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2016 LONDON ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES

Amadu Kanumansa Ajaratu Bangura Aaron D'Souza
Amadu Kanumansa Ajaratu Bangura Aaron D’Souza
Southwark & Lambeth Greenwich & Lewisham City & East
Amadu is a successful businessman and entrepreneur from Southwark. He has attended university in Africa, Europe and the UK and holds a Masters Degree in Social and Economic Planning from the University of Kiev. He is currently a Manager at a private care hire company in South London. He runs and manages a pilgrimage business in Southwark, where he takes a group of elderly residents to the Hajj pilgrimage every year. Ajaratu Bangura is a diversity champion from Southwark. In 2012, she founded the Muslim Women Food Bank at the South London Islamic Centre. With the help of a dedicated team of volunteers, the food bank distributes grocery bags to impoverished people every Tuesday evening. In 2015, Ajaratu was nominated for a European Diversity Award in the Hero of the Year category, for her work in setting up the Muslim Women Bank. Aaron is a diversity champion and political campaigner with a BA degree from the University of London. He was APP’s Campaign Manager in the 2015 General Election, helping them achieve the highest vote tally in London outside the five main political parties. Aaron was also Deputy Field Organizer in Florida for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. He has also worked in Parliament for an MP and has held various positions in the charity sector. Outside of his work, Aaron is also an Advisory Board Member for a leadership charity and a Charity Trustee.
Olabisi Obadara Godson Azu Madonna Lewis
Olabisi Obadara Godson Azu Madonna Lewis
Bexley & Bromley Enfield & Haringey Croydon & Sutton
Olabisi Obadara is a popular media personality and Founder of World of Women TV, a programme which aims to empower women. She has been a Presenter for Orgun State TV in Nigeria and has produced a number of shows for a variety of TV Networks. In 2012, Olabisi was named as Diabetes UK’s outstanding community champion in Bexley for her work as a volunteer Risk Assessor. Godson Azu is a political commentator and social campaigner. He holds various qualifications, including a BA degree in Politics and International Relations from London Metropolitan University and has authored a number of publications on political campaigns and democracy. Godson has been a regular Social and Public Policy Analyst for BENTV since 2012 and is currently a Management Consultant for FreeVoiceRadio, where her is in charge of the day-to-day running of the broadcast. Madonna is a community champion from Croydon. She has attended multiple educational institutions in Africa and the UK, receiving many qualifications in computing and information technology. Madonna worked as a Cashier at Standard Chartered Bank for 10 years before moving to work in recruitment services for South Chelsea College, where she worked for 27 years until 2015. Recently, she was the recipient of a Remember Africa Award for her accomplishments in the field of women’s education.

2016 COUNCIL BY-ELECTION CANDIDATES

Denis Pougin Terry Adewale Abiola Olaore
Denis Pougin Terry Adewale Abiola Olaore
College Ward, Southwark Newington Ward, Southwark Glyndon Ward, Greenwich
Denis has been a community champion in Southwark for several years and has dedicated himself to inspiring young people to focus on acquiring higher skill sets and aim higher to reach to the top. He was the Chair of Acorn Estate TRA and has been working as a manager in a multiplex theatre for seven years. As a community champion in Southwark, Terry is actively involved in building bridges between the various communities of this great borough. A versatile journalist and an advocate, Fade’s professional life has largely revolved around governance and development issues; and this has provided a veritable platform to examine critical issues of poverty alleviation, unemployment, communal development and public policy in finer details. Abiola is a community champion living in Glyndon Ward with a BA Hons Degree from Loughborough University. She is a passionate advocate of diversity and has been awarded a Northern Council for Further Education Diversity and Inclusion Certificate sponsored by the UK government.
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Stephen Govier Amadu Kanumansa Marilyn Moore
South Camberwell Ward, Southwark Faraday Ward, Southwark Roding Ward, Redbridge
Stephen was elected as a Councillor for South Camberwell in 2010. He holds LLB and MA degrees from the University of London.  In Southwark, Stephen was the Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee and a member of the Camberwell Community Council. He is active in his local community. Alongside these commitments, Stephen also works as the London Region Director of Retailers Against Crime London. Amadu has studied at universities in Africa, Europe and the UK. He has a Masters degree in Economic and Social Planning at Kiev State Economic University in Ukraine. Amadu is fluent in Russian. A successful businessman, he runs and manages a pilgrimage business in Southwark. As a community leader, Amadu wants to represent Southwark in Westminster. Marilyn Moore is a qualified librarian with BA Hons degree. She has Worked with various youth organisations to help young people unleashed their full potential and enhance their educational opportunities. Marilyn also sits on the Credit Union board supervising and approving loan applications. She currently works in the London Borough of Lewisham as a Duty Manager.

2015 PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATES

Southwark

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Prem Goyal OBE JP Amadu Kanumansa Mr Cole 
Camberwell & Peckham Dulwich & West Norwood Bermondsey & Old Southwark 
Prem has been living in Southwark for about 10 years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from India and later achieved a Masters in Engineering and an MBA in the US. He has his own successful global consulting business, Global Markets Consultants in the City of London. In addition to being a Magistrate for more than six years, Prem is a Trustee or Patron to a number of community organizations in Southwark and beyond. He is passionate about building One Southwark. Amadu has studied at universities in Africa, Europe and the UK. He has a Masters degree in Economic and Social Planning at Kiev State Economic University in Ukraine. Amadu is fluent in Russian. A successful businessman, he runs and manages a pilgrimage business in Southwark. As a community leader, Amadu wants to represent Southwark in Westminster.

