A programme of art, culture and new infrastructure to reimagine the future of the UK’s biggest council housing estate


Valence House Archive Oral History


Playing Wednesday at 10am and on rotation all week

Dauda Ladejobi is an actor, spoken word performer and poet. He is the voice of The Barking Stink animations, and part of cultural groups in Barking like Studio 3 Arts and the White House.

He got into drama and poetry as a teenager and now runs workshops for other local young people in Barking and Dagenham. Dauda moved to the UK from Lagos in Nigeria when he was 8 years old. He describes his school memories and how he discovered his passion for drama and history. From chicken shop to scotch bonnet smells, he talks about favourite food odours that are unique to both Barking high street and Lagos.

Dauda reflects on the concerns and potential of regeneration he has experienced in the area. Plus shares who are the emerging poets in Barking and Dagenham’s thriving cultural and arts scene who inspire him.

This oral history interview was originally recorded for A Barking Stink Oral History from the 2019 Thames Festival Trust.

Photograph of the Becontree Estate in East London.