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Mayor Tayo Situ

Tayo Adelani Situ was born on 11 April 1952 to Mr Akanbi & Mrs Adunni Situ.

He attended DC Primary School, Araromi Iwo, Nigeria and completed is first school leaving certificate at the age of 13. His father who was a cocoa produce buyer got trapped into the recession and his business nose-dived and so could no longer afford to send Tayo to school any further.

Adelani immediately grew up to become an adult, at early age, fending for himself. He became apprentice pharmaceutical medicine seller. In total, he spent eight years of his post-primary education, working and saving every penny along the way.

It was the savings young Tayo Adelani made that he used to enrolled himself to the then Local Authority Commercial Modern School, Iwo. Later, Tayo Adelani proceeded to Wesley College Ibadan, from where he qualified as a teacher. He then took GCE O/Levels exams with which he gained admission to The Polytechnic Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. He graduated with HND in Business studies before migrating to United Kingdom in 1985. Upon arrival in the U.K. Tayo attended Guildhall and South Bank Universities where he studied accountancy.

Adelani got married to Abike Situ on 30 July 1983, while still in Nigeria. The marriage is blessed with five children: Elizabeth Situ-Olabode, Michael Situ, Johnson Situ and the twins of Victor & Victoria Situ. Councilor Situ’s grandchildren, through his first child, Elizabeth are Davina, Priscilla and Samuel Olabode; and through his son Michael, Ethan Situ.

Councillor Tayo Situ was elected Mayor of Southwark at the Annual General Meeting of the Council Assembly on 19 May 2010 and was supposed to have completed his term on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 before he passed away. He lived for more than 20 years in the London Borough of Southwark where he was a trustee and volunteer for many organizations. He also represented the local community for many years before being elected to the Council in 2002, representing Peckham ward. As a Councillor, his priorities were to see more jobs for local people and better services for the young and vulnerable. He appointed his wife, Mrs. Abike Situ, as his consort for his mayoral year.

Those who knew Tayo Adelani Situ closely enough can attest to his determination to bring development to people and places, wherever the opportunity to do so presented itself, especially his country of birth, Nigeria. Through his initiative, the organisation he co-founded, Nigeria Reform Forum, had organised seminars and other training sessions for some elected politicians at state and local government level, from Nigeria, and would have taken it further after his term as mayor. His diplomatic approach to getting things done led to organising a number of meetings with representatives of U.K.


His most notable quote is -

"The most valuable investments I have made are in my kids. I believe that likewise the greatest investment a community or even so a nation can make is in her young people."

Mayor Tayo Situ
1952 - 2011