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Aba Kristilolu
Thurrock
Aba is an academic with over two decades of experience. He studied for a PhD at the University of Essex where he had the honour of meeting HRH The Queen. Aba holds multiple degrees and has lived, worked and travelled across three continents.

2015 COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Ade Lasaki
Adedokun Lasaki
Chaucer Ward, Southwark
Adedokun (Ade) was a Councillor for South Bermondsey from 2006-2010. He has been a community leader in Southwark for more than 30 years. Ade is a former Chair of JMB Leathermarket and has also been involved with Longfield TRA, Safer Neighborhood Team and South Bermondsey Partnership Board. He is the Chairman of the Yoruba Nigerian Association in London.

 2014 Council Candidates

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Sharon Foster Mariam Yusuff Mr Cole 
Peckham Ward, Southwark Peckham Ward, Southwark  Peckham Ward, Southwark
Having worked for Southwark Council for 27 years, Sharon works closely with organisations across Southwark on social housing and justice issues. Mariam works in the charity sector as an Education and Youth Coordinator for Teens and Toddlers. She works with young people across Southwark and has been a community activist since she was aged 14.
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Juliet Atako Alhaji Amadu Kanumansa
Mr Conteh
Faraday Ward, Southwark Faraday Ward, Southwark  Faraday Ward, Southwark
Juliet has BA (Hon) and PG-CIM Marketing degrees from London. She is an independent Marketing Consultant and has also worked for Southwark’s social services for 18 years. A resident of Faraday for 27 years, Juliet is a Community Peace Ambassador and was awarded the Met Police and PM Excellent Service Award. Alhaji specialised in Economic and Social Planning at university in Africa, Europe and the UK. A successful businessman, he has worked for private cars and security companies and runs a pilgrimage business in Southwark. As a community leader, he wants to fight for equality at the top.
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Jennifer Blake Denis Pougin Althea Smith
Brunswick Park Ward, Southwark Livesey Ward, Southwark Nunhead Ward, Southwark
Jennifer is the Founder of Safe’N’Sound (S’N’S) Youth Project that addresses the needs of young people. It is a well established and respected organisation based in Peckham. Jennifer is passionate about solving the challenge and social issues that affect young people and work with them to ensure they reach their full potential. Denis has been a community champion in Livesey ward for several years and is Chair of Acorn Estate TRA. He inspires young people to focus on acquiring higher skillsets and aim higher to reach to the top. He has been working as a manager in a multiplex theatre for seven years. Althea was first elected as a Councillor for Nunhead in 2006. She was the Mayor of Southwark and the borough’s first citizen between 2012-13. She also was the Chair of the Planning Committee. Previously, having worked at Kings College Hospital as a nurse, Althea was also the Chair of the Tenants Council in Southwark.
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Tess Obisesan Lamine Konate Colin Hunte
East Walworth Ward, Southwark The Lane Ward, Southwark South Camberwell Ward, Southwark
Tess is a young leader in Southwark who wants equality at the top. He was elected Deputy Head Boy at his school and works with community organisations such as Asquith Nursery and Lambeth Academy as a sports leader. Lamine has been a community champion for Southwark for several years. He has a BA from London Metropolitan University. He currently works as a researcher of STAR (Student Action for Refugees) and is the General Secretary of Peckham Islamic Centre. Previously, he was the Commercial Advisor for the Ivory Coast Embassy. Colin has lived, studied and worked in Southwark for 45 years. He was the Chair of both East Dulwich and Acorn TRAs. As a diversity champion, he has started several community projects across Southwark, is a School Governor and a Coordinator at Albrighton Community Centre.
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Terry Fade Adewale Ediri Okorode
Camberwell Green Ward, Southwark Peckham Rye Ward, Southwark
As a community champion in Southwark, Terry is actively involved in building bridges between the various communities of this great borough. A versatile journalist and an advocate, Fade’s professional life has largely revolved around governance and development issues; and this has provided a veritable platform to examine critical issues of poverty alleviation, unemployment, communal development and public policy in finer details. Ediri has worked within the welfare benefits system for several years. She is currently an advisor and assesor for Brent Council and helps assess claims for housing/council tax benefit. She also deals with the current benefit reform changes. She is committed to helping residents through the current financial climate.
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Godson Azu Melinda Adams  
Brentford Ward,
Borough of Hounslow
Rushey Green Ward,
Borough of Lewisham
Godson has a BA degree in International Relations and Politics. He is a political and social commentator, writer and public speaker. Godson speaks four languages and is currently building an online radio streaming platform. His first book will be published next year 2014. Melinda is currently completing her MA degree. She was a senior information and communications teacher at Harris Academy Bermondsey and a former director, producer and archivist for MTV networks and VH1. Melinda recently worked on the film Divided by race, united in war and peace. She has a passion for media, education and working with young people.

 

Past Councillors

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Althea Smith Stephen Govier Adedokun Lasaki
Althea was first elected as a Councillor for Nunhead in 2006. She was the Mayor of Southwark and the borough’s first citizen between 2012-13. She also was Chair of the Planning Committee. Previously, having worked at Kings College Hospital as a nurse, Althea was the Chair of the Tenants Council in Southwark. Stephen was elected as a Councillor for South Camberwell in 2010. He holds LLB and MA degrees from the University of London.  In Southwark, Stephen was the Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee and a member of the Camberwell Community Council. He is active in his local community. Alongside these commitments, Stephen also works as the London Region Director of Retailers Against Crime London. Adedokun Lasaki was a Councillor for South Bermondsey from 2006-2010. He has been a community leader in Southwark for more than 30 years. Ade is the former chair of JMB Leathermarket and has been involved with Longfield TRA, Safer Neighborhood Team and South Bermondsey Partnership Board. He is the Chairman of the Yoruba Nigerian Association in London.