Born in London in the early seventies, Ade tried his hand at various trades, from selling shoes, touting tickets for concerts, managing bands, to publishing an international horse racing magazine.
He had known Guy Ritchie for several years before they both decided to enter the film business. Shortly before the release of Guy’s showstopper Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, they met up and Guy told Ade about his new project, Snatch casting Ade as Tyrone the getaway driver, a character that particularly appealed to Guy.
Ade has since been involved with several other film and TV projects; notably as Infante in the James Bond movie Casino Royale, as well as being cast in Sugerhouse, 51st State and Madonna’s directorial debut Filth and Wisdom.
“Everyone has dreams, hopes and desires and at some time in their life everyone has been disappointed, let down and ignored, but for the many young people today who have no encouragement or guidance, this can have a devastating effect. So now is time to show these same young people that someone is really listening, someone who is prepared to support and guide them through their problems and issues, to help them understand the cause and effect of their actions and to teach them how to achieve happier and more successful resolutions”.
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Young adult offenders often relate to those who have ‘walked in their shoes’, those who have the lived experience of the criminal justice system. The AP Foundation believe that the ex-offender community has an important role to play in resettlement and rehabilitation.
Arts, culture and media programmes are also an effective way of engaging difficult to engage young adult people in productive activities connected with their leisure interests, developing their vocational and transferable employment skills, boosting their employability and reducing re-offending.