I had been doing nothing for 2 months at the home in Croydon and then was transferred to a new hostel in Westminster and they said to be there I had to be studying so I said ‘Ok, what do you want me to do’ because it was too late to apply for college. But they said no, there’s a course called ACT NOW that’s recruiting now, and it’s doing acting which is what I love to do, so I said ‘Ok that sounds good, I’ll see how it goes’.
I wasn’t too comfortable on stage before. I really don’t like people to be around me a lot. But then I started talking to the teachers like Cathy and Tony and they said you need to get yourself comfortable with the group and the other students to perform with them, so when I did it really helped my communication skills and my confidence a lot. They connected me with Morley College where I am based now, for which I’m really thankful. You also helped me with where I was living because I was having a lot of trouble, especially with my keyworker. And also when it came to immigration, because there was so much going on with me and that situation.
My Level 3 Acting Studio course at Morley is tough! But life ain’t easy, so you need to fight and do your best! After I finish the course I want to go to University to study drama and media - I’d love to work for the BBC. I think I’m better acting in African shows though, and so for that I might travel to Nigeria or Ghana to get involved with Nollywood for example. I’d like to work around the world – internationally!
What can the Government do to tackle homelessness? They need to create more jobs, especially for young people. And more houses. 5 people in my hostel have been sent to Liverpool cos there’s no houses in London. Why would you move there when your whole family, your friends, school/college life is all here? It doesn’t make any sense, but what can we do? Yeah it’s something that young people are going through, but they can do something like ACT NOW when they need something for themselves, and that’s how it starts for them. There’s something about being yourself, being creative, and communicating better, especially if you don’t know the language. Mine has improved because of Shakespeare – it’s all about Shakespeare baby! But don’t worry, I’ve still got African accent.