The Black community in the United Kingdom and particularly, Africans have been urged to play a more positive role in the political and public life in order to move forward the efforts of past heroes who worked hard for the emancipation of Black communal life in Britain.
According to Dr Dayo Olomu, A frontline black public figure and youth empowerer, it is well understandable that the black community have suffered certain set back due to racial discrimination, but it has for long turn around to a more integrated community with lots of progress in economic, political and social enhancement.
“We are a formidable community and our action has been relegating most of our goals. Unless we take active part and our voices are heard more, the labours and freedom fight hiistory of our past heroes in the British chore life may be dwindled or completely obliterated”, opined the resilient and dynamic youth leader who has for several years engaged in empowerement activities for various communities in the United Kingdom and in London metropolis.
He therefore called on the Black people to participate more in the political and public life so that the society will Black as insiders and not as outcast.
The strong view of Dr Olomu was expressed during the week when he paid a courtesy call on Honorable Keith Vaz a BBritish Member of Parliament and chairman of the Home Office select committee at his office in the House of Commons.
The visit was to specially thank the MP for his support for his empoerment and social enhancement activities, especially rendering his support in the recently concluded 100km London to Brighton Challenge as one of the sponsors. Dayo also visited for the official presentation of the medal that he won during the race.
As part of Dayo’s 50th birthday commemoration, he took part in the London2Brighton Challenge (one of the UK’s great endurance events). It took place recently as participant jogged and walked the 100KM route to raise funds for Focus on Disability Foundation UK. The proceeds were channelled for the procurement of wheelchairs and disability aids for disabled people in Nigeria.
“It was indeed a huge test of endurance for both my mind and body as I walked day and night through the dark woods, paths and dimly lit lanes to reach my final goal in Brighton.”, Dayo recalled continuing:” I finished the 100KM challenge in 30 hours with a smile on my face, aches and pains all over my body.”
He thanked Keith Vaz MP, and also those who sponsored him for the momentous event for their rendered heart of generosity and support.
Receiving Dr Olomu in his Parliament office, Hon. Keith Vaz MP expreesed his love for Dayo and said he was excited and so proud of his humane and empowerment activities. He urged him to use his connections and reach to draw closer the community to the corridors of power in the UK in order for a more enhanced inter-community relationships. He also called for unity and love amongvarious communities in the UK.
He commended Dayo for helping youths and praised his long solo-powered empowerment activities urging the Black communities to be more engaged and get more involved so that the community would be more represented in issues of social-political and economic affairs of UK.
Speaking after the visit, Dayo decribed his meeting as one of his best Birthday present, claiming the memory of what transpired between him and the MP will linger for a lifetime.
Dayo was recently re-elected as a school governor and vice chairman of CIPD South London.
On Dayo’s entourage was Dr. Joe Ukemenam, CEO of Corporation House and one his young mentee’s Adejare Adelano.