s Book of World Facts, was released. Coined the “the truth with proof” it was subtitled the Ultimate Reference Guide to Global Black Achievement. A few years later Jak signed a publishing deal with Harper Collins in New York to republish the book. By the time the third edition of the game came around there was an expectant buzz within the game industry. Launched in 2000 The Nu Millennium edition of the game went on to become the most popular edition to date selling in excess of 110, 000 copies in the US and UK. In 2006 the International Anniversary Edition was distributed in the UK before it official launch at the Excel Centre in London and Javits Center in NY, in January and February of 2007 respectively. At a Special Kwaanza Bonanza Game and Book launch in December 2008, the Windrush Edition was introduced. A United States Special edition has subsequently been produced for selective distribution in the US for 2010.
Credits and brief biography
2013 (February) Commemorative plaque to Frederick Douglass
2012 (December) Commemorative plaque to Samuel Coleridge - Taylor
2012 (October) Commemorative plaque to Bernie Grant
2012 (October) Commemorative plaque to Arthur Wint
2012 (August) Commemorative plaque to Leslie Palmer
2012 (August) Commemorative plaque to Russell Henderson
2012 (April) Commemorative plaque to Dennis Brown
2012 (February) Commemorative plaque to Malcolm X
2011 (December) Commemorative plaque to Frank Crichlow
2011 (August) Commemorative plaque to Rhaune Laslett
2011 (August) Commemorative plaque to Claudia Jones
2011 (June) Commemorative plaque to George Padmore
2011 (January) Commemorative plaque to New Cross Fire
2010 (December) Comemorative plaque to Mayor John Richard Archer
2010 (November) Commemorative plaque to Rudy Narayan
2010 (September) Commemorative plaque to Lord Learie Nicholas Constantine
2010 (February) Commemorative plaque to Nelson Mandela and the ANC
2009 (November) Commemorative plaque to Amy Ashwood Garvey
2009 (May) Memorial weekend and commemorative plaque to Kelso Cochrane
2009 (February) Sixth edition of Nubian Jak game - United States Special limited edition produced
2008 (December) Fifth edition of Nubian Jak game -the Windrush Edition produced
2008 (August) Officially opened the 2008 London Notting Hill Carnival week end by unveiling both a blue plaque and bronze plaque to Claudia Jones, the mother of Carbbean Carnival in Britain.
2008 (July) On Track 4 Gold hosting Luton Torch Handover with the passing of the Olympic Torch from Beijing to London.
2008 (March) Plaque to commemorate Mary Seacole pioneer Connie Mark
2007 (October) Plaque to commemorate Mary Prince at the Universtity of London
2007 (October) Plaque to commemorate Ignatius Sancho at Her Majesties Foreign Office. The plaque became “the first black plaque in Whitehall”
2007 (July) Awarded the ‘Organisation Achievement Award’ BEEAM
2007 (June) BBC2 Arena Special, ‘Bob Marley’s Exodus: 30 years on’, A 90 minute documentary featuring Nubian Jak’s commemorative plaque to Bob Marley set to the background of Marley’s pioneering Exodus album, and the world as it was in 1977.
2007 (May) Featured in BBC1 ‘Beat the Boss’, (with Saira Khan of The Apprentice)
2007 (March) Plaque to Commemorate Luton Council Bicentenary of the 2007 Abolition of the Slave Trade Act
2006 (October) Plaque to Commemorate Bob Marley at 34 Ridgmount Gardens, his first London address. Supported by Rita Marley and The Mayor of London
2006 (October) Fourth Edition of Nubian Jak game – International Anniversary Edition - previewed in central London
2006 (September) To celebrate London’s Olympic bid victory and the part the capital’s diversity played in the bid’s success, Nubian Jak Launches ‘On Track for Gold: The Changing Faces of London Exhibition at The Museum in Docklands which also included a London Schools and Libraries Quiz on British Gold Olympic medallist in track and field. The project was supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, with support from LOCOG and London 2012
2005 (December) Second Nubian Jak Celebrity Night. Charity Fundraiser involving famous celebrities from the world of entertainment, and the public services competing for the Who Knows Jak celebrity cup? 2005 winners – Ronke Phillips, Dounne Alexander Walker and Victor Romeo Evans.
2005 (October) Awarded ‘Best PR and Marketing Company’ by EFBWBO
2005 (October) Awarded the ‘Best Black Enterprise Business Innovator of the Year’
2005 (October) Launches Heritage Celebration 2005 project with unveiling of Mary Seacole plaque which was supported by Westminster council, Heritage Lottery Fund, London Libraries Development Agency, and 12 London boroughs
2005 (March) Awarded the ‘ACBN London African Caribbean Enterprise’ award
2004 (December) First Nubian Jak Celebrity Night. Charity Fundraiser involving famous celebrities from the world of entertainment, education and business competing for the Who Knows Jak celebrity cup? 2004 winners - Juliet Alexander, Major Lindsey Henry Bonsu.
2004 (October) Nubian Jak launches London Treasure Hunt of English Heritage Blue Plaques with Cabinet Minister - the ¬Rt Honourable Tessa Jowell, Broadcaster - Darcus Howe, and Dr Tracy Borman from English Heritage
2004 (May) Featured in the Channel 4 series SUPERHUMAN
2004 (Jan) Featured in the Karlene Rycard Academy “Black Role Models” Calender
2003 (December) Winner of the MACE Award for Best Multicultural Enterprise from Lord Heseltine at Luton University
2003 Nubian Jak Educational Academy founded
2003 Featured in Black Scientists and Inventors 2, BIS Publications
2001 Jak signs book deal for reprint of Book of World Facts with Harper Collins (USA)
2000 (Feb) Third Edition of Nubian Jak board game - Nu Millennium Edition - launched at The Jacob Javis Center New York
Featured in Who’s Who of Black Achievers
1999 Featured in Black Scientists and Inventors Calender, BIS Publications
1998 First Edition of Book of World Facts launched
1998 Featured in Black Londoners 1880-1990, Susan Okokon, Sutton Publishing
1996 (Oct) Nubian Jak computer game (JAVA) launched world-wide at Cyberia Café, filmed by BBC News 24. Game played on the Internet simultaneously in London, New York and Japan.
1996 (Feb) Second Edition of Nubian Jak board game - ‘World Revised Edition’ launched at Jacob Javits Center, NY.
1995 (March) Winner of the Black Arts Sports Enterprise (BASE) award
1995 (Jan) European Edition of Nubian Jak launched at London’s Olympia
1994 (December) Nubian Jak sold out in London
1994 (16th November) 1000 First Editions of the board game Nubian Jak - European Edition - arrive at 33-37 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction. Jak Beula immediately does month Xmas campaign with the radio station Choice FM