Forest Hill's Emmanuel Olaniyan, 15, becomes Young Mayor of Lewisham

Emmanuel Olaniyan is Young Mayor of Lewisham

Emmanuel Olaniyan is Young Mayor of Lewisham

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A 15-YEAR-OLD Forest Hill boy who promised to be a "microphone" for fellow teens is the latest person to take the young mayor's chair.

Emmanuel Olaniyan beat 21 other candidates to triumph as this year's Young Mayor of Lewisham - bagging 50 per cent more votes than the second place candidate.

The Forest Hill School pupil said: "I just want to say thank you to all the people who supported me. My campaign was 'let me be your microphone'. And here I am, in front of you. So please, stay involved as I am involved."

In his manifesto, Emmanuel, who now gets a £30,000 budget to spend, talked about improving communication and running events, an area in which he has already had success.

Titanya Murdock, 16, from Sedgehill School, was elected Deputy Young Mayor, while Saffron Worrell and Liam Islam, who recently made headlines by challenging David Cameron over the planned downgrade of Lewisham Hospital's A&E, will go on to represent Lewisham at the UK Youth Parliament.

Voter turnout was 49.4 per cent.

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2:13pm Fri 18 Oct 13

12pebbles says...

well done Emmanuel i wish u the very best success good luck
well done Emmanuel i wish u the very best success good luck 12pebbles
  • Score: 199

2:57pm Fri 18 Oct 13

sarfflondonbird says...

Congratulations to Emmanuel for gaining Mayor of Lewisham title for the year!!! I am sure he will fit into the role just fine.
Just asking.......Can anybody tell me if this Mayor of Lewisham award is up for grabs by any of today's youth or just the selected? Every year over the past few years, it has been represented by a black youth and again so this year. What about the other aspiring ethnics and minorities (including the white youths), Why are they not being put forward or given a chance? Is it because they know they have very little or no chance of competing?
Congratulations to Emmanuel for gaining Mayor of Lewisham title for the year!!! I am sure he will fit into the role just fine. Just asking.......Can anybody tell me if this Mayor of Lewisham award is up for grabs by any of today's youth or just the selected? Every year over the past few years, it has been represented by a black youth and again so this year. What about the other aspiring ethnics and minorities (including the white youths), Why are they not being put forward or given a chance? Is it because they know they have very little or no chance of competing? sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -269

8:55am Sat 19 Oct 13

CatfordCentral says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Congratulations to Emmanuel for gaining Mayor of Lewisham title for the year!!! I am sure he will fit into the role just fine.
Just asking.......Can anybody tell me if this Mayor of Lewisham award is up for grabs by any of today's youth or just the selected? Every year over the past few years, it has been represented by a black youth and again so this year. What about the other aspiring ethnics and minorities (including the white youths), Why are they not being put forward or given a chance? Is it because they know they have very little or no chance of competing?
All interested young people are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring. Candidates campaign, make promises and are voted in. You can view the Young Mayor YouTube channel to see the young people who have been interested in the past.

If other ethnic minorities and white children aren't interested in this responsibility then the question should be how to engage them. But remember, you can lead a young person to an opportunity but you can't make them take it.
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to Emmanuel for gaining Mayor of Lewisham title for the year!!! I am sure he will fit into the role just fine. Just asking.......Can anybody tell me if this Mayor of Lewisham award is up for grabs by any of today's youth or just the selected? Every year over the past few years, it has been represented by a black youth and again so this year. What about the other aspiring ethnics and minorities (including the white youths), Why are they not being put forward or given a chance? Is it because they know they have very little or no chance of competing?[/p][/quote]All interested young people are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring. Candidates campaign, make promises and are voted in. You can view the Young Mayor YouTube channel to see the young people who have been interested in the past. If other ethnic minorities and white children aren't interested in this responsibility then the question should be how to engage them. But remember, you can lead a young person to an opportunity but you can't make them take it. CatfordCentral
  • Score: 898

9:10am Sat 19 Oct 13

Gypo.Joe says...

