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Q&A: My Newham - Film production worker Tobi Bolanle

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 November 2018

Francis Augusto

Having taken part in the London Legacy Development Corporation’s free Creative Opportunity Programme for young people who want a career in the creative and cultural sector, Tobi Bolanle is now following his dream of working in the film industry.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I was born in Stamford Hill and then moved to East Ham at the age of seven.

I moved to Canning Town, and I now live in Stratford, near Westfield.

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

We’ve got such a great diversity in the borough.

It’s a very family orientated place. People look out for each other- especially on the road I live on.

What one thing would you change?

To make sure that all the gentrification going on in the borough benefits everyone - and making sure that everyone can afford to buy somewhere to live.

Use three words to describe the area.

Cultural, resilient and togetherness.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

I met Benjamin Zephaniah when I was in Lister Community School when I was 15 or so. I worked with him on a school project and it was incredible to see how he carries himself and interacts with others. He is just amazing.

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

Free education for university students. Education should be free for all- we all deserve it.

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

The rise of homeless people in the borough and celebrating young people’s achievements.

Above all, making sure everyone can access all the opportunities that are out there that can improve people’s lives.

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