Q&A: My borough

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 March 2018


This week we spoke to Chadwell Heath rapper Rychus Ryter, real name Jonathan Kabamba, who is setting up a youth centre in Chadwell Heath.

What is your connection with the borough?

I was born in borough, grew up in the borough in went to school nearby at Warren Comprehensive School, in Chadwell Heath.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

The best thing about living in the borough is the community. It’s a community where people can come together.

When growing up and going to my friends living on the estate - there were so many different cultures and businesses.

What one thing would you change?

I would say the number of opportunities.

I think there is a lack of opportunities for young people to develop their careers - all the places have been shut down.

I think this is a factor in why people get involved in crime and that type of lifestyle.

Where do the kids go after school now? That’s why people get into trouble. They can’t be monitored in what they are doing after school.

Use three words to describe the borough.

Diverse, multicultural and homely.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

I would say my former teacher Mr James Batton - he mentored me when I was at Warren High School.

He now works at Palmer Catholic Academy, in Aldborough Road, Ilford.

He would mentor people if they got into trouble at school and he would always go beyond.

Everyone in the community in Chadwell Heath and Ilford knows him.

He would help people with their homework after school and he every got involved in the football team when he wasn’t even a PE teacher.

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

I would introduce a law that would make sure everyone has got work, a new kind of welfare benefit where everyone is working.

If you stop going to school at a certain age, you should have the opportunity to work instead.

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

I would focus on youth, crime and the lack of opportunities.

If everyone has got opportunities, we will be a better community - we will have more business being developed as people will more business ideas.

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