Damilola Ajagbonna


Ironic that the Home Office wants people to earn the right to stay in this country when they’re just about to deport a lovely young man who has done more than his fair share of joining in.

The Independent puts it like this:

A “remarkable” immigrant, honoured this week by the Church of England for his contribution to British society, has lost his legal battle to stay in this country.

Damilola Ajagbonna, 19, whose academic record has won him places at Cambridge and Sheffield universities, said he was bitterly disappointed after the Court of Appeal yesterday turned down his final appeal for the right to live here. He is expected to be ordered to return to Nigeria in the next few weeks.

Even the Daily Mail has joined in:

By any standards, 19-year-old Damilola Ajagbonna must be counted among those migrants who have triumphed against the odds to become shining assets to their adopted country.

There’s lots more about Dami here, here and here (the picture at the top comes from that story in ‘Bedford Today’) or try sticking his name into a google search.

Dami lost his last appeal a couple of weeks ago, and it’s now up to the mercy (or otherwise) of the Home Secretary whether he’s allowed to stay, or has to leave behind the aunt and uncle who have brought him up for the last 8 years and be shipped off to Nigeria.

Please write to Jacqui Smith and ask her to let Dami stay. As well as everything else you’ve read above, I know this guy and, believe me, he’s terrific. Everyone in the children’s sector is completely gutted about his impending deportation.

The details you need:

The Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP
Home Secretary
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

emails: smithjj@parliament.uk or public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk


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