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East London School Headed By Nigerian Principal Produces Best A” Level Students

Brampton Manor Academy School in East London produced the…… best A’level results this year with 100 of the Sixth form Students obtaining straight A* to A and gaining admissions to Top Rusell Group Universities: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, ImperialCollege, UCL, Kings College, St Andrews ,Warwick, and Bristol Universities.

Brampton Manor Academy was deemed outstanding in every category in 2012, and has repeated this effort in its most recent Ofsted inspection.

The school was rated outstanding by Ofsted twice in the past five years, in both 2015 and 2018.

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The determined leadership of the principal was commended, as was the dedication of the staff and relationships between teachers and students.

What makes this big news is the fact that this is a State School and not the fee paying private School.

And more significantly, the school is run by executive principal Dr Dayo Olukoshi, who is a Nigerian.

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Dr Dayo Olukoshi

Dr Olukoshi was awarded an OBE in 2015 for his services to education.

Executive principal Dr Dayo Olukoshi said: “We’re delighted to receive this recognition for the second time for the hard work and the high standards achieved by our students and our staff.


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Another Award For Iconic Dayo Olomu As He Bags ECOWAS Youth Council Award

There seems to be no stopping eminent diasporan Dr Dayo Olomu as he bags yet another prestigious award of “Icon for Societal Development”

This honour was conferred upon the youthful Dayo by the ECOWAS Youth Council (EYC) in Lagos in commemoration of International Youth Day

This award comes while still basking in the euphoria of being inducted into the first-ever ‘Nigerian Diaspora Global Hall of Fame” as one of the 100 Most influential Nigerians in the Diaspora in the World by the Nigerian International Diaspiran Oeganisation (NIDO)

Dr Dayo Olomu was also inducted into the EYC HALL OF FAME.

EYC is the continental representative organization of democratic youths union founded in 1952.

It is also affiliated to the International Youth Council (IYC) and has a consultative status with UNESCO, ECOSOC, UNICEF, ECOWAS, AU and enjoys a working relationship with the UN system.

This Award/induction, given its importance is bestowed on eminent sons, daughters, institutions, and corporate concerns Africans who have distinguished themselves in their various endeavours

According to the organisers, “Yours therefore is not an exception as EYC wishes to encourage and motivate you to a higher excellence with award and induction into EYC hall of fame, taking holistic cognizance of your past dexterous achievement grass root development, reduction of unemployment and your immense humanity gesture which you have committed so much to interns of being magnanimous and philanthropic over the years”.

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“This is a monumental honor of dignity cum outstanding commitment, dedication and inspirational leadership. The term HALL OF FAME denotes creativity, enterprise and exceptionally”.

Ambassador Smith Lawrence said, “The reasons for adopting Dr Dayo Olomu for this year’s honour is because of his outstanding qualities. He is a true Democrat. He is a humane leader. He is a philanthropist and selfless leader. He is a detribalized leader. He is well experienced and well organized fellow. He is a true and Worthy leader who accommodate everyone irrespective of tribe, religious or social status. He is a youth friendly leader. He is fit and energetic. He is a liberal leader and he is an indeed gift to Humanity.

The award was presented to Dr Dayo Olomu by Amb. Williams Kwesu, President of ECOWAS Youth Council in the presence of Amb. Smith Lawrence, Sec. Gen; Amb. Ademola Adebakin, S/West Publicity Secretay; Amb. Titilola Oluwapelumi , Director of Gender and Amb. Oyejobi Olakunle , S/West Coordinator.

DDO was honored in recognition of his selfless services, immense contribution, his humane philanthropic gesture and his unflinching support towards the development of youths and society at large.

The award was collected on his behalf by one of his mentees turned associates, Ayoola Iwayemi, a top HR professional, transformational speaker, Attitude Catalyst, Corporate Trainer and a National Builder based in Lagos.

