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WE MUST STOP BEING SPECTATORS AND BECOME PLAYERS IN PUBLIC UK LIFE – DR DAYO OLOMU

The British Black Asian Minority Ethnic communities have been urged to play a more positive role in the political and public life of United Kingdom in order to move forward the efforts of past heroes who worked hard for the emancipation of BAME communal life in Britain.
Dr Dayo Olomu, a frontline BAME public figure and inspirational speaker, made the plea in his address while declaring open, the 7th Edition of BEFFTA, Europe’s biggest award ceremony for Black  Asian Minority Ethnic personalities in Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts at the iconic Central Hall Westminster, London last weekend.
Dr Dayo Olomu started by asking the guests at the event if they agreed that Knowledge is Power? He then asserted that ‘rather than just knowledge alone, Applied Knowledge  is the real power”. He said “as a community, if we are ever going to make the change we desire, we should be more involved in the British public life including being engaged in the political process”.
Charging the mostly BAME audience that they have become mere spectators rather than players in the British political process and public life, he stressed that “we cannot make the desired change as spectators and unless we take active part and our voices are heard more, the labours and historical freedom fight  of our past heroes in the British core life may be dwindled or completely obliterated”. “We are a formidable community and our actions or inactions  have been relegating most of our collective goals”, opined the passionate and dynamic leader who has for several years engaged in empowerment activities for various communities in the United Kingdom and London metropolis.
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Dr Olomu, who is a school governor in Croydon, vice chairman of CIPD South London, and who has mentored more than 1,000 people since 1996 called for collaborative action in the community in order to influence the political systems with our numbers. He urged BAMEs to leverage their skills and experience to support the community for example by serving as school governors, magistrates, Trustees or Board of a charities and public bodies.
Dr Olomu congratulated all nominees for their “can-do attitude” which has led them to being recognised by an organisation such as BEFTTA. He also commended, Pauline Long, the Founder of BEFFTA and the entire team for organising , Europe’s biggest award ceremony for Black Asian Minority Ethnic personalities in Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television, Arts, Sports and Leadership.
Story by Jummy  Ariyo
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FOCUS ON YOUNG COMMUNITY LEADER AND ACTIVIST – STELLA FASUSI-OLOMU

Stella Fasusi-Olomu is a 24 year old young woman who is passionate, very active and inspired to make a difference in her community, Croydon.

Stella studied Law at the University of Kent, Canterbury where she became an elected member of the Student’s Union as Ethnic Minorities Officer 2010-11. She coordinated Kent’s first month-long Black History Month campaign with history talks, performances and open forums – she was awarded the National Union of Students (NUS) Black Students’ Award for Campaign of the Year 2011. Her work as Ethnic Minorities Officer was inspiring and strongly recognised by Kent Union and she received the 2011 Kent Union award for ‘Campaigner of the Year’ and was also awarded the honour of ‘Life Member of Kent Union’ in 2012, where her name still remains.

Stella, who was recently honoured with a Youth Leadership Award at the recently held BEFFTA UK Award,  is currently a project coordinator for Croydon Commitment, a charity that acts as the link between the business community and Croydon’s voluntary sector through volunteering and corporate social responsibility. She also sits on the committee for Speakers’ Corner Croydon, a platform that provides opportunities for free expression and active citizenship through face to face participation.

In March 2015, Stella was appointed as a resident commissioner for Opportunity and Fairness in Croydon – an independent body chaired by the Bishop of Croydon, Jonathan Clark to understand the challenges faced by the various communities and bring the people of Croydon together to build a shared vision using an assets-based approach and the talents available to create a fairer and better place to live. The interim report of the commission was released on 15 October 2015.

Stella who is the first born daughter of top London couple Dayo and  Sade Olomu, was part of Croydon’s Black History Month Steering Committee and organised her own event as part of Black History Month: ‘SUPERWOMAN 2015’ on Thursday 22nd October at the Croydon Conference Centre, bringing people together to celebrate black womanhood and have an interactive discussion about Black British experience in the UK. With an exciting panel of inspiring women, dynamic performances and a Speaker’s Corner, Superwoman 2015 empowered women to embrace who they are and be the best that they can be in their career and personal lives.

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Stella said, “There is more than enough room and resource for everybody to grow and be the best that they can be. I learnt from my parents that everybody can play their part towards creating a thriving community just by one small action. The best way to make a difference is by starting small, where you are. It’s such an honour to win Youth Leader of the Year at BEFFTA 2015!”