Femi Oluwole

Femi Oluwole (born March 1990)[1] is a British political activist and co-founder of the pro-European Union advocacy group Our Future Our Choice (OFOC).[2]

Femi Oluwole
Femi Oluwole at Birmingham's Bin-Brexit rally for the Conservative Party conference.jpg
Oluwole speaking at Birmingham's Bin-Brexit rally in 2018
BornMarch 1990 (age 29–30)
Darlington, County Durham, England
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham
EmployerOur Future Our Choice
Websiteofoc.co.uk/40

Early life and educationEdit

Oluwole was born in Darlington to a surgeon father and a paediatrician mother, who both emigrated to the United Kingdom in the 1980s.[3][4][5] He grew up in the West Midlands but as a child lived in several different places across the country, having once attended a school in Dundee.[6][7] He attended the Yarm School, and went on to study law and the French language at the University of Nottingham, while completing an Erasmus Programme year in France.[2][4][8]

CareerEdit

Oluwole has worked in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and human rights agencies.[2] He left his "dream job" to become a campaigner against Brexit, telling the Evening Standard that he made the decision to quit because he was frustrated by the efforts of mainstream pro-Remain politicians and planned to provide accurate pro-EU information by explaining difficult legal concepts using Twitter[9] and YouTube.[2][6][10][11] In pursuing this, Oluwole created the social media channel Our Future Our Choice in September 2017, which, with the collaboration of Will Dry and Lara Spirit,[12] who had launched an anti-Brexit student activism movement in universities, was incorporated as a company on 19 February 2018.[1][4][13][14] The group advocates a pro-EU message from a youth standpoint and claims that it will be the younger generation who will have to deal with the economic and political crisis that results from Brexit.[13][15] Oluwole has toured the United Kingdom, engaging the public in discussions about the European Union.[6][16] He has also supported the call for a People's Vote.[17]

Oluwole is regularly in the media discussing Brexit.[18][19] In April 2019, he appeared on Good Morning Britain, explaining European Union law to Richard Madeley.[20] Oluwole has written for The Independent,[21] The Guardian,[22] and the Metro,[23] and is a regular guest on Talkradio.[24][25]

In a July 2019 interview with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, Oluwole stated that United States President Donald Trump is a "hostile foreign power" to the United Kingdom.[26]

That same month, Richard Tice, chair of the Brexit Party, threatened to sue Oluwole for alleged claims of antisemitism.[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Femi Oluwole". London: Companies House. 2019. Archived from the original on 10 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Mawardi, Adam (26 April 2019). "Exclusive interview: We met the Nottingham Uni law grad trying to stop Brexit". Legal Cheek. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  3. ^ Machell, Ben (18 August 2018). "Femi Oluwole interview: 'In just three years we will have a population that voted Remain'". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Toma, Costanza de (4 January 2019). "Femi Oluwole, the leader of the Europeanist movement that wants to stop Brexit". NuoveRadici.World (in Italian). Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  5. ^ McTeirnan, Anthea (21 June 2016). "Diversity of opinion on Brexit manifest on Birmingham's streets". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Femi Oluwole at Our Future Our Choice". Our Future Our Choice. Archived from the original on 7 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  7. ^ Nand, Lisa Francesca (host); Oluwole, Femi (guest) (9 October 2018). "38. Femi Oluwole; Anti-Brexit Campaigner on Nigel Farage, Chips in Brussels, Wealth v Poverty in Nigeria and a French Summer of Love" (Podcast). The Big Travel Podcast. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  8. ^ Brown, Mike (11 March 2018). "Meet Femi, the campaigner and former Yarm School student who says Brexit is a disaster for the young". TeessideLive. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  9. ^ Femi_Sorry on Twitter  
  10. ^ Femi's channel on YouTube
  11. ^ De Peyer, Robin (17 February 2018). "'Let's take back control of our futures': Young campaigner Femi Oluwole's plan to overturn Brexit". London Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  12. ^ Chappell, Peter (12 March 2019). "Seventy per cent of young people voted Remain—Lara Spirit is demanding they are heard". Prospect. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  13. ^ a b Ktena, Natalie (28 January 2019). "Why I'm taking a gap year to fight Brexit". BBC. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  14. ^ Embury-Dennis, Tom (14 February 2018). "'Our Future, Our Choice': Campaign launched for young people who want Brexit stopped". The Independent. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Perspective – 'Keep the door open for us': The fight to keep the UK in the EU". France 24. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  16. ^ Nilsson-Julien, Estelle (28 February 2019). "Femi Oluwole, le militant anti-Brexit pour Our Future Our Choice". Ici Londres (in French). Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  17. ^ Nsubuga, Jimmy (27 November 2018). "Big blue anti-Brexit bus pulls into Westminster for Parliament 'take over'". Metro. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  18. ^ Jankowicz, Mia (25 April 2019). "'Nigel Farage IS racist': Femi schools Brexit Party activist". The New European. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  19. ^ Read, Jonathon (22 April 2019). "'Stop the fake news' – former Farage adviser slammed for immigration mistruths in TV interview". The New European. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  20. ^ Zatat, Narjas (22 April 2019). "Anti-Brexit campaigner perfectly sums up the difference between the Customs Union and the EU". Indy100. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Femi Oluwole". The Independent. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  22. ^ Oluwole, Femi (22 May 2019). "The Brexit party's toxic rhetoric doesn't represent most leave voters". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Femi Oluwole". Metro. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  24. ^ "Femi Oluwole". Talkradio. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  25. ^ "Femi Oluwole 'Definitely Worried' Nigel Farage Will Win European Elections". LBC. 21 April 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  26. ^ Morgan, Piers (co-host); Oluwole, Femi (guest) (9 July 2019). Should Sir Kim Darroch Resign as British Ambassador to the United States?. London: Good Morning Britain on YouTube. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  27. ^ "The Londoner: Brexit Party chair Richard Tice warns Femi: I'll sue". London Evening Standard. London. 23 July 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.