31 Year Old South London Man Charged With Murder of Sidique Kamara

A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a drill rapper in Camberwell.

Sidique Kamara, 23, known as Incognito and part of the Moscow17 crew who posted rap videos on YouTube, was stabbed to death last week

Sidique Kamara, 23, who died after being stabbed in Camberwell (Image: PA)

The 23-year-old was repeatedly stabbed just after 7pm last Wednesday.

Kenneth Umezie, from Southwark, South London, was charged with murder and appeared in custody at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The bearded and heavy-set defendant, wearing a grey custody tracksuit and thick-rimmed black glasses, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

Three other teenage boys, aged 16, 18 and 19, who were arrested as part of this inquiry have been released under investigation.

The attack happened in the same street where 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton – also a member of the collective – was found with a fatal gunshot wound in May.
The group’s tracks have received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

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The group’s tracks have received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

Some featured references to other groups in the capital, including long-running rivals Zone 2 from Peckham.

In one track, Moscow17 told Zone 2 to “check the scoreboard”, while another asked “How you gonna make it even?”.

A Zone 2 lyric in response told their rivals they would “roll up and burst them”

 


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Earlier this year, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick called on social media platforms such as YouTube to take down videos that glamorised violence, and, in an interview with Link Up TV earlier this year, Incognito spoke about the effect of drill music on crime in the capital.

“You see with the crime that’s happening right now, music does influence it. You’ve got to put your hands up and say drill music does influence it,” he said.

In response, the publisher removed hundreds of drill music videos fall their platform including Moscow17’s videos.

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Umezie was the boyfriend of a Nigerian woman, a London Underground worker Comfort Yinusa who was jailed for falsely accusing another Nigerian of rape in 2013.

The unnamed man had faced numerous police questioning and was on bail for 5 weeks before Yinusa recanted her statement and admitted her story was false.

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Parents…
Please keep close checks on your teenage and young kids and regularly enquire after their states of mind – especially those far away in college or Uni.

Depression & suicidal tendencies are quite rampant among our youth….and could be closer to home than you think.
A case that has just been brought to my attention has shaken me to my very core and is giving me great cause for concern.

May we not sorrow over our kids🙏🙏🙏🙏


Police Suspect gang Involvement In Deptford Arson Attack That Killed Schoolboy

Detectives investigating the murder of seven-year-old Joel Urhie in a suspected arson attack on his family home believe he may have been the innocent victim of a gang war.

Officers are looking at the possibility that members of a gang were targeting Joel’s 21-year-old older brother, who is said to be known to police.

Joel was found dead after the blaze at the semi-detached house in Deptford in the early hours yesterday.

His mother, Sophie Urhie, a nurse, and 19-year-old sister escaped by jumping 15 feet to the ground from a first-floor window. They were recovering from their injuries in hospital today.

Detective Superintendent Jane Corrigan, who is overseeing the murder inquiry, said that police had not identified any suspects, but it was “difficult to imagine” a seven-year-old was the target for the attack.

Joel Urhie, who died in a suspected arson attack on a house in Deptford, south-east London, in the early hours of this morning (PA)

Joel’s family issued a photo yesterday of Joel wearing a firefighter costume for a birthday party. They said the “sweet and intelligent” child who played football and loved cars had dreamed of becoming a firefighter.

Ms Urhie was a congregation leader at the New Wine Church in Woolwich, which said in a statement: “Young Joel was a wonderful, loving member of our church family and we will deeply miss him.”

A neighbour, Mcklushia Myles, 36, a carpenter, said Ms Urhie’s other son Sam had got into trouble “once or twice” in the past over knife crime.

Another friend told The Sun: “This might be because of something Sam did. He was involved with the wrong people. He used to live there before he went to prison and was there for a bit afterwards when he came out.

Death of seven-year-old in Deptford house fire being treated as murder

“He was apparently involved with gangs and stuff and it might be the case the people who did it were after him.”

