Q&A: My Newham: Beckton gang member turned church pastor Stephen Lumedo

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 September 2018

SPAC Nation

Beckton gang member turned church pastor Stephen Lumedo, 23, talks discrimination faced by young people and the need for adequate housing.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I was born and raised in Newham borough. Most of the people I know in my life either once upon a time lived here or still do.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

The best thing about the borough is the vibrancy of people and the different cultures within it.

We have such a mix of people here from all walks of life and it adds to the fabric of London as a whole.

What one thing would you change?

The one thing I will change is the lack of opportunities and mentorship within the community. I truly believe if these two very important things existed in abundance then we would see crime drop drastically.

I would prioritise in investing money into community centres, organisations and charities that support and promote young people. All of this to help them get a sense of community, belonging and purpose.

Use three words to describe the area.

Vibrant, diverse, urban.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

The most inspiring man I’ve met is pastor Tobi Adegboyega of the church SPAC Nation.

He taught me what it means to be selfless and to be generous with my money and time to other people.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

If I was prime minister I would make it easier for young people to obtain jobs without discrimination against their age and sex.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

I would focus on issues like how to tackle unemployment, homelessness and how to improve housing. Many people in this borough either don’t have housing at all or the housing they do have is inadequate.

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