CatfordCentral wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
Congratulations to Emmanuel for gaining Mayor of Lewisham title for the year!!! I am sure he will fit into the role just fine.
Just asking.......Can anybody tell me if this Mayor of Lewisham award is up for grabs by any of today's youth or just the selected? Every year over the past few years, it has been represented by a black youth and again so this year. What about the other aspiring ethnics and minorities (including the white youths), Why are they not being put forward or given a chance? Is it because they know they have very little or no chance of competing?
All interested young people are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring. Candidates campaign, make promises and are voted in. You can view the Young Mayor YouTube channel to see the young people who have been interested in the past.

If other ethnic minorities and white children aren't interested in this responsibility then the question should be how to engage them. But remember, you can lead a young person to an opportunity but you can't make them take it.
Thank you CatfordCentral for putting the moron that is Sarflondon in its place. Its a troll and I'll give you one guess from where.
[quote][p][bold]CatfordCentral[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to Emmanuel for gaining Mayor of Lewisham title for the year!!! I am sure he will fit into the role just fine. Just asking.......Can anybody tell me if this Mayor of Lewisham award is up for grabs by any of today's youth or just the selected? Every year over the past few years, it has been represented by a black youth and again so this year. What about the other aspiring ethnics and minorities (including the white youths), Why are they not being put forward or given a chance? Is it because they know they have very little or no chance of competing?[/p][/quote]All interested young people are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring. Candidates campaign, make promises and are voted in. You can view the Young Mayor YouTube channel to see the young people who have been interested in the past. If other ethnic minorities and white children aren't interested in this responsibility then the question should be how to engage them. But remember, you can lead a young person to an opportunity but you can't make them take it.[/p][/quote]Thank you CatfordCentral for putting the moron that is Sarflondon in its place. Its a troll and I'll give you one guess from where. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 969

9:43am Sat 19 Oct 13

rescoffering says...

...thirty grand ? rofl!! christmas has come early then for some of the yoofs!! - new trainers, caps, jackets, trousers, all around - all down to the hard working tax-payers... jeeze some of these councils... they just lurve giving away the reddies.
...thirty grand ? rofl!! christmas has come early then for some of the yoofs!! - new trainers, caps, jackets, trousers, all around - all down to the hard working tax-payers... jeeze some of these councils... they just lurve giving away the reddies. rescoffering
  • Score: -846

10:10am Sat 19 Oct 13

Gypo.Joe says...

rescoffering wrote:
...thirty grand ? rofl!! christmas has come early then for some of the yoofs!! - new trainers, caps, jackets, trousers, all around - all down to the hard working tax-payers... jeeze some of these councils... they just lurve giving away the reddies.
Karl I was told last night that you have a rep as a serial knocker sonny ??

I'm not surprised you cowboy builders are all the same, small time 'erberts.
[quote][p][bold]rescoffering[/bold] wrote: ...thirty grand ? rofl!! christmas has come early then for some of the yoofs!! - new trainers, caps, jackets, trousers, all around - all down to the hard working tax-payers... jeeze some of these councils... they just lurve giving away the reddies.[/p][/quote]Karl I was told last night that you have a rep as a serial knocker sonny ?? I'm not surprised you cowboy builders are all the same, small time 'erberts. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 31

4:25pm Sat 19 Oct 13

sarfflondonbird says...

CatfordCentral wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
Congratulations to Emmanuel for gaining Mayor of Lewisham title for the year!!! I am sure he will fit into the role just fine.
Just asking.......Can anybody tell me if this Mayor of Lewisham award is up for grabs by any of today's youth or just the selected? Every year over the past few years, it has been represented by a black youth and again so this year. What about the other aspiring ethnics and minorities (including the white youths), Why are they not being put forward or given a chance? Is it because they know they have very little or no chance of competing?
All interested young people are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring. Candidates campaign, make promises and are voted in. You can view the Young Mayor YouTube channel to see the young people who have been interested in the past.