Sam was not staying at the house at the time and was driven to hospital later to see his mother and sister.

Neighbour and close family friend Grace Gbenedio, 56, who went with him to hospital, said: “While we were in the car he was just shouting, ‘Why him?’

“Then when we were at the hospital he said, ‘Oh, why not me? It should have been me. Why not me to die?’”

Devastated: John Urhie speaking near the scene of a house fire on Adolphus Street, Deptford (PA)

Joel’s father John Urhie, 54, who did not live at the address, said: “He was a very lovely boy who was just loving life and it’s a terrible loss.

“He played with everyone around here. He was a very nice looking boy. It’s terrible, the pain we can never forget.”

Detectives are appealing for information in connection with the attack and say they are working with fire brigade experts to establish exactly how it started.

Police and forensics officers at the scene of the house fire in Deptford (PA)

Det Supt Corrigan said: “We believe that the fire was started deliberately but at this stage I am unable to go into any further detail due to operational reasons.

We have no idea what the motive for this attack was. We’ve got no suspects at this time.”

Six fire engines and around 35 firefighters tackled the blaze in Adolphus Street after they were called at 3.25am on Tuesday. Nearby properties were evacuated as a precaution and crews brought the fire under control just before 4.50am.

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 0208 345 3715 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Evening Standard

7 Year Old Schoolboy Killed In Suspected Deptford Arson Attack

A seven-year-old boy who died in a suspected arson attack in Deptford, south-east London has been named.

Joel Urhie was killed in the blaze in the early hours of Tuesday morning. His father John Urhie, told reporters at the scene: “It’s terrible, the pain we cannot forget.”

He added: “He played with everyone around here. He was a very nice looking boy.”

 

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London Fire Brigade said six fire engines and approximately 35 firefighters were called to the fire on Adolphus Street.

The service said: “Firefighters arrived to find a very severe fire inside the house. The ground floor was badly damaged by the blaze, as well as the whole of the first floor and the stairs from the ground to the first floor.

Neighbours recounted how the mum yelled for help, and was left bleeding after she jumped from the first floor of the home as the flames took hold.

Met Police have now launched an arson investigation into the tragedy that claimed the life of the seven-year-old boy.

Speaking to the Sun Online, a neighbour said: “Everyone is in shock.

“She was covered in blood saying ‘my son is in there.’ She was shouting and screaming.

“They tried to run to go round the back to try and get in as they’ve got an extension there but there was a fireball coming out the house. ”

They were both treated at the scene by firefighters and London Ambulance Service crews.Firefighters tackled a house fire in #Deptford this morning. Sadly, a 7-year-old boy was found deceased inside the property 

“Sadly, a seven-year-old boy was found deceased by firefighters inside the property.

“The Brigade was called at 3.25am and the fire was brought under control by 4.48am. Fire crews from Dockhead, Greenwich, New Cross and Lewisham fire stations attended the incident.

“The Metropolitan Police are treating the fire as suspicious. The cause of the fire is under investigation.”

Scotland Yard confirmed it had started an arson investigation following the blaze. No arrests have been made.

A family friend who asked not to be named, described Joel as a “very quiet” boy who lived in the house with his mother, a nurse, and his sister.

Describing the mother, she said: “She’s just an angel. She would come to anyone’s aid.

“Everybody living on this street would know her. She’s that type of person.

“She’s very caring, she’s selfless. This should not be happening.”

She added: “She doesn’t deserve this. She’s so nice, a very law-abiding citizen.”

Clive Stagg, 64, said he was alerted to the blaze from his nearby flat when he heard a woman screaming.

“I heard a screaming woman and came down here and all hell was breaking loose,” he said.

“I called the fire brigade about 3am but they had already been called. I walked around here as the fire brigade pulled up.

“I have never seen anything like it. The whole house was ablaze. You couldn’t even get near it, even if you would have tried.”

