Q&A: My Newham

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 January 2018


Olivia Mathurin-Essandoh interns at Rosetta Arts Centre and last year won the Quentin Blake Narrative Drawing Prize.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I work at Rosetta Arts Centre, which is in West Ham.

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

There are loads of young people here so the energy when you’re just going about your day is always high and fresh, as well as the fact that you can buy plantain from the market and after a short walk you’re at a cinema or trampoline park.

What one thing would you change?

More opportunities for young people who have left full time education.

Use three words to describe the area.

Lively, essential, hearty.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

It’s hard to pick one person. I’m a fan of the everyday heroes.

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

I would up the minimum wage, lower travel fares and tuition


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

The arts, overlooked narratives and young people.

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