If other ethnic minorities and white children aren't interested in this responsibility then the question should be how to engage them. But remember, you can lead a young person to an opportunity but you can't make them take it.
Would it be they are not given enough encouragement to become interested in applying? It seems to me that everything is done to make sure that the black youths have places to go, extra curricular involvements at schools etc that do not become left out under any circumstances, their needs having being put before everybody else that makes it just that bit more disinteresting for others to compete with.
[quote][p][bold]CatfordCentral[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to Emmanuel for gaining Mayor of Lewisham title for the year!!! I am sure he will fit into the role just fine. Just asking.......Can anybody tell me if this Mayor of Lewisham award is up for grabs by any of today's youth or just the selected? Every year over the past few years, it has been represented by a black youth and again so this year. What about the other aspiring ethnics and minorities (including the white youths), Why are they not being put forward or given a chance? Is it because they know they have very little or no chance of competing?[/p][/quote]All interested young people are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring. Candidates campaign, make promises and are voted in. You can view the Young Mayor YouTube channel to see the young people who have been interested in the past. If other ethnic minorities and white children aren't interested in this responsibility then the question should be how to engage them. But remember, you can lead a young person to an opportunity but you can't make them take it.[/p][/quote]Would it be they are not given enough encouragement to become interested in applying? It seems to me that everything is done to make sure that the black youths have places to go, extra curricular involvements at schools etc that do not become left out under any circumstances, their needs having being put before everybody else that makes it just that bit more disinteresting for others to compete with. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 41

4:26pm Sat 19 Oct 13

sarfflondonbird says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
CatfordCentral wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
Congratulations to Emmanuel for gaining Mayor of Lewisham title for the year!!! I am sure he will fit into the role just fine.
Just asking.......Can anybody tell me if this Mayor of Lewisham award is up for grabs by any of today's youth or just the selected? Every year over the past few years, it has been represented by a black youth and again so this year. What about the other aspiring ethnics and minorities (including the white youths), Why are they not being put forward or given a chance? Is it because they know they have very little or no chance of competing?
All interested young people are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring. Candidates campaign, make promises and are voted in. You can view the Young Mayor YouTube channel to see the young people who have been interested in the past.

If other ethnic minorities and white children aren't interested in this responsibility then the question should be how to engage them. But remember, you can lead a young person to an opportunity but you can't make them take it.
Thank you CatfordCentral for putting the moron that is Sarflondon in its place. Its a troll and I'll give you one guess from where.
When do you stop being a W***n**r? you dozy moronic idiot. If you have nothing decent or constructive to say then just P**s off.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CatfordCentral[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to Emmanuel for gaining Mayor of Lewisham title for the year!!! I am sure he will fit into the role just fine. Just asking.......Can anybody tell me if this Mayor of Lewisham award is up for grabs by any of today's youth or just the selected? Every year over the past few years, it has been represented by a black youth and again so this year. What about the other aspiring ethnics and minorities (including the white youths), Why are they not being put forward or given a chance? Is it because they know they have very little or no chance of competing?[/p][/quote]All interested young people are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring. Candidates campaign, make promises and are voted in. You can view the Young Mayor YouTube channel to see the young people who have been interested in the past. If other ethnic minorities and white children aren't interested in this responsibility then the question should be how to engage them. But remember, you can lead a young person to an opportunity but you can't make them take it.[/p][/quote]Thank you CatfordCentral for putting the moron that is Sarflondon in its place. Its a troll and I'll give you one guess from where.[/p][/quote]When do you stop being a W***n**r? you dozy moronic idiot. If you have nothing decent or constructive to say then just P**s off. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 24

5:24pm Sat 19 Oct 13

Gypo.Joe says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
CatfordCentral wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
Congratulations to Emmanuel for gaining Mayor of Lewisham title for the year!!! I am sure he will fit into the role just fine.
Just asking.......Can anybody tell me if this Mayor of Lewisham award is up for grabs by any of today's youth or just the selected? Every year over the past few years, it has been represented by a black youth and again so this year. What about the other aspiring ethnics and minorities (including the white youths), Why are they not being put forward or given a chance? Is it because they know they have very little or no chance of competing?
All interested young people are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring. Candidates campaign, make promises and are voted in. You can view the Young Mayor YouTube channel to see the young people who have been interested in the past.