Next-door neighbour Andre Pavanello, 21, said: “There was really, really loud screaming.

“As I came out here I heard screaming and the front of the window smashed.

“I think they had to smash the window to get out and they had to jump out because the fire was getting too big.”

He added: “I think that he (Joel) was trapped inside the room because the flames were way too big to start with.”

 

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Every UK Citizen With Income, Savings And Assets Abroad Must Read This

Many UK citizens particularly diasporans residing in the UK need to be aware of this mostly unknown HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) tax on offshore income.

Under this, as stated on the HMRC website gov.uk, the focus is on taxpayers who own property abroad and the government is about to commence a crackdown on defaulters and offenders.

If you’re a UK resident, you’re breaking the law if you fail to tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about your taxable offshore income. HMRC is getting tougher on those who try to evade tax by hiding their assets or income offshore. We are increasing the size and range of penalties charged, and increasing the number of prosecutions of serious evaders.

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Many Nigerians resident in the UK own choice properties in high brow areas and cities such as Lekki in Lagos, and in Abuja

Income is considered ‘offshore income’ if it comes from a territory outside the United Kingdom. It includes:

  • interest from overseas bank or building society accounts
  • dividends and interest from overseas companies
  • rent from overseas properties
  • wages, benefits or royalties earned outside the UK

Foreign income is anything from outside England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are classed as foreign.

This means that Africans with landed properties on which they charge and collect rent, bank accounts and businesses back home but are residents of the United Kingdom are liable to these taxes

Specifically, the HMRC statement, states: Wealthy tax cheats with overseas property are now being targeted by a new 200-strong team of investigators and specialists?.

Provided you have been correctly following the tax rules of both the UK and the country where the property is located you should not have any problems. However, there are people who do not declare their overseas property and income to HMRC, so it is understandable why the authorities have decided to start this investigation.

Whether you need to pay depends on if you’re classed as ‘resident’ in the UK for tax.

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If you’re not UK resident, you won’t have to pay UK tax on your foreign income.

If you’re UK resident, you’ll normally pay tax on your foreign income. But you may not have to if your permanent home (‘domicile’) is abroad.

Read more about UK taxes 


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Harry Uzoka Was Killed By A Jealous Rival Over A Girl, Court Told

Brit-Nigerian model Harry Uzoka was stabbed to death by a less successful rival in a row over a girl which intensified on Instagram, a court has heard.

The renowned male model, 25, died on the pavement outside his home in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, after he was knifed in the heart.

The Old Bailey was told that he called George Koh, 24, “a fake” on Instagram and arranged a fight after finding out he claimed to have had sex with Mr Uzoka’s model girlfriend, Ruby Campbell.

Their relationship deteriorated after a French model, who had previously been in contact with both men on Instagram, arrived in London in late December last year, the jury was told.

The court was told that to her surprise she learnt that Mr Koh “had something of an obsession” with Mr Uzoka, with whom he apparently no longer spoke to because he had sex with his girlfriend.

Koh: jealous, less successful and obsessed

“Koh then added that Uzoka was a bad man and a liar. And so it seemed that admiration for another model and his success had turned to contempt,” the prosecutor said.

The jury was told a “confrontation” was arranged in Ollgar Road in Shepherd’s Bush following a series of phone calls and messages on WhatsApp and Instagram after Annecetta Lafon told Mr Uzoka of Mr Koh’s claims.

Prosecutor Richard Horwell QC said Mr Koh, along with Merse Dikanda and Jonathan Okigbo, both 24, were in possession of at least three knives, including a machete on January 11.

Mr Uzoka and his flatmate, Adrian Harper, were armed with dumbbell bars, but they fled when they were confronted with knives.

Mr Harper got away, but Mr Uzoka collapsed on the pavement outside his home after being stabbed in the heart.

“It is not difficult to work out which side won. Uzoka and Harper were outnumbered and bars stand little chance against knives,” he said.

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