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Q&A: Financial crime consultant, charity volunteer and writer Olugbenga Obakin

PUBLISHED: 16:04 02 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:04 02 July 2019

Olugbenga Obakin is the author of Perfect Teens Do (Not) Exist. Picture: OLUGBENGA OBAKIN

Olugbenga Obakin is the author of Perfect Teens Do (Not) Exist. Picture: OLUGBENGA OBAKIN

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Charity volunteer Olugbenga Obakin is a financial crime consultant with a passion for writing. His new book, Perfect Teens Do (Not) Exist, is about helping young people make informed decisions.

What is your connection with the borough?

I live in Dagenham and I am a registered voter here. My siblings and mother all live in the borough.

I am involved in Rivers of Joy, a non-profit organisation in Dagenham which works with youngsters and helps the homeless by providing food to sheltered homes.

What is the best thing about working or living in the borough?

The people in the borough are very interactive. My greatest passion is to impact society through young people.

What one thing would you change?

I would like to have more youth centres where youths can engage themselves more in activities that can help them to be more creative and reduce indulgence of youths in dangerous activities.

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Use three words to describe the area.

Friendly, accommodating and bubbly.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Sanchia Alasia. The immediate past mayor of the borough. She has achieved a lot for her age, yet her humility is a lesson to all.

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

I would propose a new education act that would specialise in the improvement and monitoring of disadvantaged youths.

This would consequently improve the national educational performance and increase the literary average. Moreover, it would provide a better opportunity for disadvantaged youths in employment.

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

I would focus on issues surounding youth crime and the measures that can be taken to reduce it.

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