My Newham: Forest Gate author Denis Akinmolasire

PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 August 2018


Forest Gate’s Denis Akinmolasire published his first book, Love, War and Glory: Spoken Words for All Seasons, a few weeks ago.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I was born in Forest Gate and lived in Manor Park and East Ham for 30 years.

I went to St Bonaventures RC secondary school and St Angela’s and St Bonaventures Sixth Form.

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

The diverse range of people. Newham is full of surprises.

If you look carefully enough there is something here for everyone.

What one thing would you change?

I’d have more outdoor events at all times of the year.

This stems from when I was a kid – I was always outside playing.

I feel that today’s generation don’t play outside as much as we did.

We have a lot of parks and outdoor places that we aren’t really capitalising on.

Use three words to describe the area.

Diverse, potential and expanding.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Christine Ohuruogu – despite everything she has achieved in athletics she has continued to remain humble and remembers her roots. She’s a very down to earth and relatable person.

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

I’d ban anyone from owning and supplying weapons such as firearms and pocket knives.

People often focus on the outcome of crimes involving weapons – I think what needs to be tackled is the supply.

If no one was able to supply these things people wouldn’t be in a position to use them.

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

Lack of physical activity amongst our youth. When I was a child I spent most of it outside playing. I feel today’s generation doesn’t play outside enough.

I’d also talk about the importance of maximising your potential and not limiting yourself.

Recently I published my first book. I never ever thought I would be an author but after doing research seven months later it became a possibility. I’d like to see more on unusual careers and paths.

I want everyone to realise what is possible in this world.

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