Festus Akinbusoye: Celebrating Black Excellence In Politics

by Duke Magazine

Festus Akinbusoye is a Nigerian-British politician. He currently sits as as Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commission in the UK. He completed 400hrs of service as a Special Constable with Bedfordshire Police, including frontline response duties as an officer.

The remarkable feat that ensues him as the first Black Briton to be elected in that capacity. Born in Nigeria, Akinbusoye emigrated to the UK at where he earned his academic pursuits. 

With His acumen in politics traversed roles of a Senior Parliamentary Assistant and Chairman of Milton Keynes Conservatives from between 2018 and 2021.

Raising bars and smashing ceilings, Akinbusoye’s enthusiasm towards policing as a discourse was birth from his experiences with Stop and Search while growing in London and which has also been recompense with his historic role in the UK policing system. 

Akinbusoye dubs as a director on the board of a YMCA where he and colleagues oversee the delivery of housing, and other support services, to vulnerable young people. This also included a £20 million housing construction project providing supported accommodation to nearly 200 young people. He has served as link-governor for the Offender Learning and Skills Services team, delivering training and education in prisons.

He holds a degree in Business Communications, a Diploma in Public Relations, and a master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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