Search

Q&A: Artist Desiree Ntolo has been a Dagenham resident for almost 30 years.

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 September 2018

Archant

Artist and Dagenham resident for 30 years, Desiree Ntolo speaks about her passion for the borough, the need to look out for the less fortunate and fly-tipping

Desiree made headlines in the 1990s, when she erected a giant mud hut in the back garden of her house in the Becontree Estate. More recently, she’s held an exhibition of portraits at Barking Library.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I moved into my house in 1989 after having been on the housing list from Woodford Green. I met and married my second husband while living in my house, and when he died, I scattered his ashes in our garden which he loved so much, so my body my spirit and my soul are attached and connected to my house and to the borough.

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

So many changes have taken place in this borough since I arrived. My avenue is unrecognizable from what it was in the 1980s. There were a lot of derelict buildings, which have since then been demolished and replaced with lovely houses.

What one thing would you change?

For people who live on benefits and low incomes, many laws that were introduced have not always been to our advantage.

We also have a problem with fly-tipping and illegal disposal of household materials, furniture and kitchen machinery on roadsides in the dead of night.

Use three words to describe the area.

Multicultural, unsafe, rejuvenated.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

The old congregation of the Barking and Becontree Synagogue, while it was still open, and among them the late magistrate Cyrill Wolfe.

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

I’d abolish the bedroom tax and reinstate the free collection of household things.

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

I’d try and put an emphasis on helping young people fulfill their potential. So many talented youths cannot achieve what they are capable of because of lack of adequate help and assistance, like free or low-cost facilities.

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories

21:37

FA Cup: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Boreham Wood 1

17:00

Due to demand, organisers have added a second event day meaning it will take place on November 10 and November 11

16:30

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Tomi Adeloye is looking to build on his goal in their 2-2 draw against Boreham Wood in the FA Cup as he hopes to start in the replay.

Scotland international is enjoying a renaissance at the Hammers under new boss Pellegrini

14:00

Gale Street club took losing bonus point in defeat to local rivals

11:00

Lakeside Hammers and Peterborough’s Championship play-off semi-final second leg will be restaged after consideration by the BSPA and Speedway Control Bureau.

12:27

Council leader Darren Rodwell has welcomed new powers allowing local authorities to borrow more to build their own homes.

09:00

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Tomi Adeloye says they need to be a tougher side if they want to start climbing up the National League table.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Everest Estates stress-free service guarantees a fixed income for your East London or Essex property every month, even if no one is currently living there. Here they talk about the scheme and explain how it can help you dodge common letting headaches.

Barking and Dagenham is home to Better Extreme, London’s largest indoor skatepark. Whatever your discipline, be it skateboarding, inline, BMX or scootering, there’s a challenge waiting for you.

Barking Sporthouse has a wide range of fun things to do with your children this summer

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now