“I will travel far and wide to choose my destiny and remould the world. I know it is my destiny to defend the world, which I hope to achieve in my lifetime”
The youngest of 3 siblings, Oluwadamilola Taylor fondly referred to as Damilola, was known by his family and friends as a boy with big dreams and ambitions. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, he came to the UK in the summer of 2000, with his parents Richard and Gloria Taylor.
From a young age, Damilola made it clear that his goal was to study medicine and become a doctor in the hope of one day producing a cure for Epilepsy. This goal was spurred on by his sister Gbemi who suffered from Epilepsy and for whom Damilola hoped to find a cure for her and all those that battled with the day- to-day struggles of the disease.
He was a boy with a warm character and a huge smile.
He was always seen to be smiling and seemed to bounce along with a joyful spring in his step when he walked. He was enrolled into Oliver Goldsmith Primary School in Camberwell, where his many hobbies included both watching and playing football, being a devoted Manchester United supporter.
He also enjoyed reading, which he did avidly and enrolled into the computer club at Peckham Library as he became more and more fascinated with the Internet. He soon made friends at school, and one friend even recalls Damilola reaching out to rescue him on one occasion when some boys were bullying him.
The determined, caring and responsible character of Damilola can be seen through his words spoken at the tender age of 10 years old
“I know it is my destiny to defend the world which I hope to achieve in my lifetime”.
Damilola’s parents set up the Damilola Taylor Trust on the first anniversary of his death to give “life, opportunity and hope” to Britain’s “downtrodden and underprivileged youth”.