Seyi Akiwowo

Photo of me with name plate

I’ve always been involved in my local community in some shape or form since my parents moved to Maryland, Forest Gate 20 years ago. I’m sure the local newspaper still have cringe-worthy photos of me in costumes dancing in Chatsworth Estate Fete with the local dance team.

My first engagement with representative positions was at Maryland Primary School where I was a school monitor, and then at my local secondary school in Forest Gate where I was a school council rep. Once I left school I decided to become a member of the local Labour Party and have been a member for seven years. I am now Chair of my Branch Labour Party and Women’s Officer of West Ham CLP. There is an embarrassing Young Mayor video manifesto floating around the World Wide Web. This because I ran and was elected to be on Newham Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament in 2009.

Outside local politics I developed a strong passion for UK and international education and subsequently took a few courses as part of my BSc Social Policy degree at LSE. I knew I wanted to and eventually did work abroad for a season in Brussels where I had a fantastic time working for a European IYGO (International Youth non-governmental organisation). However, it soon became clear to me that I missed witnessing how policy can improve and impact lives, and so I came back to campaign in the hope of being elected as a Newham Councillor in May this year.

I sit on both the Investment and Accounts Committee and Overview and Scrutiny Committee. I’m also a member of the Crime and Anti- Social a Behaviour (ASB) Scrutiny Commission and was recently elected as Deputy Chair of the Commission Crime and Anti-Behaviour Scrutiny Commission. I hope to share my experiences in these positions through regular posts on this blog. Taking my Councillor hat off, I work for a UK Education Charity, I blog on education policy reforms, I’m a Governor of Kay Rowe Nursery in a Forest Gate and I’m an active member of Hillsong Church London and it’s dance team.

I’m frequently in Forest Gate doing Council business as well as visiting old friends so please do say hello, it would be lovely to meet you.



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