If other ethnic minorities and white children aren't interested in this responsibility then the question should be how to engage them. But remember, you can lead a young person to an opportunity but you can't make them take it.
Thank you CatfordCentral for putting the moron that is Sarflondon in its place. Its a troll and I'll give you one guess from where.
When do you stop being a W***n**r? you dozy moronic idiot. If you have nothing decent or constructive to say then just P**s off.
SNAP !!
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CatfordCentral[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to Emmanuel for gaining Mayor of Lewisham title for the year!!! I am sure he will fit into the role just fine. Just asking.......Can anybody tell me if this Mayor of Lewisham award is up for grabs by any of today's youth or just the selected? Every year over the past few years, it has been represented by a black youth and again so this year. What about the other aspiring ethnics and minorities (including the white youths), Why are they not being put forward or given a chance? Is it because they know they have very little or no chance of competing?[/p][/quote]All interested young people are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring. Candidates campaign, make promises and are voted in. You can view the Young Mayor YouTube channel to see the young people who have been interested in the past. If other ethnic minorities and white children aren't interested in this responsibility then the question should be how to engage them. But remember, you can lead a young person to an opportunity but you can't make them take it.[/p][/quote]Thank you CatfordCentral for putting the moron that is Sarflondon in its place. Its a troll and I'll give you one guess from where.[/p][/quote]When do you stop being a W***n**r? you dozy moronic idiot. If you have nothing decent or constructive to say then just P**s off.[/p][/quote]SNAP !! Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 77

5:25pm Sat 19 Oct 13

Gypo.Joe says...

PS, stop using bad language it's against the T & Cs of this site.


THAnk YOuse.
PS, stop using bad language it's against the T & Cs of this site. THAnk YOuse. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 118

2:32pm Sun 20 Oct 13

jaded1 says...

Anyone else getting fed up with all the threads getting hijacked by two or three people insulting each other?
I certainly am.
Anyone else getting fed up with all the threads getting hijacked by two or three people insulting each other? I certainly am. jaded1
  • Score: -406

4:11pm Sun 20 Oct 13

sarfflondonbird says...

jaded1 wrote:
Anyone else getting fed up with all the threads getting hijacked by two or three people insulting each other?
I certainly am.
Yes me too. Tell Gypo to leave me alone will you please? Thank you.
[quote][p][bold]jaded1[/bold] wrote: Anyone else getting fed up with all the threads getting hijacked by two or three people insulting each other? I certainly am.[/p][/quote]Yes me too. Tell Gypo to leave me alone will you please? Thank you. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 11

10:58am Mon 21 Oct 13

Gypo.Joe says...

jaded1 wrote:
Anyone else getting fed up with all the threads getting hijacked by two or three people insulting each other?
I certainly am.
Jaded it's more often than not the same person or two with different sockpuppet accounts all with the same political agenda. I'll give you one guess who that is.

ISP addresses reveal all.
[quote][p][bold]jaded1[/bold] wrote: Anyone else getting fed up with all the threads getting hijacked by two or three people insulting each other? I certainly am.[/p][/quote]Jaded it's more often than not the same person or two with different sockpuppet accounts all with the same political agenda. I'll give you one guess who that is. ISP addresses reveal all. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 12

11:12am Mon 21 Oct 13

the wall says...

Good positive role model for the youths of that area. Well done.
Good positive role model for the youths of that area. Well done. the wall
  • Score: -48

10:33am Thu 24 Oct 13

kennycrabshaw says...

waste of money period
waste of money period kennycrabshaw
  • Score: 51

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