My Lewes: Mayor Janet Baah

October 3, 2018

 

What first brought you to Lewes?

 

I come from Ghana. We arrived at the University of Sussex in 2001 and lived on campus for two months when my husband started a PhD. While there, we decided Lewes was the place to raise our young family. I’ve since completed a Master’s – in Public Administration – at Brighton University, and am currently underway with a PhD in Education at Sussex. We live in Malling.


You’re the town’s first ethnic-minority Mayor. What does it mean to you?

 

It’s an honour. I found my inauguration emotional. All my years in Lewes, I was struck by how elegant and intimidating this Town Hall was. Never would I have thought I would be sitting here. I’m also just back from a trip to Germany; a world away from the experience of my brother, who died in Berlin as a student, after being pushed in a pond. I was blown away by the levels of interest and respect.

 

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